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Archive for November, 2008

The Recapinator

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

  (Custom graphic hand rendered by Ray.)   I promise that this will be the last time I mention “40” colloquially. After this, it’s gonna be all “Age is just a state of mind in New York City. I know it’s crazy, but it’s true,” and “40 is the new black.”   No more 40 […]

PROMPTuesday #32: One Word

Monday, November 24th, 2008

I took today’s PROMPTuesday from One Word to keep it simple this week (especially after the labyrinth-like PROMPT from last Tuesday.   So this week, write on this:     Just look at the word. And write. That’s all. (Oh were but it that simple, right?) (Or — “but were it that simple?”) (Is that […]

San Diego Momma’s Beauty Tip #The Only One: Wear Shiny Jewelry

Monday, November 24th, 2008

UPDATED TO ADD: Cheri at Blog This Mom! is the winner!   The Kelly Meeker $50 gift certificate giveaway is winding down (kinda like me all day yesterday, but with Egg McMuffins and Ghiradellis) OVER! So don’t forget to enter! Kelly’s offered to give away a $50 gift certificate to her site, applieable (not a […]

November 22, 1968

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Well. I’m just about 40. And you know what? I’m much less this:     And way more this:     To tell you the truth, I wasn’t too bad off with the 40 thing, it’s just made me more reflective. There’s been a whole lot of living in those years. I’ve grown up, I’ve […]

Here We Go Again

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

    I’ve been thinking. (Collective groans commence.) I’ve been thinking that I’ve been thinking too much. You know? I’m trying too hard. It’s messing me up. Not every post has to have a point. It doesn’t have to be witty or wise or even logical. I mean, random is my thing, babies. It’s what […]

Letting Go

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

When I was a junior in high school, I attended a spiritual retreat called Kairos. It was a big secret, and every year, scores of juniors went to the retreat and came back from their week a little quieter, a little calmer, a little changed. Before I went on my Kairos week, I always wondered […]

This Explains A Lot

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

I was thinking the other day about my emotional development, and why it’s not as far along as I’d like it to be. My emotional maturity is pee-sized, when I’d really like it to be at least as big as a salad beet, or a medium-length tuber.   I thought that maybe I was making […]

PROMPTuesday #31: Faking It

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Let’s see if I can write this without getting my tongue tied:   This PROMPTuesday, write a story about someone faking a skill to gain the attention of someone else, which only forces him/her into a situation where s/he must use this skill in order to save him/herself from a bigger threat.

a cast-iron lamp
two nuns […]

In Which I Could Use a Good Acupuncturist

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Today turned out to be one of those days. Running from thing to thing, speed dialing my pretend maid, wondering if wine could be considered a Jamba Juice boost.   THEN! Frustrating delays, mental breakdowns, rapid breathing.   So, let’s talk about more halcyon days. Winners! We have winners!     For the customized kid’s […]

Giveaway #3: Win Friends & Influence People

Friday, November 14th, 2008

  Would you like to avoid the blank stares you get when you tell people about your blog?   Do you want to legitimize the hours you spend Twittering and commenting?   Would you like to educate your friends in the “real world” that “blog” is not a rancid swamp or tasteless British ale?   […]

The Deets

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

  Congrats to Stef, who won the music giveaway extravaganza. Stef? If you read this, e-mail me!   Meanwhile, there’s one more day for the personalized kid’s art book giveaway, so have at it!   Also! Tomorrow is a brand new giveaway from Moon and Back Studios. You won’t want to miss it.   I’m […]

Giveaway #2: Second in a Series of the Unbearable Awesomeness of Being

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

NOW CLOSED! Stay tuned for the winner!     Sorry to be obtuse. What I’m trying to say is that I’m glad to be alive! So, let’s celebrate! (You can either wade through all my puffy prose below, or scroll down to the bottom for the giveaway details. I won’t even know you ignored me.) […]

What the Hell?

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

People, you’re hurting my feelings. I’ve got an awesome giveaway going on down here, and it’s going nowhere fast. Out of 9 entrants, one even opted to not be put in the giveaway entrant mix.   Is it my 40ishness? The 12 garlic cloves I ate for dinner last night? The fact that I poke […]

PROMPTuesday #30: Over the Hills and Far Away

Monday, November 10th, 2008

  (Painting by Rebecca)   This PROMPTuesday, make up a story inspired by the picture above. Include the link to your story/post in the comments or feel free to leave your submission here, also in the comments section.   I’ll be back to submit my take on it tomorrow, but… meanwhile…to bone up on PROMPTuesdays, […]

Let The Music Play…And A Giveaway Waaaayyyyy Down at the End

Monday, November 10th, 2008

So it’s been crazyish around here today. First, Rebecca’s family doesn’t seem to know what to do from this point, so they’ve been calling me, and as an unofficial representative and only person she knew well in San Diego, I’ve been trying to iron out what happens now. Rebecca’s wishes were to be cremated and […]

Moving Up

Monday, November 10th, 2008

  Rebecca passed away this morning at 4AM. Same day, same hour as my mom 11 years ago.   I don’t know if you remember, but I often mourn the fact that I don’t “feel” my mom’s spirit. I’m happy to say that today, driving home from the hospital, I felt Rebecca all around me. […]

Moving On

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

I had all kinds of things planned for today: a giveaway, a rumination, a weekend update, but my beloved Rebecca is back in the hospital after being in the convalescent home for two weeks.   I don’t think it’s good, it’s looking like renal failure, and the blustery November wind that I love so, is […]

So Close

Friday, November 7th, 2008

I was 15 and working at a gift shop in a charming restored early 19th century village. I often worked alone and when business was slow, I hopped next door to waitress at the Peppermint Stick, where I’d cheerfully spill coffee on strangers and get ice cream orders all wrong.     One Sunday afternoon, […]

Support Great Content & Lesser-Known Blogs

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

…And discover some great new writing! Chuck Westbrook’s “Blog Project” is designed to support under-appreciated blogs and “help them find the audience they deserve.” Be a part of it here. I love this idea of reaching out to wonderful bloggers who want to connect with the community. Check it out and lend a comment.

November’s Book Club

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Just finished The Keep in time for book club tomorrow. I’m still mulling it over. Can’t decide if I give it a thumbs up or down.

Holiday Shopping: DONE! (Kinda) (Well, no. Not really.)

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

HP Photo Creations kiosk coupon for a “buy one, get one free” photo calendar here! (Just found out this was only good in California.) (Unlike Prop 8.) (Thanks KD)

Jumping the Track

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

  Those were the days.   Dear People Who Read My Blog:   In a little over two weeks from now, I will be ever-lovin’ 40. So for a moment, I’d like us all to forget the soul searching and epiphanies I’ve shared on this space and tell you: I’m freaking the frack out.   […]

PROMPTuesday #29: I Was There

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

History’s being made, can you feel it? The bubbles in the atmosphere? The sense that when they pop, the air around them will change? Or else the they’ll float into space, bouncing like sound waves, carrying the news of today into tomorrow?   So where were you when history was laid down? Was the TV […]

Definitely, Maybe

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

I came home from a haunted house tour Thursday night disappointed that I hadn’t glimpsed any ghosts. It must’ve been about 10:45PM, and I tramped upstairs, surprised to see The Rock awake and alert. I’d been waiting to complain to someone and now I had a readymade audience. He looked up from the TV, waiting […]