iPod Random 10 8-17-07

“Sugar on My Tongue,” Talking Heads“Where Do the Children Play?” Cat Stevens“Piece of Work,” Jimmy Buffett with Toby Keith“Creepin’ In,” Norah Jones with Dolly Parton“Up the Junction,” Squeeze* (a happy little song about your life falling apart)“Strapped for Cash,” Fountains of Wayne* (a happy little song about dodging a loan shark)“Mountain Angel,” Dolly Parton (a sad Appalachian ballad about a woman gone ’round the bend)“Footloose,” Kenny Loggins“Everything About It is a Love Song,” Paul Simon“Seven […]

Home is not necessarily where you buy it

The rarely-dull, often-controversial “Brazen Careerist” seems to have an especially “brazen” tone today in her Yahoo! Finance column about “5 financial calculators you should use cautiously.” #4 on her list caught my interest: 4. Renting vs. buying calculator It used to be that the American dream was about buying a house. Today, the new version of the American dream is about time and personal development — and the best way to get more time is […]

Wives for everyone!

This strikes me as a twist on my post yesterday on the topic of “me” time – a New York Times feature on Monday about no one having time for anything, essentially. The article talks about women not only (still!) bearing most of the domestic responsibilities – or at least the worry about what’s not getting done – even if they work outside the home, but research that shows this “second shift” holds them back […]

Rock and roll, part 2

Our Chatsworth shaker last week was small time. This is an earthquake. Bad times in Peru today, and a reminder that it’s an unstable world in more ways than one. Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Email Address Subscribe Join 2,318 other subscribers

Want to have it all? Start young…

I had to unsubscribe from the Huffington Post feed, because I just couldn’t keep up, so now I look to other bloggers for the heads-up on posts worth reading over there. Mojo Mom identified this post by Laura Vanderkam as a “must-read,” so I did. Vanderkam suggests that women who have managed to “have it all” – the career, the marriage, and the kids – may have benefited by becoming mothers earlier in life, rather […]

Hair apparent

My hair is fairly thick, a little coarse, and on the curly/wavy side, and without strong control measures it tends to…well, expand. This little jingle popped into my head as I was drying it this morning (you may know the melody): Don’t try to make me wear a beehive, I said no, no, noYes I have big hair, but if you go there I won’t go, go, goThat won’t make it shineIt looks like 1959I’m […]

Booking Through Thursday 8-16-07: Monogamy

Booking Through Thursday 8-16-07: Monogamy

One book at a time? Or more than one? If more, are they different types/genres? Or similar? (We’re talking recreational reading, here—books for work or school don’t really count since they’re not optional.) I’ve known people who have their “bedside” book, their “traveling” book, and their “waiting in line” book all going at once. I’ve tried that kind of thing, and I’m not good at it at all. It works a little better if they’re […]

Personal Thanksgiving

Deb Owen has two terrific, related posts this week on her “8 hours & a lunch: a search for balance & sanity” blog. (As an aside, she happens to be unmarried and childless, in case you thought that working moms were the only ones looking for those two things!) Tuesday’s post concerning making “gratitude” a daily practice is a reminder that it’s worth remembering – often – that while we spend a lot of our […]

Do these symptoms sound familiar?

This came via e-mail from a friend, and would have been even more appropriate a few weeks ago, but it sounds a lot like a condition I’ve read about on a lot of other blogs this summer. PTSIO: “Post Traumatic School Is Out” Syndrome Symptoms include: Loss of balance – due to tripping over piles of leftover school supplies, end of year projects, extra gym shoes and paint shirts. Headaches – due to sudden loss […]

Wiki Wednesday 8-15-07

Time to learn something! 1. Go to Wikipedia.2. Click on “Random article” in the left-hand sidebar box.3. Post it! Not to be confused with George Burns, who was known for being husband and straight man (in the comedy sense) to Gracie Allen, playing God, and living to a very old age; this entry is about George Bruns (July 3, 1914 – May 23, 1983), composer of music for film and television who worked on many […]

Just finished: “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter”

Just finished: “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter”

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter Kim Edwards On a snowy late-winter night in Lexington, Kentucky in March 1964, a doctor’s wife unexpectedly goes into labor, and he has to perform the delivery himself in his own office. Twins are delivered – a healthy boy, and a girl who clearly exhibits Down’s syndrome. Believing that it’s in everyone’s best interests, the doctor asks his nurse to bring the baby girl to a home for the mentally impaired. […]

What time is it? Is it “me” time yet?

This was inspired by a discussion on Work It, Mom last week and an unexpected comp day off from work last Friday (thanks, chief!) – which, ironically, gave me time for other stuff but not for writing this! It’s conventional wisdom that women in general aren’t good at taking time for themselves, because we spend so much of their time dealing with and caring for other people. This particularly applies to mothers, adult daughters, working […]