Archives for March 2011

Where did the week go?

Honestly, this week is flying by. I realized it was Thursday and I hadn’t blogged anything yet, and had a bit of a meltdown. Strangely, it isn’t for lack of ideas. It’s been lack of time. This week I’ve been bitten by the muse and have been ridiculously busy working on one of my many projects. But now that I feel guilt for not blogging, it would seem I would prefer to be writing everywhere. Both privately and on this wonderful site of mine. Good to know! I am now on week three of gluten-free, and I’m still alive. Honestly,…

Girls and Comics.

I wanted to write a long post about how the comics industry fails women as an audience. But then I realized that I don’t have a lot of the scans I’d saved over the years anymore. (Yes, this is the short version) The big part of why a lot of girls (and for this, I do mean girls 8-17) don’t get into reading comic books is because most of the series are marketed towards men. Batman and Superman are cool, but Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Batgirl and Lois Lane are relatable. But look at any comic book cover, and if there’s…

How did my parents do it?

This morning a former colleague of mine posted on Facebook that he was happy he has girls instead of boys (he has two girls, roughly the same age as my boys), because he wouldn’t have to learn about dinosaurs. Ignoring the obvious gender role issue… it annoyed me a bit because, well, I was a girly girl… but I sure loved science! My sister and I complained if we hadn’t been to a museum in awhile, and it generally didn’t matter what kind of museum. It could be an art museum, a children’s museum, a natural history museum or my…

Two weeks and I’m surviving!

So I’ve been on a gluten-free diet for two weeks now. Honestly, I didn’t expect a simple shift in my diet to change things quickly. Having been on plenty of forums for those with food allergies, I knew that it could take awhile to see changes. But honestly, I’ve seen a lot of changes for the better. That said, it doesn’t mean it’s been easy. I’m still trying to figure out a balance in my meals to make them be more satisfying. While I’m getting enough food, I find that I’m hungry more often. Then there are the cravings. I…

Stealing is bad.

This post has been updated- if you already read this, please scroll to the bottom to see the new information. I was going to write a post about how awesome social media is, and how lame the regular media has been. But I’ll sum it up as this- without Facebook, it’d be really hard to keep in contact with my sister who’s in Tokyo. She’s been able to give friends and family updates without being tied to her phone. (And the day after the quake, she was able to get information on when her train was running from a friend)…

The allergy nightmare that isn’t mine.

The Little Kidlet has a laundry list of allergies. Yes, it means that he doesn’t dine out very often. But we’re exceptionally lucky. His reactions are only if he personally comes into contact with the allergen- so if he gets it on himself or eats it. And even then, a dose of Benadryl was done the trick to stop things from getting worse. It also means that I don’t have to force his diet on everyone. There are plenty of people who have much worse allergies. There’s a small percentage of people with peanut allergies who become violently ill when…

The Wired Mom: What’s up with Twitter?

Yes, I am The Wired Mom. Not just because of my addiction to caffeine, but because I don’t seem to go anywhere without my phone or my laptop. Need I remind everyone of my birthday weekend, where TheBoy and I rejoiced because they had free wifi at our hotel? Anyways, I use Twitter. I joined it 4 years ago, though admittedly, it took awhile before I was using it daily. I see it as an easy way to share thoughts on my mind that wouldn’t fill out a blog post and to share links I find useful. At some point…

Ch-Ch-Changes, part deux.

Recently, I posted something about changes going on in my life, talking about signing my kids up for school. The Oldest Kidlet at a new school for kindergarten, and the Little Kidlet for preschool. Well, there’s a lot going on! This week I went to the doctor for some intestinal issues I’d been having. TMI, I know- but I’d had a gurgly stomach, cramping and obviously I’ve been fatigued. I put up with it for awhile, making sure that no organs were tender (I’m not an idiot). I’d had this pop up about a year ago, and my last doctor…

I heart Caltech

One of the advantages to living in an active fault zone is that you find yourself with quake experts living in the background. Whenever there’s a wake, the lovely people from CalTech come out and shine. They explain the science and keep people calm. The Little Kidlet and I are watching a press conference with them, which I tweeted. I’m going to delete a lot of those tweets to share some of the information that they shared. These aren’t exact quotes, but hopefully this will be helpful information to all of you. Kate from CalTech popped in to remind everyone…

Not a fun wakeup.

I’d already stayed up too late, finishing “The Portrait of Dorian Gray.” I drifted off to sleep, and started to wake when the light went on and off on the stairs a few times (I sleep with my door open a teeny bit for the cat). Then my door opened, and my mother-in-law informed me that there’d been an 8.9 earthquake in Japan. She kept talking, but immediately my brain started to worry about my sister. You see, my dear little sister is in Tokyo, studying. My mother in law had TheBoy on the phone who explained that it wasn’t…