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What are you waiting for?

If you’re not already out and about shopping on Black Friday (or maybe you’re waiting until the craziness passes), you should take another look at JCPenney. The link to read the whole story is in my sidebar under reviews. Or you can just go here.

(PS – There’s a contest, so make sure you go check it out.)

miss priss reviews, and other stories

I’ve been thinking about writing reviews of things we use, and also things that people send our way. But rather than do them here, I’m going to write them over at typepad, where I already have an account just sitting and begging me to use it.

I will start trying to do some reviews soon there soon. I’ve got several books that I need to review, along with some household items. Somewhere along the way there will be car things, too (both there and at Ask Patty, of course). It is called simply “ – miss priss reviews things for you“.

If you have something for me to review, you can contact me at becky @ this domain (or leave a comment over there).

In other news, I thought I’d mention what else I’ve been up to. Still snarking about celebrity real estate over at the Luxury Property blog. It’s too much fun.

Running a contest over at My Organized Biz – go over and enter if you’d like to win a terrific magnetic calendar grid. it’s perfect for busy families or businesses.

This week we ran a series of articles at Ask Patty about sexual harassment and stereotypes. My piece ran today.

I’ve started writing about designer handbags at Pursenickety (and I would really, really love to get in touch with anyone who might have samples for me to check out).

We’re still writing about all of the dumb stuff people do at Simply Dumb. If you spot something that’s so stupid you just have to share, feel free to send it my way. We love to talk about “teh crazy.”

I haven’t been able to write as much as I’d like for Safe Mama, but that should be changing in the next month or so. It really is a great resource. Please go check it out.

And since I don’t have a place for my wedding writing at this point, I may just post some of it here. You’re welcome to read it, or skip it. I had some good articles planned before Aisledash went on hiatus. I especially want to feature my interview with Deb at Smitten Kitchen (you should read her – seriously).

I’m hoping to do a big of catching up this weekend. And we need to finish up our baby-proofing. It doesn’t look like it will be too long before we have a crawler on our hands. *insert panic attack here*

Closing doors

I lost a gig this week. It happens. Things come and go. Sites are up, then down. That’s what happens in a freelancer’s world. When something ends, you find another.

I had a feeling it might be coming when we started hearing about scaling back budgets. Again, it happens. Even though you have a feeling something is coming, even though you think you’re prepared, it can still hit you harder than you thought.

So yes, Aisledash is closing August 1st. And let me tell you, the group of women at that site were are amazing. I had so much fun exchanging thoughts, ideas, and just crazy emails with them. And even though I wasn’t a part of the site that long, I met some amazing, hardworking, funny women.

I found myself way more sad than I expected to be. And if I’m sad, then Susan must be even more so. She really put her heart and soul into making that site work. She was a fabulous manager and I only hope that our paths will cross again. Because anyone who cries over her people losing their jobs before she cries over her own? Is alright with me.

I do have other things in the works, so I’m really hoping that it’ll all work out in the end. I think it will.

A bundle of nerves

I got an urgent call from Jody, the CEO of, where I’m a contributing editor. San Diego’s channel 10 news had called her, asking if she had someone who could go on the news to talk about upcoming hands free cell phone laws going into effect in California on July 1.

So they asked me. To be on the evening news. As a car expert.

Of course I said yes, because who would want to pass up an opportunity like that? That doesn’t make me any less nervous that I’ll make an ass of myself.

This is on top of an already crazy morning where I interviewed car designer/ guru Chip Foose, also for askpatty. I am such a huge fan of his – I was so excited to get to talk to him. What a nice guy! In addition, Larry Andreini, CEO of Ridemakerz, was on the phone. I’ll be writing that up soon.

If these don’t all point to what I should be doing, I don’t know what does. And that’s a good feeling, in spite of being scared to be in front of the camera. :)

ETA: The piece aired at 5:30 pm on Friday, June 27. I’ll post a link as soon as it’s up on their web site.

Can I be your idol?

Your freelance writing idol? Deb Ng is taking a new approach to choosing her new columnist – American Idol-style. First, she had an open call for auditions, where interested writers toss out their pitches. From there, the top twelve will be chosen. And then, it’s a weekly run-off with the writers submitting entries based on an assigned theme.

So why am I participating? For one, I think I can write twice a week on being a freelance writer. And it sounded like fun. Even if I don’t get it, it forces me to write on an assigned topic. It makes me exercise my writing muscles.


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get out (of the house)

Jose's La Jolla I’m trying to get out of the house every day, or at least every other day. That probably doesn’t sound that hard to most people. But right now I work from home. And with an almost-5-month-old (!) to care for, it’s not easy for me to leave. Not without great effort.

Laugh at me if you will, but it’s still an ordeal to get out of the house. Even a walk around the neighborhood requires at least the baby stroller, my wallet, keys, cell phone, a binkie, and a burp cloth. And shades. And water. See how the list keeps growing?

But I am making the effort some days. Other days, for instance when he wakes up at 3 in the morning, I’m just too tired to do more than nap when he naps (and when I don’t have to work – I have a set schedule I must adhere to).

People tell you it’s important to get out of the house. And they’re right. It’s good for me to do more than sit all day long. And it’s good for the baby to see new things and get some fresh air. I think he gets bored when he’s in the bedroom/office all day long. Oh, I play with him, walk him around the apartment. But our place is tiny. There’s lots to look at, but he still needs some variety — even as he needs routine.

Earlier this week I walked down to Starbucks, about a 1/2 mile or so. Don’t give me a hard time – it’s either that or the donut shop. The donut shop is within our block and their coffee is not to my taste. So Starbucks it is! I ran into a couple of moms who were there to have some time without their kids, but were happy to chat and ask me about the baby. It was nice. I didn’t have to chat – just being out and among other people is enough for me. But I don’t mind answering questions about the baby. (What’s his name, how old is he, is this your first one, etc.)

If you’re a new mom, you really need to get out of the house. Don’t isolate yourself. Walk around the neighborhood, to the park, the library, the bookstore, the mall. Do something. Just get out. It will improve your outlook immensely.

And if you can’t leave the house, get online and connect with some other moms. You’re not alone. You can commiserate, complain, or just know that you’re not alone. If you’re not already reading Moxie, and you’re a mom of a small one, I think you should check it out. She has some great posts, especially the ones where other moms chip in about their experiences, and the ones about avoiding PPD.

I’ve been fortunate to feel just fine after the baby, but I know many moms who went through some rough times. So if you’re out there, and you’re desperate for sleep or adult conversation, get some help any which way you can. Insist on it.

I’m not sure how my post turned into that, but I’m leaving it. Someone, somewhere, may just need to hear this, and find some ways to connect, or to get some more info. I hope she does, whoever she is.

neglectful woman

I truly didn’t mean to go a whole week without saying anything. I guess I was just so… enamored of my four month letter. Okay, not really. I just don’t have anything funny or touching to say. I mean, do you really want to hear about how the kid pooped THREE TIMES while I was changing his diaper? I didn’t think so.

I’m working part-time, writing part-time. It’s a good balance for now. I work a split shift, which means I really don’t have enough time in one sitting to get more done than answering the 50 bajillion emails I get every day. Those darn students. So needy. (I kid.)

But I can at least show you what else I’ve been up to. I found some interesting urban legends about weddings. I didn’t know I wasn’t supposed to wear purple at my wedding. Oops.

And I’ve been following the Michael Jackson neverending Neverland story. I almost feel sorry for the guy. It’s just so sad.

Been busy drooling over the many properties of Paul McCartney, too.

Also? Grateful I don’t have terrible in-laws to blog about. Not in this marriage anyway.

Oh, and I’m totally going to have to restrict myself from Twitter. It’s too addictive. Although I have gotten some great reads from people over there.

What is YOUR week shaping up to be?