Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Motivation

You ever find yourself feeling super motivated, but for the "wrong" stuff?  The things you need to do, the urgent ones, aren't the ones you have a fire in your belly for, but those projects that aren't as important...or necessary...are all you can think about?  

I mean, I am going to get that memo off to my client on time and I am going to feed my kid before she's cranky and demanding a peanut butter sandwich, I swear I am.  But first, first I need to hang those pictures and start planning that trip I'm not going to take.

I've decided to allow myself these little mental indulgences, at least right now.  Call it the freelancing, WAHM version of Summer Hours.  

image via Dustjacket

Sunday, July 20, 2014


If you're like me, you've learned more watching PBS KIDS with your kid then you're eager to admit.  Real talk:  I learned more about the solar system from Ruff Ruffman then I ever learned in grade school.

Well, this week, Chris and Martin Kratt are going to finally help me nail down the difference between crocodiles and alligators.  You think I'd finally have that figured out after all the time we spend in New Orleans, but well, no.

My friends at PBS KIDS asked me to remind you guys to tune-in to the premiere of WILD KRATTS: SWAMP THINGS on Monday, July 21 on PBS KIDS! The one-hour special kicks off a week of new, swamp-tastic episodes set in Flordia’s Everglades and Cypress Swamp.

In the special, a pop Creature Quiz challenge question about what the differences are between a crocodile and an alligator turns into a full-blown Crocogator contest to find out why these two very similar creatures are different at all. The WILD KRATTS also go on a fact-finding adventure about mosquitos! Check your local listing for air times.

I went on a fact-finding adventure about mosquitos last week while reading on my front porch.  It wasn't pretty, let me tell you.  One minute I'm all "oh...this is the best..a glass of wine a good book" and then suddenly I was all "WHY IS MY ENTIRE BODY ITCHY?!"  

I could have totally used some create power that night, let me tell you.

FULL DISCLOSURE:  This is not a sponsored post.  I love PBS and PBS KIDS so much...and they know it...and they know I'll do their bidding for free.
Because that's what you do for people and corporate entities that you love. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

My Favourite Stritch Moment

In rehearsals for Follies in Concert in 1985, Barbara Cook sings In Buddy's Eyes. It's so beautiful, it's as if all of the air as been sucked out of the room. There is complete silence. Lee Remick watches on and appears as though she is going to cry. Mandy Patinkin closes his eyes...and you can almost see his goosebumps. Sondheim himself is in the corner of the room mouthing along to the lyrics.

And then, there is Stritch.

In her tights and button down shirt and bucket hat. Fussing with her purse, taking her shoes off, putting her shoes on. Cigarette hanging out of her mouth. She had not one fuck to give.
Not one, single, solitary fuck to give.

And I think that's why we (the audience) loved her. What an asshole. What a wonderful, gifted, completely watchable, honest asshole.