Friday, August 24, 2012

"I killed someone's only love."

Not all, but SOME birds mate for life.
ALL birds experience mourning, much like humans.

This photo breaks my heart, even more so now that I'm fairly certain I killed a bird with my car this morning.

It wasn't my fault.  Okay, no, it's my fault in the same way that animals were here first and we come bustling in with these skyscrapers and SUVs and styrofoam containers and generally just trashed their planet.

But I was pretty much minding my own business, driving to work, when a flock of low-flying birds passed in front of me (and another car, traveling the opposite way).  I remember thinking, "Birds are so crazy.  How is it they fly so low but never get hit?  That was a close call."

And the next thing I know, a see a lone bird taking off from the left.  Low-flying, much lower than the others.  Much slower than the others.  I imagined him saying, "Hey guys! Wait up!"

The next thing I hear is THUNK.

It happened quite literally in the blink of an eye, and I shuddered and immediately said "NO, NO, NO!" and looked for him on the road behind me.  He wasn't there.  (Do you like how I've given this bird a gender?  He's a dude. For some reason, I know this.)

And then I remembered that birds (hopefully not THIS breed of bird) mate for life.  And I thought...

I have killed someone's one and only love.


And I cried.

(My mother assured me he was probably fine.  Elena-Marija  pointed out that I didn't know for certain that it was dead.  A girl at work mused, "Maybe it was a widow."  But I still feel badly.  I am nothing if not a ridiculous softie.)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

You're hired!

I had a chuckle today while checking out my analytics page for the blog--I came across these search terms:

"job poisitions that require the ability to speak ubbi-dubbi."***

Here's the deal, reader from Pennsylvania.  Even though you spelled positions wrong, I like you already.  And I need an intern.  I can't pay you, but it's not a ton of work and I'll gladly write you a letter for college/high school credit.  If nothing else, it's experience, and you can work from home.  Deal?  Deal.

In all honesty, though, I'm seriously considering hiring an intern to help out with my children's television work.  I need someone to help bring loose ends together, and I can't be everywhere at once.  (Not for lack of trying.  15 hour commute plus 20 hour a week job plus 50 hour a week job plus full time college!  I've gone from a person who "occasionally" drinks coffee to someone who mainlines it.)

I'm in the process of contacting some people to check on the legality of the whole thing (can a individual really hire an intern, or do colleges only consider reputable corporations?) but I'm a little excited at the prospect of having a helper.

***For those not in the know, Ubbi Dubbi is a language commonly spoken on the children's television show Zoom.  I am fluent--but it's never helped me get a job.  Also, this photo I posted?  I'm pretty sure it's the second season cast--the season I actually auditioned for myself.

Friday, August 3, 2012


So, of course Bravehost/Bravenet (the company I used to host my other website for free) suddenly yanked free hosting out from under everyone.  With no warning or email notice or anything--suddenly I went to my website (thank goodness I checked it) and there was a big pop-up telling me to log in to see changes with my account.

YEAH.  That's really professional-looking, for sure.  THANKS DOUCHES.

Now I am faced with the task of finding a decent free hosting service, which is completely lame because Bravehost served me just fine until July 31st.  I debated buying hosting from them just to make it easier, but I really don't want to give my business to a company who made my website completely useless without even giving me a heads up.  That's just not good business at all.

If anyone knows of any good sites, please let me know.  Bonus if they have templates and a visual editor, as well as a text one.  (I don't know if that's a standard thing, but I'm only so-so with the HTML so I do sometimes need to work off a template, or click and drag things to arrange them.)

Thanks!! :D