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Random Things I'm Noodling On

Sun, 17 Jun 2012 04:21:58 +0000

The boss recommended I read Steve Jobs' bio, so I did. It was alright. I think with tighter editing it would have been more enjoyable for me, but I got pretty good about just skimming when I couldn't read another line about how he thought normal rules didn't apply to him. Once you've drilled a bit home, you can let it go... But, it was interesting, both for the things he was very successful at as well as the things he was extraordinarily human and flawed at. All the examples of things done really well, and so many examples of how *not* to do things.

Next book up for me is a project management book, Making Things Happen. I read the first version of it, but since my front line leads have been asking for stuff in that area, we're making a reading group out of it. Never hurts to refresh.

Tonight during dinner a tiny bird flew into one of our big glass windows in the living room. It did not survive, poor little thing. Paul took it out and buried it after we finished eating. M2 said, "it makes me sad when the little critters die." Me too, sweetie, me too.

M1 decided to learn guitar. M2 decided to learn ukulele. M2 gets upset when she's plunking away on her little ukulele and M1 comes and drowns her out. The temptation to teach M2 banjo is immense, but probably best advised not to take that escalating route at our house or there will be peace no more!

Am a little annoyed. Out of all the stuff I ordered last week from Amazon, the only thing that hasn't come yet is Paul's father's day gift. WTH universe? Srsly? Meh.

Time to get the monkeys into pajamas, get their teeth brushed, and get them to bed, I suppose.

Bike ride today!

Sun, 15 Apr 2012 16:47:38 +0000

Going out for a bike ride today. Can't wait to get on the trail and see the new upgrade part of it. Then later, I think we're maybe going to REI to get the little one a new bike that fits. She learned to ride last year at the tail end of the summer on a bike that only just barely fit her and her little muppet legs.

I'm glad that part of the trail is fixed, much less bike unfriendly twists and turns than the other direction. It's one thing having two adults going along, but kids seem to dismount at the most awkward places... And then the uptight people feel like they have the right to be pretty bitchy about what you should/n't be teaching your kid. You can tell your kid not to stop at the top of a hill as much as you want, but if they want to stop, they'll pullover and stop you and everyone else up short. W'evs. The other direction has better parks closer by anyway.

The only thing I really don't like about getting to the trail, is the busy busy road I/we have to ride along. It has a shoulder on one side that's ok for a little bit, and then goes to nothing, and some cars take delight in buzzing awful near, and others yell at you for riding on the sidewalk when it appears. On the way back it's all sidewalk. I use it and walk when a pedestrian is within 50 feet.

But soon! Bicycling along the lake before everyone and their dog and uncles get out there on a lovely day! I guess maybe even now, since the husband is getting twitchy!


Thu, 03 Nov 2011 05:09:21 +0000

The first week of October, I set up an appt to meet with a potential teacher for M1 so she could have private cello lessons. I come from a musical family, my grandfather was a concert pianist on one side, my mother's side has some general musical inclination, my parents received musical education, my brother and I both received musical education, and I believe it's important for my kids to receive musical education (and they're both interested in it, so it's not like it's something we're forcing here).

Five weeks ago. The first week was a free meet and greet so she could understand where M1 was with the instrument. Basically two years of group elementary school practice. Not far at all. The next week, the instructor was out of town -- understood. So lessons were supposed to start the following week. That week we were moving. She didn't show and it slipped my mind to even ask M1 if she'd had her lesson. Nope. Following week, nada. So I sent her an email. 'Gosh, forgot to put her on my schedule, tomorrow if it works.' Um. Ookay. No show. 'M1 tells me no cello lesson today?' 'Emergency room with my mother.' Fair enough. Today... nada. If she doesn't show on Friday, I'm going to have to find someone else, because she's obviously got enough else going on.

She's supposed to be a really good instructor too. I'm miffed and disappointed.

Moving, moving, moving

Sun, 30 Oct 2011 18:47:06 +0000

We are into our new house. Long awaited after four years, five months and some odd change worth of days of being on the market. It's still surreal, but the contractors, heating problems, and other issues keep us grounded and in the present, I guess.

OMG, my bathtub is divine. It's peach-ish in color -- totally horrendous, but it's the right size, the perfect shape and lovely in every other way & I made peace with the color the first night when I got into it and found it divine. The hot water heater may require replacing in the nearer future than later so that I can have a nice, deep hot bath. But I got very near last night, and so perhaps we can put that off a little while. When we do, I'm debating going tankless but consumer reports says that it would take 22 years to make back the cost & cost savings difference which... for the benefit over getting a gas water heater in tank form... I think I might have other priorities.

We're hanging blinds, I've fixed two running toilets (one a flapper issue, the other needed the other whatsit part replaced, but not the flapper), the kitchen people have been here and we're just short of an appointment for them to come put in a new kitchen (it sounds terribly decadent, but is desperately needed)... The plumbers have been out to fix plumbing, the electrician has been out to fix and check electrical stuff, the furnace guy has been out three times... we have heat... for now, but I expect it to maybe go out again soon. This is the longest it's run and it's only been not quite 48 hours. The fire place we've tried having a fire in isn't drafting right, some day I want gas fireplaces because I'm tired of houses with fireplaces that don't draft right. Our new washer & dryer are amazing and I love them. I still hate folding laundry, but getting clothes clean is fun!

There is mold around windows from condensation from the house not being heated properly. That's on my agenda of things I need to do today -- vinegar clean all that I can reach, and then see if I can reach the rest with a ladder. In the nearer future, we need to get someone in to install some venting fans to help reduce the condensation until we can replace all the windows in the house with double-paned, high efficiency windows. That's going to be expensive. The two we're starting with are downstairs in the least used rooms because one is cracked and one is being held in place by duct tape (!). Next up are bedrooms and bathroom, and then we start in on the terrifying ginormous windows that are ceiling to about waist in the dining room, and then floor to ceiling in the living room. Oh yeah, and the big windows in the rec room. On the upside, in this house, we will not be throwing any stones, what with the glass house. Oy.

There is more, but I have small child whining that her costume isn't done AT ALL and she has to have a red wand and her wing is broken, and she's in total freak out, melt down. M1 is busy adding a safety pin chain to the skirt she's wearing as part of her punk rock costume. P is waiting for me to help him hang more blinds and move more stuff around. I guess it's time to get back to moving in.

But hey! New house! Yay!


As sung by M2

Sat, 09 Jul 2011 04:11:24 +0000

Over and over and over...

To the tune of Happy Birthday To You:

My mommy's at work,
she fired a jerk.
She hired a monkey
to do my homework!


Wed, 29 Jun 2011 05:31:14 +0000

So annoyed. Damn my "safe places." For 12 years I've carried around with me the sketch I made of the tattoo I want to get, in one bag or another. With the move from this last laptop bag to the current, I pulled it out and put it somewhere "safe."

Now I have the name of the awesome mama who does my sister-in-law's ink & I was going to ping her and ask a few questions and get my act together around this thing... and it's gone. No idea where. I guess it's not like the opportunity goes away, and I wouldn't have been able to do it this weekend while I'm in the same town as her probably anyway. And she'll be in my town in August which is enough time for me to approximately recreate the general idea but... 12 years. And for the first time in 12 years I have no idea.

It'll turn up. I wonder where I put it?

Birth Stories? Anyone want to share?

Wed, 25 Nov 2009 03:14:32 +0000

I'm getting the birth story section started up in our features again. We used to have one & I don't know where those stories are. All you need to do if you want to contribute is post the story on your hipmama blog (or let me know the URL for the one you've already written in your hipmama blog) & I'll add it to the collection!

For now go ahead and respond to this thread, but once it falls off the front page, PM me. This is an opt in thing, you need to let me know you want it done. :)


deanacarpenter, please email me!

Sun, 10 May 2009 06:15:58 +0000

I'm so sorry! I accidentally deleted your profile in the spam clean up (explanations in your thread now appearing as by "anonymous"). I need to let you know your new password & fix the email in your registration. :(

susan at hipmama dot com


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Ada Lovelace Day

Tue, 24 Mar 2009 06:36:08 +0000

I took a pledge to write about a woman or women in technology for Ada Lovelace Day this year. My post can be found at Susan's Beeswax (it's due to self publish at midnight, so if it's not quite midnight yet & you want to read it, hang on just a little longer)... It's amazing what the early women in computer history did. Initially computer was their job title. As in, "a woman who computes" (complex math long-hand!), eventually transferring to the machine itself. Amazing, amazing women!

As they start rolling in, everyone else who took this pledge, has also been posting to Wheee!

Interesting post in the NYT on dating violence & teens

Fri, 20 Mar 2009 18:10:26 +0000

From the NYT:

On blogs and social networking sites, teenagers are having an e-shouting match about this highly publicized episode — perhaps the first time their generation has been compelled to think aloud about dating violence.

And what may be surprising is the level of support for Mr. Brown. While thousands of teenagers have certainly turned on Mr. Brown, many others — regardless of race or gender — defend him, often at Rihanna’s expense...

There is a lot of violence among young partners. Although the study of abuse in adolescent relationships is scarcely a decade old, the incidence is startling. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 10 percent of teenagers report being hit or slapped by a boyfriend of girlfriend.