Wednesday, February 1, 2012

'Round Here

Forgive me, but I've been soaking up the spring weather were having in DC. Daffodils are coming up in my yard. Seriously.

Blogger is telling me this is my 500th post! That's just crazy.

Um, there is just not much to report. So, here's a catch-up post about nothing in particular.

On my to-do list...

I think we may cancel cable. I've been trying to figure it all out... Roku, digital antennas, Netflix and Hulu on the TV. I am positive we are paying too much and we. never. watch. it. The reason we keep cable: Sports - football and soccer mainly. Pretty sure there is another way to get those games, I just don't know what it is yet. The only show we watch is Downton Abbey (you watch it, too, yes???) and it's on for a few weeks on PBS. PBS... why again do we have cable? Oh, and I have big concerns about no cable and the upcoming Summer Olympics. Anyone care to help me figure this out? Have you made the switch?

Also, I have picked up the phone four times to dial The Washington Post and cancel our subscription, only to lose my nerve and put the phone down. I can't let go. My husband has switched to reading the news online and keeps urging me to do the same. There is just something about having the paper on the counter every morning. Never mind the fact that I often have to keep it face down because the front page photo is so gruesome or just plain frightening. Oh, and there is that I only very occasionally read more than the front page headlines. Sigh... I really should just cancel it.

I've created a little 21-day challenge for myself. Today marked the first day. It's all about cleaning out and getting organized. It's embarrassing how much I love things like this. Stay tuned... I'll post more details soon.

AND I'm in the process of renewing my passport! My wonderful husband is whisking me away to Italy for our 15th anniversary! Just bought the tickets! Romanticismo!

What we're reading...

Just finished Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers by Gordon Neufeld. It was a library copy and I was tortured by not being able to write in it. I buying my own copy. Great, insightful read with many practical helps.

I'm reading Pinocchio to the kids at night. So there has been lots of laughter and "Please, just one more chapter!"

On my nightstand... an old, beautiful copy of Smoky House by Elizabeth Goudge and Girl Talk: Mother-Daughter Conversations on Biblical Womanhood by Mahaney and Whitacre (I can't believe I'm starting to read books like this!).

In the Word... personal - Judges (instead of a daily reading plan this year, I decided to go straight to the books I feel I know the least), for my women's group study - The Gospel-Centered Life.

Spelling Bee lists! My word-loving fourth grader is preparing to compete in the school bee. She is truly in heaven studying all these words. And I'm so very thankful for the dictionary/pronunciation app on my phone (which I have to pull out more than I care to admit while quizzing her).

Lastly, have you read this Newsweek article? Good stuff.

Why Urban, Educated Parents Are Turning to DIY Education


  1. Just do it! Get rid of cable and the paper! You can read the paper online. Just think of all the paper you will save!
    Cable. We do not have cable. My kids watch PBS and that is more than enough tv for one day! We also have netflix on our computer (since we do not have cable it needed and outside line) so if we want to watch something special we all huddle around the laptop.
    Sure beets getting 20 videos from the library and paying overdue fines and having the risk of the 2 year old scratch the disks or crack them in half (true story).
    Cancel them. If you feel like you just can't live without them after a month... sign back up!

  2. Oh, goody! I love your posts on organization! : ) Also, thanks for the reading lists. That's exciting about Italy!!!

  3. I'll have to look into some of those books. Thanks!

    We canceled cable, and it has been great. We can see most sports stuff online, or we go somewhere that has it on TV.

    Yay for ITALY! Happy Anniversary!

  4. I wish there was an a la carte way to purchase PBS (LOVE Downtown Abbey), Sprout, HGTV, and a few others. But I can do without all the network channels, movie channels, Disney channel, and the news channels.
    I still get the paper on Saturday and Sunday because I love that 30 minutes with coffee and the paper. I splurge and get the weekend NY Times as well. During the week, I use the computer.

  5. We cancelled the Washington Post (except Sundays) 2 weeks ago... it was hard for me too - I don't like reading it online, either. But, I've had to shield it's headlines and pictures from young eyes too many times recently, and enough is enough.
    And, Downton Abbey - we watch it online! :)
    Might have to check out some of your current reads - they look great.



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