May 20, 2006

The Saturday Routine

On most Saturday mornings - and this was no exception - I wake up with Mia, let Beth sleep and we play for a while. Eventually, we're all up and two-thirds of us are ready for coffee.

I think we've stumbled across the reason why newspaper circulations are steadily declining. Bill O'Reilly claims that they're tools of the liberal media and people are tired of them. Of course, Bill is a tool himself, in more ways than one, so I don't buy into his reasoning. Instead, I think the Internet is just easier. It's that simple.

Now, anyone know anything that can replace vacuuming? Or cleaning the kitchen? Because guess what I have to do now...

Posted by Chris at May 20, 2006 12:18 PM

For vacuuming, you can get one of those vacuum robots! But cleaning the kitchen is pretty much unavoidable.

I'm paiting! Want to come paint?

Posted by: Emily at May 20, 2006 12:22 PM

By 2/3's, I presume Mia isn't quite up to coffee yet?

The net is not only easier, t's free. I don't have to worry about recycle. I don't have to wade through the parts I ignore to get to the Editorials and Letters to the Editor. We're probably a little shortsighted in not providing revenue with subscriptions. Maybe they can make it up in ads.

Posted by: ann adams at May 20, 2006 12:28 PM

I'm going to a wedding instead of cleaning my kitchen. I'm doing sound. It's kinda fun. :-)

Posted by: Heather at May 20, 2006 02:19 PM

The San Diego Tribune calls me every single day and every weekend they send some pushy kids to my door with free offers just to get me to sign up. When I told them that I'd rather just get my news on the internet, they sounded shocked and said "THE INTERNET?!! You can NOT trust the internet to give you the full in-depth coverage you deserve... and hey, what about coupons? We have loads of coupons in our Sunday paper!"

I felt bad for them but dude, I'm not paying for coupons when I can get them free at the commissary.

Posted by: Betty at May 20, 2006 02:30 PM

If you figure out how to digitally master your housework, please hip me to it...because I LOATHE that stuff. :)

Posted by: Marilyn at May 20, 2006 02:31 PM

That looks like our kitchen table with the dueling laptops. :) As for something to replace vacuuming - particularly the area under the kid's highchair - try a dog!

Posted by: Amanda at May 20, 2006 02:38 PM

i've replaced vacuuming and cleaning the kitchen with NOT vacuuming and NOT cleaning the kitchen. it works GREAT.

Posted by: jodi at May 20, 2006 03:25 PM

I believe you are correct about the loss in circulation of newspapers, and as for the vacuuming question...a maid would be nice. lol

Posted by: dragonlady474 at May 20, 2006 03:41 PM

Hmmmm, if they didn't shed and make muddy footprints on the floor, I'd suggest getting a dog. A big one - like St. Bernard big - would even be able to tackle those crumbs on the kitchen counter for you. And double as a pony for Mia to ride. ;)
So yeah, that might create more work that it eliminates, so go for the vacuum robot dude.

Posted by: Traci at May 20, 2006 04:00 PM

Me thinkst me spie some puffs - be they veggie... be they fruit?
Baby Smoke likes puffs. Most of the time.

They try pushing the Chronicle down in Big H and act equally surprised when I say newspapers are outdated dying. ...why, how can you say that?

Hmmm. Let me count the ways.

Delivery - comes to my office vs. my driveway
Delivery - is always dry vs. who knows what
Delivery - always there vs. someone taking it
Cost - free vs. paying for it (unless it's one of my trade rags)
Access - archives vs. storing them some place I'll never remember.
Access - I can forward through email vs. copying/clipping and snail mailing
Portability - If I wanted to I could carry every major paper in the world in my laptop vs. two in my briefcase.
Updates - Almost immediately vs. the next print cycle.
Refuse - Delete key vs. trash/recycling
oh... and no ink on my hands.

What about the coupons?
F the coupons, they're on the net too! Ha!

Posted by: Johnny Smoke at May 20, 2006 05:44 PM

Beth is so lucky to have a hubby that lets her sleep in!

Posted by: ann marie at May 20, 2006 06:56 PM

We haven't subscribed to the local paper in years. We're a bunch of computer nerds around my house.

What about laundry, does anyone know an easier alternative?

Posted by: MrsJoseGoldbloom at May 20, 2006 08:46 PM

Where's the Mac laptop?!?

we like the actual newspaper because if we sat in front of my daughter with the laptop on, she'd beg and cry until we let her watch "kermy" or one of the home videos we did of her that she loves to watch.

I do use the internet to read my old hometown paper and keep up with my favorite sports teams.

Posted by: Kaz at May 20, 2006 08:47 PM

what's vacuuming? or cleaning kitchen? that sounds vaguely familiar.

Bet you can't take laptops to the loo tho.

Posted by: treespotter at May 20, 2006 08:49 PM

Did you ever notice that the conservatives citicize any media when someone uses it to talk badly about them? You hear alot of ranting about the "liberal bloggers" now. Everyone forgot that bush (lowercase intentional) had his own blog and his two political-ho daughters had one as well. "We are just trying to get Daddy relected, so we can get drunk and have our records cleaned anyway."

Posted by: Jon in Michigan at May 21, 2006 08:20 AM the laptop on the right really that much smaller than the one on the left, or is it just an optical illusion? (And out of curiosity, what kind is it? :) I've been eyeing the Toshiba Libretto for a while because of its small-ness, but truthfully I don't have enough of a need to justify the cost.

Posted by: Niki at May 21, 2006 10:14 AM

Dude. I am totally digging the paint on your walls. It looks like you've got a little faux action going on there. Did you do that yourself?

Posted by: buzz at May 21, 2006 10:38 AM

You forgot laundry! I can do without the mountains of laundry.

Posted by: Sweety at May 21, 2006 12:44 PM

Y'know, the Internets may be easier, but I find I rather enjoy the newspaper. Of course, I don't subscribe to one, but I do like to read them.

Posted by: candace at May 21, 2006 08:12 PM

Ah, I see Mia, too, is a connoiseur of the Fruit Puff thingies.

Posted by: HR Mommy at May 21, 2006 09:04 PM

Wow. Replace the fruit puffs with Cheerios and that could be our kitchen table!

Posted by: HipMamaB at May 22, 2006 12:31 PM

I personally like the old fashioned paper. LOVE clipping out coupons! I just can't do the computer viewing. I do however keep informed on when I have time!

Posted by: Jamie at May 23, 2006 05:05 PM