Archives for September 2010

Saturday Awesomeness.

I’m pleased to say that Jerad got to see Scott Pilgrim and gave it his seal of approval. If you haven’t seen it, please go. As a movie, it’s just well crafted from the bottom up (from sound design to fight choreography to casting to the script). With a reported budget of $60m, it’s probably about halfway to breaking even. If we, the awesome people of the internet, could get it a little closer towards even- it would help send the message to Universal that they were right. That it’s a great movie, and that they shouldn’t be afraid to…

9/11. Thoughts from a mother, nine years later.

Never forget. I see that everywhere, and it makes me sad. If you were older than a child on 9/11, I doubt that it’s possible to forget what happened. The shock, the feeling of helplessness and numbness that followed. The fog of grief that clouded our lives for so long. On this day, and all the 9/11’s between 2001 and now, I think of a lot, and it isn’t just what happened nine years ago. But it’s a good place to start.

Sleepwalking, I guess.

First, a million apologies to my Oldest Son when you read this in the future. It was just too strange not to share with the world. Last night, I put the boys to bed, and my oldest was happy because it meant that he’d be going to school the next morning. As I usually do, I went to my room (next to the boys’ room) and called TheBoy to see how his night at work was going. We talked for a bit and I was convinced that I should get some sleep. So I turned off the lights, let Zorro…

iTunes 10… why?

Lest anyone think that I’m completely anti-Apple, really I’m not. I like well designed programs and products and for the most part, I do believe that Apple delivers on that. There are a number of things I don’t like about Apple’s business practices, mostly in how limiting they are to app developers and that essentially Apple’s mindset is that they know how you’re supposed to use their products (examples- they make it so that end users can’t upgrade their products or make simple repairs. Heck, you can’t even change a battery on your iPhone) But honestly, they know design. I…

Tolerance.

I’m going to take a break from discussing important things like my kids or the shoes I covet to talk about something even more important. Tolerance. As I’m sure you all know, Terry Jones, “pastor” for the Dove World Outreach Center planned to burn copies of the Quran on 9/11 because they believe that Islam is evil. I use “pastor” because I deeply feel that any leader of a church that actively encourages intolerance isn’t really religious. I refuse to call Fred Phelps of Westboro anything for that reason. I’m using planned, because earlier today he said he wasn’t going…

First day of school!

That is what I was woken up with yesterday morning. Actually, that’s what I was woken up with a second time yesterday morning, because our cat (yes, we have a cat again- I’ll explain that in a moment) decided to wake me up at 3 am because his food bowl was empty. Then, at 5:45 my oldest came in to tell me that it was his first day of school, and that he’d also wet his underwear. Amusingly enough, he’d only wet a little and as soon as I’d stripped him out of the wet clothes, he ran into the…

Well, that’s one less obsession.

As I blogged last week, I obsess over boots. I have way too many pairs of boots (someday I will take pictures to share). I am also obsessed with Scott Pilgrim vs The World (the movie- I haven’t finished the graphic novel series to become obsessed with that). More specifically: Envy Adam’s high heeled gladiator boots. After seeing the movie, I began Googling “red strappy gladiator heels” and kept looking and looking. Armed with only the above screencap from the music video of The Clash at Demonhead’s “Black Sheep” – I just kept searching. This morning, I started my Google…

Ping.

This week, Apple released Ping. It’s a music social network built into iTunes. Given the number of social networks out there, I knew plenty of people who wanted to know if it was even worth signing up for it and giving it a shot. For those of you, I tried it out, and here are my thoughts. What the heck is Ping, anyway? Ping is a social network built into iTunes. You create a profile- show off 10 songs or albums that represent you, and let it show off the reviews you write on iTunes, the purchases you make, or…

I’m not Steve.

I’m about to sound ancient. But is it so wrong to ask people to actually wait until someone’s voicemail is partially underway to hang up? I admit, I don’t do that when I call my family- but they’re on speed dial. I know I’m calling them. But when I call a number for the first time, I make sure I wait until the voicemail picks up- just to make sure it’s the right person. Today I got a call from a number I didn’t recognize, from an area code I wouldn’t normally get calls from. However, after doing a reverse…

Scattered bits of brain.

Sorry, this post is not about zombies. Gearing up for the three day weekend, are we all? I admit, my life mostly exists without days- at least it did. Starting Wednesday, we’ll have weekends here in the house. Since that’s when my oldest starts preschool. We drove down to Orange County yesterday and the traffic wasn’t like it was on Tuesday. Of course, we left an hour later. That tends to make a world of difference. I had noticed that traffic was horrible on the other side of the 5 Freeway, but it usually is, and we just enjoyed our…