Buzzfuse is free, though they also have premium paid accounts available. It's a good way to discover new and exciting content as well as help people discover what you have to say.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Buzzfuse is free, though they also have premium paid accounts available. It's a good way to discover new and exciting content as well as help people discover what you have to say.
We also got some learn to speak Spanish software that I thought we were going to have to return. I sent an email asking about it because two of the rebates asked for the same proof of purchase. I hadn't heard anything back from the email, so I called today and was told that one of those rebates had expired in September. $10 for this language package isn't bad, but still - I wanted it to be free. About half an hour later, I checked my email and found an answer to my original email question. Yes, both of the $10 rebates were good, and she gave me the online codes to use. I'm going with the email. I have it in writing, and printed out my rebates.
Each software title seems to have not one but two or three rebates. I'm putting everything together, making copies, and putting everything into envelopes. Then, when I get them all done, I will go through each envelope to double and triple-check that everything is right - because I'm obsessive like that. It all has to be perfect, because not everyone is like Walgreens.
She tries to sleep, but she can’t-the noises coming from the only bedroom in the trailer are too loud, too embarrassing. Rolling over she faces the wall and hopes that her father will finish what he’s doing and that her step-mother won’t make any more noise.
She’s living every teenage girl’s nightmare.
It’s bad enough that she was torn from her friends in Kentucky-but living here, in this cramped, dirty trailer with no privacy and no indoor shower is the icing on the cake. Fitting in at school was out of the question-her father made sure of that by not allowing her to socialize outside of class & eventually, she woke up one morning knowing that she would no longer walk the halls of freedom, but instead would be taught in the very trailer she slept in.
It’s probably for the best, she thinks-if anyone ever found out that they make me wear hand me down underwear I’d be the laughing stock of the state anyway…
She is homeschooled by her stepmother-a woman who is not qualified to take on such a task and Jamie is, for sure, behind other kids her age academically. No doubt, she will also fall behind socially as well.
Though Jamie has expressed to her father that she wants to move to Connecticut to live with her mother, he will not allow it. His reasoning is that Linda is not a good mother.
His reasoning is bull shit.
When Jamie visits, it is easy to see that she flourishes. Her smile is bright and it’s clear that being allowed to smile and laugh and to be a little quirky is the reason. Anyone who reads Linda’s blog knows that she is a caring and attentive mother who strives to give both of her children what they deserve.
The man that Jamie and Amanda call Dad is not a good man. He remarried and is completely wrapped up in his new marriage and does not care what happens to Jamie. If he believes that Linda is a bad mother because Amanda has blue hair, then I wonder what he would say if she were to cast her daughter out of her life simply because she was a little different…
Of course, Linda would never do that-but he did. Amanda lived with her father at one time, and was sent back to live with Linda because she didn’t “fit in” to the family he wanted to create. He no longer speaks to her. Now tell me, how can a man who disowns one daughter ever be a better parent than one who loves unconditionally?
And that’s why Jamie needs to come home.
Being a single mother who makes “too much money” (read: she makes over the poverty level) Linda does not qualify for financial assistance for legal aid, and therefore is having trouble getting a lawyer’s attention. In CT, courts consider a custody award as subject to change until the child involved grows up, and in most states proof of a "change in circumstances" may overturn an earlier award. This flexibility is intended to allow for the correction of poor or outdated decisions.
Jamie has vocalized to both parents that she wishes to move. Her dad has vocalized that it will never happen. Linda made a promise to Jamie that she would do anything in her power to get here home.
But she needs our help.
On the sidebar at Ms Maggie Moo Talks 2 U is a magic button - this magic button allows you to donate to the Get Jamie Home Legal Fund. The faster you click, the faster you will help change the life of one little girl who very much needs a new life.
Please help. We’ve seen in the past that every penny helps…even if you can only donate $5, please consider doing it.
Jamie needs to come home.
It's snowing again. We're supposed to get more tonight than we did the other night. Beth has to work again. This time the roads might actually get bad, but since she already called in once this week, she probably better not call in again. She still hasn't found out for sure whether she gets to keep this job or not, and that might make a difference if they're still trying to decide. Most of all I just want her to be safe.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Cory and I just finished watching Lost, the finale from last season. It's good to watch it again to be reminded of what happened. I liked the extra comments on the bottom of the screen, and I'm still wondering why Charlie had to die. I liked Charlie.
I need to spend some time on the Lost site watching the Lost recap in 8 min 15 sec and reading some episode recaps. I know I've missed lots, and not just because I'm usually on the computer while I watch. There is just so much in each episode, and some of it doesn't even make sense until later.
I worked on rebates - calling with questions about requirements and such. Those things can be so confusing, and I am so obsessive trying to make sure I do everything right. It adds up to a lot of money this time, and I'm not opening anything until I check and double-check that everything will work together. I also found out that I was supposed to have gotten a check for this website I worked on, but somehow the invoice got overlooked. Now that's all straightened out, and I will be looking for a check in the mail.
And speaking of money - the PayU2Blog people finally sent me a password today. So we'll see how that works out. They told me weeks ago that they accepted my blog...
My friend Elizabeth @ Table for Five just happened to mention a few times that today is her 41st birthday. Yes, I can say she's 41 - because she said it first. All she wants for her birthday is 41 comments, so run on over and wish her a Happy Birthday, won't you?
While you're at it, check out her blog. It's great. Show her some love - after all, she's getting OLD!! :P
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I really need to take a refresher though, because you never know when I might need a little Spanish, right? That's where the Internet comes in handy again. I can use the lessons, vocabulary and audio files to remind myself of the things I used to know. It's good to learn another language, but it's true that if you don't use it, you lose it. Hopefully it will come back to me. I may not need the basics, but the Practice and Exercises ought to come in very handy.
The reason I started looking at it was because of the golf. No, I don't play golf, but my husband does. When I think vacation, I think beach. I want to spend time on the beach, tanning, swimming, reading, and relaxing. That doesn't excite him in the least - kind of the same way I feel about golf. So, he's pretty much said it's fine with him if I get a beach, but he'd like to be able to go play golf while I'm lazing about on the beach. Then later we can meet up and do some other stuff together.
That's what's so cool about this resort. They have the beach, 3 private beaches, in fact, and pools. They have the golf, and they have so much more. It's an all-inclusive resort, meaning all the food, drinks, and activities are included. I could probably get Jeffrey away from the golf course for some sailing lessons and maybe even some tennis or any number of other activities they have. With all these activities I may not have much time just to laze around at the beach or at the pool. They also have nightly entertainment and a Moonlight Disco. There are activities for all ages, even kids, but I'm not planning on taking the kids. Yeah, I'm selfish like that.
I just saw on the television that our school is letting out early - either 1pm or 1:30pm - depending on whether you look at the tv or the web site. I guess they're taking it seriously and expect all this nastiness to move in before school is supposed to let out, and they don't want to be in the process of busing kids home when it gets here. I guess we'll see. That's the problem with canceling school or letting out early - the decision has to be made so early. Sometimes they make the right decision; sometimes they don't. Either way it seems that someone will complain. It's so funny how you just can't make people happy.
Cory was supposed to have Pep Band at the basketball game tonight, but I guess that is canceled. I'm actually kind of relieved. I don't really mind going, and I like hearing the band play, but if it's really going to get so nasty, I really don't want to be out in it. Beth, of course, has to work tonight. It almost seems to be a given - if Beth has to work, it's going to snow. She doesn't like driving in it, either, but she certainly has gotten a lot of experience this winter.
Today it's TAILS - Who would you like to meet and why?
Truthfully, I would most like to meet all my blogging friends. I already feel like I know you, because I'm reading about your daily lives and looking at the pictures you take, and visiting the web pages and blogs you've discovered. Every blog post, every question, every picture - with each of these things I feel like I know you more. What would be even better would be to meet you in person.
What about that trip to Australia?
More Heads or Tails can be found at Skittles' Place. If you haven't played before, now is a good time to start! Be sure to tell her that I sent you!
Drug Rehab Sunset Malibu is a different kind of drug rehab facility. It's a luxurious, private treatment facility on the beach in Malibu. The founder started Sunset Malibu after completing drug rehab, and many of the staff and counselors have been through addiction and treatment themselves. Because they understand, they can tailor the treatment to each individual. The treatment includes a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional methods - whatever works. There is no one drug treatment program that works for everyone, and they are committed to finding the one that works for each individual.
Sunset Malibu specializes in alcohol detox, substance abuse treatment, painkiller addiction treatment, and treatment of such disorders as depression and eating disorders. It's a small facility, allowing them to focus on the individual and help them regain their life.
Monday, January 28, 2008
The topic of today's list is - Give Me Five vacation destinations you've already enjoyed or would like to some day.
- Acapulco - I've been there twice, once the year before Jeffrey and I got married, and then the next year with him. I enjoyed it both times. The first year I went with several people from my college Spanish class. We really enjoyed practicing what we had learned in class. Of course, we found it rather difficult to practice our Spanish because all the people who lived and worked there wanted to practice their English on us. The second time I went was a whole different experience - going with my brand-new husband instead of a group of friends. It was great! We're trying to plan a trip for our 25th anniversary (in 3-1/2 years) - maybe it would be neat to go back to Acapulco? We haven't decided yet.
- Destin, FL - Here we go, another place with a beach. Yes, the beach is important in my life. Besides that, a few years ago in Destin, we had my parents, my brother and his daughter, and some of our cousins all together. So, besides getting to enjoy the beach, we had a really good time with family. Every morning I got up and went walking on the beach. Usually my mom and my cousin went with me. It was great! The sunrises were amazing. One day I even talked everyone into getting up extra early so that we could see high tide. Wow - what a difference from the way we usually saw the beach and water.
- Hawaii - I've never been to Hawaii, but I really want to get there one of these days. Yes, more beaches! Jeffrey thinks it means golf courses.
- Caribbean Cruise - I'd like to take a cruise someday, in spite of all those cruise horror stories you hear nowadays.
- Alaska - and I'd love to go to Alaska. The pictures I've seen are so amazing.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
See, it really was a 4:
The whole PageRank thing has been pretty frustrating. Before I started doing paid posts, I hadn't even heard of PageRank, and I for sure did not know what it was. Now apparently, Google has decided that blogs with paid posts do not deserve to have a PageRank. Though I have noticed that this is not across the board. Some blogs have paid posts and still have a PageRank, many others have a big fat ZERO. Advertisers still ask for blogs with a certain PageRank, and there are fewer and fewer blogs that qualify. The blogs that do meet the qualifications are not necessarily the best blogs. They are just the blogs Google has not, for some reason, slapped down to ZERO yet.
It was nice having a PageRank again, for a little while, because I had a lot more choices when it came to paid posts. It was nice being able to choose the ones I wanted and not have to just grab whatever was available and then try to write something about it. It's much better for everyone if I can write about something that matters to me or that I can get excited about.
I have read that it is possible to get your PageRank back if you get rid of all paid posts, tell Google you are sorry you ever did paid posts and promise never to do them again. My question is - what would be the point? If I'm not going to do any paid posts, then what do I need a PageRank for?
Friday, January 25, 2008
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There have been a few problems when certain parts didn't like to work with other parts - like this motherboard doesn't like that video card and things like that. Buying pc kits, where all the computers parts are guaranteed to be compatible would certainly have saved a lot of headache. I'm not even sure this was an option when Jeffrey built that first computer. These kits come with complete instructions, and supposedly anyone who can use a screwdriver can do it. Instructions are in plain English with full illustrations, and if you get stuck, you can call someone for help. I'm not sure I'm ready to try, but wouldn't this be a great father/son activity? I think it's about time I ask Cory when he's going to learn to work on the computer.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Copy all the links below and replace a single link under the appropriate alphabet. If your domain name, or even the title of your blog, starts with an ” A,” you’d replace the link under that alphabet and put the replaced link at the bottom. Also, don’t forget to credit the tagger, or where you got the list from, at the end of the list with a full URL of the post so that a pingback gets generated.
Replaced link: acowboyswife.com
Previous tagger: enjoyingtheride-jenn.blogspot.com/
Rule #2You now have to “tag” at least five people and encourage them to participate so that this thing spreads like a virus. Remember, though, that not everyone’s into these kinds of things, so don’t be upset if they don’t participate. Just simply replace your tag. Remember to tag blogs only and no pornographic ones as we do want to keep the integrity as a blogging community. TIP: Tag your frequent EntreCard droppers via its messaging system.
I am tagging... Amanda, Bradley, Rachel, Diana, and Holly.
Rule #3 Just like any other “meme” out there, ask a question for your taggees to answer along with your own answer to your previous question. This is optional.———–END HERE—————-
I like the idea of the optional question. Too bad I can't think of one right now.
I like that the focus at OfficeDeals.info is on computers, office supplies, ink cartridges, and all things office and business related. It's a good place to start if that is what you are looking for, and you won't have to weed through a lot of other things. The site is updated daily with deals and promotions from some of the top office supply stores today. The latest savings are always reflected, and the information about each of the stores is very helpful.
In addition to offering the best deals and promotions possible, OfficeDeals.info has a nice library of articles to help with everything from setting up a home business and working at home, to finding cheap, discount or free office equipment and furniture. I think the tips for working at home could be very helpful, if I would just follow them. The hardest part for me is scheduling time to work, without letting all the other things get in the way. I keep thinking, "I just need to get this (insert mundane household task here) done, and then I can sit down and work."
Cory knows most of the answers. Besides being a very smart guy, it hasn't been that long since he was in grade school. They have an online game you can play if you want to find out if you're smarter than a 5th grader. It looks like fun. I'm just afraid that if I start playing I won't be able to stop. It's not like it's just a game - it's educational, right?
One of the best ways to get the best price available at the time is to use a price comparison site that will tell you what the best price is on the item you want to buy. Save Buckets is one of those sites where you can search for a particular product or browse by category, and they will find you the best price and tell you where to buy it. Something they have that I haven't seen before is what they call My Price. If you find what you want but the price is more than you want to pay, you can let them know how much are willing to pay for that product, and they will email you if the product comes available at that price or lower. They also have some great Buying Guides to help you understand how to choose a product and the features to look for.
Basic html Lessons:
had to try it. I started an email, attached all 6 of these lessons, and hit send. As quick as that, they were all available in my Google Docs. Then I just had to open them, click Publish, and copy the links here.
They have other free tools for webpages and blogs, such as polls, clocks, and search engines, but I haven't had time to check them out yet.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
I was hoping they were offering a basic html course that I could recommend to those of you who want to learn some html. I took one several years ago, and it was really good. Since they aren't offering that one, I thought maybe this page where you can start learning html would be helpful. Then, after you learn the basics, you can move on to advanced html, if you want to. They have all kinds of information here, whether you want to go through the tutorials or just use it as a reference. And of course, like all good things, it's free.
I'm not sure if he really did or not, but Cory was talking about taking Web Page Design in school next year - so he could get credit for doing nothing. Unfortunately, that's exactly what would happen. Beth took that class last year, I think. It's a one semester class, and it took them the whole first quarter to learn the most basic stuff. Apparently they don't have a text book for this class because there should be enough information on the Internet. Yes, there is plenty of information on the Internet, but the teacher does not go out and find it. They'd be ahead if he just pointed the students to this page and turned them loose. Of course, that is assuming the students have some initiative and aren't just in the class to get credit for doing nothing.
It would certainly be an amazing experience for the kids. They have teen summer camps that completely immerse the teens in the surfing experience, taking them from beginners to the next level. Besides learning to surf, teens will learn some marine science and ocean safety, and have lots of fun on the beach with other teens from all over the world. The minimum student to instructor ratio is 3:1, so there is plenty of individual attention and a high emphasis on safety. These teen overnight camps are in some amazing places, too - Hawaii, Australia, Florida, Costa Rica, and the Bahamas, to name a few.
They also have Family Camps and a Women's Only overnight adventure camp. Ladies, anyone interested in leaving the husband and kids and taking advantage of some sun, sand and learning to surf? I have this thing for the beach. I'm pretty sure I'd be jealous if my kids got to go to surf camp, and I didn't.
I also bought other important stuff like apples, oranges, bananas, lettuce, lemons and lentils (for Lentil Garlic Soup), and broccoli. Now I'm eating a bologna sandwich, and then I need to go finish putting groceries away and wash some lettuce. The kids came home while I was gone. Now Cory is downstairs cleaning, and Beth is sleeping in her room. That girl has always needed a lot of sleep, and she ends up staying up too late watching movies on her computer. Of course, if we say anything about it, she insists, "I'm fine!" I guess it's good she can get a little extra rest today. She doesn't have to work until tomorrow night, when, of course, it is going to snow again. It always seems to snow when she has to work.
I wish I had time for a nap.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
The question is, if I order some of this, would it be a gift for him or a gift for me? Definitely me, me, me, but I'll let him enjoy it with me.
The team isn't doing so well this year. Beth really started watching the year they did really, really well. I think that year they were practically undefeated and went all the way to the Final Four. Beth doesn't do so well when her team's not winning. In fact, tonight they're playing Ohio State, and the score is not pretty. Beth's not even watching.
Of course, I understand. I used to watch the Illini, too. I used to care, but the team was just so inconsistent. Sometimes they'd win, and sometimes they wouldn't. I suppose that's how it works, but I just didn't feel it was worth the energy to care. It's just a sport, after all. I do have a little more tolerance for college sports than I do for professional sports. The idea of paying grown men lots of money to play a game just seems wrong. If it's a way to pay for your college education, well, that's good. Really, I like watching the band and the cheerleaders, but they don't show them very much.
I'd like to pass this award on to all my friends. Really, I would especially like to pass it to someone who hasn't received it yet, but I just don't have the time to view everyone's awards. So, if you consider yourself one of my blogging buddies, and you'd like this award, feel free to take it and display it proudly on your blog. If you leave a comment, I'll list your name here, and we'll pretend I took the time to pass it to you in the first place. How's that?
Thanks again, Deb - you're the best!
Today I learned about discount dental plans that people can sign up for to get discounts off the high cost of dental care. I just put my zip code in and searched for plans in my area. Our dentist came up in the first plan I looked at. It offers savings of 15% to 50% off the cost of dental procedures. They even have a sample chart showing approximate costs and how much members can save. It would only take one or two visits to save the cost of the membership. Plan members simply present their membership card at the time of the dental visit and get the savings up front - no waiting for insurance payments.
Dentalplans.com lets you choose from more than 30 national and regional discount dental plans. You can browse the plans available in your area and then compare them to choose the best plan for you and your family. If you need more help, their Dental Plan experts are waiting to help.
Beth had to go take two tests today. She's got two tomorrow - luckily the same time Cory has his, so they can go together. Then she's got another one on Friday. Yeah, somehow she had to take 5 instead of 3, so she only got out of a couple. I guess some of the classes have what they call a 'culminating activity' and you can't be exempt from it. It doesn't count toward your grade, either. Beth doesn't think it's fair that she has to go for those, but there's nothing she can do about it. Besides, being able to skip any exams at all is a big privilege and not a right. Teenagers have a hard time understanding the difference.
One price covers everything - cameras, shipping both ways, prints, photo DVD, and online album. If you know anyone planning a wedding (Jaye) tell them to check this out.
Today it's HEADS - Any of the Five Senses (Hear, Touch, Smell, See, Taste).
I appreciate all five of those senses. Every once in a while I try to figure out, if I had to live without one of my five senses, which one would I prefer it to be? I think the hardest one to live without would be seeing. I don't feel that I actually understand anything I learn without actually seeing it in writing. I have been listening to audio books for a while now, and even though I hear the words, I still feel that I am missing something. I need to see the words, and my brain just doesn't translate what I hear into something that I can get a concrete hold on.
I think I could live without my sense of smell, if I had to. I love good smells, but there are so many bad smells that really bother me. I can't be around people who wear perfume and cologne, or any kind of strong scent. I can't stand the smell of cigarette smoke. I'm not sure it's all in the scent, though - those things give me headaches, sore throats, and make it hard for me to breathe. If someone is smoking over on the other side of the room, I can smell it, and I can avoid them. Same with the perfume. Personally I think strong, irritating smells should be outlawed in public, but I'm sure that's not going to happen. It's especially irritating when someone, who reeks of perfume or stale smoke, sits down right next to me or in front of me in a crowded movie theater, and there's nowhere for me to go. If I couldn't smell the irritants and couldn't avoid them, I'm afraid I would end up with a headache or sore throat and not know why. I really would miss the good smells, too - like fresh-baked bread, freshly cut grass, and that apple cranberry crisp I mentioned last week. Obviously for those things, I also need my sense of taste - so I can't do without that one.
Touch? Need that one too. For all kinds of reasons. I'm just going to be very very thankful now that I have 5 senses!
Find more Heads or Tails here. Also, if you've never tried Heads or Tails, now is the time to start playing along. When you do, be sure to tell Barb I sent you! (It's a contest - the person who refers the most new people to Heads or Tails wins and Amazon gift certificate)
Monday, January 21, 2008
The 'Give Me Five' Monday meme is designed to share fun information with each other in a simple short list! Here's how it works. Each week, I will put out a random topic from my list of topics and you share 5 answers of your choice on the given topic and link back here! You can add photos, links or stories or just a simple list of your own of 5 things that relate to the topic as it pertains to you and your life experiences. It doesn't have to be in any order of importance unless otherwise specified.
The topic of today's list is - Give Me Five 'favorite searches' on Ebay (for shopping or browsing or any other ideas not selling related)!
Ebay - I hear some people are addicted to Ebay and spend a lot of time there. I really don't. I do have an account, and I have bought and searched for several things there. Among them:
- Prom dresses. We've never actually bought one, but Beth has spent quite a bit of time looking at prom dresses on ebay. The problem is that she doesn't really know what size she needs, and she obviously can't try the dresses on to see how they fit or how they look. Plus, the ones that she has really liked and the price looked reasonable were being sold by someone in Australia or Japan or the U.K. - and the cost of shipping was just too high.
- Jack Daniel's stuff.
This is probably the top ebay search in our house. Jeffrey is always looking to see what kind of collectible Jack Daniel's bottles or glasses he can buy. Or, better yet, he is telling me how much a particular bottle that he happens to have is going for on ebay - not that he'd actually sell his bottle. He just likes to think it's worth something. We haven't bought any bottles, but we have bought his set of signature glasses on ebay.
- Movies. Not to buy them, just for the cover image. I keep track of all our movies on imdb. For the movies we have recorded onto DVD, I like to make labels for the DVDs, and I like to use a picture of the cover on my label. Sometimes imdb does not have and image for the DVD cover, and sometimes it's an odd one, or one I don't like, so I go to ebay and search for that movie - and use the image I find there.
- Reeds for Cory's saxophone. They are much cheaper on ebay than they would be if I bought them at the music store. I buy a bunch all at once, and they last him the whole school year.
- and recently - games for the Wii. We had a whole bunch we were watching, but the bid kept going up beyond what we wanted to pay. Still, there's always that hope of getting a good deal.
This morning I finally decided to install Norton (SystemWorks) on my computer. I already had it, but my subscription expired so I wasn't getting all the updated virus definitions. I've been meaning to install a new version. I've had the CD sitting here for a while. Finally today it reminded me again, so I figured I'd go ahead and install it 'real quick' and get it over with. It's now after 2pm, and I finally think I've got it installed and ready to go. First I had to uninstall the old version. That had a problem and wanted the original CD, and I ended up having to re-install the old version. Then, when I went to install the new one, it started installing Go Back, which has always been a separate install in the past. Apparently, part of installing Go Back is going through every file on the computer and 'packing' them, whatever that means. This install went on and on and on. Finally I got tired of waiting and not being able to use my computer, so I started Firefox and started reading email and such. After a while, I got an error message telling me that the install failed because I was using other resources on the computer. Talk about a waste of time!
I ended up restarting my computer, installing Norton again, this time without Go Back, and then having to remove the old version because it was still there telling me that my subscription expired. Hopefully it's all good now. The only problem so far is that I'm going to have to train my firewall all over again - and all the history in my browser is gone. For a while now I'm going to have to actually type in the url's of web pages I visit regularly. They don't automatically come up, and it looks like I'm going to have to sign in to pages that usually remember me. That's what happens when you let all your temporary internet files get cleaned up, I guess.
Follow any of these links for more information on how you can do it too:
I don't always specifically mention that I'm being paid for a post, but you can always tell. Starting this month, I tag all paid posts with a date. For instance, all paid posts this month will be tagged with '01/08' - next month '02/08' - and so on, so check the labels. It's also a good way for me to easily see how many paid posts I do every month.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
If we had some of these LED Christmas lights instead of the regular old lights, we could use them even more. These new lights are more energy efficient, using only 90% of the energy required by the old kind of lights. They're also safer, virtually indestructible, and last more than 50,000 hours. I'm already picturing them out on our new patio and pergola, whenever we get that finished.
Now, I can be picky with the best of them. I think there's a certain way that things should be done, and I have reasons why they should be done that way. I can understand why the wife would want the bath mat on the floor and the shower doors closed so that the bathroom floor didn't get all wet. Now, if she could be confident that her husband would dry the bathroom floor when he was finished with his shower, then it wouldn't matter so much whether he put the bath mat down or closed the shower doors. Now, I'm only guessing that he didn't do that, otherwise it would not have been such a big deal. So then if she had to come along later and clean up after him, no wonder she kept after him to do the simple things that would prevent the problem in the first place.
I fight with this kind of thing all the time. Not necessarily with my husband, so I'm thankful for that, but I have teenagers. My daughter especially has decided that she's not going to do anything the way I want her to, because that's my way. She doesn't want to hear the reasons. She doesn't want to hear the explanation. She wants to do it her way, whether it works or not. I try to back off and let her do things for herself, but when that means things aren't done properly and I have to come along and 'fix' things later or redo the job, it makes me really irritated. If I could be confident that, however she chose to do it, it would actually be done, and done right the first time, then I wouldn't have to keep after her. Of course, sometimes I think she does things poorly hoping that I won't have her do it ever again. Other times I think she just likes to have things to throw in my face when she's upset - "Nothing I ever do is good enough for you!"
It would be good enough if only I felt she was actually trying to do her best. Is that wrong? Or am I just supposed to let things go? That was the feel I got from the marriage article. Yes, the husband had to get his stuff together, and he had some changing to do, but the wife was supposed to let things go. And I keep wondering - who's supposed to dry the bathroom floor?
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Saturday, January 19, 2008
Sometimes I wonder about search terms and how Google compiles the results. Tonight someone searched for "mommy running swimsuit blog' and they made it to my blog. Yes, I'm a mom, and my kids did call me mommy when they were smaller, but then they decided they were too old for that. I have been talking about swimsuits recently, though I didn't talk about running in a swimsuit because, to be honest, I really can't do that. I'd be bouncing out. You know what I mean.
The interesting part is that Google returned results that brought up these words - but it's a combination of two different posts. Obviously very helpful. Oh, and this actually was on Page 1 of the results - and my blog came up #4.
1. Name one thing you do everyday.
Brush my teeth
2. Name two things you wish you could learn.
I wish I could learn to read faster like Cory. I also wish I could learn to get things done without always worrying about doing it perfectly. I think I could get more done that way - even if it wasn't perfect, it would at least be done.
3. Name three things that remind you of your childhood.
- Gardening, because we always had a huge garden
- Strawberries - and a huge strawberry patch
- Popcorn. We ate a lot of popcorn - sometimes even for dinner.
4. Name four things you love to eat but rarely do.
- My mom's cheesecake
- Steak, medium rare
- Kahlua (and milk) on my cornflakes
5. Name five things/people that make you feel good.
- My family
- My mom (and my dad, too)
- Blogging and all the good friends I've found
- Curling up with a good book
I'm not tagging anyone, but feel free to do this if you want, and let me know so I can read yours.
For rodeos you'd need to go somewhere like Texas. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, also known as RODEOHOUSTON™, takes place at Houston's Reliant Stadium every March. Now, that's a rodeo. It's considered the world's largest rodeo with over one million spectators each year. It's not just the world's largest rodeo, it's the world’s largest livestock exhibition and the Southwest’s premier entertainment event, too. I've been browsing the RodeoHouston site, and they have something for everyone - not just the rodeo events. There's a bar-b-que contest, a carnival, wine events, shopping, food, and concerts. Yes, after the rodeo events are done for the day, they move a stage out into the middle of the ring for a concert. Some of the performers this year are Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Toby Keith, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, and Brooks & Dunn. As if those aren't enough, there are more. Those are just the ones I would really, really like to see. Can you tell I like country music?
The rodeo runs March 3-22 this year, and there is a big concert every night. Since I'd love to see all those concerts, I would need Houston Rodeo Tickets for practically every one of those days. Some of these tickets even include food, and they look like a pretty good deal. Now, if I could only get to Houston in March.
Friday, January 18, 2008
*Start Copying Here*
I have randomly selected 5 of you below to be tagged and I hope that you will similarly publish this post in your blog. You will have to tag 5 other bloggers and just keep adding on to the list. (Do not replace, just keep on adding! Yes we hope it will be a long list!)
It’s real easy! Tag others and see your Technorati Authority increase exponentially! The benefits of Viral Linking:
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The Strategist Notebook ~ Link Addiction ~ Ardour of the Heart ~ When Life Becomes a Book ~ The Malaysian Life ~ Yogatta.com ~ What goes under the sun ~ Roshidan’s Cyber Station ~ Sasha says ~ Arts of Physics ~ And the legend lives ~ My View, My Life ~ A Simple Life ~ Juliana RW ~ Mom Knows Everything ~ Beth & Cory's Mom ~ A Mind Forever Voyaging
I'm tagging: Holly, Deb, Vic Grace, jenn, and Rachel.
That *start copying here* and *stop copying here* really helped me. I really need that, after I messed up on that last link tag list I did!
I wonder if it would be the same if we collected ebooks instead? Cory checked an ebook reader out of the library once, and he really liked it a lot. You can store the same amount of books in a much smaller amount of space that way and carry around a lot of books in a little reader.
BooksOnBoard.com has a huge selection of ebooks to choose from. They have everything from Romance Authors to Horror authors, and everything in between. My collection of Stephen King books would certainly take up less space in this format. The prices aren't bad, either. They're definitely less than the cost of traditional books. There are no membership fees or clubs to join, either.
So far I have finished:
Creation in Death by J.D. Robb
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Over Sea Under Stone by Susan Cooper
I'm blogging this from Flickr, and I'm too lazy to do the links, but I'll add links to the books and some comments about them later.
After browsing the blog for a while, I think the most helpful part is going to be the discussion and explanation of the American economy. I admit not really understanding all the information in the news. Should I be worried? Is there anything I should be doing to be sure we'll be OK? It really helps to have someone break it down and explain it for me. The parts about politics and the presidential candidates look very helpful, too.
Besides that, the post that really caught my eye was called Teaching kids to invest and think smart about money, because, of course, I have kids, and I would really like them to be smart with their money. This isn't a completely unselfish hope, either. I'm sure it's not too late for their dad and me to build wealth, but it really can't hurt to have our kids financially stable so that they can support us in our old age - in the manner to which we'd like to become accustomed.
A while back we had a big blow up, because I told her she needed to do the dishes. She didn't want to do the dishes. She wanted to go shopping. So, instead of just doing the dishes and getting them over with, she went on and on about how she never uses the dishes anyway because she never eats, so she shouldn't have to wash them. Besides, it was my job, and I never do anything. Why should she do my job? In the middle of all that she said she'd rather clean the bathroom than wash the dishes. She can understand having to clean the bathroom, because she uses the bathroom. Ok, fine - cleaning the bathroom is now Beth's job. That's fine with me. I'd rather do the dishes. Who wouldn't? Obviously a teenage girl.
Yeah, understand that.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
I am going to admit that I am totally spoiled when it comes to being away from home. I hate staying in a little, cramped hotel room. There is no way that our family could stay in one hotel room for a week, so we have to get two rooms, which costs us twice as much. I only stay in a hotel under protest.
I'd rather stay in a condo or a house, someplace with room, a kitchen, a washer and a dryer. Believe me, once you've tried it, you will not want to go back to a hotel. Take a look at these vacation rentals. Instead of staying in a cramped hotel room, you can stay in one of these Orlando Vacation Homes. All the conveniences of home with a kitchen, washer and dryer, separate living and bedroom space, and more. Some of these places even have their own private pools! And the prices? Usually better than a hotel room, especially if you're like us and need two. Listings are updated weekly, so if you don't see the perfect place, check back.
I have tried a couple things - first I copied the basic information into a post and then saved it as a draft, fully intending to get back to it as soon as possible. I got some of them done that way, but there are still some awards and some memes sitting in my drafts, just waiting for my attention. Then, I started using Google Reader to keep track of all the blogs I like to read. It took me a while to figure that out. Before I was just trying to remember to visit everyone's blogs to see what was going on in their lives. So, anyway, I started starring the posts when someone tagged me for a meme or gave me an award. I can easily view the starred items and see what I still need to do, but there are still starred items waiting for my attention.
I really want to go back to the earliest award or meme, take care of that, and then move forward, in order. That's just the way I think it's supposed to work, but it's not getting done that way, so I'm going to try to take care of the current ones right away - and then move backwards and take care of the old ones. Let's see how that works.
This award was created by Ann at A Nice Place in the Sun. Here's what she says:
If you are one of the recipients of the You Cheer Me Up Award, please find at least five blogs that cheer you up, copy the code to post on your sidebar (can be found on Ann's post) and pass Ethel and Lucy across the blogosphere. You can use what cheers you up in your post, or copy this one, all I ask is that you link back to the original post to get a copy of the code for the image, and check out the list of the wonderful blogs I will have posted on the award page.Like I already said, Misty cheers me up, so this award goes right back to her, and to Lady Banana (and this is not just so I can get into your new widget), Deb, Mom of 3 Girls, Elizabeth, and Jaye.
You ladies cheer me up like hot cocoa on a cold day, like curling up with a good book and a warm blanket, like a visit to the lake in the summertime - and so much more.
There is a lot more information on this site about acne - from causes to treatments to myths, and more - that can really be handy for anyone with teenagers, or even those of us who should have outgrown zits ages ago. There's even a page that lists 5 Steps to Safer Shaving that tells how to avoid those shaving bumps. Since Cory just started shaving, I'll have to be sure he reads that page as well as the one about the foods.
Follow these instructions exactly:
The first article title on the page is the name of your band.
The last four words of the very last quote is the title of your album.
The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.
- Use your graphics program of choice to throw them together, and post the result!
My band is: Jilani Humayun
album title: obvious only in retrospect
This is really fun. You all should try it!