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It’s been too cold to do anything this week. I’ve basically just been sitting around my living room, shivering, trying to survive. It’s interesting to think that when I lived in Bismarck, ND, highs in the 20’s would be perfectly normal; yet it seems downright barbaric when I experience it now, living in central Texas. I think that part of it is that our house isn’t built for long cold weather blasts. It is impossible to get this place really warm (I actually resorted to pulling up a chair and sitting by the open oven yesterday). And I guess the other part is simply the contrast: last week the highs were in the 80’s! You can get used to almost any climate, but a sudden, 60-degree plummet in temperature is going to make it hard to function. Anyway, I’m ready for warmer weather now!
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I recently got in a debate with someone about which is harder: having kids or having dogs. I came down firmly on the side of “having dogs is harder” side. My friend, a dog lover, seemed unconvinced by my arguments. Then I came across a my trump card. Over at Dooce, Heather Armstrong wrote a post about the latest with her dogs in which she said:
One of the dogs puked something all over the new rug in Leta’s room. I say something because I finally learned to stop trying to figure out what it is. That information is never rewarding. You’re never like…I’m glad I know my dog just puked up her own feces.
She mentioned that they’ve found dog vomit in six different places over the past few days, then added:
(Having your adorable, soft baby give you a kiss only for it to reek of black licorice is not unlike discovering that your dog has just puked her own feces.)
See, no. No. I have a threshold for cleaning up feces-vomit, and it’s once. That will happen once in my life, and then it will never happen again. And this is why I can never own a dog. I can deal with poop. I can deal with vomit. I cannot deal with an small mammals that sometimes combine both into one substance. My friend was all like, “But with kids it’s harder to–” No. To any sentence that begins like that, I simply hold up my hand and say “feces-vomit.” Kids don’t do that. Dogs do. There. I won. And thus, the kids vs. dogs difficulty debate has been settled once and for all.
UPDATE: My husband, a dog lover, quickly chimed in to point out that this isn’t an issue with all dogs. Fair enough. However, my rejoinder is that there is some chance that you will end up dealing with this if you get a dog, whereas the chance with a kid are virtually zero. To my mind, the debate remains settled.
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Our foray into not having cable is going well! We hooked up a computer to our TV, and now we can stream content from Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, etc. right onto the television. Other than the few occasions that we’ve wanted to watch certain live sports, we haven’t missed cable at all. And our TV time is more purposeful: without the ability to flip channels, we don’t spend any time mindlessly sitting in front of the television anymore. Add in the fact that we’re saving money each month, and this has been one of the best decisions we’ve made lately.
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As part of our TV/technology overhaul, we installed Linux Mint on our two family computers. It’s a great operating system! It’s fast, easy to use, and runs on all open-source (i.e. free) software. The kids can’t get enough of Tux Paint, and I hear that TuxMath is a big hit as well. Our favorite program Stellarium, which will show you what the sky looks like from pretty much and time and place on earth — and from on other planets as well! You can point to stars to identify them, superimpose the constellations, customize the amount of light pollution to gauge what you’ll be able to see from your area, and do about a thousand other amazing things. I can’t wait to explore it more.
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During the first trimester of this pregnancy I went back to my old eating habits. I got this idea into my head that shoveling pasta, crackers and chips into my mouth was the ONLY POSSIBLE WAY to deal with morning sickness. Long story short, I ended up feeling like a hungover zombie, and remembered all those profound dietary insights I first learned a couple years ago. After cutting out wheat and processed foods, I feel drastically better. I actually started to keep a food journal detailing how I felt before I made those dietary changes, to review next time I try to convince myself that I can eat whatever I want and it will be fine.
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On a somewhat related note, I recently discovered a new blog that promises to be a favorite: Wellness Mama. If you’re looking for a thought-provoking read, check out her post about why she and her family gave up grains. My anecdotal experience has been that some people can eat grains with few ill effects, but others are amazingly sensitive to them. I know a few people who have gone grain-free and report a tremendous difference in their health and energy levels (especially in those who were dealing with autoimmune issues). Also, it just kinda makes sense that humans can achieve optimum health without grains, considering that they weren’t available in significant amounts throughout the vast majority of human history. Anyway, I thought the article had some good food for thought.
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If you live outside of the United States, be sure to come back by here on Monday! I’m going to write a post where I seek the input of people who live outside the U.S., and I want to get your input.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
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