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Burnout?

I’ve heard people in the CPS community talk about burnout.  I’m aware that it exists and I know it happens to many technicians and advocates.  They start off all gung-ho but then they do too much, too often and they just get burned out.   

But I have to say – there’s no sign of burnout here.  I’ve been heavily involved in CPS for about 9 years and I’m still in love with it all.  For me, it just never gets old.   That elated giddiness that I used to feel before a big check event is gone but the passion is still as strong as ever.   Helping parents and caregivers keep their kids safe and sharing my knowledge is such a rewarding feeling for me.  I just can’t imagine that I’d ever want to stop doing this in the future.  DH thinks I’m addicted.  I think he may be right but I don’t want to be “cured”!  LOL!

Wanna Come to Dinner?

When did I become such a terrible cook?  My grandmother, unlike the stereotypical grandmother, was a terrible cook.  I must be channeling her spirit.  She made some doozies-some meals were simply inedible.  I’m surprised I had a weight problem when I was younger.  Some dinners simply had catchy names-“Eatmore”, which really meant “Eatless”.  I even took a picture one day of a leftover of something she made that I just couldn’t bring myself to eat.  She was a good sport about it and put up with the jokes.

Unacceptable – CRs that are hard to use

Is seems that lately most child restraint manufacturers have finally come around to the idea that new CRs should be relatively easy to install and easy to use properly.  I don’t know what finally prompted them to see the light but I appreciate it.  However, sometimes it seems like we take a step forward and then 2 steps back.  The new Dorel “Safety 1st Designer/Eddie Bauer Deluxe” infant seat with front harness adjuster is a perfect example. 

Need a Holiday Gift Idea for Your SO? (Or a hint for yours!)

We splurged a bit on DW’s birthday present this fall.  I usually come up with something creative, but this year I had nothin’.  So, I opted for an old fallback I hadn’t used in maybe 10 years.  Jewelry.  With some subtle guidance from me, DD picked out a trendy pearl Yvel necklace.  It was a bit more than I intended to spend, but it was *perfect* for her .  Plus, DD would be very pleased to say she selected it.  Problem is, how could I possibly top that?

Saving you Money on Ebay!

Today, I was searching ebay to find a couple small gold coins for my kids to donate to the Salvation Army.  In the process, I discovered the Microsoft Live Cashback program.  I got a 30% rebate on my two purchases by using Live Search to find ebay auctions, using Buy-It-Now and paying with Paypal!  You have to follow the instructions, but it worked for me and I see both credits as pending in my Microsoft Live account.

I’m sure many of our deal savvy readers already knew about this.  For those who didn’t, have fun with your holiday shopping on ebay!  Here’s How:

Microsoft Live Cashback

Be sure to read the “How To” and “FAQ” links on the page linked above first.  When done correctly, you will see the Microsoft logo and Cashback image at ebay when you click Buy-It-Now for a purchase, before the next step where you commit to buy.  Ebay will then put up a link with terms, conditions and instructions about how to make your first purchase and how to setup your Microsoft Live account or link to an existing one.  Follow them and you are good to go!