June 18, 2013

Here are some thoughts I’ve had recently.

Why do we have to sleep? God could have made us any way he wanted and he chose that we needed to sleep in order to function. I think I have some ideas on why. Sometimes you need to reset. You know when you have a terrible day and you say to yourself, hopefully tomorrow will be better and you watch the clock until it’s a reasonable time to go to bed? Yeah sleep is to cure that. I think he created us to sleep so that our babies would be created to sleep so that we get a break. I LOVE my kid and I love being a stay at home mom, but I love that she naps and that she sleeps at night. I need the break in order to enjoy her. And if those reasons weren’t enough, crawling in bed at the end of the day is one of the best feelings ever!

Why am I afraid of mice? For that matter why are we afraid of things like spiders, mice, bugs in general, teeny tiny things that cannot hurt us. And why am I not afraid of them if I see them outside, but if they are inside I freak out? I think there is a mouse in the utility area off my basement and now I’m terrified to go down there. It’s a mouse, likely no bigger than a kiwi and it causes me to run back up the stairs and I don’t even know if it exists.

Why does good for you food taste bad, and bad for you food taste good? I mean really, why?

Why did Smash have to be cancelled? I know why, because people didn’t watch it, so I guess the better question is why didn’t people watch it? It was fantastic and it only got more fantastic as it went on, I felt really sad after I watched the last episode. Ok I’ll admit Katharine McPhee needed some acting work, but her voice is beautiful which kinda made up for it.

I have tons more questions, but I would guess you’d rather not hear them, and you’re probably wondering why I even wrote this post ūüėČ


Themed Christmas

December 11, 2012

My mom and I have tossed this idea around this year for years to come. My brother has put the big fat nix on this idea, but that doesn’t mean Andrew and I can’t do it with just our family. Themed Christmas gift giving. Each year we pick a different theme. Some thoughts are second hand Christmas where you can only buy gently used gifts from eBay, consignment or even gift something from your house. A TJMaxx Christmas, my parents would have a hay day doing this one. Charity Christmas where you don’t buy for each other, but donate things in honor of each other so perhaps buying animals through World Vision or toys for toys for tots or angel tree. Homemade Christmas, I think this would be really fun. I just think it would be nice to dial back Christmas a little bit and just enjoy the season. We cut back on spending considerably this year because of our birth expenses and me becoming a stay at home mom. For us it would be more fun if there wasn’t a spending expectation rather just a themed expectation. My mother-in-law started this for Christmas this year and I really like the simplicity of it!



What do you think, would it be fun or too restrictive?

The Hunger Olympics

July 30, 2012

Andrew has never watched the Olympics. ¬†He didn’t grow up watching them and he just doesn’t quite understand our families love of the games. ¬†Every four years for two weeks in the summer our family sat fixated on the T.V. cheering on the United States. ¬†In fact I liked the Olympics so much I had an Olympic themed birthday party one year complete with an Olympic rings cake, events and a medal ceremony. ¬†Four years ago Andrew and I were getting ready to say I do so we didn’t prioritize the Olympics and Andrew somehow missed them. ¬†Since we are basically home bound right now we have been catching a lot of the games and Andrew is getting into them much more than he would like to admit.

Friday night we watched the opening ceremony and Andrew couldn’t believe how¬†similar¬†the ceremony was to the Hunger Games. ¬†He kept saying, “I can’t believe it, this is essentially the hunger games.” ¬†I continued to remind him that this was not a fight to the death, but I do see his point. ¬†Obviously the Olympics have been around for MUCH longer than this book series, but there were a few things that were creepily similar to this popular fiction. ¬†The kids lighting the torch at the end in all black. ¬†I mean come on all black outfits, blazing fire. ¬†Andrew and I were just waiting for their outfits to burst into flames. ¬†The fact that all those kids were under 18 and they were the main event/one of the most anticipated things of the night. ¬†Then to make it just a little bit more like the hunger games each of these “tributes” had “sponsors.” ¬†Hmm anyone else find this a little odd? ¬†Clearly the Hunger Games was loosely based off the Olympic Games, but the opening ceremony director may have taken a few cues from the books.

Hope you are enjoying the games this year. ¬†I’m really looking forward to the gymnastics finals. ¬†What event do you anticipate watching every 4 years?

-Why in the world am I wide awake at 5:00 AM??

– How many times did I get up to pee last night? ¬†The answer must be a lot because I clogged the toilet with tissue from all my trips in the night (I don’t flush at night because I’d hate to wake the Mr)

-I hate that I feel like the Today show has the power to ruin my morning. ¬†I grew up watching the Today show, can’t imagine not eating breakfast with it, but I unfortunately can’t stand Savannah. ¬†I want to like her, I’m really happy for her that she got her dream job, but I haven’t liked her since she started doing the 9 o’clock slot. ¬†Everytime I would catch her on the show I’d text my parents and ask why in the world she has that job? ¬†I think NBC made a big mistake with their choice, but it really shouldn’t bother me as much as it does. ¬†I wanted to try to change to Good Morning America, but that channel cuts in and out on our¬†antennae. ¬†So for now I’ll try to acclimate. ¬†What a “first world problem,” what’s wrong with me?

РThere are things in my refrigerator that will expire on or after my due date.  Wowzas, our little lady will be here soon.

– It’s raining and is supposed to continue all week and it’s not supposed to hit 100 this week either. ¬†This is good news for a very pregnant woman!

– I think it’s so odd that the news people in Austin call the 100 degrees the century mark. ¬†They say cheesy dumb things like, “it looks like we may be hitting the century mark today.” ¬†Uh ok, why not call it triple digits or just 100 degrees?

-My last thought on this Monday morning: when can I squeeze in a nap??

For those of you who know little about triathlons Kona is a triathletes Mecca.  My understanding is you either qualify for Kona or you can get voted in because of special circumstance.  For example Team Hoyt has been given a special circumstance to race in Kona.  I challenge you to watch that video without crying!  To see another video that tells you more about this dynamic duo click here.  Our friend Austin sat next to this lady on a flight yesterday and she is hoping to be voted into Kona.  She used Ironman competitions to turn her life and health around.  To see her short video and vote for her click here!  It literally takes 2 minutes to watch and click vote and it could grant this woman a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Recommended Queue

May 8, 2012

If you live in the Austin area it looks like you’ll be inside for the next week. We are getting rain all week, yep that’s right ,wet stuff is falling from the sky and it is absolutely glorious!! Don’t get me wrong, the sun is nice, but sometimes a gloomy day is just what you need. Here are some Netflix recommendations from the house of Campbell.

White Collar: fantastic t.v. series about the white collar FBI crime division using a convicted white collar felon to solve cases.

The Event: they totally need to make a second season. This is a fantastic show about an alien invasion, yeah I know it sounds pretty dumb, but trust me on this one, it very entertaining and Jason Ritter is fantastic in this series.

Til Death: A comedy series featuring the brother Robert from everybody loves Raymond. Cute 20 minute episodes highlighting some of the hilarity of marriage. I will warn you that Netflix has some of the later season episodes out of order so it’s a little weird and confusing, but still entertaining.

Being Elmo: this documentary about the puppeteer behind the famous Elmo is an inspiring story about overcoming obstacles with the support of your family.

If you are really bored Burn Notice is also a decent series, not Laura’s favorite, but Andrew is slowly going through it. Shows that I know Andrew has also enjoyed are Jericho and Breaking Bad so those might be worth a look.

Don’t Bother watching:
The Secret Life of the American Teenager: the acting is PAINFUL

Felicity: liked the first season or two, but the final season is pretty bad yet I feel the need to finish it!

Happily Divorced: based on Fran Drescher’s real life husband becoming gay, it’s a comedy series.

Happy rainy week for those of you down here, enjoy it while it lasts and when you feel like complaining remember last year when it DIDN’T RAIN!!!

Thank Google

March 13, 2012

I was baking some Amish friendship bread last night. I started baking around 11 PM and midway through I realized I didn’t have any baking powder. There was no way I was going out that late so I opened up trusty old google and guess what there are substitutes for baking powder that work perfectly. I used two parts cream of tartar to one part baking soda and the bread came out delicious, a little too delicious if you know what I mean! What did people do prior to the Internet?

Walk Off The Earth

February 25, 2012

If you haven’t seen these people, they are AMAZING and they have a lot of cool cover songs if you check them out on YouTube!

Just Don’t Tell

February 7, 2012

So I’ve thought about the whole netflix/quickster snafu for awhile and I’ve discovered something that I think is kind of funny. ¬†People got SO UPSET when netflix raised their prices and notified all of their customers about the rate change. ¬†We are customers of netflix and we made the decision to drop the DVD mail and just do streaming. ¬†I wasn’t super upset about it, I think they handled it poorly, but they are a business and they are trying to make money. ¬†How many of you realized that Redbox raised their rate the same percentage within weeks of the netflix rate hike? ¬†Netflix raised their rates by 20% I think and instead of redbox being $1.00 the rentals went up to a minimum of $1.20. ¬†You don’t notice it as much because it’s 20 cents, but it’s the same rate of change. ¬†Facebook blew up with complaints the day netflix sent out the notification, but I have yet to hear one person complain about the 20% rate hike from redbox. ¬†What have we learned from this? ¬†Just don’t tell!

The Knope Grope

January 31, 2012

Oh my word, Parks and Recreation. ¬†On Saturday I’m not sure what happened, but I think we must have fallen in superglue and then sat on the couch¬†because¬†our bums were glued there for about the entire day. ¬†Andrew went and tutored and I eventually got a shower at 5:00 and we ran an errand or two at that point. ¬†What we did do is watch AN ENTIRE SEASON of Parks and Recreation. ¬†The third season to be exact and now I’m sad and anxiously awaiting the next season to be uploaded onto netflix. ¬†If you don’t remember the phrase in the title go back and watch the camping episode. ¬†I laughed out loud several times during the first ten minutes. Amy Pohler doesn’t¬†disappoint.