Tuesday, October 19, 2004

I got TIVO!

And I couldn't be happier! Now I know what my sister has been talking about all this time! We have satellite, so when I saw an ad for the new variety, that allows you to watch something & record something else at the same time, I knew it was time to sign on the dotted line. You can even record TWO things at once (but not watch a third). That means when the new season starts, I can record both Alias AND Sopranos and play with my daughter until bedtime! No more missing shows when I'm on vacation! No more trying to keep little eyes out of the room when someone is getting whacked.

So far the only things waiting for me on Tivo are Spongebob, Fairly Odd Parents and Unwrapped. My daughter is enthralled with those two cartoons, so imagine her surprise when I told her that we'd have LOTS of them to watch! It's ALWAYS on! Plus, I can skip those annoying commercials! Yes, I watch cartoons with her. Those are the only two she likes that actually appeal to adults too. Man, did I get lucky!

I've said it before & I'll say it again, but we're pretty cautious about what we let our daughter watch. I even hate all the commercials she's exposed to. I know some people that really don't give a second thought about what their kids see (including "R" rated movies) and it truly mystifies me. She'll see more than her fair share of bad things in the coming years. Why on earth would I intentionally expose her to those things? To toughen her up? To inform her? No, all of those reasons suck, so that can't be it. Who knows. Everyone has their own style of parenting I suppose. I'll be sticking to my own way, thank you very much.

Our next big household expenditure is a new washer & dryer. Exciting, huh? Our ancient dryer has taken to smoking after about 15 minutes of use, leaving a bizarre haze in the laundry room. Also, our clothes feel so hot coming out of the dryer, you can hardly touch them. Um, yeah. Gotta suck it up and get a new one. Our washer seems to be OK, but "OH NO!", says my husband, we might as well get a matching set. With four people in the house, we'll need it sooner or later anyway. I guess he's got a point. Now I just need to hang tight until the money fairy gets here. Any minute now...

The smoking from the dryer is weird but if you want to save the ancient dryer 'cause maybe the money fairy forgot how to get to your house (I know he forgot how to get to mine) you might try cleaning out the exhaust duct work and external vent. They get stopped up with lint sometimes. Here's a web site that talks about the service: www.ductdusters.com/dryer.htm
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