Archives for July 2010

Food Friday! The Quest for Cupcakes

Every so often, I do something silly. A cousin of TheBoy’s has a baby shower at the end of this month, and I volunteered to make cupcakes, mini-quiches and ice cream. For how many people? We aren’t sure yet. But it’s looking like it could be a lot. So this week I started my search for some amazing strawberry cupcakes. I want something that tastes like strawberry is a little pink, sweet but not too sweet, and can hold up to a cream cheese frosting. The first recipe I’ve tried is Sprinkles’ Strawberry Cupcakes, found via MarthaStewart.com. They’re a nice…

To those going to Comic-Con

One, I am jealous. The timing just didn’t work out, so we’re going to Vegas a little later instead. Next time (I hope). That isn’t what I wanted to say. I wanted to warn you- Westboro Baptist Church will be there. If you aren’t familiar with the name, you probably know the name of their leader Fred Phelps or know him as the guy who protests everything because he believes that homosexuality has doomed us all. I’ve seen a fair number of people saying that WBC will probably be beaten by Comic-Con goers, which made me feel the need to…

It’s too darn hot

I was going to post some more ad geekery. If you’re unaware, I worked for an ad agency for almost 5 years. 5 years! While I was one of the few people there who study marketing in school, I do pay attention to ad campaigns and the writing and so on. So I understood how it all worked, even if I didn’t know the terms. (So yes, I am going to talk about the Old Spice online campaign in depth soon. And yes, I will make it interesting for non ad-geeks like me) However, I decided to talk about something…

Part of the BlogHer Network

I tweeted that I had some fairly exciting news, but that I couldn’t talk about it just yet. I’m now part of the BlogHer network of blogs! So I do have ads on my site now. I’ve tried not to include anything that would offend people, but if anything pops up, I’ll see what I can do. Meanwhile, if you see something you’re interested in- please click! I get a fair number of page views that I know aren’t mine. So while not many people comment, I know I have people other than me who read this blog. For anyone…

@OldSpice guy, I salute you!

It’s no secret that one of my favorite ad campaigns as of late are the Isaiah Mustafa Old Spice ads. The banter is clever, it’s intriguing… and oh, that voice! So far we’re up to four separate spots (I don’t know the actual names, but they are: “I’m on a horse”, Riding Backwards, Motorcycle in the Hot Tub, and Mustache), and just when I was concerned that this might lose steam, Old Spice guy has found a new way to win me over. Today, he’s replying to comments, blog posts and tweets right on the internet. All posted at @OldSpice…

Lovely weekend, but a horrible day

I had a lovely weekend, and a lovely morning. Even with Sunday morning’s wicked migraine (so bad that I stumbled downstairs with my eyes closed to get some medicine), it was a lovely weekend. The boys were relatively well-behaved, and we didn’t do much of anything. However, things changed almost as soon as TheBoy left for work this afternoon. Our oldest son decided that he was going to be in a foul mood. After a 20 minute tantrum, followed by intermittent tantrums… I admitted defeat. Food Network plus a Rum & Coke? It’s like a giant reset button on the…

Wrapping my brain around the double standard…

This is a short one. More of a wondering why than trying to look into it. Today, I’ve seen no less than 4 tweets about how Jessica Simpson is wrong for dating a married man. Nice way to spin the story, people. This week’s US Weekly tried the same thing. The fact is, Eric Johnson and his wife legally separated and waiting for the divorce to be finalized. While it’s possible for them to try to work it out, it’s unlikely. The tweets have all ranged from “she’s a minister’s daughter and should know better” to “what a man-stealing whore.”…

Why I’m in favor of anonymity

[Picture placeholder here] I know, it seems ridiculous for me to say that I back internet anonymity when I blog under my maiden name and tweet with a derivation of it. Part of the reason that I use it for my blog is that it is my maiden name. I don’t have my address under this name, cell phones… or even anything that one could use to trace me prior to when I got married. I use it for writing and artwork because it’s who I started off writing as. Thankfully now, it’s given me the opportunity to be able…

Is the Daily Show sexist?

Jezebel seems to think so. Citing its frequent turnover with female correspondants, Jezebel alleges that it’s a boy’s club and girls just aren’t welcome– unless you’re really hot, because who cares if you’re funny if you’re hot? The women of the Daily Show fired back with a note that essentially blames the story on disgruntled women, that there’s no real merit to the accusations. Both seem to have missed the real point. This isn’t about any show in particular, it’s about our society at large. Comedy is subconsciously a man’s world, and women are still struggling to be accepted. Start…

Cherry ice cream

I am in love with my ice cream machine. If it were possibly to marry an inanimate object, I might become a polygamist. Making your own ice cream is easy, and the end product you get is just as luxurious as Ben & Jerry’s or Haagen-Daaz, but at a fraction of the price. For the Fourth of July, I decided I’d make a cherry ice cream, after I saw bing cherries at the market for a pretty great price. Of course, I bought too many cherries, so expect to see a fair amount of recipes. (Tomorrow I’m making a pie!)…