Showing posts with label community. Show all posts
Showing posts with label community. Show all posts

Sunday, February 27, 2011

A Writer's Worst Nightmare

I'm writing for an online newspaper now. Have I mentioned that? It's a community-driven news source in which many towns have a segment, called Patch. They were looking for moms in my town to give parenting tips and share their personal experiences, putting a local spin on it. I include my own photos, so Desmond is pretty much the star. Tony also got a little cameo this week.

My column is published on Sundays. I clicked over to see the article on the front page this morning (eee!) and as I glanced at the tag line below the heading, I noticed something. Horror of horrors, a TYPO. And not just any typo, it was a stray word in the middle of a sentence that had no business being there. If it was a misspelling or grammatical error, I could almost forgive myself. But this caused the very first sentence, the intro that everyone will see before even clicking on the column, to make no sense at all.

If I had accidentally exposed a nipple on a Christmas card, I would have been less embarrassed.

Frantically, I emailed the editor requesting he make the change. But something tells me his priorities are less aligned with mine on a Sunday morning. It's been an hour with no response. I keep refreshing the site to see if maybe he made the edit without replying to my email.

Oh the shame. My only excuse is the house full of sick, non-sleeping people I'm living in. My mind just aint right. I'll be spending the rest of the day internally chastising myself in a dark room.

For all to see, here is the writer's equivalent of a nip-slip:
My column
Main site for our town

**Edited to add... The editor fixed my slip up. Although there is another minor grammar mistake further in, I should be able to sleep tonight.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas Gram

I am big into the holiday season. About a week before Thanksgiving I start to get all giddy with anticipation. I'm not the kind that goes nuts decorating or shopping or wearing jingle bell earrings. I'm more the kind that sits on the couch with a cup of cocoa and a warm blanket, listening to Christmas music and looking at the tree. Ahh the music, the movies, the nostalgia. This time of year gives me the warm and fuzzies.

I think it also takes the edge off the slow descent into the depths of New England winter. But let's not talk about that right now.

And can I take a moment to thank the lord baby jesus for online shopping? Because if I had to go near a mall during this time, my feelings on the holidays might be leaning a little more toward the dark side.

So far, introducing Des to his first holiday season has been a blast. He helped with the lights:

We watched my favorite holiday movie together.

He is a fan. How could you not be? 'Oooh what's a Christmas Gram, I want one!'

We attended our town's tree lighting ceremony on a super chilly night, which was quite a shindig.

Des was not that psyched about the fact that Santa came in on a Fire Truck. Little boys with sensitive ears are not keen on fire trucks. But it was a fun night.

I bought Des a new pair of PJ's just for Christmas Eve. They may be Christmas PJ's or they may just be 'winter scene' jammies. Jaclyn will decide in t-minus 12 days.

There are still some items left to do. For one, Des does not have a stocking yet. I have my eye on one. I guess I'm waiting for a sale at Pottery Barn.

We also have to bring him to see Santa so he can tell him what he wants. Today I had the TV on and Des discovered Pillow Pets. I have a feeling they will be on his list:


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Weekends on a Budget

Things are tight lately. Or as we often say jokingly, "We po'." Not reeeeally. But kinda. So when we want to get out of the house, we try to take advantage of what our area has to offer for the budget conscious (read: po'), like us.

Our local library offers passes to museums, parks, and zoos at a super cheap price. This past weekend we had some beautiful autumn weather, and we decided to head to the zoo. Regularly, admittance would be $11 per adult (bay-buhs are free). With the library pass, Tony and I were just $2 each. That's a savings of... here I go doing the math in my head... beep-boop-bop-beep-bop-beep...$18!

I know $18 doesn't sound like much, but percentage-wise, that's like... don't ask me to do the math on that, my head will explode.

You have no idea the joy it brings us to save money. It makes us go "Eeee!!" And to have a fabulous family outing on top of it? Priceless.

We kept trying to point them out, but this was the first time Des really saw an animal. The bears were hard to miss. He stared. And then he kicked his legs like crazy. I'm pretty sure he wanted to wrrrastle with 'em.

He LOVED the big cats. Legs a-kickin' all over the place.

He's got big cats at home. He aint scurred.

I highly suggest looking into your local library. Also, did you know that you can borrow books from there? They just let you take them home. Without paying. And then you bring them back when you're done so your house isn't cluttered with dusty paperbacks.

What is this magical fairy land? And why am I just discovering it now?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Homers for Hiltzy Jr.

This Saturday, Tony along with the boys of MNBL hosted a home run derby to benefit one of their own. Brian Hiltz tragically lost his 6-year-old son, Brian Jr. in August. So incredibly heartbreaking, I cannot even comprehend what kind of hell it is to lose a child. Life is so fragile.

The benefit was to help offset the costs of the services, and anything extra raised would go to The Make A Wish Foundation. Tony really stepped up and took the reigns on planning this with a few other members of the league. It took many hours and effort, and it showed. I'm so proud of him. And I truly appreciate and admire our community for coming together in support of a local family. In the face of such sadness, it gives me the warm 'n fuzzies.

Tony pitching to his dad.

Tony was a trooper and the first one to volunteer for the dunk tank.

This girl and her friend were out for blood!

He got a little wet.

We're not sure exactly how many people were there, but we'd say at least 300 or so. Tons of little kids, bouncy house, dunk tank, raffle, etc. The homerun derby had about 90 participants ranging in age from 5 to 60 years old. It was a fantastic, fun family event, and they hope to repeat it each year.

Great event. Well done, boys.
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