iPod Random 10

“Sea of Heartbreak,” Jimmy Buffett with George Strait, License to Chill “Have a Nice Day,” Bon Jovi, Have a Nice Day “No Myth,” Michael Penn, March “Second Hand News,” Fleetwood Mac, Rumours “Little Sister,” Elvis Presley, 50 Worldwide Gold Records “Cultural Infidel,” Jimmy Buffett, Banana Wind “Don’t Get Me Wrong,” Pretenders, Greatest Hits “Dreaming with a Broken Heart,” John Mayer, Continuum “I Remember You,” Diana Krall, The Look of Love “Diamond Road,” Sheryl Crow, C’mon […]

Mom’s making it work

My second article for Work It, Mom! that’s not a “Speak Your Mind” essay has been posted. My inspiration from this one comes from not being one of the entrepreneurs, freelancers, consultants, or other independent workers I’m meeting online these days, and wanting to speak up for the hordes who are still working for the proverbial “somebody else.” We’re not getting rich that way, but it’s still got a lot going for it…and not everyone […]

Seen this holiday: “Live Free or Die Hard”

It turns out that a pretty good way to spend a blistering hot Fourth of July is in a movie theater, watching Bruce Willis attempting to foil a cyber-attack on the US during the Fourth of July weekend. Live Free or Die Hard is actually the first of the (now) four movies in this series that I’ve seen in the theater, and it was pretty much worth it. The plot involves tech wizards and computer […]

Wiki Wednesday

(Karen did her Wiki Wednesday on Tuesday this week – the holiday’s throwing her off.) Time to learn something! 1. Go to Wikipedia.2. Click on “Random article” in the left-hand sidebar box.3. Post it! Mixed messages in the Caribbean – a nature conservation area in an oil refinery? The Pointe-à-Pierre Wild Fowl Trust is a not for profit environmental non-government organisation located in Pointe-à-Pierre, Trinidad and Tobago. The Trust, which occupies 25 hectares within the […]

Office style, office politics (?)

This isn’t meant to be a brag or anything – I’m just really excited! I just had another “nicest kind of weird” experience – a question/comment I left on someone’s blog inspired an entire post! A couple of weeks ago, Susan Wagner discussed what’s appropriate to wear to a job interview in a less-traditional work environment (business casual or “Friday casual”) in her “Working Closet” blog on Work It, Mom! In my comment, I asked […]

Factors for a successful marriage – the Pew Survey

Having been married twice, and considering divorce something I only want to go through once, I found this interesting for a number of reasons. Part of a new study on generational differences in values by the Pew Research Center ranks a list of factors considered “very important” for a successful/happy marriage, and compares the results to a 1990 survey. Highest to lowest in 2007, with % of responses agreeing in 2007 vs. 1990: faithfulness (93/95) […]

Who needs a Kwik-E-Mart?

Who needs a Kwik-E-Mart?

We’re having quite a movie-going summer, but I think the one that’s generating the most excitement around our house is the one that’s been 18 years in the making, and just might be the Best. Movie. Ever. One of the promotions for the movie – as if it needs it – is the conversion of 11 7-Eleven stores to Kwik-E-Marts. We’ve actually got two of them in our neck of the woods – one in […]

Seen this weekend: “Ratatouille”

When TallGuy and I were first getting to know each other via e-mails, the “favorite movies” question came up early on. He’s more of a movie maven than I am, and his favorite movies tend to depend on his mood, but at the time he had The Incredibles pretty high on his list, and we both agreed – and still agree – that Pixar totally rules. If you ask us, Cars was robbed of the […]

Just finished: “The Jane Austen Book Club”

The Jane Austen Book ClubKaren Joy Fowler from the book cover: In California’s central valley, five women and one man join to discuss Jane Austen’s novels. Over the six months they get together, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable, and love happens…The result is a delicious dissection of modern relationships. Dedicated Austenites will delight in unearthing the echoes of Austen that run through the novel, but most readers will simply enjoy the […]