Tuesday, April 15, 2008

good things

I've admired the Good Things columns in all Martha Stewart publications for a long while now - there are always helpful hints and lovely ideas that I've found inspiring and useful - so it's very flattering to me that my address file has been featured in the latest issue of Weddings as a Good Thing. I especially like it that my address file is not shown as simply another item to buy, but shown rather as a useful way to put it to use that wouldn't ordinarily be considered. (by using it as a guest book.)




Speaking of address files, I very much want to thank all of you whole wrote such lovely comments and tips regarding my search for a woodworker. I very much appreciate all of your feedback! I am in the process of dealing with another source now, they will be getting back to me with samples and figures shortly, so - crossing fingers - hopefully I will have the files available again soon!

I am wondering, however, what is the proper etiquette on responding to blog comments? In the past I used livejournal, which has a nifty way to respond to comments directly, but using blogger for this journal I find this to be so limiting. I wish to respond to comments, so should I just do so via the blogging comment page and hope that somehow the person reads it eventually? A lot of the people who leave comments do not have direct contact information so I am not sure on the way to go about it. Any thoughts? 



Many other good things have been coming our way the past week or so too. The sunshine has returned - in fleeting days and moments, but here nevertheless! Every late winter / early spring Vancouverites get majorly moody. All the constant rain and grey of this place causes mopey, whiny, and grumpy residents... but when the sun comes out - look out! Someone might even give you a slight smile on the bus. Sunshine around here is a huge good thing.



The other good thing (the best thing that I heard of in a long while) is that our provincial government has finally approved funding for our elementary school! The school is planned to be  "state of the art" (what does that really mean anyways) and environmentally sustainable, and will mean so much to our fledgling community. And it also means that one day Addie will be able to walk to school, for it will be only steps from our door. 
One of the reasons that we decided to buy a home on the top of this mountain was the type of childhood Adelaide would have here. Here I can afford to stay at home and not have to put her in daycare. (but of course, if i ever have to do so, the daycare here is amazing and rated as one of - if not the - best in Canada) Here we have a enviromentally considerate sustainable community where there are forests to play in, the cleanest air, the sweetest neighbours, interesting scientists, professors, and authors strolling around all over, and we have run of the University. Here is o.k. to leave your stroller (or anything for that matter) outside overnight. No big-box shops allowed. And people passing you by actually smile, say hello, and stop to chat!

At first I was skeptical and concerned about leaving the harrowed ground which is Vancouver. There is such a stereotype here (is this the case in other cities??) that if you don't live in the city, you are a nobody! And I was used to living in the city, so I was feeling parinoid. But now, more and more, it feels like we really made an incredibly wise decision - since moving here to this peaceful place my stress levels have dropped almost completely. And when friends come to visit, they are always suprised at how beautiful our new home and neighbourhood is... "oh, I just assumed you lived across from some strip mall" is something I've heard many times! I love being here at our home. But if Addie and I ever wish, downtown is about 25 minutes away and the bus leaves every 4 minutes. Perfect.

18 comments:

amy said...

hi! i know what you mean about the comments issue. I always end up posting a "reply all" comment on the post, but i doubt anyone actually comes back to check... i *wish* blogger implemented such a feature. wordpress has it, and i think it's great! here's to hoping...

sharilyn said...

hi amy - haha are you even reading this? I KNOW! it is so limiting, and how hard would it really be to have such an option? thanks for your feedback! xo sharilyn

Anonymous said...

oh i so envy you...i wish i could stay at home with my baby and i wish education system and living environment here are as good...i often feel i am not offering the best for my baby, and that makes me very nervous and sad...=(

joanna
www.candlelight.hk/blog

Catriona said...

Having just made the move to Burnaby ourselves, I'm adapting living away from downtown and have had a lot of similar thoughts! I'm loving it though. We have just moved 10 mins away from SFU (Lougheed), and with a baby on the way it's great to hear that there is a new school opening up! I guess I should start reading the Burnaby newspapers and finding out more about my neighbourhood :)

leslie said...

okay. that is super exciting. being in the good things of martha's magazine. whoohoo! i hope your supplier stuff gets all sorted out. i use typepad and love it. i get an email when there is a comment ... so i can just hit reply. easy peasy. last thing. i love where you live!

cindy k said...

i don't know, i think wherever you go would be lovely.

Andrea said...

sounds great there. My brother and Sister love it there.
My sister lives in Sechelt though, and my brother in vancouver in a neighborhood that sounds like yours.
I haven't yet been able to visit them.... I haven't been to Vancouver since I was born, he he.

Lori said...

congratulations on your press - it's a very good thing! ;^)

it sounds like your move has worked out wonderfully.

re: comments - i always answer in the actual comments, because if i don't, it looks like i didn't respond! and then i also e-mail to the person. but my platform makes it easy to do that (squarespace).

love your avatar! heehee

Fionnuala said...

Well done on appearing in the MS Weddings magazine! It looks like (as it would be, knowing the Martha mags) a beautiful spread.

Nath said...

Hi, I'm discovering your blog and must say i love it. You have some gorgeous pictures and such a great model. I went to Vancouver 2y ago and loved it. Hope you have a great time in the suburbs of the city. We left central london when I fell pregnant and never looked back.

yesi said...

i love all the martha stewart magazines too. there is so much useful and creative information in them <3

christine said...

Comments are such a funny little thing.

If I want to reply something quick and casual, I'll do so within another comment and just address each person (e.g., "Sharilyn: hi! Addie: You're cute!"). If I want to send the person something more substantial &/or private, I email them.

However you end up doing it, though, the most important thing to remember is you're not expected to write back every single person (especially on entries with 200+ comments). And if anyone *does* expect it, well, they're just silly!

christine said...

oh! And I forgot the most important part of all: Yay on the MS press. And double yay that you may be selling card files again. xo

tonya said...

I just bought the issue of Martha Stewart Weddings last week and was checking it out. I did notice the address file. I was so happy to see if used in another way. I know what you mean about loving the good things you find in Martha Stewart magazines. I just love her.

Jen said...

Hello!!! I love your shop and your blog. Have a quick question for you...what kind of shoes was Addie wearing in the park? My daughter is 12.5 months (not walking yet on her own) and read that soft sole shoes are best for them. Is that what Addie is wearing? Thanks!!!

Jennifer said...

Hello!!! I love your shop and your blog. Have a quick question for you...what kind of shoes was Addie wearing in the park? My daughter is 12.5 months (not walking yet on her own) and read that soft sole shoes are best for them. Is that what Addie is wearing? :)

sharilyn said...

Hi Jessica,

The shoes that Addie is wearing in those photographs are by robeez (soft sole baby shoes) you can see them here: http://www.robeez.com

Because we live somewhere very wet, I also have a pair of stonz soft-sole rain boots http://www.stonz.ca which are great for our climate and very unique.

BUT One of the first (and only!) things that I bought when I was pregnant was a pair of baby padraig cottage slippers and they are the shoes that Addie has worn the most - I can't recommend them enough and will be ordering her another pair for the next cold season! http://www.padraigcottage.com

Hmmm, funnily enough, all of these companies are local to vancouver and at least 2 of them were started by moms! (im not sure about robeez) So yey for small local businesses who make great products!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your Weddings press. I guess I'll have to see the magazine to find out what the alternate use is.
Addie is just incredibly cute, but when did she become twins?
You've already heard from others, but I'll add to their comments that a return comment from you is how I see it done in many, many blogs. Christine is correct that you are not expected to answer all comments.
I enjoy your blog very much!