You Tube

You know those people that do their research before buying something? The ones that walk into the car dealership with print outs of all the models and ask the salesman about how many screws hold the engine on the lefthand side and after test driving it return four more weekends in the row before finally deciding to just get a season pass to the railway instead? That’s my son!

He doesn’t randomly ask for things or sees something in the story only to demand it immediately. NO, no, NO! He will first form an interest, fueled by dedication to the particular hobby or topic or thing. He will then research it inside out. After he is convinced this interest is here to stay he will decide what he needs to be able to incorporate it into his play or everyday life.

Take Star Wars for example. He recently showed great interest in the saga so we decided to watch the movies together as a family. It all started with him playing with our neighbor’s son who introduced him to it. Then he asked for a small LEGO set to be able to build and has since chosen some more now that he has seen the movies. But they are not just random sets, he maticiously reads the catalogues and watches You Tube videos to determine which sets will give him the best value for money and the most playability. Honestly, I am not making this up!

Unlucky for us most of these videos are old and mention sets that have since been discontinued and can only be bought as collectibles. Fair warning to Santa: he has his eyes on a box of LEGO’s that is topping $800 mark on Ebay at the moment. Better get those elves to work double shift as Chippendales of something…

Anyways the other week we were all relaxing after a hike with our feet up and Julian declared he will go upstairs and review his LEGO set. I did’t even realize what he meant until he returned downstair a few minutes later, handed me his iPod and asked me to post this on You Tube please:

Beside his sniffles and my not so white carpet I believe this is a masterpiece ;)

Speaking of reviews in the coming weeks I will be featuring my top picks for Christmas gifts this year. Over the years I have met some incredible, passionate, innovative businesses and decided to tell you all about them. Stay tuned!

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Monday Listicles

Howdy partners!

What’s new with you? Are you keeping warm? Anyone snowed in yet?

It has been really cold past few days around here and I am really loving it. Makes me want to drink tea by the bucket and wear warm sweaters. I even bought myself the most comfortable, hipster boots ever. Who knew I still have it in me? Good taste I mean…

It hasn’t been all peachy though. Lately I have been struck by the complaining atom and I had no trouble writing this listicle. But with Thanksgiving coming we must do this:


Make a list, check it twice, link it up. Read others. Have fun!




The wastefulness drives me nuts. Like Oprah’s Teavana tea. You pay $15 for 2 OZ of loose tea that is packed in an 8 OZ can that is packed in a huge and very fancy cardboard box. The worst part is that aside from wasting resources to make this elaborate package, presumably to make us think that it’s OK to charge that much for a tea blend they waste money they could be giving to the charity they claim these tea was made to benefit.


Enough with wasting money sending us mailing labels, christmas gifts, totes and such with an attached letter asking to help your cause. How about you take what we subscribed to give and instead of spending it on things to entice us to give more you all just give it to the ones you promised me you would. The ones in need!


I don’t get it. Don’t we all pay loads of money every month to have these channels? Then what’s with the whole pill for this and that commercial every 7 minutes?


Specially when there is an abundance of empty ones two rows down. Cause taking 10 extra steps is bad for you why!!?


I ordered something from J.Crew a few weeks ago and it took them 9 days before they shipped it, another week before it arrived. If it is a small company I wouldn’t mind but if retailers makes millions with online sales they really should ship within a few days of the order being placed, specially since all items I bought were in stock.


Once my order got here my sweater’s seam unraveled the first time I wore it. My son’s t-shirt follow the same fate after the first wash. Yes I know I can call them and maybe they will replace it but frankly time is money and the effort it takes is sometimes just not worth it. It does sadden me when I realize just how awful products from our most prominent companies in the USA are.


Oh how I hate anything low fat and organic and natural and healthy and such. Fact of the matter is that labeling chicken ‘free range’ doesn’t have to mean it also eats healthy. It just means it has access to outdoors. For all you know it is full of antibiotics and corn anyways, sitting in a concrete yard… I think we should be able to decide what we buy based on the true labels on a product. Not everyone demands free range chicken but those who do should rest assure that that animal roamed free and only ate what it found. Period.


Seriously, why on earth do people leave their car on as they go into the store or to pick up their child or whatever. And honestly in my book it is equally bad if anyone is left in the car or not. Engine of the car is designed to move it. So if you are parked you don’t need it on, right?


Truth be told driving on roads these days and seeing what people do behind the wheel is enough to make us loose faith in humanity.


I actually really dislike complaining. I believe doing is better then talking about it. But sometimes we must vent about things we seem to be unable to control. Like politics and weather and school drop off traffic.
Thanks for reading. I will now eat chocolate and promise not to complain for a while :)

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Monday Listicles

Sunday Funday!

I am really in the mood for some jokes. Lately I have been a little under the weather. I think I over scheduled myself a wee bit and I keep worrying about not getting things done. Today I have been stuck in front of the screen all day and I am so ready to laugh. In fact googling these put me in a great mood. There are a lot of great short jokes out there on the world wide web. Which is convenient since I cannot tell a joke to save my life. But I am great at copy and paste!

Next week: 10 COMPLAINTS

Make a list, check it twice, link it up. Read others. Have fun!



1. Where do you find a one-legged dog? Where you left it.

2. If a man states an opinion and there is no woman to hear it, is he still wrong?

3. What did zero say to eight? Nice belt.

4. Two snowmen are standing in a meadow. One snowman turns to the other and says: Do you smell carrots?

5. A magician was walking down the street and turned into a grocery store.

6. Two aerials meet on a roof – fall in love – get married. The ceremony was rubbish – but the reception was brilliant.

7. I saw this bloke chatting up a cheetah. I thought, ”He’s trying to pull a fast one”.

8. Slept like a log last night… Woke up in the fireplace.

9. They told me my password needed to be eight characters, so I entered “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

10. What’s the downside to bigamy? More than one mother-in-law.

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