March 22, 2008

It’s madness. MADNESS I tell you!

Last night when I was about write this post and make the NaBloPoMo deadline, I could not log on to ye olde blog. Matte checked the Dreamhost (where our sites are hosted) status page and whaddya know! It was down. Under maintenance for up to TWELVE HOURS. You’d think maybe they would have given an early heads-up or something, like Flickr does. But no. Instead, those who have hosting through Dreamhosed were just without access. For me, the 12 hours of maintenance wasn’t a big deal. Sure I missed my deadline for NaBloPoMo, but I think the powers that be will forgive my absence yesterday. (And if they don’t well, then I guess I’m off the hook for the rest of the month. YAY!) But some people host commercial sites on Dreamhost and having a 12-hour outage would cause them financial loss. At least I’m not a web designer who couldn’t meet my deadline and give my client a new site by this morning. I didn’t have much to complain about. But I complained anyway because that’s how I roll.

Anyway, what I was going to post yesterday was how awesome I am in my NCAA March Madness bracket picks. I had Siena upsetting Vandy, yes, I did. I also had Villanova beating Clemson, yes I did. Those two upsets put me in second place in the pool. Of course UCONN had to go and screw me. I had them going as far as the Elite Eight, but most everyone else in my pool had them going far in the tourney too, so it’s sort of a wash. There are no scientific methods in my basketball picks. I always choose a couple of upsets, but usually they are so far-fetched, it’s outrageous. This year I chose Siena because my friends Shawn and Rachel have a dog named Siena. I chose USC because Shawn went there (uhm, thanks Shawn). I chose Kentucky to upset Marquette because I lived there (and I should have picked the Wisconsin school instead, I know). I chose Wisconsin to go to the final game because…well…I’m an honorary Wisconsonian (?) having married into a Wisconsin family. Plus, I thought the state could use a morale boost since Brett announced his retirement recently. But for the final game, I used Anton Chigurh’s method of choice. So, Memphis will win this year’s championship. Because the coin said so. And if they don’t win, it’s not my fault the coin malfunctioned.

***Updated to add: I also picked the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers to win in the first round! Because I love a mascot that’s the top of a hill. You don’t want to mess with a Hilltopper.***

Are you swept up in March Madness or not much into basketball? Are you in a bracket pool? Who do you have winning it all?

March 1, 2008

Didn’t I just do this?

The powers that be behind NaBloPoMo have decided to go monthly, rather than yearly. So instead of waiting for November, each month we’re supposed to post something each and every day.

I read quite a few blogs that have something new for me every day, so this should not be a huge undertaking. But it is. Because I committed to do it. People are depending on me and I cannot let them down. Pressure!

The NaBloPoMo bosses are making it easy on us. They gave us a theme. We can post a list every day in March if we want. Or, we can post a photo. I will probably do some combination of this when I can’t think of anything to blog about if left to my own devices. I’m happy to have the help.

So today, I give you a list. Two actually! I blatantly stole this list idea from whiskeymarie, who’s blog I discovered during the Great Blogshare of 2008.

Five things I did not do today:

  1. Wash my hair. This might seem gross, but my stylist says it’s better not to. I can’t stand to do it during the work week though. Ew.
  2. Go running. I haven’t run since February. Heh.
  3. Drive my car. Because despite the projected delivery date of yesterday, I still don’t have it back. They are waiting for the ‘H’ emblem for the grille and a “small plug.” This had better be an important small plug because I WANT MY CAR BACK! I’m tired of driving this Chevy Cobalt. No offense, Cobalt owners, but I would rather drive my car. Because it’s mine.
  4. Work. Damn I love weekends.
  5. Pitch for the A’s in Spring Training.

Five things I did do today:

  1. Wish my husband a happy 36th birthday. Tomorrow I’m taking him to see a Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward concert. Zooey is on his list of five. And I’m giving her to him for his birthday. Am I the best wife or what?
  2. Made my husband breakfast and stuck a lit candle in it. OK, so it was toast with peanut butter, but when you don’t have breakfast until 10 am, you don’t want to eat too much and ruin your appetite for the lunch your wife is buying you. Also, I am not the chef in the family. My sister got those genes.
  3. Counted my poker winnings from last night’s game. Each year we have a memorial poker party in honor of my ex-boyfriend (the one I moved to Kentucky for.) My ex’s best friend hosts it and gets the band back together. It’s a great way to catch up and remember John while we take each other’s money. Oh, my winnings were a whopping twelve dollars. Look out Jennifer Tilly!
  4. Visited some animal shelters because we are looking to expand our family.
  5. Dined on pizza (that’s what the birthday boy wanted for dinner!) and a damn fine bottle of 2004 Murietta’s Well Zinfandel. In fact, I’m drinking it now and it is working wonders for my sore throat.

Wow. If I’m going to post every day for a month, I need to be more exciting. Maybe I’ll run a half marathon. Damn. Already did that. Oh! I could crash my car. That’s exciting! Wha? Oh, yeah. Already did that too. I guess I’ll need to get arrested or visit a tattoo parlor or something.

February 1, 2008

Gum would be perfection

And this post is too. Go. Read it. It will make you feel all warm inside. I love this post. I love the “ding. ding. ding.” It put me right there with her and her bucket. I love the way she tells a story and you will too. Go visit her and read through her archives too. She’s talented, smart, funny, and she’s also a pretty hot babe.

I will never look at Salvation Army volunteers without remembering this post. I will even give them some change, and I will make eye contact and smile. Because this post had such an impact on me, I am giving mcgee at memoirs of a gee the Perfect Post Award* for January. Because she rawks.

*The Perfect Post Awards were created by Lindsay and Kimberly. The next time you see a post and think “Whoa. Damn. Wow.” nominate it for a Perfect Post Award.

December 11, 2007

Check it

Hey! Lookie here! Consumerist done liked my pitchur so much, they included it in an article a blog post! So that $1.99 really paid off!

January 31, 2007

Perfect Post for January ’07

I have awarded Open Entreaty to the Guy Sitting Next to Me on the Train, Chuckling to Himself for the Last Seven Stops at Cover Your Mouth When You Blog as the (as far as I’m concerned) Perfect Post of January ’07. It gave me a huge chuckle, as it will you. It also made me wish I took the train to work. You just don’t find material like this sitting in traffic on the freeway.

To learn more about The Perfect Post Awards, visit Suburban Turmoil and MommaK.

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