iPod Random 10

Another fun idea I’m stealing from verbatim, but Karen told me it was OK :-).

When It Comes to Love – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Get Out the Map – Indigo Girls
Utopia Parkway – Fountains of Wayne
Havin’ a Hunch – David Shiner (Seussical the Musical)
We Tell Ourselves – Clint Black
Your Mother Should Know – The Beatles
Joy to the World – Three Dog Night
Shoot the Moon – Norah Jones
Sultans of Swing – Dire Straits
Wrapped Around Your Finger -The Police

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TGIF, since it’s an excuse for a rambling post

I took a vacation day yesterday. It was supposed to have been today, but we were notified on Tuesday that the maintenance staff would be changing A/C filters and checking smoke detectors in all the apartments in our building on Thursday, and Miss Gypsy can’t be left home alone if anything like that is happening, so I switched days. (I learned this the hard way in my old apartment – let’s just say I’m surprised […]

It’s all in the 21st-century family

This item in the Huffington Post definitely struck a chord. A few quotes: The truth is that when people divorce, little thought is given to the fact that it is not only the husband and wife who are enduring loss but also their extended families. (snip) Considering that the number of divorced Americans rose from 4.3 million in 1970 to 18.3 million in 1996 and that very few studies have examined how divorce affects the […]

BTT: “Desperation”

This week’s “Booking Through Thursday” query: What’s the most desperate thing you’ve read because it was the only available reading material? If it was longer than a cereal box or an advertisement, did it turn out to be worth your while? I’m really not sure what it could have been. Probably some pamphlet in a waiting room somewhere, and I can’t remember – or have blocked it out – because it wasn’t worth the time, […]

My first “Wiki Wednesday”

Thanks to Karen at verbatim for turning me on to this one. It’s easy to play. Time to learn something! 1. Go to Wikipedia.2. Click on “Random article” in the left-hand sidebar box.3. Post it! Did you ever wonder what Audio Video Standard (AVS) is? Me neither, and it sounds like you’ll never need to unless you’re looking for some Chinese DVD: Audio Video Standard, or AVS, is a compression codec for digital audio and […]

10-Minute Writers: What I Do…

I’m trying the “10-minute Writers” exercise on Crazedparent this week. It was more of a challenge than I anticipated, but it was fun. I’ll probably do it again the next time the topic grabs me. The question:”How big of a person are you?”The assignment: For 10-minutes, write about everything you do for everyone else. Be big, be bold, and be as blunt as your writing mind wants you to be. The rules, the rules…* Write […]

Do kids change your ambitions?

This week’s “Speak Your Mind” topic on Work It, Mom! is “Have you become less ambitious in your career and personal goals since having kids?” It’s a tough question to answer for me, since parenthood, career, and adulthood pretty much all coincided and it’s tough to tease out exactly how they affected each other. I’m inclined to say “yes,” but it’s more like my ambitions have been scaled to the framework of managing family and […]

Just finished: “The Planets”

The PlanetsDava Sobel from the back cover: With her blockbuster New York Times bestsellers Longitude and Galileo’s Daughter, Dava Sobel used her rare and luminous gift for weaving difficult scientific concepts into a compelling story to garner rave reviews and attract readers from across the literary spectrum. Now, in “The Planets,” Sobel brings her full talents to bear on what is perhaps her most ambitious subject to date – the planets of our solar system. […]

So, what’s YOUR generation?

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The first one is the smartest (?)

My sister sent me a link to a story from today’s L.A. Times regarding a Norwegian study investigating the “birth-order effect” which concluded that firstborn children were smarter than their younger siblings by 2-3 IQ points, which might not sound like much but “experts said even a few IQ points could make a big difference over the course of a lifetime — and set firstborns on a trajectory for success.” The study suggests that the […]

Just in case you were wondering…

…even though I doubt you were: I’m 83% feminist (via PunditMom), and a “New Left Hipster,” married to a “Peace Patroller” (via Karen on verbatim) – and I’m totally OK with that :-). UPDATE 6/23 – TallGuy took the feminist quiz and outscored me (!) at 96%. Good to know one more way in which I chose wisely :-). Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive […]

Single-minded

The truth is, I’ve spent most of my adult life married (from age 19 – yes, I know it was too young, but there was a baby on the way – to 38), and it’s been less than a year since I reclaimed that status. Even so, some points in Leslie’s “On Balance” commentary reviewing the new book Now and Not Yet by Jennifer Marshall, which examines single life from a conservative Christian perspective, struck […]

Booking Through Thursday – “School days”

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Sing it, sister!

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Speaking my mind on Work It, Mom!

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