Standard Public Service Announcement...

If you've stumbled across this journal, please keep in mind that you won't be able to see 99% of what I post unless I add you to my friends list.

For those who just want to keep up with the kids and general family stuff, I've started a public family photo blog. Ryan is also encouraged to update that one, but he never does. You can find it at and please, feel free to comment there about what you see!

If you'd like to be given access to my personal journal here, which goes a lot more in-depth into my personal life, including ruminations about anxiety, politics, and household drudgery, then by all means, leave a comment or send me an email. However, don't just add me without doing either of the aforementioned things: I don't reflexively add people, and in fact I find it very annoying when people add me without any kind of explanation of why they would like to read more about me.

It's that time of year again, folks...

I'm trying to get a jump on my holiday greetings this year. I used to try and beat my mom at sending them out, but I have small kids and it just doesn't happy that way anymore. If you have received a holiday card from us in the last two years and you have changed your address, please COMMENT with the new one. If you're insecure, you can email it to me at tabbyfoo at gmail dot com. If you've never received one before, I'll be happy to add you to the list: just comment with your name and address.

All comments are screened.

Happy Holidays!
Studio - Music is the wine...


I've caught a cold. And it's extremely unwelcome. I just finally got over the deafness and congestion of the last one, and now I've got coughing, stuffy/runny nose and that not-quite-sore-but-tender throat, and I'm a little hoarse.

So here's my dilemma: I have students today, tomorrow and Wednesday. Of these students, 5 of them are going to state on Saturday. State is the biggest competition of the year, and last year I had a student get sick and be unable to sing at the festival, after paying over a hundred dollars to enter and for the accompanist. I'm not too sick to get up and go to work, but I'm worried about exposing these singers to this annoying head cold and cough. So what should I do?

Poll #1186665 Sick Teacher

When faced with this situation, what course of action would you take?

cancel lessons, even though the students will be eager to go over material one more time before performing.
Reschedule the students who are going to state for Friday: Teach other lessons as normal. Hope for quick recovery.
Buy surgical masks and hand sanitizer and teach anyway...
Other: comments
Xmas - present

Holiday card goodness!!!

Please leave a comment with your mailing address if you'd like a Holiday Greeting in the mail from us this year. Comments are screened, of course.

Here's ours, or leave a link in a comment to your request post, because I may have missed it with my lack of LJ time lately.

The Worthington Family
538 Pence Rd
Webster, Texas 77598

Alternately, if you got a card last year and nothing has changed, just leave a comment saying "same as last year" so I know you would still like a card. 

Also, keep in mind that I may send you one anyway, even if you don't comment.

New Breastfeeding Advocacy Community

Recent events have inspired me to do something I’ve considered doing for a long time. I know there are other “nice nursing” communities out there, but I see the same things happening in all of them - women still get belittled instead of bolstered, and we should be supporting each other, and helping each other through encouragement and positive attitudes. I am hopeful that this group can succeed where others have not.

Anyway, please take a look and come join, if you feel like it’s a place where you could give or recieve help. My husband came up with the inspired name of boob_allies, but this isn’t an “anti-nazi” community, by any means, but just as the title “Nazi” has a negative connotation almost universally, I think that the term “Ally” will be a positive one, and maybe encourage people to treat each other with respect.

Birth Story

Sophie Lauren Worthington
3/14/05 10:31 pm 7lbs 13oz 18.5" 9/9

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Ryan has been much easier with this baby than he was with Korben. I'm not sure how much of it has to do with already having been through it once, and this time having a girl, but I'm glad he's more at ease. He actually seems to be enjoying being a dad this time, where before he was just scared and uncomfortable and unhappy about it. I'd say that this has been a much less stressful and easier transition than bringing Korben home was, and now our little family is complete!

For those interested, Korben's birth story is up on September 19, 2002. Sophie was born on his 6-month birthday. :)


This is the greatest tool ever. Posted originally in lj_nifty, someone has written a tool that will go back and change the permissions of all your public entries to friends only for you. Here is a link to the post. I hope this helps other people like me who wanted their journals to be friends-only. You need java installed to run it, which you can get from

The original LJ-nifty post is no longer available, but here's a link to the hidejournal website instead: There is also a hidejournal with more information.