Showing posts with label blogging. Show all posts
Showing posts with label blogging. Show all posts

Rolling With My Homies

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Yeah, OK, that was lame. I have been remiss in not updating my blog roll. Thanks to Mommy Pie and her awesome BlogHerNot party and to Mommy's Martini, I have added so many new reads. Thank goodness Drama Kid is old enough to wipe his own butt because I'm pretty much glued to the computer!

Instead of adding on to the current list on the left, I'm replacing some blogs with the new ones, just to keep it fresh. I think it's easier than having 100+ blogs listed and hopefully will keep the page from loading too slowly.

Enjoy these new folks, I sure do!

I Seldom End Up Where I Wanted to Go, But Almost Always End Up Where I Needed to Be - Douglas Adams

Monday, July 21, 2008

I believe in God. I believe in destiny and fate. And I also believe in free will. The curveballs of life and the forks in the road are all opportunities (sometimes in disguise). Every choice we make or don't make leads us to where we are right now. And right now, I'm in a pretty happy place.

Losing my job has turned out to be a blessing. If I hadn't lost my job, I would not be spending these summer weeks with my son going to the beach, the park and pool.

If I hadn't lost my job we wouldn't be the "dinner at 6:00" family we're becoming. I probably wouldn't know my neighbors very well. And I certainly wouldn't have discovered blogging. Which means I probably never would have met this amazing group of women.

The more time I spend with them, both online and in person, the more I am sure there was a plan in place when I took that last elevator ride back in November. I feel like there was something missing in my life that I didn't know was missing until now.

It's not that I don't have friends, great family or a good marriage, because I do. I guess I've just never had so many people who inspire me in my life before. Knowing that these smart, funny, talented, creative and beautiful women have been near me ALL THIS time and I'm JUST NOW getting to know them makes me want to stalk them to make up for the lost time.

Thankfully, Cheri graciously opened up her home for BitchHer 2008 so the Bitches and our Bitchlets could get together for food, drinks, swag and good conversation (though apparently, I missed a really important one about orgasms and baked goods).

I'm so glad to know you all. Be it fate, an act of God, the decline in the housing market or The Secret, having you in my life is making me a better person. Thank you!
Linky Love goes to: Cheri @ Blog This Mom!, Aaryn @ Thematically Fickle, Jamie @ Choosing My Own, Jenn @ Juggling Life, Kate @ katydidnot, Deb @ Sandiegomomma, Sam @ Little Dragon Fruit
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BlogHer? Who Has the Time?!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Mommy Pie is holding BlogHerNot 2008 and wants photgraphic evidence of what those of us in attendance are doing Right Now! This Very Minute! to get ready.
Since my social calendar runneth over and I'm also going to BitchHer 2008, I have to get ready for that too. Whew! It's been crazy!

I've had to buy all the ingredients for this:

Do laundry so I can pack this:

Dig out the pump so I can start blowing up these:

Chill these:

And go from store to store in search of these (no peeking, they're top secret!):

Mommy Pie is asking for guest speakers. There's plenty of room at the podium (or lecturn for you anal types) so head on over and choose your topic!

Sorry, but I have to get going. So much to do!
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If I Had...

Monday, July 14, 2008

If I had one of these:I could have better captured my son's first solo experience at boogie boarding last week. I could show you how grown up he looked heading into the water carrying his board over his head. I could show you how he went out too far, but I didn't call him back because he was having so much fun following the big kids. I could show you the gorgeous Southern California weather with the water the same color as sea glass.

If I had one of these: I could have captured his best wave of the day. You would see his little body tense with anticipation as he watched the water over his shoulder. You would see him take off at just the right moment. You would see that look, the look of pure joy kids get sometimes when they are having "the best day ever!" And that other look, the look of pride on their little faces when they realize what they've just done "all by myself!"

If I had one of these: I could have sat next to the campfire and created a flowchart for Drama Kid to help him follow how "all these people" were his first and second (possibly third) cousins and great aunt and uncle. And I could have immediately uploaded the great photos and video so you could see it "live" and then go back to my s'mores and hot cocoa. Oh well.

Here's the best shot of the day

Thank you to Drama Dad's large, Irish family for letting us crash your party again this year! We had a great time last week and can't wait until next summer!

Need Blogger Help Please!

Monday, June 30, 2008

I would like to change my URL to match my new blog name. I know the URL is available. Has anyone done this successfully? I understand it's a problem in the new Blogger templates. I found a tutorial online but would like hear it from you.

How did you let people know the URL was changing?

Did you have to change the address of each post?

What about people who have linked to me? Or the WFMW and Wordless Wednesdays?

Would it be easier to switch to a domain name and re-direct to that?

How hard it that to do? What are the costs associated with a domain name? Where should I buy the domain from? How do I check the availability of a domain name?

I know I should have thought of all this before I started blogging! Thanks for the advice!

Proud vs. Private

Monday, May 12, 2008

I have been called obnoxiously proud when it comes my son. He is my heart, my precious cargo, my favorite. And he's totally gorgeous. (I had a pic up for a little while yesterday).

We're all a bit biased when it comes to our kids and naturally think ours are the cutest on the planet. I'm no exception. The fact that he's a beautiful person too makes him all the more attractive.

Since infancy, we get stopped by people admiring and commenting on his looks. True tales, I had one mom say she wished her kids were as cute and a tweenager said I should take her number so he can call her when he's 18. That one creeped me out. A lot.

And it just kills me not to show him off here. I want to. But I can't.

Because then Petey the Pedophile, Larry the Letch and Deviant Dave will be able to see him too.

I've said I have an overactive imagination. And my biggest fear is that someone will take him from me.

When he was little, a woman leaned over his stroller and said, "oh he's so cute I just want to take him!" It took tons of self control not to knock her on her butt.

I know she didn't mean it, but seriously? Who says that?

For those of you with photos online, did you struggle with the decision? Any regrets?

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Blog Etiquette

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Beth from I Should be Folding Laundry has an excellent, eloquent post on leaving comments when you make your blog rounds. It's very well put and I can't agree with her more (and yes, I did leave her a comment telling her so).

After poking around her site more I added her to my blogroll. And that got me thinking (SO dangerous): When I add a site to my blogroll should I tell the host? Is it tacky to do so?

When I do tell someone I've added them to my reader it's in a "hey, I like you and I want to know more" way and not a "tit for tat" way.

I don't want anyone to think I'm trying to capitalize on their fan base by making them link to me. I think every blog I read has been around for awhile and I can tell they've worked very hard to establish a core following.

I don't want them to think that because I've linked to them now they have to link back to me out of courtesy though I certainly wouldn't say no.

What if they stop by here and don't like me? I'm assuming if someone came here, thought I was full of crap and wanted nothing to do with me they'd say so and ask me to take their site off my list. Which I would do. I think.

For me, when I visit other blogs, their blogroll is an extension of them. Those other hosts are people they identify with, have a common bond with, the same sense of humor, taste in clothes, hatred of all things green or whatever.

My roll is the same. I wouldn't link to someone I don't "connect" with. And the hosts on my list are places I visit (or try to) every day. I feel it's another way for readers to get to know me. Like looking in my purse or underwear drawer. The things you surround yourself with are a reflection of you. IMHO.

So, if someone wanted me to remove them from their list, don't I have the right to say no because I still feel I have something in common with them and I want others to know that too?

Am I reading WAY too much into this?
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