Friday, November 18, 2011

Excerpt of the day

"So I also understand something of the thrill a man might feel if such a moment were to be reversed and a woman were to look at a man in the same way. In all my years, the only women I have ever seen do it with conviction are either drunk or professional. And while most men, if they were honest, would not refuse either, If they had the choice they would surely take the second, for it is only women like my lady who make the idea of desire as much a thing of joy and mischief as of sin and desperation."
-from "In the Company of the Courtesan" by Sarah Dunant

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Wag of the Spoon: Lame App

Welcome to today's wag of the spoon.
I realize that typically I don't write WoS posts this often.

I'm feeling angry lately so it's suitable. Lack of sleep will do that.


Moving on.

I'm writing today's WoS via my awesome blogger app. Important thing to note:

It's awesome because IT FREAKING WORKS.

And what app doesn't work?



It needs to be stated that like 99% of the other pinterest users out there, I'm addicted. I'm not ashamed of this fact. I think it's better that I'm addicted to that than, say, meth, drinking dawn soap, or rubbing my own face into a carpet.

So, for the iPhone app for pinterest to not be working (btw, I realize how flawed that was but that's how upset I am that I'm not going to fix it) is UNACCEPTABLE.


It's like telling a kid he's getting a train set for Christmas an then giving him a pile of sticks.

So I say to you, dear pinterest of mine.


This Wag of the Spoon is brought to you by the letter B.

For BLogger.

Cause their app works.

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If not...

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Excerpt of the Day

"Some friends of theirs had rented their house for several months to an interior decorator.  When they returned, the discovered that their entire library had been reorganized by color and size.  Shortly thereafter, the decorator met with a fatal automobile accident.  I confess that when this story was told, everyone around the dinner table concurred that justice had been service."
-Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman
I can't help but concur as well.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Wag of the Spoon: Google What?! (cont)


You may think that the Wag of the Spoon from yesterday was done.
Oh ho ho...FAR FROM IT.

Welcome to a continuation of Wag of the Spoon.
So you may be wondering why this is continuing?

Yesterday, I pointed out the flaw that the Google Reader has done away with the sharing tool.  One of the greatest aspects that WAS Google Reader.

And then this morning, I sucked it up and thought "Maybe it's not that bad".




So, what's so wrong with Google Reader?  

Let's first talk about the hundreds thousands of articles that have disappeared.  I haven't checked into my reader in days which means that there was well over a thousand articles waiting for me to read them.  
I wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt though.

I marked everything that was older than a day as read.  This means that whatever is left should be from the last 24 hours, right? 
What was left you may ask?

Everything from a month ago.


In other words, SHIT I HAD ALREADY READ!

If I wanted to learn about the news from a month ago, or blog posts from a month ago, I would go to ARCHIVES.  NOT MY GOOGLE READER.

I feel like I've been in a blissful relationship for years with a lover.  And suddenly, I'm finding out that my lover has been plotting my demise with another lover the whole time.  I'm being broken up with, shamed, disappointed, and humiliated in public.  You might think that sounds a bit dramatic but think of all the people I have pressured into getting on Google Reader.  I've essentially been a Google Reader pusher for years and now suddenly, I have egg on MY face (not literally, I'm doing that DIY facial later).  

Dear Google Reader,
My heart is broken.
No one has hurt me more.
Well, except for some high school antics but that is a story for another day.
I can't even look at you!
No more love.  

Friday, November 4, 2011

Wag of the Spoon: Google What?!

Okay if you are a regular reader, you know how much I LOVE Google Reader.  

Seriously, I've written about it:
and of course sporadically throughout the blog.
So it is with a VERY heavy heart that I write this post.


Today's Wag of the Spoon is devoted to Google Reader.

Google recently made a ton of new changes to their plethora of sites.  Good for them for attempting to streamline.

But during this process, when they attacked Google Reader with this fancy clean new appearance, they did away with one of my favorite aspects of Reader.


Dear Google

I understand that it's likely that you did away with sharing because you want people to use Google+ and that most likely, if I hit that little +1 on the article, it'll go to my Google+ and show all of my silly circle friends.

And I might be whining about this but I don't care.  I liked it the way it was.  Period.  Plain and simple.

And all of my friends who converse with me through comments on our Readers all feel the same way.

So, there.  Here's your Wag of the Spoon, Google.  Shame on you for "fixing" something that ain't broke.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Staples: Not the Store or the Office Supply

No, what I'll be discussing is kitchen staples.

I am attempting to cut our grocery bill by $100 a month.  I have a certain amount budgeted for each week.  I'm not anal about this because I know that every now and then, we'll have to go over.  But I do my best to not go over by more than $5.

Fortunately, throwing in one "new" meal a week keeps us happy.  We have a constant supply of chicken and tilapia in our freezer.  Eric LOVES the manager's special at the store which is going to be maintained a bit better now that the budget is in place.  So, we also have a stash of some pork items.

However, I've noticed that, in the past, when we've gone overboard on groceries, it's typically because we've run out of certain staples, or I want to bake/cook something special.  That got me thinking: what if I make a list of staples for the pantry and fridge and attempt to keep stock of such items?

I'm not planning on being one of those extreme couponers.  But my thought is that if I can keep an eye out for these items and buy one or two whenever they are on sale, maybe I can keep us from having these huge splurge weeks.  

Here are some lists that I've found online that I plan to use to build my own list:

Once I develop my list, I'll post it for you guys.

So Readers, what are your pantry/kitchen staples?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Precious Sleep

So, have I talked to you guys about the fact that Stephen is not a good sleeper anymore?


That's unfortunate.  Let's rectify it.

When he first came home, he did the newborn thing waking every couple of hours.  When he was about 6 weeks old, that settled down and he started sleeping for four hours straight at least once a night.  It was glorious.
Those were the good ole days.

For the last month or so, he's gone back to his newborn sleep schedule.  Keep in mind, baby boy will be FOUR MONTHS OLD on November 11.  That's right.  And he's a whopping 18.5 pounds so it's not like there's some kind of eating issue.

We have tried all kinds of things to help him sleep better.

Cluster feedings
Bedtime rituals
Rice cereal
Full tummy before bed
Napping schedule
Warmer Sleepwear

Nothing helps.

Except for one thing.
Sleeping on the couch with me.

So he might get a good stretch of sleep in but I have a super sore body.

I still haven't decided if it's a good deal or not.

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