Saturday, October 29, 2005

Podcast DJ'ing...

...is a very odd, scary, un-nerving kind of feeling. Sitting in my office (dare I call it a studio?) talking into a microphone/headset thingy is so bizarre!! Thank God for Ctrl+Z!!! I've tried at least a dozen times tonight to record my voice. I get all hung up as I watch the wave form in Audacity (super cool free audio editor) flatline as I try to come up with something to say.

I tried to write out a script. OH DEAR LORD!!! I sounded more stiff than Al Gore. So for the time being, its going to be brief intros to each song. This DJ'ing stuff is hard! My Dad was a DJ and I have a new found respect for his radio career. And I have to admit, I thought about abandoning the whole thing....but....what a sucky feeling if I bailed on myself, you know. Anyway, I'm doing it (maybe doing it over, and over, and over until I'm over that off-center feeling).

Its an interesting feeling to step out of my comfort zone. So far the format is shaping up to be two songs. They could be my daughter's stuff, or my Dad's or any number of other perfectly podsafe music selections. Oh, and the name will be Tune Swings. I'll do an Episode #0 and ask for feedback (before putting out on an RSS feed) in the near future.

Stay tuned to this blog for further details.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Going from Bad to Worse...

I had a great conversation with a very dear friend of mine this weekend. She has kids (2 girls, 1 boy), I have kids (2 girls, 1 boy) so we usually end up talking about our kids.

The sub-topic on the kids topic was about marriage; specifically the worst a mother could expect in a mate for their children. Here's a snippet of our conversation:

"...and I feel sorry for our future in-laws, especially if they're politicians."

"Ooh, or worse - actors."

"You are an actor."

"Right - unemployed actors."

"Okay. Ooh, or worse - musicians."

"Your whole family are musicians!"

"Need I say more."

"Right. Ooh, or worse - stand-up comics."

"Okay - you win.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Ironic...

I was thinking of my L.A. daughter and surfing blogs...interesting (to me, at least).

You are

Is it a Guy Thing?

At this very moment I'm sitting at my desk, listening to my office-mates playing cards during their lunch break, in the conference room. Every single one of them is making some kind of sound-effect kind of noise. Sci-fi wistles, buzzes, wines, pops, beeps, clicks, clucks, all types of trumpeting sounds, pac-man game-over sounds, and Homer Simpson and/or Tim-the-Tool-Man-Taylor imitations!

My son has always done his own sound effects. Its cute when you're five. No so much when you're 35 - 45.

Monday, October 17, 2005

A Natural Progression?

I need your help. I'm thinking about trying my hand at podcasting.

I need your ideas and feedback. What do you think? Is this a good idea? Have I lost my ever loving mind?

Should it be something along the same lines as this blog? Or should I go into a new direction?

What do you think? What would you like to hear?

To use a very over-used corporate salutation - Thanks in advance for your help.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Soccer Season:...

...The Documentary.

I'm learning that I'm a much better editor than cameraman! I captured three games into the editor this weekend. My handheld has always been bad, but the shots on the tripod aren't much better. And Duh! Getting shots of the kids running away from the camera is - well - crap.

Its a good thing I'm a much better editor. We'll fix it in post.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

One in Every Crowd...

I'm a soccer mom. I didn't want to admit it at first. Somehow, believed I would be admitting conformity if I allowed myself to be labeled a Soccer Mom. I don't drive a mini-van or an SUV. I don't bring snacks (healthy or otherwise) to the game. I laugh and cheer (mostly laugh) at the teams as they face off each Saturday. I tape nearly every game (the batteries crapped out right before one game and I ran out of tape today - I'm sorry son; our medical insurance has a pretty decent mental health benefit - should you need it.)

Its a team of 5 year olds (mostly - some younger). Its three on three - no goalie and no scoring. Its an absolute blast to watch them play. But there's a Stage Mother in every crowd.

One of the moms has the ability to annoy absolutely everyone within a 20 foot radius and totally beats my last nerve! I thought I could multi-task. I got nothin' on her. During the games she's on her cell phone, coaching/disciplining her son from the sidelines and having an argument with her husband - all at the same time.

I wonder...is it really the kids that need ADHD drugs? Is it remotely possible that a good handful of their parents could be the ones that need a little pharmacological assistance?

On the way home it dawned on me - next spring the boy will be in both soccer and t-ball. What the hell was I thinking? If there's at least one in every crowd...odds are that I get to have 2 stage mom types - 4 times a week.

That's a lot of meddling motherhood folks! Wish me luck!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

A Good Friend...(for the girls)

How do you know you have a girl friend that totally has your back?

I know I do. She tells me when my mascara has migrated to my cheeks and my lipstick is on my teeth. She tells me when a stray hair is growning under my chin and when I have spinach stuck in between my front teeth. She even told me when I had tucked the back of my skirt into my panty hose, after leaving the lady's room.

Recently, we were out to lunch and while sitting in a very busy, very open restaurant - digging in my purse for the cell phone blasting Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing" she leans in and quietly says, "Um, I took those tampons off the table and put them back in your purse, dear."

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Word Verification...

...its a good thing. Much thanks to Logan and Neal for guiding me to the word verification feature on Blogspot.

I don't get it...spam. Okay, I get it in my inbox, but I don't understand it. Have you ever opened a piece of spam and said to yourself "Yes, I do need a penis/breast enlargement device, even though I don't have a penis and/or breasts." And if you're going to spam me, make it interesting for Pete's sake!! Try to sell me on a penis AND breast enlargement device. I might be able to see my way clear to part with some hard earned cash just to say I own the piece of crap.

And its never anything useful, is it? Spam me with maid services in my area, or a personal chef, or someone to do the laundry, a free night of baby sitting - or a nice message.

I have all these things to do each day - that kind of spam might be helpful. At least there's potential there to free up some time - time enough to be romantic with my husband after he purchases Viagra at wholesale prices!

Monday, October 10, 2005

Blog Spam...

...is rediculously annoying!!! Come on people. Hows-a-bout I start charging for ad space?

Of the handful of blog friends/readers of mine...how many of you are getting the crap too?

Just curious.