Saturday, February 23, 2008

He's here!


Weighing 5lbs. and measuring 13in. in display width, MacBook has made it in the jessieg family yesterday evening. We couldn't be prouder. But I haven't even had time to do anything on him, or get him set up on the Internet, so he's just hanging out on my desk, ready to be deployed. Not sure when that will be, because I'm working like a dog at my full-time job, and I recently took on a freelance editing position with a local magazine, Urban Times. (Channeling Shopaholic's main character, Becky: I am a top magazine editor. A movie based on the series is coming out, if you haven't heard.) So between that and getting what is I think is a cold, but it feels more like the flu, Mr. Mac will just have to chill without getting any loving. But not to worry, I'll soon be firing up my brain and fingers to push out some prose.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Photo-worthy Kansas


I've often remarked to my husband that Kansas reminds me of Italy. Never been there, but I'm sure there are some parallels that can be drawn to the two countries' countrysides. While browsing Etsy (favorite pastime, very addictive), I discovered Jared in Kansas Fine Art Photography. This is the stuff my dream Italy is made of.

Clever posters


I'm not big on posters. They're too big, too overdone, and just too cheap looking. For the most part. Checking out my all-time-favorite picture blog Oh Joy!, I clicked on one of the rotating ad banners, the Keep Calm Gallery. These posters are so witty and clever. I want one for my cubicle at work. The "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster would fit well. The poster's message was one that harks back to WWII, but it's appropriate for work too. Some days I can almost hear the sirens going off.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Bye, bye Blueprint


Not too long ago I subscribed to the Martha Stewart-endorsed magazine Blueprint. Unlike her magazine Martha Stewart Living that delves more into topics that will interest a older generation (but I still love the design and the step-by-step food and craft instructions), Blueprint was geared for the younger (post-college, early career) women who want more designerly products and treatments. But alas, the magazine didn't make it—at least in print form. I received a post card telling me as subscriber that the print publication had ceased and that my remaining subscription will be honored with Martha Stewart Living. Another one bites the dust. I was actually pretty surprised, because this magazine struck a chord with me. I loved the edgy, fun font and the photography. The topics tended to be geared more toward young women who are into designer clothes and living in the Upper Eastside of Manhattan. A far reality cry for a mid-western mentality that includes window shopping at Old Navy and Target. Maybe it was too much eye candy.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Three degrees of Will Ferrell

Check out Will Ferrell's Funny or Die website.

That's my co-worker Eric interviewing good ole Willy on his upcoming movie Semi-Pro for Eric's website scene-stealers.com.