Tuesday, February 19, 2008

WARNING: Girl Talk Below!

Have you ever NOT hung up on a research marketing phone survey? The other day, I took one such call, and thought she was going to ask me a series of questions about my movie viewing. After all, the woman's first question was, "Do you have a dvd player?" But, then again, her accent was severe, so maybe I misunderstood her.
Her next question was, "Do you use pantyliners?" OK, what does THAT have to do with me owning a dvd player!?!
For the next 20 minutes I was subjected to such questions as,
"How many Panty Liners do you use? 3-7, 7-14, or 14-30 a month? Do you used pantyliners at the beginning of your period? Do you use pantyliners during low flow days? Do you use pantyliners as a backup for heavy flow days? Do you use pantyliners with tampons? Do you use pantyliners with maxipads?"
OK, I am VERY open about these things with my close girlfriends, but I have to admit, I think I was blushing. How dare she ask me such personal questions! But she continued, and for some reason, I didn't hang up!
"What brand of Pantyliners have you bought in the last month." (5 choices are given, including store brand) Me: "Ummmm. I don't remember." Researcher: "Which choice would you like me to record, ma'am?" Me: "Oh for heaven's sake, just put store brand!"
"Do you agree or disagree that the word, 'sexy' describes Carefree Panty Liners? Do you agree or disagree that the word 'flirty' describes Carefree Panty Liners? Would you agree or disagree that Carefree Panty Liners give you freedom to do whatever you want to do? Is that strongly disagree, mostly disagree or somewhat disagree?"
Really now, do they expect ANYONE to say that a pantyliner makes them feel sexy or flirty? I'm just wondering.

Monday, February 18, 2008


We native Minnesotans are known to go out in any weather. What, a blizzard? No problem! Visibility is low with blowing snow? No big deal! We just go slow and plunge ahead. (Unless we have a 4-wheel drive truck. Then we go fast!) We go on with our lives and go where we need to go.

Last Sunday was one of those days. It was not snowing, but you'd never know it, because the top layer of snow was blowing fiercely across the open fields. Mostly, the roads were blown clear, but there was an occasional drift. We had just left our house to go to church and were driving down our gravel country road: I saw the drift coming and told Robb to go around it--too late. We plowed into that drift. We had no trouble staying on the road, but I scolded Robb for going through it. He claimed he didn't see it coming. (I have my doubts about that!) The kids thought it was great fun to see the billow of snow, and so they chatted about it as we made our way to church. Robb didn't see the damage till later.

Now, I'd like to know if you have a "stupid snowbank" story....SARA?

Simple Joys

I feel like blabbing! No interesting stories, just a few simple joys to share.

Robb has been working A LOT. (That is NOT a joy - to him or me.) He worked almost every night last week (including Valentines, but we had a early date on Tues.) and then all day Saturday. So it came as a sort of mixed blessing when Megan got sick on Saturday night and Robb had to stay home from church on Sunday with the kids. He enjoyed a lazy morning and I enjoyed a sermon without having to shush kids, or solve fights over crayons in the middle of church. On Sunday afternoon, the whole family snuggled on the couch, (Megan was fine by then,) and watched Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea. Yep, the WHOLE thing. A lovely day of rest!
Today was the second day I used my new language curriculum for Mitchell and Megan (Learning Language Arts Through Literature). It's amazing how a new curriculum can breath new life into a homeschool day! I have more confidence that they are learning what they need to, and they seem to like it better than the old stuff. (Well, at least Megan does. Mitchell still claims to hate school.) Yea for new books!
When we moved into this house, I held myself back from hanging too many pictures on the walls, because I thought we'd only be here a year or so. Now that we have settled in here and fallen in love with the farm, I've begun to add more "Kristina" touches to the house and decor to make this house "ours". I recently shopped for pictures (at Family Dollar and Walmart, of course) and found some lovely new things. And I bought new towels! Don't you just get happy about new towels!? (See, I told you I'd blab about simple joys!)