A few thoughts from the mother of the boyfriend

An actual exchange of text messages with my son over Thanksgiving weekend: Dad wants to know if I’m engaged.You’re surprised? (Rejected response: Well, ARE you?) No. But I thought you’d find it amusing. Still shaking my head. An online chat session with my son’s aunt (his dad’s sister) a few days later: (He and his girlfriend) were at her parents’ for Thanksgiving – as far as I know things are going OK with them. They’ll […]

Wiki Wednesday 12-19-07

Time to learn something! 1. Go to Wikipedia.2. Click on “Random article” in the left-hand sidebar box.3. Post it! Today we’re going fishing: The slender codling or slender cod, Halargyreus johnsonii, is a morid cod, the only species in the genus Halargyreus. It is found in all oceans, at depths of between 450 and 3,000 m, and grows to between 15 and 55 cm. The slender codling is a small slender deepwater species with twin […]

Ten on Tuesday 12-18: New Year’s Resolutions

I’ve never really been one to make New Year’s resolutions. I don’t think there’s anything magical about January 1. If you want to change something in your life, you can do it any time you decide to – the beginning of next month, the first day of summer, next Monday, tomorrow, five minutes from now! New Year’s Day is an artificial milestone. For example, if you decide you’re going to start a healthy new habit […]

All I DON’T want for Christmas is a cold

I’m glad that I try to work ahead and have posts done in advance of when I want to have them up on the blog – a habit I picked up during NaBloPoMo, and it’s worth keeping – because inspiration and inclination for writing are a bit hard to come by right now. My husband started having cold symptoms late last week, and by Saturday I was catching up with him. We both started out […]

Keeping – not reading – the books; notes on finding an accountant

I haven’t written too many articles for Work It, Mom that have been directly related to my actual work, other than maybe this one about some of the perks of not being an entrepreneur. A lot of the members of the WIM community do have their own businesses, though – or want to – and some of their recent discussions about dealing with their financial matters prompted me to think I might have some useful […]

For what it’s worth…

For what it’s worth…

Via the Evil HR Lady: My blog is worth $16,371.66.How much is your blog worth? Good thing I’m not trying to make a living at this… 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 Email Address Subscribe

A(n updated 12/17) statistic you might not really want to know…

…unless you’re ever in a situation where your youngster’s kindergarten class is about to turn into an ugly mob: 9I’m not proud of it, really… I suspect that the fact I’m not much taller than they are might be an advantage, though. Thanks to Karen for finding this one, and to both her and MaryP for letting me know to correct the coding under the badge so that it doesn’t link to a dating site […]

“Five (more) Things” – a guest post by my husband

“Five (more) Things” – a guest post by my husband

During a slow morning, Tall Paul was inspired by Thursday’s “Five Things” post to do the meme himself. He e-mailed it to me, and has kindly allowed me to post it – his first blog post! (I’ve tried to get him to write guest posts for me a few times, but so far he hasn’t gone for it.) I’d like to introduce you to my husband. 5 Things I was doing 10 years ago:1. Buying […]

iPod Random Ten 12-14-07

“I Believe She’s Lying,” Rhett Miller, The Believer Rhett’s band, the Old 97s, have been on the alt-country music scene for years, but he works out his more pop-oriented side on his solo albums. I like the rhymes and wordplay in this track. “Mony Mony,” Billy Idol, Greatest Hits One of the great party classics for amateur partiers like me. “I’m No Angel,” Gregg Allman, I’m No Angel I’ve always liked this song – for […]

‘Tis the season to play Christmas Q&A

I got this via e-mail from one of my offline book club buddies, and thought I’d answer it here. If you’d like to play along, please do – just leave me a comment so I’ll know to go check out your answers! 1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Depends on the gift. Sometimes I wrap it and then put it in a gift bag.2. Tree – real or artificial? Fake3. When do you put the […]

Five Things, and another Five Things

I’ve come across two very different versions of the “Five Things” meme recently, so I’ve decided to combine them in one post. The first group comes via Literary Feline: 5 Things I was doing 10 years ago:1. Planning the first Christmas in our new house.2. Looking for a new job.3. Training new people at the job I already had.4. Hoping for snow.5. Reading. 5 Things on my T0-Do List today: 1. Get the November cash-receipts […]

Booking Through Thursday  12-13: Catalog

Booking Through Thursday 12-13: Catalog

Do you use any of the online book-cataloguing sites, like Library Thing or Shelfari? Why or why not? (Or . . . do you have absolutely no idea what I’m talking to?? (grin)) If not an online catalog, do you use any other method to catalog your book collection? Excel spreadsheets, index cards, a notebook, anything? Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) […]

Book talk: “Eat, Pray, Love”

Book talk: “Eat, Pray, Love”

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia Elizabeth Gilbert As she mentions in her responses to the FAQ on her website, Elizabeth Gilbert is aware that not everyone gets the opportunity to travel the world on a personal discovery (and recovery) mission paid for by a book advance, but as a reader, I’m glad she was able to. At thirty, Liz faced the painful realization that the life she […]

Wiki Wednesday 12-12-07

Time to learn something! 1. Go to Wikipedia.2. Click on “Random article” in the left-hand sidebar box.3. Post it! It came from outer space! The Borealis quadrangle is a quadrangle on Mercury surrounding the north pole down to 65° latitude (see also: geography of Mars). It contains the Goethe Basin, whose diameter of at least 400 km (250 mi) makes it the sixth-largest impact basin observed on Mariner 10 images[1][2][3](Murray and others, 1974; Boyce and […]

Ten on Tuesday 12-11: 10 Things You Want for Christmas

My husband actually requests a wish list from everyone in the family at Christmastime. He’s the administrator, passing out items from the list to extended-family members who need gift ideas, and keeping others for us. (Of course, he also makes his own wish list, which he gives to me to manage.) In any case, I’d already done some of my homework for this week’s assignment. “iPod my car!” This would involve a new iPod-compatible stereo […]