Archive for March, 2008

Celebrating My Cat’s Birthday

Posted By Admin on March 31, 2008 @ 4:18 pm

While most people find it funny, we treat our pets just like the other members of our family.  Each year, we celebrate our cat’s birthday.  We buy her premium pet food, take her to the pet grooming service, and treat her like a queen for a day.

We make our cat’s birthday a family affair and have our extended family over for birthday cake.  Most of them bring gifts for her such as cat toys and pet clothing.  Though she doesn’t have the opportunity to unwrap the presents herself, we feel that she understands and appreciates the sentiments expressed through the gifts that she receives.

We let her play with the gifts right away as well as show off her new clothes for all the guests to see. This way, we can not only see her reaction, but it lets those who have given her gifts enjoy her using them as well.  We also give them cat themed treat bags as a thank you for them attending the party.

Though our traditions may seem a little crazy it is our little way to express our love to her furry friend.

A Nurse’s Opinion

Posted By Mitefind on March 30, 2008 @ 3:20 pm

The unit that I have been transferred to is definitely a different experience for me. You see, I used to work on the pediatric ward, but due to a staff shortage, I have been transfered to the department that works on patients with Edema.

If you are not familiar with Edema, it is a condition that cannot be cured and has such symptoms as swollen legs, puffy eyelids and weight gain. These patients require different care than what I am used to, but I do enjoy the challenge.

We have been trying out some new natural Edema treatments and we have been having some success with them. We have been using both Capisette and other natural weight loss supplements to help our patients on the road to recovery.

Though there is no cure, we have found that our current treatment methods help our patients to have a better quality of living than those who do not use it.  Hopefully there will be a cure someday, but in the meantime, we will do whatever we can for our patients – that is what we are here for.

The End of Mosquito Spray

Posted By Admin on March 29, 2008 @ 10:34 am

SkeeterGuard For about as long as I can remember, we have been using bug spray to keep mosquitoes and other insects at bay.  Though this has worked in the past, it seems to be increasingly ineffective against the bugs.

My other problem with bug spray is the fact that you are bound to miss something, and get bitten there.  I cannot count the number of times that I have missed spraying behind my knees only to end up getting bitten there.

So, while at the store, I took a look to see if there were any more effective methods of keeping the mosquitoes away.  I didn’t want to buy one of those mosquito coils as they haven’t worked too well for me either.

It must have been my lucky day, as I found the Mosquito Patch.  All you have to do is put the patch on your clothing or near you and you can enjoy life free from mosquitoes for up to twelve hours.

Well, I bought a box as it is worth a try.  I hope it works and I can finally quit using bug spray.  That will make it a great summer indeed.

Lunch With Professionals

Posted By Admin on March 27, 2008 @ 2:37 pm

I belong to a group that meets twice per month for lunch.  We are a varied group of professionals from different fields and backgrounds that meet in order to help each other out with our problems.  It has been a great experience for all of us, and in some respects it has been very beneficial to my professional and private life.

Today, we met for lunch at the usual restaurant and proceeded with ordering our meals.  After we order, we take turns presenting our problems to the group and attempt to find solutions.  Today there were problems presented from a Minnesota Criminal Lawyer, and accountant, and a bakery owner.  We tackled (and I think solved) their problems in time to have lunch.

I find these meetings to be good to see different perspectives on the world.  It is interesting that though we all have different specialties, we all have similar problems.  I just can’t wait until our next meeting!

Learning Internet Marketing

Posted By Admin on March 26, 2008 @ 12:40 pm

Even though I have owned many websites over the years, there is one thing that I don’t stop doing: learning.  That is right, in some respects I would classify myself as a professional, but there is a never ending stream of things that I can learn – I don’t know everything.

Take for example Internet marketing.  In the “olden days” (think ten years ago), all you really had to do was submit your sites to search engines, and that was about it.  Back in those days it was pretty simple to market your site and get results.

But, things have changed.  We have moved past simpler times of just submitting your site to countless web directories, and writing articles.  Now there are new social marketing methods that have a greater return on investment compared to the old, traditional marketing methods.

I am happy for the changes as it makes my job a little more challenging and rewarding.  I can say one thing for sure: I am never bored.

I Love My Husband and My Art

Posted By Mitefind on March 22, 2008 @ 10:25 am

Much to my husband’s chagrin, I have a real love for art and our walls cannot handle too much more of my passion. I have to admit that I own very few originals, but I like the prints, nonetheless. I have some great pieces and I am proud of every one of them. But then, my husband knew this about me before he asked me to marry him.

I recently fell in love with a newer artist and I cannot get enough of his work. The name he goes by is Banksy and he started out as a graffiti artist. He has come a long way and I think he is wonderful. He just seems to really get today’s world and some of his stuff could be considered controversial.

For my birthday, when my husband enquired as to what I would like, I said I really wanted to buy Banksy art. He basically rolled his eyes at me, but I know that he will come through. In the end he always does, and though he won’t admit it, I think this is one of those things he loves about me.

Thank You, Marc

Posted By Admin on March 21, 2008 @ 7:17 pm

Yesterday, when I was working on my income taxes forms at the computer, my hard drive crashed and I lost a few important files. I called my friend, Marc, to come and take a look. I figured if anyone had hard drive data recovery software, it would be him. I didn’t want to have to reformat my whole machine and was hoping he could just find the files for me.

He brought over some of the software that he has and said if he could recovery my files with this than it would not take long at all. I was grateful for him and his software because I honestly do not have time to deal with technical issues right now. Aside from needing to do my taxes, I also have two big papers due this week and I kind of need my computer working right now.

I figured that since he was there, he may as well dig out his photo recovery software and try and find the digital photos that I have missing somewhere on my machine. In fact, they don’t need to be recovered. We just need to figure out where I put them because I have no idea.

My Wife Had Postpartum Depression

Posted By Admin on March 20, 2008 @ 12:48 pm

After the birth of our second child, my wife ended up with postpartum depression.  She was very down all of the time, and would cry without a moments notice.  At the time, we talked to our doctor and she was enrolled in a depression treatment program.

The program for anxiety and depression treatment that she was enrolled in helped, but it didn’t solve the problem.  Sure, the atmosphere in our home was better, but being surrounded by her depression made the mood of the whole house stressed and depressed.  We needed to do something about it.

It was at that point that we talked to Dr. Ho, who suggested a homeopathic treatment for depression that we could use.  All she had to do is take a couple drops, three times per day and that was it.

After a couple of weeks things started to improve.  In fact, it got to the point where her depression was gone – and there was a sigh of relief in our home.  I just hope that when we have our next child, we don’t go through this again – it was sure tough.

Sick of Fundraising

Posted By Mitefind on March 19, 2008 @ 1:49 pm

My son is in kindergarten this year and I am getting very frustrating with all of the fundraising that the school is doing. It seems like they are asking for money for something different every week and I am starting to feel tapped out. This week, they are having a sports auction and the only thing I am interested in is the NBA tickets.

I think it is nice that someone would buy NBA tickets and donate them to the school for their auction, but I feel that the school is starting to take advantage of us as parents. I am also scared for the years to come, as my son is just in his first year and I don’t think that I can handle twelve years of this kind of fundraising pressure.

I decided that I was not going to attend the auction to try and prove a point. I am sure that they are cheap NBA tickets anyway and I will get a better view by watching the game on TV. I don’t know that I am going to make a difference at all, but maybe if I refuse to participate in any more fundraising I will make my point.

An Odd Compromise

Posted By Mitefind on March 18, 2008 @ 8:44 pm

Going out to a movie always causes big drama for my husband and me. The reason is that we can never agree on what to see. We have totally opposite tastes when it comes to television and movies and it is usually more stressful than it is worth, so we don’t go together very often.

For him, the bloodiest, goriest movie is at the top of his list and I can’t stand them. I don’t see the point of paying such a large price for a movie that I am going to miss half of because my face is buried in his shoulder. On the other hand, he cannot stand musicals and I just love them.

The last time, as we were standing in front of the theatre, arguing about what to see, we came to the conclusion that we should just each go to our own show and meet up afterward for dessert. This worked really well so this is now how we go on dates to the movies. I get to see a chick flick every time and I also get dessert out of the deal. Who could ask for more?

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