Draft Dodger

by Jen on January 4, 2010

in I'm all out of clever today

Today was a snow day, so instead of going back to work after twelve days of Christmas Break, I found myself stuck at home, trying to complete the work I brought home but avoided for twelve days.  Taking a breather from all that, I thought I’d check out the posts I have in draft, maybe polish one up and hit publish.

At this moment I have 85 posts in draft.

In fact, this post had an original draft date of June 17, 2009.  And I think I re-dated it at least once; I may have originally started it back in ’08. I start posts when I have a good idea or a partial post in mind that I don’t want to forget and then some of them languish in draft for months upon — apparently — years.  Talk about procrastination.

So instead of writing something timely, new and relevant, I thought I’d give their due to some of the posts that will remain in draft limbo forever, as their time has passed.

An Open Letter to Sirius Satellite Radio. About a year ago, we decided to cancel our membership to Sirius. I had in mind a long open letter explaining my grievances to them.  I never finished it.  Hell, I barely even wrote it.  Here are my notes: Dear Sirius / “preset empty” (punk channel) / moving channels around / too many dedicated channels, Elvis and Margaritaville I can understand, but The Who? And then the Grateful Dead (isn’t there already Jam On?) And then “E Street Radio” took over a channel I listened to. And now Led Zeppelin has taken over the Bridge. Bah. / But the final straw, which I acknowledge you have no control over, NPR canned The Bryant Park Project / Sincerely and with no regrets, Me.

Thank Yous: Once Upon a Year. I’d started a long post about all of the inanimate objects I was grateful for on Goose’s one year mark, with explanations for each.  Now I will only say: Thank you, Dutalier Glider. Thank you, Boppy Pillow. Thank you, super-fugly Fisher Price Aquarium Wonders-or-some-shit hand-me-down Baby Swing. Thank you, Netflix and thank you, DVR (this time around, I was not forced to watch one single Nick-at-Night episode of  The Fresh Prince). Thank you, Medela Pump in Style, you old work horse. Thank you, Video Monitor, super secret baby-spy. Thank you, Miracle Blanket.  Thank you, Itzbeen (artificial memory replacement for exhausted new mommies).

The Weaning is the Hardest Part (doesn’t Tom Petty sing that?) This was about the bittersweet weaning of the last baby I expect to nurse, but it never got past just a title.

Free to a Good Home. I had some leftover fertility-related products to give away: OPKs, pregnancy tests and even some tubes of Prochieve (“The Progesterone of Champions.”  Okay, that’s not really their slogan), but I didn’t get my act together enough to do it before it all expired.

Duel of the Nursing Pillows. Ah, yes.  A riveting and super-eloquent post about the pros and cons of both the Boppy pillow and the unfortunately named My Brest Friend. You’re sad this one never made it to press, huh?

But there are goodies buried there in my drafts. And I will finish some of them yet in the days to come.

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1 Jenni January 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm

It almost makes we weep thinking of all the Nick at Nite hours I’ve logged. I felt like a Fresh Prince cast member.
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2 Jen
January 4, 2010 at 6:53 pm

I know! I used to joke that Monk’s first words were going to be “In West Philadelphia, born and raised, on the playground was how I spent most of my days…”

3 Mike Gatten February 18, 2010 at 11:54 am

Hello, please pardon the intrusion. I’m Mike Gatten, inventor of Miracle Blanket. Your blog was brought to my attention because of your mention of the Miracle Blanket. I can’t thank you and others enough for helping us spread the word because people just don’t believe us when we tell them it might be “this easy.” That’s why word-of-mouth has been the biggest source of growth for us since day one.

To show our gratitude I’d like to send you a free Miracle Blanket. If you don’t need it for yourself you might give it as a gift or maybe a giveaway on your blog.

Please contact Susan in Marketing and let her know what color you would like.

Susan@MiracleBlanket.com or (214) 675.0539.

And again, thank you very much.


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