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.

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


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

Snow and Stitches: A Flinger Holiday Story Nov 29, 2010

#Life#The Flinger Family

Wow, y’all. Was that a week or what? The week started out as usual. Monday morning came with the furry of gathering children to breakfast, rushing them to dress and hurrying out the door. The snow started just hours later and by noon, [all of Seattle] I was in a mass panic to get to Sea-Tac in a [blizzard] light snow storm. With my parents secured, already bragging of 80 degree weather the day before in Houston, we managed to safely (SOMEHOW) get back north. Let me tell you, it was life-threatening snow flurries! Or very small flakes! Either way, I managed to navigate the treacherous freeways. (No, seriously, just watch the news if you don’t believe me. What? The news exaggerates more than a sixth grader talking about the size of his penis? Hu.) My daughter managed... Read more

All the things I would do differently Nov 18, 2010

#Travel#Life#Working Mom

Nobody wants to hear you wax morose about the things in your life you’d change. It’s not a very good blog post. It’s a much better bartender story. Bartenders are trained in that sort of thing: Indecision, Regret, Wondering. The Internet as a whole, not so much. But, oh hell, you’re getting it anyway. I’m so busy being a “jack of all trades” that I haven’t narrowed down my one passion. I’m so.. passionate… that I haven’t figured out where to concentrate that passion on. I’m actually, literally, A-D-D with my passion. This is ultimately what’s wrong with telling our children they can have the world. THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER! Which, side-note, gross, right? Why not my globe or my fortress or my bitch? I... Read more

I’m rubber, you’re glue Nov 16, 2010

#Life#Getting to know me

I never had headgear. I never had braces. I never had extreme acne. No, my Jr. High experience was flanked with sports and friends and the usual self consciousness. High school was a stable place with a boyfriend and good grades and more sports. *Me in 1986. I got medals for showing up. BOOYAH. God, I knew this would come back to bite me. I just didn’t know I’d be thirty-five. Call me brace face, four eyes, Darth Vader. (I linked to that just in case you didn’t know who Darth Vader was. Then I realized fuck you, you know? If you don’t know who Darth Vader is, google it. Also, seriously? Where were you in 1979? Oh, not born yet? LIKELY EXCUSE.) And you will because now? Now I get to sleep with fighter-pilot like gear on. Oh sweet sweet Maverick-esque... Read more

Because I swear to you, this is a disease, man Nov 15, 2010

#Life#Getting to know me

I’ve had a package, two actually, sitting in my living room for SIX MONTHS that I need to mail. It contains time sensitive materials. They are full of clothes for my sister’s daughter, I think you call that my niece, and my good friend’s daughter. It’s literally been six months and I doubt they will fit their children anymore. I’ve had a check sitting in my purse for three weeks. It’s not that we don’t need the money, ohgoodlord trust me, it’s that I can’t seem to actually DEPOSIT the check. And I’ve walked by the ATM. Twice. I really don’t know what this is about but I actually fail to be a grown up sometimes, but I’ve somehow managed to clean the dishes every night and catch up on Grey’s anatomy. I must... Read more