I used to spend my lunch hour going for walks. I no longer am afforded that luxury because, unless I want to stay 10 hours a day (and I don't!), I gotta use all my break time for pumping. But today I had to run across campus for something, and it is a spectacularly beautiful day. It may be February elsewhere, but right now it's a blissful 75 degrees and sunny here. That's not what I'm here to talk about, though. I would've had to forge across campus even if it were cloudy and a brisk 65. In my … [Read more...] about What is this ‘window’?
Archives for February 2012
I just read this NPR article about how the LA Board of Supervisors has outlawed fun footballs and frisbees during the summer. As their excerpt notes, "The basic idea is to protect the general public from flying objects during the peak summer months, when beaches are at their most crowded." I guess, but then why are beach balls and volleyballs still okay? Cuz no one's ever been bonked in the head by one of those... What's next, LA Board of Supervisors? Outlawing dogs happily racing along on … [Read more...] about Why Not Just Outlaw ‘Fun’?
It turns out that 4:00 on a Wednesday afternoon is prime-baby time at Safeway. I think they might not even let you in the door if you're not toting a wee little one. Too bad I don't know any of these ladies. We could be friends. But since my only opener is "OMG! How old's your baaaaaby? Can I see how cute?!" I think I'd be considered a weird creeper and not friend potential. Well, there's that, and the fact that the other moms seem to be able to get their act together enough to be properly … [Read more...] about An Unofficial Mommies Group
I have mixed increasingly negative feelings about craigslist. Like all websites, its utility has faced a diminishing law of returns - its usefulness declines the more people use exploit it. I used to think that what would help was if there were some kind of buyer/seller pricing app or plug-in, a tool that would mine craigslist listings for any item and recommend a fair selling price based on the pricing data and how long the listing lived on the site. A Kelley Blue Book-style tool for … [Read more...] about The Problem(s) with Craigslist
A couple years ago when I was visiting my folks, my mom got me hooked on House Hunters. And now every time I see it, I can channel their reactions. Their biggest mystery for most any episode is "How can someone who's only in their 20s afford a $400,000 house?!?!" See also: "How can someone who works as a [occupation] afford a [dollar amount] place?" It's true - it is odd that for so many episodes the math just doesn't really make sense to me. And that's not even counting the episodes where it's … [Read more...] about The Great House Hunters Mystery
I am exhausted. Despite baby sleeping longer and longer at night, I am about to face plant into my keyboard. Baby is super alert during the day, which is not necessarily new or tiring in and of itself, but she also requires something NEW. Every. 10. Minutes. That toy? I've played with it before. That cute baby in the mirror? What, like I've never seen my reflection before? That book? I've CHEWED IT ALREADY. WHAT ELSE YOU GOT? One of the few activities that distracts her from the same old, … [Read more...] about Walk. Repeat.
Is it wrong that what bothers me about what I found on my morning walk is the poor grammar? … [Read more...] about Unfiltered Thoughts: Poor Grammar
My dad just got a Kindle Fire. And since he doesn't have a Netflix account, I logged in as me on his Fire so he could stream whatever he wants to watch. And he's been enjoying it a lot, watching all kinds of things. The problem is that now Netflix thinks I want to watch all kinds of things that I really, really don't. To be fair, that was already an issue because My Better Half™ watches all kinds of archaeology & nature documentaries that I couldn't care less about. But now my Netflix … [Read more...] about In Which My Netflix Recommendations Get Screwy
The guy who works in the cubicle next to me is disgruntled. Can someone be just gruntled, though? … [Read more...] about Unfiltered Thoughts: Words
Daycare is right next door to Trader Joe's. That produced the following conversation this morning. My Better Half™: I HATE the people who come to Trader Joe's first thing in the morning. Me: Why? My Better Half™: Because. They are just there to shop for lavish things. They clearly have nowhere they have to be right now. All they have ahead of them today is a leisurely schedule of making extravagant meals out of their delicacies. Do YOU spend your mornings menu planning for the day and … [Read more...] about Bitter, Party of Two