Less Rudeness, More Productivity

Simple. Quick. Actionable items that we all need to be wary of doing.

I know I have done things on this list and what a great day to quit doing them! Continue reading


Free Wheelin’ FRENZY!!



Mid Iowa Rollers - May 14th

The Mid Iowa Rollers are gearin’ up for a FREE WHEELIN’ FRENZY versus the Quad City Rollers this Saturday night at Hy-Vee Hall (730 3rd Street, Des Moines, IA). Tickets are $12 at the door – Bout starts at 7pm – Charity proceeds to benefit Bike MS Continue reading

Extending the Gift

After Atticus died, we were the grateful recipients of donations from many friends and family members. We also received donations from people we had never met.

That only happened because of blogging and the internet. Our loved ones shared the story of our son, Atticus, with their friends. Strangers clicked on his CarePages (which I’ve since moved over to this site) and read his story and they loved our little boy. Our son had letters from Australia, letters from parents of preemies, notes from his aunts and uncles, comments from other kids that had been born as preemies and turned out just fine. After he died, then the letters poured in from moms and dads that had lost their first children and had gone on to have more. Their bravery and written experience has held my heart through the breaks. Continue reading

Oh Twitter, I love you…

Yesterday, I had the fortune to attend 140 Characters – Des Moines, a day conference for meeting and discussing social media with like-minded people.

If you know me, you probably know that I used Twitter to make friends in Des Moines, IA.  I moved to the city in 2008 and for one year, I sat alone after work, watching television, went on dates from Craigslist and hung out with my parents. That was my life. I could not seem to find my people in this city. I’d catch glimpses of them at various concerts (attended alone, after I put my big girl pants on) or at coffee shops. But, when I tried to become friends with some interesting women, it was a big old fail.

Twitter is what saved me and Twitter is what helped me grow in this town. I went to a Tweetup and found interesting people. I followed them. They followed me. I got invited to events. I stalked people that posted provocative entries (you can do that on Twitter – and it’s welcomed *thanks @lyzl). Twitter lead me to my roller derby team and lead me to volunteer for Character Counts in Iowa.

So it’s no wonder that my interest has been piqued when it comes to Twitter and business. The idea that the power is with the customers these days and that businesses have to be engaging the whole person, not just their pocketbook is a fascinating new development.  A few points that caught my interest yesterday:

@MichaelLibbie (advertising and marketing)

  • ‘Social media takes work, imagination, perserverence and lots and lots of courage’
  • 95% of people don’t get social media.  How do I not fall into that 95%?
    • Discipline – What is your strategy? Do you want to meet people? Do you want to build relationships?
    • Blog regularly – budget your time, start a blog if you haven’t already (and if you haven’t, why not?! You don’t have  a voice if you don’t have a blog)
    • Broadcast original content

@davemurr (a marketing and digital communications strategist)

  • ‘The days of individual achievement are over, now it is about community achievement.’
  • Social media = an online representation of our offline behavior
  • Meet people on Twitter, learn their stories, shut off your computer/put down your handheld, share connections and stories with others in real life and… create amazing collaborative stuff that you wouldn’t have been able to do beforehand!

Dave Murr’s talk on community has re-spurred my thoughts on what to do the money that was donated in Atticus’ name. More on that tomorrow though…

our logo!


i rediscovered this logo that i had dreamed up a few months before jared and i started dating… we were going to start a book club, but the logo was as far as we ever got. or maybe the logo was just the beginning and we’ve created far more than a book club…

whichever way you wanna look at it, here it is:

created by kevin gillespie

why haven’t we been plastering this all over the planet?

Working Out A Workout

Post pregnant bodies are nothing to get hot and bothered over. But with a move to Philly looming and awkward roller derby practices, I’ve put my nose to the grindstone.

Oh yes, this girl has been working out. For like, DAYS IN A ROW.

Today, calisthenics:

1/2 mile warm up jog at a nice slow pace
25 push-ups
10 walking lunges on each leg
10 speed skater jumps (each side)
10 squat jumps
1 plank for 30 sec.
50 regular crunches

2 x 30sec. Mountain climbers
2×15 tricep dips
2×15 side leg lifts (each side)
100 jump ropes ( if you don’t have one, just pretend)
2×15 calf raises
5 min. cool down

We’re in a contest at work to “Race Across America”.  It is based on how many minutes a week we work out. I’m bound and determined to make it all the way “across”.

I’ve been taking roller skating lessons from Dante one a week. It is amazing how much I don’t know. I’ve really enjoyed and appreciated his coaching.

The last couple of weeks I’ve missed Thursday practice, so it is hard to get back into the swing of roller derby with only one practice a week, but I have been skating during the week, so I haven’t been a totaly slug.

Forming A Family, Losing A Family

I submitted a guest post on A Practical Wedding, a blog that discusses how to throw a fine wedding party without losing your marbles.

Check it out – http://apracticalwedding.com/2011/03/loosing-a-baby-forming-a-family/

I’ll contribute another post after our July 2nd party!