In-Box Twenty

Found in my in-box on this gloriously muggy morning:


  • E-mail from a neighborhood mom interested in hiring our child’s nanny in September, when the girl enters kindergarten. Would our nanny work part-time? (No, she would not.)
  • Invitation to speak.
  • Account status message from American Express, freezing my business account.
  • Personal letter from a co-author of CSS.
  • Correspondence from one half of a feud, demanding that A List Apart delete “libelous” comments made by the other half.
  • QA correspondence on Brighter Planet beta.
  • Photo of kid on general store porch-front rocking horse, sent by ex, from mini-vacation they’re taking together.
  • Responses from speakers selected to present at An Event Apart in 2010.
  • Discussion of “send to friend” links in context of COPPA compliance.
  • Raw personal truth from my dear sponsee.
  • Notes from a developer whose web fonts platform I’m beta testing.
  • Query from a mom whose friend is expecting: what do we pay our nanny? Would she take less? (I hope not.)
  • Basecamp notifications concerning Chapters 7, 9, 2, and 4 of Designing With Web Standards, 3rd Edition.
  • Invitation from a social media network’s director of strategic relationships.
  • Milestone reminder.
  • Note from my brother about the release of his CD.
  • Case study for review.
  • Notice of Credit Limit Reduction on my personal account from American Express. “In this difficult economic environment, we all need to make choices about how we spend and save.”
  • Discussions of Happy Cog new business activities in various stages of ripeness.
  • Note about a magic berry that will make me look like a princess.

Typical day.

19 thoughts on “In-Box Twenty

  1. Read first email as being from YOUR mom asking about hiring your nanny. Quite an interesting back story evolved in my imagination.

  2. Read first email as being from YOUR mom asking about hiring your nanny. Quite an interesting back story evolved in my imagination.

    Ha ha! Indeed.

    Alas, she is no longer with us, and I don’t believe her children require the services of a baby-sitter.

    I’ve updated the post to make it clearer that the first email is from a neighborhood mom. Thanks!

  3. American Express is the new slow death. They are jerking around everyone I know, no matter their financial situation. And in most cases it’s people with both personal and business accounts.

  4. That’s quite an assortment of e-mail. If only our e-mail systems were intuitive and could easily prioritize the mail by relative importance to us, eh?

  5. “Query from a mom whose friend is expecting: what do we pay our nanny? Would she take less? (I hope not.)”

    It always blows my mind that people will price shop for tutors/nannies/schools/etc. Typically, these are the same nut bags who run around shouting ‘…save the children!.

  6. I’m pretty sure we’d be surprised to know how many people actually want to look like a princess.
    Also, raw personal truth is something everyone ought to seek to know.
    Perhaps these two points are related.

  7. What? Three personal emails (depending on the content of your brother’s).
    Personal letter from a co-author of CSS.
    Raw personal truth from my dear sponsee.
    Note from my brother about the release of his CD.

    I’m lucky I get 3 actual personal emails in a month. But I can buy any variety of watch online…

  8. interesting design on that COPPA site, though not semantic and with tables, and class abuse.

  9. I look forward to the day when I wake up to a thousand new emails. At the moment, it’s more like two or three. I guess I should experience all the freedom of youth before I get in too deep.

  10. Hold on there, big guy. Not so fast. This new cd by bubba? Is this, like, all drums?

    I think I might have to have that.

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