Daily Archives: 03.17.2011


Since it’s past 10 PM and every minute I spend writing transitions takes away from a minute that I could be devoting all of my energies to eating chocolate (who knew the day would come where 65% cacao would just taste sweet?!), please understand that it is most definitely time for another round of Potpourri!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, kittens!

My observances: Wearing green (we got a free casual day!), eating a mashed avocado on toast, snarfing sushi with Galina for dinner, sipping Merlot.

Obviously I was Deeply Committed to a culturally authentic celebration this year.

And, as a special St. Patrick’s Day gift, The New York Times announced their paywall today.  After Katie* and I engaged in a bit of light soul-searching (she is most assuredly my soulmate in matters such as this), we decided the only logical and appropriate method to deal with this madness would be to begin Sunday-only subscriptions.

You see, the paywall is going to be $15/month.  For $15/month, you can subscribe to the Sunday edition, which comes with a copy of The Magazine.  For subscribers, online access will be complimentary and unlimited.

We’re in.

Y’all know I try to avoid blogging about work, ever.  And when I do, it’s usually extraordinarily vague.  I don’t need my employer to know that I have a blog, I don’t need y’all to actually know where I work.  That’s not what Tenaciously Yours, is about.  But this treasure was just too good to keep to myself.

Yesterday, a FedEx guy (not our usual Deliverer) dropped off a package.  And while we were exchanging administrative tales of woe, he decided to tell us all about the faces of humanity he gets to interact with on a daily basis.  Apparently a large number of them actually ask him the question, What did I order today? To which he answered for us, I don’t know bitch, do I look like Miss Cleo to you?

At which point, I almost sprayed my tea all over the keyboard.

God Bless customer service.

As per the post in which I debated which half-marathon to register for, I registered for the Lake Minnetonka Half-Marathon this morning.  I know the course isn’t particularly fast for logistical reasons involving the fact that half the time you’re like, basically running in traffic.  But, having been raised on, around and near those blessed waters, I really couldn’t resist the opportunity to run them.

I spent a lot of time hemming and hawing about the whole thing, but at the end of the day I need this race for the following reason: To calm my race-day nerves.  I’m absolutely fine once I start running and the distance doesn’t phase me.  But starting?  Is horrible to the point of pain.

Why not the Minneapolis Half?  The weekend before the wedding, there’s a HUGE chance that we’ll be Up North and if that is the case, I’ll be more than happy run 13 miles up there in-between the champagne-ing and the relaxing.

Like, how bad could that be, right?

Please accept my apologies in advance, for the posts in which I’ll do some light soul-searching in order to determine what The Master Training Plan will consist of.  Rest assured, wine and chocolate will be included.

Are you a Times reader?  What are your thoughts on the paywall?

Having worked at a newspaper for four years and being a graduate of the School of Journalism at the University of Minnesota, I’m extremely comfortable with the idea of a paywall and understand why print publications are beginning to implement them.

That being said, I’m still basically irate.  20 free articles a month?  I do 20 articles a DAY for crying out loud.  Just give me a couple of days and I’ll be over it.

In the Spirit of My Observance, what was the least St. Patrick’s-y thing you did today?