Sunday, April 27, 2008

Slide up der

We had a blast a millenium park today... even though daddy was a bit more nervous than Kiernan on the super big slide :)

The green slide was a little more manageable for K on his own.

There's no better pick me up when you're feeling kind of gloomy than this kind of fun! :)

Contest round up

Here are a bunch of neat contests to check out :)

5 minutes for mom is giving away a 2-wheel caboose bike trailor, which looks like the perfect thing for anyone who has a hard time riding a regular bike for any reason. Check it out, and if you know anyone who could use one, let them know about the contest!

Win a pair of Robeez from superdumb supervillain

There's a frog in my soup is giving away a gift certificate for quote the walls

Stephanie from Adventures in babywearing is having a contest where you guess if she's having a boy or a girl. You can win a $50 gc to the Warm Biscuit bedding company

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Sunday, April 20, 2008

My buddy my buddy my buddy

Remember this?

This post doesn't really have much to do with that, but it made me think of it and then I had to go find it because I think that has to be one of the most memorable commercials of my childhood :)

So the real story :)

Last night I was getting K ready for bed and as I'm putting on his diaper he starts crying and saying "buddy budddyy" and continued to do this as I tried to get him into his PJs. I had no idea what he meant when he kept saying buddy so I just said "ok, as soon as you have your pjs on you can show me what you mean"

I put him down and he immediately runs to the bathroom yelling "buddy buddy!" and I realize he was saying "potty! potty!"

Now, we aren't potty training. We do have a potty in the bathroom and I've sat him on it from time to time and talked about the potty. One morning I put him on it when I'd had to wake him up and we sat and read a book and he peed. I was impressed. But, we aren't potty training, we're just trying to introduce the topic.

So I thought he just wanted to sit on the potty and I said ok. Then he started pulling off his PJ bottoms, so I helped, and took off his diaper. He climbed on and demanded a book. Ok... I got a book. And then, he peed!!!


I couldn't get over it. What kind of craziness is that? Will he ever do it again???? He probably won't, but man, it was very cool! :)

Monday, April 14, 2008

Introducing cheese

We decided to try goat's milk cheese on Kiernan since the real issue is cow's milk protein with him and although goat's milk protein is similar, by this age the hope is that it's different enough that he could process it.

But guess what? Goat's cheese is very strong tasting... in apparently a not yummy at all way. And he won't eat it!!

The good news? So far, the small amounts we've managed to try him into eating haven't had any negative effects.

Any tips on how to hide the taste of goat's cheese into things? I'm going to try to melt some into his beloved pasta tonight. Woe is me ;)

Sunday, April 13, 2008

A boy after his grandpapa's heart

For all of you not in the know, Grandpapa is an electrical engineer who specializes in 3d imaging :)

Saturday, April 12, 2008

How not to get a paper version of the phone book from Bell Canada - part 2

After my efforts the other day to try to find out what Bell's plans were to start giving people the option to get a paper version of the phone book or not, I was waiting for a reply to an email I sent to the complaints department of Bell.

Here is the transcript:

To whom it may concern,

As someone who never uses a paper copy of the telephone book I decided to inquire from Bell Canada how to opt out of receiving the telephone book. First, nobody that I was in contact with (via email and then by instant chat) knew the answer and immediately misunderstood my concern. Finally I was given the contact information for the directory company (who responded quickly and answered my questions (the right question) to the best of their abilities) being told that it was not possible to opt out of receiving the phone book.

Considering what an enormous waste this is, and how many people I know who would also like to not receive a paper copy of the phone book I inquired as to plans to change this blanket distribution. I was told there was no current plan but that some changes were likely going to be made. I would like to know if this is true, what those plans might be, and how I can then distribute the information on this new practice to my friends and family as well as via my blog.

I thank you in advance for your quick response on what I consider to be a very serious issue. Saving as much paper as would be saved by many people not receiving the directory (not to mention it must be a cost savings to your company!) is not something to be ignored!


(eesh, I was in a mood huh? :) Now the response I got (minus come of the canned stuff to make it less heavy to read)

On Tue, Apr 8, 2008 at 2:33 PM, belldirect <> wrote:
Hello Lara

Thank you for visiting Bell's web site. My name is Guruchand and I am
pleased to assist you regarding directory book.

I understand that you don't want to receive directory book. I will
help you regarding this issue Lara.

I have sent the request to one of my colleague in the specialist department. My colleague will help you in stopping the directory books.

I am sorry for the delay in processing your request. But I assure
that you will not receive any directory books in papers.

Please feel free to contact us in the future by using our online Chat.

We appreciate you using Bell Canada's eContact Centre.

Thank you,

Bell Canada eContact Centre

Hmm. Suspicious I say. So I reply:

Thank you for your response. Since I was told it wasn't possible to
opt out of receiving phone books I would appreciate a follow up once
this has been forwarded on to the person who can help. Also, I would
like to find out how I can pass along this information to other
friends and readers of my blog who would choose to also opt out.

And then I get:

Thank you for visiting Bell's web site. My name is Guruchand and I am
pleased to assist you regarding the directory book.

I am glad to help you again Lara. If your friends want to stop the
directory book in papers, please ask them to send a mail to us. We will
help you all.

Please feel free to contact us in the future by using our online Chat.

We appreciate you using Bell Canada's eContact Centre.

Thank you,

Bell Canada eContact Centre

So what do you think? Do you believe Guruchand or are you just as skeptical as me? Or Eric?

Considering the earlier response stating that there was no delivery list to be removed from makes me wary that they would make a no-deliver list. I can picture Guruchand's specialist colleague saying "Tell them we can put them on a list, they won't know there is no list until the book shows up at their 2009, at which point we will be driving to Calcutta to join Rogers customer support anyhow!"

What do you think my next steps should be?

Monday, April 07, 2008

No.... what I'm saying is I don't want a paper version

This past week I saw a tweet* go by from Crunchy Domestic Goddess suggestion a great green tip - opt out of getting a paper copy of your phone book. I thought this was a FABULOUS idea. I never look at ours - I exclusively use the only phone book, and really, if I'm going to refer to the paper copy once a year, I can pay the $1 411 would charge me to look up the number - it's worth it to save the trees wasted for unused phone books!

So I went to the Bell Canada site to figure out how to opt out. I did searches, read through FAQs, and couldn't find anything. Ok, no problem. I sent an email asking how to opt out and got a very nice reply this morning telling me how to get my bills online instead of paper copies. Ok, also a nice tip, but NOT what I asked.

I went back to the Bell site and this time, since it was during business hours, used the live chat option to ask my question. After a zillion canned responses I get "so you would like to be removed from the printed version of the phone book". NO!! Goodness, is this really that rare and bizarre a request?

Next "Shane" disappeared for about 5 minutes to come back and tell me I had to contact the company that distributes the phone books. I got a really fast reply from them telling me that I couldn't opt out, that the phone books are a blanket distribution and so they can't take people off the list.

Ok... fair enough, but then there must be plans in progress to change this practice? This can't possibly be something you plan to CONTINUE doing. So I asked and was told that she thought there were plans to make a change, but she didn't know what they were and so maybe I should contact the executive offices at Bell to let them know how I felt. Overall, I had no negative feelings towards this woman, it sounds like she doesn't work for Bell but simply is a service provider for Bell and was telling me what they've been contracted to do.

So back I go to Bell and their live chat. Where I ask how to contact the executive offices (because I can't find any info easily on their site). And I get a zillion canned including what is my name and phone number and what is my concern. I tell them and continue getting canned responses (which was starting to make me mad) and when I finally get "Alan" to understand what I'm saying, because again, NO, I'm not trying remove my listing from the phone book, he starts back into giving me the contact information for the company that distributes them. In the end, he finally gave me a generic email address to write to, and I'm left feeling very frustrated with Bell - not only because they won't let me opt out of getting a paper copy, or that nobody could tell me if they were planning to change their practices, or that nobody understood what I was talking about, but because I felt like it shouldn't be remotely so complicated to just make a formal complaint about something!

I sent my email and am waiting to hear back... but I think maybe a facebook group... an online petition... something else is in order. Because really, when's the last time YOU looked something up in the paper phone book?

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Sunday, April 06, 2008

Spring! Spring! Spring!

Since winter started in July this year (well it certainly feels like it was that long ago ;) this has been a particularly tough year for the winter blues. Which is what made it so nice to get outside for a walk today!

Kiernan got to sport his new Diego boots... which he used to their new purpose thoroughly stomping through puddles and snow.

Can you tell I've been trying to go all Pioneer Woman with some of these photos? :)

Afraid of the scale

For as long as I can remember, I've dreaded weighing myself. I'm constantly struggling with my weight... trying to keep it lower, finding out I messed up my goals by giving in to the urge for yummy foods. It's frustrating and often disheartening.

And now I have a new battle with the scale... fear of readings being too low for Kiernan. As we've struggled with the fact that he's so little and the fear that there might be something more to that than just the fact that he's a little guy, I've gotten more and more apprehensive about weighing him. Instead of weighing him to see the progress we've made, I worry that he'll be weighed (especially when we're at the doctor's) only find he's lost weight instead of gaining.

We have a doctor's appointment on Tuesday and the closer we get, the more nervous I get. I think in some cases he's been eating less lately, but that's because he's finally willing to eat grown up food instead of baby food. And for me, that's a step in the right direction.

Maybe it's time to throw away the scales and just trust in my intuition when it comes to him - but I have a feeling the doctors won't be so keen on that plan. So we'll go, and he'll get weighed, and one day, when he's 6'2 and 200 lbs I'll be able to laugh at how concerned I was that he was too small and that the doctors would think I wasn't working hard enough to get him to grow ;)

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Call children's aid - she doesn't want her kid getting into danger!

So, baby leashes, apparently they're awful and kids who are leashed need to go into therapy when they're older because.....

Well to be honest, I'm not sure why they would need to go into therapy.

I think a leash makes a lot of sense. I'm not thinking of putting a harness on my kid and staking him to the middle of our front lawn to go out and play for a few hours while I sit and watch tv. I'm not thinking of wrapping the leash around a parking metre while I go shopping. I'm not planning on restraining my child to keep him within a foot of me at all times either.

But I have to admit that the idea of a leash really appeals to me (and I thought this before I even had a baby) because it means that I can keep track of a baby who wants to explore, who doesn't want to be carried, who doesn't want to sit in a stroller, and who doesn't want to hold your hand.

I would still let my child climb on the bleachers and play, and I'm not sure I would use on a child much older than a toddler, but for at least a year or two in there, it seems like the ideal way to keep track of my little monkey.

Plus they have these super cute backpack leashes! And I want one! And if I'm wrong and I try it out and I see that it's cruel, I'll probably stop, but I still don't really see how that can be....

What do you think?

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Tons 'o stuff Tuesday

Remember when I asked people to help me win a contest for a photography session? I won! YAY! She takes fabulous photos and I can't wait to see what she does for us! :) Thanks to everyone who commented for me!

The thing I look forward to most every April 1 is seeing what Google will do to amuse me :) They don't let me down! My favourite part about that is that Larry Page can't keep a straight face. hehe. And then gmail has one too. I wonder who gets paid to come up with this stuff :) Oh - plus I learned a new term today - Rick Rolled. Had you heard of it? I learned it when I found out that youtube had rick rolled all the links on their main page. Hilarious! If it's still April 1 when you see this - go check it out!

I went to a Women 2.0 event tonight which was a lot of fun! I met a lot of great women, and I learned that I really wasn't getting Twitter. Or at least, I haven't been using it to its full capabilities. So that's my goal for the next week - figure twitter out properly. Follow me and I'll follow you!

Aside from learning about Twitter (which really wasn't the key part about the evening at all! :) I found out about a bunch of neat websites that I think will be worth checking out. Loyalty Match - where you can sell all those loyalty points you never use, or, buy people's points to get items that you want. And Freshbooks, which sounds like a fabulous tool if you run a business that involves invoicing people. And Liquid Planner, which I keep wanting to call Liquid Monkey, which is an online project management system. I've already signed up and started inputting tasks. The question is, will I keep logging back in?

Are these compilation blog posts too long and boring for people to read?