November 8th, 2009 by Calvero
  • planning on taking Kristi to see This Is It as a reward for a great report card ๐Ÿ™‚ #
  • @insidethemagic cool! I’ll listen when I get the chance. Looking forward to the Haunted Mansion recording ๐Ÿ™‚ in reply to insidethemagic #
  • Krsiti & I liked This Is It. I <3 Startin’ Something & Smooth Criminal w/ classic Bogart & Robinson. Kristi’s was Beat It. Both <3 Thriller #
  • taking on NaNoWriMo challenge. Who knows where this may lead? #
  • good morning! #
  • RT @Liturgy: You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late. Emersonโ˜œ #
  • Moonfruit goes global. Win a pair of flights every day this week, you choose where! #flymeto New York? #
  • only had about 15 minutes yesterday for #nanowrimo . Wrote 112 words. Total so far is 334. I have off today, so aiming for over 1000 ๐Ÿ™‚ #
  • going to heat up pancakes and grab some orange juice to break my fast #
  • @scoopie77 thanks for the support! Yes, I’m staying positive. If I had all day long to write & only did 334 words I’d be bummed, lol in reply to scoopie77 #
  • Someone is slow on the newswire ๐Ÿ˜€ RT @poshmama: Apple to put TV Shows on iTunes – I thought this was already being done. LOL #
  • That is funny. I would consider voting for him! ๐Ÿ™‚ RT @philcrissman: “is awesome” … That is inspired. Brilliant. #
  • hanging out in @FatherRoderick ‘s chatroom waiting for Daily Breakfast podcast to start #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Nanowrimo in 3 Minutes #
  • taking a break from writing to do laundry while watching Charlie Chaplin’s Limelight #
  • searching for a potato bread recipe #
  • found this recipe (typing with flour dusted hands) #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — NaNoWriMo!!! #
  • #nanowrimo is being taken up by @realjohngreen Yay! What will a pub’d author do w/ it? Hmm… #
  • @scoopie77 wow, they look good! Charles aka Jim barely looks a day older. Loved Murphy Brown! in reply to scoopie77 #
  • listening to Travel w/ Rick Steves podcast “1000 Places to See Before You Die; Haunted Europe” while cooking #
  • Hurray! I met my personal #NaNoWriMo goal! At 1386 words, though OpenOffice says it’s 1438. Good either way. Was aiming for 1000 ๐Ÿ˜€ #
  • Added #nanowrimo badge to blog . Now going to bed. Night! #
  • wrote just a little bit for #nanowrimo . Up to 1447 #
  • good night! ๐Ÿ™‚ #
  • gooood morning! #
  • going to spend some time outside. Such a beautiful day! Sunny and 66F #
  • I am back. Enjoyed my little outing ๐Ÿ™‚ #
  • writing bits on #nanowrimo Darn thing is slowly turning into a Sherlock Holmes fanfic LOL. Nothing @mary_russell needs to be jealous of ๐Ÿ˜‰ #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — OBAMA DOES THRILLER #
  • watching the new recording of Star Wars podcast by @FatherRoderick #
  • Star Wars podcast is finally under way ๐Ÿ™‚ #
  • my #nanowrimo is up to 1718 words. Still seems to be heading in a Sherlock Holmes fanfic direction. Heading to bed now. Good night! #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Dawn-Nobody’s Perfect #
  • forgot to say “Good morning!” ๐Ÿ™‚ #
  • home from work. Now to write a little on my #nanowrimo #
  • watching @uncultured ‘s video “What is the Uncultured Project?” #
  • hooray! Made it past 2000 words on #nanowrimo ! 2,042! #
  • good morning! getting kids ready for church #

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October 11th, 2009 by Calvero
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — NERD ALERT: Presidential Last Words #
  • thanks for putting whole shows online! ๐Ÿ™‚ RT @PBS: @jdcoffman good thing you can watch it online here: #PBS ^LS #
  • reading Mark Shea’s “The Conservative Bible Project:
    Wingnut ideologues just keep bringin’ the crazy” This is *funny* XD #
  • listening to @truckertom ‘s podcast #1177 “Bloggers To Be Regulated” #
  • @factory_worker doesn’t look like you can do it within Gmail. Looks like it has to be done on Google Accounts page in reply to factory_worker #
  • good night world! #
  • kewl ๐Ÿ™‚ RT @TechCrunch: Google Maps Crams In More Info, Wants To Tap Your Inner Lewis And Clark by @leenarao #
  • interesting Google logo for today. It’s a barcode #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Martin and Lewis – Dancing Lessons part 1/2 #
  • Kristi is lovin’ the Mythbusters Marathon on Discovery Channel ๐Ÿ™‚ #
  • that’s just… so wrong. RT @MichelleSolomon: Wow. A McDonald’s is being installed in the Louvre. No words. #
  • @hankgreen very cool … Woody-Guthrie-esque kind of way ๐Ÿ™‚ in reply to hankgreen #
  • RT @whitehouse: Ask an Astronaut: Quiz Sally Ride, 1st American woman in space. Questions now, Live @ 7pmET @NASA #
  • “It is nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice.” – unknown #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — ABC phonics song/sounds of the letters – American version #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Baby Sign Language/ Signing baby #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Nerdfighteria Island #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Bumpersticker Man Goes to Church #
  • RT @PBS: NOVA’s This Emotional Life (early ’10) focuses on PTSD, depression, happiness and more. Check out the new site #

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October 4th, 2009 by Calvero
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — “I Am a Fine Musician” from The Dick Van Dyke Show #
  • RT @pcamarata: Up all night in surgery. Now seeing patients in office all day. Next time your doctor is late, try to be understanding ;^) #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Michael Jackson – Beat It, Drum Cover, 4 Year old Drummer #
  • RT @Liturgy: FUN VIDEO: Church history in 4 minutes Laugh & learn #
  • RT @abcnewsradio: Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympics #
  • @TIWWH I’ve been meaning to listen to that! Thanks for the reminder ๐Ÿ™‚ in reply to TIWWH #
  • RT @Ramona_W: Last surviving leader of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto uprising has died at age 90: #
  • RT @mashable Leo Laporte Makes $1.5 Million Per Year from Podcasting [Video] #

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September 27th, 2009 by Calvero
  • good afternoon! #
  • working on Comedy Classics Ning – Updating Feedburner feeds for Twitterfeeds. . So far, so good! ๐Ÿ˜€ #
  • RT @DFTBArecords: FREE MP3! Follow @dftbarecords & then RT this msg & we’ll DM you a link to Hank Green’s “Demolition Derby” studio version! #
  • RT @jdcoffman: Yo Neil Patrick Harris, I’m real happy for you & I’mma let you finish but #pbs had the best shows of the year, of all yea … #
  • @poshmama LOL. I send my sympathies ๐Ÿ™‚ #
  • came home bout 8, & stayed busy reading to Kate, eating dinner & folding clothes while watching Antiques Road Show & History Detectives #pbs #
  • saved store $500+ when I caught 1 of my customers trying to sneak out with electronics. He didn’t know who he was messing with ๐Ÿ˜‰ #
  • ok, well, I was on the computer long enough (:lol). Time to go to bed! good night ๐Ÿ™‚ #
  • back from work. Eating late dinner. Watching #HouseMD #
  • got a lot of pats on the back & “good job!”s today when everyone found out about me catching the guy from almost stealing $500+ yesterday. #
  • I feel better now! stomach full and thirst quenched. Now to working on my sites #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Smile – Ideas Remain #
  • time for bed… good night everyone ๐Ÿ™‚ #
  • and here we go again! good morning! #
  • about to watch Special Agent OSO with Katie #disney #
  • went downtown to buy Kristi a recorder for her school music class, $3! ๐Ÿ™‚ Nice one too. Easy instrument to maintain for a 10 yr old. #
  • also bought dinner. Sweet & Sour chicken with sugar snap peas stir fry. will be starting to cook that in an hour or so. And with Cuban bread #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Health Care Reform: The Hank Factor #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Paper Towns in Paperback: A How-to Guide #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Where’s Margo! A Nerdfighter Event! #
  • morning! #
  • haning out for a bit in @FatherRoderick ‘s live chat while getting Katie ready for school. Cam’s on, but no one is home #
  • watching @FatherRoderick at work on Biggest Loser podcast (joint podcast with @gspn ) #
  • heading out the door for a little me time. #
  • #PlayhouseDisney ‘s site has faulty link. “Watch Episodes” redirects to Disney UK. Now I have a sad 2 yr old ๐Ÿ™ #
  • RT @FatherRoderick: Excited about the launch of the ‘Biggest Loser Fan Podcast’ with Cliff & Fr. Roderick! #pabl #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes – The Body Language #
  • watching “‘We’re Just Too White’ The Amazing Pink Things on Arsenio Hall”. 1 thing-they had guts #
  • just ate a sandwhich on whole wheat bread #pabl . Now eating a moonpie, which is not exactly pabl, lol #
  • RT @GSPN: Biggest Loser Podcast w/ @FatherRoderick is going live right now. Come join us at #
  • RT @johntesh: Podiatrists say FLIP FLOPS are responsible for MORE health problems than any other type of shoes. #
  • testing settings. #
  • @Toddly00: don’t remember 1st DVD I saw, but 1st dvd with commentary was “In the Company of Men” #
  • I rated a YouTube video (5 out of 5 stars) — Surprising language in the Constitution #

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January 25th, 2009 by Calvero

If you have been following me on Twitter or Plurk, you have noticed me sending messages saying I was writing.ย  I have been busy re-writing part of my life about what it is like having been born with a facial condition.. well, two actually… cleft lip and cleft palate.ย  They almost can be called one since they are related but someone can be born with one and not the other.ย  I call my story “Born to be Cleft”.ย ย  Right now it’s on my old Tripod site.

And, by the way, it’s not a “pity me” type of story.ย  It’s just telling like it is.ย  My aim was and is to give a glimpse of what it’s like… to spread a little understanding for people who are noticeably different.ย  And to have something to relate to for those who were born like me.

Anyway, I decided to use WordPress 2.7 for it (very nice upgrade!).ย  It won’t be a blog though, it’ll just be a static site.ย  I’ll blog about cleft related things here with cleft tags (cleft lip & cleft palate) and add a link from the new BtbC site to here, and also talk about them on my Cleft Club Radio podcast… whenever I get time to get that up and going again.

When I originally wrote that story, it was over 10 years ago.ย  I think I was still a newlywed.ย  And… well, it was time for me to update it… having another kid and getting divorced and such ;).

I also needed to move it from my Tripod site.ย  I’ve been using a webhost for a while now, but with everything that was going on, I never got around to focusing on re-writing my story.ย  So now I am, and I feel pretty good about it.

Not much really needs to be redone. My outlook on life remains, I think, the same.ย  But I feel like I should re-write the whole thing.ย ย ย  But instead of it being from a 20-something it’s now from a 30-something.

And maybe one day I will finish other posts that I have started for this blog :).

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December 31st, 2008 by Calvero

Today is the last day of 2008. Wow!

It’s been a pretty good year.

I moved out of a very stressful marriage in February.ย  It was just too stressful and depressing with Mark and his fiance there in the same house.ย  While I do miss the house itself, I *do not* miss the headaches.ย  Eck!

It also brought me back toย  church and have enjoyed the sermons and fellowship since then.ย  It was something I was not allowed to attend while with Mark.ย  Not only did I attend a new congregation, but also a denomination, United Methodist.ย  While I’m still a member of the United Church of Christ, I have enjoyed UM… it is *very* similar to UCC.

March was another Smothers Brothers concert at the Strawberry Festival… outside….in the rain (I’m a hard core SmoBro fan. Rain does not bring me down from one of their concerts). It was my 6th concert of theirs and even though I mouthed the words to the songs and comedy routines, I loved it!ย  Kristi also came with me.ย  She had never been to a concert before. Well, she went to a Blues Clues Live show when she was 3.ย  But she was curious to see them live because she knew I was a huge fan.ย  Mom also went with us and when it started raining, she took Kristi to a covered area and brought her back when it stopped.

The month of May brought the finalization of the divorce. My marriage to Mark lasted just over 10 years.ย  Two wonderful things that came out of it was Kristi and Katie.

May also got me started on regularly (almost) attending Father Roderick’s uStream chatroom.ย  In the beginning he had his web cam on almost 24/7, but after a while he switched it to just when he records his podcasts (Check out SQPN if you haven’t already!ย  Although the podcasts are all Catholic, you don’t have to be Catholic to enjoy them, just like you don’t have to have an iPod to listen to podcasts :)).ย  And with his popularity with regular listeners and being on the front page of uStream a number of times, he made a few people moderators to help take care of a few random troublemakers that would pop up.ย  And to my surprise he made me one of those moderators!

August I got another surprise this year from another one of my favorite podcasters, Cliff Ravenscraft.ย  He created a podcast network, GSPN.ย  One of several podcasts he does is Family From the Heart and on one episode he was giving away a signed abridged audiobook CD.ย  I was on his live page chatting with others while watching Cliff and his wife Stephine and he said the next person who called in would win the audiobook.ย  I waited a few seconds and casually opened my phone, dialed the number, and then I hear Cliff’s voice on the other end!ย  So I made an appearance on another one of his shows (he interviewed me last year). And winning that CD was very cool ๐Ÿ™‚

August brought about this version of my site.ย  I do like it better. More dynamic content than my other versions which would remain static for a couple years at a time.

October was meeting John Green. I already wrote about that. That was awesome!

And December was attending a small but fun, SQPN get-together with Deb and Fr. Bill Kessler at EPCOT!ย  I have an upcoming post and pictures from that so I won’t go into to much detail about that other to say it was a lot of fun :).

What will 2009 bring? I don’t know, but I have a good feeling about it :).

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