May 3, 2007

Questions for you:

Grindhouse or Spiderman 3?

In the sidebar: Blogher ads or no-cost ‘featured artist’ ads?

Crab cake entree or, like, all the appetizers?

Loop or cut pile carpet?

Diet Coke or Diet Coke Plus?

GTD or a general distrust of cultlike organizational methodologies?

Blake Lewis or Jordan Sparks?

Sigma SD14 or Nikon D80 (for when I win that there Lotto, mm-hmm)?

Try to pitch silly parenting poetry to publisher as funny gift book type thing, or focus on writing nonfiction humor essay memoir parenting book type, uh, thing?

Biking or running?

Hilarious or creepy?


88 Responses to “On my mind”

  1. Jennifer on May 3rd, 2007 10:13 pm

    I vote with Maria: the fun nonfiction essays – but short ones, and a poem at the beginning of each one. If the essays are short enough, that means more essays, ergo: more poems.

    Sorta pathetic (the bangable blog site), and as Leah says, what’s with #5?

    Biking all the way. (Well, actually it’s “cycling” because, depending on the crowd you’re in, if you say “biking” some people may assume you mean on a Harley!)

  2. Pete on May 3rd, 2007 10:19 pm

    1)Nothing else is playing?
    2)What ever can bring in the most money for you.
    3)Something from the bar.
    4)Hardwood floors.
    5)Rum and Coke with a vitamin while biking. Best of everything.
    6)GTD, as you get older you will discover there are fewer brain cells left to remember thing. I am saving all of mine for internet porn.
    8)Depends, are you going to take pictures of shiny red lips?
    9)Poetry if you can get some good illustrations to go with it.
    10)Biking. Your knees will thank you later in life. Running is for people without a sense of balance ;-)
    11)That’s just cool. Are you disappointed with the #5 spot? If so are you trying to do better next month?

    Have a good anniversary!

  3. Cali911Gal on May 3rd, 2007 11:47 pm


    No preference

    All the appetizers – why limit yourself to just one!

    Eeew. Diet anything, bleh.

    GTD ok. Just don’t go totally whack on it.


    D80. I LOVE LOVE LOVE mine. And similar enough to your D70 you will feel right at home with it. Plus: You already have lenses for it!

    Oh God, the poetry. Too much. PUBLISH!


    Creepazoid. Totally.

  4. Cali911Gal on May 3rd, 2007 11:49 pm

    damn. I forgot the carpet.

    No loops. They are hell to clean

  5. Jem on May 4th, 2007 2:08 am

    GRR my comment just disappeared apparently without posting. BTW, I say the last thing is awesome. And go to Grindhouse.

  6. lea on May 4th, 2007 6:17 am

    Grindhouse – Because what would we do without Tarantootie?

    ‘featured artist’ ads – they’re interesting….

    all the appetizers, all the time!

    cut pile carpet

    Coke? – neither

    GTD or a general distrust of cultlike organizational methodologies – DON’T DRINK THE KOOL-AID!

    Jordin all the way. Cute in a jailbait kind of way…

    Why not do both books, they both have their pros and cons…

    Biking, definitely biking.

    Funny but, eh, ewww. If I was JB I would be proud and pissed at the same time…

  7. Jamie on May 4th, 2007 6:54 am

    I don’t know about all the rest of those options, but I MUST tell you that loop carpet is insanely difficult to clean. As in, “maybe I’ll just leave that steaming pile of dog vomit there because I would rather live with it than have to dig it out of the damn carpet again” difficult. Go with the cut pile.

  8. Tess on May 4th, 2007 7:00 am

    Spiderman 3
    Blogher Ads
    All Appetizers
    Loop Carpet
    Diet Coke
    General Distrust of Cult-like Organizational Meathodologies
    Nikon D80
    Publish the “Silly Parenting Poetry”, but also work on other projects
    Hillarious, but kind of creepy

  9. filakia on May 4th, 2007 7:00 am

    I don’t have an opinion on all the things you noted, but —

    If you are going to have sidebar stuff, why not maximize your gain? If the Blogher ads do that, then go for it! It hurts no one and might bring you closer to realizing your fancy camera dreams. :-)

    Defintely Blake. Jordin can sing but she’s annoyingly full of herself and lacks originality.

    As for books, cast as wide a net as possible and try for all genres, but I have to say that I think some of my favorite entries of yours are about JB — when you wrote about how you met; when he travels (that fanciful one about spinning the stars, or whatever, for him to see so far away); even that one that you took down, about your fight the weekend that Riley was sick. How about a relationship memoir? At the very least, I think you should submit a JB one to the NY Times for their Modern Love section.

    Running, without a doubt. Did you know that you have to bike twice as far as you have to run to get the same benefit? So a 5-mile run = a 10 mile bike ride. Who has the time?

  10. McWriter on May 4th, 2007 7:07 am

    Memoir! Memoir! Write a memoir. You have the most interesting and multi-faceted life and you have something meaningful to say about even the most mundane/daily things. Even if I don’t agree with everything you write, you present your arguments clearly and respectfully and without apology. People would buy this book. I know it. Not sure if everyone in the world (you know, except for your faithful blog readers) would die for the poetry book as much as for the memoir of a smart, successful and oh-so-express-ful American mom.

  11. Karen on May 4th, 2007 7:28 am

    Spiderman 3 – saw it last night. LOVED IT!

    In the sidebar: Neither

    Crab cakes are good all the time

    cut pile carpet

    Diet Cherry Coke

    GTD – generally speaking

    Who are Blake Lewis or Jordan Sparks?

    Sigma SD14 or Nikon D80 – BOTH!

    Try to pitch silly parenting poetry to publisher as funny gift book type thing, or focus on writing nonfiction humor essay memoir parenting book type, uh, thing? More answers of both! Spread the love. :)

    Biking or running? Driving. Road trip.

    Hilarious unless it’s you then it’s a little creepy.

    Thank you for starting my day with a smile!

  12. gabby on May 4th, 2007 7:28 am



    Diet Coke

    book / memoir

  13. Anonymous on May 4th, 2007 7:45 am

    “Try to pitch silly parenting poetry to publisher as funny gift book type thing, or focus on writing nonfiction humor essay memoir parenting book type, uh, thing?”


  14. Corrie on May 4th, 2007 8:15 am

    GRINDHOUSE! It was awesome. How could you pass up Rose McGowan with a machine gun leg?

  15. Kathie on May 4th, 2007 8:22 am

    You know what’s creepiest, and yet also funniest about the last point? Isn’t that your wedding photo he’s chopped your head off for the banner?

  16. breckgirl on May 4th, 2007 8:38 am

    Grindhouse – haven’t seen it but anything is better than watching another insipid installment of Toby and Kirsten.

    Artist ads – nice to see what people are making and what we can spend our dough on.

    Appetizers… and I would go for the rack of lamb, as well. Yum.

    Does berber carpet count as “loop” carpet? I am a huge fan of the berber.

    No Diet Coke or Pepsi – can’t stand the diet cola for some reason. Diet A & W Root Beer is hands down the best diet soda I have ever had.

    GTD sounds interesting – not too culty.

    Blake – for some reason I am not crazy about Jordan.

    Nikon all the way.

    Hmmm – I would buy your non-fiction but I think you should write about other issues in your life (you’ve mentioned several) – there are a lot of mommy/parenting books out there, it seems. I doubt I would buy a poetry book of any kind – just not a big fan of the poems. I think you could do a great fiction as well.

    Running, although both will give you kick ass quads.

    Um, creepy! I realize that it is probably just for fun but still – weird.

    Hope your anniversary weekend is fun and relaxing for you and JB. We don’t get to officially start our anniversary weekend until Sunday but hey – we’ll take the break! Have fun.

  17. Jessica on May 4th, 2007 8:49 am

    – Oh, you definitely need to see Grindhouse, and be sure to hit the washroom before the movie, because the trailers that they show in between the two features are priceless!
    – Ads? Go for the ones that make you money. Although my hubby would miss your work blogs if you ever made enough to quit. :)
    – Make dinner out of the appetizers! Then you get to try everything. The samosas sounded good to me!
    – Cut pile all the way.
    – I’m not sure what Diet Coke Plus is, might not have it yet here in Canada. Coke Zero is pretty awesome though, tastes like real Coke with no calories.
    – Heh, the funny thing with that one is hubby got the book for xmas two years ago, isn’t getting things done yet because he hasn’t read the dang thing. I’m all for getting things done in whatever way works for you.
    – Barf either way, but will the beauty queens be the first all girl team to win?
    – I’m with the camera guy, Canon or Nikon. I’m a bit prejudiced towards a Canon, but that’s because my father-in-law was a camera collector, and has all kinds of lenses for Pentax, Nikon and Canon. Well, my sister-in-law got the pentax, and brother-in-law did the Nikon, so if we buy a digital Canon SLR we get a whack of lenses for it.
    – Pitch both, you could always have a chapter of poetry inside a humourous memoir…
    – I’d say running for fitness, cycling as family fun once Riley can ride (unless you’ve got the baby seat for the bike and he likes that).
    – Hilarious. Hobbits are short, overcompensating much?

    Have a great anniversary weekend!

  18. MRW on May 4th, 2007 8:55 am

    G v. SM3 = tough call, I will again recommend Hot Fuzz, but given those choices, probably Grindhouse, SM3 will be in theaters for awhile. No preference on the sidebar issue. Get ALL the appetizers. Generally like loop carpet, but the cats won’t stop scratching it, so cut pile. I’m a Diet Pepsi person. General dislike of cultlike organizational stuff. Cannot choose bewteen Blake and Jordin – too hard. Don’t know enough about cameras. I think either the silly poems or the nonfiction memoir would be great by you. Running. And hilariously creepy.

  19. Kristin on May 4th, 2007 9:26 am

    The fact that you’re considering Grindhouse tells me that you should absolutely see Grindhouse. It’s one of those you’ll either appreciate it or you won’t kind of things, but I’m betting you will. I haven’t laughed so hard at the movies in a long time.

  20. Lisa S. on May 4th, 2007 9:32 am


    In the sidebar: no-cost ‘featured artist’ ads

    All the appetizers

    Cut pile carpet

    Diet Coke

    A general distrust of cultlike organizational methodologies

    No idea …

    Nikon D80

    Try to pitch silly parenting poetry to publisher as funny gift book type thing — I would absolutely buy this


    Creepy — I feel like it’s sort of related to that whole ugly blogging-commenting scene where people think it’s okay to talk about sexually threatening/assaulting/critiquing women bloggers in a way they would NEVER think of doing for men.

  21. wealhtheow on May 4th, 2007 11:34 am

    OMG, Sundry–creepy. But also kind of hilarious, since it’s not me up there.

    Also–all the appetizers. Holy god, squab and octopus!

    Totally biking. It is so much more fun and you get sexy biker legs pretty damn quickly.

  22. Jessics on May 4th, 2007 11:38 am

    Did you notice Lena of Cheeky Lotus is on there too somewhere??
    CREEPY. But I laughed…

  23. Emblita on May 4th, 2007 12:29 pm

    1. Both
    2. Whichever pays better (camera camera camera!)
    4. ??? I have dustmite allergies so I avoid carpets
    5. Diet coke
    6. Definately general distrust
    7. probably the Nikon
    8. Pitch both.. because you never know
    9. Biking, you will get kick ass leg and bum muscles and it won’t hurt your back and knees like running. Plus is way fun when you go downhill.
    10. Funny… but WRONG!

  24. deanna on May 4th, 2007 12:48 pm

    ill answer those which i actually have an opinion on….

    Grindhouse or Spiderman 3? spiderman 3

    Crab cake entree or, like, all the appetizers? all the apps, duh!

    Loop or cut pile carpet? loop because speaking from experience…cut pile carpets SHRED

    Diet Coke or Diet Coke Plus? the plus wasnt as bad as i thought it would be….

    Blake Lewis or Jordan Sparks? a couple weeks ago i would have said jordin sparks, however…blake’s version of ‘you give love a bad name’ TOTALLY blew my socks off. that and i cant help but vote for the guy who has more or less the same hairstyle as me. HA.

    Biking or running? biking [and spinning!] you get where youre going faster and biking is less pounding on your joints.

    Hilarious or creepy? how about a little bit of both….

  25. nstig8r on May 4th, 2007 1:01 pm

    -no opinion on grindhouse v spiderman
    -blogher ads
    – 3 appetizers: samosas, potstickers, octopus AND crabcakes
    -cut pile
    -diet coke
    -a general distrust of cultlike organizational methodologies
    -focus on writing nonfiction humor essay memoir parenting book type
    -not sure
    -both biking and running, alternately (biking is healthier on the joints than running, but all running requires is you, some good shoes & the proper jog bra)
    -hilarious & sorta flattering in a creepy way. : )

  26. jonniker on May 4th, 2007 2:17 pm

    Re: the lens issue. Don’t Sigma lenses work with Nikon cameras? I have a Sigma zoom, and it’s interoperable with my D70. Just saying, lenses aren’t the lone reason.

    Though I have to say, if you have a D70, I don’t know that you need a D80 unless you are SUPER DUPER FANCY. We have both at work, and I prefer the D70, as I am not fancy.

  27. fellowmom on May 4th, 2007 2:54 pm


    no-cost featured artist ads

    all the appetizers



    general distrust of cultlike organizational methodologies

    Don’t make me choose between Jordin and Blake. . .ok, Blake.

    I am a luddite when it comes to cameras

    Use the silly poetry idea as a door opener and first book. Then, once you have your publisher falling all over you in appreciation, write the nonfiction memoir as a follow-up. The market for that type of book is a bit more crowded. Yours would be the best, but the poetry would be an easier sell as a newcomer to the world of book publishing.


    creepy. Not that you aren’t hot, like if I was into girls, and I’m sure this was meant well, but in general, objectification of women in this regard is a slippery slope and doesn’t end well. (It’s like a wolf whistle, which is not limited in time or space.) Consider the following excerpt from a 3/7/07 Washington Post article (sorry, linking luddite here):

    “Another Yale law student learned a month ago that her photographs were posted in an AutoAdmit chat that included her name and graphic discussion about her breasts. She was also featured in a separate contest site — with links posted on AutoAdmit chats — to select the ‘hottest’ female law student at ‘Top 14’ law schools, which nearly crashed because of heavy traffic. Eventually her photos and comments about her and other contestants were posted on more than a dozen chat threads, many of which were accessible through Google searches.

    ‘I felt completely objectified,’ that woman said. It was, she said, ‘as if they’re stealing part of my character from me.’ The woman, a Fulbright scholar who graduated summa cum laude, said she now fears going to the gym because people on the site encouraged classmates to take cellphone pictures of her.

  28. Jem on May 4th, 2007 3:48 pm

    Oh, and by the way, I do that GTD thing but I’d never heard of it. I just list everything constantly, because I love lists, and I find it easier to stay organised.

  29. Shabbir on May 4th, 2007 4:30 pm

    I’d like to point out that with a small child and your married status, you’re not exactly bangable, but more ‘bang-worthy’.

    He’s a college student, he ought to have caught that ambiguity.

  30. Lesley on May 4th, 2007 8:04 pm

    I think I’d go for the Nikon as it’s tried and true.

    As for the bangable blogs guy…if it was satire it might be hilarious. Since I can’t be sure I’ll go with CREEPY.

  31. Lesley on May 4th, 2007 8:05 pm

    oh yeah, and Spiderman.

    all the appetizers and then some.

  32. Duodecad on May 4th, 2007 9:57 pm

    1) Spiderman!

    2) Blogher ads. But if you can throw in an occasional artist ad too, do it!

    3) ALL the appetizers. YUM.

    4) Cut pile, definitely.

    5) Diet Coke. How “Plus” can it be, really? It’s diet soda. WTF?

    6) GTD, hands down. It’s not inherently culty; I don’t know why people are so nuts over it. It’s really just a very simple and helpful way to get a grip on your workload. No Kool-Aid required!

    7) Blake.

    8) Nikon D80. Now go buy that lottery ticket!

    9) BOTH! Although I would guess that the silly poetry gift book would be a lot easier to sell after the nonfiction book had done well (which, of course, it will, because your writing is AWESOME). It seems like it would be harder to do the other way around.

    10) Biking. No question. Running suuuuucks.

    11) That last one’s a tie!

  33. MH on May 5th, 2007 4:21 am

    You’re #1 in my opinion.

  34. Amber on May 5th, 2007 9:29 pm

    Okay, I don’t know about everything (in fact I’m damn confused about the carpeting question) but I’d go with Grindhouse – come on, Spiderman is getting old – and biking. Biking is way better than running. Oh, and do the nonfiction/humor parenting book. I just started reading this blog two months ago, and I love it so much I went back and read the archives from start to finish. You kill me. I love your sense of humor, and I think the parenting book would be a huge success.

    Thanks for blogging, and please keep it up. I’ll totally buy your book, by the way, and I don’t even have kids yet.

  35. coffee stained on May 6th, 2007 7:01 am

    Ads: Whatever works for you
    All the Appetizers
    Cut pile
    No no diet coke.
    Totally GTD. I do this anyways although I had never heard of this guy until you posted the link.
    Nikon D80, and can I have one too if you win the lotto?
    Both please. I love your poetry, but you are a super talented writer who could do either!
    So, so creepy with stalker potential, yet kinda funny if you’re sure he doesn’t have a way of tracking you down IRL.

  36. Gentry on May 6th, 2007 1:58 pm

    I heard you had to give that guy a blow job to get on his list.

  37. Alyce on May 9th, 2007 3:31 pm

    tell me you had tom’s world famous creme caramel

    tell me, dammit!

  38. hiutopor on September 17th, 2007 2:41 pm


    Very interesting information! Thanks!


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