Every Day Should Be Champagne Friday

Because bubbles are more fun.

Somyr Perry

Somyr Perry
San Diego, California,
March 28
I love champagne. Well, I love alcohol, in general. Especially when I'm having a bad hair day.


According to a recent report from the Magazine Publishers of America, the magazine industry on average lost just under 8 percent in ad dollars page counts are down almost 12 percent from December 2007 to December 2008.  

I've blogged before about magazines that have folded in the/Read full post »

JANUARY 13, 2009 6:45PM

Move to Digital TV May be Postponed

After all the hype to mark our calendares for Feb.17, the day when old-fashioned analog television will go extinct and broadcasting will go fully digital will probably be put on hold until June, reports Adage.com.

Seriously, all this drama about our TVs going dead unless we get a conversion box or… Read full post »

Last month in Minnesota, the student editors of the Fairbault High School student newspaper The Echo, were threatened with censorship by the school's superintendent  over an article about the investigation of a middle-school teacher. The students refused to give the superintendent… Read full post »


Artist Shepard Fairey, who designed the popular Obama "Hope" poster, has partnered with Adopt-a-pet.com by modifying his Obama design to feature a dog wearing a collar that says, "A Mutt Like Me." In subsequent interviews after he mentioned that his daughters could finally get a dog onc… Read full post »

I visited MTV.com to see this ad but it wasn't there anymore. A marketing company for manufacturer Barr Pharmaceuticals, purchased the banner ad on MTV.com featuring the morning-after pill, called Plan B, which prevents pregnancy if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. The article note… Read full post »

OS snowman expert Bob Eckstein, has graciously entered the Perry Family Snowmen photo in a photo contest on Historyofthesnowman.com!

If you like our humble little snowmen, please visit the Web site and vote for us. 


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Burger King recently launched a new TV commercial in which the fast food company offers a hamburger taste test to people of other countries who have never eaten a Whopper or Big Mac. I've seen it a couple times and chuckled when some young guy from Mongolia, or wherever, can't quite figure… Read full post »

JANUARY 6, 2009 12:48AM

Inspired by the OS Snowman Expert

shelby snowmen

 Inspired by OS' resident snowman expert Mr. Bob Eckstein of New York City,  these are our little family's pair of snowmen, the larger built the day after a huge snow fall in the Rocky Mountains of the Salt Lake Valley, and the second after sever/… Read full post »

DECEMBER 21, 2008 3:57PM

The Santa Money Shot

I can't remember the first time I sat on Santa's lap as a child. But I remember very well one night when I woke up to a ruckus downstairs. Although I don't remember the exact chain of events, I was 9 or 10 years old, I may have crept to the top… Read full post »

DECEMBER 17, 2008 11:26PM

Mama's Brag Blog V.1


My beauty.

halloween 2008 006 

"Cowboys and angels" (well, actually a princess, but Cowboys and Angels is a Garth Brooks song).


The second girl cousins.


Plus boy cousin.


Huge smile ... rare on-camera sighting.


Future architect.

%IMA… Read full post »

Last week the Wall Street Journal reported a trend toward families cutting child care costs in these tough economic times. And who can blame them? 

Time magazine reports, "Day care costs average between $3,380 to $10,787 a year for just one preschooler, according to the National Assn. of Child C… Read full post »

DECEMBER 15, 2008 7:09PM

Getting Through the Toddler's "No" Phase


 The toddler's "no" phase is in full swing and it really puts a damper on good communication with one's child. I'll ask like something simple like, Do you want a banana? No. Do you want an apple? No. Are you hungary? No. Then seconds later, I'm hungary mama. I want… Read full post »

Related to Bonnie Bucqueroux's recent post "Why Not a New WPA to Put Artists to Work?", I recalled an NPR segment discussing a new national project that would create a sort of Peace Corps for musicians to encourage such artists to teach in inner-city schools or schools and communi… Read full post »

Last week I wrote about how my dad-in-law went to the urgent care for a cough and instead was quickly admitted to the hospital for tachycardia, an extremely high heart rate, and a condition called "holiday heart," or atrial fibrillation. These conditions may have been caused by a combination of trave… Read full post »

DECEMBER 7, 2008 3:34PM

Through a Daughter's Eyes


My toddler has taken great interest in using the digital camera. Our's is an inexpensive point-and-shoot so with some brief instruction I showed her how to use it. This isn't the first photo she's taken, but it's the first great photo she's taken of me and her dad. She's only three… Read full post »



The Saturday after Thanksgiving, my father-in-law, who travelled with us by car from SoCal to NorCal, woke up and said, I don't feel well; I can't get rid of this cough. So we took him to the military base to see a doctor.

We don't care about your cough, Sergeant sir,… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 25, 2008 11:49PM

Happy Holidays All Year

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NOVEMBER 25, 2008 4:17PM

Rebranding Feat: Reader's Digest Considering Name Change


In publishing, naming magazines, articles and columns is an art in itself. My mentor is a master copyeditor from newspapers and she is a natural at that kind of thing. I love the challenge of writing headlines, cover blurbs and call-outs that say a lot in few words.

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NOVEMBER 25, 2008 1:16PM

Most Dangerous Cities List Out

This year, New Orleans tops CQ Press' lists of most dangerous cities in America. The top 10 are:

1. New Oreans

2. Camden, N.J.

3. Detroit, Mich.

4. St. Louis, Mo.

5. Oakland, Calif.

6. Flint, Mich.

7. Gary, Ind.

8. Birmingham, Ala.

9. Richmond, Calif.

10. North Charleston, S.C.

The complete… Read full post »


Hallelujah!  Gas is well below $2 a gallon at my neighborhood Costco. The San Diego Union Tribune reports:

"The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was $2.231 in San Diego County today compared to $2.265 yesterday, $3.248 last month, $3.420 at this time lastRead full post »

One can only appreciate the sheer awesomeness of this bit of humor if you are a Utah native. (I was born and raised in Bountiful, Utah.) If Mattel were to tailor a new line of Barbies for the Utah market they'd look something like this.


Park City Barbie: She comes withRead full post »

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NOVEMBER 20, 2008 6:53PM

San Diego Gas Prices Tanking


 I haven't seen prices at the pump this low since I was 19. I had a red Nissan Sentra that cost me about $15 to fill up. Today, it cost me just under $20 to fill up my Toyota Matrix. It was $2.049 for regular unleaded at my neighborhood Costco;… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 19, 2008 10:47PM

101 Words: November 27, 2003

My post about a Cool Experiment in Creative Writing seems to have caught on. So I'm jumping on the bandwagon. Here goes.


Cell phone ring wakes me up from a hungover sleep. My eyes are foggy and my mind dizzy. It's Brandon's number. He keeps forge… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 19, 2008 6:23PM

More Print Death

I recently wrote about how the "death of print is freaking me out." One comment from Jim Smith said, Wow I think everyone should calm down. Umm, clearly Jim's career isn't in megaflux.

Let us morn the recent deaths (or announcements of death) of these print publications:

PC Magazine will discontinue… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 19, 2008 3:36PM

Cool Experiment in Creative Writing

I always find the best writers to be those that can say what they mean in the least amount of necessary words. This is one of the reasons why I hated reading American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis. (A. Pham you have to get over that I don't like the book.)

I came… Read full post »