Wednesday, December 05, 2007
  Reason #6
I didn’t mention the bathtub.

The bathtub is great. I guess it was a couple of months ago that I started taking nightly baths. I’ve always taken a shower before, bed, but one night I was so tired that the prospect of standing up was just too much, so I filled up the bathtub instead. And it’s been a nightly bath instead ever since. Chris tries to tease me for being eco-unfriendly, but I point out that I probably use a lot less water in the tub than I would in my long shower, and he had to agree. It’s a really nice part of the day.. Relax, get clean, get warm… Usually there is a dog or two in the bathroom to keep me company and come lick water off my arm every few minutes.

If I’m REALLY into it, I can fill the water deep and turn the jets on. Yes, it’s a WHIRLPOOL bath. I don’t do this often, though, since the water has to be really deep and then I would feel guilty for using so much water. But, you know, sometimes the whirlpool bath is necessary… Although on those days, I usually just want to go to bed as soon as possible anyhow.

And the best part about le tub? It’s self-cleaning!
Hehe.. Not really. But Idalia does clean it regularly. And I do realize that having a nice, clean bathtub every night without ever having to clean it is just another way in which I am very lucky.

Maaaaaaaaaaan, am I ever tired. I had class last night until 8:30, then went to the Wal*Mart to pick up a bike for this charity thing at work, and tried to do some shopping at that hell-forsaken place… Didn’t get home until 10:30, didn’t go to bed until 2. I am WIPED OUT today. Tonight is a recharge kinda night.

My Chris had jury duty today. He got picked, but they settled the case so he got to go home really early today. I called him to say hi and he was taking a nap. I hung up with him and smiled, really happy for him – my baby was taking a nap! A nap! How uncharacteristic! And deserve-ed! I’m telling you, that boy is always running around, doing 10 things at a time.. For example, he can’t watch just watch the game – he has to run on the treadmill & lift weights at the same time. Seriously. I sing in the car; he takes care of bills and has a stack of other things to make sure he stays “productive” at stoplights and whatnot. It’s quite remarkable, actually. But I’m happy for him when he can just slow down a little and relax... and nap! And I’m happy we have this vacation coming up. So, so, so happy! He hasn't taken a full week in a couple of years! :) And we get to see SLOTHS! Hopefully!
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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