Thursday, December 30, 2010


Each day, I receive a positive quote via e-mail. Today, I received a comment from the always-encouraging Helen Keller:

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."

So, here's to the optimism that a new year brings: May all of this new year be brighter than the last.

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Very Barbie Christmas

This Christmas, my youngest daughter received five different Barbies as presents. Five! When I was growing up, there was only one Barbie. But I digress.

Among these five Barbies is one that has a video camera in her tummy. You'll be happy to know that the camera works well and that there's a lovely video clip of the inside of my nose to prove it.

In honor of the new members of my household, here are a few Barbie randoms:

1. Barbie is the creation of Ruth Handler, who noticed that her daughter preferred playing with paper dolls that looked like adults instead of baby dolls.

2. The first Barbie doll sold for $3.00.

3. Barbie made her debut on March 9, 1959 at the American International Toy Fair. That date is considered to be her birthday. (Cool, Barbie is older than I am.)

4. Ken was introduced in 1960.

5. Barbie's full name is Barbra Millicent Roberts, and Ken's name is Ken Carson.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


According to Reuters, for the second year in a row, "whatever" has been voted the most annoying word in the English language. It doesn't annoy me that much -- except when it comes out of the mouth of one of my daughters. Then, it is most annoying.

But this expression is so popular that it comes with its own hand signals -- a three-fingered "W" followed my a three-fingered "E." What I like to do is to counter my children's use of the expression -- and sometimes hand signs -- with a "Whatever Major Loser" flash of hand signs. Unfortunately, most of the time, I get the "L" backwards.

Sigh. Not cool as a kid. Not cool as an adult.

WEML. : )

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


"Be of good cheer. Do not think of today's failures,
but of the success that may come tomorrow.
You have set yourselves a difficult task,
but you will succeed if you persevere; and you
will find a joy in overcoming obstacles."

-- Helen Keller (1880-1968) American Writer