Tuesday, May 23, 2006

It's in my blood

Bill and I are planning to go camping and hiking this upcoming holiday weekend in the northern part of the Washington and Jefferson National Forest. I am very excited because we haven't been camping for about two years now. Camping and hiking have always been in my blood and I definitely feel like something is missing when I don't go for so long. My family always spent a few long weekends a year camping in the White Mountains in New Hampshire (which is where my parents are right now actually). It is always such a satisfying experience being in the outdoors 24/7, getting tons of exercise, catching up on reading, and not having a schedule to keep. I am hoping it doesn't rain this weekend (which would not be a fun camping experience) and that the three day weekend will give us enough time to relax and unwind.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

the little things add up

I know I have been lax about posting for the past few weeks. As they say, there hasn't been much of anything to "write home about." It is all the little things that have kept me too busy for any philosophical musings of late.

Here is a quote for the day from Jane Austen: "To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment." I could use some of that refreshment.

(a view of the lake from the woods in front of my parents house)

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

What Mothers Everywhere Already Knew

With Mother's Day just around the corner I thought that a study conducted by Salary.com was more than appropriate to mention.

If a stay at home mom was paid a salary for all the work that she does, she would be paid $134,121 per year. This study was based on taking into account all the jobs a mom does: housekeeper, day-care teacher, cook, computer operator, laundry machine operator, janitor, facilities manager, van driver, chief executive and psychologist and how many hours she works per week: 91.6.

I wonder how much the salary goes up for homeschooling stay at home moms?

And for the moms who want to know specifically what their work is worth click here. You can use the Mom Salary Wizard and enter your location, number of children, hours, and type of work. You can even print yourself a paycheck!