Monday Morning Open Thread

What’s up?

The holidays are officially over at my house. DH took down the Christmas lights outside, while I took down the tree. We are all back to school and work.

Thank you so much for your holiday cards. I love receiving them, and once again, I have made a New Year’s resolution to get our family photo taken in the fall so that we can send the cards out on time. :)

What about you? Any New Year’s resolutions on your end?

In education news: D.C. charter schools expelled students at a much higher rate than traditional public schools, according to the Washington Post.

In quirky international news: an Icelandic teenager is suing for the right to keep the name her mother gave her. Her name, which means “light breeze” in Icelandic, is not on a government-approved list of names. I had no idea such a thing existed!

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?

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I am a journalist and online organizer who is the co-publisher of this blog. When I am not online, I am shuttling around my two kids, an 8-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter.

28 thoughts on “Monday Morning Open Thread

  1. oh! i forgot!
    re. the crazy news re. names, yes some countries have approved name lists,
    and in France they can reject the name you choose for your kid (there was one parent who wanted to name their kid MEGANE = megan, but they rejected it (or wanted to?) because in France that is the name of a car, you know like silverado,lol)
    The logic behind these lists is that they are “protecting” children from later on being bullied for having ridiculous names…
    not sure how i feel about it, but sometimes when I read the crazy names some celebs give their kids, I understand why these laws exist!

    Finally, i posted my resolutions for 2013 on my blog, am thinking that way they are out there in the universe and i will be more motivated (guilted really) into keeping them… check them out here and let me know if any of them are yours too! http://tmblr.co/ZIci9vb6GuX3 (ladydeelg.tumblr.com)

  2. So, I signed up for match.com and holy cats, it’s like zappos for men! I would buy everything online if that were possible so I am digging it. Just the e-mails and winks and “likes” are such an ego boost, it’s better than therapy. I don’t know who could be against online dating, really. It’s safer than meeting in a bar, less political and fraught with cross-interests than dating at work, and really, who meets people at the grocery store? I am going to collect profiles for a week then start contacting some people back. I’m thinking coffee is a good place to start, or lunch.

  3. A little while ago we were discussing where to order online prints. At Improve Photography they did a test of 11 different companies against one another with the same print. They compared on quality, cost, etc. Here are the results. They like Pro DPI. They did not like either Snapfish or Shutterfly on cost or print quality relative to some other sites.

  4. For those who sent holiday greetings, mine will be days late and dollars short. But hey, I am getting around to it.

    I did the big diet successfully in 2012 and lost 42 pounds so this year the goal is to keep it off. I also plan to donate more of my time and money to progressive issues here in my states and doing more volunteering at the food bank.

  5. For those who sent holiday greetings, mine will be days late and dollars short. But hey, I am getting around to it.

    I did the big diet successfully in 2012 and lost 42 pounds so this year the goal is to keep it off. I also plan to donate more of my time and money to progressive issues here in my states and doing more volunteering at the food bank.

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