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.

Things not to say in a meeting with Microsoft: Nov 30, 2009


Oh! ExpressionEngine does that already! You could use Google Docs for that. PHP Apache I have a mac. Read more

Participants today in the beta Writing Well Challenge Nov 30, 2009


I’m so happy to see so many people jumping in to the Beta version. It’s Beta because some people are having trouble with the linky. BUT! Hey! Look what we figured out- Wordpress.Com makes us want to hurl ourselves out a window! No, wait, I knew that. I’ll be posting my most embarrassing story later. For now, though, here’s what these awesome people are up to: Read more

Where have all the good blogs gone? Nov 29, 2009


Remember back when Writing Well Was The Best Revenge? It seems that in the wake of the millions of bloggers coming online in the past five years or so, everyone forgot what we were here for: Writing. Community. Challenge. I look through my own archives and see when I used to write. People would spur me on, challenge me to be a better communicator, to relate a story in a more dynamic way, to share a piece of our lives in a way that touched you. Then it became about money, stats, popularity. The rise of “monetizing” seemed to crush the spirit of the well-written blog. Bloggers no longer needed to write well because the goal is traffic, which comes via selfish motives seeking deals, a quick feel-good popcorn laugh at an “LOL Cat” or train-wrecks addicted to drama.... Read more

Feedburner Invalid GET DATA fix Nov 28, 2009


I was recently having some issues with my feed after, what I thought, was the update to this site. When clicking on the link to the feed, you would see the following error: Invalid GET DATA The URL would have come through the feed google proxy which added invalid characters to my URI: I did some testing and noticed that my main feed from which feedburner pulls from did not add these characters (logical, right? Since it’s not going through the feedburner proxy) and so I knew it was not my feed from the update, but some change I must have made in feedburner itself. After searching for what changed and why the proxy was in place, I remembered I turned on “Click Tracking” under Analyze. CLICK TRACKING OF COURSE. :: facepalm :: This adds the proxy for click... Read more

Glazed Sweet Potato Wedges- Cooking Light Nov 28, 2009

#holiday recipes

Here’s the recipe we used for our Sweet Potatoes. I have to say, this is always one of my favorite parts of thanksgiving. But this recipe really made it so I didn’t miss the yams from a can one bit. The kids ate it up as well. Ingredients: 1/4 Cup unsalted butter 3/4 Cup packed dark brown sugar 1/4 Cup water 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp ground ginger 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick 4 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled, cut in half length-wise, and cut into 1/2 inch wedges Cooking Spray Prep: 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 2. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add sugar and next 5 ingredients, bring to a simmer.  Cook 5 minutes, stirring grequently. Discard cinnamon stick.  Combine sugar mixture and potato wedges in a large bowl, toss well.  Arrange on a large... Read more

Cranberry Sauce: Clean Eating Style Nov 28, 2009

#holiday recipes

Thanksgiving was a freakin’ success here at Casa-de-Flinger. Here is the cranberry recipe I used. Recommended: Use ALL the honey (I ran out) otherwise add some sugar otherwise it’ll be so tart you’ll suck your cheekbones in to the insides of your brain. But aside from that: Delicious. Ingredience: 4 cups Fresh Cranberries - picked over 1 hard tart apple, peeled cored and cut in to chunks 1 cup Orange Juice 1 cup Water 1/4 cup Organic Honey Rind of one orange, pith removed, minced Prep: 1. Rinse cranberries under running water. Place rinsed cranberries and apple in medium saucepan with orange juice and water. 2. Cook berries over high heat until they burst.  You will her them popping.  Reduce heat to low and add honey and orange peel.  Conitnue... Read more

Wordless Wednesday Nov 25, 2009

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So, I have my annual appointment today Nov 24, 2009

And if you’re still reading, bygod you’re brave. It’s one of those stereotype things that all women experience… and curse. It totals 3 minutes of actual embarrassment and the rest is valuable information. My boobies are soft and ok! My hayhay is fine! My abs are totally broken! It’s predictable almost. It’s comfortably predictable. Unless something isn’t right and then it’s horrifying. A week ago I found a bulge above my belly button following a difficult ab routine. It’s long recognized that my abs not only separated during my second pregnancy, they were in two different time zones. Exibit A) So it’s no surprise, then, that I struggle with floppy abs and separation to this day, two and a half years later. This... Read more

My First “Outside the Box” Thanksgiving Nov 23, 2009


In high school, I went to a Thanksgiving at my Grandma’s house. She created everything from scratch, used real butter, the giblets for the gravy, and actual cream for the pie topping. At the time, I was entrenched deeply in the nutrition science and (now false) claims that fake food was actually better than real food. Food out of a box with zero fat! No saturated fat! Margarine not butter. Fat free canned gravy. Now we know otherwise. Natural fats are better than processed fats. Real food is better than canned. Butter truly is, in fact, better than margarine. Grandma was right. I remember my family going home unsatisfied. We all complained that it wasn’t a “real” Thanksgiving. We wanted our stove top stuffing. We wanted our cranberry that looks like the can it... Read more

A style of her own Nov 23, 2009

#Family Life

One of my favorite things about my daughter is how unique she is. One of the things I least like about my daughter is how like me she is. I can identify with a five year old girl. I remember thinking out some of the same things she does. I remember laying on the floor of our new house in Friendswood, TX, crying. I didn’t know why I was crying, but I was crying. I remember my dad, so tall, leaning in the room and asking, “What are you crying for NOW.” I remember that moment like it was yesterday, not thirty years ago. It’s either a curse or a blessing that I do because I now have a five year old that I bite my tongue when all I want to say is, “What are you crying for NOW.” So with every dramatic set of water works, with each dance, with all the... Read more