Entries in Blogging (133)

Tuesday
May292012

So, Yeah

ginrose

For someone who has been blogging for over five years, Mrs. G. is still cagey when it comes to social networking. Oh, she's in deep, but at least four times a week she feels suspicious and leery about all her business (even her humdrum, moth-eaten business) being spread all over creation. One reason she has been disconcertingly honest about many of her mistakes and shortcomings is because she figures she'd rather get them out there before someone else does. Rest assured there are still some less than stellar life experiences for friends to make a monkey of down the road, but Mrs. G. will likely spill the beans first. Even when she tries to keep a secret, to remain dignified, she usually can't hold out for more than three minutes. Just stay quiet and she will blurt out what she didn't want to tell you.

But back to her mistrust of the all knowing, retentive nature of cyberspace. Lately, Mrs. G. has become paranoid that the internet is judging her, maybe even targeting her as a hygienic concern. Everywhere she goes -- Facebook, Amazon, The New York times, Epicurious -- this ad is floating somewhere on the page:

googleodors

Paranoia is setting in. Today, she took two showers and lathered four times from head to toe with ginger almond soap. Later, when she ordered file folders from Staples online, there it was:

googleodors

If Mrs. G. up and disappears, you'll know why.

 

P.S. She smells great, like gin and rose water

Monday
May212012

mrs. g. thinks she needs to be more specific on number three in the last post

WE'RE GOING TO LEAVE THIS ONE UP AT THE TOP FOR A WHILE SO IT DOESN'T GET LOST IN THE SHUFFLE. SCROLL DOWN FOR NEW MATERIAL.

gratitude

Image from Daily Gratitude Challenge on Facebook

Mrs. G. just read the above on her friend Barb's Facebook page. The sentiment and handwriting are a little SARKish for Mrs. G's taste, but for some reason this really struck Mrs. G, knocked her socks off even though she isn't wearing any. She knows many of us have things we want to do but are hampered by opportunity, nerve, finances, fear, initiative, skill and all the other things hampering hampers. How can we help each other overcome some of these obstacles (especially ourselves) and move forward? Can we brainstorm on this as a community? The hairs on the back of Mrs. G's are standing up, and since there isn't a rabid dog in the vicinity, this is usually a sign of some potentially really good shit in the making. Think on it, would you?

When Mrs. G. initially wrote this, she wasn't sure what she had in mind but it's slowly gelling, especially because of the thoughtful comments left by some of you on the original post.

So here's Mrs. G's current idea to try on for size. There is no shortage of derfs in the United States, and surprisingly many in other countries. What if were to network and see if we are able to exchange wisdom, experience, expertise, unused equipment, guest rooms and _________(fill in the blank). Is this too ambitious? Don't be afraid to say no.

Mrs. G. has never actively written a bucket, fuckit or life list, but she certainly has experiences she would like to give a go. She doesn't even care if they are necessarily successful; she just wants to try.

Lucy

So here's her crazy thought. Suppose each of us left ten things we would like to experience in the comment section (big, small, tiny -- it's not a contest), and we begin seeing if we can help each other put together some pieces of our desired puzzles. If things start really crackling, we could start a separate blog to widen our net.

What have we got to lose? Besides trying, succeeding or failing. Small potatoes, really.

Who's in?

Monday
May212012

Just So You Know...

Mrs. G. is solving a problem. She'll be back in a flash! A flash is like a day or two.

Wednesday
May162012

Just One Question This Wednesday

UPDATE: OK, we'll put in a categorized "Derf Assist List" message board. Mrs. G. appreciates the input, suggestions and hopes to have this accomplished in the next four weeks.
 
Audrey
 
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it's at the end of your arm, as you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others. 
 ~ Audrey Hepburn

 

Mrs G. has been moved and galvanized by all the comments on this post and she is not going to allow the notion of helping each other achieve desires, tiny and huge, to fizzle out as the post moves down the page into the mess that is her archives.

Any suggestions on how we should organize this info so that bonafide dream filling ensues? Judging from what many of us would like to accomplish, we'd better get busy, like today busy.

We're going to make this real, right?

 

Monday
May072012

A Few Random Thoughts and Updates

Rural school girl, San Augustine County, Texas (LOC)

1) There has been one more small change to Mrs. G's I Am A Derfwad Summer Tour 2012. Mrs. G. will be stopping one night in Seagrove, NC. You can find the updated schedule here.

2) If you are interested in being a Derfwad of the Week, please follow Caro's successful formula (include a photo and a few lines about yourself and your blog, though having a blog isn't a requirement) and send all the info to mrs.ggggggggggggggg @ gmail dot com. This would be particularly cool for those of you hosting derfwad gatherings in a few weeks -- it helps to see another familiar face in a sea of strangers if you are scared shitless of mingling with a sea of strangers.

gratitude

Image from Daily Gratitude Challenge on Facebook 

3) Mrs. G. just read the above on her friend Barb's Facebook page. The sentiment and handwriting are a little SARKish for Mrs. G's taste, but for some reason this really struck Mrs. G, knocked her socks off even though she isn't wearing any. She knows many of us have things we want to do but are hampered by opportunity, nerve, finances, fear, initiative, skill and all the other things hampering hampers. How can we help each other overcome some of these obstacles (especially ourselves) and move forward? Can we brainstorm on this as a community? The hairs on the back of Mrs. G's are standing up, and since there isn't a rabid dog in the vicinity, this is usually a sign of some potentially really good shit in the making. Think on it, would you?

Thursday
May032012

happy birthday, jen: mrs. g's secret boyfriend #12 is yours...for today 

Jen and Pete

Jen and Pete on their wedding day a long ass time ago

Look away, Pete, look away.

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Wednesday
Apr252012

Good Shit: Holy Cats! Gary's in the House! An Interview (Part Two) and another Good Derf Deed. 

goodshit

He's baaaaack...

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Monday
Apr232012

Not an Empty Promise...Pinky Swear

If Mrs. G. is awoken by boiling from the inside out a night sweat followed by insomnia, she will post in the wee hours. Otherwise, expect a comprehensive debriefing of her amazing trip to Boston tomorrow. She got home late last night but is, frankly, dog assed tired, in a good, good way.

Fasten your seatbelts, she has at least a week's worth of above average stories.