Low energy lightbulbs.

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After work I made my (almost) daily visit to the grocery store to grab some things for dinner. My plan was to also pick up a couple of fluorescent lightbulbs. Regular lightbulbs will not suffice. I am going to replace them all, eventually, with the fuorescent ones. They are much more energy efficient. Which means, for me, less times that I have to change lightbulbs.

So I go to the “electric stuff” aisle and guess what? My Rosauers is clean out of them. Completely. And the regular bulbs are just sitting on the shelves, gathering dust. I kind of stood there for a second and smiled. Maybe Spokane is “getting” it. Or at least a few people, anyway.


Google Themes


About a week (or so) ago I noticed that on my Google Hompage I could select a theme. Hmm. New feature. Thought I would try it out. It turns out it’s very cool and I’m totally obsessed with it. When you choose a theme you type in your zip code and the theme changes depending on either the weather conditions or the time of day. I chose the “tea house” theme and this is what it looks like right now, at 7:00 Pacific time:

How cute is that? Last night the little guy was asleep out on his porch and he had some oranges out on a plate. This morning he was still asleep but the oranges were gone! Apparently, hidden in some of the themes, there is an Easter Egg that happens exactly at 3:15 A.M. In the Tea House theme there are little creatures that come and take the oranges.

So cute.

I’m easily amused.

Read more about Google Themes here. And here.

Read more about the Easter Eggs here.



FairestI know I’ve been posting a lot of book reviews lately. I hope you don’t mind. But there is really a lot of fantastic Y.A. and Juvenile fiction out there and I’ve really been enjoying reading it! Fairest, by Gail Carson Levine has to be one of my favorites. It takes place in the world of Ella Enchanted (also by Levine and another fantastic book.). It is about a girl named Aza, a girl who was brought up by a family of inkeepers. She is a self-described oaf. And others, unfortunately, think of her the same way. After years of hearing others make fun of her looks she thinks herself ugly, too. She would like nothing more than to be beautiful. However, she does have a gift. She has a tremendously beautiful voice and in her kingdom this is very important. Singing is a vital part of the culture. She also can Illuse. That is, she can throw her voice and make it “come out of” different objects, and even make it sound like other people. This little gift gets her an invitation to the Royal Wedding, where she meets the Queen and becomes her lady-in-waiting. As the Lady-in-waiting Aza discovers the Queen’s magic mirror that can make her look beautiful. She, then, discovers the Queen’s secret beauty potion and drinks some. She then becomes “fairest in the land” which leads to disasterous results.

While she is living in the castle the young prince falls in love with her. But he falls in love with the “ugly” Aza. Not the beautiful Aza. This helps Aza to realize that she is beautiful without a potion, and she begins to accept her looks.

I loved this book. Absolutely loved it. It was one of those books that I couldn’t put down. I loved the message. And I think it’s a message that many young girls need to get these days, so you can bet I will be recommending this one to lots of kids. It was also very funny. Just an all around fun story.

Look what I found at my mom’s house


It’s my old copy of “Thriller!”

Look what I found at my Mom's house!

Dude. I am sooo glad I didn’t sell this during my “born-again-Christian” phase.

Remember when he looked like a normal human? He looked good! Why did he have to go and screw it up?

And, man! This is a GOOD album! Seriously! I’m listening to it right now and it kicks ass. It’s bringing back all kinds of memories.

My husband are reminiscing right now about how we used to roller skate to these songs at our respective roller rinks. Mine was somewhere in the Spokane Valley. His was somewhere in San Jose, CA.