Monthly Archives: March 2009


  • 12:01 on American flight LAX -> JFK…now with WIFI! This is fabulous! #

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oh, twenty-five…

I’m not so old that I need guys to think they’re complimenting me by telling me I look younger. I’m not thirty.


(from 09/20/03)

On the flip side:

I’m going to go sing to myself a little song about how I only have to work in the bottom-feeding part of this industry for another ten to twelve months, and then I’m going to go get a real job. I want to go do online media buys for an advertising agency, not a marketing company. I want to accomplish branding through media buys, not just slap them wherever. I’ve always been really into marketing through effective brand management.
(from 09/23/03)

Oh, and a month after I posted that, the nice folks at Avenue A said this about me when they rejected me for a job:

“..a dynamic young lady with a real go getter personality who will go far in her career.”

Given that my ambition right now is to be one of their biggest threats on the West Coast, in terms of making whoever I’m working for a seriously competitive agency, I’d say that they had some insight there. Even at the risk of ego.

I should be writing a powerpoint towards that end.

like mother, like son

Ben is already 2 1/2 feet tall. That’s 30 inches. Which is the 95th percentile for height.

Maybe he will get a basketball scholarship so we won’t have to worry about paying for college.

Now, I give you…A VERY TALL BABY!

From 09-03-29 Ben Photos

my husband is awesome

Paul built “Ben-Land” today – a 20 square foot area of our living room that is partially padded and entirely fenced in. Ben can crawl now, and therefore, needs a baby pen to contain him.

I give you…Paul in Ben-Land!

From 09-03-29 Ben Photos


  • 18:59 trying to be superwoman: baby+housework+actual work = too much. I blame modern society for high expectations from women #

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baby adorableness update!

Why yes, Ben IS an awfully adorable baby! Even if I do say so myself:

I took Ben and his Pack’n’Play outside yesterday and let him practice standing in the sunshine. It was a little cool outside, so I put his hood up:

Also, Ben would like us all to know that trying to crawl is SERIOUS BUSINESS:

need a realtor on the Island

OK, so my mom is trying to sell the condo she just inherited in Victoria. Oak Bay, 2bd, 2ba, and an entire WALL of glass facing the Strait of Georgia. Ridiculous views of the islands.

The problem is the realtor. I offered to do some Google Adwords and Craiglist postings to help find the target market to buy said condo. If you’re looking for people retiring from Alberta or Ontario to Victoria, you need to advertise in front of those people, right? I send proposal in email, and he promises my mom he’ll call me.

Two weeks go by, no call. Excuse after excuse. “Oh, he’s busy”. “Oh, he’s on vacation”. He keeps telling my mom these things, but never actually calls me. Last week, he told my mom he wanted to meet with her to discuss the sales strategy. She says, call my daughter, who is an advertising professional, and Google certified to boot. The clock ticks. STILL no call.

I am offering to do – and pay for – advertising work that the real estate broker should be doing. Yet this realtor STILL can’t do the follow through to help sell this property. It’s his job to promote and list this condo with all the outlets possible, and he’s not doing it. I can’t tell if it’s just that three decades of easy sales in Oak Bay have made him lazy, or if he doesn’t want to have to deal with new technology, or if he thinks my digital marketing suggestions aren’t going to help. But I need him to work with me on this, and I’m not going to help this guy make his commission if he’s not working with his client get this property sold.

So I think we’re going to let his contract expire next month and get a new realtor. This is where you people come in. If you know a realtor in Victoria who wants to make this commission, tell me. This is a nice condo near the Oak Bay Marina. With my online marketing campaign, the broker would barely even have to do any promotion. I just need someone who will work with me to actively try to sell this property, instead of sitting back and waiting for MLS to bring in a sale. In this economy, I suspect that you have to work to get your property ad in front of the right people, not sit there and wait for them to find your listing.

If anyone’s got a friend with a license in Victoria, PLEASE send me their contact info. We’ll be taking another stab at selling this condo once the contract expires in May.

family lunch #2

For our first ever family lunch, we took Ben to In-n-Out. That was back in February. Ben sat in a high chair, chirped at us, and ate fries. Then he got crabby towards the end, so we bolted our burgers and left before he could announce that he was bored.

Today, we managed to go to Koda Sushi in Silverlake for lunch, after going to the farmer’s market. (Link goes to my Yelp review) And despite Ben managing to dump about 300mL of soy sauce all over himself and the surrounding floor, it actually went very well. Also, Ben will eat eggplant provided it is covered in a sweet sauce. We’re finally at a point where we can put Ben in a high chair, and eat a meal, outside the house, as a family. I’m so happy about this!

Also, a half-dozen girls eating brunch at Good, next door, oohed and ahhed over my little boy and remarked on how adorable he is. Ben, of course, grinned and waved at them and generally acted like the tiny ham he is. It was very flattering to have people remark on how adorable my child is. I just hope he doesn’t end up in the handsome person bubble when he gets bigger as a result.


  • 12:45 @mellypants I’m sorry work makes you want to shoot yourself in a disfiguring way. My solution is coffee. Lots/more of it. #

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  • 20:04 Fake Christopher Walken (@cwalken) writes awesome posts – like tiny Walkenesque haikus. #

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