Tuesday Blog Hopping!

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Bee Friendly Friday Follow

It’s Bee Friendly Friday!  I came across this great blog hop via Crazy About My Baybah‘s blog.  She, along with two other bloggers co-host the hop each week, and they select one blogger from the previous week’s link-up to be the host of the blog.  This is a great way to “meet” other bloggers and stumble upon some great reads!  So, I’m linking up!  Check out the link below to see the list of all those participating this week.

 

How to place a “Grab My Button” code on your WordPress.com Blog

I’m sure you’ve seen lots of blogs that say “Grab My Button” and show a textbox with code you can copy and paste into your own blog to do so.  I’ve come across many!  I’ve started a new blog over at Happy Baby Chronicles and I’ve been wanting to put this capability on there for a while.  I had a few minutes this morning to dive into this task…turned out to be slightly more complicated than I originally thought it would be.  So, for those of you wondering how to accomplish this task, and to do it in the simplest way possible, here you go!

1st:  You need to have a button…typically they are icon size (around 125×100 pixels).  Once you have that, upload that image to your WordPress image gallery and make note of the URL of the image.  For example: “http://happybabychronicles.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/tristanbutton.jpg”.

2nd: Go to the Grab My Button Code Generator.  Enter your blog title, URL, image URL, and then select the border, font color, and background color, and whether you want a new page to be opened upon clicking the link once the code is copied.  BE SURE TO SELECT THE “PRE” container type if you’re using WordPress!!  The “free” WordPress doesn’t allow the “textarea” code and will simply wipe the code out without giving you any type of error message.  Basically, it just ignores that code.

3rd: You can then preview how it will display on WordPress.  Don’t be alarmed at the width of the textbox area.  I promise it will be have once you enter the code into the Text Widget on your sidebar.  Click on “Get Code”, then go ahead and copy the code that is generated and then paste it into a Text widget in WordPress.

It worked for me!!  Do me a favor and comment if you used this to help you get your own “Grab My Button”!

My week so far: An Update on Life as a SAHM

Yeah, I know, it’s only Tuesday.  I’ve had a few days to adjust to this life of leisure, if that’s what you want to call it.  My days look like this:

7 am:  Wake up.  Nurse Tristan.  Both of us go back to sleep. (((YAWN!)))

9 am:  Wake up for real this time.  Nurse Tristan again (boy he sure does eat alot!).  Feed the dogs.  Feed myself and have my decaf coffee.

10 am: Shower time!!

11 am:  Play with Tristan, do a little laundry, get his swim bag ready to go.  Load the car.  Finish filling out his BUDS sheet for his lesson.

12 pm: Head to the swim lesson.

12:15 pm: Watch the swim lesson.  Smile the entire time, even though he is crying the entire time.  My little man is really good at floating on his back.  Makes me proud.

12:30 pm:  Head home from swim lesson.

1 pm:  Nurse Tristan while I eat lunch.

1:30 pm:  Turn on the TV or sit in front of the computer (as I’m doing both at the moment).

2 pm:  Try to get Tristan down for a nap…this could take a while.

3 pm:  Realize that it’s quiet, Tristan is asleep, and I have FREE time!  Woo hoo! Where’s the tequila?!  Just kidding.  Start working on the scrapbook I have been procrastinating on for the past seven months.

5 pm:  Realize that dinner time is fast approaching and then decide I should go to the store to get something awesome to cook.  Or if I have leftovers I realize I have plenty of time to procrastinate on heating dinner up.

6 pm:  Dinnertime.

7pm: Attempt to settle down for the evening.  Tristan usually starts to get cranky around this time.

After that~ usually consists of entirely too much TV.

I think I need to get a hobby.  My life is really boring!  And Tommy, if you’re reading this, pretend I put in a 3 hour jog sometime in the mid-afternoon.  It will make you feel better.

Change is not a bad thing

All in one day I went from being a full-time student and employed full-time to being an (almost) college graduate and…unemployed.

What the (bleep) just happened?  Have you ever heard that Alanis Morissette song Ironic?  Yeah, well that’s about how I was feeling when I got that call.  “You graduated from college, and got fired the next day…isn’t it ironic…don’t ya think?”

I honestly don’t remember much of what was said other than, “It’s not working out…I’m going to lay you off”.  I was completely caught off guard.  Panic started to set in.  My mind was racing a mile a minute.  Hello, I have child support to pay.  $#@& Now what??  Deep breath.  Oh no, not the ugly cry.  Deep breath.  Call Tommy.  More of the ugly cry, followed by some blubbering.  Breathe Kellie, breathe.

My wonderful husband responds to my news with, “Ok, so what?”  Now, some of you might think that he was being an insensitive jerk.  Quite the opposite!  He was trying to calm me down and make me realize that we will be okay.  He asks me, “Why don’t you just be a mom?” in response to my question of “What am I going to do?”.  This man is a genius I tell you!  Wow, so my life totally just changed, I’m no longer crying…I’m actually….happy about this!  I get to focus 100% of my time on my children and my family.  This is going to be awesome!

Deep breath.  Feel the wave of peace rushing over me.   My. Life. Rocks.  And so does my husband.