Archives for September 2011

I survived! Now where’s my tshirt?

Yesterday was probably one of the busiest days I’ve had in awhile, and yet, I know that it’s just the warm up to what the next 14 years will be like. Aside from the usual dropping the kids off at both schools and pick them up routine, I also had to take them both to the allergist (for the Little Kidlet’s annual checkup- more on that in a bit) and after that, I had to go to Back to School night for the Oldest Kidlet. Now, the allergist. I’m not sure if I blogged at length about LK’s allergy struggles,…

Tuesday, and my brain is everywhere.

I finally got my Pottermore email. So far I’m loving what I’m seeing. I had a blast shopping on Diagon Alley- I bought a tabby cat for my pet. For those who are surprised- my first cat was named Griffin. He was a sweet little tabby. Well, sweet to me. He sort of hated anyone he thought was a threat to me, and tolerated both TheBoy and Jerad because they were close to me) My wand is an 11 inch Aspen, Unicorn Hair, unbending wand. Which apparently means I’m stubborn and compensating for being short. But that I’m rather unlikely…

Dear Pottermore

Dear Pottermore, I struggled to find the Magical Quill to gain early entry to Pottermore (mostly because the first few were released at times that were good for people in the UK, but not so wonderful for a West Coaster like me), but I did it! I have my first email congratulating me and a username that I hope I can remember. I watched as my friends have gushed over how exciting it was to be sorted, even posting YouTube videos to rub it in that they got in the House they always maintained they’d be in, when others were…

The Wired Mom’s Rules for Twitter

I know, I’m not an expert on Twitter. I don’t have a zillion followers. But I do use Twitter regularly, and follow a wide variety of people- friends, companies, celebrities. After almost 5 years on Twitter (I know, I can’t believe it), I’ve set up these rules for myself that I use as a little bit of a guideline for who I follow. 1. Don’t be shy! I know, this probably seems as funny advice coming from someone with social anxiety issues. But Twitter really only works if you want to engage people on a personal scale. A big pet…

Julie Bowen, I get you.

Julie Bowen of Modern Family is coming under fire for her very candid comments on being a mother. At the Governor’s Ball last night, Bowen had this to say to US Magazine: “If I wasn’t a mom, I think it’d be harder to understand what it is to live with a child and hate and love them all at once. Claire does that with her kids, and I do that with mine. I love them so much. There’s always this undercurrent of love, but there are moments when I really wouldn’t mind if a giant hook just pulled them off…

A Tale of Two Schools.

My boys go to two different schools. Not entirely uncommon since one is in preschool and the other in kindergarten, but these two schools feel like two different worlds entirely. The preschool is attached to a private K-8 school. We’d thought about sending the Oldest Kidlet there for kindergarten, but it just wasn’t feasible for a lot of reasons. So instead, the Oldest Kidlet goes to the public school right around the corner. Now, the preschool. I became accustomed to the fact that I was poor compared to most of the people whose children (yes, children) went to the private…

Torchwood : Miracle Day

As River Song would say, “Spoilers.” As in, this post will be full of them if you haven’t seen Torchwood Miracle Day. So… stop now, especially if you haven’t seen the finale. Last chance, I warn you! I liked it. The concept was solid, and I enjoyed the more adult yet very much Doctor Who vibe of Torchwood. The entire series felt a bit bloated. About writing, I’ve been told time and time again that you need to cut things back to the bare bones and then add in moments here and there to keep pacing up. Miracle Day felt…

Week Two: To Do List

Last week I posted a to do list 1. Finish a draft of Trisha’s drawing. I have been convinced my five pointed stars look horrible- time to just do it. (They aren’t that bad, they just aren’t perfect) 2. Go through clothes and weed out the stuff that doesn’t fit. Or the few nursing shirts I still own- not going to need those. 3. Blog every single weekday this week. (I had two posts including the to-do list last week. Yikes!) 4. Make 3 meals just for me. 5. Write at least 500 words of fiction every day. This is…

Sunday. 9.11

Sunday was the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. Because it is impossible to forget, I didn’t want to spend my time watching specials produced to keep the wounds fresh. I know, it makes me sound callous. But honestly, I can still see what happened a decade ago. I remember how uncertain I felt, and the way that others reacted… I didn’t need to see it cut to sappy music. So instead of watching specials and services, and trying to explain to my young children just what this was about (I still think they’re a little too young)… TheBoy and I went…

Missed Opportunities: the new 52.

Now that DC’s New 52 are coming out (those are the 52 titles they’ve rebooted along with the DC Universe), I thought it was time to look at how DC marketed it- especially after reading this great post by Jill Pantozzi about DC’s presence at FanExpo in Canada). So far sales seem to be high, but since they’re all number 1’s, only time is going to tell how things are really faring. I used to read comics regularly. I had a pull list and everything. Then, I had a kid and needed that extra bit of monthly budget for other…