Archive - 2019

The journalists and the rest of us

In the news today: Gannett lays off journalists across the country.

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I was a newspaper person too.

Here is your yearly reminder that Gannett also lays off employees who don’t work in the newsroom … they are just rarely included in the sad pieces because they don’t get to write them.

IT, customer service, circulation, operations, advertising, production, design, marketing, sales, finance… these are all people who contribute toward getting those papers on your doorstep/news on your digital display of choice. Their jobs are important.

Even though their jobs are all but invisible to many, they are all newspaper people, too. And for over a DECADE, they have been getting laid off as well. Most of their jobs were consolidated to regional design/layout centers, India (IT), or the Philippines (customer service).

Many of them are my friends. And you never even heard about them.

Remember them, even if they are never given a column inch.

I originally Tweeted a shorter version of this today.

Resolutions update: January

We are twenty-two days into January. Most (of my) resolutions die by now, so here’s an update on Where have I been? What do I want?

Beauty: My nails are growing, but I had to trim them down (!) because they got in the way of the guitar strings. Like 10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife. Face and floss are good. My face has stopped breaking out and flaking off at the same time, which is a relief. I’m chalking that up to all of the moisturizers I’m using. Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Face Mask once a week helps too.

Tip: run the unopened foil packet under warm water so that you’re not slapping ice-cold goop onto your face in the dead of winter.

Food: Doing well at eating the lunch I bring. This was last week’s lunch:

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spinach, carrot, onion, tomato, hard boiled egg and Italian dressing.

I wasn’t sick of it by Friday, so I’ll duplicate that this week. I’m nailing the water goal, too. One bottle at home, one at work.

Fitness: The bad: I’m 4 days behind on Yoga with Adriene – the first time in 4 years I fell behind – but I’m still plugging away. It’s been so cold OR rainy lately that I can’t make myself get outside to walk. Some of the yoga workouts are less than a half-hour, making it hard to close my exercise rings every day.

but my battery’s almost 100%!

The good: I’m closing the move rings, so my Watch overlord suggested I up my move calories to 330 from 300. I accept.

Spirit: I’m leaving my desk for 20-30 minutes every day at lunch. TNP has a television in our common area that is always on CNN. I can’t deal with that, so I go downstairs to the building’s cafeteria to eat. Guitar practice has stabilized at 4x/week instead of 5. I’m blogging, too!

Dry January: Still dry.

No-Spend January: I, uh, bought a new desk. And girl scout cookies (2 a night with my evening coffee). And a blazer from NY&Co that was 75% off. All three bring me joy, Marie Kondo. And a bday present for Nephew B that I couldn’t pass up. And an order from Grounds & Hounds Coffee.

What about you? Which resolutions have you nailed and failed?

Happy 2nd Birthday Murphy!

Two years ago today the skies grew dark over Hannibal, Missouri as this crazy knob entered the world.

who needs a nice yard?

In two years he went from this:

The face that destroyed a thousand things.

To this:

The face that still destroys a thousand things.

Lin-Manuel Miranda said this about his dog Tobillo…

To paraphrase:
Murphy had arrived, with all his fearlessness, tenacity & joy.
We made room; he curled right up.

“you want this ball? well you’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ well do ya, punk?”

Murphy does everything at 100%. He is HAPPY or he is SAD or he is ANGRY. He likes cold coffee, Sunday morning sausage, evening snuggles, and morning runs. (He runs, we try to get him to walk.) He hates the dark, my guitar, and when people dare walk by our house. He bites my pant legs when I practice yoga. He covers our faces with kisses when we come home. He still thinks the dog in the mirror is his mortal enemy.

And consider this Murphy’s contribution to the 10-year challenge, except this is a 10-minute challenge.

RIP, Barkbox toy.

Murphy brings an inordinate amount of joy to our home every day and he is worth every single sock he’s destroyed x 1000.

Snugging on a winter’s day.

Happy birthday, Murph. Here’s to many more! <3

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