While I've been busy not posting here this week...

1. Working like a dog. A dog that works 12 hour days. Are there still dogs like that? I have no idea. Our dog does not work 12 hours a day. Our dog sleeps 12 hours a day, not including the nights. Sounds like a pretty good work schedule to me. Of course, she does have to put up with things like this from time to time so I suppose it's only fair

2.  Trying to get my head around the feminine hygiene product category. Yes friends, after two decades in advertising making ads for cars and liquor and fashion and soft drinks, I am, for the first time, looking at strategic briefs with the word "panty" in them.

Oh wait, I did work on Cabbage Patch Kids for four seconds in my very first job. But...no. No, I don't think there was anything about panties there. Sorry.

3. Cutting my hair 4 inches. I was getting tired of wrestling it out from under my handbag shoulder strap every day.

 The funny thing is, I got home, took one look at Thalia, and realized that besides the bangs, we now pretty much have the same hair cut. She hugged me so hard, I'm letting her think I did it on purpose.

4. Graciously thanking friends who saw my photo in the New York Post This Weekend, as one of 8 New Yorkers to follow on Twitter. Right under Lady Gaga and Ruth Reichl, hello! So basically, I now have lots of new followers to disappoint: Uh, what is all this mommy stuff she's talking about? I just came here for the Jesus joke.

5. Wondering why in the world a humorist has to defend her choice to other women to write funny stories instead of political ones. 1973 called, it wants its misguided angry feminists back.

6. Putting together the Cool Mom Picks annual Mother's Day Gift Guide. Whoo! More than 50 incredible finds for all kinds of mamas at all kinds of prices. (The crunchy mama category kind of makes me laugh every time.) I really hope you'll click over and support some of the small businesses we're featuring and maybe even find something for your own wish list.

And if you want to help out more? Well, you could help support us bloggers and all those small businesses too by posting the purdy button on your own blog or website. We'll enter you to win $300 worth of goodies from our generous sponsors Method Laundry and Heart and Stone Jewelry. (Details on the guide.)

What we will not do is ask you to write seven (7) posts about it, facebook and twitter it, post some widgets, host a contest on your blog, and link to other blogs every day for five days all for a chance to win...oh wait, nothing.

No, that was just a pitch I found in my inbox this week.

7. Enjoying moments like this one:
God bless spring.


Blogger MaggieK said...

That is great that you have been recognized as one of the Top New Yorkers to follow. I love the last picture...yay for spring.

4/15/10, 7:52 AM  
Blogger Red Dirt Mummy said...

Had to laugh - my daughter and I are currently sporting the same 'do'. Realised too late and neither of us wants to change :)

4/15/10, 8:20 AM  
Anonymous Boston Mamas said...

Oh man, I especially love that last photo. Joy!

(And the first one ain't bad either.)

Also, glad you didn't hit the salon to get Lady Gaga hair.

4/15/10, 8:28 AM  
Anonymous Busy Mom said...

Re: #2 Seems you're getting the wrong part of your anatomy around that product.

I should be in advertising.

4/15/10, 9:48 AM  
Anonymous Hi, I'm Natalie. said...

I completely forgot what I was going to say when I saw the gorgeous picture of the girls in the hammock. Just... wow.

4/15/10, 9:56 AM  
Anonymous Liz said...

Your dog is ridiculously cute.

And the NY Post article? Awesome.

4/15/10, 9:57 AM  
Anonymous MoCo Mom @mocomom said...

Well, if it makes you feel any better, my 15-yr old son and I have the same hair cut. Um, he's not too happy with me about it.

Also, my sister-in-law works in manufacturing for the leading maker of fem. hygiene products. Given the funny (read: sadly bad) test ads and focus group comments she's shared with me I'm glad you're on the case. Seriously, there are some really bad tampon and napkin ads out there. Which begs the question: what IS a good tampon or napkin ad???

4/15/10, 9:58 AM  
Blogger The Empress said...

In hammocks already? Lucky you with the great weather.
Maybe soon here.

And LOVE LOVE that little bitty bowl with the rough edges.


4/15/10, 9:59 AM  
Blogger just making my way said...

Congratulations on your new hairdo and your New Yorker recognition! Fun stuff all the way around.

Best of all though has to be that picture at the end. What total joy on those faces!

4/15/10, 10:09 AM  
Blogger just making my way said...

Um. New York Post, I meant.

I was paying attention! No, really!

4/15/10, 10:10 AM  
Blogger Kiki said...

Hi There!
I've been a "lurker" on your blog on and off for a year or so... I don't think I've ever commented! Anyway, you are such a great writer, and you have wonderful things to say. Your posts entertain my husband, as well! And it was nice to see a photo of you! (Perhaps you've posted one before, but I've never seen one.)
:) Kiki

4/15/10, 10:13 AM  
Anonymous Pam said...

Congrats! Well deserved! And that last photo needs to be framed on your desk. What a great moment to capture!

4/15/10, 10:15 AM  
Blogger Mom101 said...

That's so nice Kiki, thanks for saying hi. And 'yo' to your husband. He has good taste. Heh.

4/15/10, 10:22 AM  
Blogger Marketing Mommy said...

I was recently in a feminine hygiene brainstorm myself. Nothing like a straight-laced male creative director talking about periods, blood leaks.

4/15/10, 10:29 AM  
Blogger the mama bird diaries said...

You make me laugh girl. Love that photo of your dog. And your new fabulous, Thalia-inspired do! And thanks for the shout-out and support. :)

4/15/10, 11:05 AM  
Blogger Mama Cas said...

OMG! OMG! OMG! I love your dog! My husband and I are HUGE bulldog fans. Ours passed away 2 years ago and I still miss my Pagie with all my heart.

If it's not too nosy, may I ask where you get your hair done and are you very happy with them? I'm looking for a new person...even if it means taking the train into the city. You can send it to my e-mail if you don't want to share it in your comments.

4/15/10, 11:55 AM  
Anonymous rachel said...

im a mom who found your blog post a million years abt hipster parents. been following u ever since! and now that ur listed next the gaga meister, even better!! hehe

4/15/10, 12:02 PM  
Blogger deb said...

I am a sometimes commenter, but this post has everything.
And congratulations , and that last picture ~swoon
and #5 loved.

4/15/10, 12:12 PM  
Anonymous Monica said...

Ok, little girl in pink dress's expression is killing me. Killing me dead. So cute!

4/15/10, 12:27 PM  
Blogger Aging Mommy said...

Your last picture of the girls having fun is just lovely - it's often hard to get a picture of your offspring just laughing and playing and not doing cheesy grins at the camera and this is a great shot. And thank goodness spring has finally, finally arrived!

4/15/10, 1:59 PM  
Blogger tara said...

is that for really your dog? too cute.

4/15/10, 3:27 PM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Two things:

1. Sorry about your long hours at work. My husband works in the oil field and the average shift is around 15 hours. It totally sucks and I'm sorry that you haven't been able to be home with your gorgeous girls more.

2. I got my hair cut today and when my 3-year-old saw me she pouted, "I want my hair to look more beautiful than yours!" I'm guessing she thinks it looks good? I'm going to take it that way.

4/15/10, 3:38 PM  
Blogger Mom101 said...

Yes, that's for really our dog!

Her name is Emily. She's honored to meet you all.

4/15/10, 3:40 PM  
Blogger Gray Matter said...

At least you escaped it for 20 years, 13 years in advertising and I worked on both tampons AND pads for at least 20% of that time. Then again, you are talking to the copy goddess who coined "PBR me ASAP." What? You've never heard that? Oh, well, nevermind.

4/15/10, 6:37 PM  
Blogger Beta Dad said...

I also share the same do with my daughter. Unfortunately, that's because she's 9 months old and her hair is on the way in, whereas mine is on the way out. You look great! (Was going to say "hot" but that seems borderline creepy).

4/15/10, 8:00 PM  
Anonymous deborahlquinn said...

I love the hammock picture! And the tightly curled hand around the strings of the hammock--bc what is joy without just the littlest smidgen of fear?

4/15/10, 9:33 PM  
Anonymous Cindy Gordon said...

Love the face on your dog. Absolutely expressionless. Like, OK, here we go again. Have to humor the humans!

4/15/10, 10:18 PM  
Blogger JHP said...

I have been dying for a hammock for quite some time. I wonder if one would make me smile like that?!

And I think my dog signed up for the same work shifts as your dog. Funny, funny. :)

4/16/10, 12:37 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

That is so sweet about your daughter. Although my mom intentionally cut my hair like hers when I was in the fourth grade and I spent two miserably years being mistaken for a boy before I got the guts to tell her I hated it!

I checked out the mother's day gift guide and there are some really awesome things there (that I may be leaving up on my husband's computer!).

Congratulations on being one of the top New Yorkers to follow... that is really great!

4/16/10, 8:02 AM  
Blogger Getrealmommy said...

can I be you? I want to be you. For real. funny. Succesful. Is there anything you don't do well? :)

4/16/10, 7:34 PM  
Anonymous dusty earth mother said...

I want to kiss your dog on the mouth. Sorry, I'm just that kind of girl.

And congrats on being a top Twitterer!

4/16/10, 10:12 PM  
Anonymous amanda said...

Thalia hugging you post-haircut will stay with me.

4/17/10, 11:32 AM  
Blogger Nicole Feliciano said...

I'm exhausted just reading about your week. Will pester Mr. Momtrends on those Prague ideas. Can't wait to have you and the ladies over for a rooftop soiree soon.

4/18/10, 2:09 PM  
Anonymous apathy lounge said...

I had to stop Twittering, because I couldn't keep up. Work isn't flexible to allow access to my personal computer activities (Facebook/blogging), so something had to go. However, I'd follow you in a heartbeat if I were ever to go back

4/18/10, 11:51 PM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

Congrats to you! It's totally deserved.

I bet your hair looks fabulous. The only way my daughter and I could ahve the same hair is if I put on a Hannah Montana wig and pinned the bangs back *sigh*

OFf to check out your Guide because it's always brilliance from y'all.

4/19/10, 9:15 PM  
Blogger heavenisabookstore said...

This was a very fun post. Thanks! I can't stop laughing at the dog pic. And I added the button to my blog. Been there, done that - last pic. Still funny.

4/20/10, 1:06 AM  
Blogger sherri said...

what a great picture! a bunch of giggling gals in a hammock, how fun is that?

4/21/10, 6:52 PM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

The picture of the girls in the hammock is sooooo sweet!

4/24/10, 10:53 PM  
Anonymous Kendra said...

Love your blog! Glad I found this on the Top 50 Mommy Blogs!

4/27/10, 9:23 PM  

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