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Mrs. Flinger: A work in progress

Fixing Mrs. Flinger Feb 20, 2015

I'm currently working on this website. I want to add back the links to blogs I love, some ways to find content easier, and put in archive, at last, some of the ancient articles. Come back to see updates.

FAIL BIG OR GO HOME Dec 29, 2010

I don’t really “DO” New Year’s Resolution, yanno? I see it as just one more thing to fail at by the third week, oh who am I kidding, the third day in to the New Year. Oddly enough, my boss told me to embrace failing this year. “Try to fail more this year” he said. Uh. Ok. There’s a theory to this and it sounded as eloquent as shit when he told it to me. I just can recollect that right now. But I get the point: Don’t be afraid to fail. You’re not trying if you’re not failing. You’ll never know the limits if you don’t push them too far. And other such clich├ęs. (Like I said, it was eloquent as shit when he told it to me.) So, I’d like to introduce a few things I’m going to fail at this year in list... Read more

The Winner of the Freelancer EE LIcense Announced. Congrats @awsmsrc Dec 28, 2010

It was time, past time, to pick the winner of my “what super hero would you be” content for a Freelancer license. To be fair, I did draw Laura’s number first. But, as she confessed, she has no shortage of licenses, what with being married to the president and all, so I redrew. I’m thrilled THRILLED to announce a friend of mine in the EE community, Matt Robin won the license. Way to go Random.ORG. Thank you to everyone who played along. As a side note, I’ve decided my Super Hero power would be flight. I could fly to Paris for coffee and Rome for lunch and be home in time to grab the kids from school. I’d be a bird. How did I never think of that until now? (Which, I guess is more of an animal than a super power, but I’d be the bestest... Read more

How do we not have a cure for RSV yet? Dec 27, 2010

#Life

When my son was a preemie, we were told RSV IS THE DEVIL. I was a paranoid, germ-a-phobe literally walking around making people Purrell before they could LOOK at the baby. If I had face masks, I would’ve made you wear them. No, I’m serious. Now I’m much more relaxed with germs. “Bah! It’s the floor! Whatever, just wipe off the gummy bear and eat it anyway.” My kids go to public schooling institutions. There’s not a lot I can do to prevent illness anymore. I’m over the whole “baby in a bubble” thing. But mothereff I need to revisit that. We have The RSV. Most notably, *I* have The RSV. My son and I share hours of hacking while my daughter is recovering. It’s estimated that RSV is the most common germ that causes... Read more

I’ve been trying to tell you I love you Dec 21, 2010

#Life#Best Of

I recently posted a photo. The title was, “Such a thin, small window separates us. Literally and Figuratively.” I watched the homeless man wander on the sidewalk as I sipped a latte. I looked for him later to give him a few dollars but he had already left by the time I stepped out to find him. It is in this spirit that several amazing people have entered our lives recently. It’s been a rough year. It’s been a tough month. It’s been a really hard few weeks. We’ve been discussing our life a lot lately. We both feel that the culmination of events of the past six years have brought us to this point. There’s a boiling point we’ve reached, a cliff, the end-of-a-sidewalk, if you will. It’s a bit like it’s now or never. Change or... Read more

Win an ExpressionEngine Freelancer License! Dec 16, 2010

I get asked to do a lot of giveaways. Why don’t I? A lot of the time it’s crap. People, I have no shortage of crap. If you live anything like I do, I’m thinking you don’t either. So this particular giveaway is hand picked by me, from my heart, to you. Yesterday I had the joy of launching an exciting new venture at work. With an amazing designer working after hours in Ireland while I tossed in code, we pulled together a freaking BEAUTIFUL page (if I say so myself) to promote our participation in the Fusion Ads Bundle. (Seriously, I said, “WE NEED A COUNTER! ..... AND SNOW!” and then Read more

If Dr. Seuss wrote about real life instead of Whoville… Dec 13, 2010

#Life#Rants and Raves

Right before Thanksgiving, a feast of turkey and more Our daughter danced in socked feet, slipped to the hardwood floor Busting open up her chin, seven stitches she bravely took After all the kids were settled, we promptly went to Redhook Another day of working from home, a fire I could not attain Smoke suddenly filled the house, we waited in the rain Two fire trucks and four firemen appeared in gear that day The smoking log they finally found, made it look foul-play The next busy thursday, busier than the usual Flings’ A call prevented my Canadian trip, someone took our things My wedding ring, baby photos, the iPad I had won They’re out there with the Wii, in some big stack of fun Three weekend days to recover, not nearly enough Wondering what is wrong with people, an... Read more

On Parenting Very Young Children Dec 08, 2010

#Life#The Flinger Family

We were at the dinner table the other night, when the conversation turned surreal: “No, look, Elmo and Zoey would never get along as a married couple. Zoey is way out of Elmo’s league.” “You think? I dunno, Elmo is pretty famous. Maybe she’d marry him for the money.” “Do you think people without kids even know who Elmo and Zoey are? And why do we know this shit so well?” “You think if you asked someone without kids which Wiggle they thought was the hottest, they’d think we were on something?” “We should be on something. Clearly it’s the blue one.” “Oh, yea, I can see that. The women all want the blue wiggle. But I’m pretty sure the red one is gay.” “I’m really... Read more

On Loneliness Dec 02, 2010

#Life#The Flinger Family#Those Little People

My daughter came home with her usual bouncy, free spirited, attitude. She usually rolls through the door like an electrically charged ball, so when she flopped through the door with the daily spastic energy I’m used to, I didn’t think to ask if anything could be wrong. It’s been a few weeks of this now, assuming things are going well,  listening to her stories of school, until last week the little girl that usually sits by her on the bus chose to sit six seats back from my daughter. I asked her about it later that day, “Why didn’t Liv sit with you?” “Oh, she and Rose don’t like me anymore. I don’t know why. They just don’t talk to me now.” Apparently this had been going on for a little while. I asked her more about... Read more

So.. the fire department just left.. Nov 30, 2010

#Life

Look, before I say anything, let me just tell you that I’m a pretty safe person. Aside from sky diving and climbing mountains here or there or biking down ski paths, I’m pretty safe, really. I always get tied in when I rock climb. So it’s no surprise that when I walk in after grabbing my daughter from the bus and the living room is suddenly filled with smoke when for the last four hours it was not, I freaked my shit out and called 911. And hey! Firemen! They took my info: I was home all day (working). I tried to start a fire at 9AM but I suck at it so I put it out. At 3PM I took a shower (let’s discuss how I didn’t have a chance to shower until now. No? Now’s not the time?) and walked out of the house to get my daughter. After SIX HOURS of not having... Read more

Class Selector by Class Selector Nov 29, 2010

#tech words

I’m nearing the end of a freelance project. It’s been an exciting process as my skills develop and I build better and more robust, well planned code. Each site is a little better than the last. But each project comes with a theme song and I hear this one building in my mind as I near the climatic finish. Bird by Bird, I remind myself. Just take it Bird by Bird. I recite the title from one of my all time favorite writing books, “Bird by Bird” by Anne Lammot. The story starts with her brother sitting at the table facing a deadline on a paper about birds. Her dad looks at his overwhelmed son and advices, “Just take it bird by bird, buddy. Bird by bird.” I sit and look at the few bits that are left. Why each project extends beyond my expected finish, how... Read more