Sunday, December 20, 2009

2009 Sheldon Holiday Letter


Dear Family and Friends,

Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings, and Happy New Year!

As we did last year, we decided to go green rather than send out cards and photos to save paper, costs and time, while still providing you an update on the past year. We hope you enjoy it!

The way we would sum up 2009: busy, busy, busy. We went on quite a few trips, learned a lot at school, accomplished a lot at work, and found many opportunities to have fun together.

In March 2009, Elia, Kathi (our au pair from Berlin, Germany), and Emma visited Washington, DC. Unfortunately, Alexa and John had to stay home because Alexa wasn’t feeling well. While there, we visited several of the Smithsonian Museums, rode the Metro, saw the White House, stood in front of the US Capitol Building, visited the Lincoln Memorial, and enjoyed Ethiopian food in Georgetown (correction: Emma wants everyone to know that she found the Ethiopian food way too spicy). We must have clocked at least twenty miles of walking, maybe more. It was a lot of fun.

The photo to the right is Emma in front of the World War II Memorial.


In April of this year our entire family went on a trip to Myrtle Beach to enjoy some sun and sea. The weather was colder than we expected, so the sun and sea part was only able to happen a couple of times but we still managed to have fun. While we were there, we celebrated Alexa’s 5th birthday.


Here’s a picture of John, Emma, and Alexa finishing up some ice cream cones at the Shops at Barefoot Landing in Myrtle Beach.

Later in April, we made a quick weekend trip to visit Philadelphia. Kathi, Emma, and Alexa all tasted their very first authentic Philadelphia cheesesteaks at Jim's. Emma and Kathi really enjoyed theirs. The weather was unseasonably warm and we enjoyed the sun and the flowers as we walked to see the Liberty Bell.

Here’s a picture of Emma and Alexa outside of the Liberty Bell Center:



We even had time to visit John’s alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania.

The girls posed for this picture with Ben.



We welcomed two new cousins to the family this year. On June 19th, Madison Gail and Morgan Jean were born to John’s sister, Debi, and her husband Jeff. We visited them later that month and enjoyed meeting them, holding them, feeding them, and watching them sleep.

The summer was fun; filled with summer camps, visits to friends, Elia’s High School Reunion, and – of course – ice cream:

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In July, our au pair, Kathi Opitz, who’d joined our family in July of last year returned to Berlin. It was sad to say goodbye but we know that we will all see each other again. She passed the first test needed to qualify to enter pilot’s training for Lufthansa, so we’re very excited to hear more news in the future.

We were happy to welcome our new au pair, Julia Englund Tunhaw, to our family in early July. She’s from Jönköping, Sweden and after her year with us will return there to study psychology. We are so blessed to have Julia in our family. She’s taught us a lot about Sweden and we have already shared some American traditions with her.

Here’s a picture of her with John, Elia, and Emma from when we visited Cape Cod this summer:



For Halloween. Emma decided to be Alice Cullen from Twilight (a vampire, for those of you unfamiliar with the book) and Alexa decided to be a sassy princess. The weather was rainy, but we still managed to get our usual 100+ trick-or-treaters.

John and Elia went for a very relaxing vacation in early November to Aruba. We enjoyed Slippery Monkeys and spent our days floating around the Lazy River and catching up with each other. Vacation bliss.

On the job front, John left Ogilvy in February for a new opportunity to help grow a new discipline in the New York office of London-based Bartle, Bogle & Hegarty (BBH) - a mid-sized agency where he has worked on fun stuff for Axe, LEGO and helping on new business with Westin (we won!) and Cadillac (which we better win in January).

Elia has been at UnitedHealth Group based out of their Basking Ridge, NJ office for a year and a half now and she’s happy to report that she enjoys her job. She’s Director of IT Project Management and runs a multi-year program for the enterprise information technology organization. Her program is responsible for helping reduce overall IT run rate costs and implementing changes that will better enable the organization to deliver effective, efficient technology solutions.

Emma, now eight, is a third grader at Milton Avenue School. She loves her class, her teacher (who is internet savvy like us), and spending time with her friends. She also enjoys tennis, swimming, soccer, basketball and Brownies. Emma’s message to everyone is: "I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!”


Alexa, now 5½, started Kindergarten this year at Milton Avenue School. In addition to enjoying school, she also enjoys ballet, tap, swimming, soccer and craft projects. Alexa’s message to everyone is: "I hope Santa gives you all great presents. Remember to be good!".
In closing, we wish you and yours a fun-filled holiday season and a safe, happy, and healthy 2010!

We leave you with a clip of Emma and Alexa dancing to Jingle Bell Rock on the day we decorated our Christmas tree this year. Enjoy!
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Love,

John, Elia, Emma, Alexa and Julia

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Company Meeting and Party

Tequila shots at 10am.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

L's mom's 60th birthday party.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

The BBH Christmas party

Alexa with face painting.

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Just acquiesced to the request to not wear these out.

My Vibram Five Finger shoes. Living with women means knowing when to let them tell you what to do.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving Menu: Finalized

After having personal turmoil over the Thanksgiving menu this year, this is the final spread.  I am expecting to be in the kitchen starting early tomorrow night.  I am so hungry for this. Lots to give thanks for.

Bread:
Mustard Seed Rolls
Mom Sheldon's Zucchini Bread

Soup:
John's Signature Creamy Broccoli Soup topped with Creme Fraiche, Truffle Oil and a Parmesan Chip

Main Course:
Oven Roasted Turkey
Elia's famous Gravy
Rivera Family Recipe Stuffing
Plymouth Bay Lobster Casserole 
Marscapone-infused mashed potatoes
Cinnamon-laced sweet potatoes
Sweet Yellow Corn Succotash with Red Onion and Bacon
Meyer lemon green beans tossed with toasted almonds
Cranberry Sauce - from the can, retaining the can shape as long as possible

Dessert:
Creamy cheesecake
Chocolate pudding pie
Pumpkin  Pie

Plus:
Beer, Wine and Turkey Sandwiches later!

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

New Chumby is available next month

Many of my friends all comment on the original Chumby in our house. We use it as a clock, whole-house Pandora player and Google Calendar display among other things. Here is a snippest from Engadget on the newest release...

Wrapping one's brain around Chumby's original concept -- drop some Flash-based widgets inside a plush vinyl sphere with WiFi and a touchscreen -- has never been an easy task, but after a couple years of low-key retail action, it looks like the company's finally ready to bring a new version into the mix that might be a little more mainstream. The simply-named One dispenses of the old model's squeezable shell, earning a more businesslike appearance and trading up to a slightly speedier 454MHz core (not to say you need a lot of horsepower when you're lackadaisically cruising feeds, weather forecasts, and clock faces on a QVGA screen, but we're not complaining)

It is rumored to be around $100 when it launches next month - I will put a link up then.

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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

passive-aggressive (and just plain aggressive) notes

This is one of my favorite sites for a laugh. I can't believe the things that people will write down or type without thinking. Great stuff.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

National Car Rental's "Pick any car" Feature is Broken


On a trip last month to Las Vegas, my crew had the chance to go to the Nascar race at Las Vegas Speedway thanks to a friend from High School and Facebook (more on that some other time). To get out to the track, we had to rent a car as the track is 18 or so miles north of the city. Looking online, National had the best rate on a car that would seat a large group so I made the reservation there. Normally, I am a Hertz guy, but the rates were very different.

Upon getting to the Las Vegas car rental center near the airport, National was tauting it's new feature where they don't assign you a specific car, instead you pick the car that's in the class you reserved.  I totally understand the insight behind this - people have preferneces in the cars they drive, why not let them pick? This matches my thinking also, so I was inclined to like this approach.... until I saw how it was executed.

I walked into a huge garage with confusing signage. There was nothing in the garage or on the cars to indicate which class any car was.  Additionally, the National representative directed me to a row labeled Alamo to find the car I need. "Directed" is probably too strong a word. Non-chalantly waved his hand in a sweeping motion probably does it more justice.  After reluctantly picking a car, we headed to the exit.  Here was watched as the attendant sent two cars back into the garage, they picked the wrong class as it turns out. When we finally got to the gate, hoping we were going to be able to move ahead, I asked how often that happens.  "All the time, 15-20 times a day"  was the answer. I was one of the lucky ones. We had guessed right.

How's that for a customer experience?

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Sunday, April 05, 2009

  • 08:02 On the other side of DC headed to Myrtle Beach, not quite half way there #
  • 08:11 @MichaelNozbe any previews for the GTD app you can share from your Omnigraffle experience? #
  • 10:46 just crossed into NC. @eliasheldon likes the 70MPH speed limit #
  • 10:48 @mhgoblue @eliasheldon and I both like TwitterFon also. good luck #
  • 17:24 In Myrtle Beach torn between going out with the fam and watching NCAA bball. #
  • 17:25 This story about the HS manager kid who goes in the game & drills 6 3s brings me as close as I get to a sobbing mess. New story on CBS next #
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Saturday, April 04, 2009

  • 06:58 Headed to lovely Enfield, CT for a client briefing #
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Friday, April 03, 2009

  • 11:59 had a full day of mtgs dissipate. Woo - time for real work. #
  • 12:17 @racarpenter dead air on twitter huh? #
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Thursday, April 02, 2009

  • 00:13 08:56 loving driving into the office and getting here in 33 minutes. #09:52 thinking about big vs. small(er)... ff.im/1QFLN #
  • 08:44 I'm at BBH Office -NYC. #
  • 08:57 excited to actually have "thinking time" today. #
  • 10:15 RT @colleddy: check out mary tomer and www.mrs-o.org on the today show this morning! tinyurl.com/69l457n - Mary is a co-worker. #
  • 10:19 RT @colleddy: Better link: check out mary tomer and www.mrs-o.org on the today show this morning! tinyurl.com/cpa3ey #
  • 10:23 RT @mchill2481: For the repentant Christian on the go: www.absolution-online.com/ #
  • 11:10 I hate 4/1 - should be called "Ignore everything you read on the net day". Totally unfunny, just annoying. #
  • 12:49 RT @itsharper: BBH NY in todays Times: see vitaminwater 10 launch: bit.ly/1jGzw #
  • 14:17 @sammie356 I haven't gotten on yet, but single point privacy policy (who can see pics, phone nbr, etc.) mgmt seems to be big also. #
  • 14:25 disconnecting all the interconnections between my Facebook, FriendFeed, Twitter accounts. #
  • 16:51 @sogrady please RT the answer to your Tripit ? #
  • 16:52 RT @sogrady: is there an easy way to pipe my Dopplr and Tripit calendars into my primary Google Calendar, one way? @shintz ? @TripIt ? #
  • 20:55 RT @eliasheldon: posting my review of "She's Gone Bridal" by Liz Razin at ATG: bit.ly/nt8xd -- a friend from my work. Go Liz! #
  • 21:21 is planning an early morning Skype session to S. Africa to talk to an au pair candidate. #
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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

  • 08:56 loving driving into the office and getting here in 33 minutes. #
  • 09:52 thinking about big vs. small(er) agencies and the pros and cons of each. #
  • 09:55 @sammie356 across from the Soho Grand. New place. #
  • 09:56 @mhgoblue I read and loved that book. A lil dark tho. Answer: That's what early 2001 felt like. Growing agency = very different. #
  • 14:23 @slapjack7 TwitterFon. Quick. It works. All the functionality I need. #
  • 15:41 trying to figure out when I can have my next "molecular gastronomy" restaurant experience. #
  • 18:22 At Naked Lunch for a BBH event #
  • 22:00 @smallseal I am looking forward to my wife @eliasheldon 's review of Liz's book on Allthingsgirl.net. #
  • 22:01 @neilssmith since all your excuses were up. Your W/D is in your apt. dude! (Honestly, I am envious - can you do my laundry?) #
  • 22:02 RT @wilw: "If you think you'll lose, you'll find a way to lose, consciously or not. You have to expect to win." - Phil Hellmuth. #
  • 22:05 @NYCBaby I am in your hood now with my new gig. Let's get together soon! #
  • 22:10 RT @BBHLabs: Looking forward 2 seeing BBH's Mrs T on the 2day prgrm 2morrow (Weds) morning at 0745 ET talking about Mrs-O (www.mr ... #
  • 22:13 @smallseal I will see you at the party. I will tweet the URL when she publishes the review #
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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

  • 00:16 00:13 00:12 00:42 00:10 00:12 00:16 00:36 09:39 @lbhuston your pic of Alta Vista Chapel makes me miss it there. I... ff.im/1NYq9 #
  • 08:11 is boxed out from winning the NCAA pool, but could still come in 2nd. #
  • 08:12 @lbhuston sorry about that - I don't know how to stop it. Trying to delete a few things. #
  • 09:36 DSC_0194 [pic] ff.im/1OpIO #
  • 09:50 @sammie356 20+ kids in my house. Went surprisingly well. pics are up on Flickr/FB. Princess B was thrilled. Thx for asking. #
  • 19:36 just finished my living will, will and power of attorney. No matter how hard I try to avoid the feelings, its depressing. #
  • 19:47 RT @lbhuston: Tweetdeck keeps reloading direct messages and won't keep them gone, even though they are marked read? Just today.-- me too #
  • 19:49 @smallseal do you have an actually hourly rate that you value your time at? #
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Monday, March 30, 2009

  • 00:13 00:12 00:42 00:10 00:12 00:16 00:36 09:39 @lbhuston your pic of Alta Vista Chapel makes me miss it there. I think I... ff.im/1MXdp #
  • 07:38 watching Tom & Jerry and prepping for lil B's birthday party this afternoon. #
  • 09:32 having events at your home is a great way to ensure that clutter finds its way out of site. #
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Sunday, March 29, 2009

  • 00:12 00:42 00:10 00:12 00:16 00:36 09:39 @lbhuston your pic of Alta Vista Chapel makes me miss it there. I think I will... ff.im/1LYg7 #
  • 09:20 Busy Sat. prepping for lil B's 5th Bday party tomorrow. #
  • 09:26 @newyorkciteee maybe your body is prepping you for a time where getting up early is regularly required? ;) #
  • 15:34 @yosillylil no, but that sounds like the makin's for a very good time. #
  • 15:35 sifting through profiles looking for our next au pair. Kathi set the bar very high. #
  • 16:30 RT @newyorkciteee: No,you don't, trust me! :) RT@smallseal i want 2 know everything there is 2 know about u. - Sara,trust her. You don't ;) #
  • 16:33 making brownies with M for my bed-restricted twin-baring sister. #
  • 16:47 @debsmouse that is totally disgusting. I am going to need therapy to rid myself of that thought. #
  • 18:48 @smallseal According to George Carlin, that indicates that it's time for a bigger place for your stuff. is.gd/DE2- #
  • 18:55 @smallseal chuck a little tabasco in there to make them fab-o. #
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Saturday, March 28, 2009

  • 00:42 00:10 00:12 00:16 00:36 09:39 @lbhuston your pic of Alta Vista Chapel makes me miss it there. I think I will look... ff.im/1KK4t #
  • 08:06 @newyorkciteee sorry we missed you yesterday. We'll have to reschedule it soon. #
  • 08:09 has been crazy busy. Probably will be like that until Spring Break vacation. #
  • 09:29 All electric Tesla Roadster (sedan) unveiled - WANT! is.gd/p6TF- #
  • 10:30 @lbhuston bizarre. Sent it the moment you posted your tweet. #
  • 12:57 RT @BrentTeichman: You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves. – A. Lincoln --- Hmmm. #
  • 13:02 A new favorite site - More New Math - www.morenewmath.com/all/ #
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Friday, March 27, 2009

  • 00:10 00:12 00:16 00:36 09:39 @lbhuston your pic of Alta Vista Chapel makes me miss it there. I think I will look for what... ff.im/1Jpyi #
  • 18:02 Wordjong score of the day =176 twitpic.com/2h44n #
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Thursday, March 26, 2009

  • 00:12 00:16 00:36 09:39 @lbhuston your pic of Alta Vista Chapel makes me miss it there. I think I will look for what week... ff.im/1I7Gt #
  • 07:34 RT @slapjack7: NPR on Kutiman...still can't get enough of his work: is.gd/nCby -- totally agreed. The guy is awesome. #
  • 08:02 RT @Repurblican: RT @instapundit: BUSH DEFICIT VS. OBAMA DEFICIT IN PICTURES. …tinyurl.com/c2ubcj #tcot -- ouch #
  • 08:06 starting to hanker for the creation of a mancave at my home. Unfortunately, nowhere to put it. #
  • 08:12 @hoogs not yet. heard about (not seen) the mancave in it though. Among the many provocations. #
  • 11:01 First TED, now this? is.gd/haB8- The site should be called "how you will lose 1000 hours, but learn a lot" - very cool. #
  • 16:06 @sogrady Opera - you love the browser or the boistrous singing? #
  • 16:34 @mhgoblue use the "Print Screen" then crop the photo to what you want. #
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

  • 00:16 00:36 09:39 @lbhuston your pic of Alta Vista Chapel makes me miss it there. I think I will look for what week we... ff.im/1GOZM #
  • 07:36 creating mind map of marketing analytics. Helps get the thoughts going. #
  • 15:43 #BBH logo in #lego - cool twitpic.com/2ewdt #
  • 17:15 @eliasheldon Love your idea. Let's make that happen tonight. #
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

  • 00:36 09:39 @lbhuston your pic of Alta Vista Chapel makes me miss it there. I think I will look for what week we will... ff.im/1FBio #
  • 07:29 starting the day off right. In office v. early. Now at Inbox Zero. #GTD rocks. Gonna be a good one today, I can tell. #
  • 07:50 A little blurb on Clickz on my new role at BBH - is.gd/owBt- #
  • 07:51 @smcbos GTD = Getting Things Done - Wikipedia entry- is.gd/owCs- #
  • 10:46 RT: @sogrady seeing as i won't be back any time soon, might as well try to sell my loft in Denver: bit.ly/7pDWL #
  • 18:17 cannot wait to be able to drive to work instead of take the #$%($% train. #
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Monday, March 23, 2009

  • 09:39 @lbhuston your pic of Alta Vista Chapel makes me miss it there. I think I will look for what week we will return today. #
  • 10:00 doing my #GTD weekly review. #
  • 10:39 @lbhuston I hope it becomes a 2nd home too! #
  • 14:16 very pleased with SYR performance today. Go Cuse. #
  • 14:20 USB Cellphone Booster ff.im/1F36K #
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Sunday, March 22, 2009

  • 00:13 00:13 00:13 Tweets for Today ff.im/1BlFF#16:14 RT @shintz: brilliant mock of twitter bit.ly/L9RS5#21:26 @mhgoblue... ff.im/1DPUi #
  • 08:34 Up after watching awesome 2OT game last night. Behind in hoops pool, but have the highest potential score. #
  • 11:50 Sitting at CPK with lil B. twitpic.com/2bcio #
  • 11:54 @eliasheldon are you sure that is not a replica? #
  • 14:07 @sammie356 I am now. #
  • 16:44 At my new neighbor's house warming party. There are about a million kids twitpic.com/2br7r #
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Saturday, March 21, 2009

  • 00:13 00:13 Tweets for Today ff.im/1BlFF#16:14 RT @shintz: brilliant mock of twitter bit.ly/L9RS5#21:26 @mhgoblue @smcbos... ff.im/1CBwU #
  • 09:12 My 5 yo changed my user icon on the home PC. I am watching the screen to see if it asks "Would you like to play a game of chess?" #
  • 09:25 went 14 of 16 in NCAAs and thought I would be first in the pool. I am tied for 6th! We'll see if I pick up spots today. #
  • 12:36 Necessity is the Mother of Invention ff.im/1DcWq #
  • 14:31 Checking out the very cool new site Mixtape.me #
  • 15:38 RT @BBHNewYork: pandora is so yesterday. create, listen, and share playlists here: Mixtape.me (HT @jsheldonus) #
  • 15:45 With B (lil daughter) sick, I missed our DC trip this wkend to watch her. Flipside: NCAAs! #
  • 16:17 @hoogs I am impressed with your 20/20 so far. #
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Friday, March 20, 2009

  • 00:13 Tweets for Today ff.im/1BlFF #
  • 16:14 RT @shintz: brilliant mock of twitter bit.ly/L9RS5 #
  • 21:26 @mhgoblue @smcbos Go Blue! #
  • 21:26 @sammie356 Great game in Philly! Excited for you. #
  • 21:29 cannot love this weekend of hoops any more than I do #
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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 00:36 Tweets for Today ff.im/1A3S0 #
  • 08:31 @MichaelNozbe So far I like Nozbe 2.0. The corner quick-add needs a label on the next action checkbox. #
  • 08:32 @ericagee Are you seeing duplicates for me in FB? #
  • 08:37 @hoogs oof. you are going to be a lot of fun today. #
  • 08:48 checking out the new version of AlertThingy to see if I like it more than Tweetdeck #
  • 14:10 back from a fun brainstorming where we discussed kidnapping and smoking smarties. #
  • 14:21 Alertthingy will have me if it fixes the usability issues(history, sorting, column resize/reorder, mark as read) back to @TweetDeck for now #
  • 14:22 @ericagee "not prolific" makes me feel so, so ... incomplete. Thx Erica #
  • 14:27 @ericagee I reread what I sent. that was intended as humor but read as stupid/offended. Sorry. #
  • 16:27 Pres. Obama's NCAA pool picks - is.gd/nSWu- #
  • 17:19 needs a new status because the last one is weird. #
  • 21:01 Trying to relax with @eliasheldon but disrupted by whining and coughing children. #
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 07:29 Listening to birds chirping at the train station. Spring, pls be here #
  • 08:06 Definitely sore from 6am hot yoga. Thinking about curing it with green beer later #
  • 08:58 Surprised at the distinct lack of green in the office here. #
  • 10:04 The Southwest Airlines Rapping Flight Attendant ff.im/1z9Pr #
  • 11:10 @itsharper In America, today we are all Irish ;) #
  • 12:11 starting to really feel the 2 hot yoga sessions in <38 hours. I am not in shape enough for that. Who has Aleve? #
  • 13:35 @debsmouse you guys are the tech version of fashion forward #
  • 19:40 @EMMACNYC Two links - is.gd/nMLZ- and is.gd/nMM9- 2nd is Youtube video. #
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 00:10 Tweets for Today ff.im/1xoo3 #
  • 09:28 very happy that I am getting back into my yoga routine. #
  • 09:31 I used to like the FB live stream. That is gone now (Right?). I wish the new HP auto-updated. #
  • 13:07 Manatee ff.im/1y3ld #
  • 14:31 @TweetDeck RTs should not go into facebook. They are too confusing for the peeps there without the context. #
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Monday, March 16, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 00:13 Tweets for Today ff.im/1wn98 #
  • 08:36 Church and Taxes today - weird combination. #
  • 08:37 @newyorkciteee That Choco+Pepper drink looked fun. #
  • 08:40 For the first time I can remember I got almost 11 hours sleep. I feel ready to take on the world. #
  • 10:49 back from church. Need to complete my tax stuff for the accountant today. Then Yoga. I figure surrounding taxes with Church and Yoga is good #
  • 11:21 @debsmouse Velcro Rollers? I had to look this up. bit.ly/I9qZx #
  • 14:16 @namstwit you are going to need to explain the FB Connect for iPhone app for me. I don't get it. #
  • 14:19 @MichaelNozbe I love the functionality of Nozbe 2.0b. May I kindly suggest you get a designer to help you make it look (a lot) better? #
  • 14:28 finisheed tax questionairre for accountant. I am at full irritation. Going to need some red wine after yoga. #
  • 14:31 @mhgoblue maybe shellfish is next? RT @guykawasaki: Maybe there's a cure for peanut allergy adjix.com/apts #
  • 18:16 Odd: Couple in car hit by train were having sex. Crazy good times: Still having sex when police arrive (?!) - bit.ly/cnEdX #
  • 18:18 @newyorkciteee Love Gary Sinise. #
  • 19:40 now has March Madness fever on the brain. Love Syr draw. Cornell drew Duke (ouch). #
  • 19:41 Did they do something different with the first/second round cities? West / South playing in Philly? Confused. #
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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 00:13 Tweets for Today ff.im/1vpnU #
  • 10:29 Overcoming Compulsive Behavior Fail ff.im/1vLiX #
  • 10:47 relaxing before my sister's baby shower. All the men don't know what to do during that time. #
  • 11:03 iabsolutely nuts that I can't install something on my new company laptop w/o IT to do it for me. When I was 8 I could on an IBM machine. #
  • 11:04 @newyorkciteee On bed bugs - tinyurl.com/argnyt #
  • 11:05 @mhgoblue how's your head? better? I hear Imitrex is a miracle for that. #
  • 11:25 There is a new kind of DJ - Kutiman remixes Youtube Videos into great tunes. - tinyurl.com/af6gx3 #
  • 11:41 Elementary: The Periodic Table Of Typefaces ff.im/1vOMS #
  • 12:11 @sammie356 I hate it. How can I be up on the latest if I am 2 years behind on browser? Grrr. #
  • 12:11 @itsharper Great tune! Tho I was always partial to Ape Man. #
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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 00:13 Tweets for Today ff.im/1uaJG #
  • 08:25 has an angry belly. #
  • 08:31 glad that I went to bed when I did, 4 OTs in the Syracuse game would have killed me. #
  • 08:32 glad that I went to bed when I did, 6 OTs in the Syracuse game would have killed me. #
  • 08:43 @slapjack7 I got far, but my body gave up. Glad they won. Good luck to them with WVU today. Jeesh, no rest for the weary (fans too). #
  • 10:17 @sammie356 check out the #GTD video course here - www.nozbe.com/gtd/course #
  • 10:52 I am getting old. I have lots of bodily aches and pains that I am going to resist bitching about one at a time. #
  • 13:20 @eliasheldon take tylenol straight away. It will help. #
  • 15:58 @mhgoblue wow congrats to Matt! #
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Friday, March 13, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 09:27 very happy that I busted out some hot #yoga this AM and still got into the office relatively early. Good session too, not bad after a break #
  • 09:37 Pls help those in need & visit Tide1.com. My friend Namita is helping promote this event. The green shirt wld be perfect for St. Pats #
  • 10:54 Apparently it's Daft Punk day - tinyurl.com/cs8n56 #
  • 14:01 More Daft Punk fun - Dwarfed Punk - tinyurl.com/ajt9xf #
  • 14:05 @sammie356 time to get into #GTD - bit.ly/Bf5QL #
  • 15:52 RT @eliasheldon: Getting Things Done: tinyurl.com/bv3xx5 (an ATG Blog Post!) - a post by yours truly #
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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 08:05 must remember to try animoto this weekend. animoto.com #
  • 08:06 back at Inbox Zero - all is well #GTD #
  • 10:32 How do the Marines feel about the new pres? - ouch. bit.ly/R47Sp #
  • 10:35 Is literally staring into the fog. #
  • 11:57 Querying my Facebook friend to see if any of them have made the leap to Twitter. #
  • 12:19 My Congressional District is 5/435 in Well-Being. Go us! bit.ly/2KRgmz #
  • 12:25 When evite is too girls - there's always Manvite. - is.gd/mTUt #
  • 15:38 @newyorkciteee Tell them how important it is for continuing dialog with their consumers. #
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 06:53 The guy on the train sitting next to me smells like his 3 mo old spit up on him. I know he prob can't smell it, but yuck #
  • 07:51 surprised to find someone in the office earlier than I was. #
  • 08:44 @mhgoblue @smcbos Thanks for the Dig. Underground love. #
  • 11:59 very excited that a friend posted the video of my balsa wood bridge being destroyed under significant weight. #
  • 14:46 @daveraffaele bridge video shared. One of my favorite things I have ever done. #
  • 14:50 @pdpinch I am not too hurt. *sniff* #
  • 14:59 @daveraffaele oh - in facebook - I sent it to you #
  • 15:00 @daveraffaele I didn't encode it. A HS Friend did. I will try to get him to put it on Youtube if you need it there. #
  • 15:34 @daveraffaele Here is the YouTube version of that. tinyurl.com/bwstth #
  • 17:45 Wordjong score of the day = 176. twitpic.com/1zjb0 #
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 07:30 Totally unsurprised that my train is late... Again #
  • 07:56 Desperately need to get back to hot yoga, but need to kick this infection first. Maybe Wed am class before work. #
  • 09:57 seeing the idiot kids on train this morning and am very worried about the coming douche-pocolyspe. #
  • 11:01 @mrslentilsoup if by NJTransit brings out the best you mean "makes me want to rip my face off" then yea sure. Otherwise GRRR #
  • 11:05 @eliasheldon @mhgoblue skip the compassion and focus on the things you are grateful for. I replaced counting to 10 with this and I love it. #
  • 11:33 whoa! where did the morning go? #
  • 11:42 @mhgoblue I am just glad you have it, instead of going down the drain or something. #
  • 22:14 @travelingheidi 1. Cavs rules - hello every Th night 2. Way better. I would change more than a dime each. Just had awesome memories. Thx #
  • 22:18 want my name pronounced with an Umpty. #
  • 22:19 had a great day and can't wait to see what lays in store tomorrow. #
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Monday, March 09, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 09:39 At the on-call doctor taking trying to figure out why my throat hurts #
  • 11:32 is glad I don't have strep throat. Just wish this annoying sickness would go away. #
  • 12:12 watching my girls brushing their American Girl dolls' hair. It seem quite therapeutic . #
  • 16:23 trying to convince my girls to play something that doesn't involve a screen... and realizing I am setting a bad example #
  • 16:32 ok - it worked for @empg, let's see if it works for me. I would love an invite to chi.mp to check it out. Twitter world, help a fella. #
  • 18:16 @ericagee enough teasing - what masterpiece has @mhgoblue conceived for the evening? #
  • 18:18 @chrismoreschi you are supposed to have business out of town when bridal expos are local. #
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Sunday, March 08, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 09:41 chilling with my family. I still need my throat to stop hurting. #
  • 09:53 @newyorkciteee I was hoping to connect today. I suspect you will need to call me using a *gasp* land line. Remember those? #
  • 14:42 @_Anya Hey Anya! @eliasheldon and I haven't seen you in a while. I hope we can catch up soon! #
  • 14:45 @sammie356 You are defining my Saturday fun. Sun + Bloody's = The Awesome. #
  • 15:03 @LuxorLV after a while I unhooked them because they are different audience FB and Twitter. I liked doing each separately. #
  • 15:04 @lbhuston I really hope they rethink selling to Chavez. Sounds like a very bad idea. I would hate for AUA to be annexed. #
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Saturday, March 07, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 08:53 ready for a very good, but very busy day. #
  • 08:53 I love when long established relationships bear fruit at exactly the right moment. #
  • 09:48 RT @harpoon_brewery: Harpoon St. Pat's Festival-starts TONIGHT 5:30 PM at our Brewery in Boston! Celtic Ale, bands, food! ow.ly/6ED #
  • 10:05 @eliasheldon oh crap L! Do you have it now? #
  • 12:00 just realized there are no whiteboards accessible to me. I am going to get the shakes. Can't think best without them. #
  • 13:02 @debsmouse but the smell of the markers inspires my creativity. #
  • 13:04 RT @sonyab: RT $500 ethernet cable has the funniest customer reviews ever: tinyurl.com/alqw27 #
  • 15:22 @eliasheldon If U pick up an orange & sum orange vodka on yr way home 2nite, I will make it 4 U after family fun nite. Anyone else wnt 1? #
  • 16:12 @debsmouse Yes. Beer or Red Wine. Then that word-savoring thing you are talking about. #
  • 16:34 RT @dexin: Socialism shares the misery, as the successful are forced to pay for the failures, the corrupt, and the lazy - Jim Willie CB #
  • 16:35 Ready for the weekend and wishing my throat didn't burn like the heat of 1000 suns. #
  • 18:42 Terrible score on Wordjong-128. twitpic.com/1w0iy #
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Friday, March 06, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 07:39 Was up several times last night with my lil girl sick to her tummy #
  • 08:04 Wordjong score of the day = 168 #
  • 09:03 loving that my new office has fresh fruit each morning. The oranges are amazing! #
  • 12:35 clearing out my social media queue to have a fresh start #
  • 15:45 Finally has @Tweetdeck installed at work. Whoo Hoo! #
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Thursday, March 05, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 12:03 started a new job at BBH today. So far so good. #
  • 13:02 finding all the new lunch spots in the neighborhood. Today: little bodega. #
  • 22:22 @bobfetter the mess? It got us to the next round. That was our goal! I declare that total success! Good luck on that U deserve to win. #
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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 01:11 Listening to an angry Irish band twitpic.com/1tc89 #
  • 01:13 Loving the Filipino womandancing to every Irish song and knowing every word twitpic.com/1tc8u #
  • 18:11 Is now scheduled to get into EWR at 1:30am. Ugh #
  • 18:16 @sammie356 read Blink and then Outliers. The story telling improves dramatically. #
  • 20:44 Leaving Las Vegas #
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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 09:41 @eliasheldon you are a trooper. Please be safe. #
  • 09:45 Is loving this time in Vegas, but would rather be taking the girls sledding. #
  • 16:26 At Nine Fine Irishman in NY NY (Vegas) #
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Monday, March 02, 2009

Tweets for Today

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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 06:48 Hates amatuer hour at the airport #
  • 06:50 Moran=man w/ triplets getting huffy w/ airport secuity-that's a body cavity search. His poor wife. #
  • 07:15 Every person on this flight is overweight w snaggle teeth. I thought vegas was for the pretty people. Guess they don't like the early flight #
  • 12:52 Landed in vegas. Read @Daniel_Pink book "a whole new mind". Very insightful. I have a bunch of to-dos as a result. #
  • 13:23 @eliasheldon rock on with your productive self #
  • 13:25 @eliasheldon plsz tell M that I was just on the longest standalator and was thinking of her #
  • 13:29 @debsmouse that's always a pleasant surprise! #
  • 23:52 At Tao in vegas #
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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 08:51 I have a lot of errands to run before heading to Vegas tomorrow. Staying at the @LuxorLV . Going to the races. V. Excited. #
  • 09:38 Soup Party Winning Recipe: Lobster Bisque - tr.im/gQfi #
  • 11:48 At microcenter considering lots of potential computing options. #
  • 12:11 Working hard to avoid this temptation twitpic.com/1q891 #
  • 17:05 I can't hear a sound only audible to young people, can you? trainhorns.net/sound/ #
  • 17:17 @mhgoblue perfect - now I know what to use to get my kids back into the playroom, away from my office area. heh #
  • 21:09 RT @mhgoblue: @eliasheldon Welcome home! -- Amen sister! #
  • 21:11 will have 8 hours with L as she gets home from MN before I leave for Vegas (baby). Wish we had more time. #
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Friday, February 27, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 07:05 is listening to the sounds of man helicopters overhead. Must be a traffic problem on the nearby highway (24) #
  • 10:53 @sammie356 The winner was the worst of the three across the season. But... kicked ass when it counted, I guess. #
  • 10:53 @shintz that makes sense. I feel better already. #
  • 13:01 Stuck in the elevator on my last day of work #
  • 13:12 Finally out of the stuck elevator after 10 min #
  • 18:18 my kids are cruisin for serious discipline. Counting to 10 and twittering. #
  • 18:22 @daveraffaele I am jealous. I can't quite pull the trigger on the Kindle2. The $ is not right yet for me. I think I need tax day to pass. #
  • 18:26 @daveraffaele I had my hand over the one-click button, but backed away. Post 4/15, my price elasticity will expand methinks. #
  • 19:01 there are few slow rolling rock songs I like more than "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" by AC/DC #
  • 22:12 @mhgoblue what FB q did you answer about me? I can't add any more crazy apps. #
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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 07:07 getting my girls ready for their day. They slept in (past 7). Definitely a wrinkly in the matrix. #
  • 19:46 @senia #tcot for liberals is #badideas - heh. #
  • 20:47 @shintz 1. you guys use Notes? 2. You are excited about it to use an exclamation point? - interesting. #
  • 20:54 do not want Carla the cookoo bird winning Top Chef #
  • 20:57 @mhgoblue you are kidding right? Stefan is a dick, but clearly was top dog, until last 2 shows. He'll get it back tonight. #
  • 21:16 is an idiot sometimes. I just realized that I feel full from the popcorn b/c normally I split it with L. Miss her. #
  • 21:44 @guykawasaki agreed. Dreams (sleep vision type) are only interesting to the person who had them. Thoughtful vision, now we are talking. #
  • 21:46 For all our 90s glory ♫ blip.fm/~2grlt #
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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 06:56 using twitter to find out what I missed by not watching the oscars last night. Not much. Go Slumdog. #
  • 08:36 wants high quality over ear headphones for iPhone that have a mic if I get a call. Can anybody help? #
  • 08:58 packing up my office and just found my old comb. heh. #
  • 10:30 @oliviarz Thursday is the wrap-up/last day. #
  • 10:57 @lbhuston no headphone reqs yet. Feel free to RT my request. Agreed on Noise Canceling and Comfort. #
  • 11:20 @eliasheldon glad you landed safely #
  • 11:53 @lbhuston thanks. Google-fu is failing. #
  • 11:54 RT @lbhuston: @jsheldonus & I R looking 2 C if anyone knows of over the ear, noise canceled, headphones w/ an iPhone mic. Any pointers? ... #
  • 11:58 @lbhuston Have you seen this? Plug in any good Sound Isolation Phones with tr.im/gHf6 #
  • 13:10 @lbhuston are you going to electical tape the wires together? Here is one other option (not noise cancelling) - tr.im/gHp2 #
  • 14:37 @tpaste can you make the tab flash when a message comes in? or a sound? #
  • 18:15 @LuxorLV I will be there Sat. What should I not miss this wkend? #
  • 18:39 New rule for Pelicans. Don't land in the Shamu/Orca tank during a show - yikes - tr.im/gI5a #
  • 20:18 @newyorkciteee It involves saying "no" sometimes #
  • 20:26 Apparently we Twitterers lack personal identity says British Egghead - tr.im/gIgO . twttr shows the world who U R #
  • 23:42 just got my girls to agree to a "no more whining " clause for the night. I wish these contracts were enforcable. #
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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 08:03 Picking up supplies for the soup party. Crusty bread, soda, etc #
  • 08:04 At the train station getting our Su pair after her big night in NYC. Oh to be young and able to be out all night. #
  • 08:10 @afraidofthedark remind me to pummel you for referencing that painful song #
  • 08:11 @wilw amen on "in my time of dying" #
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Friday, February 20, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 07:45 Is there any time of day when you don't just love SRV? I could listen to his version of "the sky is crying" all day. #
  • 07:56 Wordjong score of the day: 200 twitpic.com/1kgep #
  • 09:27 @carol_phillips with FB status updates where I am - it's probably 80-90%. Depends on how they asked the question. #
  • 10:11 @debsmouse I just watched that - thank you. Crzy people. #
  • 11:10 @mhgoblue That looks Awesome! I would love to, but can't. #
  • 12:30 If you have 30 minutes to see genius, this Milton Friedman video (in B&W) is spectacular and still holds true - tr.im/gA72 #
  • 17:27 @gojohnab I would suggest hitting up @Carol_Phillips she is an expert in Millennials. Also check out her blog - tr.im/gAHY #
  • 18:02 @McKittrick Damn you! Thats going to cost me another 20 minutes! #
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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 07:12 RT @carol_phillips: "It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes." Thomas Jefferson #
  • 07:21 @sammie356 seems like you are going to need a place there. #
  • 09:11 wishing my feet and legs weren't so banged up. Making me feel old. #
  • 09:27 watching the woot-off for a cheap PC. #
  • 10:03 RT @daveraffaele: @tweetdeck. Would love to see tinychat integrated with your offering. bit.ly/YKhm9 - Love this idea. #
  • 11:05 I detect a 5% increase in fashion-awareness in the office today. I wonder what has caused it. #
  • 11:53 @debsmouse whatever the root cause, the world is a better place because of it. #
  • 14:06 @sammie356 John Jantch (Duct Tape Mktg)? #
  • 17:13 @luxorLV Does the property have hot yoga? What's the best/close place? Thank you. (Coming 2/28-3/3) Anything else not to miss? #
  • 17:31 RT @woot: 4 yr retweeting pleasure: At midnight 2nite, over at shirt.woot we'll debut Wil Wheaton's shirt. (That's @wilw 2 U tweeple.) #
  • 17:43 @carol_phillips Where did they source the group? That strikes me as virtually impossible. My agency full of 20/30 somethings isn't even 10%. #
  • 17:44 @carol_phillips - That would mean something like 25Mil accts in US alone. They aren't reporting that are they? No way. #
  • 20:37 Is all "some 4 the chef" and "none 4 the sauce". Chef is getting sauced. #
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 08:33 From the moment the caffeine hit my lips, my headache dissipated. Must be psychosomatic. #
  • 15:26 WordJong Score of the Day: 208 #
  • 15:45 @debsmouse My brother did that once at a hotel while driving Queen Latifah. #
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 06:07 up early on my day off. Gonna use it to reintegrate with yoga (been 2 wks) and do some reading. #
  • 06:08 After 3 trusted rec's, I have ordered "A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future " by Daniel Pink - tr.im/gghg #
  • 11:39 More common sense - this time in education - from Gov. Jindal. Still love this guy. tr.im/gi00 #
  • 14:33 After u get over the frightening part, the jokes start to right themselves - tr.im/giyk - UK and French subs collide #
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Monday, February 16, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 07:40 Explaining that the "Charleston" is a dance from the 20's to my children. See. Tom & Jerry can be educational. #
  • 07:46 @senia I like this angle also for social media from @daveraffaele - tr.im/gc6g #
  • 07:48 RT @dexin: GM considering Chapter 11 filing bit.ly/z1sKR (looks like the bailout money didn't help them much) #
  • 15:37 watching Planet Earth with M. #
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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 00:10 Tweets for Today ff.im/13atg #
  • 07:26 Just distributed Valentine's Day gifts to the ladies in my homestead. V-day is not the annoyance it used to be. #
  • 08:41 @debsmouse people are going out golfing here in the Northeast Deb. We are at leat 15 degrees colder. For the love of the game.... #
  • 08:42 @debsmouse also - an excuse to purchase cute golf sweaters #
  • 09:38 Holy R's Batman! Today's #wordjong=189. twitpic.com/1hg4c #
  • 10:25 looking for the cheapest XP desktop that can handle a 1920x1200 screen. Refurbs fine. Send links. Looking for&lt;$300. #
  • 11:36 is off to swimming with M, then Darius the Dragan play to watch a neighbor in the lead role. tr.im/g8w7 #
  • 11:41 @daveraffaele I wouldn't want to take away a potential Linux play machine. Just looking to pick up some refurb from Dell/Buy.com etc. #
  • 11:44 eyeing this machine right now - tr.im/g8xo #
  • 12:42 @McKittrick Damn you Charlie! there goes 30 minutes of my time. #
  • 13:00 RT @RWSparkle: Border's bookstore in Dallas. Pretty funny: tinyurl.com/d9a92y #
  • 13:07 @McKittrick Its the damn J and X words that are killing me. I will get your 223. #
  • 13:12 @mckittrick I have used that one - juxtapose. Went with Hexagonal instead this time to see what I could do. #
  • 13:50 Yea baby! #wordjong for today 239 twitpic.com/1hlzr #
  • 14:27 @joannadolgoffmd twitterberry is generally the chosen app for Blackberry - tr.im/g9jf #
  • 15:34 At Darius the Dragon with my girls #
  • 16:31 Just loved watching our neighbor Maddie as Darius twitpic.com/1hqjt #
  • 19:14 @daveraffaele The porterhouse is even shaped like a heart. You are such a romantic. No wonder @kellyeastman fell for you. ;) #
  • 19:17 My girls in their Valentine's Day PJs twitpic.com/1hv1d #
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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Tweets for Today

  • 00:26 Tweets for Today ff.im/12fYa #
  • 07:01 @oliviarz why are manhole covers round? #
  • 07:04 I know this is no surprise but NJ Transit is a mess this am #
  • 07:41 First pass at today's wordjong = 137. I can do better. @McKittrick- set me a new target. #
  • 08:17 has a long long way to get to inbox zero #
  • 08:18 doesn't understand how the #wordjong dictionary doesn't have the word "Japanese" #
  • 10:56 @kellyeastman ouch.sorry that happened. #
  • 11:08 Much better second go-round at #wordjong= 166 while on break from mtg #
  • 13:35 @McKittrick my 2nd go round went much better #
  • 14:18 @McKittrick how are you getting the picture of your score? #
  • 16:04 The media is extending this recession with it's 24hr tragedy TV coverage of it. Consumers are staying home due to it. #
  • 16:07 Is ready for a red wine to ease into the long weekend. #
  • 16:10 @lbhuston when do you return from Aruba? #
  • 17:52 @sammie356 I heart Yuengling. Among my all time faves. #
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