Friday, March 13, 2009

Recent pictures of the boys

One of Justin at the top of Pike's Peak.

And Kaden's new 'do...

Bribed with ice cream

Finally got Kaden's hair cut yesterday.  I'll try to get a picture soon.

It was moderately successful in that the hair got cut but he wasn't too thrilled with the idea.

We'll try again in three months.


Source: The Denver Post

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Mind boggling...

You would think as a geologist, I'd have a pretty decent grasp of big numbers.  4.6 billion years?  Sure, that's a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG time.  I get it.  

I thought I was ok with 'trillion' too until I just read this:

Courtesy the credit crisis and big bailout packages, the figure “trillion” has suddenly become part of our everyday conversations. One trillion dollars, or 1 followed by 12 zeros, is lots of money but have you ever tried visualizing how big that number actually is?

For people who can visualize one million dollars, the comparison made on CNN should give you an idea about a trillion - “if you start spending a million dollars every single day since Jesus was born, you still wouldn’t have spend a trillion dollars”.

Amit goes on, so please hop over there and read the rest.  Stretch your brain a bit.

From the CNN clip, a trillion $1 bills stacked up would reach a third of the way to the moon.


Tuesday, March 03, 2009

It's the little things...

Part of moving a lot means finding new establishments to do business with every time you move.  Today's frustration ~ finding a place that will cut Kaden's hair.

Now, this sounds easy enough on the surface.  His hair is too long.  Take him to HairCutzRUs and get it cut.  Well, no.  He's two.  He hates getting his hair cut.  Doing it the 'normal' way amounts to torture.  Seriously.

Last time, a friendly hair stylist (Great Clips near the Target in Manhattan, KS) suggested cutting Kaden's hair while he was sitting on the floor playing with his toys.  It was a total success.  He only fussed a little bit and I had the lady cut his hair as short as she could get it.  I tipped quite well, Kaden was happy, and I looked forward to a repeat performance the next time.  I had hoped that we could slowly wean him into the 'normal' way.  A few pain-free haircuts and we'd be scot free!

Alas, we moved before we could try it again.

Today, I went to another Great Clips.  It was practically empty.  Perfect, or so I thought.  There were two ladies working.  One had a customer, the other wasn't busy.  We went in, I explained what we needed, and asked if there would be anyone there who was willing to try it.  She looked unhappy about the idea and went to talk to her manager in the back.  When she came back out, she explained that they'd be unable to meet my request because 'it would be unsanitary.'  

Now listen, I wasn't asking/demanding/requiring her to do it.  If she wasn't willing, at least she could have asked the other lady working.  But no, she didn't even give that a chance, just when whining to her manager.

Um, I'm not asking you to eat your dinner off the floor, merely kneel down for a few minutes while MY SON sits on the floor.  My toddler son who has his hands on anything and everything during the day and is constantly sticking things in his mouth anyway.  My request.  I'm perfectly willing to deal with whatever might be unsanitary on your floor.

Grrr.  Fine.  

I'll try that store one more time another day in hopes to find someone else willing.  It's convenient.  It's cheap (I even had a coupon for $6.99 today).  And it was another Great Clips employee who even gave me the idea in the first place, for cryin' out loud.