December 3 – Article. What’s an article that you read that blew you away? That you shared with all your friends. That you Delicious’d and reference throughout the year.
Um. Seriously? Lemme think. Nope. Nothing.
Okay here’s the thing. I’m sort of a bit of a Cliff Clavin type. I’ve always read some article, some factoid, some little interesting nugget that relates to whatever the hell we are talking about. Seriously. Whether its shopping for the perfect gift, breastfeeding, farmers markets, political decisions, history, or small town murders, I can tell you something interesting about all of those. And if not, I can find an article in about 30 seconds. I’m careful to back up what I’ve read, not make stuff up to suit my needs, and give credit where credit is due. But I have an excellent memory and I remember things for a long long time. So there isn’t a particular standout all year long. Like, at all.
I’ll tell you what I have been reading though. Articles about sleeping – specifically getting whiny teething toddlers to do more of it without just letting him cry. I’ve been reading about extended breastfeeding. I’ve been reading about maximizing happiness and minimizing effort. I’ve been reading about real estate. I’ve been reading about working from home, what’s the best value for a tympanic thermometer, whether soy is good for me and my son, how to promote your organization without spending a dime, where can I buy a good pair of jeans, why we refer to jeans as a pair, anyway, and what type of jeans are the most flattering to conceal the mommy poochy belly that I still have and don’t think will ever go away. I’ve been reading about changing the way I talk to people I love, how to get what I want without having to be a nag, and why the hell my sex drive is still absent. I’ve read about historical buildings in my city, how difficult it is to move a house from one street to another, how to make a fabric Mr Potato Head, and how to get the most out of my 80 year old sewing machine. I’ve read about how to get started to do metal stamping, how to grab elusive me time, and how to be happy with what I have and just be myself.