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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Wishing you the best in 2009!

Wishing you and yours all the very best in 2009!

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Friday, December 26, 2008

2008 doodles in review

Readers' choice


Brick wall day
[Originally published 2008-9-11]

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The plan vs reality - Murphy's Law edition
[Originally published 2008-10-11]
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Out of sync
[Originally published 2008-2-4]
2008_02_04_out_of_sync




My faves
I surrender
[Originally published 2008-2-13]
2008_02_13_surrender


Updated: Motivation and happiness
[Originally published 2008-8-9]
2008_08_09_Motivation_and_Happiness_updated


The 80/20 rule
[Originally published 2008-9-24]

2008_09_24_the_80_20_rule

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Wishing you an amazing Christmas!

[Download the PDF for this Christmas Tree Maze.]

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

($ value of) technology vs time

Is it just me, or is it getting harder to feel like one is getting good value out of one's technology dollar?

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

December scheduling

Let the games begin!


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Friday, November 21, 2008

Excitement vs number of snowfalls

It's snowing, it's snowing!!!
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Saturday, November 15, 2008

The path to regret

According to Martha Beck,

"So the ultimate lesson of regret, the one that will help guide you into a rich and satisfying future, is this: Every time life brings you to a crossroads, from the tiniest to the most immense, go toward love, not away from fear. Think of every choice in terms of "What would thrill and delight me?" rather than "What will keep my fear—or the events, people, and things I fear—at bay?" "
(Within reason, of course. Blowing your grocery money for the thrill and delight of losing it at the track may lead to it's own kind of regret!)

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Lest we forget

Remembering our Veterans.
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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

It's happening again

Last year, I complained mid-November about the Christmas decorations and merchandise being on display. It's happening again. Christmas stuff everywhere.

Is it too much to ask for time to breathe between marketing seasonal festivities?
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Friday, October 31, 2008

In four short years

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Patience vs stress

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Today's the day, Canada!

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

The plan vs reality - Murphy's Law edition

Happy Thanksgiving, eh?
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The 80/20 rule

(Or The Pareto Principle)

For a many activities, 80% of the value received will come from 20% of the effort. (With the remaining 80% of the effort spent finessing only 20% of the value.)

How much time do you spend fine-tuning the last 20% of the outcome?
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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Living life vs blogging life

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Brick wall day

Ever have One Of Those Days? The kind of day where it feels like every time you come close to being productive, someone drops a brick wall obstacle in your path?

If you're really lucky, there will be a stress reduction kit on one of those walls. It feels really good when you stop.


2008_09_11_brick_wall

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Rerun: The plan vs reality

[Originally posted June 30, 2007.]
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

How do you hop?

Growing up, I never thought twice about the hopscotch pattern. At the local schools it was drawn as depicted under "A" below. Isn't that how everyone does it?

Flash forward to reading blog posts as an adult. Design "B" is clearly illustrated in (Ottawa) Andrea's post How to play hopscotch. A quick and by no means complete survey of children's toys revealed design "C."

What are the cultural and geographic variations for drawing a hopscotch board? Drop me a comment ... which pattern is familiar to you and where do you live?


2008_08_19_how_do_you_hop

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Team Canada

Congratulations Team Canada on your medals to date!

Go team, go!

(Am I the only one out there who gained weight just reading about Micheal Phelp's 12,000 calorie / day diet?)
2008_08_16_team_canada

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Mom math - big helpers

This was based on anecdotal evidence collected (over years) from at-home moms. At-home dads were not surveyed to see of the corollary is true.
2008_08_13_mom_math_big_helpers

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Mom math - little helpers

Some of the best advice I ever heard, "Just accept it."
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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Updated: Motivation and happiness

Yes, yes. I know. I ran this last week. But with Neatorama's recent post "Why Materialism Makes You Unhappy" and Seth Godin's post "When in doubt, (don't) follow the money" I felt the need to add "material things" to the diagram.

To clarify, I believe a certain amount of money is required for happiness. Money for food and shelter as examples. I seem to recall Deepak Chopra saying something to the effect of "giving away all of your money and material things will not make you happy."

In that same talk, he said that money doesn't bring happiness and that good health doesn't bring happiness. He said that happiness brings money and happiness brings good health. (I'm paraphrasing in wide strokes.)

Something to think about.

2008_08_09_Motivation_and_Happiness_updated

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Friday, August 1, 2008

Rerun: Motivation and happiness

Something to dwell upon as we enter a long weekend. Have a good one everybody!

[Originally posted February 25, 2007.]
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(Items with a variation of this image can be purchased at Cafe Press.)

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Technically, yes

With thanks to Andrea for planting the seed for this one.
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Friday, July 18, 2008

Silence is golden

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Monday, July 14, 2008

No pressure

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Without judgement

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Coming soon ...

To a reality show near you!

Just when I think that the reality show genre has explored every possible angle, the come up with some thing new! I hope this idea is left unexplored.

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(With apologies to the SYTYCD franchise for spoofing their logo.)

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Template futzing in progress

Thank you for your patience.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Familiar refrain

If I had a quarter for every time I heard a story like this one ... especially common to the Brand New Blogger! Thanks to Melody for the reminder!

2008_06_24_familiar_refrain

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

The score so far

I've been a little busy. Hope to get back to reading y'all soon!
2008_06_22_the_score

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

iComLeavWe

Here's my NaComLeavMo report: I'm 15 comments behind. (With 8 days to go and 47 more comments to make!)

I think I'm glad that Mel went with the one-week-a-month plan moving forward! From Mel's site:

The new name will be IComLeavWe (since it is a week) but isn't that cool: IComLeavWe--International Comment Leaving Week but say it aloud and it sounds like "I come; leave we." So you walk into the blog alone (as an "I") and you leave after reading and commenting as a "we." Because you've made a connection with someone.
2008_06_18_iComLeavWe

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Father's Day means ...

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!
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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Please pass the clue-by-four

Cluestick, anyone?
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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Cell phone BINGO

Yes, it's true. Last week I was in a restroom and there was someone in the stall next to me yakking away on their cell phone!
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Get a blank card and play along!

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Saturday, June 7, 2008

Drawing day 2008

"Drawing Day is a worldwide drawing event encouraging everyone to drop everything and draw for the sake of art. The internet is an open canvas. Help us create 1 million drawings online this day and boost online art communities."

Read more at drawingday.org

Show me what you drew today!

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Receiving vs giving

Is it better to give than to receive?
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Friday, May 30, 2008

Did you ever have to make up your mind?

With apologies to the Lovin' Spoonful

Did you ever have to make up your mind
Pick up on one and leave the other behind
It's not often easy and not often kind
Did you ever have to make up your mind
When you're short on time, do you read, post or comment? (Or do a little of each?)
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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Time management truisms

The Urgent puts the squeeze on The Important.
2008_05_28_time_management_truisms

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Friday, May 23, 2008

London fridges

Moreena doesn't have the market cornered on mondegreens. I bring you "London Fridges Falling Down."

(Who knew you could actually get a fridge with the Union Jack painted on it?)

2008_05_23_london_fridges

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Why I blog (in 6 words or less) - The pack rat

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

6 words or less - why I blog

Earlier this year, Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure was making a buzz through the internets. Which started a myriad of like-themed projects such as Novels in six words or less and Share your birth story in six words or less.

So when Laura asked her readers why they blog it seemed a good fit to try and answer in six words or less.

Why do you blog? Tag, you're it!
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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

At-home parent

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