Category Archives: random thoughts

Trying to find that spark

The last few days, I have been reading through the old posts on this blog.  I was at times embarrassed by some of the things I shared and at others, I was rather awed by how great  my life was about 4 years ago.  My focus was sharp and firmly planted on my boys.  Along […]

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A Few Things On My Mind

Have you ever googled yourself?  Or your blog?  I’ve been doing it a lot lately because I’ve been worried that, in spite of my best efforts to keep my blog hidden, the family members from whom I’m hiding will find me and all this moving around will be for naught.  My god.  Is that a […]

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Mama Podkayne - July 23, 2008 - 8:42 pm

I have googled myself. It is just weird.

Also, Iowa actually does have a site for mapping convicted sexual felons. It can search by name or zip code. We have a stupid law that restricts them from living within 3000 feet of anything. Um, where do they live then? Right. They just lie and/or live in parking lots. Gah. But it is a real website. I pulled up my neighbor and found out all sorts of things about him from his rap sheet.

Also, your relatives may not be internet savvy, but they might know someone who is. I say go totally private, flip to acronyms, or just tell them to consider rule # 6 (I got that piece of advice from Happy and Free!)…..

whimsigal - July 23, 2008 - 8:56 pm

We have a state sponsored site too. This was something completely different and if I have the link in my trash I will share it.

It’s impossible for me to be totally private, I think. I have emailed google and asked them to pull my blog from the blog search so we’ll see what happens with that. Right now, a regular google search won’t pull me up but the beta blog search will if you use the right words. Another reason I’m considering changing my blog’s name.

Rule #6 are words to live by indeed!!! Thanks for visiting! I needed that.

Vanderbilt Wife - July 24, 2008 - 10:48 pm

Well I tried googline you and had a hard time–couldn’t find this blog at all. So best of luck there!

I wrote a post about googling myself a while back:

Chrissy - July 31, 2008 - 3:35 pm

I have googled myself and it wasn’t pretty. Since I started a group my name was everywhere with my phone number. I had a man call me and ask me what services I provided. After my initial shock, I asked what he meant and he said that my name came up for math tutor in the area. Well, dh spent 30 minutes trying to google my name for math tutor and it didn’t happen. My number has now been removed. LOL

What a difference a day makes

So, I love my husband. The man is swamped at work, he’s getting an MBA, works late, takes care of me when he’s home…he’s very busy! On top of all that, he cares about what I think and feel and when something’s bothering me, he wants to do everything he can to fix it. Flashback […]

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Madeline - March 3, 2008 - 9:19 pm

How wonderful to see the room taken care of for you. My husband is like that as well. We are very lucky. Your photos are beautiful. I am loving my telephoto lens (new in Jan.) as well.

Nicolas and I have been watching whole seasons of the series “House” and are completely hooed. We love “Dirty Jobs” as a family and “Mythbusters” I’ll have to tivo “The Universe”. Jesse recommends “Wizards of Waverly Place”.

whimsigal - March 3, 2008 - 9:26 pm

Hey Madeline!

I looooove House. How let me count the ways I loooooove that show. Wilson’s dead pan delivery of lines totally slays me. Every. Time.

Dirty Jobs and Mythbusters are two shows I keep meaning to watch with the boys because they do seem like things they would like. Iain just said he[s going to give WWP a try based on Jesse’s recommendation!


piscesgrrl - March 4, 2008 - 3:34 am

I had to call my kids over to see these pictures! Brady said “What the….” and Jonathan said, “That’s NUTS!” LOL

Your husband rocks.

whimsigal - March 4, 2008 - 4:33 am

LOL I’m glad your kids got a kick out of it! The boys will feel like they were visited by a celebrity. They’ve been fans ever since the debut of the potato video on YouTube.

My husband is a very good man and I love him!!

Nice to see you!


carri - March 4, 2008 - 11:48 am

Wow! Sean and your boys did a great job cleaning that room up! We didn’t achieve anything close to that over the weekend.

Hmmm, tv…I haven’t been watching a whole lot lately. I did watch Meet the Robinsons yesterday. I was as great as you said it was. We do watch Mythbusters nearly every day. But is seems like movies and video games are where its at right now.

mysocalledhomeschool - March 4, 2008 - 3:34 pm

Yay!!! for fantastic husbands! That would have made my day too. :)

We have also looked at the Ikea bed it looks so awesome and the kids are in love! I just know there has to be a better way. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for you and pass along a link if I find one.

whimsigal - March 4, 2008 - 4:14 pm

Carri! I just finished the book and I loved it! Thank you so much for sending that to me.


(using your code name)

You live close enough to drive to Ikea don’t you? I’m so jealous of you! I spent the better part of the day yesterday looking for loft beds and have yet to find one that can beat the Ikea bed, even with the astronomical shipping cost. If you do find something else, I would SO appreciate you letting me know.

Donna Boucher - March 4, 2008 - 6:00 pm

Your hubby wins hubby of the week!!!

How kind of him!!!

Cate - March 4, 2008 - 9:22 pm

What a man!

And what a bummer – we dismantled my overgrown son’s loft bed just at the end of last year & gave it away….now if only you lived on THIS side of the world!!

Cate :-)

childplay - March 5, 2008 - 5:59 am

We ordered two of those Ikea beds, one for N. and one for G., and now they perch up near the ceiling together with assorted crafty/golfing things underneath. They’ve been the best buy ever. :) (Even though we did have to assemble them ourselves).

And WOW! That is quite a room renovation! I don’t even know how all that stuff fit back into shape again! As Sassy would say, “They sure were working hard in there!”

I’m glad you have such great helpers around!

MamaK - March 5, 2008 - 1:53 pm

Whee look at that room! Fantastic job! My heart rate drops when i look at that room!
I will check out universe. We have been watching Monsterquest, animal precinct,ghost hunters,bizarre foods, and deep sea fishing of all things!

Joan - March 6, 2008 - 2:17 am

The room looks great! Recently I was so fed up at my kids sloppiness. I think I posted about it. I told my husband I didn’t want to be the nag/bad guy. He enforced a clean up night. I didn’t do a thing. I read a book and listened. It was heaven.

whimsigal - March 6, 2008 - 2:55 am

CP: I’m so glad to hear from someone who owns those Ikea beds and that they’re a good buy. It certainly helps in the decision making process. Oh, and my husband had a list of toys the boys were keeping, they had agreed to donate the good stuff and toss the rest. It took about an hour to clean it up!


I love MonsterQuest, too! I think Ghost Hunters would scare me but I do find that kind of thing fascinating. Please do check out THe Universe, I really think you’ll like it.


Isn’t it nice to step back and let someone else handle things every once in a while? :)