Thursday, March 28, 2013

Truth of Advertising

I don't know about you, but I rarely pay attention to television commercials.  Except during the Super Bowl, and even then it's iffy.

You know how it is with commercials - that's the time to leave the room, whether you're going to the kitchen for a snack or running to the bathroom.  Nowadays many people don't even watch shows live, instead choosing to record them to the DVR and watch later. Then, of course, the commercials can be fast-forwarded through and skipped altogether - though that does make it hard to get anything else done while watching a show.  Or maybe that's just me.

I think people are more likely to listen to and pay attention to sirius radio advertising than to television commercials.  I mean, it's not like they can get up and leave the room if they're listening while driving down the road!  I suppose they could change stations, but I'm imagining that it's just easier to stay on the station they're listening to - especially if they're listening to something they really like.  Again, maybe that's just me.  I like to find a station I like, and I like to keep it there.  Bouncing around all over the dial makes me crazy.  So yeah, I'd be a lot more likely to listen to radio advertising than I am to pay attention to television commercials.

What about you?  Do you listen to radio advertising?  Watch television commercials?  Is there anything that you've bought because you saw or heard an ad?  Are there ads you've heard that are really clever, and you remember the ad but can't remember what they were selling?  That's me- occasionally I actually do sit down and see a commercial, and sometimes they're laugh out loud funny or really clever, but I probably couldn't tell you what they were selling to save my life. I'm sure the advertising executives are hoping that IS just me.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Used Car Shopping

When shopping for a new (to you) car, what is the most important thing you look for?  Is it price?  Getting the latest model and the color you want?  Gas mileage?  Available financing and a low interest rate?

We've usually bought used cars because we could get what we were looking for at a price we could afford. It's a good thing color wasn't the most important thing because at least twice we ended up with a vehicle that was the exact color I didn't want.  Once it was a white station wagon, and another time it was a silver van.  Of course the silver van has grown on me...  I still wouldn't go out and choose a silver vehicle, but it had everything else we were looking for.

I think that looking at used trucks for sale winnipeg or used minivans if you need a minivan for your family is a good first step.  You may not find exactly what you think you want, but there are a lot of pre-owned vehicles available at more affordable prices than the brand-new ones.  There are also dealers who will look for and find something for you, if you can wait and don't need it right away.  Of course, that's how I got a silver van - like I said, it had everything else we were looking for.

For the best shopping experience, find a dealer with a good reputation in customer service, like this one that has used cars for sale in winnipeg. They have everyday low no-haggle pricing for everyone as well as no gimmicks, games, deceit or misleading "fine-print'.  Because really - why should making such a major purchase be full of games, deceit, or pressure?  Don't you hate car salesmen that want to pressure you into buying a car right now, today, they can only offer you this super great deal now, and if you wait it will be gone?  You know what I mean.  Yeah, I hate that.  Find someone like this, who will help you find the right vehicle for you.

I know they're in it for the money and the commission, but good customer service means repeat customers and more money in the long run.  If only all car salesmen understood that.

Is Your Student Athlete At Risk for Sudden Heart Failure?

A small percentage of young athletes are at risk for sudden cardiac arrest.  Jeffrey Towbin, MD and John Lynn Jefferies, MD of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center will be hosting a free live Q and A to help active families understand the risk factors of sudden heart failure in student athletes. It’s a chance to talk to knowledgeable and experienced doctors, ask questions in real time, and get answers right on the spot.

The Q and A takes place April 9th from 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST. RSVP now and add this important event to your calendar.

Top 5 risk factors for sudden heart failure in student athletes:
  1. Family history of sudden death.
  2. Fainting or family history of fainting.
  3. Family history of arrhythmias or heart muscle disease.
  4. Participation in sports (particularly sports that require a burst of activity like basketball, hockey and football).
  5. Athlete has gone through puberty (an athlete’s body is stronger at this point and has power during the burst of activity).

Sunday, March 24, 2013

I Just Don't Have the Vision

There are several shows we like to watch on the weekends.  In one of the shows, someone is looking for a new house.  First they're shown a house with everything they want, a house they fall in love with.  Then they find out that getting everything they want is going to cost them way more than they have budgeted.

That's when they start looking at houses that fit into their budget, except that those houses need a lot of work to become the dream house they are looking for.  One of the guys on the show comes with a great design for a couple houses they look at, the buyers choose one, and they proceed to renovate the whole thing and make it look beautiful - all within the original budget.  (Never mind that the budget is usually ridiculous, and the cost of these houses that need so much work is just outrageous.  Yes, I know - location, location, location.)

It really amazes me what can be done when you have someone who knows what they are doing, like the guys on the show or the guys who specialize in renovation Hamilton. They can take a place that looks absolutely unlivable and make it beautiful.  In the end the buyers get their dream house, and they get to stay within their budget, but in the beginning they're usually like me - they just can't see the possibility in an old run-down house.  The show has me convinced that buying a house that needs a little work is a good way to get what you want for a price that you can afford, but I just don't have the vision to see it.  I would definitely need some help from the experts.  And a lot of faith.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Selective Grammar Fail

I was listening to the song If She Would Have Been Faithful by Chicago today.  It got me wondering why no one says "she would have was" or "he would have was" - At least I've never heard it. Have you?
  • She is
  • She was
  • She would have been
Somehow they get that right. 

Why is that? People are always saying "I could have went" or "she had went" or "I seen" - all of which are wrong and sound just as wrong as saying "she would have was."
  • I go
  • I went
  • I could have gone
  • I see
  • I saw
  • I should have seen
Did no one pay attention in school?  Or did the teachers just not teach?  Maybe everyone was absent on the days they taught could have gone and I saw.  There must be some explanation.

Have you ever heard anyone say "I must have did" either?  Except Luke Bryan.  I mean, sure, did rhymes with kid, so maybe it was necessary for the song -
I was a rock star, party hard,
Getting over you comeback kid
Yay I must have did
What all my friends say 
but should there be some rule that songwriters should at least try to use proper verb tenses?  Or maybe it's just artistic license, and everyone else is just living life as one big artistic experiment.

I like language better than art.  It makes sense, and it's obvious when something is out of place.

Friday, March 22, 2013

I Was Never a Girly Girl

I was never much of a girly girl.  I never liked dolls or tea parties or dressing up in fancy frilly dresses. I would always rather climb trees and play with Lego with my brothers. Or read.  Books were always better than dolls any day.

I didn't know what to do with my little girl.  She wasn't so much into fancy frilly dresses like these sugar pageant dresses - did they even have dresses like this and beauty pageants for little girls back then?  She did love her dolls, though and liked to cuddle them and dress them.  She was just always more girly than I was growing up.  I'm not sure I even knew what to do with her.

Now she's got a goofy little boy - no frilly dresses for him!  He's cutest in jeans and shirts.  What is it about a little person in jeans that is beyond adorable?  Yeah, even the little girls.  If and when Beth decides to have another kid, I know she'd like a little girl - a little girly girl she can dress up in those fancy dresses, play tea party and baby dolls with.  I keep telling her boys are easier, but maybe that's just my experience.  Come to think of it, maybe a little girl is just what she deserves!

They do say that it's more fun shopping for little girls than for little boys, because of all the cute frilly stuff.  I just never cared about shopping either.  See - not a girly girl.

But They're My Kitties

I think my cats have deserted me.  They've decided they like this guy better.

OK, maybe that's not exactly true.  But now they're both just as likely to want to sit on his lap as they are to sit on mine or to snuggle up next to me.  Once in a while he even has both of them at once - and since Tillie wants nothing to do with Weasley, that's really saying something.  The first time they did this, I grabbed my camera to get a picture.  As soon as Weasley saw the camera, he left.  I guess he thinks I'm the paparazzi.  This time I just used my phone, and he didn't seem to mind.

Last night Weasley even expected Jeffrey to take him to bed.  That's supposed to be my job!  Every night when it's time for bed and I start moving that way, Weasley will run out into the middle of the living room floor and stretch out, expecting to be picked up and carried to bed.  Lazy little munchkin can't walk!  If I ignore him, he'll grab at my legs or run quickly to get in front of me and lay down right in my path.  So, yes, I pick him up and throw him over my shoulder and carry him to bed.  He's just a bit spoiled.

Well, last night Jeffrey was headed to bed before me, and Weasley ran out into the middle of the room and stretched out waiting to be carried to bed.  So Jeffrey picked him up, but he didn't throw him over his shoulder - so Weasley started complaining and wanting down.  Jeffrey put him down, figuring that he didn't really want to be carried to bed, but Weasley wouldn't let him go anywhere.  He kept after his legs complaining all the while.  So Jeffrey picked him up again and tossed him over his shoulder - and Weasley stopped complaining.  And let Jeffrey carry him to bed where he was waiting for me when I got there.  I guess I've been replaced - but at least he expects to be carried to bed the right way, regardless of who carries him.  I really wish I'd gotten the whole thing on video because it was hilarious, but I didn't think of it until later.  I was too busy laughing.

Oh, and Tillie?  She sleeps on the bed with us now, at least for part of the night.  She's usually on the bed when Jeffrey gets there, and she is not going to go anywhere.  She's just a bit stubborn.  And no matter how much Jeffrey might complain about having no room on the bed because of the cats, he manages to get into the bed without disturbing her too much.  I bet he climbs in on my side just so he won't disturb her.  But I haven't asked him.

Looks like they're Jeffrey's kitties now - or he's theirs.

Apartment Search Made Easy

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When Jeffrey first took the job in Champaign, he was intending to get a long-term hotel to stay in because it would be cheaper by the week or month than by the night.  Then our daughter mentioned that he should look into getting an apartment.  Sometimes she is so smart!  He did find an apartment, and it was about half what he would have been paying for the hotel - even with the higher rent he had to pay to get a short-term lease.

In order to find an apartment, he just started searching online and calling numbers, and trying to remember the name of the apartments right across the street from work - the ones we lived in for several years; you'd think we'd remember!  He managed to find them, and it worked out, but it could have been so much easier.  Have you heard of
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Now that looks like the easiest way to find an apartment - no matter where you are looking to move, across the country or across town.  Not that we need one now, but I visited and started by searching for apartments in Champaign, just to see what I'd get.  I got a whole list of apartment complexes in the area.  They list apartment sizes and a range for rent.  You can even sort the results by rent prices Low to High, or High to Low if you're looking for the upscale apartments.  Or you can sort by number of bedrooms and bathrooms you want and the types of amenities you're looking for.  They have photos to look at, and some of them even have floorplans and 360° views as well as a nice property overview for each listing.

Fill in some basic information - name, phone number, email, desired move-in date, and you can check for available apartments right on the site.  Or, I'm looking at an apartment right now - which looks really nice - and I've got a message on the page that the Property Manager is online and I can chat with him or her right now.  I love that!  What a great way to get information about a potential new home.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

How to Find Clinical Trials for New Treatments

I'm sure you've seen the commercials looking for participants for different clinical trials.  People who suffer from a certain medical condition can call a number and get into the trial.

However, commercials are not the only way to find clinical trials. In fact, they're not the best way at all. There's a lifesaving website called cureLauncher that specializes in connecting patients to clinical trials and clinical trials to patients.  There are over 8600 clinical trial locations across the US, and they are looking for patients with all types of diseases, including cancer.  They need participants to take and evaluate new drugs or treatments.

If you or someone you love is suffering from a life threatening disease and needs cutting edge medicine, getting into a clinical trial as soon as possible can be extremely important.  Clinical trials are sometimes the only way to get access to the latest medications and treatments.  These new treatments can save lives and/or improve quality of life.

Don't wait for that commercial.  Find a clinical trial in your area or category by visiting cureLauncher and searching.  If you don't find what you are looking for, one of their trained specialists will try to match you with something. Just fill out the Match Request Form.
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The Spammers are Mobile!

Spam.  It seems to be a huge problem for most bloggers.  Until recently, though, I hadn't had too much of a problem with it.  I don't know if that means the bloggers had yet to discover my blog or if they just didn't think it was worth commenting on.

Not anymore.  Now I get several spam comments every single day - and those are just the ones that get through.  There are quite a few more that are stopped either by Blogger or by Intense Debate.  Thankfully.

But every once in a while one of those comments slips through.  I guess that's all it takes, right?  The thing I haven't been able to figure out is how they've been doing it, because most of these spammers are using Blogger comments - instead of Intense Debate.  I've looked at the posts and seen no way to comment with Blogger - so how have they been doing it?

Then today I was on my phone and accidentally clicked a link to my blog from Facebook.  Right there, on the mobile site, was the option to comment with Blogger.  Is there any way to put Intense Debate on the mobile version of the site?  I will have to look into that.

Anyway, I'm thinking that the spammers are mobile, and that's how they're doing it.  I still can't figure out what they really think they're accomplishing by trying to leave all these comments...

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Should My Ice Maker have a Water Filter?

Česky: Pitná voda - kohoutek Español: Agua potable
 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
We've used a filter on our kitchen sink for years.  We had to have one when we first moved to Wisconsin and lived in the apartment because the water tasted terrible.  I drink a lot of water, and I could not have survived otherwise. Then when we moved into our house, the water tasted OK, but we had the filter so I figured we might as well continue using it.  I'm sure it filters out things I don't want to be drinking, even if they don't taste bad.

What we never did was put a filter on the water line to the ice maker.  It seems like it would make sense to add something like this electrolux refrigerator filter to make sure the ice cubes are as good as the filtered drinking water, but we just never did it. 

Something like a PureAdvantage water and air filtration system would have been nice.  The one I found is designed to fit the Electrolux brand refrigerators, but I bet there's something like this for mine, too.  If it was as easy as visiting a web page, like this one for Electrolux appliance accessories, and ordering the right filter for my refrigerator, then I really don't know why we never got around to it. I'm sure it would have been much more important if we had one of those fancy refrigerators with the ice and water in the door, and I was getting my drinking water from the fridge instead of from the kitchen sink.  And if I ate ice cubes as much as I used to.  I used to crunch ice cubes all the time.

The air filter part of this system helps reduce refrigerator odors. Not that I really notice a lot of odors in my fridge, but now I'm wondering if there's an air filter that I should have added. Or changed somewhere along the line.  Maybe I needed to get a refrigerator that came with water and air filters?

Oh well. If you've got an Electrolux refrigerator, there are definitely some filters and accessories you can easily order online.  I'm going to have to do a bit more research to see what's available for my fridge and decide what the best option is.

Do you have a water filter on your refrigerator and ice maker?  How important have you found it?
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

New Anti-aging Technology from JeNu

Has anyone tried this JeNu eye wrinkle treatment? It's new, but I'd love to hear from someone who has tried it.  The website says that in 1 week 100% of trial participants showed a decrease in fine lines and wrinkles.  They have some before and after pictures on the site showing not only fewer lines and wrinkles around the eyes but overall more hydrated and youthful skin.

I might have a grandson, but that doesn't mean I can't look younger, right?  I just never know what to use or where to start.  This product uses an advanced ultrasound wave technology that works to activate the ingredients in the eye treatment - so it doesn't just sit on top of the skin and evaporate away, but works on a cellular level.  Sounds good. 

I think I'm going to start by signing up for the JeNu email list to get some more information.  When you sign up for JeNu emails you'll receive:
  • New skincare techniques and tips
  • JeNu discoveries and special offers
  • A free travel bag with purchase of JeNu's Active-Youth™ Skincare System.
If you're like me and thinking about anti-aging or wrinkle treatments, be sure to check out the JeNu website (and maybe sign up for the emails) to get more information.

Monday, March 18, 2013

I Gave a Gallon

For some reason I've been missing every local blood drive for the past year.  How has it been a whole year?  I get the postcards and the phone calls, and I have every intention of going and donating blood - and then I completely forget about it until it's almost over or even until the next day.

But I finally remembered to attend a blood drive and give blood on Friday. I wrote it in Sharpie on the calendar when I got the postcard.  It was hard to miss.

It was my 8th time donating blood, and that means I've now given a gallon.  I hadn't realized I was that close to the gallon mark until I got a postcard from the Blood Center last month encouraging me to donate and letting me know I had reached that milestone, or would reach that milestone with my next donation.  The postcard also gave me information on how to request my free t-shirt to celebrate that milestone.

Of course it's not about the t-shirt.  Or the free lunch and snacks afterward.  Donating blood is something I can do to help people, and I really need to make a point of going and donating when there's a blood drive in my area.  I could've reached that gallon mark a long time ago if only I'd been paying attention.  I just didn't realized it had been an entire year since I last donated.  An entire year!  I don't want to wait so long next time.

How about you?  Do you donate blood?  Why or why not?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Minivans Make Great Family Vehicles

2011 Toyota Sienna photographed in Clarksville...
2011 Toyota Sienna photographed in Clarksville, Maryland, USA. 
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I think minivans are the best family vehicles available.  Actually, I think they're the best all-around vehicles - even now that our kids are all grown up, and we could conceivably get by with some other kind of vehicle.  We might look at some other kind of car when it's time to purchase the next one, but we'll also be looking at minivans, and it's going to take a lot to convince me that I don't want another one.

Why do I think minivans are the best family vehicles and the best all-around?
  1. You can haul a lot of people in a minivan, 7 or 8 depending on the seat configuration.   This is especially handy if you have a big family.  Or if your kids have a lot of friends.  Or if you take turns with the other moms on your daughter's basketball team picking up everybody after practice, or at least the ones who live in the same neighborhood.
  2. With the seats folded down or removed, a minivan can haul a lot of stuff.  It may not hold as much as a pickup truck, but it does a great job hauling everything from lumber for that home improvement project to groceries.  Unless you're hauling big or dirty items on a regular basis, a minivan is more practical than a pickup truck for the average family - because with a truck, you can haul the stuff, but not always the people.
  3. You can not only haul your family in the minivan, but you can also haul their stuff - at the same time.  This is important!  A lot of people drive SUVs or Crossover vehicles.   Those vehicles can haul quite a few passengers, just like the minivans, but have you ever looked behind the third row of seats in an SUV?  There is not much room at all for any stuff.  On short trips that might be fine.  The basketball players can hold their backpacks and sports equipment on their laps.  But what about a longer trip, maybe to visit family for a weekend or a week?  The luggage needs to go somewhere, and in a minivan there is room to put that stuff even when all the seats are filled.  It's still a good idea for everyone to pack light, but they don't have to leave quite as many things at home as they'd have to if the family vehicle was an SUV.
To recap:  A minivan makes a great family vehicle because you can haul people, and you can haul stuff, and you can haul people and stuff at the same time.
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    Friday, March 15, 2013

    Shop Your Way Rewards at Sears

    If you're a Shop Your Way Rewards member at Sears, be sure to check your inbox.  You might have some extra money to spend this weekend. 

    Jeffrey and I just happened to walk into Sears yesterday, and I found a blouse I liked on the clearance rack.  I'm really trying to get rid of stuff (and not spend money), so I wasn't really planning to buy it - but I really liked it.  So I figured I better grab it now while I'm in the store, because I really don't get there very often.  I could always return it later...

    Then, as we were walking to the cash register, I noticed some signs for the Shop Your Way Rewards program.  Oh yeah - we're at Sears!  So, when we checked out I had the cashier check my account to see how many points I had.  Turns out I had $7.99 in points - which is exactly the cost of my blouse ($7.99 marked down from $80 - who spends $80 on a blouse?)

    So, I used those points to buy the blouse, and it cost me exactly $0.  That's my kind of deal!

    It wasn't until I searched my email later that night that I found this:

    So that's why I got a free blouse!  I just happened to be in Sears, happened to find a blouse I really liked on the clearance rack, and happened to remember to check my Shop Your Way Rewards account - on a day when these points were valid.

    Normally I like to plan my shopping a bit better, but a free blouse is a free blouse!

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013

    Soon He'll be TWO!

    Jason will be two in less than two months.  How in the world did that happen?  It seems just yesterday he was born, a brand-new baby boy.

    Jason wants macaroni for lunch
    And then just as quick as that we were celebrating his 1st birthday party.  Since he's a little monkey, his mommy used a monkey theme for that party.  There was even a banana cake!

    Jason, of course, won't remember a thing about that party, but it was fun for his mommy to plan.  I'm sure that's why there are so many different options for first birthday party themes - from the monkey themes for little monkeys like our Jason to a Disney Princess theme for your little princess.  They're just all so cute - turtles, bears, Sesame Street babies, and Pooh & Friends.  How do parents even begin to choose?  I guess that's why kids have a birthday every year!  Or something like that.  There are over 30 themes on this one website alone! (as well as some helpful party tips)

    My poor kids were very deprived and never actually had birthday parties, except for Beth's 6th birthday.  We didn't have any fancy themed party - just a homemade 'carnival' in a tent in the backyard.  I don't know that she would have been a Disney Princess kind of girl anyway...  We did usually go to Olive Garden, have a family dinner, and get the wait staff to bring out a cake and sing for the birthday kid.  Jason got that, too.

    I wonder what kind of party this little cutie pie would like for his second birthday?  I mean, if he's gonna insist on growing up and turning two.

    Sunday, March 10, 2013

    Home Improvement Projects Mean Many Decisions

    We tend to watch a lot of home improvement shows on the weekends.  You know the shows I mean, the ones on HGTV or DIY where they start with a disaster of a house/kitchen/bathroom/yard and 30 minutes later they've got a gorgeous new space. It's a great way to get new ideas, both for things we like and for things we don't like - even if we don't really have any home improvement projects on the horizon.

    I've noticed that the easiest way to make a decision about something, including home improvement and updates, is to first eliminate the things we don't like.  That really helps narrow things down.  That doesn't mean it will be easy to choose the perfect fixtures when visiting a showroom  - because there are still so many to choose from but it does help a little.

    Of course, the easiest thing is probably to walk into a bathroom showroom and fall in love with something right away.  Then there's no need to look at anything else.  I tend to work that way.  If I like something, I know I like it the first time I see it.  The problem really is when I don't see something I really, really like, and then I have to choose from several different things that I kind of like but maybe don't love.

    That's usually the way it works, and even if I find something I love right off the bat, there are always other factors such as cost that figure into the end decision.  I think I'm glad we don't have any major home improvement projects on the immediate horizon...

    There are plenty of other decisions that need to be made.

    Return to Nim's Island Giveaway

    Walden Family Theater, presented by Walmart and P&G will be premiering Return to Nim's Island this coming Friday March 15 at 8pm/7pm Central on Hallmark Channel.  In this sequel to the 2008 hit Nim's Island, 14-year-old Nim (played by Bindi Irwin) is more determined than ever to protect her island and the animals that call it home. With ruthless resort developers and greedy wildlife poachers threatening the existence she loves, Nim realizes she and her animal pals can’t defend their home alone. To save her island, she is forced to combine forces with an outsider: Edmund, a runaway from the mainland. Only with his help does she stand a chance of stopping the villains from dismantling her world.

    The Blu-ray and DVD will be available exclusively at Walmart 4 days following the premiere on Hallmark Channel, but you can win one here.  Walden Family Theater will give one lucky winner a Return to Nim'’s Island Blu-ray Combo Pack!

    To enter, just take the Quiz (above) to discover which adventurer you are, and leave a comment on this post letting me know.  (I got Edmund, a swashbuckling explorer!)  For additional entries (once per day) tweet this giveaway and/or share it with your facebook friends and Google+ circles, and leave me a comment with the link each time.

    Giveaway is open to U.S. readers (NO P.O. boxes), and all entries must be received by 11:59pm (Central) on March  21, 2013.  Good luck!

    This post and giveaway brought to you by Walden Media & Hallmark Channel.
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    Tuesday, March 05, 2013

    Snow Shoveling is My Winter Sport

    Snowing (Photo credit: bcmom)
    We shoveled the driveway 3 times today.  Sometimes it's hard not to just wait until it finally stops snowing to actually go out and shovel.  It just seems like it's a losing battle - shoveling while the snow seems to pile up as fast as we remove it.  Ok, it's not quite that bad, but seeing that layer of snow on the parts of the driveway we already shoveled is a bit discouraging.

    What would be even more discouraging would be waiting until the snow finally stops coming down - and having to face a driveway covered in 6-7 inches of snow.  It was definitely much better to tackle it a few inches at a time!

    Still, on a snowy day like this I am very tempted to stay inside and curl up with a good book, use the internet to read breast cancer information and facts and how to write an effective cover letter, or watch a good movie or two - glancing out the window frequently just to watch the snow come down, because it is really pretty.

    Instead I made chicken soup, pita, and yogurt, washed towels, washed dishes, and I don't know what all, including all that snow shoveling - and barely got to sit down at all.  I'm counting all that snow shoveling as a winter sport and logging it at BeeWellforLife, and they'll donate to a good cause for everything I log.  It used to go to an organization that supported women living with breast cancer and their families, but now the donations go to the American Diabetes Association and an organization that helps women who are living with or are at risk of heart disease.  I just like that I can donate to something good just for doing something that I'm doing already - usually walking, but in this case shoveling snow.

    Also, remember those breast cancer facts I wanted to read?  Turns out that regular exercise is one of the factors that can reduce your chance of getting breast cancer.
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    Monday, March 04, 2013

    Request From a Spammer - DENIED

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    Not that I believe for a second that anything the spammers say is true, but I'd love to believe at least one of them gets bombarded with multiple unwanted emails, and there's absolutely no way I'd do anything to remove him or her from said service. 

    Unfortunately all comments on that particular post are screened and spammed, so there are no actual comments or emails going out.  Bummer.