Archive for October, 2007

End of an Era

Well, my month at home with “the Boy” (aka Little G) is rapidly drawing to a close. Tomorrow I go back to work.

Today is also my birthday, so it’s a little bittersweet that my “present” is being done with my month. πŸ™

I have to say, I’ve really enjoyed and cherished this month even more than I expected. I knew it would be “fun” and “wonderful”, blah blah blah… I didn’t realize how much I’d really enjoy spending all day every day with my little guy.

He’s grown and changed so incredibly much just in this month, it’s hard to believe. We started out the month targeting a couple of things for our time:

  • Solidifying the scheduling Jodi had started — getting him to sleep and eat and play at the right times during the day and sleeping (give or take) regularly through the night.
  • Increased acceptance and success with “tummy-time”

Well, we knocked both of those out of the park — Little G now sleeps regularly through the night (Thanks BabyWise!), and we’re doing great with tummy-time too!

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Tummy Time!  

 

 

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   The Dodds  

 

 

 

Yesterday we ran in the Pumpkin Push 5k (our 3rd time with this race and Gabriel’s 2nd… sort of). We convinced MIL to run the race with us as well, and we got a couple of great photos! My camera was acting up, so good thing MIL had hers along!

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Four Runners
(ok, 3 plus one pumpkin being pushed) 

 

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 We’ll take that friendly-looking pumpkin there in the middle. πŸ™‚

 

 

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Rosie the Roomba

We picked out Rosie (our Roomba) a few weeks ago and brought her home.

Rosie

(*for her privacy, this is not actually our Rosie)

So far she’s been a great addition to the family, and she’s done a spot better keeping the floors clean than we ever did previously. πŸ™‚

The other day in the newspaper there was a fun article about how, um, dedicated some Roomba owners/parents can be. Although we’ve not dressed Rosie up in a little maid uniform, we’ve actually considered dressing her up as a pumpkin for Halloween. Ok, I have considered this. I think Jodi’s still sane.

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More candidate matching…

My cousin Joanie sent me a link to another “answer some questions about your politics and find your best-match candidate” site: http://www.wqad.com/Global/link.asp?L=259460

The results were not unlike the last time I took a similar survey, although these results were a little higher-fidelity (“oooh, look at the pretty pictures!”) πŸ™‚

Not sure I think the survey was quite as accurate, since it had far fewer questions/topics vs the previous one. For instance, Chris Dodd got a better rank because they didn’t ask all of the topics he and I disagreed on in the other survey! Oh well. The unfortunate part is that it reminds me once again that my decision of Hillary vs Obama is a toss-up.

I still hold that it’s too bad Dennis Kucinich isn’t a real player in the primaries. Maybe he’ll surprise us all.


Below are the candidates ranked by how much you agree with their stances.


Dennis Kucinich
Score: 56
Agree
Iraq
Taxes
Stem-Cell Research
Health Care
Abortion
Social Security
Line-Item Veto
Energy
Marriage
Death Penalty
Disagree
Immigration


Chris Dodd
Score: 56
Video
Agree
Immigration
Taxes
Stem-Cell Research
Health Care
Abortion
Social Security
Line-Item Veto
Energy
Marriage
Death Penalty
Disagree
Iraq


Barack Obama
Score: 51
Video
Agree
Immigration
Taxes
Stem-Cell Research
Health Care
Abortion
Social Security
Line-Item Veto
Energy
Marriage
Disagree
Iraq
Death Penalty


Hillary Clinton
Score: 51
Agree
Immigration
Taxes
Stem-Cell Research
Health Care
Abortion
Social Security
Line-Item Veto
Energy
Marriage
Disagree
Iraq
Death Penalty


Mike Gravel
Score: 51
Agree
Iraq
Immigration
Taxes
Stem-Cell Research
Health Care
Abortion
Social Security
Marriage
Death Penalty
Disagree
Line-Item Veto
Energy


John Edwards
Score: 43
Video
Agree
Taxes
Stem-Cell Research
Health Care
Abortion
Social Security
Energy
Marriage
Disagree
Iraq
Immigration
Line-Item Veto
Death Penalty


Joe Biden
Score: 43
Agree
Immigration
Taxes
Stem-Cell Research
Health Care
Abortion
Energy
Marriage
Disagree
Iraq
Social Security
Line-Item Veto
Death Penalty


Bill Richardson
Score: 41
Video
Agree
Iraq
Taxes
Stem-Cell Research
Health Care
Abortion
Social Security
Marriage
Disagree
Immigration
Line-Item Veto
Energy
Death Penalty


Rudy Giuliani
Score: 31
Agree
Stem-Cell Research
Abortion
Line-Item Veto
Energy
Marriage
Disagree
Iraq
Immigration
Taxes
Health Care
Social Security
Death Penalty


Ron Paul
Score: 25
Agree
Iraq
Social Security
Line-Item Veto
Marriage
Death Penalty
Disagree
Immigration
Taxes
Stem-Cell Research
Health Care
Abortion
Energy


Mitt Romney
Score: 21
Agree
Stem-Cell Research
Abortion
Energy
Disagree
Iraq
Immigration
Taxes
Health Care
Social Security
Line-Item Veto
Marriage
Death Penalty


Jim Gilmore
Score: 14
Agree
Abortion
Energy
Disagree
Iraq
Immigration
Taxes
Stem-Cell Research
Health Care
Social Security
Line-Item Veto
Marriage
Death Penalty


Sam Brownback
Score: 12
Agree
Energy
Death Penalty
Disagree
Iraq
Immigration
Taxes
Stem-Cell Research
Health Care
Abortion
Social Security
Line-Item Veto
Marriage


John McCain
Score: 12
Agree
Immigration
Marriage
Disagree
Iraq
Taxes
Stem-Cell Research
Health Care
Abortion
Social Security
Line-Item Veto
Energy
Death Penalty


Duncan Hunter
Score: 7
Agree
Energy
Disagree
Iraq
Immigration
Taxes
Stem-Cell Research
Health Care
Abortion
Social Security
Line-Item Veto
Marriage
Death Penalty

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