Thursday, May 7, 2009

I Will Almost Certainly Never Be This Busy Again

I'm a crotchety old lady, which means I’m old and sedentary, and like to stay at home as much as possible. I don't like people, I don't really like the telephone, and why can't we all just communicate via email?

For example, why would I go out to a movie when I could just watch it on DVD and not have to listen to people chatter, cell phones ring, and (as during one memorable showing of No Country For Old Men) someone snoring? Concerts are worth braving the outside world, but only if I really like the band because they last until the middle of damn night, there are always people standing in front of you, and I paid for my two square feet of space so why can't you dance in front of your own damn chair?

Also? You youngsters, can't you see the sidewalk there? Get the hell off-a my lawn.

For the most part, I just want to sit at home, drink a soda, eat some microwave popcorn, and watch Battlestar Galactica on DVD while I work on my computer.

So it’s a little surprising that I’ve been out and about as much as I have lately. Last week I went to see people to learn about the Speak Now For Kids campaign. (Have you entered your story yet?) Then I went to chat with people and eat food at the Good Stuff Eatery. This weekend I'm going to show my feet to new acquaintances and socialize while getting a pedicure. Who am I and what have you done with Stimey?

The last place I went this week was PBS HQ, which is just as exciting as it sounds. So picture the lobby of the place you work, or the last place you worked. Did it look like this?

Yeah, I didn't think so.

PBS brought a group of bloggers together to talk to us about the thought behind their children's programming and to hear what we had to say about it. I learned a lot of really interesting things and will be posting about that soon, either here or on my review blog.

But first I have to tell you a little bit about the event itself, because it was all packed full of blog fodder.

Blog fodder item #1: I drove Kim from Passion and Art and her gorgeous daughter. Instead of being able to follow the simple directions given us, we had to get lost, take some u-turns and enter the wrong parking garage. Then we got lost within that parking garage, made some u-turns, backed up the wrong way on some one-way paths, and finally emerged back onto the street. So then we found the "right" garage, tried to enter the permit parking area, backed up to enter the visitors parking area, then followed other cars through the packed garage straight to the exit where we were told to leave because the garage was full. Which leads us back to that first garage, which turns out to have been the right garage all along. We found a space, begged some strangers in an elevator for directions to PBS, and finally found our way to the elevators that led to the PBS lobby.

Blog fodder item #2: When the elevator doors opened, we could see into the PBS lobby where Clifford in all his big red dog glory was standing. Kim's daughter was so excited that she ran directly into the glass doors trying to get to him.

Blog fodder item #3: This:

Shortly thereafter Quinn the Little Blue Toddler knocked Clifford the Big Red Dog over whilst giving him an enthusiastic hug. Don't feel bad, Clifford, he does it to me all the time too.

Blog fodder item #4: Standing in the lobby was a woman who looked very familiar to me. I couldn't for the life of me figure out who she was, where I had met her, or why she looked familiar. Several hours later while sitting at home, it finally hit me. She is a parent at my kids' elementary school, which just happens to be the only place in the entire world that I am not out as a blogger. Nice.

Blog fodder item #5: I learned how Super Why taught Jack to read when he was 4. So did a large group of mom bloggers. Well, they didn't learn about Jack specifically, but they/we did learn how Super Why positively affects childhood literacy. I'm not going to list all the bloggers here, but they are all very smart, very opinionated (in a good way), and very influential.

Blog fodder item #6: PBS was kind enough to set up child care for those of us with children. Quinn had a wonderful time. When I left him, he was clutching a giant full bottle of apple juice. When I picked him up, he was still clutching the giant bottle of apple juice, but it was mostly empty. I think all he did was eat the snacks they had and consume juice. Needless to say, we hit the bathroom before we left.

Blog fodder item #7: Quinn's instincts for swag are strong. He walked out of the child care, saw a pile of backpacks, and somehow identified a PBS employee immediately to ask, "Can I have one of those?" As soon as she said yes, he grabbed one, spilled his juice on it, and bailed.

Blog fodder item #8: Kim and I found our way home, I dropped her and her daughter off, and I made it to the bus stop to pick up Sam and Jack with a good three minutes to spare. Awesome.

And then I never left the house again.


  1. wow, new header! cute!

    wtg on spotting the swag quinn. and i'm so jealous. i love pbs.

  2. Way to be social Stimey!! I also have been known to ask why I can't just email someone instead of calling... Not a good thing with a business like mine. ;)

  3. So apparently I need to move to the DC area?

  4. Sounds like an awesome trip. I love pbs kids. You will have to fill me in. I for one, am glad you get out of the house. I would never see you if you didn't and then I would be sad!

  5. Wow. I feel the same way about people, the telephone, and email. Now if my neighborhood only had sidewalks, I'd invite you over to help me yell at the kids walking in the street.

  6. I pretty much hate going out and talking to so many people. I'm so wiped out from this week!

  7. Whew! I'm exhauusted...and a tad envious, too! Um you think maybe Q got his super swag-radar from you? I'm bettin'...

  8. Wow, that's quite a week! I too love PBS Kids and would like to hear more about that because I definitely credit Super Why for helping Lyle learn to read at age 4 as well. I'll look forward to reading more, now that you're back to staying home and writing.

  9. "I'm a crotchety old lady, which means I’m old and sedentary, and like to stay at home as much as possible. I don't like people, I don't really like the telephone, and why can't we all just communicate via email?" I know you didn't ask so I will tell you it's fine with me if you quote me.

    And .. I thought Clifford was bigger.

  10. It took me a solid half hour to find my way out of that garage.

    xoxo, SG

  11. Are you showing off your internal link savvy?

  12. Re the 1st part of the blog post:

    I just don't know who you are anymore. Sigh.

    Re the rest:

    I am SO counting the PBS my kids watch as homeschooling hours!

  13. Awesome! Sounds like a fun-filled week!

  14. What a social butterfly you are now! It all sounds worth getting out of your home for though!

  15. Those big "characters" always crack me up. They're kind of terrifying. There is a reason why small children scream and cray when confronted by a 6'3" Elmo.

    Love the new header!


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