Thursday, February 28, 2008

Power Sharing in Kenya

Hiya. I just read this article on cnn.com; Kenya rivals sign power-sharing deal.

President Mwai Kibaki will remain President and Raila Odinga will be Prime Minister. Both leaders urged an end to the violence. This is such good news. I hope it works!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Money in Warming

Check out this article at Bloomberg.com; Global Warming Melts New Sea Lanes for Norilsk, ConocoPhillips . It talks about how the melting caused by global warming is going to allow companies to make money and save money by sailing over the top of the world.

In other sad news, Kofi Annan has halted the talks in Kenya. They were going nowhere, so he's stopped them. He did say he will hold individual talks with each side.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Arrived and Moved In

We took 3 days to drive from the Boston area to the Chicago area. It doesn't have to take that long, but we took it slow with a U-haul in tow. It was a very relaxing drive! Fortunately, we had clear weather for almost the entire trip.

The apartment is decent. Upstairs is the master bedroom, bath, walk-in closet and a loft that we made into SPie's bedroom. Downstairs has a second bedroom that we've made into SPie's playroom. We surprised her with a train set and hung Thomas the Train wall stickers around the room. She loves it. She hates to have her picture taken, but she actually wanted to have her picture taken next to the Thomas stickers!

Monday is our new beginnings day; SPie starts daycare and I start work. Wish us luck!

The playroom:

The view from our apartment (it's very flat out here!)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

More Free Stuff

I've been reading a number of blogs by women who are reviewing their finances, so this is a timely give a way.

Until 8/7c tonight you can download a free copy of Suze Orman's book, Women & Money. Click here for the link to the page on Oprah's site. Then scroll down until you see the book. It's offered in both Spanish and English.

Read and $ave!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Give Away Contest

GreenStyleMom is giving away 2 reusable water bottles made by SIGG. If you need reusable water bottles, check out the contest here: http://greenstylemom.blogspot.com/2008/02/sigg100-giveaway.html).

I went to the sigg website and took their 10 question global warming IQ quiz. I only got two correct! Give it a try and let me know how you do ....
(http://sigg100.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=27&Itemid=39). My guess is that I'm not the only one that doesn't know the answers!

If you check out the sigg 100 site, don't forget to enter for a trip to Hawaii.

Good luck on the give-aways!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Cleaning Out

We've been cleaning out as we pack. In the past two weeks, we've recycled about 12 bags of shredded paper from old files, donated 3 bags of toys/clothes/and general stuff, and donated 1 bag of children's books (lucky little Sweetie-Pie had duplicates). I've also purged and partially organized a bunch of old pictures (going back almost 20 years!). I had hoped to get the pictures into albums, but I don't have time for that right now. Maybe during next year's clean out.

I've also re-discovered ebay! I have a few things on ebay now and people have actually bid on them! I forgot how exciting it is to get money for the stuff that was just sitting in my house. Now I'm searching the house for other things to sell.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

The Countdown

In 10 days we will be on the road to Chicago!

Before then we have to pack, do our taxes, refinance the house, pack, start looking through the daycare materials, pack, have the cars checked out, buy real snow boots, and pack!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Home is Where the Heat Is

I took SPie out for a walk over the weekend and she kept saying it was too windy and cold and she wanted to go home. We cut the walk short and went home, but she still kept saying, "We need to go home". I think she really misses the warm weather of Australia!

She's going to be even more upset with our next move. On Friday we made the final decision; we are going to Naperville, IL (oustide Chicago). One day last week, the weather channel listed the temp at -1F. SPie better start loving her hat and mittens or she's going to be an unhappy popsicle!

We leave Boston on the 17th and I start my new assignment on the 25th. Wish us luck!