Wednesday, March 21, 2007


In which I dump the contents of my inbox into your lap

I have so many little mental post-it notes stuck to my forehead that I can't see through them anymore. I've got to get some of this stuff out, coherent post be damned.

Do you like free? I like free. Do you like camping? I like camping somewhat less than I like free, but even stuff that I don't ordinarily like, I am magnanimous enough to like if it's, well, free. So I'm all over KOA's annual free camping weekend. Pay for a site, or one of their funky little cabins, on Friday May 11 and stay for free on Saturday May 12. This will be our third year (see previous adventures here and here) and like last year, our 'camping' will consist of cramming the entire extended family (six adults, four kids under six) into a perfect little cottage at the Ivy Lea KOA campground near Gananoque. I can't wait!


Camping not your thing? Prefer culture to campfire? How about a live performance of the Barber of Seville, direct from the Metropolitan Opera House, broadcast directly to a local movie theatre in high definition? I love this idea, and wish the boys were old enough to enjoy or at least appreciate it. It's happening this Saturday in select theatres. I wish I could go!

I thought this was way wicked cool. Michelle at Scribbit created a custom search engine for mom blogs. I liked the idea so much, I added it to the sidebar. Scroll down (waaaay down, gosh that sidebar is taking on a life of its own!) to give it a try. Michelle has added more than 1500 mom blogs, so you can do a custom mom-blog search on whatever tickles your fancy.

Blogger ingenuity at work to make your world a better place! (And I'm happy to sponge off it, for the price of a link!)


And now for the laundry list of other things. (That's a funny phrase, isn't it? I mean, who makes a list to do the laundry? Lord knows I need a list to keep track of just about everything else in my life - you thought I was kidding about the post-it note reference above? - but I've never been compelled to make a list to separate my whites from my colours.)

Man, I get some weird shit in my in-box. Lots of people want me to tell you about their stuff. I am ashamed to admit, I simply ignore most of them. It seems terribly rude, and makes me feel ungrateful, because I know it's nice people like you who made this blog a place worth of solicitation. So I've decided that every so often I'll just dump all the stuff I get into a single post and I can stop feeling guilty about it. (I kind of got this idea from Paul Wells, who said he posts every 100th news release he gets, in its entirety.)

So in this post that is dying for any sort of a segue and more or less in their own words, I give you:

The Tutorlinker: "We use Google Map API to search and point tutors. Parents/students can simply type their address to search and compare tutors in their area and there is no registration. Tutors can go through simple registration step to be listed."

Centre for Disease Control's Mom2Mom: "CDC’s new website has a lot to offer, and I want to make sure that the word gets out. So if you have the time and the inclination, check out the site share your advice - you can even share your past blog posts on the message board - and engage with other moms."

The Starter Wife: "After being blacklisted from premieres to pilates, Molly Kagan (Debra Messing) searches to rediscover life after divorce. A brief respite in Malibu and some oh-so-Hollywood friends prove to be the perfect cocktail for her transformation from "Starter Wife" to her new life. Based on Gigi Levangie Grazer's New York Times best seller of the same name, The Starter Wife also stars Judy Davis, Joe Mantegna, Miranda Otto & Anika Noni Rose. I am working with USA network to help raise awareness for a promotion that they are running for The Starter Wife in conjunction with Ponds. Their contest, “40’s and Fabulous” is an essay contest looking for stories from real women about why your beauty and confidence now makes you happier and more comfortable in your 40s than you were in your 30s or 20s. To enter, all you have to do is visit the official site. Five winners will be showcased in their own USA commercial -- and win an all expense paid weekend of pampering in Hollywood, including a fashion/beauty makeover and tickets to The Starter Wife premiere!"

(Full disclosure: the end of this e-mail offered a Ponds gift pack in exchange for posting something about this. I am *not* accepting anything in exchange for this link, just adding it to the pile in case it's something one of you might be interested in. Me, I had a hard time reading right to the end, what with my eyeballs rolling back in my head like that. But hey, to each her own. And hey, if you do enter the contest and you do win, you're morally obligated to bring me with you to the pampering and premiere weekend, right? I mean, I'm all ethical and shit, and I'm mocking the whole concept with my usual subtle finesse, but Hollywood pampering and premieres? I'm all over that!)

Edited to add: Rats, I forgot one! I wanted to tell you that Scattered Mom from Notes from the Cookie Jar is hosting a cross-border candy swap. Since Beloved was so excited to get a package of candy from the States during the last candy swap, I think I'm maritally obligated to sign up for this one. You only have until March 25 (this Sunday) to sign up!

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