May 7, 2008

7 things

Erin tagged me. So here goes with 7 bits of things about me you may or may not know:

1. I have a mole on my left hand. It's how I used to remember which hand was left. I may have used this fact in a previous meme.

2. Ever since seeing the movie Pollyanna with Hayley Mills as a kid, I've had a thing for prisms. Can't get enough of dancing rainbows on the wall.

3. I can eat an average sized watermelon by myself in two days. Watermelon is my favorite.

4. I have trouble suspending reality when I watch movies/tv shows. So I'm pretty much a loser when it comes to anything remotely suspenseful, involves loud noises and blood, or relies on anything besides dialog and pretty scenery to carry the story along. Sometimes this makes me sad, because I know the movie is worth watching, I just can't watch it. Examples of things I can't watch: Jurassic Park, CSI anything, Kill Bill, the entire horror genre.

5. Thomas the Train weirds me out. I don't offer to E as a viewing option very often.

6. Today I saw a bumper sticker. It was in the image of a dog paw and said "Who rescued who?" By the end of the red light I was about ready to go the roof in annoyance, the kind of edge that you get when someone scratches the chalkboard. It's "who rescued WHOM?" OBJECTIVE CASE, BUDDY!!!!!!!!!

7. I have this strange idea that I can use Facebook solely for social networking purposes and not for entertainment.

* Here's an 8th item. I don't mind writing memes, but I don't like to pass them on. Now that my blog is five and a half years old, I consider myself middle-aged in blogging years. That means I'm getting crotchety, so I'll not pass it on. But if you want to do it and pretend I passed it to you, by all means. I'll play along. ;-)

January 14, 2008

I actually got a blog award nomination!

In the Blogosphere, usually at the end of the year, various awards get handed out by various websites, usually through a nomination process--i.e. your blog gets nominated enough, and you get an award. I've never gotten an award. I feel like I have a solid blog, but not necessarily a distinctive one, know what I mean? I don't really care. But for the first time this year, my blog became a sort of hotbed of discussion. It kind of freaked me out a little bit, because I'm not really a rabble rouser. The big discussion was: we got a CI for our deaf 2yo, but we're raising him bilingually/biculturally. He goes to the local Deaf school and we use ASL, as well as jaunting off to speech therapy. we are a hearing family. I have met very, very few people who approach the deaf thing and the CI thing quite like we do. Not everyone--Deaf or hearing--really understands where we are, but we try to be honest.

So I got a blog award nomination from the great site of Deaf blogs/vlogs, DeafRead: 2007 Hearing Ally blog. This just makes my day.

Whoops: it's just award nominations. But still. It feels just as cool.

December 28, 2007

resistance is useless

Da diber and Da blog.

Hey, now both of my parents are blogging.

Mom and now Dad.

I think blogging is for old people now. Facebook is for the kids. I'm old now, in case you were wondering. I was given a box of Russel Stover chocolate for Christmas. That's what we used to give my Grandma. I am officially old.

November 19, 2007

8 random things

Cloudscome tagged me for the 8 random things meme. So here we go.

1. i love watermelon. Seriously die for it.

2. I'm a coffee snob. I'd rather not drink it if it's not really good.

3. I have a mole on the back of my left hand. When I was little that's how I remembered which was my Left Hand.

4. I hate getting my haircut. But I hate blowdrying my hair. So i have a short cut that looks really awful for about a month before i get it cut, because I wait too long.

5. I'm actually really terrible at reading. I skim through books. Unless it's a novel, because you sort of have to pay attention, but even then I read too fast and miss stuff. I think the last novel I finished was in April. (except for Harry Potter) I don't really feel a drive to read.

6. I have a love/hate relationship with the classical music station. I usually think the programming is terrible. But I sometimes listen to it, because it's less likely to give me a headache than a steady beat.

7. I am at a stage in my life where I'm reluctant to make new friends.

8. I hate picking people to pass memes onto, so if you want to be chosen by the claw, drop me a comment. :-)

October 5, 2007


photo by PhotoCharlie!.

This week marks five years of blogging. I can't remember the exact day, just either the 3rd, 4th, or 5th of October. My earliest archives are lost in the bowels of Blogger somewhere. But it's five years of blogging, so I'll celebrate today.

My blog has really twisted and turned. I blog about so many different things. Sometimes I've been tempted to start a special topics blog, but my philosophy is to keep it all together, because it's all me and reflects where I am in life.

In October 2003, I had a bad cold, was struggling with my commute to Baton Rouge, and reading Harry Potter 3 and 4. Fall 2003 was my best semester of grad school. And just in case you were wondering, my key signature is E flat major.

In October 2004, I was rejoicing in the coolest pens ever, teaching a college course on my own for the first time, gave a conference paper that was a originally a seminar paper and found out my seminar professor died the day before I gave the paper (he was very ill), and--whoops!--got pregnant with Ellis.

In October 2005, we started Early Intervention with Ellis, learned that babies don't automatically get born with the knowledge of how to sleep, took Ellis on public transit for the first time, made a pumpkin pie, and took Ellis to his first academic conference. And just in case you were wondering, my Peanuts character is Woodstock.

In October 2006, I was cramming in trips to a variety of rare books libraries, in nightmare mode with my thesis, and impressed with Ellis's mad signing skillz. Well, to be honest, that month was pretty much constant depression over my thesis.

And now it's October 2007. I'm no longer blogging grad school stuff, because I'm not in grad school anymore. Nor am I doing academic writing at the moment. I do have some books I want to pull out and I do want to work on transcribing and analyzing some pieces from Oxford213, the facsimile I have of some 14th/15th c pieces.

Right now it feels like all deaf all the time. I'm not really sure where it all began, but now my blog has taken turn for the political. It's kind of funny how controversial everything seems to be getting, because my personality tends to shy away a bit from controversy. It's a tender line between an enjoyable conversation and an argument. I kind of miss my old blog sometimes, that complained over medieval Latin and shared pumpkin pie recipes, chugging along as blithely as a personal blog does. This still is a personal blog. I don't know where it's going right now.

But I look forward to more years of blogging.

August 17, 2007

Blogger meetup!

Last night, Lilian invited me and another blogger, cloudscome, to join her at guest night at our local arboretum. Between the three families, there were five boys and lots of running and fun. The arboretum has a fantastic garden railway that was like wonderland to those boys. And, of course, mine was the one who thought he could climb in and play with the trains. ha!

I love blogger meetups, because it's like you have a new friend, but you don't have to do all the small talk. At the same time, though, I'm afraid I was a bit zoned out last night, tired from traveling into the city for speech therapy. Ellis had fun running with the boys. I hope we can get together with our new friends again soon.

August 10, 2007

face lift

Well, this evening I've been giving my blog a much needed face lift.

I used to love to change my blog's layout every so often, but I now I don't want to spend my precious computer time messing with stylesheets. The blog was driving me crazy, though, so I finally got to it. Let me know if something doesn't load right.

I also updated my blog roll. I don't really need to have it anymore, since I use Google Reader, but I like reading other people's blog rolls. I've found some great blogs that way. And rather than try to organize people's blog under broad categories, I'm using a symbol method. See the key at the bottom of the blog roll. I hope it's helpful, unobtrusive, and clear.

July 26, 2007

You may say that I'm a dreamer

Sorry, I couldn't resist a personality test. Every once in a while I retake an internet Myers-Briggs test, and I think it usually comes up INFP, the Dreamer. :-) (As seen at Anastasia's)

Do you realize only about 2% of the population are INFP's?
Click to view my Personality Profile page

July 14, 2007

The thinker and the blogger


Even though I really haven't felt like a thinker for a long time--say about the time I conceived a child and the brain cells abandoned ship--I nevertheless got nominated for the thinking blogger award by Love and Blunder, a blog I've recently started to enjoy. Ta-da!! Echoing Devona's sentiments, I think she's my kind of person, too, and I'm flattered that she thinks I'm cool, because I think she's cool. Check one: yes or no. Am I cool? (Seriously, we never grow out of it. We think we've gotten past 13, but deep down inside, it's all 13 all the way. *grin*)

So without further ado, I present my 5 nominees:

* Funke at How to Disappear Completely--blogging music, hipsters, and cult(ch)ure!
* katiek at new eyes. I owe an enormous debt to katie for awakening the creative spirit in me. The way that mama can think with color never ceases to astound me.
* wondergirl at wondergirl and the sift. The title says it all. She is wondergirl, and will bring you to your knees with her creative writing chops.
*linnea at a girl with a sword. My cool cousin currently at linguistics camp pondering unaccusativity. How could she not qualify?
*keri at "the dream you're living is your creation". She doesn't get to post much, but when she does it always make me think. And she's one of my first Deaf friends. ;-)


March 26, 2007

blogrolling meme

Alli tagged me to do this a little while ago. So here goes!

<----Begin Token Paragraph---->

So this post is about perpetuating a list of family bloggers. Aka The Mommy Blog. Though I'm happy to make the cut, I've never really considered myself a Mommy Blogger. I mean, I blog about my kid...a lot, but I don't fashion my blogging persona as a mommy blogger in that my online "community" is about being a mommy or whatever. (EXCURSUS: I like how Jonesey put it and for lack of a link to describe the phenomenon, I'll just quote her--partly because it cracked me up!: "There is a whole large community of Mommy Blogs out there. They are called Mommy Blogs. And they are a big deal. They have contests, partys and get-togethers. They….”hang-out.” And they take Blogging fairly seriously. Like a job. I am new to this. I thought people just blogged because of the overflow of their hearts (I’m sure this is part of it-but it seems to have a bigger overall purpose). And these people make Jonesville look like I write my posts on a piece of paper with a crayon. I just didn’t realize there was this huge community putting some serious effort into serious blogposts about being a Mommy. I thought I had a Mommy Blog, I mean I am a Mommy and I blog, right? And these folks get THOUSANDS of visitors a day. THOUSANDS!" Thanks, Jonesey)

I do blog a lot about my kid and being a mom, but I blog a lot about other things, too. I'm not an Academic Blogger, but occasionally I write the academic post. I'm not a Crafty Blogger, but I do write the craft post. I'm not a Cooking Blogger, but I will talk about food. Etc. It's all part of the package. I've often thought about isolating one of these into its own blog, but I think I would do it disservice. All influence each other and come out in the great melange of My Writing. So there you have it. And now I will finish the meme.

(I don't know. Maybe I'm way too existential.)

<-----End Token Paragraph---->

Here are the rules:

1. Write a short paragraph at the beginning of your post (about anything) and link back to the blog that put you on the list in the paragraph. This isn’t a suggestion. You need to break up the duplicate content string. Someone took the time to add you so the least you can do is give them an extra linkback.
2. Copy the list of originals below COMPLETELY and add it to your blog. If you would like a different keyword for your blog then change it when you do your post and it should pass to most blogs with that keyword.
3. Take the adds from the blog that added you and place them in the “Originals” list.
4. Add no more than 5 new parenting or (Mommy/Daddy) blogs to the list in the “My Adds” section.

So I guess I'll tag:
Jonesey!! Jonesville: Population 5 (C'mon, after a post like that, you are so on!)
View from the Prairie Box
This Classical Life
(Each of whom I feel is like me: the kids just get thrown in with everyone else...)

The originals:

Lala Girl

The Bookworm Broadcast

Parenting Sites 411

Cass Knits

Geni Desu Yo

No Average Mom

Notes From The Trenches


Groovy Mom

Coffee Time

My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings


The Ridiculously Mundane and the Oh so Humdrum…

My Single Mom Life

Tips From The Money Goddess

Army Mom: New Jersey

Melissa’s Place

February 3, 2007

Blogger meet-up!

I love living in a big city where there's actually the potential of meeting other real life!!

Yesterday, Ellis and I whisked ourselves down to center city after nap, and met up with Amanda from Household Opera. We found a nook in Starbucks where Ellis could play in front of the window reveling in the cars and people passing, which kept him entertained for an admirably long amount of time. And since we came all the way down there, I thought, hey, may as well get dinner, too. So we all sludged through the slush falling from the sky, sloshed down through the Subway, and arrived at my favorite Indian buffet, a very damp trio.

It was a lovely time. It's fun meeting someone 'new' when you already know so much. It eliminates a lot of the chit-chat that you have to go through when you start blank slate. It was fun finding that some of Amanda's interests intersect with some of my own (though her work was infinitely more developed than mine). It's fun meeting bloggers; and it's always so amazing how much like and unlike your mental picture of the person on the other side of blog is in real life.

Thanks, Amanda! It was fun. Hoping for more fun times in Philly.

(And Lilian, play date? museum date? SOON!?)

January 17, 2007

around the web

January 13, 2007

the 'old' people blog

So, after my aunt joined the blogging world, my mom jumps on the bandwagon, too. I know she's been wanting to for awhile, so a cozy evening with her laptop results in...voila!

QuidNunc/QuidTunc? (what now? what then?) She's a Latin teacher. Just smile and nod like the rest of us. heh, heh.

Now I gotta go mop my kitchen floor, because I just washed the rug. I love my kitchen rug. A highschool friend wove it out of old fabric on a loom. It's sturdy and meaningful. It makes me happy when it's clean and bright, so better make the floor worthy to receive it. Mmmm. Murphy's....

December 13, 2006

Leave a message!

Dude! This is the funnest thing yet!! You can call and leave a voice comment. (It's just like leaving voicemail.) I want to hear how you sound. I have my imagined "voices" for everyone. It'd be fun to see how you are in real life.

SORRY! It was fun! But all gone now.

(As seen on Anastasia and Bright Star)

November 13, 2006

old friends, new bloggers

I have two friends from church who are blogging.

Chris's best friend, Pete, is on his way to Italy to studying Latin in an immersion environment. He's sold on speaking Latin. His blog Sanctum Stercus ("holy crap") is to keep us abreast of his adventures. (Note to Aunt Sperlonga: Pete is going to be south of Naples, do you have any suggestions for a church situation?)

My good friend and mom to one of Ellis's peer group has also started a family blog. She's posted pics of Ellis's Peer signing "E" (what a sweet friend) and her Hero Soccer Boys. Yay for sucking friends into my blogging obsession! :-) Do visit Jonesville: Population 5. (Hope you don't mind the publicity, C! *grin*)

November 10, 2006

quick linguistic quiz

This result made me laugh out loud!!! (As seen at Dr. Crazy's.)
I've been living in Philly for what? A YEAR?! Guess this is where I belong.

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: Philadelphia

Your accent is as Philadelphian as a cheesesteak! If you're not from Philadelphia, then you're from someplace near there like south Jersey, Baltimore, or Wilmington. if you've ever journeyed to some far off place where people don't know that Philly has an accent, someone may have thought you talked a little weird even though they didn't have a clue what accent it was they heard.

The Midland
The South
The Inland North
The Northeast
The West
North Central
What American accent do you have?
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November 7, 2006

I'm a dork

So I've been having trouble for months with Blogger. I can't seem to leave comments on Blogger blogs in my browser. I have to open my other browser to do so. Which has probably saved me from flaunting my stupidity a few times, but whatever. This has been going on for like a year and has been kind of frustrating.

I just realized that it was my cookie settings. Duh.

November 6, 2006

Blogging just gets better

I've added a few things in my recent past that have greatly improved my quality of life in blogging: Google Reader, which has allowed me to keep up with what's updated, and Google Video, which has opened the world of videoblogging, which is especially important when you have the Cutest Kid in the World.

So, I just want to shout out to Funke for giving me my newest blogging adventure. Radio Blog!! (no, it's not Google)

I'm still exploring its possibilities. For now there's this little window popup that is playing all this cool music. I have no idea how it got there, but I'm totally pumped at this FREE venue to find new music.

Check out this track. A French dude Serge Gainsbourg. I can't really figure him out. Kind of groovy. Kind of retro. This song about Dr. Jekyl and Mister Hyde cracked me up.

That was after "Qui est in qui est out"!

Who IS this guy??

Anyway, I have soft spot for French music of ANY century. So this was a fun find.

September 10, 2006

sold out

So, after almost four years of blogging almost every day, I've decided to start getting paid for blogging. It seems to be the hip thing to do. Hey, why not? I definitely need the sweet moolah. I have a thesis to defend in Louisiana soon; could use some help with that plane ticket.

Expect to see Google ads floating their way around here soon. Man, I love Google!

I also hope to become more focused in my blogging. I've been kind of blah, blah about it. Posting pics of my cute kid and other easy whatnots. I'm going to try to have theme days around here.

One of the things I want to write more about is music. Because, hello, I'm a musicologist! yet, I never seem to write about music. I never listen; I never write. My thesis is only barely about music. It's more about the manuscript that happens to have some elements of music in it. So I never actually write about music. So even if it's just a brief album review like the other day, I plan to write about music more. Hmm, there were two other things I wanted to write more about, and now I can't think of what they were. Think, think, think. What were they? Maybe one of them was about my thesis. Yea, I think that's it. I'm facing the final deadline in a little less than two seven weeks or less. So maybe I can get some online accountability. Whatever.

I have a question. One thing Prof'ing Mama wrote about the other day was a writing group. So what's that supposed to be/look like/how's it supposed to help? Everyone who is part of a writing group seems to derive such support out of it, and frankly, I'm curious. When my stupid thesis is over, I have an article I want to work (more) on, but feel all alone, because well, I am. The only dept I have connections to is 1200 miles away. So what's all this writing group stuff? This Social Bug Slash Aspiring Academic would like to know.

September 4, 2006

blog labor

Happy Labor Day, everyone!

We had a great weekend with my family, but it's good to be home.

My blog labor for today is to finally fix my blogroll into something that approximates current reading practices. I was trying Blogroll for awhile to try to sort through blogs I want to read, but it wasn't really doing it for me. Google Reader has changed my blog life.

June 21, 2006

more blog-y more read-y

So Susan Wise Bauer is becoming something of a celebrity in my little circle. For all les intellectuelles who would homeschool and/or fill in literary gaps (as is my case). And she has a blog: The History of the (Whole) World, named after her book that's coming out by Norton. Hey, she's making timelines. That makes her alright with me. I'm keeping my distance until I get to know her better, though. She's got the smarts, but does have the jive?

March 23, 2006

that's a first

I just got Chinese spam in my email.

I don't even know what's advertising.

February 6, 2006

my Lymond character

Richard Crawford, Third Baron Culter
Congratulations! You're Richard Crawford, 3rd Baron

Culter. You're a bit complicated but also a

bit simple-a little bit country, a little bit

rock & roll. You are loyal, hard-working and

moral, but you can appear a little unbending

and judgmental.

Which Lymond Character Are You?
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February 4, 2006

word cloud


don't even remember where I found this anymore, but I love it..

January 11, 2006

turkey lurkey

Okay. I know you're out there because I have sitemeter. Happy National De-lurking Week! Just pop up, say hi--if you want to.

Actually. The whole concept of de-lurking is well, I don't know, it's for me not for you. 'Course, on some blogs, I feel freed by de-lurking. So maybe it is for you. In the end isn't it all a bit solipistic? the blog? the comments? the sitemeter? the delurking?

Whatever. I enjoy blogging. If De-lurking Week sounds fun to you, I'm opening the door for you.