Category Archives: Blogging

Finished for Friday – My New Blog!

What’s finished this week?  My new home!

I’ve moved, come say hello.  There’s even a giveaway!


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BlogHer Boston

I spent the day today at BlogHer Boston, and I must say, it was great.

For one thing, it was a nice little mommy break. I saw the kids a bit in the morning, but M got up with them and had them all day. I thought it would be his first day having them both totally solo, but in his own words, he “wussed out” and called his sister to come hang out with them.* But hey, no problem. The point is, I’m not there. Is there a small part of me that misses them and is sad not to know what they’re up to today and finds it hard to let go of control? Yes, sure. But still, it’s nice. And I’ll enjoy tomorrow more.

Anyways, the conference has by and large been a lot of fun and very informative.  I’ve been at this blogging thing for about 2 1/2 years and have almost 450 posts.  I’m pretty committed to it, I’m enjoying it, and it’s not just a passing fad.  I’m ready to take a step up to be a little more cohesive, purposeful… almost professional, even though I don’t anticipate getting paid to blog anytime soon.  That’s why I wanted to come, and it’s been a lot of fun to meet other bloggers and talk about it all day long.

For one thing, I hung out at the “Geek Lab,” to ask some technical questions. Sarah was super helpful.  I finally decided to buy my own domain name (more info to come when I get it up and running), and with that will hopefully get a nice design worked out (suggestions for blog designers appreciated).

The lunch session was all about building traffic in smart ways, which was helpful not because it was such novel information, but because it made me think about doing these things in a more purposeful way.  Smart use of categories and tags, effective linking, etc.

Session one in the afternoon was about polishing and personalizing your blog, which was enjoyable and all about not being afraid to customize your template and add things to make the blog not the same old boring template.  Good, but still being on the un-customizable, I couldn’t do much with it at the moment.

Session two was all about establishing and growing your blogging community, which had some overlap with building traffic, but also gave good strategies for purposefully finding new blogs to read and expanding your circle.  It also went into dealing with information overload, which is a problem for me.  I spend too much time on my computer, too much time with my iPhone.  It has become too much of an addiction, too much of a thoughtless habit.  I need to work on compartmentalizing my time, setting up rules and boundaries for when I’m online.  I think it will be healthier on all fronts, but I also think it will make me do these things more efficiently instead of mindlessly doing them all day long.  Aside from the practical assistance I got in the Geek Lab, I think this was the most useful session of the day for me.  Thanks, Beth!

In addition to the sessions, the chit-chatting and networking was fun.  Because my little circle of the blogosphere is all mommy bloggers, it’s sometimes nice to talk to people who do something completely different. But also find more birds of my feather!  At the cocktail hour, it was particularly fun to chat with Christy and Megin.  And, in the end, I got home and both kids were in bed.  Hooray!

It was a good time, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get a little bit of focus or add some purpose to your bloggy mojo.  I can’t promise huge strides on this site, but I’ll do my best.

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* In a lovely turn, the whole “wuss out” thing was a bit of a ruse. Yes, my sister-in-law and her boyfriend came to help with the kids.  But it was actually so that M and his friend could work on putting up the fence I’ve wanted for the last two years as my (upcoming) anniversary present.  Thank you, honey!  It may not be traditionally romantic, but it’s wonderful and thoughtful. M’s friend is coming back tomorrow so they can finish.  Lucky, lucky me!


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So, my real-life buddy Nancy over at the Zimmer Zoo tagged me twice recently!  Better get cracking…

Meme #1

Rules: Answer each question with one-word answers, then pass along to seven others whose blog you love.

1. Where is your cell phone? Purse
2. Where is your significant other? Work
3. Your hair color? Blonde
4. Your mother? Illinois
5. Your father? Washington
6. Your favorite thing? Food!
7. Your dream last night? Odd
8. Your dream/goal? Home
9. The room you’re in? Den
10. Your hobby? Quilting
11. Your fear? Accident
12. Where do you want to be in six years? Chicago
13. Where were you last night? Couch
14. What you’re not? Apolitical
15. One of your wish list items? Kitchen
16. Where you grew up? Illinois
17. The last thing you did? Naptime
18. What are you wearing? Sparkles
19. Your TV? Off
20. Your pet? Schnauzer
21. Your computer? iMac
22. Your mood? Neutral
23. Missing someone? Mom
24. Your car? Van
25. Something you’re not wearing? Socks
26. Favorite store? Williams-Sonoma
27. Your summer? Short!
28. Love someone? Absolutely
29. Your favorite color? Blue
30. When is the last time you laughed? Morning
31. Last time you cried? Weeks

And, well… I love all of you.  So please consider yourself tagged.

Meme #2: Playing Tag with Memory Loss

The instructions are these:

* Go to your Sixth Picture Folder then pick your Sixth Picture.

* Pray that you remember the details.

* Tag 5 others.

Alright, well… I use iPhoto, which organizes all of my photos into “Events.”  So I’m going to go with the sixth “Event” instead of folder.  I’m sure you all won’t mind.  Luckily, it’s not a bad picture!

This is me and my younger brother, May 2003.  I went out west to see him graduate from college (University of Colorado-Boulder).  Despite it being May, it was awful out.  Freezing rain and snow for the outdoor graduation.  Oh well…

Man.  He looks so much younger, as do I.  (I’m not even going to get into how much thinner I look.)  We didn’t get along for many years, but he really grew up in the last several years, and is now Mr. Professional and doing great (and married and all of that).  And me, well… I’ve had a few things cause me to age a year or two since then. 🙂

I’m tagging people I know (or at least have met) in real life for this one:


What a Card

Mommy, Esq.


Mostly Madeline


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Mom and Me Meme

My real-life buddy Giovanna has tagged me for the “Mom and Me” Meme.  You know I love me some memes, so here ya go.

First, post a picture of you and your kid(s):

This one is an attempt at a self-portrait on Thursday.  My camera doesn’t get quite far enough away, but there you have it.  Daniel on the left, and a corner of Rebecca’s face on the right.

1. How many children do you have?
Two, boy/girl twins.
2. What are their ages?
13 months.

3. What time do you start your day?
Around 6:15-6:30, though sometimes I don’t have to get the kids until closer to 7:00.
4. What do you eat for breakfast?
Frozen waffles along with the kids, or my latest kick is a fruit & yogurt smoothie (which the kids also like to share with me).
5. Do they watch TV?
A little.  I sometimes flip on the Today Show in the morning, Cash Cab in the evening, or sports on the weekend.  But not much.
6. What are their favorite activities?
Rebecca – walking! Or, climbing up the slide on our swingset, or “reading” her books.  Daniel – playing with whatever he’s not supposed to, climbing the stairs, swinging, just being carried.
7. Do you get a break during the day for some you time?
Only if/when they’re sleeping.  A skipped nap is such a bummer.
8. How do you end your day?
Vegging out, watching TV, messing around on the computer, cooking, doing laundry.  So exciting!!
9. What is your best parenting advice or tip?
It’s so important for mom and dad (or mom and mom, or whatever combo…) to be on the same page about the big stuff, even and especially in the infant days.  Which is not to say you have to do everything exactly the same way, but you have to fundamentally believe in the same things. There’s so much exhaustion and uncertainty and second-guessing in the first few months, it’s key to back each other up.
Also, don’t beat yourself up.  There’s many, many different paths to happy, healthy kids, and very few people actually live up to all of the theories and ideas they had before kids. Do your best, love your kids. They’ll be fine.
Finally, I’m supposed to tag 5 people. Hrm…
And you, if you want to do it!  Just leave a comment and let me know…


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Worlds collide

Another short iPhone entry, but I couldn’t not mention our most excellent meetup today. At morning nap time, we piled the kids in the car and drove up I-64 to Williamsburg. And who did we find in the kids’ section waiting for us? The positively delightful Cheryl, Darren, and Sarah, my blog-buddies! (Go visit for pics and story, as mine are currently trapped on my camera.)

We had an awesome time visiting and getting lunch and ogling the candy store. We couldn’t stay forever, and at PM nap time, back we went to the car and three of us fell asleep on the way home after having so much fun with our new friends.

I’ll try to talk more about it when I don’t have to type with my thumbs, but just wanted to pop in and say thanks to Cheryl and family. What a treat!


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Ask the Daddy

Alright, blogosphere, I’m asking for your help.

If you read How Do You Do It?, my other blog, you may have noticed we’ve had a couple of daddies do guest posts recently.  I asked M if he wanted to join in.  Somewhat to my surprise, he actually is more than willing, and even somewhat intrigued by the idea.  As someone who isn’t normally into blogging, writing, or really much of any concentrated self-reflection, however, he is drawing a blank on what to write about.  [I don’t mean to suggest he is not one to be thoughtful, I only mean he’s not the journal-about-my-feelings type…]

So, want to help a daddy out?  Leave a comment with a possible topic, or even a question or set of questions I could use to “interview” him!  What have you always wanted to know about the mysterious Mr. M?  I can’t make any promises, but if you send me some interesting questions, I bet you’ll get interesting answers.

I don’t think we’re going to turn him into a regular blogger, but I’ll see if I can’t squeeze a guest post out of him from time to time.


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Not that special.

So, my friend Nancy over at the Zimmer Zoo has tagged me.  And we all know, I love me some memes.  Here we go:

The subject:
“6 UN-spectacular things about me”

The rules:
1. Link the person who tagged you.
2. Mention the rules on your blog.
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours.
4. Tag 6 following bloggers by linking them.
5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogger’s blogs letting them know they’ve been tagged.

Here you have it, six un-spectacular things about yours truly:

  1. I am the finance person in my household.  If I left it to M to pay the bills, we’d be out of house and home with the late fees.  It’s just not his thing.  I, on the other hand, am more likely to pay something the very day I get it.  I used to track everything in Microsoft Money, so I knew exactly how much was charged on my credit card that month, etc.  So imagine how pissed I was when M and I went to get our first apartment and his credit score was higher than mine!  I almost lost it, and he teases me about it to this day.
  2. I believe there is only one true way to make a bratwurst: boil it in beer first, then get a nice little char on the grill.  For those of you who aren’t from the midwest and haven’t done this yet, you’re welcome.
  3. I like to do laundry.  Well, it’s less about liking to do it, and more that I don’t like it when other people do it.  It was an exercise in letting go when I became too pregnant to go up and down the basement stairs with the basket.
  4. I was an un-spectacular softball player.  I enjoyed it as a young kid, maybe because my mom played on a team for several years when I was little.  I tried out for the team in high school and was on the freshman team (my high school was so big there were 3 teams: freshman, JV, and Varsity).  I was the 2nd-string right-fielder.  Though, by the end, I was starting center field.  I actually got the “most improved” award, that’s how super cool I was.  In subsequent years, rehearsals for the spring musical orchestra won out over softball.
  5. I don’t like baths.  I have never found them especially relaxing, mostly kind of cramped and uncomfortable in the hard tub.  And I really dislike them for the purposes of cleaning.  Why would I want to sit in the dirt that I just cleaned off?
  6. I’m re-addicted to quilting.  After finally finishing my brothers and my kids’, I’m starting two new ones.  One is for my new niece (hopefully I’ll finish it by Christmas, even if I get distracted), and one is because I just couldn’t resist the fabric when I was at the quilt shop this morning.  I had to leave before I bought even more…

Alright, there you have it.  Un-spectacular.  I hereby tag six more spectacular people, and dare them to find something boring!

  1. Carrie
  2. Tracey
  3. Beverly
  4. High-Heeled Mama
  5. Mamie
  6. Krissy


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