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1/25/12

25 Jan

What I’m up to:

– I am finally getting over a cold that’s left me barely functioning for the entire month of January. I know some of you were a little disappointed about the lack of a Follow Friday post last week, but I had been running on empty for days and halfway through editing I knew it was a lost cause. It will be back with a vengeance next week, though, so don’t worry. It’s not going anywhere! In the meantime, check out my new 50 Thrifty Fun Things To Do series. I’m drawing on all my experience of taking care of Isobel while working with a budget that dips into the negative numbers on a regular basis.

– Speaking of vengeance, last week I asked you to send in your questions about me so I could complete the versatile blogger award. I received  a bunch of emails, DMs and tweets after I threatened people to post Beck lyrics if no one responded. Well call me a dead hobo on the patio! After that threat I was inundated with responses so I will answer a couple per week until I make it through all of them. If you still have a question for me it’s not too late–email, tweet, comment, or DM me and I’ll answer it in a following Snapshot post.

– Isobel occasionally refers to Anthony as “Swiper.”

– Next month I’m going away with some friends to visit my dear friend Stephanie in Reno. I’m excited to cross this item off my life list, even though I’ll be going without Anthony and Isobel. Since we started a family Anthony’s gone away for work and fun a couple times, so now it’s my turn. I’m going to be going four hours away over Donner Pass with my besties. What could go wrong? P.S. Can you be kicked out of a state for being inappropriate? Asking for my friends. Specifically.

-Also, this is the first time I can remember going overnight somewhere without Anthony since 1998. Holy shit.

– Since I’ve been sick I’ve watched a lot of Star Trek, and, consequently, Isobel has watched a lot of Star Trek. Fortunately, she loves it and dances and shrieks with joy when she hears the theme song. I shit you not. It’s hilarious to hear her take on what she sees, too. To her, Klingons are lions, the Borg are robots, and Worf’s son Alexander is a girl.

– I have been getting more photography work, which is good because I feel really guilty about quitting my job to stay home with Isobel in such rough economic times. I’m not going to lie, we’re personally dealing with some rough finances and so are most of my friends. A friend recently sent me a link about the Ten Worst Cities for Finding a Job. If you look on that list, the first five cities are within about an hour from where I live. The other day a girl came to our door and asked if I had any scrap metal for her family to sell. It’s so bad  nearly grabbed my bindle, flung Isobel into a sack of potatoes, and rode the rails to Canada.

– Yesterday we were in line for checkout at the grocery store when I noticed Isobel was chewing on a head of broccoli. I let her. Because it was broccoli.

– One of my recent shoots has been for my bestie’s Etsy shop. She is selling some awesome Valentine’s cards, including robots, Alice in Wonderland, and my favorite, the Anti-Valentine. I really love the Eat Me/Drink Me tags. How perfect would those be attached to a plate of homemade cookies for a housewarming gift? Too perfect.

– If you’re into vintage clothes, check out my friend Valerie’s shop. She has been uploading like mad and I’m personally drooling over several dresses, particularly this 1960s rainbow dress. I probably shouldn’t show you this adorable children’s owl sweater or orange townhouse dress.

Little Big Links:

– Thank the Sweet Baby Picard Jesus those Princess Bride movie remake rumors are false.  Via Amanda Stretch

Goats in a tree. This is called “making my day.” Via Ian Boudreau

Reading Rainbow meets Star Trek. This derailed my whole afternoon. Via Veronique Rickets

– Good as backup NFMBFTKS, but not as primairy NFMBFTKS . Read the first review. For Samurai Ninja Rockstars, only. Via Chris.

Downton Abbey Drinking Game. To my utter delight, Anthony enjoys watching this with me–without drinking, even!

Feminism does not predict poor romantic relationships, in fact quite the opposite. A fascinating study. Via Justin

Weekly Photos:

Reader Question:

This post is running waaaay long, so I’ll answer just a few.

1. Why the Viking liking?

My family is Swedish-American on both sides, and we still have a pretty strong Swedish culture three generations out. I grew up with lots of stories about Sweden, about my pioneer relatives (it was all very Kirsten), and Scandinavian culture in general. I live in an area settled by many Scandinavian families and my parents used to be very involved in the local Scandinavian heritage festival. So it’s just something I grew up around.  That and vikings are badass.

2. Do you still go in your child’s room at night to see if she’s breathing?

Oh hell yes. Though my main paranoia is in regards to her choking. I still want to slice grapes into miniscule pieces for her. I got too far. It’s totally irrational. She has learned she can fake cough to get my attention because she knows I’ll come running.

3. Are you a loser, baby?

In the time of chimpanzees, I was a monkey. Butane in my brain and I became the junky with the plastic eyeball. Spray paint the vegetables dog food skull with the beefcake pantyhose. Kill the headlights and put it in neutral. Stock car flaming with a loser in the cruise control. Baby’s in Reno with the vitamin D, got a couple of couches, sleep on the love seat. Someone keeps saying I’m insane to complain about a shotgun wedding and a stain on my shirt. Don’t believe everything that you breath you got a parking violation and a maggot on your sleeve. So shave your face with some mace in the dark. Saving all your food stamps we’re burning down the trailer park.

Yo.

Cut it.

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Meta

10 Mar

Nearly a year has passed since I started this blog, and I thought it about time to sit down and talk shop with you, readers, woman-to-internet. I’m hoping I can pick your brains in order to build a better site.

FOLLOW FRIDAY – Unfortunately for me the school district blocked twitter as well as my favorite proxies. I understand this move, as students shouldn’t have access to a site with inappropriate material, and our blocking software doesn’t differentiate between student and staff accounts. What’s blocked is blocked for everyone. But I’m still starring tweets and turning out hilarious Follow Friday posts, and that’s what counts. I just don’t get to update and follow along with your lives as much, which I really enjoyed.

LITTLE BIG LINKS – This segment was born of my constant bookmarking addiction. Remember when I insulted the mothers of Pinboard, and then we made up and they gave librarians a free account? At the time I imported over 5,000 bookmarks from delicious. I’ve been steadily adding to that number, daily, and so naturally I wanted to share some links with you. I’d love to hear what you think of this segment, and if you have any suggestions for themes you’d like me to research, just let me know.

DAILY POSTS – I’ve been posting Little Big Links and Flipbook on the weekend, meaning I usually have a post for you seven days a week. I like posting over the weekend but most blogs don’t do that. What do you guys think about posting on the weekends? Too much? I’m thinking about moving the Flipbook to Thursday and just not posting on Sunday. What do you guys think?

TOO LEGIT – I got my first blog pitch the other day. This means I am For Reals Legit Blogger. Woots.

BLOGROLL – my blogroll keeps changing an evolving and as such it is sorely out of date. I updated it only a few months ago, too. Do you guys read blogrolls? I rarely have time to read anything beyond my unwieldy Reader, but if you enjoy blogrolls let me know and I’ll get on it.

FAQ – Are their any burning questions you have that I don’t address in my FAQ? This area needs a general update as well. I’ve been asked a few times about the camera I use so I’ll add that for sure, but let me know if I’m missing something.

PLANS FOR THE FUTURE – I have been talking with the awesome Sigafoos as well as getting advice from Aunt Becky’s The Daver, and they seem to think I am competent enough to download WordPress, find some hosting, and set up my own site all by me onesie. I am nervous to take this step, but it is necessary. Once I have my own site I can offer advertising space at a very competitive rate, which means I can start pimping your Etsy sites or blogs or home business. This makes me very excited.

I’d also like to devote more time to featuring vintage items, talking about ways to live well thriftily, and generally geek out with my housewifey self. Is there anything you’d like to see more of or to focus on in the future?

To sum up, I’m going to take the meat of the questions from above and pose them in tidy questions below, like so:

  1. Are there any themes you’d like me to research for Little Big Links?
  2. What do you guys think about daily posts? Should I post Flipbook on Thursday and take a day off on Sunday?
  3. Do you guys read blogrolls? Is it worth it to update mine?
  4. Are there any questions you’d like me to add to my FAQ?
  5. Is there any particular topic you’d like me to focus on more in the future?
  6. How you doin?

I would really appreciate your input, readers. I know just about all of you, and believe me, you rock. Thanks a million.

Another Hard-Hitting Interview

27 Dec

I hope everyone had a great weekend, whether they celebrated the holidays or not. I’m hoping at the very least the year slows its hectic pace now that Christmas has passed and everyone can enjoy a little peace before the new year.

I have another interview for you by Mrs. December, Gen with a G.  Gen’s talents at interviewing aren’t limited to 4 year-olds, I can assure you. She’s like the Barbara Walters of Calendar Girls. We interviewed each other before assigning topics for the blog-trade and I’m posting the first half of this interview today. It turns out we both share a love of Starbuck, the smokin’ hot pilot from BSG. The one with authority issues. Gee, it’s no wonder we get along.

What is the earliest vivid memory that you have?

I remember the lamp shade. The light filtered through in a particular way, marking the wall with a tiny hexagonal pattern. Like me, it was from the seventies. My aunt had taken my two cousins and me over to the Thorburns’ house to play and eat dinner. I was in the highchair. My sister was not born yet.

I was given milk in a sippy cup. I hate drinking milk. Always have. Hate it.

I tried to tell my aunt: DO. NOT. WANT. This was before I could speak, so she didn’t understand. Or maybe she did, but didn’t care. I just remember the frustration of feeling like I was not understood. I realized I was going to have to communicate this concept in another way, so I knocked the cup to the ground. The lid popped off and it spilled everywhere. My aunt said, “Bad girl! No, no, no! Bad girl!”

She bent over to the floor, wiping and muttering.

Success.

I think that you probably watched Battlestar Galactica based on a few of your tweets (which only makes me adore you more).  If you have watched BSG, which character was the most sexy, and why?  And most importantly, would you have sex with a cylon?

We’re barely halfway through the first season but I adore it. The men in the series so far are:

1. Drunken John McCain

2. Jaime Escalante

3. Evil Dr. Julian Bashir.

4. Lee (cute, but not my type)

5. & 6. the two guys Boomer is screwing. (Helo’s actually kind of hot.)

7. Pointdexter, Assistant to the President

I can’t say I really want to jump any of their bones. Although according to Wiki this guy appears in the second season and I reserve the right to change my mind. He looks kind of hot in that photo but a personality can ruin that, so he’s just a maybe. For the time being I shall call him Sargent Bicep.

8. Sargent Bicep (possibly?)

All the girls, however, are patently do-able, excepting Madame President. I would refrain from screwing her out of respect for our great nation. Starbuck, of course, is the best, and I’d be a fool to turn her down. I want to do Starbuck, but I also want to BE Starbuck.

If my husband were a cylon, I’d still totally do him. The only thing that would change is when he tells me he’s too tired to rub my feet I’d say LIAR! YOU’RE A ROBOT! NOW MAKE WITH THE FOOT RUBS OR NO CYLON SEXYSEX!

The Overshare Eight

22 Sep


The awesome Sarah Blackstock tagged me to answer these eight questions, and since it’s #oversharewednesday, I shall oblige!

I get to tag someone and I chose YOU,  Megan Boley! The only catch is, Megan, I hope you share your answers on an #oversharewednesday.

If you could have any superpower, what would you have? Why?
I’d love to have the power of suggestion of the Jedi mind trick, though I’d abuse the hell out of it. Hey, I think you want to shelve all my library books right now, don’t you? Get on it! You can start with Reference.

Who is your style icon?

I actually don’t have one. I am on the hunt for one, though, so if anyone has any suggestions, I’d love to hear them. I’m fond of the librarian look but my day-to-day icon needs to be something more casual. I’m not inspired by the 80s which are reincarnated unironically all over the middle school campus I where I work, so fashion these days makes me feel old. So I guess my style icon is Betty White? But I’m still shopping around.

What is your favorite quote?
Pretty much everything from my Follow Friday posts. I don’t have to look beyond my friends to find quotes to live by.

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?
Nic Piper once described me as a plucky, indispensible librarian with floaty hair. I don’t think anything tops that, really. Although there have been lots of times when people who just met me thought I was from somewhere other than my hometown. I said, “Bless you, random stranger!” and hugged them with tears in my eyes.

What playlist/cd is in your CD player/iPod right now?
I’m embarrassed to admit that I accidentally broke my iphone… again… so I just got a new one thanks to the Apple Care warranty (which I highly recommend). For those of you keeping track, this is my fourth iphone. I KNOW. Thank god I haven’t broken my BABY. I don’t have a warranty plan for her. Since I’m still trying to get this phone established I have zero songs on it at the moment. I need to get that.

Are you a night owl or a morning person?
I used to stay up late on a regular basis but then I had a baby. I’m now up at 6:00 am no matter what time I go to bed, so I’m falling asleep earlier and earlier. My emphasis is less on “when are you awake?” and focus most importantly on “when can I have some sleep?” Sleep is the Precious. We loves it.

Do you prefer dogs or cats?
Cats, duh. Did you know they can poop in a box, all on their own? And they don’t bark! My Mom is The Cat Whisperer so I grew up with her uncanny understanding them and don’t easily get offended. Don’t get me wrong, I love dogs, I just don’t think I could ever have one. Cats look after themselves, and I like that.

What is the meaning behind your blog name?

My philosophy is to emphasize the importance of the little things in life—to make the little things BIG, as in, important.