Friday, December 28, 2007

The new laptop is here!

We bought one, two actually, through their "give one, get one" program. For $400, we purchased an XO laptop for our family and one for a child in a developing nation. You can get an overview of the computer and the One Laptop Per Child initiative here.

We are shocked at how small and lightweight the unit is. It uses open-source software, which means the interface is quite different than what we are used to. My husband and I thought this might present some interesting tech challenges for our boys. They've been glued to it since we got it out of the box about 15 minutes ago.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

A FREE holiday fleece for your Sugar Daddy or your Baby Daddy

Sugar Daddy? Baby Daddy? Brother? Father? Who wouldn't love a brand new Lands' End fleece jacket under the tree? I know, I'm too late for the menorah, but it would have been a fire hazard, anyway.

Lands' End sent DH a cool warm ThermaCheck fleece jacket. According to the Lands' End folk it's got twice the warmth and four times the wind resistance of typical fleece. All I know is it is soft and cozy.

And unlike regular fleece, this one doesn't get all staticky, so it's great for the cold, dry winter months.

Best of all, you can win one for your DH or a man in your life. Just leave a comment, a way to reach you and what men's size fleece you want; Lands' End is going to pick the color and ship it off to you. If you don't have a blog (You don't have a blog? Seriously, just get one already.), and I know you in real life, just give me a clue who you are. Winner will be chosen at random. Entries accepted through Monday night Dec. 17; winner will be notified a day or so later.

The fleece jacket won't reach you in time for Christmas, so if you just want to go ahead and order one on your own Lands' End will waive the shipping charges through December 19 (no minimum order!); use the coupon code 'joy' to save your hard-earned cash.

Here's what DH has to say about the latest (and possibly 2007's only) addition to his wardrobe:

As soft as the sheep from which it came (or possibly the recycled plastic beverage containers from which it came. I'm unclear on the origin), this Lands' End fleece jacket is thin but insulates well against the chilly clime of my underheated office. It's so nice to feel that I'm frequently distracted from other tasks so as to rub my torso.

The jacket also boasts nanotechnology. From the same 21st century science that brought us Van Halen cellphone ringtones and custom-logo M&Ms, some microscopic material keeps electrons from being pulled off the jacket when you apply friction. When I remove my outer jacket, there's no crackle or shock of static. Importantly though, when I rub my fuzzy slippers on the carpet, I can still shock one of the boys. But the jacket does what Lands End says it does and it's soft soft soft!

Edited to add: I just realized the jacket only comes in medium and large. So if the guy you have in mind for this is big or tall, this is not the item for him, sorry! Also, US residents only, please.

And, after you've posted your comment, check out my latest blogging efforts over at BabyCenter.

The true miracle of Chanukah is that our house didn't burn down when we lit all of our menorahs this evening!

Friday, December 07, 2007

Plumbing problems

Our house. Not me.

Still, when the plumber was reviewing the needed fixes with me, there was much talk about female parts and the male parts that fit into them and nipples and such. I was blushing like a 12 year-old girl.

It will be nice to use the dishwasher and washing machine after a week without.

But during my week of paper plate dining, this mama, hosted a fabulous holiday party for the Chicago Moms Bloggers courtesy of Graco. Melissa Graham and her Monogramme catering company provided excellent service, divine food and plentiful drinks for our event.

Graco sponsored the event to promote their new product, the Sweetpeace Baby Soother, which I expected to be lame, but is really cool! You've never seen anything like it. Alas, I didn't take any pictures and I can't seem to find a good one to lift from the website, so click over and check it out.

Stop in next week, because Santa's little helper arranged a great giveaway for me!