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2/3/2010 - Our First Valentine Box

Posted 02-03-2010 at 08:37 PM by jbarber8 (Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head)

I searched online for simple Valentine Box ideas that Michael and I could work on together. I presented him with 4 choices: a birdhouse, a cat, a robot, or a butterfly. He selected the cat. We finished this project in less than an hour.

Supplies you will need:
  • An empty upright tissue box
  • Construction paper for covering the box and for details
  • Pipe cleaners for whiskers (we used the sparkly ones left over from our Christmas ornament project)
  • Markers and a sharp pencil
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1/28/10 - True Story

Posted 01-28-2010 at 07:35 PM by jbarber8 (Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head)
Updated 01-28-2010 at 07:38 PM by jbarber8

I know what kind of day I'm going to have when this happens: I pick up the blowdryer to dry my hair, and a silverfish blows out of it onto my head! I brush him off, and the little guy is still moving! I caught him, crawling across the bathroom floor.

Actually, that was the only bad part to my day. (Nowhere to go but UP from there?)

I got my first freelance assignment, setting up some payroll benefits for a corporate customer, in their accounting system. I may...
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1/24/10 - What's for Dinner

Posted 01-24-2010 at 06:43 PM by jbarber8 (Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head)

I made this casserole for dinner. Can you think of anything better on a Sunday night?


It was delicious! We weren't sure whether we would like turnips, and we did. (The kids would not eat it.) It was also fairly quick to prepare. I used brie in place of the Gruyère, and regular plain yogurt in place of the Greek yogurt.

The recipe is from Cooking Light.

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1/23/10 - The Power of Positive Thinking

Posted 01-23-2010 at 06:16 PM by jbarber8 (Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head)
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Over the holidays, I decided to look for a new job (again). This time, the search did not turn up a new position so quickly and easily as in August when I left my previous job.

I started to get discouraged, so I bought a book on Amazon about how to be more optimistic, "Learned Optimism". (I just know it will work! )

My positive thinking (or something) has led to a new opportunity for freelance work. I'm so excited! I have given up my "day...
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1/10/10 - Ice in Florida!

Posted 01-10-2010 at 12:25 PM by jbarber8 (Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head)
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The temperature has been in the 30's for a few days. Yesterday, it was rainy and just above 32 so we hoped for snow. We had a rain-ice mix and took the boys outside to see it, where we found REAL ICICLES hanging from the bushes. I encouraged them to touch and taste the icicles.

Do you remember doing that when you were young?

Michael is having his tonsils and adenoids removed next week. We are a little nervous about whether it is the right thing to do, but we hope...
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