1. I am completely lame. My favorite Christmas gift was a Bissell Steam Mop. I realize this is incredibly lame and possibly even pathetic. But I HATE mopping and this thing is fantastic! Not only does it use plain old water (eliminating the need for expensive chemicals), it is also quiet and even soothing (it whooshes just like the steam from an iron). It is also lightweight and a very pleasing green. I am in love with my steam mop, and that is definitely lame. (Note: I ended up not getting the Kindle after all. I decided to wait until next year when all the books sitting on my bookshelf are read. But if we should win the lottery, I will be getting one right away.)
2. Ice skating is painful. We took the Little One ice skating for the first (and probably last) time over the holidays. I hadn’t been ice skating in years — and now I remember why. My ankles were killing me about 5 minutes in, and I had to stop and massage my feet back to life about every 10 minutes. I thought the Little One would be freaked out and we wouldn’t be there very long…but I was wrong, wrong, wrong. He couldn’t get enough of it. I could…I would have quit after 5 minutes if I had been able to.
3. The Muppets Christmas specials are hilarious. We taped two Muppet Christmas specials for the Little One, and I think I enjoyed them more than he did. I remember the Muppets fondly, but I don’t remember them being this geared to adults (perhaps the jokes just went over my head as a child). There is a new (to me) Muppet called Pepe that is just hilarious!
4. Not all Nerf footballs are soft. The Little One had asked for a soft football after getting bonked in the face by a real football earlier in the year. Well, I thought all Nerf footballs were the same. I was wrong. I (um, I mean Santa) had gotten a Weather Blitz Nerf football, which was a little too hard for the Little One. Especially when Mommy threw it poorly and it hit him in the face. At least I got off the hook on this one as the Little One said: “Santa didn’t get the softness right.”
5. Thin cutout cookies taste better than thick ones.
6. I can eat about 35 cutout cookies in 7 minutes.
7. I can no longer eat whatever I want and not gain weight.
8. The Little One calls it likes he sees it. The Little One’s school was open the day after Christmas so we sent him as we really really needed a break after the Christmas toy playing marathon. So we got him to school only to find that there were so few kids (I guess not all parents wanted a break from their children) that everyone was in one room. The kids were younger than the Little One and the classroom being used was for the 2 and 3 year olds. My son took one look and started screaming and crying “I don’t want to be with those frickin‘ babies.” Needless to say, we left. But I felt a perverse sense of pride in my son that I know is wrong.
9. Five days of family togetherness is way too much.
10. Remaking a blog is fun but also tedious. If you are a regular visitor, you’ve probably noticed my blog makeover, which I undertook on both this blog and my book blog over the holidays. If you are interested, here is some of what I learned during this fun but sometimes painful experience and some of the resources I used.
Blog Makeover Tips/Resources
- Before beginning anything, back up your blog. If you don’t have it already, you can download a free Blogger BackUp program. Jay at Halftime Lessons has a post about it here. I followed his instructions and had no problems downloading or using the program. Addendum: If you are on WordPress, here is a backup program for you too! (Thanks Mandy for helping inspire me to find this!)
- If you are interested in switching to a 3-column template like my new one, I got mine for free at Webtalks. Be sure to pay attention to this little bit of advice on the site as I had problems with this while working on my blogs.
Instead of copy-pasting the code,try downloading it and then uploading. For downloading Right click on the template link you wish to download and select “Save Target As” in IE or “Save Link As” in Firefox.Then upload it from Edit HTML section of the Layout Tab.
- You can still use the cute backgrounds at the Cutest Little Blog on the Block with a 3 column template. Just be sure to pick the Minima White template from WebTalks.
- If you want to add menu links to the top of your blog like I did, follow these instructions from Jay at Halftime Lessons.
- If you like to use photos in your posts like I do, you probably shouldn’t just download them Google images (like I have been doing). I was able to find a free photo download site called EveryStockPhoto that has a ton of great photos you can use. I got the photos for the headers on both my blogs from this site.
- I created the new headers for my blogs in Photoshop. It had been a long time since I used Photoshop and it took me forever as I had forgotten just about everything I used to know. I would only recommend doing this if you have some basic experience using a graphic design program. It is fun though!
- I decided to try Google AdSense as it doesn’t really cost anything and I thought if I could somehow make money blogging, my husband would be even more supportive. I suspect that I may only earn enough to buy a candy bar by the end of the year though.
I plan to make more changes during the coming year but this was more than enough for now! For me, part of the fun of blogging is personalizing the blog and learning some new computer things. If you have any questions about any of these resources, I will do my best to answer them. Hope you find them helpful if you are doing your own blog redesigning.
And be sure to check back in the beginning of January when I embark on a Mr. Linky adventure and begin a fun new feature called Fun and Games. I hope you will join me and play along!