Wiki Wednesday 7-11-07

Time to learn something! 1. Go to Wikipedia.2. Click on “Random article” in the left-hand sidebar box.3. Post it! Today it’s a history lesson – a list of state leaders in 1562. The Western Hemisphere is conspicuous by its absence. The countries that wouldn’t appear on a similar list in 2007, particularly in Europe, are also pretty interesting: Denmark-Norway – Frederick II, King of Denmark and King of Norway (1559–1588) England – Elizabeth I, Queen […]

Got your books crossed? I’m giving it another shot

Got your books crossed? I’m giving it another shot

I signed up with BookCrossing in November 2002, when it was still a pretty new enterprise. The website has changed since then, and the membership and books numbers have grown enormously, but the basics are still the same: Read a book! – Or not. Some members have been known to buy used books in bulk just to register and release them, without reading them all first.Register it! – Enter the title and author info (or […]

Marking the day that everything changed

The day your first child is born, you become someone new. You may have had several months to prepare for it – probably not a full nine, because you probably didn’t know it was coming till at least a few weeks after it was underway – but in a lot of ways, you really can’t be prepared for it. You’re meeting a stranger for the first time, and after awhile that stranger will call you […]

A Kwik-E trip, or Spring(field) Comes to Burbank

A Kwik-E trip, or Spring(field) Comes to Burbank

We made the pilgrimage on July 4. We’ll be going back next weekend after the kids get back from another week at Grandma’s. I took pictures of things all over the store, including the pink-frosted donuts, the Geezer Freezer, and various signs, but these are a few of the ones we e-mailed to some friends and family. We’ve arrived! We were there around 9:30 in the morning; we heard there were lines all over the […]

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 […]