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Famous Pugs

May 7, 2011

(from my friend’s blogs.)


Rachel writes the blog, You’re Sew Cool, & is my sewing bud (we actually met in sewing class.) She has two pups, but her stories of Perry the puggle are my favorite. He is a constant feature on her sewing blog – the best was her caption to the photo on the right (which I can COMPLETELY sympathize with):

Perry’s cornhole strikes again. I refuse to crop it out, because if I have to look at it, you do, too.


Foster belongs to my Food-blogger friend, Lindsey. He, like Murphdog who loves scavangering in the kitchen. The photo of him with his many socks was Lindsey’s Christmas card, which you know I loved. Foster photos crack me up!!

That is all. Share the pug love.


30 Day Song Challenge (21–25)

May 6, 2011

Day 25: A Song That Makes You Laugh: Kermit the From/Sesame Street “African Alphabet”

I laugh, but also, this is an amazing song & I want to include it. I love how it comes together.

Day 24: A Song That You Want to Play at Your Funeral: Louis Prima “Pennies From Heaven”

I decided to go with, kick-ass Louis Prima. Happiness, dancing, let the party begin. I envision a big band playing, some pulled pork barbeque, and lots of dancing. In general, I found this entry especially challenging. For the 30-Day challenge, I’ve worked on my entire list ahead of time, and this was one day I’ve been unable to figure out until today. Essentially — what do you want to be your last impression on all your loved ones? Talk about pressure.

Some runner-ups:
Jackie Wilson’s “Higher and Higher”

This was another happy, celebration song, I envisioned with a full-on choir singing in the stands… but the message was a bit off. Specifically: “And now with my loving arms around you, honey, I can stand up and face the world!” (ummmm….)

Rascal Flatts “My Wish”

Love this song, but it was very much like doling advice to those I’m leaving behind. Super sad. And a little full of myself?

Kermit’s “The Rainbow Connection”

sad sad sad.

Also, Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Boxer” is awesome, and has that part where you can just unleash your emotion and let out all those tears, but again, not what I was going for. Also, the strife and struggle of the life of a Boxer doesn’t particularly relate to me.

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Recommended Read: The PR Pro’s Guide to Blogging

April 28, 2011

Found from a @mashable tweet, this article has some gems in it. While it applies more specifically to companies, you can still read it as a one-man-blog machine and pull some helpful hints.

A few of my favorite parts:

Think like a reporter. Whether you are the main writer of your client’s blog or are working with a handful of people on the client side who do the posting, pay attention to timely topics that come through and share your ideas.

Make it Worth Sharing… Readers will find witty, educational posts, videos, guest contributions and even cartoons that cover everything from SEO and lead generation to Charles Darwin and cupcakes.

Take a look, let me know what you’ve found most useful, or if you’ve got other great articles you look to for blogging advice. And if it wasn’t obvious, follow @mashable on twitter.

30 Day Song Challenge (16–20)

April 28, 2011

Day 20: A Song That You Listen to When You’re Angry: Christina Aguilera “Fighter”

Because really, any time I’m angry, someone has caused me to get to that point… I let people get to me. So, this allows me get angry, and then turn it around.

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30 Day Song Challenge (11–15)

April 25, 2011

Day 15: A Song That Describes You: Survivor “Eye of the Tiger”

Maybe it’s because every mixtape I made in high school began with this song. Or maybe it’s because, whenever I’m facing a situation where I have to rise up and totally obliterate expectations, this is playing in my head. Or perhaps, I just wish I was in that Rocky scene, kicking ass. I’m not sure, but I feel like this song is in my personal soundtrack of life…

It’s the eye of the tiger, It’s the thrill of the fight
Rising up to the challenge of our rival.

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Murphy Loves His Cone

April 25, 2011
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And by love, I mean shoots-hateful-laser-eyes-at-me-and-wishes-death-upon-me.

Here is a picture of his super fun weekend!

I should have taken a picture of the initial cone I got him, I went by his neck size and when I fit it on him, it was HUGE! I swear it didn’t look that gigantic in person. It was so big, he was disoriented when he tried to walk and stumbled. Poor thing. The one in the pictures is petite and perfect for him!

He played a bit too rough with his dog-cousin, Milagros the French Bulldog. She runs the roost and put him in his place, and he came away with rug burns on his cheek and a few nips. No beg deal at the time, but as his entire cheek scabbed over we realized we’ll have to reign them in next time.

Recommended Read: Be More Creative (By Asking More Creative Questions)

April 22, 2011

First, follow @Zingzone on Twitter. Sam Harrison is a phenom and blew me away at the HOW Conference last year. He’s a constant source of great information and is a true professional inspiration.

His article, recently posted on the web site, is full of juicy tips on how to use questions to your advantage in order to create solutions. He uses wonderful examples in each point he makes. My favorite thing about Mr. Harrison is that he expects a lot from you. He expects you to do your homework (not the client), to dig deeper, to stay focused, and to be responsible. Thank you Sam Harrison for expecting everyone to step up the plate, no shortcuts!

The good news is designers typically have lots of questions racing around their brains. After all, highly creative people are passionately curious people. But the bad news is we sometimes fail to ask those questions out loud. Or perhaps we don’t ask the right questions at the right time. Or maybe we don’t ask them to the right people.

Here are a few ways to polish your questioning…

If you like this article, you’ll love his books. Check them out here. Highly recommended.