Week in Review

Henry is five months old today, and he is wearing the clothes that Stephen was wearing when he was 12-15 months. Soon they will be wearing the same clothes and the same size of diapers. Henry holds his own bottle, rolls over like a champ, and can scoot across the floor pretty well. If you sit him in Stephen’s easy chair, he can sit up on his own and watch TV for half an hour or more. It’s almost time to start putting him in the highchair, and he is already sitting in the walker a lot. He has slept through the night (9 hours) maybe 5 of the past 7 days.

Stephen woke up Monday morning and decided that he now hates milk. Just like that. Hand him milk, he takes a sip and says yuck! while handing it back. At first I responded by trying to “break” him and not offering him anything to drink except milk. I figured he’d get thirsty enough to drink some eventually. If this is a ploy to get chocolate milk or more juice, it won’t work. That lasted a day. Now I give him water all day and don’t worry about it. Kids do need a little bit of dairy, but not a lot. The result has been: he is eating like a maniac at every meal. I think he’s just switching from getting a lot of calories from milk (like babies do) to getting a very high percentage of his calories from food (like adults do). When he wakes up, I give him one of those Danimal smoothies (basically liquid yogurt with probiotics), then I give him some V8 Fusion with breakfast, and for the rest of the day it’s all water… and man can he eat all of the sudden!

About a month ago, one of my hard drives died. It physically was not working… seemed like the motor died. It’s not my most important hard drive, so I was debating what to do about it. I dropped it off at a local place for a $50 diagnostic fee. I figured if the fix was over $150 then I would just let it go. It was my windows xp partition, mp3 collection (>100gb), my sample library, my software installers, and some other unorganized downloads. Anyway, the guy finally called me back and said that “100% of your data is recoverable, and it’ll be $150. You’ve already put $50 towards the repair; we’ll just apply your diagnostic fee towards that $150.” This was a best-case scenario and I gave him the go-ahead.

Well, yesterday I went and picked up the new hard drive. I came home and hooked it up and it was far, far less than “100%.” I called the guy and told him something was amiss, and he told me to bring the hard drives back and he’d scan it again and see what was up. When Jaime got back from the library, I grabbed the hard drives and headed back to the computer shop. I dropped the stuff off and gave them a little cheat sheet I made that showed the information about the hard drive (master boot record, number of partitions, approximate sizes of the partitions, file system types, etc). Then, due to the job being incomplete, I asked him for a refund until he could actually get 100% of my data back as promised. He refused. He even refused to refund me for the new hard drive which I had just returned to him. We got into a pretty heated discussion regarding it. My argument was basically that I didn’t have to pre-pay the first time, so why am I pre-paying the second time? Additionally, he didn’t do what he said he was going to do, which was to recover 100% of the data on my hard drive. He was very defensive about the second statement. My point was that he had 1) my old hard drive, 2) my new hard drive and 3) my money. As a consumer, I have absolutely no leverage at this point. It spiraled into me using words like “inept” and “dishonest,” though I did not lose my cool. The problem with these people is that they are used to dealing with customers who know absolutely nothing about computers and therefore they can talk down to everyone. Once I started using terms like NTFS, master boot record, and GRUB, he began attempting to make peace with me. “Look, before you go down this road, let me re-scan it and see if we can’t get that other partition to show up.” In one sense, that’s fair enough, but I’ve already paid for work which he has not proven he can complete.

We left the house to go grocery shopping at 8:07 this morning. We got back at 9:10am. It was great. The weather was better, no one was at the store, and the boys were still refreshed from their sleep. Stephen stood in the main section of the grocery cart the whole time and loved it. Whenever I’d get something from off the shelf, I’d hand it to Stephen and he would set it down in the cart gently. Somehow we got away with only (only.. ha!) spending $140 at the grocery and $20 at the farmers’ market, so we’ll see if we run out of food this week. We’ve changed a lot of our eating habits to try to give our children good habits, and eating healthy costs a lot more. Cheap, processed food is almost exclusively an American commodity (though that is changing), and that kind of annoys me. It doesn’t seem like it should cost more for me to buy food that was made locally or naturally, but the cheapest option is indeed to get food that was made on the other side of the country, loaded with corn by-products and filler, frozen, and shipped. As a nation, we are now spending a lower percentage of our income on food than ever before, due mostly to technology. Despite spending less on food, we are also fatter than ever before.

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  1. krystle

    gavin and i have somehow been managing to keep our grocery bill between about $100-$120 a week, which i’m really happy with. and this, despite making five meals a week and then having to buy other random stuff like cat litter, dog food, etc. we never spend much at the farmer’s market, either. i think food here is cheaper than in virginia, though. thumbs up for lower cost of living!

  2. Evan

    yeah, your groceries are probably 5-10% cheaper than ours. a lot of our cost is self-imposed, though, as i try not to buy anything coming from cows who are fed corn (feeding cows corn is a crappy thing to do in my opinion, but i digress). we get milk from the famers’ market which comes out to about 9 bucks a gallon, and if they don’t have any there i get organic milk which comes out to about 7 bucks a gallon. basically, anything they have at the farmers’ market, i try to get there instead of the grocery. our weekly groceries have been costing anywhere from $160-210 because of this and other things. colorado is the largest source of beef in the US, so all forms of beef are probably a lot cheaper for you guys too, which is cool.

  3. krystle

    i can’t say i know anything about feeding corn to cows… i suppose i am uninformed in a lot of areas. we do make sure to buy the cage-free eggs and stuff, but i think that’s the limit of my knowledge. i don’t buy much beef usually, though. i guess we buy ground beef sometimes, but not super often. i usually only get turkey now and we never make steaks, either. we are getting our milk now delivered from a local dairy, so that’s for sure more expensive than getting it in the grocery store, but i think it’s worth it. i like getting it in glass bottles, too. i didn’t know that colorado was the largest source of beef, either! i don’t think we’re taking advantage of that :)

  4. Evan

    everyone is uninformed in a lot of areas. haha, i am at the top of that list!

  5. mv

    Thanks to government subsidies corn is one of the cheapest crops to produce in the United States. Hence why high fructose corn syrup is in EVERYTHING … unfortunately, HFCS also contributes to obesity and is much harder for the body to digest.

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