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Month: June 2007

I’m staying drunk!

I’m staying drunk!

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” ~Ray Bradbury

Sometimes it is easy in the hubbub of the world of blogging–the politics, games and deadlines–to forget that my life, breath and very soul belong to my book right now. I truly believe that had I focused on my writing life rather than reality and the non-reality of blogging, I could have helped myself through the [quote] Post Traumatic Stress [end quote] that my therapist is getting me through. (I love using the official therapistical talk –totally a word, by the way– rather than saying, “That one time when I went all batshit crazy…”)

So I have cleared out the clutter and am full force, balls to the wall writing where my passion is. Yes, blogging, too. In short, my life and my writing are taking on a new direction. (AND and and –happy kid moment– there is a new community project underway that I am involved in which is going to be more up my alley than ever before. Go me!)

I do hope you are ready for the ride. For some, it may be new (if you are new here). For others, I do hope you are ready for the old smart ass, babble-assing Jenn of yesteryears. I mean after all, that why I love writing in the first place. To entertain and have fun. And babble-ass.

And as an aside to Buzz–who has a new blog look and is looking good, so go say hi– I am so going to plummet off of this cliff and not just plummet off of the step–because even if I could… I couldn’t. (I know that may not make sense to anyone but Buzz, but it is all in the love of words that Buzz and I met over. See? This is why Buzz and Pat became two of my favorite people online!)

That is all. Back to your coffee. Even if it is not coffee you are drinking. Do no break my heart. Just pretend to go back to your coffee.

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That is so NOT funny!

That is so NOT funny!

The past few days have been so full of errands and running around like an insane woman. (HEY! I heard that!) I suppose you could say I have become a bit silly when dealing with people. However, there are times when my funny is so not funny to others. Not that I am saying it is knee slappingly funny to me, but is a brief–even if forced– smile too much to ask from some people. Why, yes! Yes it is!

Just the other day I was at the post office mailing a “special” gift to a newly engaged friend of mine. The woman behind the counter could barely utter a civil hello. Wrong clerk to get me.

Does this package contain anything dangerous?

Dangerous to whom? ha ha ha

Ma’am, we at the post office don’t find things funny.

Really? So that whole “going postal” thing is real?

She was not amused.

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Week in review (or what to blog when you have too much to say)

Week in review (or what to blog when you have too much to say)

This week has been strange. I have been out of town for nearly 2 weeks and am just now getting back and taking a breath. So, rather than use my own brain power, I am going to tell you about a few things that I enjoyed this week.

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This article was great. How to Tell When You are Simply a Pair of Hands on a Project. It is a great read if you are a woman in business. Think about it.

Number of questions you get asked, goes down in direct relation to the amount of commands you get.

At one point it was

This blog is my blog, this blog’s not your blog. So get your hands off, before I ctrl-alt-del you!

This blog is my blog, this blog’s not your blog. So get your hands off, before I ctrl-alt-del you!

One of the traits I have learned to appreciate and adore in people in the past few months in straight forwardness. Honesty. The ability to say something to your face and not behind your back. (Ohhh honey can I tell you the stories that people don’t think come back to me and do! Tsk tsk!) Anyhooo (so Stepford of me to say, I know) that is one of the reasons I adore Karen and her willingness to just tell it the way she sees it. Pulled punches? She has no place for them. Like her recent post “10 Things That Piss Me Off About Blogging.” I could add many to that list, but she does it way better than I would. I would be “nice” and make sure not to rock any boats. Check to make sure that Little Miss Sunshine came out to blog that day. Bleh!

Which sort of leads me to another topic. This blog.

I have a confession to make. I have been cheating on you. No, not with the other bajillion blogs I write/have written for/contribute to/edit etc. No, this one is *shhhhhhh* anonymous. I had to find a way to remember why I love blogging. Why I love writing. WHY I enjoyed this whole process. No one telling me what to write or not write. No stress of whether or not there were any deadlines. Not always waiting to see if you displeased someone or if you would receive that pat on the head. I have started to hate blogging because of the STUFF I have to write about, am asked to write about or must write about. OR the pressure to be someone and then feeling like I am letting people down when that person does not show up. You see when I let myself be free here on THIS blog, the other stuff that I need to do elsewhere falls into place. THIS is my house. THIS is where I should feel at home to be whatever I need or want to be. I haven’t felt that way in a long time. Partially do to the fact that *I* haven’t felt that way in a long time, but partially do to allowing other people to try to define me. What the hell is up with that? (I have no idea how you do it, Kidd! How do you not call in BURNED OUT and never sound off-kilter, my friend?) It is my fault. I get that. I gave into pressure to be something more. Or listening to people who try to tell me that I was. I saw the mold I thought I was supposed to fit into and tried to do that. When I couldn’t, I felt I failed at blogging. Hell, I lost friends over the freaking blogging process.

Lost. Friends. Over. Blogging.

How screwed up is that? In my book, pretty screwed up!

So I want to hear from you. Seriously. If you are a blogger, what would make you stop blogging or start a new one over the old one you have poured yourself into for years? Would you? Where is your line or your final straw? I would love to hear from other people!

(Oh and before you ask, no, I am not going to stop blogging here at MNC. I am just going to get back to doing what I love doing here. Writing what I want to write about, when I want to write about it. Like the fun my family has laughing over the ridiculous. Or how my kids think it is hilarious to watch me play Guitar Hero, Dance Dance Revolution or the Wii. I want to write about how I get into verbal arguments with the U-Scan at the grocery store. Share the ups and downs of writing (or stalling) a book. I want to get back to carefree and not feel the heavy burden of performing like a trained monkey. That is so 2005-2006!)

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Light Iris and WWNMJALI*?

Light Iris and WWNMJALI*?

(* What Would New Mom Jenn Ask Light Iris?)

Have you heard of the Light Iris Search Engine? Of course you have! Not so much? Okay well, you should know about it especially if you are a new mom. Or a mom. Or you know a new mom. Or a mom. See? You should know about Light Iris.

The Light Iris Search Engine is built on the backbone of Google and provides only the best of Google for new moms. New site features that help new moms are forthcoming and will be added continually.

Light Iris comes from a unique source—a man. But this does not come as a surprise to anyone knowing Kevin, since he has been working with mothers for years now. He is also the founder of Lucid Marketing, a marketing and media service company specializing in connecting brands with mothers. Kevin, the Lucid Marketing team and four hundred U.S. mothers helped to shape Light Iris.

When I agreed to check out Light Iris, I thought to myself “Self, what would you Google if you were a new mom?” Thankfully I answered myself.

First I checkout out sleep deprivation. Oh please! Like every new mom doesn’t want to know the truth about that. If I Googled it, I would end up with 1,310,000 results. Hello? If I wanted to know about sleep deprivation and had to go through 1,310,000 results, there would be hell to pay for someone. So I moved over to “my baby cries A LOT” on Light Iris and found some great sites and got some good results that actually offered advice that was practical and from other moms as well. (What? My kids were really hard as babies!) Finally, I tested the one true test of this search engine.

Nipple Pain.

Want to guess how many RELEVANT searches came back on Google? I shudder to think what most of the 1,500,000 results involved. On Light Iris, they were–wait for it– about breatfeeding! Moms! Non-pornographic! Imagine that!

I will admit, with seemingly so many organizations and corporations trying to cash in on the Mommybloggers, I rolled my eyes at yet another one. However, I think this site can really be beneficial to new Moms. If I had to go through Google for so many of the searches that a new mom may have, I weep for these women. But with the Light Iris Search Engine there really are great advantages for moms.

So, check it out. Unless of course you really are looking for something else when you Google “sore nipples.” But really, I don’t so much want to know about it.

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The Light Iris Search Engine has teamed up with the Parent Bloggers Network to give one lucky blogger a free two day pass to BlogHer ‘07! All of the information can be found right here, but basically all you have to do is write a post on the topic of ’Where Does My Time Go?‘ on June 8th. Email a link to the Parent Bloggers Network at and you’re entered to win! Simple. Effective. Easy. Kind of like the Light Iris Search Engine.

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