28.3.10

Breaking with cybersources

As I ease back into the world I left last week, I'm going through my e-mail and RSS and all the other cyber sources I have. Even better, I'm taking the time to evaluate them and unsubscribe from those that are no longer giving me what I need. Sometimes I think we all follow a blog or twitter feed because it's a good idea to be following them - everyone else does, so you should too. And if you're caught not following? Well, *that* could be embarassing (or something).

But if that source isn't giving you ideas, or if you spend more time saving the read for later (and later gets later and later)? Just say "no". Get rid of it.

Since my return home, I've broken up with 25 RSS feeds... 10 twitter feeds... and two e-lists. And you know what? My life is going on just fine.

27.3.10

Worst.Mother.Ever.

That'd be me - in case you were wondering.

What did I do to deserve the title? Just in the past week alone I:
  • woke up early last Saturday and used The Horrible Noise Machine for an hour (for you non-felines, that means I vacuumed);
  • left The Gang alone for six days with only a short daily visit from the sitter;
  • scheduled The Boys for a visit to the vet, which entailed a 30-minute fight with Francis (he really didn't want to get into the carrier);
  • spent more time yesterday sleeping and getting caught up than serving my Feline Masters;
  • and (today) put Greta in a carrier so she could return to her life in Brooklyn.
The question is, can I redeem myself?

26.3.10

Just being lazy...

So, what does a Lazygal do while on a Cyber Break? Well... first of all, she spends a day here:

Seriously. Over one working day was spent soaking (or pruning, as my toes like to think of it) in this Jacuzzi. Not all at once, but over six days I think I spent 10 hours here. I really need to get one of these at home!

The rest of my time, I spent walking and shopping (got the new Ima and Tricote Machine and some more Les Cowboys Fringants and Liane Foly!). Seeing AIR and Larry Coryell. Eating good food. Watching the butterflies and exploring the Botanical Garden. Checking out the Tiffany glass.

Was there reading? Some. No books, just disposable magazines (I'm all caught up on my non-professional magazine reading!).

Having a break from everything has been really good for me. MPOW is still on Spring Break and even though I have to work this next week, I think I'll still be Cyber Breaking at home.

Speaking of good food:

(pot de creme and cappuccino at Newtown)

(oh, and what Aravis said? Ditto on my end. But more about that later!)

19.3.10

Can she do it?

MPOW is on Spring Break and, well, I've decided to spend some time taking a Cyber Break. What does that mean? No blogging, no Facebook, no Twitter, minimal (if any) e-mail, no going online.

Why? Because I think it's a good idea to occasionally unplug. And because it's important to know you can.

See you when Break ends!

15.3.10

I've Been Tagged!

(via small pond)

The rules:
◘ If you've been tagged, you should write your answers in your own journal and replace any questions that you dislike with a new question.
◘ Tag nine people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag the person who tagged you. (I'm not refusing, but I'm not going to put pressure on people like Aravis, Jandys, Shree, Sherri...)

Ready? Okay!

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The Meme (for the record, I didn't replace any questions from the version I was given)

What song are you currently addicted to?
Trick Pony by Charlotte Gainsburg. I got both 5:55 and IRM recently, and they're in heavy rotation on my stereo and iPod. Don't know why this song over the others, but right now it's one of my faves.

What books are you currently reading?
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta. I only read one at a time, unlike some of my friends. Some people think that if you read more than one, you'll read more but I think I do ok with just the one. Of course, by the time you read this, I'll probably have finished it so check out Killin' Time Reading to see what's recently moved from Mt. Bookpile to The Collection.

What is the one skill you wish you had?
The ability to really multitask. I don't mean blogging while watching tv and doing laundry, I mean teaching a class at MPOW while doing professional reading and taking a nap and cuddling with the cats and writing letters to friends. You know, real multitasking. Because I doubt I'll be getting that Xerox copy of myself anytime soon.

If you had the chance to go back in time for 24 hours, where and when would you go?
That's difficult: do you go back and relive a really great memory, or do you fix a mistake? The other difficulty is not actually remembering the exact date - the events are firmly implanted, but the precise date/time is a little fuzzy.

What is your favourite quote?
There's no one all-time favorite... and several I love would take a lot of time to explain. Current favorites are "Feets, do your stuff" and "There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots".

What was your favourite TV show as a kid?
The Partridge Family, Funky Phantom and Friendly Giant.

What websites do you always visit when you go online?
I'm going to assume this means real sites, not e-mail sites, banking or my RSS reader. So, Facebook, TV Tattle and Formula 1

What was the last thing you bought?
Food for the house (felines and humans). Before that, a book (The Quickening Maze) at Paragraph.

Coke or Pepsi?
Neither.

Do you get cravings? If so, what do you crave?
Sometimes it's something tart, like lemon mousse. Sometimes I want something crunchy (like mixed nuts). And sometimes it's pizza or moo shu pork.

What do you do to change your mood?
Cuddle with the cats. There's all sorts of evidence that pets can lower your blood pressure and so forth, and trust me: they do.


What was the last meal you ate?
Brunch at Bussaco: mimosas and granny smith apple pancakes.

Five things you can't live without.
Uh oh, I only have Thing One and Thing Two. Maybe at some point in my life I'll have Things Three through Five to contend with but for now...

Oh, that's not what you meant? How's this for an answer: The Gang of Four, Thing One, Music, Wine, Good Food and Good Friends.

What is the closest purple thing near you?
A short-sleeve top... a skirt suit... a sweater... They're equidistant from me (all in my closets).

What's something that never fails to make you smile?
Thing One. Ask him about the Armenian bridge...

What are you not looking forward to?
Going back to work on Monday. Talking to the vet Tuesday (she called about Bogie's blood work). There's more, but those are the two nearest dreads.

What significant world event that you have lived through stands out most in your mind?
I could go with a Big Event, like September 11 or the Munich Olympics or Obama's election, but I'll go with a less obvious choice: the 2004 World Series.

Name a movie you'd like to see, but just somehow haven't gotten around to doing it yet.
Psycho. (that's probably more of a "what, you haven't see that yet???" than a "oh, I really want to see it") There's a whole bunch on Netflix, so I'll actually see them, but that's one that I haven't actually put on my list. And no, I'm not going to put it on just to cross it off my list.

14.3.10

Be careful what you wish for!

When I took my current job, I was surprised to learn that the library had certain, shall we say, deficiencies? Like, no bathroom in the building and no air conditioning and an old collection in need of updating. I hoped - wished, even - for that to change. And one day, my wishes were granted. I had all the air conditioning I needed! I had bathrooms! I could update the collection! Only problem was that it took a 10-hour fire to give me what I wished for, taking away basics like floors and a roof and the good books. Those bathrooms? Port-o-potties. Sigh.

Yesterday was Thing One's birthday. I wished to give him a nice day, ending with a wonderful dinner of steak and French Mushrooms and a nice bottle of wine. Perhaps some candlelight and a fire in the fireplace. Well, we had the fire in the fireplace and the candlelight! Dinner, however, was whatever sandwiches Hannaford's had left over, and the fire was more for heat and the candles were more for light than anything else. Because I forgot to include the electricity to run my house when I started wishing.

Earlier today I got a phone call stating that MPOW was experiencing a blackout thanks to yesterday's storm. We may have a delayed start, or no school, depending on the repair schedule. I'm not wishing for a bloody thing!

9.3.10

How to fix Congress

(this came to me as an e-mail but I thought I'd share it here)

A friend sent this along to me. I can't think of a reason to disagree. My friend and neighbor wants to promote a "Congressional Reform Act of 2010 ". It would contain eight provisions, all of which would probably be strongly endorsed by those who drafted the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

I know many of you will say, "this is impossible". Let me remind you, Congress has the lowest approval of any entity in Government, now is the time when Americans will join together to reform Congress - the entity that represents us.

We need to get a Senator to introduce this bill in the US Senate and a Representative to introduce a similar bill in the US House.

Congressional Reform Act of 2010

1. Term Limits: 12 years only, one of the possible options below.
A. Two Six year Senate terms
B. Six Two year House terms
C. One Six year Senate term and three Two Year House terms

2. No Tenure / No Pension:
A congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security:
All funds in the Congressional retirement fund moves to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, Congress participates with the American people.

4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan just as all Americans.

5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

7. Congress must equally abide in all laws they impose on the American people.

8. All contracts with past and present congressmen are void effective 1/1/11 .
The American people did not make this contract with congressmen, congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

7.3.10

Imponderables


Please help me out: why is Monday "delightful" while Tuesday is merely "nice"?

How did this happen?

Last night Thing One and I ordered Chinese food. For some reason, I had a real craving for shrimp toast, so we ordered from the one (of three) delivery places that has it on the menu.

It did not live up to my expectations.

The thing is, oddly enough, that none of the Chinese food delivery places near Thing One are all that good. Now, where I live, I don't have delivery (you can call ahead and pick up, though). But in Brooklyn? That's one of the basic rights of every inhabitant of that borough: the right to good takeout/delivery Chinese (and Italian and pizza).

And yet, somehow, Thing One lives in a black hole. Someone tell me how that happens.