Little Ms. Polymath

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…featuring norah jones November 30, 2010

Filed under: music — mspolymath @ 9:53 pm

So the fine folks at One2One Network provided me with an advanced copy of …Featuring Norah Jones, the new release from Norah Jones (and yes, I do have the chance to win a gift card in exchange for writing this review.)

I must say Ms. Jones keeps excellent company. The record is a compilation of her duets and collaborations over the year, and guests include Foo Fighters, Willie Nelson, Outkast, Dolly Parton, Q-Tip and Charlie Hunter, to name a few. Upon first listen I thought the disc was perfect for brunch. It evokes the type of adult contemporary station where all sorts of random music is thrown together, but none of it is too aggressive or provocative. It’s a hodgepodge of genres but it never goes too far in any one direction. It’s a comfortable listen, with a few choice selections. I really liked the Talib Kweli duet Soon the New Day and the twangy Bull Rider performed with Sasha Dobson. I wasn’t a fan of the Belle and Sebastian collaboration. This record also proved to me the only person who should ever, ever sing More than This is Bryan Ferry. And I mean ever.

But overall, a good effort from Norah Jones. Put it on if you’re having brunch or want to feel like you’re having brunch, or if you just want a little comfort.


give back friday. November 26, 2010

I’m pretty disgusted with all this Black Friday nonsense. It seems everyone was obsessed with waking up early today (the day after we’re supposed to express our profound thanks for our families, friends, health and other blessings) to buy (mostly) junk. Junk that will end up exchanged or regifted or in a landfill and just take up space. Stuff that absolutely has nothing to do with anyone’s quality of life or well-being. It’s not as if prescription drugs for cancer patients were on clearance from 3:00 am until 5:00 am this morning, or maybe the first 100 people in line got a free college class to help them complete their education or get a better job.

No, if you showed up at Target this morning while it was still dark outside, waited in line for a few hours and then stampeded through the aisles, you had a shot at a $3 toaster! Can you believe it? A $3 TOASTER! Praise the Lord!

I propose we stop this all-consuming consumption now. Instead of Black Friday, let’s give back this Friday. Instead of spending three hours waiting in line to buy plastic junk or towels marked way way down, help your elderly neighbor take out the trash or visit someone who is alone in a nursing home or hospital. Instead of spending $50 on electronics that won’t last a year, send a check to your local food bank, church, homeless shelter or animal rescue league.

I know people are on tight budgets and want to give at Christmas time, especially if you have children. I get it. But this year I’m going to donate a few bucks to a worthy cause instead of buying something no one needs or will remember. I hope you consider doing the same.


observations. November 23, 2010

Filed under: life,unemployment diary — mspolymath @ 9:03 pm

I have so much less time these days than I did when I had a full-time job. That is not a joke. Keeping yourself afloat in the freelance world while trying to keep up with family, friends and other pursuits is draining.

And when you’re sick, there is no such thing as time off. I’m not asking for any boo-hoos, really I’m not.  But being down for the count these past couple of days sparked the idea that I need a sick-day fund so I don’t have to turn in work (sub-par work, at that) while all I really want to do is get cozy with a pillow and quilt.

Enough with the grousing already. I am thankful for the life I lead, my general good health and the aforementioned family and friends. I am blessed. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.


what you deserve. November 17, 2010

Filed under: life — mspolymath @ 1:25 pm

It’s a beautiful rainy morning and the air is crisp. I had to pry myself out from between my flannel sheets today….but now that I’m up I love the sounds of the cars swooshing through the puddles. And I’m more than just a little thrilled I can stay home and listen to the noise rather than be a part of it.

Something arrived in my in-box I thought important enough to share. It’s no secret I’m a fan of Danielle LaPorte. The woman has it goin’ on. I think she’s so smart and consistently hits the nail on the head when it comes to generosity of self. On that note, I’m going to be generous with one of her recent posts and slap it here for you to see. Because I know too many women (ahem, people) who don’t give themselves what they deserve.

a declaration of deserving:

You are worthy of your desires. Really wanting what you want gives you the power to get it. You were born free. (The more you try to earn your freedom, the more trapped you become.) You are worthy of love and respect. Lovable.

You deserve
: eye contact
: smiles in the morning
: food made with pure intention
: clean drinking water, fresh air
: Hello, Please, Thank you.
: time to think about it
: a chance to show them what you’re made of
: a second chance
: an education
: health care, including dental
: multiple orgasms
: weekends and the summer off
: 8 hours of sleep
: play before work
: to change your mind
: to say no
: to say yes
: to have your deepest needs met
: to be seen
: to be loved for what is seen.

You deserve all this just because you showed up.
Yep, you’re that monumental.

Think about it as you move through your day and the rest of your week. You really do deserve good things. And I hope you get them.

And remember - you're prettier than you think you are!


thanks. November 10, 2010

Filed under: celebrate — mspolymath @ 2:23 pm

It’s no secret I enjoy a good bitch session. I’m a clever complainer and a funny lady, and I can make ragging a fun time. At least for me. It’s also no secret I don’t really enjoy being vulnerable or emotional so I tend to deflect using my above-average sense of humor. Still, I think my friends probably get enough of my kvetching so for the next few posts I’m going to concentrate on what I like in the world.

Today I’m thankful for:

Swimming! I love my early morning swims. When I put my head under water and kick off, I feel a freedom I have never experienced before. I love the smell of the chlorine and the pleasantries I exchange with my elderly cohorts. It’s such a peaceful time for me, and I’m so glad I took the plunge (ha!) and decided to conquer my fear of water.

This post from my friend Ann makes me smile.

Plus, Jersey Shore bunnies.


One of my all-time favorite quotes:


daylight savings. November 7, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — mspolymath @ 1:20 pm
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Is it the beginning or the end of daylight savings? I can never remember the difference. I do remember when I loved rolling back the clock an hour as a kid because it meant an extra hour of sleep. Then later it mean an extra hour before last call. Now it means an extra hour to get stuff done. Oh, how sad.

We had a quick trip to Chicago this weekend, chock full of family drama and torment. We also enjoyed German food and polka! It was a heady mix. I promise I’ll post pictures soon.

Meanwhile, I’m trying to keep this advice in mind:


tuesday. November 2, 2010

Filed under: life — mspolymath @ 7:05 pm