Category Archives: Random Stuff

Splendid Thing: Timehop

What were you doing a year ago? Thanks to Timehop, if you asked me, I could probably tell you.

Timehop isn’t particularly complicated. It’s a simple little web service you hook up to your social accounts, and every day it emails you a log of the things you posted a year ago on that date.

And I’m so pleasantly surprised at how lovely it’s been to receive!

See, I signed up for Timehop in late January, so I’ve been receiving a little daily chronicle of things I’ve posted through Isaac’s first year.

I can see it being just as neat to look back on your life a year ago after any milestone: getting married, moving to a new place, starting a new job, having a kid (obviously), etc.

Because you’ve come a long way, baby!

Not All Right

One of my favourite bloggers, Laurie, recently wrote about being first, rather than being right.

Her post reminded me that I get so caught up in trying to say the right thing, or trying to say something the right way, that I often miss saying anything at all.

(Yes, this is totally one of those mea culpa re: delinquent blogging kindof entries.)

So! I am going to try something new! When I have an idea for a post, I’m just going to write it. And publish it. And try not to hate it for being poorly written or overly trite or unintentionally grammatically imperfect. Let’s see how that goes, yes?

Because I miss conversing with all y’all. How are you doing anyhow? Have I told you lately that your hair looks great? Because it totally does.

Faith, Hope and Charity

Apparently this guy REALLY doesn’t want to get some of our work emails. And yet can’t find the unsubscribe button:



[redacted], LUTCF
[redacted] and Associates
317-[XXX-XXXX] fax
Faith, Hope and Charity.

Yah, read that last line of his signature again.

I’d love to actually publish this idiot’s name and business info, but I don’t think that would be particularly charitable.

Brown Note

Few things delight me as much as when an employee makes an effort to give a little extra when I’m dealing with a company. Something small and unexpected. Even if it’s company policy, these little extras are so rare. Which makes it even nicer when they happen.

We ordered some baby furniture online, and the company we ordered from uses UPS as their delivery service. It took a couple shipments for everything to arrive, and the delivery guy (it’s been the same guy the past few weeks) left a little something extra with today’s delivery:


It’s just a UPS calendar. It’s actually kindof ugly. And we have calendars. But he wrote a little note – for BABY, Welcome to the world!

How sweet is that?

The dude noticed what we were getting (flat-packed in plain boxes for the most part) and reached out to do a little something nice.

How can you not love that?

I didn’t choose UPS for shipping – the decision was made for me in this case. But I’ll definitely look at them as an option next time I send a package.

(aside: which UPS marketing genius decided to abandon “what can brown do for you” to the bland “we <3 logistics”? If it’s working, leave it alone!)

Common Thread

Side view of my spine, jaw and face.

My sister-in-law had an unfortunate accident over new year’s. Thankfully, she’s going to be fine, but it was a bit scary for a few days there.

As I was reflecting on the frailty of life and health (as we do when things like this happen to our loved ones) it occurred to me that I have no fewer than three people in my life who have broken their necks (while I was far, far away having nothing to do with the accidents, just to be clear).

According to their injuries, all of them should be dead or paralyzed, but they managed to land on the single-digit side of the statistics, and aren’t either.

This leads me to believe I am quite possibly incredibly bad luck, or incredibly good luck to have as a friend or family member.

Regardless – be careful out there!

Best Spam Ever

From: Miss Freya [mailto:[random.address]]
Sent: Monday, December 06, 2010 10:53 PM
To: Jennifer Watkiss
Subject: Dear Internet User


You have just received a Taliban virus. Since we are not so technologicaly advanced in Afghanistan, this is a MANUAL virus. Please delete all the files on your hard disk yourself and send this mail to everyone you know.

Thank you very much for helping us.

Thanks & Regard’s

Miss Freya


I really did just receive this. Plain text, no links, attachments. So ridiculously silly it made my morning.