The Blog Business Summit

October 21, 2006

Blogging my business, the business of blogging, blogging about business, blogging about blogging and making it a business.

How lucky I am to be in a world where I can say “yes” to having done all of the above. More importantly, I am surrounded by really smart people who are also doing these things (and are much better at it than I am). Rule one: you must participate in conversation by writing on your blog. Rule two: you must link. Rule three: you must enjoy it enough to “rinse and repeat.”

Creating longevity in a world of constant movement is a hard act to keep up with. I still take issue with the first rule, so I’m not among the most favored. Still, there is this enticing romance with my blog that keeps me drawn in. I think about erasing it. I think about starting a secret blog that no one knows is there (but me).

I think about why I want to blog - and don’t.

Or, I wonder why I’m afraid to blog things I once wasn’t afraid to blog. The whole point, you ask? I still like my blog and want to devote “think space” to it. It proves to me that I’m still attached. Even if I don’t care for it daily (stroking its hair 100 times before bed, loving it, and calling it George), it doesn’t mean I that don’t respect it. I do. Just in my way. I love that my blog has connected me with other people - and that my blog gives me a small portal to them from time to time. Bloggy love. Awww! Now let’s put dollar-sign pillows on the BlogBed and see what happens. Oh, yes - the Blog Business Summit!!!

If you are into business or into blogging (and hey - who isn’t) then hopefully we’ll see you at the Blog Business Summit. Whether you’re a blogger, a blog reader, or even if you’re still trying to figure out how blogging and business can possibly go together - it’s probably for you. Learn something new, share something learned - just share and it’ll be worth your time.

Thinking about the upcoming conference makes me wonder if I should write more about the business side of my life?

Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Why do people do this?!

October 11, 2006

Bat + Car = Ack!

…my poor car…

I read more than I write

October 08, 2006

It’s true. I read more than I write. Here’s some good stuff I’m reading right now or have currently read. If you’ve read any of these email me I’d love to share and exchange thoughts.

Nickel and Dimed

The Opposite of Fate

The Sociopath nextdoor

The Red Queen sex and the evolution of human nature

Furniture Shopping with Dave Winer

September 26, 2006

My friend Dave emailed a couple weeks ago to tell me he had closed on a beautiful new house in CA. He said “I need help decorating and furnishing it.” Of course I said “I’ll be happy to help you do it.”  (In case you didn’t know - I love to decorate and I love to shop. - Disco!)

I’ve spent the past two days with a computer genius, his credit card and a house so big it echoes when you speak.

We had a great time. I’ve spent the last hour and a half “processing.” The conversation was the kind you hope for and sometimes need but never “see” when it’s coming. I learned that Dave is a quick study and an eager student as well as a great teacher. It was fun teaching him what little I know. I watched his reaction to new thought patterns and saw it pleased him as much as it did me. :)

In the beginning the conversation went something like this.

 Me: “Dave, what do you think of this sofa for the den? It has red in it, I think it would pop next to go your accent wall.”

Him: “I have an accent wall? What accent wall? A red wall, are you sure.”


Forty eight hours later we are sitting in a furniture warehouse and he says

“This couch isn’t structured it won’t work for that space.”

The conversation in between the furniture buying was priceless. We talked about the politics behind RSS, family, the philosophy of Buddhism, the fact that mixing patterns with stripes is really - okay, heart disease, health in the thirties verses health in the fifties, orange is a power color in the right shade, how people judge you by what they see you surround yourself with and my favorite - his brief affiliation with Joan Baez. lol - Don’t ask I won’t tell!

 I had a wonderful time helping my friend decorate and more importantly I liked getting to know him betters. Since we didn’t finish with the decorating I’m sure I’ll be back for another session of laughs, decorating and fun.

Now I’m off to see my honey in Seattle. I sure missed Chris like crazy while I was gone! He blogged about Wicket and Pixie getting their own blogs while I was gone. It made me miss them even more.


September 20, 2006

Oh my Gawd… Justin is definitely bringing Sexyback. I love his new hybrid style. He seems to get better with every album. I can’t say I liked him in his boy band days. That kind of sound is a bit too bubblegum in large doses for my liking. His last solo album had a couple of songs that were interesting I remember liking his dancing more than his singing. This go round I’m definitely more interested in his sound and lyrics than I am in his dancing.

What’s for dinner? Here’s what we’re having

September 20, 2006


Pasta (tonight it’s going to be tubbetini), black pepper, cracked red pepper, pancetta, white wine, fresh garlic, finely grated romano, egg yolks and parsley.

Yum, and toastly garlic bread too.

Who needs vegetables? lol

Seattle, WA

September 20, 2006

It’s raining

It’s pouring

There aren’t any old men snoring…


I haven’t been very inspired to write lately. I must admit my offline life has been much more interesting than my online life. I’m sure once we move, get married and settled in this won’t be the case. For now though, my days have been filled with contractors, airplanes, trips, plans and a whole laundry list of other things.

As if that’s not enough I have Chris hanging over my shoulder now trying to speak to me in a russian accent telling me to read his latest post .


Ugh… we have such totally different opinions of what the word “funny ” means.


September 06, 2006

I’ve signed up for a few email newsletters from ivillage. Today’s tip was about nuts, pine nuts to be exact. Interesting stuff so I thought I’d pass on the info.

Conquer your cravings. “Recently there has been a lot of talk about the healthful aspects of nuts like almonds and walnuts, but not much has been said about the good old pine nut. Also known as pignoli (and a popular ingredient in foods such as pesto), these white, seedlike nuts are high in pinolenic acid, an essential fatty acid that helps suppress the appetite. Starting a meal with pignoli — sprinkled on a salad or even eaten alone — will trigger the body’s satiety center, making you feel full faster and cutting down on unwanted cravings. Pine nuts are also really high in protein (about 31 grams of protein per 100 grams of nuts) and a good source of dietary fiber. Though these nuts are harvested in many places around the globe — anywhere pine trees grow — look for the Korean kind at your grocery or organic foods store; this common variety is considered to have higher amounts of those good fats.” 


Alaska, the trip of a lifetime?

August 28, 2006

I remember a customer once telling me (he was a photographer) that Alaska was the trip of his lifetime. I can’t say it’s been one the top places on my list of places to visit. My preference is for the warmer climates. Chris prefers the cooler spots and mountains too (I believe). Since we decided to take turns picking vacation spots this trip it was his pick and Alaska it is!

We’ve decided to take a cruise to Alaska and chose Holland America as the cruise line. The service has been wonderful and I must say Alaska is really growing on me. Now that I have my “under armour” on I’m a much happier woman. :)

We are on the second day of the trip and cruising in has been a beautiful experience. My photographer friend told me he came up here for a two week visit and it turned into a month long “exhibition” - he came back to Laguna Beach, CA with enough material to do a full show. Just from my verandah view from the ship ride in I can see why this land is a photographers paradise.  It’s been beautiful so far and we’ve just begun.

I’m really looking forward to our helicopter ride to a glacier today. We are going to lead a dog team! Wow! Now that is going to be a life long memory worth savoring while making it.

I’m also looking forward to three shopping excursions. The first is the hunt for a tanzanite piece (it’s the only gemstone that will be found and completely sold within one generation.) Second, a mask from Alaskan artisans for my collection. Thirdly a nice warm fur coat or boots made from natural skins.

I can’t wait to see the small town of Juneau as well. The Russian heritage is really interesting to me, especially mixed with the native American indian influence so prevalent. I can only imagine the beauty that will abound all around at such a mix of backgrounds.

Lots of pics and movies to come. Chris will probably get those up before me so check his blog too.

Wish ya’ll were here. Oh - ps - I’m going to send out lots of postcards to friends and family, if you’re not on my list and want to be - let me know. Email me at and I’ll be sure to send you a little piece of Alaska too! Lots o’ hugs ya’ll.

Why is the content of John Mark Karrs’ stomach newsworthy?

August 23, 2006

I think if I hear what John Mark Karr ate for dinner on his flight from Thailand one more time, I’ll throw up.

While he was enroute to LAX from Bangkok I happened to be in LA. Since hotel TV is limited I tended to leave my television on news channels while in a hotel - for background noise. I was really surprised at the constant “coverage” of his in flight meal. Countless times I heard what he ate in an astonished voice via one newscaster or another. Then as if that weren’t enough - the stations started bringing in lawyers and analysts to talk about what he ate and whether or not it was appropriate.

All that kept rolling through my mind was how expensive it is to get TV time and why were they squandering it on the current contents of his stomach.

What about Jon Benet the innocent child who was murdered? Shouldn’t that time be spent on talking about the holes in the case? Or at the least talking about the known facts? This is haunting me. Television news sank to an all time low after this incident, in my opinion.

I just don’t see how what a suspects dinner included should be considered primetime news worthy.

What do you think?