Thursday, June 28, 2007

Ten years of wedded something-or-other

I know I haven't been blogging much lately (still terribly busy at work), but I had to pause for this momentous occasion. Today is our 10 year wedding anniversary!

Ten years, huh? Wow, that's something. It certainly hasn't all been roses, but on the whole I guess I can't complain. I guess special occasions like this (or Valentine's Day, for example) always make me dwell on the problems, but every marriage has its share of problems, right? Heck, the bottom line is that I'm thankful to have found someone who's been able to put up with me for ten years!

But more import than our anniversary (ok, maybe not more important but certainly more exciting) is the fact that on Saturday we are off to Hawaii for two weeks! With no kid! Yippee!!!!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Happy Birthday Ranger Rick!

So why have I been so busy at work lately? One of the reasons was launching this great website and video for Ranger Rick!

If you would like to embed this video on your own blog, please don't embed this version. We are putting the finishing touches on a version that will be served from our own site, so please check back here in a few days. For now I'm posting this version for testing purposes and to drive up the views a bit on YouTube.

To blog or not to blog, that is the question

Yes, I admit it. I am a blog abandonner. I didn't think anyone would notice, but apparently my two loyal readers both did! (Thank you to Liz and Jamie for checking in! It's good to know people do actually stop by now and then!)

So what happened? Well, lots of things...

Reason #1: I was liveblogging American Idol fairly regularly, but then
a) Idol went down the toilet with the whole Sanjaya thing
b) I tried adding Technorati tags to my posts and found that Technorati isn't spidering my blog, even when I ping it! (Any technorati users out there, please help!)
c) Idol is on from 8-9, and my daughter's bath time is typically 8:30, so my "liveblogging" was typically delayed while I paused the DVR to give her a bath. Plus it's hard to blog (let alone actually LISTEN to the contestants) with a 2-year-old running around.

Reason #2: When I started blogging, I was working on a government contract that didn't keep me busy, so I had plenty of time to blog during the day. Now that I work at National Wildlife Federation, I have more to do than I could ever get done. I've been here a year now, and this past April was the busiest I had ever been since starting. In fact it's probably the busiest I've ever been at any job.

Reason #3: My mom doesn't read my blog. Is that bad? Well here's the deal... a few months ago I decided that I was going to start using this blog for posting more stories about Lauren and then send my mom and dad here for the latest updates. So my mom asked me how her granddaughter was doing and I said "you can read all about her in my blog! Let me give you the address." To which she says, "I don't want to read your blahg! I have better things to do with my time than read someone's boring ramblings." Gee, thanks Mom! I'm not just "someone", I'm your SON, and these aren't boring ramblings (except for this one), they're posts about your granddaughter!

The funny thing is, some people here at NWF have embraced the "Web 2.0" buzzword and think we need to spend more time blogging, building social networks, etc. But our typical member is women over 55 -- just a few years younger than my mom. So if my mom is saying that she doesn't read blogs (even her own son's), is Web 2.0 something we really want to invest a lot of time in?

So anyway, that's why my blog has more or less died. But I would like to revive it and see if I can post at least weekly, so I hope you will stop back. And maybe if I get some more posts up about Lauren, my mom will actually read my blog!