This-n-That

Well, it’s another one of those weeks where I am being a very bad blogger, partially because of work (too much time in front of the computer at the office = lack of enthusiasm for it at home), but also because I’ve just been feeling lazy about writing. A few of the ideas percolating around in my brain are going to require serious effort, and I am resisting. So instead, here are a few random tidbits, some about the blog, some not.

Blog-related:

1. Yeah, I know — I am really late on getting last week’s Project 365 photos posted. I do have them and am hoping to post them tonight. But then, I was planning to post them last night, so no promises.

2. I also know I’ve been terrible about doing my three beautiful things posts of late and promise to improve on that, as well. I may shift it to another day of the week, since I am not always as smart or motivated on Mondays as I might be.

3. Eileen and I are beginning discussions about having her become my official co-blogger, instead of just a now-and-then guest writer (and also instead of her possibly starting her own blog). Any thoughts on this? Does the current template make it easy enough for you to tell who has written what? Or do we need to think of a new design along with a new name?

Not blog-related:

4. My dishwasher isn’t broken! I’ve thought it was for months, but (as if by magic) it is now working again. I don’t have enough words to say how happy this makes me. Had I written a 3BT post any time in the last few weeks, this would have been on it.

5. I’ve been hearing these really weird ads on NPR for a production of Pirates of Penzance at Wolf Trap. The ad begins normally, but then end with “including the song ‘I am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General.'” I don’t know why this needs to be spelled out — it’s one of the songs in the show; why would it not be included?

6. I’m loving the fact that the DC Sports Bog is covering the National Spelling Bee finals. When one of the participants questioned why she was being interviewed by a sportswriter, blogger Dan Steinberg told her “once it’s on ESPN, it’s a sport.” Her reply is classic:

“Sports is, like, athletics,” she noted. “This isn’t athletic at all.”

7. Speaking of sports, I’m finding this still-developing  news story very depressing and want it to not be true. (And I have to say, the complete vagueness of the accusations gives me some hope that it isn’t.) I’ve never thought of hockey as being a steroid-driven sport, so would find the Caps’ involvement very surprising, and, well, if the Nats are taking steroids, they need better ones.

8. I’m starting Arabic lessons on Tuesday with a couple of the girls I went to Jordan with. I’m very nervous, as I’ve never exhibited much of an aptitude for languages. (See: my almost complete inability to communicate effectively in either German or Spanish despite years of classes.) We’re hoping to make another trip to the Middle East next year, and thought having at least some ability to communicate in Arabic might help.

9. This is cute. (Hat tip to Rudi for sharing.)

Well, I thought I might make it all the way to ten, but alas… I think that’s all I’ve got for now.

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Updated to add numbers 8 and 9. I guess I had more than I thought.

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7 thoughts on “This-n-That

  1. sprite May 28, 2009 / 12:51 pm

    Arabic! How cool!

    Regarding adding Eileen as a co-author: I read your site in Google Reader, so I have no problem telling you guys apart. And I’m always happy to read Eileen’s posts, even though I don’t know her in real life.

  2. Eileen May 28, 2009 / 12:58 pm

    @Sprite. I’ll be in DC the weekend of the 12th. Let’s see if we can arrange a meet and greet. 🙂

  3. Rudi May 28, 2009 / 1:26 pm

    @Eileen: WOOT! Looking forward to your DC visit!

  4. Mom May 28, 2009 / 3:13 pm

    Nice musings! And #9 is adorable, Rudi 🙂

    I have no trouble telling who is writing, but then, as your mother, I probably shouldn’t. Might give way to the new name you are seeking… How about “Sweet & Snappy Speak” ? Or “Sweet ‘n Snappy Speaking” ?

  5. Common Loon May 28, 2009 / 3:21 pm

    I can tell you guys apart, and if Eileen started her own blog there would be MAJOR consequences:

    The number of hits Sarah’s blog gets each day would decrease, as I wouldn’t check in every hour to see what cool things are happening in the world…I’d just refresh every odd hour.

    I would be checking Eileen’s blog every even hour to learn about what goes on in real life.

    Oh the stress! 2 blogs, 24 hours, having to spell-check 2 potential comments (you see I fail on that often enough here).

    I guess on the bright side, it would be training for me to join Facebook?!

    Obviously, this is all about me and my needs 🙂

    Sarah, I enjoy whatever you post whenever you get to it! It is a nice way to bridge the distance / lifestage thing. I will be happy with whatevr you come up with. Eileen, enjoy the “cold” weather in June. Now I need to go put your box together.

  6. susan May 28, 2009 / 7:30 pm

    @Mom…uh…’sweet and snappy’…really???

    Share the blog. I can tell a few sentences in who’s writing…then I doublecheck the author 🙂 Another blog to check wouldnt happen…

    I know snatches of Arabic from my time in Tunisia…I can still order any dish in a restaurant “without olives”. Tunisia was BIG on olives..which I am DEFINTELY not!

    #6 Small rant on ESPN…we get a little ticked at how many NON sporting events on that channel. Poor Jeremy was basolutely FORCED to order the extended sports package 🙂

  7. Joanne May 28, 2009 / 8:36 pm

    wow. arabic. that may be tougher than Chinese. you go girl.

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