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I have been sick. I think I mentioned in my bullets post that I wasn’t feeling good weekend before last. Well, that turned into a bad cold which kind of knocked me out until just a day or two ago. Haven’t had much energy to do anything. So, life has been pretty unremarkable lately. Also, Elsa seems to have contracted whatever it is now, and coughs all night – she seems to mostly sleep through it, but I don’t (of course).
Thus, the lack of commentary here. And, you know, the lone lame post made out of a link to other things.
However – I did manage to score a sitter last night and go out on a real grownup date night, which was really a very welcome treat. Saw a movie that surprised me, has stayed with me, and that I just loved: Cairo Time. If you like movies with lots of action, don’t go see it. If you like to see meaningful characters developed, do. The director (Ruba Nadda, who also wrote it) actually had the patience (and balls) to let the camera linger on the actors, without dialogue, for long enough for you to not only the emotion happen, but feel it in your gut. The acting is tremendous, the setting is gorgeous, and I won’t tell you about the story, but it’s worth it.
OK, back to work, which is a bit of a cluster after a week of neglect…
I like my iPad. But not as much as Elsa does. Especially now that I’ve downloaded about a frillion episodes of Dora the Explorer.
I try not to abuse this solution, but am starting to understand why people stick their kids in front of the TV every day. It’s kind of a miracle – 24 straight minutes of relative quiet, during which Elsa remains practically motionless in one place.
In the continuing series of Friday posts which gently guide you to f’ing fantastic stuff I have come across on the Interwebs, please enjoy the following (don’t forget to let me know what you think):
Check out Little Green Notebook for beautiful things and beautiful spaces.
If you ever doubt that people are good – check out what happens when you put the right labels on electronics and leave them around… people return them!! In fact, 75% of the time! That’s the data behind StuffBak, a service which lands squarely in the category of SIBAYST (Stuff I Buy And You Should Too). Here’s how it works: you buy labels – which have an 800-number and URL on them – and stick ‘em on your stuff. If someone finds your stuff, they call the number or go online and the StuffBak people have it shipped back to you – and give a reward to the finder. You can either set the reward yourself or if you don’t want to pay anything, they will provide Stuffbak labels to the finder. You only pay if someone finds your stuff and it gets shipped back to you. I have these labels on my cameras, my keys, my luggage, etc. (no, I’m not getting anything for hawking them…)
The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs is probably only funny to those of us deep in the software/internetty/geek world. But, face it – we don’t have much in terms of social skills, so we need funny.
In the continuing series of Friday posts which gently guide you to f’ing fantastic stuff I have come across on the Interwebs, please enjoy the following, and let me know what you think:
- Feeding a toddler can be a drag. It’s hard to think of new things to feed them, and it’s easy to rely on a few standbys which quickly (in Elsa’s case) act to narrow the range of acceptable foods. Toddler Café is a good resource for ideas and recipes and inspiration – written very much with a small person’s dietary needs (and palate) in mind.
- In the emerging category of Stuff I Buy And You Should Too (SIBAYST): I am fanatical about everything I get from Nancy Boy. Their night cream is the one beauty/skin care thing that I will not leave behind if my house is on fire. (Long-time readers might recall my raves on this post…) And, I’ve been washing my clothes using their Lavender/Geranium laundry soap for a long time now (again, a bit of a rehash) and I can’t imagine living without it. My clothes and sheets and towels smell positively dreamy.