Archive for July, 2008

My Preciousssss

Yesterday Joshua was kind enough to come hang out with me in San Francisco. We walked and walked and walked and walked. I totally feel it today. And before you think me an utter wimp, we were out for 8 hours – walking much of it. So, uhm, yeah – my calves are a little sore. Did I mention I was wearing flip flops?

He let me play with his new camera. While it was entrusted to me I decided to try one of the randonly growing blackberries.  I told Joshua that if I suddenly dropped dead that he was not to eat the berries, he said whatever, as long as I handed him the camera on the way down.

Leave a Message at the Beep

Gone to BlogHer 08

I’m working on a mathematical proof supporting my need for four pairs of shoes, two dresses, three skirts, five shirts and 2 pairs of shorts for three days.

Gratuitous Cuteness

May 11, 2007 – I took the kids to the mall to take their pictures together in their matching clothes (that’s why you have more than one kid, right? the matching clothes?). The photo studio didn’t have enough openings, so we went outside. Not only did they cooperate and let me snap lots of pictures, they were sweet to one another. I’m sure there was the added bribe incentive of Happy Meals.

Dear Sprout

Dear Sprout,

You know I like you right? You’ve been visiting my home for years. We’re tight, right?

When you broke up with Melanie I was a little peeved. You two were great together. She was your first real girlfriend. Yet, when you found out about her past – a past she willingly told you about – you kicked her to the curb. Dude, I was disappointed. I expect better behavior from you and your peeps at PBS.

I love you. I really, really do. You’ve had my back more than once, I just want what’s best for you.

It looks like you’re running with a new crowd. I look forward to meeting them at the soiree in S.F. Thanks for embracing blogs, even though the Internet wasn’t so kind to you during your rough break-up.

XOXO,
Catherine

PS: Can you stop running the Alec Baldwin narrated Thomas & Friends? Stick with George Carlin or the new narrator Pierce Brosnan.

Weak Provider

I’ve taken the Myers-Briggs test a few times in my life. And each time, I’m all, uh-huh that’s not surprising. It’s so not surprising that other people can look at my anonymous results and know it’s me. I am who I am through and through. Alternatively I am stubborn and routine oriented. Toe May Toe, Toe Mah Toe.

According to the BBC I am a Provider. I think I’m probably a weak Provider, with the hearts vs heads section not being so clear cut.

My personality type has softened (stop laughing, it has so); pre-kids I was a strong Supervisor.

Supervisors like to make plans, organise people and get things done efficiently. Supervisors like jobs where the goals are clearly defined and there are proven work methods in place.

Supervisors use logic to solve problems and believe in being open and direct in their communications with others. They prefer to work and socialise with like-minded people.

In situations where they can’t use their talents or are unappreciated, Supervisors may reject the opinions of others and insist they are right. Under extreme stress, Supervisors may feel cut off from the people around them and lose confidence in their own ability to cope.

Because they like to take charge and organise activities, others may find Supervisors too bossy.

The things that haven’t changed and I cannot imagine an existence where they would: I’m a planner (not spontaneous), I like facts (versus ideas) and I’m an extrovert. The heads versus hearts section has changed. Not surprising, kids will do that to you.

What are you? Have you always been this way?

Hat tip: Taking What is Left

Private Lives in Private Blogs

Help a sister out and take part in this poll.

This study is being conducted by Professor Aimée Morrison of the Department of English at the University of Waterloo, Canada.

You are being invited to participated in a research study.  We hope to learn the techniques that bloggers use to protect their anonymity or their personal privacy when they write on the Internet.

If you decide to volunteer, we will ask you to answer some questions about your own writing practices.  For example, you might be asked if, in your writing, you use a screen name that is different from your real name.

Hat tip: Her Bad Mother

Book Queue, Help Me Choose

I realized I’ve already finished a book for the 20-30-50 book challenge! I read Things I Learned About My Dad in Therapy. While great, not sure it should count – it was like reading blogs in book format. Regardless, I read a book with many large words.

After Great Gatsby, I have many books to choose from that I already own. I realize my list looks a little AP English though. Last summer I started down the road of reading the “101 Books to Read Before College”. I didn’t finish. Eh, college let me in anyway. A very long time ago.

What should I read after Great Gatsby?

Handbag Haiku

ode to my handbag
with your soft, supple handles
and pink leather trim

strangers’ eyes follow
wonder where to get her own
ebay, I say – coach!

you are the real deal
and at less than half the price
a fun, jaunty purse

but your cream fabric
is becoming dirty, sad
how do I wash you?

Haiku Friday

50 Book Challenge

When asked about the new Amazon Kindle product, Steve Jobs CEO of Apple computer had this to say:

“It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore,” he said. “Forty percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year. The whole conception is flawed at the top because people don’t read anymore.”

Welcome to the the 50 Book Challenge, where we fly in the face of Steve Jobs.

Basically …. the challenge is to read 50 books in one year. OR … establish a goal for yourself more or less, it’s up to you, just because we say 50 books doesn’t mean that has to be your goal too.

I don’t think I can do 50 books in a year, maybe I can do 20? Should we all join Shelfari’s group or make one of our own? I’m already on Shelfari, so if you are too, friend me. Or link me. Or … I don’t know the Shelfari lingo (crap this is becoming a common theme with me and Web 2.0)

I’m not currently reading anything so I’ll start Great Gatsby this weekend. What will you commit to? I’ll tag my posts “Book Challenge”. How can I follow your progress?

Dwell Linens

I am a huge fan of the Dwell Studio line for Target. Well, actually I’m a fan of Dwell Studio. It just so happens I can afford it at Target. And doubly afford it when it’s on CLEARANCE.


I like using cloth napkins. I even let the kids use them. The kids get at least two uses out of a napkin. Let’s be honest here, they’re only using one side to wipe their mugs. And since I didn’t spend an arm and a leg on them I don’t sweat it. If they don’t come quite clean in the wash, well – I just won’t give that one to a guest. But since these are off-white I’ll keep preschooler paws off them for awhile.

We can eat like grown ups on matching placemats that don’t have the alphabet or Sesame Street on them. These, for now at least, will be my fancy company linens. And for 1/2 price! Not that I think my company is only worth $1.99, but that leaves more money in the coffers for the expensive drink.

The scratches on the dining table can be covered with the runner. That right there is saving the cost of a new dining table. Too bad I’ll soon need new dishes to match my clearance linens. What’s the chance I’ll find those on clearance too?

I can’t believe what a grown-up dining room we’ll have. Matching linens. Paint on the wall. Linens coordinate with the drapes. My plan is slowly coming together. Now, if I had only intended it this way from the start …

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