ten on tuesday.

1. Thank you all who checked in on us after last week’s tornado outbreak here in Alabama. Our family and neighbor were unscathed but there was much damage in our area. In fact, some of the homes that were destroyed and being rebuilt after last April’s deadly outbreak were damaged once again. It’s so sad and scary.

2. Many of you have asked about my online backup solution. I’ve been using Carbonite for about 6 months now and although I’m having a bit of an issue right now I’m more likely to stay with them now that they’ve pulled their ads from the Rush Limbaugh show after his comments last week. No matter where you find yourself on the political spectrum, what he said was inexcusable in my opinion, and I’m happy to support a business that feels the same way.

3. And speaking of politics, I caught the audio clip of this video on Marketplace this afternoon. Do you love Mad Libs but loathe Super PACs and political commercials? This video is for you.

4. Yesterday Sarah and I butt heads quite a bit which left me with a whole lot of pent up anger. And when I have pent up anger I turn to my favorite Ani DiFranco album. I soon found myself belting out “Joyful Girl” (my fave song of all time) while making homemade spinach and ricotta ravioli and I realized…raging ravioli-making mamas probably aren’t Ani D’s target audience. But man do I love her jams.

5. My Erin Cobb Photography Facebook page is rapidly approaching 3,000 fans. So I have two questions: first, will you like me??? and second, what kind of fun giveaway shall I host when I get there? =)

6. I have two super fun projects coming up with other sites that I’m busting at the seams to tell you guys about. Soon!

7. Did you know Kate Spade is having a 75% off sample sale? Expires midnight on Wednesday. Get ’em while they’re hot (and not $500!).

8. Alas my Tom’s ballet flats were not meant to be (wrong size and then out of stock when I tried to exchange them) so I might have ended up with a new handbag instead. Can neither confirm nor deny. See #7.

9. This week The Creative Mama is hosting a pretty powerful week-long look at Postpartum Depression. If you’ve never experience PPD up close and personal I invite you to click, read, and ponder. And if you have, you have my most sincere respect and empathy. Having seen a glimpse of that struggle, I would never wish it on a soul.

10. If you’re a Huntsville local be sure to check out the National Children’s Advocacy Center’s Bike-A-Fun/Run. It’s going to be an amazing time for an amazing cause. Read more on the biz blog!

KarlyMarch 6, 2012 - 7:52 pm

How much do you love us Facebook fans?
A girl can dream, right?

Cindy WaldmannMarch 6, 2012 - 7:53 pm

I have to say I have followed your blog since you left Colorado. I am so happy for all your accomplishments (and not at all surprised) and after reading #2, I feel proud that you have taken this stand. If only the majority of the country would feel the same.

AngelaMarch 6, 2012 - 8:22 pm

If you want to read a hilarious blog post regarding the Bachelor about a former “contestant” this is a post for you. You know…in case you’re still enjoying this particular guilty pleasure!


CarrieMarch 6, 2012 - 11:12 pm

Totally agree with you that advertisers are right to pull their promos from Rush Limbaugh’s show. Glad to see them doing the right thing.

I had lots of issues with Carbonite before this debacle though. It really slowed up my Mac when it was backing up. I switched to BackBlaze and love it. Truly has never slowed down the processor, even when I had just about every application on my computer up and running. It is also cheaper, especially if you pay an entire year. My daughter also switched and completely agrees and she was running a lot of editing programs, etc. It is also cheaper than Mozy, which I also looked into and which charges for amount backed up which doesn’t make sense for me. You might want to look into BackBlaze. I don’t work for them, just know the frustrations of Carbonite.

LynneMarch 7, 2012 - 5:54 am

So… I’m sure you weren’t trying to get in a political debate, but this 30 year old woman was on capital hill begging for the country to force her catholic university (that she CHOSE) to pay for her birth control… so she can have sex without having to worry about getting pregnant. This doesn’t make her a slut or a prostitute – so in that sense, Rush was completely inappropriate, but stopping female fertility is not a true essential health benefit, and it is offensive (as someone who paid for her own birth control for years) to have the government require any church or religious organization to pay for it.

adminMarch 7, 2012 - 6:46 am

Lynne, I understand your point of view and have no problems with those who don’t agree with the young woman’s point of view. But what Mr. Limbaugh did and said was absolutely unnecessary and did nothing to further the debate.

Gretchen CMarch 7, 2012 - 7:13 am

I am just wondering how long it took you to back up with Carbonite?? I switched to them from Mozy and I am going on 3 weeks and only at 48%.

MichelleMarch 7, 2012 - 10:07 am

Funny, I cancelled my carbonite account after hearing they pulled their ads! I thing Rush was a little harsh in his words and maybe inappropriate but I don’t disagree with him. On a lighter note, I do love your blog and all of your photography! I’m excited to see what you do with the cottage.

adminMarch 7, 2012 - 10:19 am

Gretchen, it took quite a while for my first back up. I think it was over a month…maybe even two. But I have a lot of files!

JaneMarch 7, 2012 - 3:17 pm

Though this isn’t really a political post, I completely agree that Rush Limbaugh made an extremely offensive and unnecessary comment. That being said, I really don’t think that it’s a religious organization’s job to pay for a woman’s birth control (especially one who is not married, which I think this woman was). On another note, that political video is hilarious and so true! About the Toms flats, I have heard that the sizing is a little off.

WhitneyMarch 7, 2012 - 4:10 pm

Yes, Rush was wrong for saying those things. Funny though, Bill Maher (who just donated $1 million to Pres. Obama’s re-election campaign) continuously says disgusting things about women–even calling Sarah Palin the worst word (I think) imaginable (the ‘c’ word)–but nobody calls him out. And I never heard of Obama calling Ms. Palin to check and see if she’s okay like he did Ms. Fluke. Like always, there is a huge media explosion when someone on the right messes up.

MelissaMarch 7, 2012 - 4:31 pm

I am assuming that you are a Democrat, since you are posting something that is against a Republican (even though he deserves to be protested against even by Republicans). Anyway, I am a democrat (but Pro-life, and I don’t think that religious institutions should have to pay for birth control, a private decision). But I have to say that if you are a Democrat, it is nice for me to see because I am also a Christian one. It just goes to show, not all Christians are Republicans!

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