September 26, 2008

The Weeklies #55

The Weekly Spam. What They Don't Want You To Know What It Does To Your Body. Uh, what?

The Weekly Source of Stress. Work, chock full of all-day meetings and high expectations. Combined with the cold I seem to have acquired.

The Weekly Annoying Bodily Function. Sneezing. I can't stop sneezing.

The Weekly Read. A few months ago, I picked up Kevin Brockmeier's The Brief History of the Dead. I read the first page and a half and knew pretty quickly that it wasn't what I was in the mood for. I picked it up again this week and gave it another shot. The verdict? Different, but pretty good. The book is by no means science fiction, however Brockmeier imagines a not so distant future in which a virus has eliminated most of humanity from the earth while, in parallel, a city inhabited by the dead - those wiped off the earth but not yet whisked away into heaven or whatever otherworldly future awaits. Those inhabitants survive in the city so long as one of the living remembers them. It sounds like heavy stuff and it is. But it's immensely readable and very well written.

The Weekly Personal Triumph. On Wednesday night, Beth and Mia went to see Disney On Ice. Five minutes after I arrived home - after an all day meeting - I took charge of Owen - teething and in a very mommy place. I was braced for a hellish evening but, you know what? It went really well. We played, we ate and by 8:30, Owen was fast asleep in bed.

The Weekly Great Gig In The Sky. While Richard Wright - one of the founders of Pink Floyd - wasn't the world's greatest keyboardist or have the best voice, his impact was immense. Last night, I popped in a recent David Gilmour DVD in which Dave and Richard performed some of the best and even most obscure Floyd songs. It was fantastic but a little sad to watch.

The Weekly Schadenfreude. Are we seriously supposed to believe that John McCain suspended his political campaign out of sheer concern for the economy? Despite the fact that members of congress from both sides of the aisle repeated that they wanted neither McCain nor Obama involved, lest the proceedings become nothing but a political power play? Don't postpone the debate - now more than ever we need to see what these two have to say.

The Weekly Photo.

The Weekly Hypothetical. Okay, so, yesterday I alluded to the fact that I haven't visited many of you in (your blogs, not your houses because as you all know I'm on your doorstep with cupcakes every evening) in ages. Does that make me a horrible blogger?

Posted by Chris at September 26, 2008 8:21 AM

Nah, you're not a horrible blogger. The only way I can even attempt to keep up with all the blogs I want to read is through Bloglines (and I'm not 100% crazy about it - but it's alright).

Sorry about the sneezes - and hey, awesome that you and Owen had a good night at home so Beth and mia could go out. I think that's really cool that you guys get to have one-to-one time with each kiddo - and it's really important, too.


Posted by: sarah at September 26, 2008 8:26 AM

You are an excellent blogger! Blogging is all about the blogger anyway--you write for you and we read because we like what you write. It shouldn't be based on "well, he didn't visit me today, so I'm not visiting him for awhile" type pettiness.

And besides, I know what it's like to be busy. I've managed to post something each day, but I'm woefully behind in visiting everyone :-(

Posted by: Alissa at September 26, 2008 8:34 AM

No...your horrible blog make you a horrible blogger.

God bless you. I am not saying that as religous nut I am merely thinking that you may have sneezed recently.

Posted by: William at September 26, 2008 8:46 AM

You're not a horrible blogger. I sometimes do the same thing. I'm either too busy or have too much on my mind to focus on other people. Because I'm v. important. :D

Posted by: Sparkle Pants at September 26, 2008 8:53 AM

do you actually visit or use something like google reader. I only visit blogs if I feel like commenting, otherwise I use Google Reader..

Posted by: Darren at September 26, 2008 8:54 AM

Visit me or not, it won't make me stop reading your blog. In fact, because I read my googlereader blogs earlier these days I sit down one last time before I head out the door to see what you have to say for the day.
I agree with your Schadenfruede of the week. I don't before for a minute he did it for anything other than campaign posturing.

Posted by: NancyJak at September 26, 2008 8:56 AM

Yes, it does.
Oh wait, I don't have a blog.

I'm with you on the McCain thing too. Exact same thing that my husband and I were saying. And seriously, where are his handlers that let him do this? It's political suicide. You are undermining whatever credibility you may have had!


Posted by: varinia at September 26, 2008 9:02 AM

I never get offended when someone I read (and comment) doesn't do the same for my blog. I don't read you every day just so you'll read me (get me?).

I'm with you on those debates -- McCain is just SCARED. And I think Obama was dead on about the whole multi-tasking thing.

Posted by: Robyn at September 26, 2008 9:05 AM

First, that is a KICK ASS picture!!

And kudos on the wonderful evening w/ Owen, yay for daddy/son bonding and stuff. lol

Many "bless yous" for your many sneezes.

And I don't have a blog to speak of so I don't really have an basis to weigh in on that topic, but I think you're a mah-velous blogger! ;) (and did william up there say you have a horrible blog or was that just me?)lol

Posted by: Kris at September 26, 2008 9:06 AM

No, it doesn't make you a horrible blogger. Although, if you showed up on my doorstep with cupcakes every morning that would increase your awesomeness exponentially ;-) Cupcakes are my favorite.

Posted by: Kate at September 26, 2008 9:08 AM

I've pretty much abandoned my blog lately and have unsubscribed from a lot of feeds I lost interest in. I ain't goin' anywhere. I don't come here looking for any return on my investment other than a good read. Horrible.... hardly!

Posted by: picturefool at September 26, 2008 9:11 AM

whenever I go awol on reading blogs, I always try to make up for it by leaving comments everywhere when I finally get caught up with life enough to read about everyone else's. It helps lessen the guilt.

Posted by: lora at September 26, 2008 9:18 AM

Not visiting makes you busy, not a bad blogger.

But, with that being said, you may also be missing out on important factoids, like say, someone's wife going in for a scheduled C this coming Wednesday.

Posted by: SciFi Dad at September 26, 2008 9:29 AM

1) Debate. By McCain saying he doesn't want to debate because it takes the focus off the economic crisis; only adds fuel to the building bonfire that he knows he's going to get spanked hard when the debate does happen, and it better happen tonight or I think he should be fined and then should have to pay the town of Oxford the 4M they've invested to host them.

2) you sir, are not a horrible blogger. The fact that you can post every single day makes me feel the horrible blogger because when I want to blog I can't because FireFox decided it didn't want me to and right now I'm in a hate/hate relationship with IE!

Posted by: Michelle at September 26, 2008 9:30 AM

You're a great blogger! And I love your picture. Did you take it?
Or find it?

Politics - not my favorite. I vote, but choosing is sometimes very hard. Last week I told Don about a state senator I'm planning to vote for, Turns out he's not one of the choices if you live in my neighborhood.

Posted by: cassie-b at September 26, 2008 9:46 AM

Make you a horrible blogger? As in, something that you write for yourself means you are obligated to look at the peoples' blogs who comment? Ummm, no. :) Plus - I certainly don't comment because I'm looking for someone to come look at my blog, I comment because I happen to have a comment to your post.

Posted by: Hannah at September 26, 2008 9:48 AM

For that matter, I'm stunned at how you actually respond to comments - and via email, at that. Kudos for that. :)

Posted by: Hannah at September 26, 2008 9:50 AM

And in the end, McCain's involvement became exactly a political power play. Excellent.

Posted by: Candy at September 26, 2008 9:54 AM

i dont have a blog so you are A-Ok in my book! but if you were to be at my doorstep with cupcakes....well that would make you even more A-ok :)

Posted by: madmom at September 26, 2008 10:00 AM

You're a great blogger. I've been bad about commenting since I crawled into the hole in my head for a week or so. When life slows down a bit, you'll enjoy catching up. That's just how it goes.

Posted by: k8 at September 26, 2008 10:19 AM

Whether not I would guilt trip you about not visiting the Garden often would rest solely on whether or not the cupcakes yon mentioned would have sprinkles. :)

I hope the cold is gone quickly and that Beth and the kiddos don't get it.

Posted by: Sabine at September 26, 2008 10:20 AM

You aren't a bad blogger-- the fact that you manage a (mostly) coherent post on a daily basis does amaze me.

On a totally different note, I took your recommendation to check out Brandi Carlisle's latest CD, and it's quickly become a favorite. Thanks for the awesome rec!

Posted by: sarah at September 26, 2008 10:39 AM

Awful. Genuinely repugnant. As a matter of fact, I'm calling the police right now. That's how awful a blogger you are.

You make me sick.

Posted by: You can call me, 'Sir' at September 26, 2008 10:44 AM

A bad blogger? No, it makes you a person with a job, a family, other interests. I personally come here, and will continue to do so because you are a damn fine writer! And your readers get a lot out of your writings and your photography.

Posted by: diane at September 26, 2008 10:50 AM

I read your blog because I'm interested in what you have to say, not because I'm expecting an answer back, the fact that you do comment makes it even better

Posted by: stephanie at September 26, 2008 11:40 AM

"Horrible blogger" is too broad. I think it makes you busy. Some days I don't visit all my normal sites and a lot of days I don't comment. And I know for a fact that most of the blogs I comment on and read daily never come to my site. It's ok; I don't sweat that stuff.

Posted by: claire at September 26, 2008 11:52 AM

In my opinion how much you visit other blogs doesn't make you a horrible blogger. You have a great blog and thats what makes you a great blogger! I mean you could be a crappy writer and visit blogs daily and that wouldn't make you a great blogger. Just keep doing what your doing and we'll be here to read.

Posted by: Adi at September 26, 2008 11:55 AM

In my opinion how much you visit other blogs doesn't make you a horrible blogger. You have a great blog and thats what makes you a great blogger! I mean you could be a crappy writer and visit blogs daily and that wouldn't make you a great blogger. Just keep doing what your doing and we'll be here to read.

Posted by: Adi at September 26, 2008 11:55 AM

Why on earth would that make you a horrible blogger? I don't have near the readers you do, and there is simply no way I can read all of the blogs of the people that read mine.

You write back to your commenters. Which makes you the most awesome blogger EVER.

LOVE that picture, and I'm so glad that Beth and Mia had a great time at Disney on Ice and you had a great evening with Owen. Perfection.

Posted by: Mindy at September 26, 2008 12:01 PM

I find it telling that they wanted to reschedule the debate for October 2, which is conveniently when the VP debate is supposed to be. Sounds to me like someone will do anything to keep his VP from opening her ill-informed mouth...

Posted by: samantha at September 26, 2008 12:19 PM

Lemon cupcakes, please.

Oh, LOVE the pic. Really gorgeous.

Posted by: jessica at September 26, 2008 1:36 PM

Cool pic.

I sneezed twice as I was reading your post; I shit you not.

Damn straight you are a horrible blogger. You have no right at all to ignore the jazillion of us and our blogs. You have nothing else better to do with your life right? ;)

Posted by: Holly at September 26, 2008 1:36 PM

Short answer: no. :P
You get a lot of readers, and comments, and even for those of us with a little more time on our hands, that would be a lot of clicking through! I really appreciate the way that you respond to comments via email - it's nice to know that you know who I am (heh, trying to remember when I started reading, and I can't! Definitely pre-Mia, but I'm not sure how long before that, because my brain doesn't always function.)

Posted by: Heather at September 26, 2008 1:43 PM

tired of the political shit...if you are is to, just kidding abour the horrible thing.

Posted by: harrylips at September 26, 2008 2:13 PM

The fact that you blog every weekday and I read it every weekday is offset by the fact that I rarely post on my blog and you don't read it. So we're even. ha!

Posted by: James Proffitt at September 26, 2008 2:20 PM

You are a terrifically funny and insightful blogger that keeps me going just like my coffee. I love your blog!!!! I am amazed that you have time considering your family and job!! I must admit I read your blog before I read anything online including NPR. When I need a pick me up, a smile, and sometimes political zing as well, so keep up the brilliant work!!

And p.s. John McCain is a blowhole...wait that is insulting to whales I think.....he is a moron and an asshat!!!!!

Cheers and have a great weekend :)


Posted by: Julie Andel at September 26, 2008 2:33 PM

You're an awesome blogger and I like that picture.

Posted by: zandor at September 26, 2008 3:15 PM

Well, the fact that you reply to every comment buys you a lot of cred in my book.

Glad it went well with Owen.

Posted by: Nat at September 26, 2008 4:49 PM

Blogging is about you, not the rest of us. I never expect the bloggers that I read to read my blog. It's the beauty of blogging. It can be a non-reciprocal relationship.

I find it very interesting that the American economy is a major issue in Canada's federal election. Shows how dependent and interconnected we are. It is important to see how these candidates react for those who can vote. And it's important for my retirement fund! I just want to vote for Obama.

Posted by: Heather at September 26, 2008 5:56 PM

Since I have no blog and I love cupcakes. I would prefer you on the steps. I like chocolate cupcakes with white frosting. I live in NH. Proceed.

Posted by: Deirdre at September 26, 2008 5:56 PM

hey, at least you manage to write just about every day. I don't comment enough and I don't post enough. I think that makes me the bad blogger. Although if you were to show up with cupcakes, you'd be welcome!

Us and Them is one of my favorite Pink Floyd songs. And now the dream of seeing them reunite and tour is truly dead.

I've eyed A Brief History of the Dead, bought I haven't bought it. Perhaps I will pick it up now.

McCain = Jackass.

That is all :)

Posted by: bad penguin at September 26, 2008 7:06 PM

To your question - you have to give to get when it comes to blogging is the way I look at it (and you have to write something interesting, let's be honest!) BUT you do respond personally to every comment I make SO I guess I will give you a break!

Posted by: Christina at September 26, 2008 9:17 PM

You visited and left me a comment in the not too distant past, so I am sated.

Posted by: Poppy at September 26, 2008 10:18 PM

How could you possibly have time to visit any blogs? With all the working, family-stuff, reading, music-listening, where would fit it in? Just concentrate on writing here :)

Posted by: Danielle at September 27, 2008 12:07 AM

I'm sneezing too. Omg, maybe we're allergic to...blogging? I was hoping it was work.

Posted by: Scattered Mom at September 27, 2008 1:29 AM

I don't care if you visit me ever. I come here because I enjoy your humour, your photo's, your daddy tales, etc. You don't have to enjoy me or visit with my blog. I could care less.

However, stop with the flower pictures right NOW. We want to see your beautiful children. :-P

p.s. you've acknowledged every single damned comment I've ever left..that in and of itself amazes me and is a kindness I've never encountered via any other't visit me...just keep on keeping on. mmkay...

Posted by: Kristy at September 27, 2008 9:54 AM

Doesn't make you horrible! It means you have an actual life, something which I cannot claim. Although...I like vanilla cupcakes with vanilla icing and sprinkles. Just for future reference.

Posted by: Stephanie at September 27, 2008 9:55 AM

Hmmmm...let's see. Staying home with teething baby or Disney on Ice? I'll take the teething baby.

Posted by: apathy lounge at September 28, 2008 2:50 PM

Hmmmm...let's see. Staying home with teething baby or Disney on Ice? I'll take the teething baby.

Posted by: apathy lounge at September 28, 2008 2:50 PM

Seriously, if I fly across the country to visit you, will you please teach me how to take a good picture?

Posted by: Dianna at September 29, 2008 9:30 PM

I don't think you're a horrible blogger. At some point, blogging became too social for me. Everyone wanted me to read their blogs, and while I enjoyed commenting on everyone's comments, I didn't necessarily want to go to their blogs to read their own things. It's nothing personal, you know? Except people take it personally. And THAT is annoying.

Posted by: Emily at October 28, 2008 7:59 AM