Sunday, November 28, 2010

Today’s Headline

Check this story out - Celebs go offline for a day for charity

I see couple of good things coming out of this:

1. Celebrities are doing a good thing by raising awareness (and possibly some money) on World Aids Day by going offline for a day.

2. Without all that celeb tweeting going on, the collective IQ of cyberspace will go up about 80 points.

And that’s the news…

Monday, November 22, 2010

Whiteboard Wisdom

Like I alluded to before, this year’s NaBloPoMo turned into an epic failure, but only from a daily posting standpoint. I’m glad that I have somewhat gotten my rear back in gear and blogging at least occasionally. Perhaps more so this week since it is a vacation week away from work (oh yeah!)

Speaking of work, I thought I would share some “whiteboard wisdom”. Nothing too profound (not even close), but all it entails is just things I post on my office whiteboard as a form of stress relief, catharsis, what have you, whenever I get frustrated at work (which happens a lot). Mostly just brief opinions on how I think things should work (though realistically I know they won’t), and things I want to say at work, but know better.

Here’s a small sampling of what’s been up on my whiteboard lately:

“This is a multitasking-free zone”

“Micro-management? Just say NO!”

“Do you want it ‘right’ or ‘right now’?”

Chow down on that – maybe some more pre-holiday appetizers later.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

“Why I’m Depressed”

As you could have guessed, NaBloPoMo is pretty much a bust for me again this year, but that’s okay. I’m (sort of) back into the blogging mode (even if I’m not doing it obsessively.

I got the following in email today with the subject line “Why I’m Depressed” from a co-worker. This is one of those marvelously politically-incorrect things that I enjoy. I did get a good chuckle of out it, and thought I’d share it. My usual disclaimer applies (which is: if you are one of those hyper-sensitive types with the political-correctness fetish, piss off!)

Over five thousand years ago, Moses said to the children of Israel, "Pick up your shovels, mount your asses and camels, and I will lead you to the Promised Land."

Nearly 75 years ago, (when Welfare was introduced) Roosevelt said, "Lay down your shovels, sit on your asses, and light up a Camel, this is the Promised Land."

Today, Obama has stolen your shovel, taxed your asses, raised the price of Camels and mortgaged the Promised Land! I was so depressed last night thinking about Health Care Plans, the economy, the wars, lost jobs, savings, Social Security, retirement funds, etc., called a Suicide Hotline. I had to press 1 for English. I was then connected to a call center in Pakistan . I told them I was suicidal. They got excited and asked if I could drive a truck.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Om Nom Nom

We’re going to a potluck tomorrow evening, so we got ourselves a whole bunch of cooking going on. MJ made banana bread earlier today, and I just got done making a pumpkin marble cheesecake. Patti will be making a chicken and rice casserole tomorrow. Lots of noms to be had.

Speaking of noms, the kids showed me this video sometime ago – way too cute not to share.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Long Weekend (not in the good way)

It’s been a crazy past few days.

Friday evening was quartet rehearsal – a really good one at that.  Yeah, we probably spent a great deal more time chatting than rehearsing, but it was still all good (and the actual rehearsing also went very well!) We’re starting to work on our contest songs for the Division Convention this March. Work, fun, work, fun, fun.  More on that in another post.

Saturday consisted of getting up waaay too early, running Bethanie and Thomas to the school so they could catch the bus to attend Band Day as UMass Amherst, take Patti out to Shirley for a craft fair where she had an Avon table set up for the day, take MJ to breakfast in Gardner (Gabby’s Place is a great diner, btw!), then down to (West?) Boylston to the Army/Navy store so that MJ could pick up a sea-bag that he needed, then back to Fitchburg for a couple of hours, go pick up Patti and then crash for a little bit until time to pick up Bethanie and Thomas later that night.  Yes, that was a run-on sentence – but it was a run-on kind of day.

Sunday came, and the day was greeted by a series of very wet “splat” noises coming from the third-floor stairs. Thomas had come down sick with a stomach bug that had been going around.  When this kid barfs, he BARFS! All over the stairs, the wall, and even the upper part of the door frame! How can a 14-year old contain so much semi-digested stuff? “Eww” didn’t even begin to describe it!

That evening was chorale rehearsal, as we are getting ready for our Holiday concert in less than a month.

Wow – what a weekend! Did I mention that I’m sill trying to get over being sick also (which has been the case for over a month now).  On the mend finally, but sheesh!

Just in case you were wondering what happened to my blog posts for Friday and Saturday – I’m suspecting that perhaps Thomas ate them…

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Crap! (and Oh Well…)

It’s Sunday morning, and I missed two blog posts. I got in from Friday night’s quartet rehearsal a little later than usual, and wasn’t even thinking about making a post when I got home, and didn't realize that I missed a day until yesterday afternoon, and then still didn’t write one, so that made two.

There was a time that I would’ve completely freaked-out over that, but not this year.  It’s now all about just picking-up and continuing forward. So that’s what I’m doing.

There’s more that I would like to post right now, but it’s barely 6:30am, and the coffee hasn’t kicked in yet. I’m stopping for now, and will post the rest later.

Here’s hoping that we’re done with the brain-farts for the time being…

Thursday, November 04, 2010

I Got Nothin’

Just wanted to report that I got nothing for today’s blog entry. But never let it be said that I didn’t post anything today.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Working From Home

Was planning on (finally) making an appearance at work this week – other than working from home, I mean. But the train had other ideas. A one-hour delay due to mechanical problems made me decide that my time would be best spent working from home one more day.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I dislike working from home – I prefer it in many ways. But there’s just some things that can done far more productively in-person (I may hate my job with the burning intensity of a thousand white-hot suns, but I still plan on doing a good job while I’m there!)

Let’s see if the train behaves tomorrow…

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Status Quo

I’m too tired to stay up and watch the rest of the election results, but it would appear that our lovely Commonwealth has opted for the status quo once again.

Disappointing, yes. Surprising, no.

Ah well.

Monday, November 01, 2010

NaBloPoMo Rides Again!

It's November 1st - you know what that means! Another year has gone by, and so begins another attempt at NaBloPoMo, and getting my lazy ass back into blogging mode. We're just gonna take this day by day and see what happens.

As it is, I nearly forgot until about 10 minutes ago (it current 10:40pm), just when I was thinking of heading up to bed since the NyQuil is kicking in (yup - been sick on and off for about a month now - never fun).

But sick or no, I wasn't going to let the first day of NaBloPoMo go by without at least an initial check-in.

Good night for now, and here's hoping for something more coherent tomorrow.