Storming

So we’re having some pretty tough storms tonight.  Now, I love a good thunderstorm, but apparently Dru doesn’t.  The thunder woke him up about 20 minutes ago, and I went up to comfort him.  This transitioned into him talking to me every time he saw the flash of lightning, apparently hoping that by talking to me, he wouldn’t be able to hear the thunder.

So I came up with (what is to me) a brilliant idea.  I grabbed my iPod player and put it in his room.  We threw Kris’ iPod on it to all of his Queen, and set the sleep timer for an hour.  Please don’t let the storms last longer than that.

And guess what, it’s worked.  No more crying baby.  And a relaxed set of parents.

 

I call this a win.

Keeping Secrets

Okay, so this is going to be a rant…just a warning.

So Kris and I were talking about these “hactivists” (Anonymous and Lulz Security, etc) and I got really angry about the whole situation.

These groups sound like they’re whiny little kids who got left out of a secret by the other kids and started screaming “YOU CAN’T KEEP SECRETS!!!! TELL THE WHOLE CLASS!”.  That’s all I’m getting from everything I’ve seen of them.

Now, I’m all for government accountability, but this is ridiculous.  Anonymous is actually proud of the fact that they hacked MasterCard and crashed their servers just because MC didn’t want to process WikiLeaks payments!  REALLY?  They’re a corporation, they can choose to do business with whomever they choose (or not).  And now these groups are demanding complete transparency from every government and business entity?  Fine, let them start.

Here’s my demands of them:

  • Names, SSNs, Bank Account Numbers, etc for all of their employees.  These are all documents that companies keep on their employees.  So I demand that they start the transparency and release that information.
  • Addresses – because you know that these whiners aren’t going to stop at demanding this type of crap – they’re going to slippery-slope themselves into the argument that individuals shouldn’t have secrets either.  So they’re going to start hacking personal accounts and information.  So I’d like their addresses so that when my information is hacked, I can pay them a little visit and explain to them why that was a bad idea.

Some things are kept secret for a reason – trade secrets are a part of capitalism – it keeps companies competitive.  HR documents, medical records, personal information – all of that is information on individuals that companies keep.  And the argument they are making that having no government secrets would mean an end to war is bullsh*t.  All it does is create an upfront arms race – and the Cold War taught us that Arms Races are unproductive.

Another consequence I doubt these people have thought of is the consequences to criminal justice.  What now will happen to the personal safety of Mrs. Johnson down the street whose identity is now leaked to the public before the murder trial she’s set to testify in?  Hm?

In a perfect world, complete transparency would be great – but this is not a perfect world, and people are corrupt, cruel and unjust.  It’s the world we live in, and the rules we play by.  Just because they don’t like it, doesn’t mean they get to endanger others, either physically or financially.

These little punks are just looking for some excuse to justify their breaking of laws and invasion of people’s privacy.  Giving in to them will just make them want more.  You don’t give in to a toddler throwing a tantrum for the same reason – it teaches them they get what they want when they do it.

Laughing

Laughing is an important part of my day.  I love being able to work from home, and only really having to work during the hours that Dru is asleep.  It allows me to interact with him on a wonderful level.  It also gives me plenty to laugh at.  Now that he’s almost 18 months old (as of tomorrow) he’s full of it (what that “it” is, I can’t begin to imagine).  The boy loves to laugh, and has games he loves to play.  Lately it’s his version of hide and seek – which is basically him running where he can’t see me, and then giggling like a fool.  I then say “Where’s Dru?” and he jumps out giggling “There it is” (or at least his muddled toddler attempt at it) and we rinse and repeat for a while.

He has so many other tricks that keep me laughing, I often wonder how I managed to work in an office for the first year of his life.  Don’t get me wrong – I still need adult interaction – there’s only so much NickJr. I can watch.  And while Sandra Boynton books are great, there’s a limit on how many times I can read Barnyard Dance in one day.  But I’m loving being able to spend this time with him.

I’m not knocking working moms (or dads).  I know (trust me, I do) that staying home just isn’t feasible, or desirable, for everyone.  When I was working full-time, I used to wonder how I would avoid getting bored staying home.  Doing the stuff I’m doing part-time definitely helps fight any potential boredom, but yeah, I don’t think it would be much of an issue even without it.

When we were visiting my parents, we got to have dinner with my best friend, and something she said to me really hit home.  She said I looked more happy than she’d seen me in a while, and that I was more relaxed.  After thinking about it, she hit the nail on the head.  I am.  I laugh more, I don’t have crazy amounts of office stress weighing on me.  This is really working out for me and for us.

Of course I have my days where I’m ready to rip my hair out – any parent who says they never have those days is either lying, not around their children, or both.  But I love it.  I love being a mom.  It keeps me laughing, and, as greater persons than I have said – laughter keeps you young.  So, hopefully I’ll be keeping young for a long time yet.

And, for those of you who need a laugh – here are some of my recent favorite laughable photos.

Dru wasn't quite sure what to do with the crackers...so he defaulted to this:

Dad (aka Papa) and I decided to take Dru down to Fulton's Pond. He decided to wear his new shades which he picked out ALL BY HIMSELF

Here he is trying not to laugh at Papa…it’s not working.

And anyone who says you can't take an 18-m.o. in a car for 1000 miles, is just a wuss. We did it, and spend lots time making him laugh, to avert screaming.

Traveling

For those of you who travel a lot – I don’t know how you do it.  We (hubby, little man, the dog and I) drove out from Chicago to the suburbs of Boston this weekend to visit my family.  The drive actually went better than expected considering that we had a toddler locked in a car seat for 20-ish hours.  But oh man did we pay for it at the end there.  So while here, we stopped at Costco and bought a DVD player for the back of the headrest.  We’ll see if that makes the return trip any easier.  One can only hope.

In other news, Dru is massively enjoying running my parents and sister and their dogs ragged.  As I speak, he is convincing my sister to give him tortilla chips and help him attack the piano.  At least he’s having fun.

So here’s to hoping he continues having fun, and that the return trip goes smoothly.  Only time will tell.