Wednesday, August 10, 2011

My Life in 140 Characters or Less

There are days when stringing together more than three words of a single thought is doing good.  Expanding on that thought beyond that one sentence?  There is not enough coffee in this world to make that possible some days.  My inner monologue is not faring any better, most days it sounds something like this:

7AM: Must get coffee.
7:14AM: Get more coffee.
7:33AM: Cold pizza?  Acceptable breakfast.
8:02AM: Baby, please nap.

And so on, and so forth.  On really good days though, I find that my thoughts get a little bit wittier and lengthier towards something I refer to as my Inner Twitter/Facebook Feed.  Not wanting to put anything online line that is boring I have caught myself thinking about how I would turn mundane moments into catchy status updates.  For example:

MP wishes she could lock the kids in their rooms and go shopping.

MP would love a DQ blizzard.  Why doesn't DQ deliver?

If a genii showed up I would ask for these three things: sleep, pacifiers that stay in babies mouths and an endless supply of chocolate cake.

Class I could teach: Baby Wrangling 101, Distraction Methods 203 and The Lost Art of Eating with One Hand (Advanced Course)

You get the picture.  I find that if I try and stick to short, clever sentences I find the humor in stressful situations and I can pretend that I am still using my mind for things other than toddler arguments.  Why do I not put these up online more often?  Well, I would hate for Child Protection workers to show up at my door when I am still wearing my PJs and  most days I just cannot be bothered.  Plus I say these things to entertain myself.  I am pretty sure other people do not think I am as funny as I think I am.  Especially as funny as I think I am in my own head.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Internet: Inspiration

If you were to pop in on me at my home on any given day, at any given hour you would not be surprised to find me sitting in front of my computer.  Or at the very least see my laptop open and on.  My laptop serves as my cookbook, radio, calendar and some days, the only social outlet I get.  Cooking/recipe blogs fill my tabs as Pandora is streaming in the background, all while I am filling out our Google Calendar and typing a message on Facebook.  Staying home with my kids during the day could be isolating, but I have found ways to make the days fly by for me, and the kids.

One way I stay connected is by staying abreast of what is happening in the world (thank goodness for Facebook updates from New York Times and NPR) and pursuing the web to feel inspired or at the very least a little bit excited about what others are creating.  Every once in a while I find something that makes me a little giddy, gets my creative juices flowing and puts me in the mood to create.  Here's what I found via my dear friend Jacquie last night:

MOVE from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

I patiently waited for it to download and then sat in awe as I watched each perfectly edited frame whiz by.
"3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage... all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food ....into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling short films.....
= a trip of a lifetime." (From their site)

Go watch their other two films and get inspired to create something. Or buy a plane ticket to someplace exotic.  Or at the very least get off of your seat and get moving.

What have you found on the internet that inspired you?