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Happy, Happy Monday! (Can You Tell I'm Happy?)

Monday, August 30, 2004
I received a very cool surprise in the mail today -- a copy of a book called Ennen Kuin Synnyit written by none other than myself! I had to examine the book closely before I figured out that this is the Finnish edition of my children's book Before You Were Born. My kids thought it was pretty cool to see the Finnish versions of their names on the dedication page: "Julielle, Scotille, Erikille, and Ianille!"

Of course, as thrilling as it was to get a copy of Ennen Kuin Synnyit in the mail, I've got even more exciting news: my baby sister married a truly wonderful guy on the weekend. The wedding was incredible -- the stuff of which soap opera episodes and sappy novels are made. (Yes, I cried about a dozen times.) :-)

| posted by Ann D @ 11:43 PM

Makeover Madness

Sunday, August 22, 2004
I just completely re-did my Parentinglibrary.com website. I've updated the entire look of the site, along with all of the links and a fair bit of its content. The most exciting update, IMHO, is the new Parenting News page, which includes links to all the major sources of parenting and pediatric health news, as hand-picked by yours truly.

Don't ask me why I felt compelled to tackle this project

1. in the midst of back-to-school shopping season;
2. the week before my accounting year end.

Let's just say I'm the kind of gal who has always welcomed a challenge.

| posted by Ann D @ 3:45 PM

Back to School Survival Guide

Monday, August 16, 2004
Looking for some strategies for weathering the back-to-school insanity? Why not pour yourself a very strong cup of coffee and download a copy of my Back to School Survival Guide
(.pdf -- 72 K)
before you hit the shopping mall with your kids.

| posted by Ann D @ 12:48 PM

The Mother of All Baby Books makes Canadian Living's Top Ten!

Wednesday, August 11, 2004
The September issue of Canadian Living magazine includes the Canadian edition of my book The Mother of All Baby Books in its list of the top ten home reference books as selected by Margaret Henry from the Toronto Public Library. I'm pretty excited!

| posted by Ann D @ 5:21 PM

Woman Against Machine

Monday, August 09, 2004
My computer is back in the shop again, for its (supposedly) final day of repairs. (Final, other than the fact that I just noticed that the keys on the keyboard are starting to smudge and I think I'm going to have to ask Apple to replace the keyboard next. Sigh.)

So what do you think the odds are that I'm going to get a fully functioning computer back at the end of the day? Anyone care to place a bet?

| posted by Ann D @ 2:50 PM

Your Summer Reading Assignment (Before It's Too Late)

I just finished reading Babes in Captivity by Pamela Redmond Satran -- the perfect summer read if you're looking for a book that affirms the importance of girlfriends and shooting for your dreams. The characters in this novel are incredible. I was hooked by the time I read the first page.

| posted by Ann D @ 2:22 AM

Trapped in a Time Warp

Wednesday, August 04, 2004
I uncovered a Catch-22 that's holding up my computer repair. Apple Canada thinks it shipped my sound card cable to the local Apple dealer on May 7th -- approximately two weeks before I first called to report my computer problems. Because they think they've already shipped the sound card cable in question, they are unwilling to ship another sound cable to the local dealer. Clearly, the normal rules governing time and space are no longer in effect at Apple Canada.

I've now spent 2 1/2 months trying to get my computer repaired, during which time my computer has been in the shop on seven different occasions, and my computer still isn't fully functional. I've spoken to customer service and technical support staff in Canada and the U.S. as well as at the local depot -- and none of their darned note-taking systems speak to one another, which means I have to recap my entire tale of woe each time I speak to a different person. I am honestly wondering if I'm ever going to get my laptop fixed properly. What really makes me mad is that my computer is still less than one year old, and that I intentionally purchased Apple's top-of-the-line laptop and mega-expensive three-year AppleCare warranty so that I could avoid these very types of problems. Very frustrating....

| posted by Ann D @ 11:28 AM

Scrabble Lite

Monday, August 02, 2004
I was playing Scrabble with my kids last night -- a game I have loved since I was a kid. You can imagine my shock and horror when I discovered that the latest version of The Official Scrabble Dictionary -- Third Edition) considers "lite" and "pow" to be legitimate words. All I can say is that the game was a whole lot tougher when I was a kid. My parents never would have allowed us to play words like that!

Of course, the game last night ended up being pretty tough as it was because we were short four game tiles, including one blank. Guess I'm going to have to figure out whether it's cheaper to order a new set of game tiles or to pick up a new game.

| posted by Ann D @ 3:43 AM