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I’m dreaming of…bloggers?

Posted: March 4th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blogging | Tags: Blogging, Crazy Talk, Social Media, Target | 1 Comment »

It’s an odd thing, blogging.  On one hand it’s *just* my thoughts that I’ve put out there for the world.  On the other hand, it’s also my little piece of this Internet community.

People have pretty divided opinions on blogging.  Some people love it, think it’s great to keep those writing skills intact, share your story (because every story is important), citizen journalism and all that entails and maybe indulge a bit in the “Me Me Me” ness of it all.  Those people probably have blogs.  Others think it’s just a crock of shit.  They would probably be of the non-domain name owning variety.  I might be related to some of those people.

Some people have a particular agenda against MomBloggers, Her Bad Mother had a great post about that which left me speechless.

Here’s the thing about social media- it’s not all sitting in front of a screen, it’s not all anonymously toiling away at a keyboard.  It’s making connections.  Finding your people, your tribe.  Last weekend I had a Tweet-up with Jen from Life with Levi at a local indoor playground.  It was awesome.  We talked about kids and life and blogging.  Do you know just how great it is to talk, about blogging, out LOUD?  It makes you feel a little less crazy.  Correction.  It makes you feel A LOT less crazy.

Because for some people, blogging is a business, others a hobby and most somewhere in between.  It’s odd to think I’ve been blogging since January 2007 with 597 posts on Players to be Named Later and I’ve never made a dime.  Not a one.  So I’m squarely in the “hobby” camp I suppose.

I’m trying to ramp things up a bit though.

Since Judah was born I’ve spent so much more time in Social Media than I have ever imagined.  Hours logged on Twitter, something I had shunned in the past (Who needs Twitter…I have a BLOG!  pffft) I am on every time I nurse The Tank*.  Yogi Dad is on Twitter, he also blogs, both on PTBNL and his own super secret private passcode blog about bacon and unicorns.  Just kidding, he doesn’t talk about bacon.

I think you can say that Blogging and Social Media are firmly in my life.

So I suppose it was only a matter of time before Aunt Beckyshowed up in my dream.  Married to Kevin McHale (basketball fame, not Glee fame).  We were at a hockey game that was being played in my living room- not on a TV, actually being played in front of us.  Except my living room was actually an aisle in the electronics department of a Target store.  So, a hockey game, attended by famous people (blogging and otherwise) in my living room which happened to be a place I spent 15 years of my life.  We sat on lawn furniture and she helped me pack up my kitchen, which was located in the produce department….

Now if only The Pioneer Woman would show up and cook me lunch…

*It keeps my eyes from rolling into the back of my head.  Nursing is great, I love the bonding blah blah blah but after you do it 10 or so times a day for 6 months…you need a distraction.


Posted: November 24th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Misc. | Tags: Target | No Comments »

Wishing everyone a happy and survivable holiday- because we could all use a little extra boost this time of year.

I’ll be coasting on fumes (day 3 of 4 or less hours of sleep!), hoping I don’t collapse in a heap on my way out the door at 4am Friday morning only to be trampled by the waiting hordes at Target. 

To all you Black Friday shoppers- good luck!  I hope you get everything on your list. 

To all my retail peeps- chin up!  The fun is about to begin!

And by “fun” I mean complete insanity.  This is what we live for the other 11 months, am I right?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Almost there.

Posted: November 19th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Out and About | Tags: Target | 5 Comments »

I took 2 kids to Target with me today.

Judah and Lincoln.  The plan had been to take Judah only but Lincoln was so darn cute when he got up from his nap I thought he deserved a little field trip. 

I had my list- a list  I had to stick to as we’re still living off the last of my maternity leave paychecks and the budget is TIGHT.  I usually shop with my list alone- it’s fairly easy to keep a running total when it’s just me and my Starbucks.  Of course with a 2 year old in the front seat of the cart and a baby strapped to my chest there is no Starbucks and a lot more distractions.

Like a 2 Year old who can climb out of the seat.  That’s a new trick.  I couldn’t get the little seatbelt tightened down and about every 3 aisles he was turned all the way around and on his way to standing fully upright in his seat.  Of course every Team Member we saw had to remind him to sit down.  (Nice job Fridley- your team has their shit together!)  It’s a little bit difficult to maneuver a 2 year old into the correct position while wearing a baby.  I just kept thanking my lucky stars I didn’t have Wyatt with me too.  Then again if he was,  they would be in the Big Cart and I think those have some sort of 5-point harness, so it may have been better.  Who knows.

Surprisingly we get through the entire store and I get everything on my list- although I did skimp on the block of Parmesan because I forgot about it until we were in the dairy department and I didn’t want to haul ass back to the Deli where there were more options.  Let’s hope Tyler Florence’s Alfredo sauce doesn’t suffer.  Or maybe Yogi Dad could take a side trip to Surdyk’s.  Hmmmm.

So, I accomplished a trip to Target with two.  Maybe next time I’ll try it with three- maybe when I need just a few things.  And maybe when Yogi Dad is at home and on-call to come and rescue me if things get dicey.

Yes.  That sounds like a plan.

Back to work.

Posted: November 3rd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Misc. | Tags: #Judahthetank, Family, Feelings, Target | 2 Comments »

All good things come to an end.  Right?

Monday night was my first night back to work since late July.  I know.  Boo.  Hoo.

So far it hasn’t been too traumatizing.  Judah has found a new rhythm at night and is doing well while I’m gone and we’re working out kinks during the day so I can sleep and he can eat.  Today went better than yesterday.  Tuesday morning I got home and proceeded to have about 4 hours of very interrupted sleep- he wanted to nurse, he didn’t want nurse, his latch was bad, I was too tired to deal with it.  Things were looking grim. 

Today was better.  I got home, nursed, pumped a small bottle and handed him over to Jenna with instructions to keep him happy as long as possible.  He finally had enough a little after 1pm and was brought to me in bed to nurse and I got up sometime after 2:30.  About 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep.  Huge difference from the day before.  I’ll take it.

So we’re figuring out a new routine here.  When I went on leave the bigger boys were still taking two naps a day.  Now were down to one nap and we have no set time.  It could be early, it could be late.  It all depends on when they get up and the crabbiness factor.  I need them on a schedule.  They want to be on a schedule.  We’ll figure it out.

Anyways.  Back to work.

How is it that 12 weeks while you are miserable and pregnant goes so damn slow but 12 weeks with a newborn goes by so fast?  It’s really not fair.