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December 2005 articles

December 20, 2005

Our new adventure begins today

This will probably be the last post for awhile as today, is when the movers arrive and start packing up our belongings - it's actually already started. Sam, Daisy and I are hopeful things will turn out well and that this was a good decision for all of us. I guess only time will tell. We'll officially be outta here tomorrow and maybe even on the road to WYO! Anyway, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all! If there's one thing I know for sure, that is these posts can only get more interesting as we begin '06.

Posted by paul at 01:16 PM in Paul rant


December 17, 2005

Our West Coast Chopper thug

Here's a photo op we had to take advantage of - I think it also illustrates how stir crazy both Sam and I are. When do we leave? Anyway, enjoy the pic of thug baby r's us.


Posted by paul at 01:19 PM in Daisy rant + Photos


December 15, 2005

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Ok, not really. The snow that we've been receiving over the last 48 hrs., which totals around 6-7" has finally tapered off. I'm also beginning to recover from 3-shoveling trips that include not only our wrap-around-corner sidewalk, but also our driveway and front and back steps. If you don't believe me, here's a pic of the backyard. Yes, I'm sure we'll miss this. ;)


Posted by paul at 08:37 PM in Paul rant


A true California post

In the spirit of my previous rant titled 'A true Wisconsin post' a friend of ours out in California, Cindy Cleveland, sent us the following California viewpoint along the same lines. Again, below are some of the highlights from the CA-version of "...you might live inů" Quite frankly, some of these scare Sam and I. Thanks Cindy!

You make over $250,000 a year and still can't afford a house.

A really great parking space can move you to tears.

Everyone who lives here knows that hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and snowstorms are way worse than earthquakes, which are, after all, over almost as soon as you realize what's happening.

Your governor is the Terminator.

You have a very strong opinion about where your coffee beans are grown, and can taste the difference between Sumatran and Ethiopian.

Your car insurance costs as much as your house payment.

That pretty much sums it up, like totally!

Posted by paul at 08:50 AM in Paul rant


December 13, 2005

Dad and daughter strike a pose

Nothing much to say about this post, other than enjoy the photo of me and Little-D.

daisy and paul janney

Posted by paul at 09:51 AM in Daisy rant + Paul rant + Photos


December 12, 2005

Attack of the 11 pound baby!

It's finally happened - our sweet, little, premature baby is officially in the double digits with her weight, almost 11 pounds today! Ann, our public health nurse, came by for a weight/height check and it's official, 10 pounds 13 ounces, only 3 ounces from the big 1-1. She's also 23" long with a head circumference of 16"! Grow Daisy grow!

Who'd have ever thought that our 2 pound, 15 1/2 long spider monkey would grow into the gigantic baby I currently have sitting in my lap watching me type. Since July she's gained almost 10 pounds and has grown 8 inches - her head has almost doubled in size. Simply amazing. She's holding her head up, tracking toys, having baby conversations with her dad and I, we both keep waiting for her to pick up the car keys and go for a joy ride.

Daisy is such a sweet reminder of all that I am thankful for, she is the best gift Santa could have ever put under the tree.

Posted by sam at 01:41 PM in Sam rant


December 10, 2005

Our Victorian Wisconsin home for sale

As with any career move there are pros and cons. This has never been truer for Sam and me when we mulled over my departure from Lands' End and imminent jump to PayPal. One of those cons is having to sell our 100-year-old Victorian home in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. It will no doubt be sad to close the door on what was an amazing first home. Granted, we've only been squatting out our current residence for a mere 3-years, but for Sam, it has been the longest time she's spent in one place since her childhood. Having to sell this home will no doubt be sombody's gain. So, if you know anybody who is interested in a century-old beauty, feel free to pass them our realtor's way. This post is also an opportunity for us to share our home with those that haven't had an opportunity to see past pictures or the means to stop by and say Hi! So without further ado here is a write-up of our home, courtesy of our agent, accompanied by a few interior pics of casa de Janney for visuals.

Do you dream of living in a pristine Victorian home but require practicality as well as function? Do you crave original woodwork but aren't willing to sacrifice the convenience of a modern kitchen, finished basement and new drywall? If so, this home is for you. A gorgeous 100+ year old Victorian in Mineral Point, just blocks from downtown restaurants and shops. Original oak floors, built-in shelves and hutches-you just can't find a new home that was built with such attention to detail. You'll love to cook in this large remodeled kitchen with stainless steel appliances and original GE tin cabinets. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a beautiful deck and garden make this practical as well as charming. And with a new water heater and new central air system you'll be cozy and comfy all year round. Don't wait-your dream home won't be available forever!

photo of kitchen
Kitchen with stainless steel appliances and original, 1920's GE cabinets.

photo of living room
Main living room with large bay windows - perfect for a 9' Christmas tree.

photo of master bedroom
Master bedroom with ceiling fan and two closets.

Posted by paul at 02:20 PM in Paul rant


December 09, 2005

A true Wisconsin post

It's not often that I send on e-mail forwards, let alone come across one funny enough to talk about here, but I received one today from my good friend Al, that made me LOL and is worthy of a post. Not only was it pretty darn humorous, but it was very timely given today was my last day at Lands' End.

The e-mail forward in its entirety was Jeff Foxworthy'esque and played into the "..you might live in Wisconsin" Listed below are some of the highlights of the joke, which are extremely appropriate even if you've lived her for only four years. Some of these are pretty true for Wyoming as well.

If your local Dairy Queen is closed from November
through March, you might live in Wisconsin.

If your town has an equal number of bars and churches,
you might live in Wisconsin.

If you know how to say Oconomowoc, Waukesha ,
Menomonie & Manitowoc, you might live in Wisconsin.

Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to
pass a tractor on the Highway.

You often switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same
day and back again.

You can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during
a raging blizzard, without flinching.

That pretty much sums it up, oh yaw?

Posted by paul at 09:05 PM in Paul rant


December 07, 2005

Daisy takes the Jumperoo for a spin

Back in March, at my one and only baby shower, one of Paul's eight aunts and uncles (the Hupps) gave "the baby" a Jumperoo. Not sure if you have seen these things, but they are the Cadillac of baby jump seats. Crazy seat, with lights, music, toys to play with - we're talking baby luxury. At the time I was so excited to get it, and I remember thinking "this is going into the basement for at least a year."

Well yesterday as I was going through things for the move, I came across the ol' Jumperoo and started reading the box. Apparently there is no real age requirement for said Jumperoo, just that the child must have head control to use it. I thought to myself, "Hey, Daisy has good head control, what the heck!"

So I dragged this contraption up from the basement and started putting it together - bless Fisher Price because they make everything easy to assemble. Daisy sat in her car seat watching me like I was a freak, but she definitely had interest in all of the bright and shiny things I was "playing" with.

Then came the moment of truth, would she be able to sit in the Jumperoo. I started to slide her into the cute little orange, kangaroo covered chair and at first she looked COMPLETELY and TOTALLy panicked. And of course, she's not quite heavy enough to really bring the seat down low enough for her to push off and literally jump alone. It was so funny, her little legs hanging out of the bottom of the seat.

So I helped her bounce, and turned on all of the bells and whistles - she was hysterical. After a while she was sort of moving her body back and forth even when I wasn't bouncing her, trying to make it go. Dad took a couple pictures of her while she was in it last night, and I've posted my favorite.

HiYO Daisy Away

Posted by sam at 08:20 PM in Daisy rant + Photos


December 05, 2005

Sitting up and taking notice

Sam and I felt the site had been lacking in a new Daisy photo so here you go! This was taken last Friday when mom propped up little-D to see what she thought of relaxing on the couch like an adult. Survey says? She liked it!

daisy janney sitting

Posted by paul at 09:43 PM in Daisy rant + Photos


December 04, 2005

A new career move takes us out west

For those of you not within shouting distance of myself, Sam or our immediate family, you may or may not be aware of the big changes heading our way in the coming weeks. Recently, I accepted a position as a User Interface Designer, at PayPal, an eBay Co., out in San Jose, California. Anybody that knows myself or Sam knows that we're avid eBay'ers and this is a tremendous opportunity that I couldn't pass up from a career standpoint.

What this means for our Janney clan is probably one of the biggest life adventures we'll ever encounter as a family. My last official day at Lands' End is this upcoming Friday, while our move will begin two weeks later with an extended holiday vacation between Wisconsin and California at mom and dad's in Wyoming. Needless to say, the grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins are excited that Miss Daisy will be making her first extended visit to the Cowboy State over Christmas. It's an encounter that will happen sooner rather than later, which is a very good thing. My first official day at PayPal is slated for mid-Jan.

In addition to the move, we've had to make some tough decisions including giving up both dogs. Neither pup fared well with Daisy at home and the additional stress and strain on the two, with the impending move and close quarters in Cali., wasn't something either Sam or I wanted to put them through. Besides the dogs, we'll be selling our beautiful 100-year-old Victorian home in Mineral Point (more on this in a future post dedicated to the house).

Why do this you ask? Well, there are a number of reasons, but like I stated earlier it's an opportunity that I can't pass up. Taking a position at a company like a PayPal is something I've always wanted a shot at. I guess you could say this is my chance in the 'bigs.' Sam has been an amazing friend and wife through all of this and I'm confident that no matter what, the three of us will do fine - hence Sam doesn't wander off at Golden Gate Park (family joke). Anyway, enough rambling for now as I'm sure both Sam and I will dedicate more than enough posts to this topic in the upcoming weeks. Until then - happy Sunday.

Posted by paul at 06:45 PM in Paul rant


December 01, 2005

A Christmas Story in HD

Truly all was right with the world last night as TNT presented one of mine and Sam's, and soon to be Daisy's, all time favorites in beautiful HD - Jean Shepherd's masterpiece - A Christmas Story. I've seen the flick about a million times, but never before did it look or sound so good. It was definitely a good time at the Janney house last night and thank you TNT.

Unfortunately, we'll miss out on the the 24-hour looping in HD over Christmas eve and Christmas day as will be visiting my parents in Wyoming where the words Hi-Def conjures up thoughts of auditory-challenged geriatrics and not quality video signals. I'm sure we'll survive somehow. Happy Thursday.

Posted by paul at 10:37 AM in Paul rant