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What did I miss? There was Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Both uneventful for me… ehhh that’s ok, I was away. It would’ve been nice to come back to loads of orders. My excuse is: “My site is new!” hehe, I’ll have to have another excuse next year.

Anyway, I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. Ours started out fantastic. We headed towards Nevada and got to see husband’s parents, his sister & her husband. The food was great. The only thing was, most everyone had the stomach flu! Our little J got it first on Thanksgiving night. (We were wondering why he didn’t want to eat) All night long, every hour the little guy ‘got sick’. We went thru many linens and changes of clothes, to say the least. Luckily, little J went right back to sleep everytime, like it was nothing.

Two nights later, my husband and his mom both got it. Again, every hour that night they ‘got sick’. Then the next day it was his sister who got sick with the same exact thing. Grandpa and I were waiting for our turn. Luckily, we never got sick. Funny we were the only 2 who didn’t get flu shots.

Anyway, there was lots of recovery going on. We stayed an extra day since husband didn’t think he could handle the 4-hour drive back. He seemed to have gotten the worst of it. I was a bit antsy to get back because I felt cooped up. There was no internet and no one to go places with. The only thing we had was husband’s laptop with dial-up on it. I forgot how sloooooooow it was. I only used it when I really had to. Needless to say, I did a lot of (much needed) sleeping, and thinking, and making goals for next year, (and crossword puzzles and sudokus hahaha).

Overall it was a nice trip and great to see everyone. I’m so glad to be home and to get back into the swing of things. I feel like I’ve been away forever!


I’ve contributed to quite a few giveaways/contests the past couple of months that I think I’ve almost lost track! The latest is for Creature Comfort’s Holiday Giveaway.

To enter, leave a comment to their post regarding the giveaway. That’s it. A winner will be picked on December 11th. Keep checking back to Creature Comforts as she posts pictures of goodies that are in the gift basket!

We’re a bit late to the party on this one, but we are one of the contributors to the 7 gift baskets to be won for the Rare Robin Awards put together by Rare Bird Finds.


If you like our Dear Monday site, please vote for us in the paper category. No matter who you vote for, you’ll be entered to win 1 of 7 gift baskets. The contest ends November 30, so there’s still plenty of time to vote! Go vote HERE.

I swear sometimes it’s hard to make friends when you’re a mom. I met a great gal (I’ll call Mindy) a few months ago and I was hoping we’d become friends because she seems pretty awesome and she has a son 4 months younger than my Little J. For a while we’d occassionally meet at the park, share stories about how tiring/busy it is staying at home, etc. etc. We’d email here and there about getting together and she’d give me preschool tips/leads.

One day Mindy invited Little J and I over for a little playdate. How exciting because besides my sister, I don’t hang out with anyone with kids. (Oh I suppose I do hang out with the nannies at the park.) Anyway, our sons had a nice time and we all had lunch at her house. I totally thanked her and made it a point that she come over our house next time. Haven’t heard from her. hehe, I wonder was it because my Little J hogged all her son’s Thomas the train toys? Or that my son showed her son how to splash water and get all wet? Or maybe my son’s too much a ball of energy? Or maybe she thinks I’m too busy with my business.

Then there’s my neighbor who is a fellow paper/graphics gal. We finally sat down one day and had a great get-to-know-each-other moment. We emailed lots about printers, and paper and stuff. She even thought I’d enjoy meeting some of her crafty friends.

It was cool until there was a neighborhood block party that we didn’t go to. (It was 90 degrees, during nap time and plus we had our nephew’s bday to go to.) We rsvp that we couldn’t make it. After that, our conversations kind of stopped. To add to my slight paranoia, there was a community newsletter saying what a great turnout there was at the block party. And that even the newest neighbors who’ve just moved in within the last month was able to come out to meet all the neighbors. Eeek. My husband made a comment how “it makes it sound like we’re not very neighborly”.

I’ve since emailed my neighbor about paper related stuff or ask about her business and she occasionally replies but it wasn’t like before. It’s just too bad because I think she’s the nicest lady. Sometimes I wonder if I’m seen as flaky or maybe just too busy to actually have a friendship with.

No matter, my best friend these days is the internet anyway!!! hahaha 🙂