Jill's Place
7 days worth of rants & raves


Friday, March 31, 2006

Originally uploaded by jtdarby.

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Thursday, March 30, 2006
I was just looking at the macro pool on Flickr. I'm on a conference call at the moment, which doesn't require much of my attention - I'm just an innocent bystander on this one.
Anyhoo, I ran across this absolutely stunning photo. Don't you think? The serendipity and zen of Flickr.
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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Originally uploaded by jtdarby.

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Well, I never

I am continually amazed by the cool ideas (other) people have. Like this - a mashup of Google maps and census data. You can see all kinds of information in bands of 1, 3, and 5 miles from a specific address. Very interesting. Via Lifehacker.
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Another list

Much to explore here. I have seen most of these, but a few were new to me. Maybe they'll be new to you too.
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Monday, March 27, 2006
Not feeling well at all; I had to leave work and come home. Either bad shrimp at lunch or a touch of the stomach bug that's going around.

'Nuff said.

I hope the kids don't catch it, or Mark. And I hope it goes away soon.
3/27/2006 03:39:00 PM :: 4 comments ::

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Very cool

Friday, March 24, 2006
Check out mobber, making "the web a two-way real-time medium". Very cool, via Ajaxian.
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Swim lesson

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Originally uploaded by jtdarby.

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Oh, yeah

I literally spend a large part of my time scheming to stay one step ahead of my oldest child.

Via ParentHacks.

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Mmmm, tasty

Saturday, March 18, 2006
The other day, my office roomie and I started talking about this and that. You never know where our convos will end up, but on Friday it ended up about food and restaurants. He told me about a really good cuban restaurant in Louisville, and then we went on to discussing drinks. Mojitos, specifically. So I decided to make one tonight, and dang, it's tasty. All I had to pick up was rum, mint, and club soda. I already had some limes left over from making a fruit dip for Lauren's class on Friday. They were having a party, so I took over a fruit tray and dip. Just like this, except I added lime zest, some lime curd, and food coloring. You know, green, for St. Patrick's Day. It turned out delish. I doubled the recipe so we'd have some at home, and it's gone now. Lauren's teacher said the kids loved it, and ate all of it in a flash. But since yesterday, I've been wanting a mojito. To celebrate being awake this late for a change, I decided to fix one. Yum. So go fix yourself a mojito.
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I was thinking

At the 2nd birthday party this afternoon, my cousin asked me if Lauren was at all jealous of Sam. Since she was an only child for 5 years, it wouldn't be unexpected, and it's something we keep an eye on, just in case. But the way she looks in this picture? Do you see the absolute joy on her face? She pretty much feels the same way now. She adores him, as do we. I am the luckiest mommy in the whole wide world.
3/18/2006 08:52:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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Oh my

I love this All Things Web 2.0 list. Found it at blackrimglasses.

There are actually items on this list that I hadn't heard of til now. My office roomie would be so disappointed in me.
3/18/2006 10:12:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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Time, time, time

Where does it go? It occurred to me this morning that Sam is 5 months old. In a few more weeks, he'll start eating cereal, then baby food after that. He loves to stand up (with support or holding my hands), and in fact gets kind of pissed when I have him sit down. But he can sit up by himself for a few seconds too. He has the strength, but doesn't quite have the balance down yet. He has the best laugh, and the cutest smile in the world.

If only he'd sleep through the night. I know that day will come, but it's not here yet, and I'm tired. I'm usually in bed and asleep as soon as he goes down for the night. Last night, I think I was asleep before Lauren! Speaking of . . .

Lauren has been sick, kind of. There are some bad stomach bugs going around, and she's had a stomachache and headache off and on. One night she had a 102.5 fever, but motrin brought that down. She's been lethargic, at times, but she seems fine today. Good thing, because later this afternoon, we have two birthday parties to attend. I still have to go buy presents for those kids, which means I'd better get off my butt and go do that.

This week at work has been kind of hectic, in fits and starts. For weeks, I've been constantly busy, and now I'll have a few hours where I'm swamped, and then an hour or two without much going on. Then a crush occurs again, and here we go. This also explains why almost an entire week passed without a post from me. Sorry!

Where does the time go?

3/18/2006 10:11:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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So how's your weekend going?

Sunday, March 12, 2006
Here, things are quiet for the moment. The kids are asleep right now, and of course I woke up a short while ago. Sam was waking up, but I nursed him a bit and he went back to sleep. It feels like I have the house to myself, since they're still asleep. Mark's been out of town this weekend, so I've been a single parent. He feels guilty about going out and having fun, but I don't know why. He wants me to have the chance to do the same, I know, so that's probably it. His life has been pretty stressful lately for a variety of reasons. So I'm just hoping he has had fun and had a chance to relax. But let's face it, I have really one friend that I could go visit. Love her dearly, and love to spend time with her (Hi, CA!), but it's difficult right now. Since I'm nursing, I really can't go away from Sam for the next, oh, 7 months or so at least. But this is my choice, you know? I can't even imagine voluntarily going away from the kids. At work, there was a conference that most of my team went to in Louisville, staying up there. I couldn't go, both because of Sam and because Mark was going out of town. Fortunately, my boss is extremely understanding - it wasn't mandatory or anything, but let's say we were encouraged to attend. He completely understood that I couldn't go away from Sam. Nursing definitely pays off, because if Sam follows Lauren's trends, he won't be sick as often or as severely. I mean, look at his pinkeye. He had it for 2 days, I had it for nearly 2 weeks. The doc said that was because of nursing. So go me! Of course, I could use a break every now and then, so I go out and shop for a few hours or something, or even just drive around. Mark is such a terrific dad, he takes wonderful care of the kids. Sam has definitely been missing him, looking all over for him. And Lauren has been asking if he'll be home soon since yesterday morning. They'll be so happy to see him, as will I. When he gets home this afternoon, I'll definitely take off for a couple of hours, just to have some time to myself, kwim? I don't know how single parents do it.
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Hey Sam!

Saturday, March 11, 2006
Here's a clue - 5:30 am is not wake-up-and-play time!
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Tuesday, March 07, 2006
My eye is clear, and it doesn't itch. I'll be able to go back to work tomorrow without fear of infecting anyone else. I am beyond glad! Now, as long as we get through the next week or so and no one else starts it, I think we're home free.
3/07/2006 07:46:00 AM :: 1 comments ::

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Handy mashup

Monday, March 06, 2006
This is pretty handy - integrating Google maps with package tracking.
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Think good thoughts

Please, think good thoughts for my office roomie. On here he's UM, but aka Jay or Mr. R. He had to go in to the hospital yesterday, and is doing better, from what I hear. But think good thoughts, would you? He's an awesome guy, wonderful teacher, and terrific friend. Oh, and my right eye is totally clear, my left is just a little tiny bit pink but still itchy. Ergo, I'm probably still contagious. I am so over this now.
3/06/2006 07:55:00 AM :: 1 comments ::

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Just a little space

Saturday, March 04, 2006
I'm really just posting this to move the map down on the page, because it's very red. And you know I hate to see red states!!!


Oh, and something else. Do any of you use VoIP services, specifically Skype or Gizmo? I'm set up for both, so if you do, drop me an e-mail with your contact info . . .

3/04/2006 09:05:00 PM :: 0 comments ::

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Tell me what you think

What do you think about the new look? Is anything broken? If so, post a comment, would you? I'm still tweaking, definitely.
3/04/2006 01:34:00 PM :: 4 comments ::

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Just for fun

create your own visited states map.
3/04/2006 09:56:00 AM :: 0 comments ::

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OK, that's it

Friday, March 03, 2006
I really need to find time to do this blog justice. A redesign in in order, because I'm bored with all the purple. And for goodness' sake, I'm down to talking about my eye infection (incessantly!) and the weather. But since I've already gone there . . .

My eyes are much improved, just barely pink, and feeling ohsomuch better. So I hope that they'll be entirely clear tomorrow and I can go back to work on Monday. That would be nice!

And this weather is just nuts. 2 days ago, Lauren was playing outside in shorts and a t-shirt. Yesterday, she was fine in short sleeves with a light jacket.

Today? A minute ago it was snowing. It's a wonder we don't all have pneumonia around here!

I am beyond ready for spring.
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Wednesday, March 01, 2006
I'm typing this very, very quietly, because I certainly don't want to annoy the conjunctivitis gods. But I think my left eye is starting to improve.


My right eye isn't too awful, so I don't know whether the left took the brunt of it and the virus is getting tired (yay!), or if more is yet to come (boo!). We shall see, I suppose. The first few days on the left eye were really just a minor annoyance. It wasn't too terribly awful until around day 4, and this is just day 2 for my right eye.

This is what my life is reduced to now. Much fun, no?
3/01/2006 10:16:00 AM :: 1 comments ::

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