New York Times

What am I doing? Holiday shopping, walking, reading, watching these music videos and NOT over-volunteering – read this

voluteer, NYT, too much volunteering, hanukah, music videos, adam sandler, matiyahu,maccabeats, candlelight, miracle, capabilitymom, best mom blog, boston mom blog,  Okay, I have gotten four gifts of the Anne Taintor Stop Me Before I Volunteer Again – notecards, post-it notes, a pin and a cute as anything bag. Then four different people told me about this article from The New York Times about Moms over-volunteering – Frazzled Moms Push Back Against Volunteering, I think I sense a theme – I’m quick like that.

So it isn’t just me – phew! – I thought I was a particular pushover (which is true but still) – I am glad to know I am not alone in feeling the pressure. So what am I doing to lessen this? Well, forgetting stuff helps. Seriously, I forgot to sign up for a recent event… so that really freed up some time! Really, I am re-thinking taking on a new (very involved) volunteer opportunity so I can make time for…other volunteer opportunities? No. Don’t get me wrong, I love to help out but sometimes it is too much. So, if you step back, evaluate if the task fits in with what you already have on your plate and then decide. I don’t do this, of course, which is why my friends are just shy of staging a volunteer intervention. But don’t go by me. Save yourself!

In the meantime I am writing a great joint post with Pragmatic Mom about holiday gifts for difficult to buy for people, I owe an article to KidoInfo on Traditions ( I haven’t forgotten – just over-booked!), meeting minutes to a committee and am working on an article on donuts (Sufganyiot – special Hanukah donuts). I have no business taking on one more thing.

So instead, I give you these wonderful music videos sent by friends who always knows about the coolest stuff first.

Classic – Adam Sandler’s Hanukah song

Amazing Maccabeats song (set to Taio Cruz’s Dynamite) Candlelight

and super talented Matsiyahu in  Miracle

I also really love this for Christmas. A group surprised shoppers at a mall with a beautiful performance of the Hallelujah Chorus in a Food Court!

The group called Random Acts of Culture has staged 68 random acts so far – They want to get to 1000 – Check it out here.

The Medium – Is Learning by Rote Memorization So Bad? – NYTimes.com

I am all over the place today and found through A Books Blog this article – The Medium – Is Learning by Rote Memorization So Bad? – NYTimes.com. and, incidentally, the whole of the New York Times Magazine on Education.

NY Times Magazine – The New York Times. Go read about it. I am working on a friend’s Facebook Community Page and making a yummy dinner.

Adirondack Chairs and an essay from the NYT on liking YA books

A thoughtful friend sent me this link and I am in love with the colors – perfect for the porch, patio, yard – love these chairs! http://www.archiesisland.com/pages/archies-story

Grab a pitcher of lemonade, cloudy or otherwise and a good book. Here is a piece in the NYT about other adults who like YA… The Kids’ Books Are All Right Here is an excerpt:

By Ross MacDonald NYT

By PAMELA PAUL Published: August 6, 2010

While au fait literary types around town await the buzzed-about new novels from Jonathan Franzen and Nicole Krauss, other former English majors have spent the summer trying to get hold of “Mockingjay,” the third book in Suzanne Collins’s dystopian trilogy, so intensely under wraps that not even reviewers have been allowed a glimpse before its airtight Aug. 24 release. What fate will befall our heroine, Katniss Everdeen? My fellow book club members and I are desperate to know. When will the Capitol fall? And how can Collins possibly top the first two installments, “The Hunger Games” and “Catching Fire”?

For Those Facebook left behind – a primer for most of us…

Sorry, I am not writing much now. I am reading, working (oh, so I also went swimming today – and had lunch poolside…shut up) and setting up my (new to me – five years old to someone) Mac desktop (with keyboard and mouse from Pragmatic Mom – many thanks!) that I scored on Freecycle.  So, so happy. It is working and we are all thrilled. Our Dell laptops continue to be temperamental and that means so am I…nothing like an unexpected shutdown to really add to your heat addled-haze. Did I mention that Mommy Car better pull herself together or she is going to the special farm for high-maintenance cars? Her A/C is gone and only hot (like the heat of a thousand suns) air blows out of all the vents at preset level HIGH. I cannot do anything except redirect the air to less bothersome places…feet instead of face until my feet feel scorched. Dear Spouse is trying to get me to test drive cars (I may hate this process more than anything…car dealerships are a circle of hell in and of themselves – I think I need a third row and am looking – so far – at either a gently driven Acura MDX or Honda Pilot, I think) and does not want to put any more money into Mommy Car…so I guess I better get started or maybe this is an excellent weight loss program…sweating it off  while you drive carpool. Pretty.

Anyway, that is not what I stared to write and not what I meant for a lead-in to David Pogue’s article on social media. Please pardon the tangent and my apologies to Mr.Pogue who deserves better.

This is a New York Times article from David Pogue that is a great tutorial for the non-tech savvy –STATE OF THE ART – For Those Facebook Left Behind

Great info and, as always, a great read.  I tried to add the video – it is pretty funny – but can only add it to Facebook. It is on the linked page above, too.

Have a great weekend – I will try to get up to speed on my new computer and also tell you more about Hootsuite, Google Buzz and Listorious next post.

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