Archive for December, 2009


the most annoying thing ever.

Remember the vacuum cleaners of the 80s? You know, the ones with the retractable cords? They whipped the cords around with such force that you were scared the plug-in would hit you in the face and give you a black eye? Well, somewhere along the evolution of the vacuum cleaner, the retractable cords became obsolete. Why? They were brilliant. In fact, I’d like to see ALL electronics switch to retractable cords (blow dryers, curling irons, coffee pots, alarm clocks, etc). Cords are the bane of my existence. I hate them and they are everywhere. They get tangled, collect dust and look messy. Why do I have to look at them? Why can’t the excess cord be stored within the device? BRING BACK THE RETRACTABLE CORD (or develop a technology that eliminates cords all together)!  On a side note, did everyone else know that vacuum was spelled with two “u”s? How can I be this old and not know how to spell vacuum? I would have bet my life that it was spelled vacume. Oh well.


replacement gifts.

I’m proud to say that I have *most of my xmas shopping done. This year, I’ve been really efficient and purchased most of my items online from the comfort of home. However, a few of the items haven’t arrived yet. They seem to have gotten lost. The items were purchased on Dec 9th with an estimated delivery date of Dec. 15th. Perfect – plenty of time. Well, today is the 20th. The last record of them from USPS was on Dec. 10th in Lexington, KY. Even if they are found, there is NO way they will be here in time. Now I’m going to have to go out and buy “replacement” gifts, to make up for the gifts that haven’t shown up yet. Sigh. So much for being prepared.


xmas music.

There are a lot of things that the younger generation has mastered, but Xmas music is NOT one of them. Case and point. Today on my way to work I heard a Christmas song that made me cringe.


I’d rather be hangin alone
Than makin out with Emma Stone
Yeah Id rather get a subpoena
Than kick it with Angelina
Yeah I’ll probably shed a few tears
If you mess up and send Britney Spears
So Santa for my gift, please send me Taylor Swift

This is a Christmas song?!?!  Give me a break. Turns out it’s called “Merry Swiftmas” by Evan Taubenfeld (whoever that is). Sorry Evan, it sucks and unfortunately there is a lot of competition in this arena. Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, etc. I wish all the crappy new Christmas music created in the last decade would go away. I’ll take the classics.


i’m back.

The good news is that we had an AMAZING trip to Thailand. The bad news is we are still on Thailand time.

We returned home on Saturday afternoon and went to bed that night. After a good night sleep, we woke up at 5. A tad early, but overall pretty good. We were proud of ourselves – getting back on PST would be easier than we thought. As we were getting ready to start the day, Derek looked at his phone and had several missed calls. Weird. Who would be calling us throughout the night? I hope there isn’t an emergency. And then we realized.  No, it couldn’t be. Someone is playing a trick on us! It was 5pm on Sunday. We slept through the entire day – we completely missed Sunday. It was dark when we went to bed and dark when we got up. How is that possible?! While the rest of the world was Christmas shopping, going to church, watching football and grocery shopping…we were sleeping. It is such a weird feeling to have slept an entire day not waking up once. It boggles my mind. Needless to say we haven’t conquered the jet lag yet.

I will give details about our trip tomorrow. There is so much to tell, I’m not sure where to start!


guest blogger: what do you have to share?

I recently came across a study which indicated Seattle ranked #7 out of 273 US cities for online charitable giving in 2008. This made me smile as I love to hear and pass on great things about Seattle. We don’t fare as well in overall, offline generosity/donations, but I prefer to focus on the positive news. This got me thinking about the whole idea of giving and receiving, a timely topic for December. The studies I looked at measured charitable giving in terms of dollars donated to organizations, certainly important and necessary for the many in need right now and something I completely support. The studies didn’t measure the invaluable, individual act of doing. Doing for others may involve money, but more importantly includes the giving of our time, putting thought into it; planning it out, thinking about it, caring. In other words it requires more than writing the check. As a way to offer each other some ideas and share the untold value of an act of kindness, I’m wondering if any of you have a story about a good deed done for you or for someone you know that has stuck with you. Your story may plant an idea that we could do for another person. Think of it as a way to spread the giving. The key may not be the size of the deed, but the amount of care that went into it and the joy it brought to the recipient.

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