Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Mid-Week Reads: My Column At Women's Web

Cliff Pervocracy knocks it out of the park again.
I wonder why more men aren't just insulted by the whole concept. If someone started telling stories about how my gender was controlled by our genitalia and sexual arousal turns us into rapist automatons, I would be outraged.
I haven't been reading much lately -- with Effe here, I haven't had much time to work, even! But I have one bit of exciting news. I now have a monthly column at Women's Web, where I'll talk about gender issues, especially as they relate to career development.

In my first column, I wrote about how women are expected to be supportive of their spouses' careers but rarely get the same support in return. I also touched upon the recent discussion around housewives' getting paid by their husbands. Go read, and let me know what you think!

Monday, September 24, 2012

On Giving Gifts

I loved this article on the difficulty of gift-giving. It's a topical topic (heh) for me, since I celebrated my birthday last week with my two best friends, the Guy and Effe, and both of them unknowingly followed Miss Conduct's advice and offered to gift me experiences we could share together.

But even better, their bigger gifts to me was their presence. Effe traveled by bus for 15 hours to get to my city. She planned a ten-day-long visit so we could catch up on two years' of conversation and fun. We're supposed to work during weekdays, but we end up taking long breaks to sit and talk and talking through most of the night so we're groggy and unproductive during the day.

But I have my best friend in my home, and obviously here because she loves me and because it's my birthday, and what can be a better gift that that?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Mid-Week Reads and Announcements

Blogging break: I'm going to be busy with personal stuff (including a short vacation) for the next week or two, so I probably won't be blogging here before the week of the 24th.

Now on to some light reading.

How our brains stop us achieving our goals and how to fight back. #1 is "Your brain can hurt your goals by fantasizing too much." Now I know why I'm an underachiever!

I loved this little fantasy story.

I liked this article about Michelle Obama's speech.

I have a post up on Search Engine People: 10 easy ways to find blog post topics (if you're a business blogger).

Monday, September 10, 2012

Videos of Kaziranga

Remember my visit to Kaziranga a year and a half ago? I found some videos, and remembered I had meant to upload them on YouTube. So here you go, the YouTube channel for Unmana's Words.

And if you're too lazy to hop over, here are the videos. All courtesy of the Guy.

The first one is just a panaromic view of Kaziranga while we're on an elephant. The elephant's moving, so the video is shaky. It's misty, but you can see vast green spaces, rhinos in the distance, and hear birds.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Mid-Week Reads: Shortest Ever

Writing fake book reviews is apparently an actual job. I actually read the books I review, I swear!

Why Twitter will live and Facebook will die. And hey, if you're on Twitter, I'm @Unmana. Say hi!

Sorry, that's all I have this week. I've been writing about marketing over at the other blog, if you're interested!

And now, you. What fun online articles have you been reading?

Monday, September 03, 2012

A Bloody Toe and a Rainbow

And a swollen head. All in the same afternoon.

The Guy was to go to a Friends of Children event Sunday afternoon, which I had signed up for too but later cried off because of a lingering cold and sore throat that made me want to stay home and rest. I invited a friend over for lunch and company.

We had been to a friend's birthday party Saturday night, so I got up late that morning, after the Guy had already left. I had a lazy quiet morning before I laid aside my book and decided to become more productive.

I was cooking lunch and doing laundry, and I left the pan on the stove to walk into the bedroom to get something. I didn't notice the water spilled on the floor. On my way back, I slipped. My foot rammed into the washing machine and my head into the door.