Thursday, May 31, 2007

Something to take your breath away

At least, it did mine when I read it.

In the May issue of the Delta Sky magazine, there was an article called "All the News That's Fit to Byte" by Timothy Harper. The article is about the nature of the NY Times in print format, and where it may be in a few years. This is a debate that's been going on since I was in journalism school at the very beginning of the internet craziness in the mid/late 90's. But, what, you may ask, actually took the breath out of me? This:

"'I believe that as we add new media, we don't abandon the traditional ones,' [Mario Garcia, the consultant who oversaw the redesign of The Wall Street Journal] says. However, Garcia admits, 'In five years we will have the first group of adults who won't remember life witout the Internet.'" (Emphasis mine)

Second Wind

So, I've discovered something about myself. If I don't go to bed by 10:30, I get a second wind, and end up staying awake until midnight or later. Fun.

Anyway, in my online meanderings, I've read about that boy who shot the 1000 lb pig. The family says the pictures are legit, and if they are, that's just wild. I'm not an anti-hunting nut, but I don't think I could personally shoot and kill something. It's just not in me. But if other people want to, and abide by laws regarding size and quantity, then go for it.

Seriously, though, (not that it's surprising) PETA seriously has its priorities out of whack here. They have named this boy's dad the worst dad in the country. I know it's hyberbole, but when there is a guy out there who put his child in a microwave, I can't even begin to imagine how a group - however biased - can call a man who teaches his son to hunt the worst dad in the country.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

So maybe it will be a link of the week

Here's one for today. Helicopter parents are something I've been reading a lot about in the HR world. There's a story in the Atlanta Journal Constitution about them today.

This is really scary. Seeking parents' input is one thing, but bringing them to a job interview is an entirely different request.

Sunday, May 27, 2007


Yesterday, Dave, two friends, and I participated in the Y-Tri in Birmingham, AL. It's a triathlon for beginners (very short distances), and we all had a great time. It was the first triathlon I've ever done, and it was tough, but it was a lot of fun, too. I'll do it again next year for sure, but I don't know if I'll do triathlons much longer than this one. We'll just have to see how training goes.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

new theme?

I'd like to have a new theme, but who am I kidding. I never keep the themes going, but I'll try. So here's my idea. I want to try every day (or as close to it as I can) to post at least one link to something I read that I enjoyed, found interesting, funny, stupid, or infuriating.

Today's favorite read is this one from the Galarza.

As for my introduction, I don't think I'm quite as self-aware as her, so mine won't be nearly as good. But here goes:
Hi, I'm Whitney. I'm a Christian married only child who has too many animals and a life full of chaos. I'm a control freak who can't seem to say no to much, so I end up working too much, buying too much, and doing too much in general. The only things I don't do too much of are sleeping, exercising, and seeing friends and family. As a matter of fact, those are the things I don't do enough of.
As far as superficial things go, I love soccer and Lyle Lovett.
In the realm of the non-superficial, I love my husband, my family, my friends, and my pets.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Little One

Here are some pictures of the munchkin from this weekend. She's almost three months old.

Look at those eyelashes!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Airport Blogging

So, check on the time on this post. I'm posting this from Logan Airport in Boston on the first beautful day since we've been here. And we've spent in in the airport since 8:30am.

This is what can happen when we try to save a couple hundred (well, about $400 when you take both of us into account) by flying buddy passes. I've never had to wait past the third flight after arriving at the airport, but today, we're about to miss our fifth flight on the stand-by list. Every single flight since the 9:45 flight has been overbooked. And so are the rest. If we don't get on this one, we'll put our names on the list for the 6AM flight tomorrow morning, and miss a little bit of work.

But, hey, what are you going to do, right?

In spite of the horrible weather, Boston was amazing. We were here to attend and stand up for my God-daughter's baptism. WOW, if you ever have the chance to attend a Catholic baptism service, let me recommend that you not do it. Or at least that you find out what you're in for before you do. I wasn't ready for a 90 minute service, that's for sure. I didn't mind it, though, since it was for the lovely munchkin. It was just really really long.

We have had a nice time, though, and will get to watch 24 tonight with fellow 24 fans, so that will be awesome. We just have to get up super early in the morning. My friend is a wonderful person for hosting us, bringing us to the airport and then picking us up again (in a little while), then bringing us back tomorrow - all with a sick baby girl. I'll post some pictures of the little one as soon as I can.

Saturday, May 12, 2007


Hey, I know there are only a few of you who check this blog out on a regular basis. There's a pretty cool survey out there that allows bloggers to learn about who's reading their stuff. I've signed up, but because there aren't many of you, I'm not sure how relevant it is to my blog, really.

I think though, that a few of you have many more regular readers than I do, so you may be interested in checking this out, and putting it up on your site.

But if you do feel like filling out the survey, then go right ahead.

Sunday, May 06, 2007


I might have nightmares about this story: spiders in a place they shouldn't be.

Anything else

besides Liverpool soccer?
Not really.
We've been trying to get ready for the triathlon on May 26. Dave's ready. He's trained more this year than either previous year he's done this race. But me? I'm far from ready. I can't swim 200 yards (at least not freestyle), and I can't run two miles. I'm set for the bike, though. Oh well. It's not like I'll be disqualified if I swim breast-stroke or walk during the run, so I'll make it through. I was just hoping to be able to do it all, however slowly.
The fun part is that friends will be racing this with us, so it'll be a good time.

We'll be in Boston again in two weeks, too. My Goddaughter is being baptised on the 20th, and I'm so excited to see her again.


Premier League play
Fulham 1-Liverpool 0

Wednesday, May 02, 2007


Liverpool will be playing AC Milan in the final match for the Champions League title.

On the way to Athens

Greece, that is.

Liverpool 1-Chelsea 0

Overtime and penalty kicks to break the aggregate tie:
Liverpool 4-Chelsea 1

The Kop (Liverpool home side seating) was in fine form.