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 […]

iPod Random Ten 8-10-07

“Cool,” Gwen Stefani “Niteclub,” Old 97’s “Sweet Baby James,” James Taylor “Walk On,” U2 “Harmony,” Elton John “San Andreas Fault,” Natalie Merchant “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room,” John Mayer “I Get a Kick Out of You,” Frank Sinatra “Stars on the Water,” Jimmy Buffett “Hey Jude,” The Beatles Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 2,358 other subscribers […]

Strategic dining(?)

Today’s “gimme a break” story comes from the New York Times: Women are making the “strategic” choice of ordering red meat (mainly steaks and burgers) on dinner dates in order make a statement about themselves and convey certain impressions that foods like chicken and salads won’t reinforce. Broadsheet’s all over this one. I say, order what you like. If you’re a meat-eater, then get a filet; but if you’re not, don’t order something you don’t […]

That’s rock and roll

A 4.5 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Chatsworth, CA awakened residents of the area just before 1 AM on Thursday, August 9. (Chatsworth is a major center for the adult-entertainment industry, and is used to a different type of moving and shaking.) People who aren’t from California probably think this happens all the time. And maybe it does, but sometimes the quakes are so far below the surface of the earth they’re barely noticeable. I’ve […]

Moms are readers, workers…obsessive narcissists?

Mojo Mom points to a Newsweek article by a writer who professes to be sick of the “mommy wars.” Kathleen Deveny is losing interest in what she considers to be a “narcissistic obsession” with the discussion and defense of parenting choices, including that taking place in the fictional genre of “mommy lit.” In Mojo Mom’s view, this drift in the article makes it a missed opportunity for serious discussion. I think she has a point, […]

Wiki Wednesday 8-8-07

Time to learn something! 1. Go to Wikipedia.2. Click on “Random article” in the left-hand sidebar box.3. Post it! You might want to skip this entry if you’re a hypochondriac, or highly suggestible to cold-like symptoms: Human parainfluenza viruses (HPIVs) are a group of four distinct serotypes of single-stranded RNA viruses belonging to the paramyxovirus family. They are the second most common cause of lower respiratory tract infection in younger children. Repeated infection throughout the […]

The American vacation – endangered species?

I took my “summer vacation” in May this year, to coincide with traveling east for my son’s college graduation. We tend to go fairly early anyway, since my husband doesn’t handle heat very well and isn’t up for much activity by mid-summer. The kids took their vacation with their mom this year – it was her turn. But next year it’s ours, and Tall Paul is already planning a road trip to Yellowstone and the […]

Ten on Tuesday: 10 Things You’ll Never Do Again

Ten on Tuesday: 10 Things You’ll Never Do Again

“Never” is a dangerous thing to say, as is “always.” I’m one for the qualifiers – “usually,” “probably” or “probably not,” “maybe” – as opposed to the absolutes. Looking over some of the other lists posted for today’s Ten on Tuesday, I’m apparently not the only one who feels that way, which is reassuring…and having said that, here are “10 Things I’ll PROBABLY Never Do Again,” in no particular order. Some are little things, some […]

Who’s in charge here? Or, more boys vs. girls…

The Work It, Mom blog brought my attention to a New York Post article citing a new survey suggesting that 3/4 of workers prefer a male to a female boss. I’m having trouble finding links to the survey itself, but the results are consistent with one conducted by Elle Magazine/MSNBC earlier this year. Another study this year found that most people have no preference for a boss of either sex, but among those that did […]

Seen this weekend: “The Bourne Ultimatum”

A couple of caveats if you’re considering seeing The Bourne Ultimatum: This is another one of this summer’s many “threequels” (I read that very useful term somewhere, but can’t place the source). If you haven’t seen the preceding two movies, you’ll probably be very confused – and since this one does take some time to sort out early on, it’s advisable to know the backstory. If you can, watch the second film, The Bourne Supremacy, […]