Friday, August 31, 2007

Runs Like Clockwork?

Yesterday we noticed that our clock was a couple minutes slow, so my husband corrected it. It turns out that “correcting” it actually broke it, because now it doesn’t work at all. I keep looking at the spot where the clock used to be and it is somewhat jarring to see only a blank space on the wall.

We have had the worst luck with clocks.We received our first clock as a wedding present.It didn’t work from the start.Unfortunately, we couldn’t return it because the person who bought it for us bought it several months previously and the gift receipt had expired.Our next clock lasted ten months. This clock has been the kindest to us: it lasted three years.

So now we are in the market for a new clock. My husband said that we should get a digital clock next. Maybe it will last longer than an analog.He is probably correct, but they just don’t look as nice or homey.Maybe someday we will be able to afford a beautiful antique windup clock. Then if it doesn’t work it will be no one’s fault but our own.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Friday, August 24, 2007


I don't remember the last time that we received a foreign letter in the mail. In fact, I don't know if we have gotten one since the first year we were married. Today however, we received two! One was from Happy Boy's godmother who was vacationing in Australia, and the other was from an Italian monastery where my brother-in-law lives. What are the odds of that?

Thursday, August 23, 2007

A Picture for Your Enjoyment!

Reeda is more than four months old now. She is a very happy baby and makes it a joy to be a parent. Although she can't crawl yet, we are amazed at how much she can get around by scooting. She is so different from Happy Boy. She is an introvert and definitely likes her personal time alone. That was never, ever the case with him.

Signs There May be a Computer Nerd in Your Home

1. Your toddler not only knows how to plug something into a USB port, but he knows where every single one in your house is.

2. You have more than two computers.

3. You can name at least half a dozen Linux distributions.

4. You even know what a Linux distribution is.

5. Two (or more) of your computers have Linux on them.

6. In addition to Linux, you have Windows 95, 98, XP and Vista (not necessarily on separate computers). Now, if only we had a Mac. . .

7. You mention that you want to lose weight so your husband writes you a program to help.

8. For recreation, your husband reads Learn C++ in 21 Days over the weekend.

9. You make all of your long distance telephone calls on the computer with Skype.

Are there any that you want to add about your family?

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Dumpster Diving

This evening we happened to drive past a dumpster and I saw several books scattered around it. I started to mention that to my husband and was about to ask why anyone would throw away books when I interrupted myself.

"That looked like the Compendium!"

"Really?" my husband asked in disbelief.

He turned around and I jumped out of the car. In addition to the Compendium to the Catechism of the Catholic Church there were the following books:

The Lost Books of the Bible
The Divine Family: The Trinity and Our Life in God
Prove It: God
Opus Dei: The Life and Works of Its Founder Josemaria Escriva

and a book called Meditations on the Mysteries of Our Holy Faith, volume II printed in 1852.

My first reaction to finding these next to the dumpster was to wonder if something was wrong with them. But after smelling them and having them pass with flying colors, all I can do is wipe them down with Lysol (something I would normally never dream of) and hope for the best.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

A Blast from the Past

When I was a senior in college my now-husband and I switched computers. He took my desktop and I took his hand-me-down laptop because I had a very small desk. We didn't need it after we married, so it stayed at my parents' waiting for us to have room in our suitcases to bring it home.

After more than four years, we have finally gotten it back. My husband decided to take all the documents off of it while we still have floppy disks lying around to transfer them. Our main computer doesn't even have a floppy drive, so we have to use a third computer to help in the transfer.

The first thing I noticed when the laptop was set up was that it had Windows 95. It seems so archaic compared to Windows Vista. It reminded me of how I excited I was in 1996 that my parents were finally getting a new computer that had Windows 95.

When my husband opened up the documents folder he found many sub folders labeled:

My name
Husband's name
Husband's sibling number 1
Husband's sibling number 2
Husband's sibling number 3
Husband's sibling number 4
Spouse of husband's sibling number 4
Husband's sibling number 5

I guess this old laptop has been around a looooong time.