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A Pole Lot of Fun

Monday, January 31, 2005
I received a press release from a company pitching this as a breakthrough home business opportunity that "empower[s] women and increas[es] their
sensuality while boosting their earning potential." It boggles the mind.

| posted by Ann D @ 3:26 PM

Desperate Thoughts....

Sunday, January 30, 2005
It turns out it's a rerun anyway. I wonder if we're stuck with reruns until next fall. Anyone know?

| posted by Ann D @ 9:08 PM

Scrambled Schedules

Why does CTV keep messing with the broadcast time of Desperate Housewives? One week it's on at 9 pm, then it's 7 pm, and tonight it's 10 pm. What's with that?

| posted by Ann D @ 8:37 PM

And the Correct Answer Is "None of the Above"

Thursday, January 27, 2005
Getting sick of those quizzes that ask you what type of mom you are? So are T.O. Mama (the blogger behind the always provocative MUBAR) and Mothers & More. Be sure to check out T.O. Mama's bang-on comments on a recent quiz which allowed you to find out if you were a Yummy Mommy, Drama Queen Mommy, Biker Mom, Corporate Mom, Smothery Mom, Bohemian Mom, or June Cleaver Mom.

| posted by Ann D @ 12:58 PM

Girl Culture

Wednesday, January 26, 2005
I just stumbled across this photo essay from a back issue of Time Magazine. It's an excerpt from a book published by photographer Lauren Greenfield that ran in the magazine back in 2002. It paints a rather disturbing portait of the lives of girls -- kind of like the photo essay equivalent of the movie Thirteen.

| posted by Ann D @ 7:26 PM

Life in Suburbia

Having grown up in Mississauga, Ontario, I have a fascination with life in suburbia. (This may also explain my fascination with Desperate Housewives, but I digress.) While doing some research on suburbia, I stumbled across this link to So long city. Hello suburbs! in the CBC Archives. It documents the history of the Canadian suburbs from 1950 to the present. Fascinating stuff.

| posted by Ann D @ 2:42 PM

Winter Amnesia

Friday, January 21, 2005
You'd think that having made it through 41 Canadian winters in my lifetime, I'd remember from one winter to the next just how cold it actually gets in mid-January, but for some reason I always seem to forget just how cold -25 degrees Celsius actually feels. (That's roughly -13 Fahrenheit, by the way.)

It's not unlike childbirth. Until you're breathing your way through the first serious labor transaction with baby number two, everything you went through with baby number one pretty much fades from memory. And then it all comes back to you in a flash. Funny how that works.

| posted by Ann D @ 6:00 PM

Changing Lanes

Wednesday, January 19, 2005
I used to work at a frenzied -- dare I say manic? -- pace all the time. Now that I'm working at a much saner pace, I find I feel much calmer and much more satisfied with what I manage to accomplish over the course of a day.

It feels great to take some time for quiet, guilt-free reflection -- as opposed to waking up in the middle of the night with to do lists chisled into my brain. I never thought I'd be able to find my groove anywhere else but in the fast lane -- a thrilling yet exhausting place to live -- and yet I have. The middle lane is working out just fine.

I'm feeling quite reflective this week because this Friday marks the two-year anniversary of my Mom's death -- a landmark event in my life -- one that caused me to think about how I want to live my own life. I've made a lot of changes over the past two years, and I'm not finished my metamorphosis yet. In many ways, the metamorphosis is just beginning.

| posted by Ann D @ 7:27 PM

Hot Link

Monday, January 17, 2005
One of the parenting blogs I was linking to in my "More Addictive Than Coffee" section up until a few days ago was apparently hijacked by a phone sex operation.

Either that or this particular mama blogger suddenly decided she needed a way to bring in a bit of extra cash.

| posted by Ann D @ 7:48 PM

To Do or Not To Do, That is The Question....

Sunday, January 16, 2005
I managed to get sideswiped by a killer headcold this week, so I ended up chugging a huge jug of water and repeatedly stopping to blow my nose while I was giving my speech on "Overstressed Parents, Overstressed Kids" at the Women's Health Forum in Toronto yesterday. By the end of it, I looked like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Speaker, but at least I didn't end up coughing into the microphone.

And as for Wednesday's to do list: I didn't finish all of the items until 11:30 pm last night. That means I should be just about ready to dive into Thursday's to do list right about now. Or maybe I'll wait until tomorrow. When you're sick, to do lists don't count, right?

| posted by Ann D @ 2:06 PM

Calling All To-Do-List Voyeurs....

Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Isabella's to do list post reminded me that I am a to-do-list voyeur. I love to read other people's to do lists, perhaps because they allow me to postpone diving into my own.

Just in case you share my voyeuristic tendencies (well, at least when it comes to to-do lists), I thought I'd post some of the highlights of my to do list so that you can see what I'm theoretically planning to do today. (I'm reading Julie Morgenstern's Time Management from the Inside out (Second edition), but I'm not necessarily banging off each and every item on my to do list every day.)

Anyway, here's my list for today:

1. Finish handout and Powerpoint presentation for Women's Health Matters Forum and Expo. (I'm speaking on the topic of "Overstressed Parents, Overstressed kids."
2. Download the new 2005 payroll tables from the Canada Revenue Agency web site so that I can pay myself at the end of the week.
3. Write up article for the American Society of Journalists and Authors newsletter.
4. Pick up seven-year-old from school and swing by Starbucks for after-school caffeine blast. (For me, not him. Don't worry, I'm not pumping my kids full of coffee.)
5. Come up with a semi-inspired idea for dinner -- ideally something warm and healthy that uses up ingredients that we already have in the refrigerator.
6. Pay bills.
7. Read in bath after filling bath with most decadent bath salts currently in my possession.
8. Lie in bed wondering why I have insomnia. Suddenly remember late-afternoon Starbucks coffee....

Got a to do list of your own to share? Post the link in the comments section below so that I can see what's on your to do list for today.

| posted by Ann D @ 11:39 AM

Cheerio(s)!

Monday, January 10, 2005
The new Canadian Cheerios boxes featuring the Canadian editions of The Mother of All Toddler Books (Canadian edition) and The Mother of All Parenting Books (Canadian edition) have started hitting the grocery store shelves. My seven-year-old and I loaded up on boxes yesterday while we were doing the grocery shopping. I'm sure more than a few people wondered why half of our grocery order consisted of various sizes of Cheerios boxes. (Naturally, I wanted to collect one of each size.)

There are going to be something like eight different boxes out this year featuring my various books, so I'm going to have to reserve a whole lot of shelf space in my office for my Cheerios collection. Needless to say, I am pretty excited. (This is my third time on a Cheerios box, but I still get a huge thrill out of "finding" myself in the cereal aisle.)

| posted by Ann D @ 2:36 PM

The Mother of All Web Guides

Thursday, January 06, 2005
CanadianParents.com has posted The Mother of All® Web Guides (a resource guide for Canadian parents) as part of a course that I am running at the site.

| posted by Ann D @ 11:36 PM

Upcoming Parenting Courses and Speaking Engagements

My list of upcoming speaking engagements seems to be growing by the day. I have a few more things in the works and should be able to post details of a few more events soon.

| posted by Ann D @ 9:27 AM

Two Things

1. The Mother of All Parenting Challenges at CanadianParents.com is up and running. We're talking about finding alternatives to yelling (yes, there are alternatives to coming across as a clone of Lois from Malcolm in the Middle) and we're discussing our other parenting resolutions for 2005.

2. I received a copy of Afterglow Live (CD/DVD) for Christmas and I am loving it. If you have some music store gift certificates burning a hole in your pocket and you're a Sarah McLachlan fan, treat yourself to this music set.

| posted by Ann D @ 12:47 AM

Inspiration Alley

I just realized that I'm starting to sound like I'm coming down with a serious case of the January blahs, which actually isn't the case at all, so in the spirit of getting the New Year off on a decidedly un-grumpy footing, I thought I'd make list of things that inspire me.

I realize I now risk veering in the other direction and drowning you all in a river of syrup that's thicker than Kahlua, Bailey's, and Sambucca combined. But, hey, I'm going to take my chances and take you on a quick stroll down inspiration alley by listing a few of my sources of inspiration du jour.

  • Adults who remember how difficult it was to be a teenager and who are endlessly patient and caring towards the teenagers in their own lives.

  • People who embrace books and ideas, and who believe in a culture of sharing.

  • Songwriters who are able to capture in a single stanza what it can take the rest of us an entire lifetime to attempt to convey.

  • Artists who seek to inspire others through their art, and who aren't afraid to share bits of themselves along away.

  • Any creator working in any genre who has ever stood up for principles of artistic integrity or who has fought to safeguard his or her intellectual property or his or her right to make a living.

  • Anyone who is willing to do any good deed -- large or small -- when no one is looking.

  • People who love with their whole heart and who are simply incapable of any meannness of spirit.

| posted by Ann D @ 12:44 AM

January Horribilus

Wednesday, January 05, 2005
Is anyone else's family experiencing a major outbreak of January Horribilus -- a generally non-fatal condition that is common at this time of year and that is characterized by almost non-stop bickering and nitpicking between siblings?

Just asking.

| posted by Ann D @ 8:29 PM

Marcus! We have your personally engraved iPod!

Monday, January 03, 2005
Neil was very excited when the personally engraved iPod that I ordered for him for Christmas arrived on our doorstep.

He started asking a few questions when he opened the box and discovered that it was actually a Christmas gift for some guy named Marcus. (Merry Christmas...MARCUS???)

Eventually, Neil should have his iPod (well, at least according to the folks at Apple), but given the number of snafus we've experienced trying to get the problem sorted out so far, it may end up being a Valentine's Day present instead.

I'm suddenly having flashbacks to last summer's Powerbook G4 problems and the eight trips I had to make to the repair shop.

| posted by Ann D @ 6:18 PM