Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Well, my apologies to any big Halloween fans out there, but this post really has nothing to do with the spooky holiday, it just seemed like a good title.  So Kate started up this blog, which seems like a fine idea, I'm just not excatly sure who's reading this stuff.  This would be my first ever blog entry for any blog, and I'm going to dedicate it to our new puppy, Toby.  We don't actually have him yet, and we're going to have to wait another month til he can come home with us.  I've lived with a dog in the house essentially my entire life.  It started with our bichon Katy when I was little with the addition of our golden retriever Beau a few years later.  Both were such wonderful dogs and loving members of our family.  Unfortunately, we have since lost both and I have been dogless for the last 5 years.  Kate, on the other hand, has never had the pleasure of having a dog in the family, she did have a guinea pig, Lizzie, though.  Anyways, back to Toby.  Toby is a cavachon, which is a mix between a bichon and a king cavalier king charles.  Isn't he such a cute pup!?



We are so excited to get him home with us.  It will definitely be a big change for us, but we can't hardly wait!  With the baby on the way, it's a bit like a warm up, to get used to having a little one to take care of.  We look forward to having everyone else come meet him as well when he arrives.  Keep posted to the blog because we will continue to add pictures as we get more.

Hopefully, my first blog entry has been a success.  I will work on improving my entries as we go along.  Just to help make the connection, Toby is the first addition to our family leading to the "Expanding Erdels".

Blake

Friday, October 29, 2010

Blogging to Stay Relevant?

You know you were born in the early 80's if...

You remember floppy disks that were floppier than the other obsolete floppy disks.  Check.
You learned how to type by instant-messaging on the huge, slow family desktop. Check.
You had a cell phone in high school, but texting had not yet been invented.  Check.
You started facebooking in grad school when you still needed a college url to sign up.  Check.
You tell your boss that you can type, print, sign, copy, and mail that letter he wants you to write twice as fast as he can dictate it and get it out.  And you prove it.  Check.
You haven't used a hard copy of a dictionary, phone book, map, you-name-it in years.  Check.
You blog about your hobbies, your baby (and the bump), about everything, and anything?  Wait, what??? 

Blogging? Is this something I need to do to stay on par with other members of my generation?  Are iPods and Facebook just not enough anymore?  When did this happen?  HOW did this happen, and without me knowing it? I mean, I'm not a techno-phobe.  I don't panic when the blue screen flashes.  I hit buttons on the printer until it does what I want it to.  I have a touch screen phone and I know how to use most of its features, including the phone, the GPS navigation system, and most importantly, the strobe light flashlight app.  I text.  I email.  I've even blogged for work.  But blogging about my own life or interests?  Just never dawned on me that it would be worth my time.  I do love to write, but enough to share it with other people on a regular basis?  I also love to read other people's blogs - I'm shamelessly interested in what other people who are cooler than I am are doing.  Even people I don't really know...  But who in the world would want to read my blog? 

Well, despite my fears that no one, and I mean no one, will ever read my blog, leaving me a sad, lonely, blog-star wannabe, I've obviously decided to bite the bullet, swallow my pride and just blog it.  My decision has been sparked by my desire to keep up with my generation and because now, for the first time, I feel like I (we - Blake and I) have something to blog about that at least our very dearest family and friends will be interested in - we're expecting our first baby!  So, here we go - blogging to keep up, blogging to stay relevant, blogging to preserve e-memories for our child, who God knows, will never be interested in looking through a hard copy of the scrapbook that I now don't have to create for him/her.

Kate