Monday, March 09, 2009

great expectations (verse 1)

I originally wrote this post late last night. But the "tone" of the post that I thought was entertaining at midnight, sounded rather whiny at 8 AM. So until I have an opportunity to go back and make some edits ... just remember this.

Nobody likes a cry baby.

Unless they are 20-months old and covered in sand.


  1. Could your reduced reader count be due to the fact that people (like me) use RSS feeds now more than ever? Don't know if the RSS readers would count as a hit, but I'm guessing not. Just an idea... Keep up the good work, Jen. And hang in there :)
    Cheers from Milan, Italy

  2. Congratulations, you're human, just like the rest of us. ;)

    As for the cancer fundraising, remember this: the most successfuly people in the world have heard the word "No" more than anyone else.

    You'll do well with the fundraising, I know you will. And for every "fault" you find with yourself, your children, husband, family and friends will find a blessing. Don't be so hard on yourself.

  3. Hey Jen,

    I read your blog every day, but I don't think it shows up on your sitemeter because I use Google Reader. Is it possible that RSS feed usage (use of readers) has gone up 25% and you are just not getting credit for those?

    cheer up :)

  4. Caroline Peters3/9/09, 9:52 AM

    Sorry for the rejection...that sucks, especially for a good cause. Why are you hating on PW, though? I can't even imagine how many requests for various things she gets...

  5. I know exactly how you feel about the fundrsising. Last year our March of Dimes team had 30 walkers and we raised over $ 6,500. This year we are the ambassador family and no one has signed up to walk with us and we've only raised $500.

    I think people are burned out and the economy has everyone scared.

  6. Caroline: I'm not hating on PW at all. Nor am I "hating" any of the other 50+ bloggers I've written to with the almost identical e-mail request. I included my reference to her because, personally, I thought it was funny that knowing she receives hundreds of e-mails a day > I sent multiple notes with various subject lines that I thought might catch her eye. Of course the content of the e-mails had nothing to do with calf nuts > but she may have thought "WHO IS THIS FREAK?!" and deleted them!!

    The point I'm trying to make is that everyone is busy. Everyone has got their own things that they need to do. Everyone has their own causes that they are concerned about. Nobody can devote time, energy and resources to all causes. I certainly don't.

    The point I'm trying to make here is that when you set your expectations high - sometimes you set yourself up for disappointment. The reader thing I thought was interesting because Margaret actually told me I might consider taking a break from writing about this stuff because people will get bored. I thought NO WAY, but then I watched my numbers plummet. I'm seriously over it now, but earlier last week I was feeling pretty defeated.

    Ultimately > the point I'm trying to make here is that if you find something that is important to you, you need to keep going . Although you may get discouraged, tomorrow is a new day. This concept applies to ALL aspects of life.

  7. I calculated the amount pretty fast.... I bet it's much more than my earlier comment! (AND That's just my fundraising page! not yours or Charlies... I can't even imagine the number with all of us!)

    Talk to you soon. Marg.

  8. mamabunnytam@yahoo.com3/9/09, 12:09 PM

    Hi Jen,
    Henry is so cute. Do you still use your Beco to carry him? I have a 12 month old that I need to buy an Ergo or a Beco for. And I went back and read the post on how you made your decision. Do you still like the carrier? And if you have a minute...could you tell me if you think the Anaya print is okay for a boy? I like the Joey print, too. But I think I like the black straps on the Anaya print better than the espresso in the Joey. I know this is frivilous...just looking for an opinion from someone who's bought one:) Thanks in advance...if you get the time!

  9. Jen read your post this morning before you took it down. It didn't seem whiny to me. I enjoy reading your blog no matter what it is about, you truly have a gift. I haven't gotten around to making a donation yet because I wanted to send a check but will go do it right now and put it on a cc. See your writing about donations this morning gave me the shove I needed;)

  10. I just sent you an email. (Just letting you know so that you don't think it's spam and delete it like the other "big bloggers" might.

    I'll be making a donation to Margaret's fundraising effort. My cousin's three year old was treated for leukemia starting just before my husband died. I can't even imagine taking my child for chemo....

    You are doing a great job!


  11. Well, I'm not going anywhere. You make me laugh and in my book? That's some good right there.

    Those pictures of Henry...I need to quit being such a paranoid freak and let my children climb the stairs at the beach already.

    Oh, and Ree has mentioned that she gets so much email she doesn't always read it. You could try commenting (she says she reads all comments) and/or writing. A plug on her site would be like striking gold, me thinks.

  12. I come to your blog like 100 times a day....

  13. Jenny,it's Uncle Bill

    I want to thank all of you at this time the Sponsors, people like yourself that inspire others, the Charlie'sthe Margaret's that help running in a race for the cure of cancer. People have donated money, you all help so much. There are so manny people effected. Through this type of inspiration cures are found'

    As you know a little over four years ago I was diagnosed with lung cancer, a non smoking health enthusiast. The Doctor (Doctor Joe) a great person,"You have stage 3B or 4 unfortunatley it is inopererable you will not last the year" I replied you have a lot of work to do.

    I did not know I was talking to the head of the "Cancer Research Center" after a time I was accepted into his program testing 3 new drugs not on the market. Through him and his staff they extended my life.

    I understand tht all 3 drugs have been accepted for others to use'

    I still undergo treatments. We taking the cure are very great-full to all

    Uncle Bill