Archive for January, 2007

You can just take that with you, dear

January 20, 2007

Emma: I’m going to take George (orange cat) with me when I go to college (she’s currently 6).

Daddy: Well, he’ll probably be dead by then.

Mommy: (shushing Daddy) Ixnay on the ieday, Daddy! Crap!

Daddy: Well, then she’ll just be taking a dried up corpse with her (whispering).

Mommy: (whispering) She has no sense of time, dumbass!

Emma: I’m going to give George a checkup. Sit down! SIT DOWN! Just relax. ReLAXXXXX. Come on. Come ON!

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Do you ever have one of those days…

January 11, 2007

where everything is just about near perfect? Because I’m having one of those days and it’s kinda freaking me out.

Okay, so got the three kidlets off to school this morning with lots of hugs and kisses. Love that. Daddy was playing Evil Daddy this morning and that was fun; he told Emma (she’s six, mind you) that her teacher was a secret cannibal and that she’d BETTER WATCH OUT. Emma just rolled her eyes at him and said “Daddy, you’re full of baloney.”

We have snow this morning and it’s utterly lovely outside.

I’ve got my Pandora finally doing my bidding (for now…knock on wood) and it’s playing Sixpence None the Richer, one of my favorite bands.

The fireplace is on behind me.

Coffee going.

I’m working away. Well, kind of. I mean, I’m writing my blog right now so technically that’s not working but anyway. I’m contributing to user-generated content, otherwise known as That There Which I Just Done Did And Put On The Web. Yippee!

Yep, pretty much everything is right in the world this morning. It’s a good day.

Google Video requires passwords and usernames in order to embed videos

January 9, 2007

Has it always been like this?

Just went to Google Video, and in order to post videos to MySpace, Blogger, Live Journal, or TypePad, get this:

you are required to relinquish your user names and passwords for those services.

Uh, I don’t think so. Why does Google need offsite usernames and passwords in order to give me the embed code for a freaking video? Wild theories are running through my head right now, but mostly I’m coming up with data collection. Seems pretty invasive though.

You can get around this by just clicking on Embed HTML (duh), but in order to post it, they want usernames and passwords.

Most tasteless Technorati Buzz Monitor ever.

January 8, 2007

Just got this in my email inbox:

Dictators, models, and ninjas.
They’re the buzz on Technorati, right now:
Hussein Execution Video Recorded on Cell Phone Cam
Best candid camera EVER
Model Daniela Cicarelli Sues YouTube Over Sex Video
Best candid camera EVER
Informative Ninja Hosts Omnibus Q & A
Entertaining despite lack of hanging or sex

Who is the jackaninny that wrote this? He or she needs a lesson in tact, let alone good taste.
Technorati Tags:

Blogs I love to read (or not)

January 5, 2007

I thought I’d do a quick roundup of a few blogs I love to read here!

  • Solomother: Everytime I read this, I’m laughing and almost crying at the same time. It’s a ripping good read, to quote my British friends. I’m not a single mother, but I have (sadly) two sweet friends who became single moms this year, each to three kids. My dear friend Rose became a single mother to FIVE children. Oy!
  • Recovering Straight Girl: You know those writers that pull you in, and you can’t wait to see what they have to say next? RSG is one of those people. I’m really hoping that she will write a book, actually.
  • Maryamie: One of those blogs where you wished you knew the person in real life. Meanwhile, you just read and enjoy.
  • Dooce: I don’t think there’s ever been a day where I come away not laughing, crying, or a combo of both from this blog.

Now, there’s a lot more blogs I love to read, but I’ve got to go do some work. One blog that I WISH I could read, but I just can’t get into, is StevePavlina.com. I know, I know – it’s so good for me, he writes on such healthy stuff, but every post is like a blogosphere manifesto. I just can’t do it! Kind of like knowing you should eat those lima beans, but you scootch ’em to the dog under the table instead. Sigh.

My cat is giving me the evil eye

January 5, 2007

Long story short: my cat is a pig.

Well, technically not a real pig, but a piggish eater. She is eating so fast and furiously lately that she’s taken to horking it up all over the house. Lovely!

So we’ve gone back to just twice a day feedings, and so far, so good (had the perpetual trough of food out before). Now she’s seriously giving me the ol’ fish eye – I’m kind of getting nervous. She always sits and stares at me all day as I work.

On the other hand, George is lolling in front of the gas fireplace right now; we did have some serious kitty porn there for a second, but it’s over now.

So I think we might've found a house!

January 5, 2007

We’ve been looking for something closer to our family, who all live up in the Seattle area, but we don’t want to live in the city, per se. We were looking for something with some acreage, and BIG, because we want more kids.

Thankfully, the in-laws are not reading that last sentence, since they would collectively have a cow. However, I am definitely hearing the baby call! We’re looking into our own and adoption; after Emma, I’m not sure I want to go through that again.

Anyway, the house is in Mossyrock, it’s about an hour away from everyone (as opposed to over three hours now), it’s almost 4000 square feet (can you imagine?), and is on four forested acres. Best of all, the price is ridiculously low; apparently the owner got a job transfer and needs to make this all happen ASAP.

So we’re going to hopefully contact the listing agent today, see what’s up, and maybe even go see it tomorrow. It’s got a beautiful view of the Cascades, which endeared it to me immediately. And the kids would all have their own rooms…they could play in the woods….it just looks about perfect. We’ll see.

So I think we might’ve found a house!

January 5, 2007

We’ve been looking for something closer to our family, who all live up in the Seattle area, but we don’t want to live in the city, per se. We were looking for something with some acreage, and BIG, because we want more kids.

Thankfully, the in-laws are not reading that last sentence, since they would collectively have a cow. However, I am definitely hearing the baby call! We’re looking into our own and adoption; after Emma, I’m not sure I want to go through that again.

Anyway, the house is in Mossyrock, it’s about an hour away from everyone (as opposed to over three hours now), it’s almost 4000 square feet (can you imagine?), and is on four forested acres. Best of all, the price is ridiculously low; apparently the owner got a job transfer and needs to make this all happen ASAP.

So we’re going to hopefully contact the listing agent today, see what’s up, and maybe even go see it tomorrow. It’s got a beautiful view of the Cascades, which endeared it to me immediately. And the kids would all have their own rooms…they could play in the woods….it just looks about perfect. We’ll see.

Things that I love.

January 4, 2007

Snuggling with chubby little kids.

Holding Emma’s teensy hand.

Listening to James tell me all about how much he loves his math class.

Kissing my husband. :>)

Smelling really good food cooking.

Looking forward to the weekend, so you can spend time with those you love the most without any interruptions.

And the blog fight of the year award goes to…

January 4, 2007

Sigh. There’s a good Wired article on the various catfights and kerfuffles that happened in 2006. Among the ones that, you know, I actually PAID ATTENTION to were:

  • Calacanis vs. Rose:

    Should social news sites pay the users who find and post the hottest links? Kevin Rose, co-founder of Digg and the current king of social news, thinks it’s a bad idea. Jason Calacanis, Weblogs, Inc. co-founder and blogging kingpin, liked the idea so much, he put it into practice at Netscape.com, which he re-fashioned as a social news site (and Digg clone). The philosophical debate remained mostly friendly until cash-for-post and gaming scandals tarnished Digg’s credibility. Calacanis, jumping at the chance to salt Digg’s wounds, put up a $100 reward for anyone who could unmask crooked Digg users. In the end, Calacanis quit AOL, Rose was humbled, and social news remains young and messy — just the way we like it.

    Wired declared Kevin Rose the winner, which I strongly disagree with. Digg hasn’t made any significant improvements (oh, yes – Digg Swarm! And so many people use that!) and while I still lurve me some Digg, could we please, for the Love of Google, get rid of the spammy submissions.

  • Mike Arrington vs. pretty much everyone: Oy, vey. Even when he was on vacation he managed to pick a fight – I enjoy a good scuffle as much as the next girl but Michael Arrington takes it to a whole new level.

    2006 started out pretty good for Michael Arrington, King of Web 2.0 Geeks. His blog, TechCrunch, was a bona fide runaway success, and it quickly became the go-to site for Silicon Valley startup news, industry gossip and insider information. But while every entrepreneur in the Valley was scrambling to touch the hem of his garment, Arrington came under attack. His editorial integrity was half-heartedly questioned by Jason Calacanis on an episode of “The Gillmor Gang” (fast forward to 21:30), but Arrington took the slight seriously. Then, Gawker’s Valleywag accused Arrington of giving good reviews to companies he’s invested in while ignoring their competitors. Arrington’s vocal attacks against mainstream news outlets didn’t win him much love, either. In the end, Arringtennui set in — and Arrington entertained thoughts of ditching his kingdom and escaping to the hills. “I can’t believe blogging hasn’t driven me to drink yet,” he wrote on his personal blog in December, in a post which has since been deleted. “The days of just meeting entrepreneurs and writing about their companies seem to be long gone, and politics has taken over nearly every aspect of what we do.”

    Let me give you a quick piece of advice that my Mom always told me, Mike: you’ve made your bed, you’ve laid down and wallowed in it, now you NEED TO GET UP AND GET GOING. I think you’ve lost your way a bit this past year, but it’s a new year now, new start. Don’t let 2007 be a repeat of the mistakes and enemies that you made in 2006.