A Blog As Crowded as a Gym in January

January 18, 2011

Poked around my blog today and was laughing to myself about the flurry of activity. I certainly know why there are suddenly a bunch of posts. (Accountability is a beautiful thing.) To an outsider, it would still appear to be an anomaly. Halfway through the month and I keep showing up, but will it last? […]

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The Dream Tree

January 17, 2011

Remember that we considered leaving the Christmas Tree up?  Well, it’s still there. It’s kind of nice.  We’ve gotten used to a little routine of clicking on the lights each evening, even though the rest of the Christmas decorations have been stashed in their boxes. We planned to load it up with Valentine’s ornaments for […]

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They Found Me!

January 16, 2011

I don’t have much else to say about this other than, “Grrrrr…….” Is comment spam the curse of optimized SEO? I sure hope not. I love comments. Seriously.  I’m not kidding. Comments are my chance to connect with friends, readers and similarly afflicted folk. (Boy, we are big “commiseraters” aren’t we?) They’re also a sign […]

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Old Dog, Old Trick?

January 15, 2011

If you and I are Facebook friends, you’ve already seen my slightly dramatic response to this Slate story about Two Spaces After a Period: Why you should never, ever do it. It raced through the blogosphere, Twittersphere, and Facebook like a viral smack on the wrist to anyone over the age of 30. It wasn’t […]

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Heavy Reading

January 10, 2011

Atlas Shrugged had long been on my reading bucket list.  I knew nothing about it, but asked for a copy for Christmas and have been slogging through it.  I say slogging, because this book has an extra feature that makes it difficult to curl up with it before bed;  at 1600+ pages with a large-format […]

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Checking Out by Playing Sick

January 10, 2011

I feel a little bit like I was hit by a bus, but, at this point, I can’t be sure how much is real and how much is from treating myself as if I’ve been sick.  Technically, I don’t think my condition ever rose to the official threshold of “sick” – no fever, no collection […]

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Practical Work-at-Home Tips

January 7, 2011

I learned some unexpected lessons today that I’d like share with you.  After these many years of working in the house, one would think I’d have already figured out the shortcuts, best practices, and other little things that make your day more productive and help you appear more professional.  One would think. 5 Handy Tips […]

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Technically Challenged But Not Beaten

January 6, 2011

I blog therefore I…show up in search engines. Before this eponymous blog, a Google search for me invariably turned up websites about Martina McBride and a bunch of genealogy records (the name Martha was apparently quite popular in the 1800s).  Occasionally, my completely irrelevant IMDB profile would pop up, sometimes the information for a Virginia […]

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Christmas Trees Are Evergreens for a Reason

January 5, 2011

It’s a great day in the McBride household.  The beloved son has returned from a holiday visit to his Dad’s.  I picked him up from the airport, we stopped by a new “gourmet” burger joint, and he even spent about 20 minutes here at the house with me before heading out to see the friends […]

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I Just Play One on TV

January 4, 2011

A funny thing happened today.  I officially got the job! It’s a small one.  Just 8 hours next week. They selected me based merely on the 10-year-old headshot above. (Though, to be fair, perhaps my many classes in improv and the kind words of the local agency I’ve been with for 15 years played a […]

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