Friday, June 22, 2012

7 Quick Takes Friday (Take 62)

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Did you see our big news? We are moving back to Colorado (and in with my parents).  We’ve been worrying about what to be doing about our future for a while now, but now that we’ve made the decision, wrong or right, I’m glad to be moving forward.  Lucia and I will be flying out in less than three weeks and David will be out a few days later with our belongings in a moving trailer.  My brother is flying out to help us pack up and drive my car out while David drives his truck and trailer.  We are so grateful for the help and I think the brotherly bonding will be good for both of them.

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There was a new Broken post earlier this week entitled “Finding Love in the Midst of the Ruins”.  I’ve received great feedback about this blog series, but all the credit goes to the courageous women who have shared their stories.  If you have a story to share or advice to give, I would love for you to contribute.  Also, I would appreciate if you would share this series with others since the purpose is to reach out to women in past and present damaging relationships and to prevent future ones.

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David and Lucia have a game they play together that David likes to call “Bath Salts Zombie”.  The name is perhaps a little irreverent as there are real victims who have been attacked by people under the influence of bath salts; however, I do have to give David some credit for incorporating current events into a game with our infant.  This is how the game goes: Lucia gets really wild and attacks daddy’s face, biting his nose and grabbing his cheeks.  David of course, screams and pretends to be scared (although I’m sure it’s not that far from the truth with her razor shark nails and two killer sharp bottom teeth) and Lucia gets even more wild and vicious.  It’s really cute and so funny that she only gets so wild and crazy with daddy.  I love to see the two of them together.  David is a fabulous dad!

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On a more serious note, have you seen the reports of the crazy things people have done while taking bath salts?  It’s seriously disturbing.  Like the man who ate the face of a homeless person?  Or the mom who attacked her two-year-old child (then ran around naked)?  Disgusting.  I had been hearing a lot about bath salts in the news recently but realized I didn't know much about it, so I looked up some of the effects of this relatively new drug and they are scary (you can read about the effects of bath salts here).

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From time to time, I’ve shared some of the ways I make money (or gift cards) online.  I’ve come across yet another way to make a little bit, so I thought I would share.  Nielsen Home Scan Consumer Panel is a program where you earn points in return for scanning your grocery items.  You can then exchange your points for rewards items, which range from baby clothing to a coffee maker to martini glasses.  You receive a barcode scanner in the mail and then scan the barcodes of all your purchases and transmit them over the internet every week.  I know this isn’t for everyone, but it only takes me a few extra minutes to scan all my purchases when I get home from the grocery store as I put the items away, and then another few minutes to transmit weekly.  The points don’t add up very quickly, however, there are always promotions going on, for example, I recently earned a $15 American Express gift card just for remembering to transmit my purchases at least once a week for a month.  I received my scanner in December and have been very happy with the program.  There is often a waiting list to receive your scanner (it depends on the region you live in), so sign up now if you are interested.  It took me about 4 months to receive mine.

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Yesterday, David and I went on our first date since Lucia was born.  I was really nervous beforehand, but not about leaving Lucia like one might think.  I was nervous about going on a date again.  What if we didn’t have anything to talk about not related to the baby?  Would he still think I’m pretty?  We went to see “The Hunger Games” and then to dinner at a little Italian restaurant.  It was wonderful.  We both read The Hunger Games, so we had plenty to talk about comparing the book to the movie and talking about our favorite parts.  It’s the first time we’ve both read a book and then seen the movie and we really enjoyed it.  We’ve seen all the “Twilight” movies together but unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately for him) David couldn’t get past the first chapter of the first book. 

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We will be very busy packing, moving, and settling in over the next month, so blogging is on the back burner.  I love this blog, but something's got to give, you know?  I'll still be posting, but it's probably going to get even more infrequent than it's been.  I'm hoping that I will have some great guest posts coming up to fill in the gaps.  I look forward to getting back to blogging (especially to reading all my favorite blogs regularly) when we are finally settles back home.

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  1. #1: did that two years ago and it was the right decision for the time.  blessings on you and david and lucia as you move.

  2. Good luck with your move. Hopefully having your parents around to babysit will help facilitate more date nights!

  3.  Thank you!  Yes, my parents will babysit her anytime we want!  (And my brother-in-law's wife is already hatching plans for us to go away for the weekend so they can have Lucia for a whole weekend, so I'd say there is no issue with babysitters!)

  4. LOL @ the bath salts game, though yeah it's so tragic what things happen when someone is on them!  

    We just sent back our scanner... I like most deal things, but that one became a bit of a headache. I don't know if other stores are set up differently, but TJ's was pretty extensive to enter our purchases in. We did good until the wedding and then came back with no interest to continue lol. At least that opens up another spot for someone interested ;).

  5. I had heard a lot of people who didn't like the scanner program but I decided to try it anyway and we've liked it so far.  I figured we could just send it back if we didn't like it (it was worth a shot).  We shop almost exclusively at Harris Teeter and their prices are already programmed in so we don't have to enter them, I imagine that could make a big difference.  I'm not sure, we might have to ship it back when we move - I haven't looked up how to deal with that yet.


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