Exercise in accountability

October 25, 2010 Leave a comment

After finally getting a great start and sticking with it through the summer, I’ve fallen off a little bit in my commitment to running.

I even went so far as to say blogging was more difficult to stick with than running. And that was just a few days ago.

Then, I realized that I had only run three times in October. This, after running three times a week in my beginner training program.

So, my mind’s made up. It’s back to three days a week. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays — I need to go for a run sometime before calling it a night.

But I need your help. Just as some of you have had my back on the Blogtober project, I know you’ll be checking in to see if I’ve fulfilled my running commitment.

And yes, I managed to get today’s run in before work.


It worked!

October 24, 2010 Leave a comment

If you missed yesterday’s post about the snow-day strategy, please go back and read it now.

Also, in case you live under a rock, or have a broken TV like me — the Missouri Tigers beat the Oklahoma Sooners in a huge game last night.

Thanks to my friend, Dan McCamy, for the picture that says it all.

So, Lee Corso picked Oklahoma over Missouri

October 23, 2010 7 comments

When I was a kid, my dad–who was a teacher–and I had a strategy for snow days.

In the evening, as it started to snow, I would get excited about the impending free day hanging out with my dad.

But–like Lee Corso–my dad would say, “Not so fast.”

ESPN College Gameday setting up on Francis Quadrangle at the University of Missouri-Columbia

Is this a set-up?

Less than an hour ago, Corso picked the Oklahoma Sooners to beat the Missouri Tigers in Columbia this evening.

Can you blame him? Gary Pinkel’s Tigers haven’t beaten Bob Stoops’ Sooners.

Despite both teams belonging to the Big 12 Conference, they just haven’t been in the same league.

Missouri is not going to win this game against Oklahoma.

You see, when you want a snow day, the trick is telling yourself that school will be in session just like any other day. You brush your teeth, say your prayers and get tucked in. We’re going to have school tomorrow. That’s what my dad and I would work to convince each other of. Then, we’d go to bed.

I wish I could tell you all I’d see you for the snow day tomorrow, but I can’t. We’re going to have school. Missouri is going to lose.

Does your journalism school do this?

October 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Yet another reason I’m so proud to be a Missouri grad: Jen Lee Reeves‘ “Real World Homecoming Lunch.”

It’s such a great opportunity for alumni to meet with soon-to-be graduates and share insight about the “real world” of our business outside the comfort of j-school.

I’m thankful Jen pulls this thing together every year and invites us all to participate. Oh, I’m also thankful for the Shakespeare’s Pizza she feeds us.

Photo courtesy: Kelly Hicks

Blogtober progress report

October 21, 2010 3 comments

I’m using my get-out-of-jail-free card to do a just-past-halftime report on my Blogtober project.

Twenty-one days into this 31-day exercise/project/sentence, and I’m realizing how hard it is to blog every day when it’s not part of my work day or family time.

So, I’ve actually blogged about work and family, because that’s what makes up my day. Finding time–as expected–has been difficult. I think about different blog topics throughout the day, but usually don’t sit down to write until after the kids are in bed.

Frankly, I’m tired enough to go to bed, too. But trying to be scheduled at least a day ahead of time makes it a little easier to bang out a post late in the evening without keeping myself awake all night.


My Blogtober schedule

Committing to blogging has been far more difficult than committing to running. I never saw that coming. I loved to write and hated to run. Now, both have become things I just do.

It’s been fun, and I’ll keep blogging after October 31. Just don’t expect it every day.


Monopoly Get Out Of Jail Free Card” by dysamoria on NowPublic

Categories: Blogtober

Libraries turn the page

October 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Technology isn’t killing libraries, it’s saving them.

This is our world: books on our phones or e-readers; some, like the one in the picture below, are even free.


A.A. Milne’s “Winnie-the-Pooh” as seen on the Apple iPhone’s “iBooks” app

Now, libraries aren’t altogether closing the book on their business model. But they’re working with, rather than against, technology.

Just this week, one of the public libraries where I live rolled out a new program allowing anyone with a library card to download audiobooks and e-books.

In a time when we want (expect?) information and entertainment content to be free, the combination of the old check-out model with the new download mentality makes sense.

Letting the kids do their own shopping via an iPhone app

October 19, 2010 1 comment

We’re taking a new approach to Christmas shopping this year.

No, we’re not just being huge nerds who use the iPhone for everything. There is a method to the madness this time.

This app, called “Red Laser,” scans barcodes, then stores the items’ names and prices on your phone.

This is useful for a few reasons:

1) It keeps track of the best prices (online) for the items you scan.

2) It creates a working wish list on your phone.

3) When you empower the kids to do the scanning, as we did, it creates a sort of accountability/buy-in to the wish list.

It seems like a great idea now. Let’s see how it holds up when the kids change their minds the first of several hundred times between now and December 25.