Jul 28, 2007
Stephen asks me to: “Write a post on your best productivity tips. Challenge yourself by picking your single best productivity tip (although this isn’t a requirement; you can give us more if you want!)”
A productive day for me is something quite different than what it is for a lot of folks. In fact I’m still thinking I can really define it however I like. It could be a long day spent at the beach talking about shells and fish and the clouds and sea weed and eating corn dogs and wearing Ella out. That is a day filled with experience and education and activity and is productive. Or it could be a day where I sit Ella in front of two back to back movies with Play Doh while I do dishes, floors, bathroom, and get all the toys picked up and books re-shelved. That is a day spent toiling over chores that will need to be redone again soon but no less productive than the former. Or it could be a day in which I keep Ella entertained with crayons and hopscotch while updating many websites and doing laundry.
Now after I’ve thought about it, I suppose it matters not what I am doing when I am productive, what he is really asking for is something everyone can use, no matter what their post. Even when I was working in a professional office environment these held true. So, I give you, in order of importance Bombadee’s tips on being productive:
1. Get enough sleep. There isn’t enough coffee in the world to make you feel productive if you’ve had crap sleep. Unless you are working at getting a good nap.
2. Make a list of things you will accomplish in the day and then scratch them off as you go. It’s really satisfying.
3. Tell peers you are going to do a task, it helps you make the commitment to actually doing it.
I don’t know if those are revelations for anyone or not. I will also say it helps to love what you do. There are certain hobbies I have that will keep me up late into the night working in creative ways that mystify even myself. Or years pass by and it seems like just yesterday I started a thing. If you aren’t feeling that about what you do, keep looking and striving to find what it is that will give you passion and productivity will be the least of your worries. That's all I have, how about you? What makes you productive?
Jul 26, 2007
When we picked Ella up – “She drew a picture of you walking to the post office... with dog poop on your shoe.”
From the backseat of the car – “Mom, we need to get a real baby brother. I don’t want Arthur to be imaginary anymore.”
Jul 25, 2007
Artist Glenn Barr
Jul 24, 2007
Jul 23, 2007
Jul 20, 2007
God forbid something fun not be located out on East State Street. It just makes me sick to my stomach to think we LOST the opportunity for such wonderful family entertainment not to mention the sales tax from folks that may stop for ice, gas and snacks on the way to the show. I even called my board members to voice my support for the theatre. What were they thinking when they voted NO?
Voting against the drive-in theater proposal were Frank Gambino, Angie Goral, Paul Gorski, Bob Hastings, Pearl Hawks, Pete MacKay, Tom Owens, Mel Paris, Rick Pollock, Jim Webster, Mary Ann Aiello and Doug Aurand. County Board Chair Scott Christianson broke the tie vote with a "no".
Shame on you Doug Aurand, shame on you Paul Gorski. What were you thinking? You have my e-mail, tell me what were you thinking?
For more on the story you can read it in today’s RR Star letters to the editor at
or the story at
Date Published: Friday, July 20th, 2007
"The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) failed to test FEMA trailers for toxic levels of formaldehyde even after the agency’s field workers warned the trailers might be linked to health problems. FEMA’s own emails show that the agency’s lawyers rejected testing because they were afraid doing so would expose FEMA to liability if anyone living in the trailers became ill due to exposure to the toxic air. The trailers were given to as many as 120,000 displaced Gulf coast families after Hurricane Katrina. About 60,000 families are still living in the trailers..."
Jul 19, 2007
Strap on skates set to tussle,
Stride and sweat, pull and shove,
Smile and laugh, joy and love,
Exertion exhaustion one more lap,
Skating hard to close the gap,
Between the years behind you,
And expectations that bind you,
Between your goals found again,
And your everyday mundane,
Divas flying strong and swift,
Effortlessly spirits lift.
Jul 18, 2007
Jul 16, 2007
Jul 15, 2007
We meandered up to the ticket booth and admired the giant structure whose ceiling opens up like a lotus flower to the stars and waited for Judo Boy and Mrs. BlahZeeBlah.
We had seats on the isle just like we requested and despite the anticipation of running to the potty and coddling in the lobby the children sat enamored on our laps waiting to see what happened next. The dancing was spirited enough to inspire La to hop up and down in her seat and of course I cried at the end of the first act when Peter asks the audience to believe in fairies and the children crowed "Er-Er-Er-Er-ERRRRRR!" the whole way out to the car. Next time I think I’d like to venture closer to the stage, now that I know my date would allow it.
Jul 13, 2007
Ella and I walked downtown yesterday to mail a T-shirt to AZ and we saw the brand new sign Ms. Mary put in front of her play shop, it read “Preschool Registration Now Open”. Ms. Mary wants a small class so there are only ten spots open. Ella filled the ninth spot this morning. She’ll start in the fall and go twice a week. We are thrilled.
It could only get better if an internet coffee shop opened up next door.
Jul 12, 2007
Jul 11, 2007
I ended up buying a two piece with boy shorts and plans to alter the top. I need to take it in around the rib cage and then lengthen it by adding some light gauzy fabric to it. Like a ruffle underneath the main structure, turning it from a bikini top that puts my belly on display for public viewing and critic, to an empire wasted, hide it all except the cleavage, mini dress with boy shorts that match. The custom empire wasted tankini that doesn’t cling will be the Holy Grail of swimming suits.
I’ll take pics of how it all turns out just in case Tommy or Ralph would like to stop in and see what women really want to wear to the beach. We just don’t enjoy standing around in the sand in a sausage casing, even when the sausage casing covers all the appropriate bits, it’s just not comfy. I know men have already realized this, confirmed by their lack of Speedo use. Stay tuned to witness my sewing genius or to watch me render a perfectly good swim suit into a strange concoction with threads hanging everywhere.
Jul 10, 2007
Jul 9, 2007
Visit from AZ
Coco Key Water Park with our favorite buddies
New roller derby recruits
4th of July fireworks with the family
Concert at Krypto
Hippity Hop Scotch as a sport
Mom’s brand new house
S’mores around the fire
Last minute sushi, shopping and salsa dancing
Petunia parade injuries
With that all said, I really need to clean house today instead of blogging.
Jul 6, 2007
Jul 3, 2007
In the afternoon we went to the fabric store and bought ½ a yard of orange shiny goodness, 1 yard of pretty ribbon, ½ yard of those poofy pink balls and then we rushed home and made a cape for “Super Girl” Her super powers include extraordinary river rock throwing, hippity-hop-scotch deluxe, making up songs on the spot about anything in the world, and super cuteness.