Let's announce some winners. Yeah, yeah, yeah... I know I said I would do it via vlog. The truth here is that Mr. Computer is approaching is 9th birthday very soon. The age of nine in computer world is pretty much the same as "could die any day" in human terms. This bitch is barely hanging on and I feel bad for it. I do. But only when it doesn't interfere with what I'm doing. If it just wants to rattle and sound like it's going to die when I'm done using it, then that's fine.
We have a conditional kind of love, we do.
But that means that I need to magically find money to get a new computer. Matt is trying hard to talk me into a laptop but I will not go that way until I am fully convinced that it can handle ALL of my music and photos. Folks- it's a lot. It'd have to be a mother fucking beast to do that with a reasonable price tag.
Enough about that- let's talk winners. I used Random.org because I'm lazy.
The Handmade With Love set of bows winner: #1 Vadajane
You Are Not So Smart book winner: #17 Veronica Marcetti Dimick
So if you are a winner contact me with your address at sarastrand9438(at)hotmail(dot)com so I can get your free stuff out to you.
On Friday Olivia got to go on her first field trip and she was so excited. I obviously chaperoned because I didn't think many parents would and while there were a few, I thought there would be more? It just seems like not as many parents work full time at her school? I don't know. I know I volunteered and we were going to the Hartley Nature Center which I had never been to. The kids got to ride the bus (Olivia was PUMPED because we live close to school so I drive her or we walk) and so they could have just driven around and she would have been thrilled.
The cool thing about chaperoning is you get to see your kids in their element and how they are with friends. Her friends are super adorable and all of them were just the sweetest things. I started out with a group of Olivia and two of her friends, but once it became clear that creepy dad was only into hanging with his son, I got another girl added to my group. More on him in a bit, though.
So on the "hike" we learned all about animal tracks and traces. And yes, the kids learned that we don't say poop, we call it scat. Obviously this means Olivia has started saying, "MOM! I scatted!" every time she poops. (Which she normally announces anyways and offers to show it to you.) They also learned about animals having a call and that's how other animals find each other. So Olivia had to pair off with a friend and they decided on a "sound". They picked "GRRRR" and then one kid had to hide, the other got blind folded. The blind folded one had to follow the sound of their animal partner and the noise.
But let's talk about creepy dad. He's a parent that was in her nature group and he was creepy. First off, he was all over his son. I'm all for being affectionate, but really. I felt uncomfortable with the amount of affection happening. If that were Matt I would absolutely tell him to back off. Not only because it's embarrassing to the poor kid but because there is just a level that's not OK at certain ages. Then, creepy dad kept walking super close behind me. Like, uncomfortable close. I turned around and bam! There he is. At one point he came up to me and while leaning totally into me where our sides were in full contact whispers, "I like your boots". Seriously. I was so skeeved out that had I not been in front of kids this would have been a moment to school a guy on ok behavior. Not to mention he's taking pictures. Behind me. And his kid was nowhere near me. I was so grossed out that after the trip I bolted to my vehicle. Of course, when we picked our kids up later he was at the school standing right there and it's like, great. Thankfully, I had Jackson with me so him and I chatted so I could avoid creepy dad but there he was- totally staring at me. Seriously. Even thinking about it now freaks me out.
So there's that update. I have a super cool jewelry giveaway happening tomorrow so you HAVE to come back for that one. Trust me.