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If you don’t yet have a wubbanub you’re missing out if you have a kid that still need a pacifier.

I know, it’s a cheap stuff toy stapled to the end of a 1 dollar pacifier and they sell for close to $20 but they work well. My little one is still a little too young for figuring out that if you hold it the pacifier will stay in, but that will come eventually.

I love this because it’s a stuffed animal that is not only great for the child, but for the parents too. This seems to have a less chance of getting lost vs just the small pacifiers we are used to.

The Cost of Daycare

Holy smokes, is daycare expensive. I just enrolled our little one into daycard for the fall and it’s close to $65.00 per day to take care of my little one.

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Now, don’t get me wrong..I work just parttime and spend a lot of time with my child so I’m aware of how much work it is to take care of a kiddo and mine is still a baby that sleeps through the day!

But, she has a spot for 2 days a week when I can go to work and get a little time away from the kiddo. Fiscally, it doens’t make a whole lof of sense but it allows her to interact with others her own age and gives me some time away from fatherly duties.

This doesn’t happen until the fall so we have some time to change our plan of attack but so far she’s going to start daycare in August.

Switching to Google Fi from Verizon

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There have been a few things in my life where I have zero regrets such as getting married, having a child and my latest:

Switching Phone Plans

I recently switched from Verizon to Google Fi and it’s been one of the better decisions I have made as my mobile phone bill is now half of what it used to be.

Half.

What was once a $150.00 bill or more with taxes is now about half that. That’s a seventy dollar plus savings! I was paying for 8GB in Verizon and end up using half that at most so essentialy I was paying Verizon tool much for the serice that I needed.

I could have just downgraded plans to the 4GB but the savings would have been about $15.00 so Google Fi still eded up being the better deal.

I have seen no differnce in quality and because Google Fi wi-fi when it can, my data usage is usually under 3Gb a month.

The best part is that since I switched two months ago I haven’t had a bill because I guess that there’s some promotion where if I switched I would get a credit. I have no ieaa what the credit is for or for how long but I will find out eventually.

In the meantime, I’m enjoying not having to deal with Verizon any more. Verizon is good, but they are pricey and I don’t need the coverage for remote places which is probably better on Verizon but again, I would be paying for a service I do not use.

I’m glad I switched to Google Fi.

On Writing in Plain Text

I have been trying to rely less on products on which to blog and write and more on using simple tools. Back in the day when I was an apple user I would love to use the BBEdit text editor to write and create websites with.

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I think I have tried everr markdown app or writing tool out there and they all feel sluggish as if my computer has to think before being able to show me the words on the screen.

This post does not need a database.

I was using Wordpress for this site but I find it’s overkill and it just gets in the way with all the databases and themes and plugins and whatnot.

Heck, I just want to write. I could do it in Google Docsif I wanted to but this is overkill as well. Docs and other tools just feel slow compared to when I write in a true text editor.

I’m using Caret for this post which seems to be the default text editor for my Chromebooks or more likey because I added the app and now on every machine I install Chrome on it autmatically gets installed. This is probably the case,but whatever. It works well for me.

I’m finding if I can get into the groove of writing it doesn’t really matter what I use to write as long as the application gets out of the way so that I can write, or blog or whatever you want to call this easily and regularly

Benefits of Plain Text

I’m back to using jekyll as my writing and blogging tool of choice, and I like the fact that every post I have ever writen is here locally on my drive as well as my host. If for whatever reason my host craps out (unlikely, because: Google) I have a backup here locally on my computer that I can access if need be.

And plain text never goes out of style so my posts will always be readable by pretty much every app or browser in the future. Not that most of my archives are of much use, but it might be nice to see what a decade’s worth of writing looks like 10 years from now and not have to worry about a database error or realize that some CMS you’ve been using has crapped out and left you hanging.

I had been looking at more complicated solutions and then when it all comes down to it, I’m adding wordss and (maybe) a picture to a folder on a web host so plain text does me just fine and doesn’t get in the way like some other apps or blogging platforms might.

50 Percent More

When we brought the little one home from the hospital we just used the same formula that they had been giving her in the NICU as I figured that they knew what they were doing when it came to selecting the right formula for our newborn better than I ever could.

For a few months, all was fine but then the little squirt ended up eating more and more and I have to tell you that this shit’s expensive! so we started to look around at alternatives before she eats us out of house and home..

Hello, No Name Brand

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“Comparable To” might just be my two favorite words of 2019 as I found the target brand and it’s a much bigger box for about twenty bucks instead of close to 30 dollars I was paying for much less of pretty much the same thing.

My daughter doesn’t seem to mind the newer and cheaper Target stuff and I get to feed her for less. all of these are good things. :)

It used to be a time when store brands sucked but I think over time for the most part they are very comparable to the more expensive branded products.