Friday, March 22, 2013

What the What?

I have the strangest dreams. Normally, and I haven't had one of these in over 10 years, I am being chased by the Nazis, and I'm chasing a blue ball of light. They're not scary, I'm never in fear of my life or anything like that. Last night was crazy different though.
Last night, or should I say this morning, I dreamt that I was in the book Left Behind. And that Luke was taken away from me. And we all know what happened then. It bothers me a lot. I even called Charlie at work, because I couldn't brush it off and out of my mind. Stuff like this is why I stopped taking Vicodin after surgery a few years ago even when I still needed it. It just freaks me the heck out.

Monday, March 11, 2013

And I apparently need to wear a tin foil hat

I'm reading a book called Who's Spying on You? The looming threat to your privacy, identity, and family in the digital age. It's by Popular Mechanics, who before this book, I didn't think were tin foil hat wearing crazies. And maybe they're still not, but these authors definitely are.
For the most part, what they tell you to do is appropriate, and the smart thing to do-disable the location apps on your smartphone, turn off location services on your phone, do not allow apps to use your location unless necessary- or turn them on and off.
They also recommended watching your children's social security numbers, as any decent hacker can guess active SSN's, and your kid's identity is crap, all before they are 18. Which I've told Charlie about way before now.
One thing that the authors said was to avoid debit cards. Which is fine, but what they did say was unless you wanted to go totally off grid, stick with credit cards. Which is all fine and good- credit card companies are used to fending off cyber hacks, and will alert you/stop transactions. HOWEVER, I am willing to take that one step further. Which just goes back to my love of Dave Ramsey. Pay cash. The hackers can't steal your money or your identity, and you can only spend what you have. So yes, I have officially put on my tin foil cap.
But- it goes back to my love of frugality. I'm frugal, my husband's a cheap ass. ;) there's a difference.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Spring Cleaning!!

Charlie had to work this weekend, so I was home all day Saturday with Luke by ourselves.  He very happily played on the computer all morning while I changed sheets, did laundry, took the garbage out, etc, etc.  I could not believe how much laundry accumulated around the house.  Oh my word!!  At one point, I was kicking sheets down the stairs, and just had a huge pile of sheets, and towels, and clothes, and blankets in the corner between the stairs and the kitchen.  Luke was just laughing at me, because every time I'd go downstairs, I'd take a huge basket downstairs, and then bring a full basket back upstairs of clean clothes.  He's like, Mommy, that's crazy!  I asked if he wanted to help-alas, he did not!
Apparently, google has been in my basement- this is seriously 1 of 3 baskets that I had to clean this weekend.  

But, all this cleaning has made me realize a few things- we've been in this house a year, and we yet to finish doing some things to make it more homey- our dining room and our living room are painted, and have curtains put up.  Our kitchen is painted, no curtains, hallway- curtains, no paint, bedrooms- paint, no curtains/some blinds.  Bathrooms- painted, no curtains.  And, I've got the material- I've planned on making all the curtains myself.  But I've just been sitting on it for a while.  Hopefully now that I'm stuck at home for the foreseeable future, I can get more stuff cleaned, painted, and finished up.  I also want to order some bubbles from Dali Decals to put up in our bedroom, and maybe in the kitchen.  Not sure about that.