Monday, December 24, 2007

Even a Diet Drink Can't Make this Better

This has been a pretty hard week for DDW. DDW's (and DDW's Husband's) good friend passed away this week in a skiing accident. Jason Coles was a total original, and no one will ever replace him in our life. I am working on a post about my experiences with Coles, and my feelings about his/our loss. He left behind a great wife and a 2 month-old baby girl.... it is hard to type this. I even feel odd expressing my loss when his wife must be so devastated, but I want to memorialize my feelings for Coles.

DDW's best friend has also had a horrible week. The matter is private, so I will leave it at that.

Christmas is a time for families, and two people with two great families I love are hurting so badly this Christmas. I have had a new perspective on what it means to have a "broken heart" this year. There is only one Person who can really fix a "broken heart" and we celebrate Him this season. I pray that He can fix my friends hearts who are so much more broken than mine.

I have cried so many tears this week for so many people. Even a diet drink, the biggest diet ever imagined, with tons of fresh ice, and a juicy lime can't make this better. Even a drink can't make this better.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Limes For Everyone

I bought a bunch of limes the last time I went to the grocery store. I meant to use them for a little get together DDW was having, but no one wanted them added to their drinks (I know it seems crazy). So I was left with about 7 limes with no home. What's a girl to do?


Every single Diet Coke I have had in the past week, has been enhanced with a fresh lime wedge. Oh my gosh, Christmas came early! A fresh lime squeezed, then dumped in your drink, is amazing! I know I have posted about the Lime before, but this week has really reminded me of the Lime's importance. If you do nothing else from reading this website, at least keep some limes on hand for your drinks. So my Christmas present to my readers is this: go get you some limes!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Letter to DDW Baby: 10 Months Old

This month you turned 10 months old; you are growing up my little peanut! This month you discovered the Kleenex box; it is soooo much fun to pull the Kleenex’s out! Every time you pull a Kleenex out, another one magically appears! Your love of Kleenex might be genetic because I always have to have some within reach; we will have to wait to see if you love diet coke as much as your mommy.

You are also really getting into your stuffed animals this month. I have caught you giggling and laughing at your stuffed mule, “Black Jack” (don’t tell your Grandma) and snuggling with your stuffed elephant. You thought I wasn’t there to see you since you were sitting in your playpen, but I was. You may love your stuffed animals, but I love your pack-n-play more (a mom has to go to the potty sometimes too)!

You have discovered FRANKIE (our not-so-friendly cat*). You think she is another stuffed animal for you to play with and chase around the house. You love to grab her fur and pull as much hair out as you can. FRANKIE does not take to this very kindly and she hisses and takes a swipe at you.

However, DDW baby is very brave; he laughs in the face of a hissing, angry cat, and he just gets ready for another grab. FRANKIE tries to run away and DDW baby just follows her through the house. This chasing of the cat through the house has led to another important development:


You have been crawling for more than a month, but now you are really hitting your stride – literally. You take off with so much speed that it is hard for your mommy to keep up with you. When I have to grab you before you reach your destination (that inevitably includes something you shouldn’t grab – like cords or the cable to the TV) and bring you back to your starting point, you take off again and add a little giggle in just for good measure. You know I will just take off for you again, and this is the little game we play all day long, all day long, all day long. Well, you see to really enjoy it.

You have grown very attached to your mommy. Everyone has told me that separation anxiety starts around 9 to 10 months, and I think we are beginning to see it in our little home. I try to put you in your pack-n-play for a short period of time every day, so you can learn to play by yourself for a bit. You are able to entertain yourself, but you prefer if I am within crawling distance. If I have anything in my hands (computer, diet drink, mail, magazine, cloths, dishes, FRANKIE), you want to grab it, touch it, stuff it in your mouth, and just generally have it. I have had to start eating lunch standing up at the buffet table just to eat my food in peace. Whatever I am doing, you want to be doing. But that is ok, because I love you sooooooo much.

You are the cutest, sweetest, funniest baby I have ever had, and I smove you so much! Happy 10-months old!

*This is DDW Husband’s cat that DDW inherited when we got married. Shortly after getting married, I jokingly accused DDW Husband of loving his snowshoe kitty more than me. What was DDW Husband’s response to this loaded question, you ask? He stated flatly, “Well, I have known her longer.” Hmmmm.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Jones Soda - Jones'in for a New CEO

Jones Soda CEO is out. See this article for more info.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Featured Link

This is a new feature! I will start providing links to relevant articles or blogs that I think my readers might find interesting. This is a little different from the corporate news link as these links will be individual blogs or opinion pieces that I enjoy. Hope you enjoy them too! Check This Out!

DDW Baby & Kleenex

DDW baby discovered the Kleenex box today! He was pulling Kleenex after Kleenex out of the box with a mixture of amazement and amusement. DDW baby was cracking himself up the whole time; he really takes after me on this one, because I am the queen of being able to crack myself up. I decided not to stop him from demolishing the tissues because he was having so much fun.

However, when it comes to grabbing the straw out of my diet coke, I must stop him. He still wants the straw so badly that it just kills him to see me with a drink. Now, whenever I get a drink I always get a couple of extra straws: one for him to chew on and one to replace my straw when he rips the straw I am using out of my drink.

DDW family went to Costco tonight (much better to go at night than on a Saturday), and I got a diet coke. Costco has changed the cups for their drinks (but not to a larger size). The cups are Coke branded cups, but with a white background instead of a the usual red background, and the drink features the traditional coke bottle silhouette. So, what does this have to do with diet drinks? Nothing, but a true connoisseur would want to know.