December 19, 2014

Merry Christmas and Goodbye 2014

Welp, once SoldierMan gets home from work today, I’m officially declaring it Christmas. So this will be my last post until 2015. Yay!

I’ll still be over on twitter and facebook, so if you haven’t followed that way yet, now is the time to do it! I have some fun stuff in mind for those two venues, you’ll want to join me!

As a parting gift, I leave you with this picture of Achilles in front of our Christmas Tree that I took the other day, with my new toy (and early Christmas present) – a shiny new D7000. :) :)

Me and My SoldierMan Husky Achilles Christmas

I hope you all have very Merry Christmases and safe and fun New Years! See you in 2015!

December 17, 2014

6 Things More Annoying Than Babies on a Plane

Another incident of “baby apology goodie bags” has gone viral. This most recent example involves parents handing out candy and earplugs to their fellow airplane travelers, to curry good favor in the event their infant is heard as well as seen.

If I went around the grocery store handing out $5 to everyone once we arrived “just in case” my child has a hard time, it would be considered superfluous (I hope). But read a lot of the headlines and article comments associated with this story and you’ll find a general attitude of, “This should be normal for all parents traveling with babies, I absolutely deserve candy for being stuck on a plane with them.”

Babies are people too, and I don’t understand why parents feel this burden to placate total strangers for normal infant behavior. Babies cry and fuss. (Well, I didn’t, but that’s because I had a hole in my heart – oxygen issues. Healthy babies cry and fuss. Remember that.)

December 15, 2014

Book Review: The American Experience in Vietnam

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy by Zenith Press for this review. Opinions are my own.

Vietnam

I continue to be impressed with the books I receive for review from Zenith Press. Another beautifully-illustrated piece of historical non-fiction, The American Experience in Vietnam: Reflections on an Era walks the reader through the Vietnam War from the politics and history of its beginnings, and is updated through the 50th anniversary of the war, this year.

The book is broken into large sections covering the general chronology as well as topics, filled with striking photographs primarily from the war zone. It’s every bit as engaging to flip through as it is to sit and read. The large sections are broken up by two-page profiles of individuals’ experiences – regular Joes, war protestors, a Medal of Honor recipient, as well as figures fighting for the North Vietnamese.

December 12, 2014

O Christmas Cards, O Christmas Cards…

Disclaimer: I’m going to talk about dealing with two companies, Cardstore and Walmart. The cards I got from Cardstore were free, thanks to a discount code I won in a giveaway on another blog. The cards from Walmart were purchased in entirety by me. All experiences are genuine and all opinions are my own.

That disclaimer pretty much sets the scene for this post. If you follow me on twitter, you know I was entering Christmas Card giveaways like mad during November. This is because I love sending Christmas cards (and receiving them!) but I’m also cheap. My thinking was, even if I only win enough to pay for part of our Christmas cards, that’s still saving money, right?

Well, I won one of the giveaways that I found (out of 50 entries, I was 45 of them, so I was pretty confident). It was for free cards from Cardstore.com. I’d never used Cardstore, never even heard of them, so this was my first exposure. And they had a good variety, the website was easy to use, and had really fast shipping. All of that was great. It still only covered about 80% of our address book, but I figured purchasing 20% was acceptable. I decided to wait until I got the cards in hand, though, before buying any more than the amount I got for free.