1. Is love at 1st sight possible? In my opinion? I don’t think love at first sight necessarily. I do, however, believe that when you know, you know. No doubt. I knew within a month that my hubby was the one for me. No joke. One month of dating and I had told him that I loved him and knew that we would get married one day. Grant you, I was slightly intoxicated at that point in time, but August 22nd we will celebrate 7 years of wedded bliss and in December, we will have shared 9 wonderful years together.
2. How did you choose your pet’s name? Which pet? We have gone through several.
Our first pet together was a black cat we rescued from the pound. I wanted something quirky and different. Our roommate who was a really good friend liked working on motorcycles and cars in our garage so Sprocket was brought up. Unfortunately, he did not make it for more than 2 nights as our pet before passing away (I still blame the pound we rescued him from.)
Our second pet was another cat – a tabby cat that we got from a pet store this time. I’m not sure how it happened, but she ended up with the name Lil Stinker. I think it just… fit. (And she is still alive today and is still quite the Lil Stinker!)
Our next pet was a Siberian Husky. Hubby wanted to name her Darla (from Little Rascals) and that was her name for about 24 hours. A friend took one look at her, said she looked like an Isis and so it became. Unfortunately, we had to find Isis a new home a couple of years ago when she started becoming unfriendly with my children.
Next was Baby Jax – another black cat. He was a baby (and what I thought would be our last pet) and I liked the name Jax. So Baby Jax it was. And he is still a part of our family today.
We got a golden retriever and named her Maya. I loved the idea of Maya for a family pet. Unfortunately, I wasn’t ready for her hyperactivity that goes on forever, so we gave her to a family who had an older golden retriever and lots of running and playing space for her high energy.
We had a tortoise shell kitten that my daughter named Isa (from Dora the Explorer) for a short time. That cat wouldn’t stay out of our food or off our counters so she was given to a lady who had just lost her cat.
Then came Jessie. She was already named when we got her. Apparently the people who rescued her – their little boy liked Toy Story and named her Jessie after the cowgirl in Toy Story 2. I couldn’t bare to change the name so she is still Jessie.
And then we had Tyson. Who we tried to keep as a playmate for Jessie. Again, he was already named when we had him, but he and Jessie didn’t get along so we gave him to a family who didn’t have a dog already, but had kids so Tyson could be loved and played with by a family.
Oh, and not to mention the hamster we had. The kids named it Mouse because they kept forgetting it was a hamster and not a mouse. Unfortunately, it died.
3. What are you considering giving up (cable, home phone)? Um, right now, I’m not giving up anything. I don’t have a home phone – just a cell phone. Last year during a really rough time, I made some alterations to our “amenities”. We changed cable companies and got rid of our HD channels and the million other channels we had, but didn’t watch. We switched internet companies. We changed cell phone companies.
In the end, with changing companies, removing services, etc. we ended up saving quite a bit of month on our monthly expenses. If I had to do it again, I would lower the cable again to even less channels. I would get a home phone and get rid of the cell phones.
4. How much do you pay your babysitter? Um, I used to pay our sitter $5 an hour for two kids. But we don’t have a “normal” sitter so I guess I’m not sure. I hear now a days, they are wanting close to $20 an hour for two kids. Shit, I don’t even get paid that much at my job!
5. How “young” is old enough to babysit? I don’t think there really is a certain age limit. I think it depends on the child, their maturity and their responsibility level. I know I started babysitting other children at age 11, but I was mature for my age and responsible. My daughter is currently 6 and I can forsee her watching her brother within the next couple of years.