Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Win a Rubik's World Wii game

Organize with Sandy Reviews is giving away a Rubik's World game. I'm trying to win. Kent won a Wii and this would be an interesting addition to our games.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Moving on

I finally got my own site with my own domain working, so I'll mostly be posting at The focus of that site will be the same: my random babbling on whatever topic is on my mind. I plan to start a site about my web design, but that can wait. I don't really have a name for it yet, and still have a year of school to get through before I try to make money at this. And I'm not quitting my (night) job because I don't expect to support myself at this, it's just for extra money and for fun.

So, join me at for updates. I might post here from time to time, but my main focus will be therem.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Trying to win Excalibur dehydrator

Barefoot Mommies blog is giving away an Excalibur dehydrator. I'm trying to win this - I have a catalog (addressed to my landlady's late husband) and looked through it. I think it would be great to have this for the excess vegetables we should have from our first-ever vegetable garden. I really don't want to start canning yet and I think this could be a great alternative.

I know the Excalibur website has all kinds of ideas for using the dehydrator: making beef jerky, speeding up bread-making process in conjunction with a bread-making machine (another thing I want), drying flowers for crafts and even drying photos that have gotten wet. I don't know that I'll be using it for all those things. I'll just be happy to use it to preserve the vegetables that we grow.

I could even loan it to people at church who have gardens (they can try it out and decide if they want to buy one). We've got a vegetable gardening group sort of started.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April Fools

For real, I'm trying to get my own domain set up but the hosting side of it is a little problematic. I can't log into my own domain, when I try it logs me into the one I started for Amanda.

I uploaded all the WordPress files to my domain but still nothing. I'm going to be spending some quality time with GoDaddy tech support tonight, I guess.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

You Need a Budget

Actually, I need a budget, but I'm trying to win a program to help with it. It's called You Need a Budget or YNAB for short. The contest is here and closes (looks at clock - it's after midnight) today.

So, here's my entry. And I'll stop back at Confessions of a Housewife because she sounds like someone I would be comfortable with. I also added her on Twitter.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

I'm all emotional

Partly because it's 3:49 a.m. and I'm tired. I know better than to stay up all night, yet I do it anyway. Nobody to blame but myself.

Partly because I just mentally rehashed a difficult few minutes at work, where essentially someone called me a liar and a thief (in more carefully couched words, and perhaps that wasn't the intent but it's how it sounded to me).

But mostly because I just watched "Pride and Prejudice" - the version with Keira Knightley as Elizabeth. I tend to get emotional during love scenes and loved-and-lost scenes, and there were plenty of those.

I've also got the version where Colin Firth plays Mr. Darcy. That's next, but not right now. I'm comparing versions - and reading the original - to do justice to a future book review. But that will come later. Now is bedtime.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Are you a geek?

SciFi channel aims to shed geeky image with new name.

The comments are pretty negative about this change. People who either a) fit the "geek" image SciFi is trying to bust or b) fit the alleged demographic are both offended. As a 48-year-old female who has been reading scifi for at least 36 of those years, I agree. (I also like video games, BTW, and my teen daughters do, as well).

I recommend reading the comments, though. Some of them are pretty funny and point out things about the name that were apparently missed in the market research. (One person claims that "syfy" in Polish means "things that are stinky.") I liked the suggest of changing the channel name to OOPS, as in "Our Original Programming Sucks."

Some people pointed out that the programming changes (wrestling, anyone?) are what drive people away. Start out by providing interesting, quality programming and gradually get rid of the interesting, quality stuff, replacing it with, well, crap, and yes, you will lose viewers.

But who are the customers to argue with the marketing people? We may be the target audience, but obviously they know better than we do about what we want. Right.

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Perhaps they needed something, but they are fixing the wrong thing.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Someday my prince will come ...

or maybe I'll get my website launched. The problem is, I'm still fairly new at this. I had installed WordPress on my site at Then I changed my mind, deciding to write my own HTML.

Then I changed my mind again, deciding to install WP and go with that. At the same time, I bought a domain name for Amanda: That's for her Graal Online clan.

Now, when I log into my site, it takes me to her site. The theme is hers. It actually logs me into her WP account. I haven't had time to spend on the phone with GoDaddy tech support yet, but next week is spring break.

Now I should really go to bed, because I have a full day at school tomorrow (9:10 a.m. to 1:40 p.m.) I'm not feeling tired now, but I certainly will when the alarm goes off.

And remember, that theme is what Amanda chose (if you check out the sites). My choice is very different, and someday I'll actually have it up and maybe I can bring my blog over there.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Mormon Messages

I just learned about the MormonMessages channel on YouTube:

Mormon Messages is an official channel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

I watched Dieter F. Uchtdorf - CREATE and it made me think. One of the screens said, Don't let the voice of critics paralyze you. I am guilty of this - and the voice is my own. I am very self-critical and have been all my life.

In kindergarten or first grade, we made (small - you could hold in one hand) clay pots "like the Indians" and painted them. In my mind's eye, I see my effort: misshapen and covered with blotches of paint. Then I see the other kids' works of art: symmetrical and painted with even lines and dots like "real" Indian pottery.

I know this is not true - the other kids could not have created what my mind recalls. But at that tender age, I decided that I was not artistic and carried that belief throughout my life. I'm still struggling with it at age 48, but trying to do better.

I'm taking classes in web technology at Iowa Central. Some of my classes involve creating new art within guidelines of using techniques in the books. I procratinate and waiver about these assignments. But I have a deadline - everything up til now has to be turned in next Wednesday. So I've got to get cracking - innate creativity or not.

And I'll keep telling my inner critic that I am a daughter of God and he created me with talents and abilities even if I haven't figured them all out yet. I do know that practicing something helps you improve, and living a teaching helps you gain faith in that teaching.

And I'll check out MormonMessages on YouTube for more inspiration. These are uplifting videos with a message of hope. I do caution that if you click on one and then click on related videos, you might find anti-Mormon videos there, as well. So click your "back" button to go back to MormonMessages and select a new video from there. You can click "see all" at the bottom right side of the screen to see more choices. There are currently 11 to choose from.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Following new blogs

I've added a couple new blogs to my blogroll. First: Olivia. Olivia is mooshinindy's sister-in-law and the post I was directed to (dated Feb. 22, 2009) is her response to a troll. I'm kind of sorry I didn't see what the troll said, but her response is great.

Second is "Hurley" from Lost: Jorge Garcia. His blog is Dispatches from the Island and he talks about his life and the show. Confession time: I've only seen the first episode of the show - it's on Wednesdays and the girls have church then. But Jorge Garcia kind of looks like my nephew Alex and he has a good sense of humor - definitely a good read.

I also added Cake Wrecks. I check this blog from time to time - it's always a good read and often has me laughing until tears run down my face. The motto is "when professional cakes go horribly, hilariously wrong." Some are simple spelling errors or mistranslation between what the customer says (filtered through the person taking the order) and what the decorator thought the customer wanted. Some are decorators decorating beyond their abilities. Some are just bad ideas.

so, there are some new entries to my list. I've got ideas for a blog or two I want to start, but little time to pursue the ideas, and one of my main ideas could get me in trouble at work (competition-wise). So I can't take that one where I want to, but I could hand it off to someone else ... if she would/could do it. I want to learn more about WordPress, though, and how to deal with my domains/hosting on I've gotten Amanda a domain name for her clan on Graalonline and set up a site for her, but it overwrote my site, so now I have to get that all figured out. But not tonight. I have a test in Layout Design 2 in the morning - first class - and I only started that chapter today. Yikes.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Random babble

I have a set of classes that meets Monday, Wednesday, Friday. I have not attended them yet this week. I went today, only a few minutes late, to discover that the classes had been canceled. I didn't think to check the notices online. D'oh. And I parked way the heck out in the west side of the parking lot, so had a long walk to the building where my classes are, then a long walk back.

So I ended up going to drop off Mom's new prescription that she got on Monday that I keep forgetting to drop off. I asked the pharmacists how long, he said 15 minutes, which is what he always says. So I went back to my car and read the Ensign that Mom had given me a few days ago. And I went back in.

Her prescription wasn't ready, so I waited. I ended up standing for about 1/2 hour. I went back out to my car and pulled out a book and read some more, then went back in. Still not ready. I tromped down the stairs to their bathroom, which is actually under the stairs and there's nothing to hang your coat on, then back upstairs. Still not ready. A few minutes later, finally ready. But I complained. I pointed out that if the pharmacist had said "an hour" instead of "15 minutes" I would have gone somewhere else and come back, instead of standing for half an hour. My knees would feel a lot better right now if I had done that.

And I drove through Wendy's for lunch, then parked and ate in my car while reading. I went home and took a nap. Now I'm getting ready to get ready for work. (Delaying until the last possible moment apparently.) I'm off work tomorrow, which is good. I'm going to a R.S. meeting in Ames, and there may be hanging around time later while the presidency is in a meeting, but if I take a book and a notebook, I'll be okay. Plus, one of my favorite people from church is also going, so we can hang out together while we're waiting for our ride home.

Something to look forward to. ;-)

Monday, February 16, 2009

Manta Mania!! Win a Trip for 4 from Izea to SeaWorld in Orlando

GeekMommy is one of six bloggers running contests for trips to SeaWorld Orlando. The requirements are: post a comment (for first entry), tweet (for an additional entry) and blog (for an additional entry).

So, this is my blog entry. I should go look for those photos from SeaWorld San Diego ... where I went with a school trip years ago. I was filling in for a friend of the family, accompanying her daughter's class. I took lots of pictures and learned that you don't want to sit front and center for some of the shows. Luckily, we dried off quickly. ;-)

I remember petting dolphins and being amazed at the colors of the sea creatures in pools where you can just go up and look at them closely. It's educational and fun.

This trip for four includes riding the Manta. This kind of freaks me out because I probably can't ride anyway, but I am a little afraid when riding roller coasters. But I've gained a lot of weight since the last time I rode one, and I honestly don't think I would fit. I hate to say it, but it's true. But I know that Cayla at least would loooovvve to ride this thing.

So, this post is my entry into the contest at GeekMommy. Five other bloggers are able to offer the same opportunity, thanks to IZEA and SeaWorld. The rules are here. It sounds like one entry per person per entry method, regardless of which blog you use. So, since I entered through GeekMommy, I can't enter through any of the other blogs. (I think.) There is one grand prize of a trip for four to SeaWorld Orlando. There are six prizes of gift bags of SeaWorld merchandise. So, if you are interested, read the rules, find a blog and enter.
Enter at:
Julia Roy
Alexander Schek

Good luck!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

World to end this Friday ...

because of something in Unix? Apparently this Friday (Feb. 13, 2009) the time will read at 1234567890 in Unix. Huh?

Will somebody explain this to me - in a way that someone not a programmer can understand? I got the Y2K thing when that was going on - and no, I did not hunker down in my bunker with stored food, water and ammunition.

I have no idea what the Unix thing is about. And Mom, if I don't get it, I'm pretty sure you won't - no offense. It's just a goofy thing that Amanda showed me.

Friday, February 6, 2009


My Adobe software should arrive today. I'm getting the student edition of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Dreamweaver. This should help a lot with getting my homework done. And it should be fun. ;-)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Contest for soothing and uplifting CD

Anne Bradshaw at Not Entirely British blog has a contest going to give away a CD of "Thy Healing Hands Songs of Comfort and Peace" by Sara Lyn Baril.

I'd like to win this. The winner will be picked at random, but I'll tell why I would like it. I like a variety of music. Sometimes I listen to one type of music or one artist exclusively for awhile. But the variety is the thing. And I don't have much music by LDS artists.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Learning about law: CPSIA

Here's a link to a PDF that explains the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.
This is a big file and takes awhile to download. MOM! Don't view this one!)

Government site about it:

CPSIA - The Lessons of Nero:

More explanation:

Basically, in order to protect children from dangerous chemicals (such as lead in toys), every manufacturer who creates things for children under 12 will be required to test each component of each item they make.

For large manufacturers, this will add to the cost, but won't necessarily put them out of business. But for small businesses, such as people who create handmade items like clothes or toys, it can ruin them. Imagine a handmade outfit for a child. Each component has to be tested - and by the person who puts it together, not the original manufacturer. So the cloth, thread, any buttons or other fastenings, any trim such as ribbons. One item could have 5-6 components that each have to be tested, and this goes for each item made. One type of button on this item, another kind of button on another article of clothing, and each test costing hundreds of dollars (from what I'm seeing on the web).

Resale shops are allowed to sell children's things. But they are not allowed to sell them if there is lead content above the limits set in CPSIA. So resale shops will have to test items or not sell them, as well. People who sell used kids' clothes on eBay or in garage sales will be required to test them.

Even books can be part of this. Apparently only books made entirely of paper (no mention of the items that hold them together, like staples or glue) are eligible for sale without being tested.

Congress will look at exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Don't they have anything better to do? There is already an agency - the Consumer Product Safety Commission is responsible for this.

One of the questions is about testing children's craft items:

We sell craft materials, some packages of beads can have 12 or more colors of beads. Can we composite 3 or more colors at a time to test the beads?

No. Compositing to combine different paints or substrates from one or more samples to reduce the number of tests run may fail to detect excessive levels of lead in one individual paint or substrate because of the effect of dilution by non-lead-containing samples. This approach is therefore currently not acceptable. The only exception to “compositing” is when labs have to combine like paint from several like parts or products to obtain a sufficient sample size for analysis because there is an insufficient quantity of paint on one item to perform the testing.

This just seems like a very, very bad way to protect children. Especially in this weak economy, our government is going to put potentially thousands of businesses out of business by not allowing them to sell items designed for children. This law includes items already made, so people are even saying that libraries will have to take children's books off the shelves until they are tested. (I know, it all sounds like crazy talk, but you do your own research and decide.)

And this doesn't just mean for manufacturers, crafters, sellers and resellers. Every year our local Wells Fargo Bank sponsors a Dress a Doll/Build a Toy competition. The dolls and toys are then given to local children through Operation Christmas. Since these are intended for children under 12, each component of these dolls and toys will have to be tested by the people making them. Who will want to sew a doll outfit or paint a toy if they then have to test each part of the outfit or each color of paint?

All I can do is say, contact your members of Congress. Particularly members of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. According to this site, only the chairman of this committee, Henry A. Waxman, can call a hearing on this subject and only Waxman can get a delay on this.

One more thing: Etsy is a site where people can sell their handicrafts, including items intended for children. Here's a look at what Etsy sellers are saying.

Click on the pictures and read the item descriptions.

My kids are 13 and 15, so this doesn't directly affect my ability to buy things for them. But this whole thing is kind of scary. The CPSIA is a law designed to protect children - a very good idea. But it does in a very wrong way.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Didn't want to wake up for this

Donna called me, waking me up because of a phone call (I skipped class today to sleep).

Caller: "You have been accepted for a special MasterCard."
Me: "No thank you."
Hang up.

I woke up for this? What a waste. I changed my alarm to give me another half hour of sleep and went back to bed.

More confident driving

Kent did my running around yesterday - went to a used tire place to find out about getting a tire, went to a junkyard for a different wheel rim, and back to the used tire place. So now I don't have to worry about driving on the little spare.

I'm still not sure what to do with this car when I get my financial aid. I could get it worked on, but I'm not sure how much work it needs and how long it will last even if it gets some work done.

I could sell it - either to a private party or a junkyard. I could donate it to Wheels for Work. But sellling it to a person or donating it kind of worry me. I'm concerned there may be some problem I'm not aware of that could cause the next owner more problems.

I could keep it as my back-up car. But I'm not too happy with that idea, either. So today, I'm leaning toward selling it for scrap metal. Who knows how I will feel about it tomorrow.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Other reasons to not go to church

Mainly this one - I couldn't get the tired fixed yesterday and I'm still driving on the little spare. I won't do any trips I don't have to, and this is a time when church isn't as necessary as staying safe.

We waited an hour at Wal-Mart, and they told us that they wouldn't put a new tire on because the rim is damaged. So we can't do anything until Monday.

Kent's going to take me to school tomorrow and go try to find a tire with wheel. I'm down to not much money now, though.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

The best-laid plans ...

yeah. I was going to move my car so Donna could park in the front of the driveway and I could park in back, thus being able to come and go as I please today, when I discovered I won't be going anywhere in the immediate future.

I have a flat tire.

This changes a lot of things. I can't move my car right now, so I'll have to move Donna's car (after mine is mobile again) out to the street, move my car, park her car in the driveway and then park my car. It would have taken so much less time with both of us driving, but she'll be going to bed soon - she works nights.

And I'll be buying a couple of tires for this car that I'm not even sure I want to keep after I get my financial aid in a couple of weeks. There goes most of the money I have left after I got paid yesterday. Yippee.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Nothing really profound

I didn't go to class today. I was going to take a nap and make it to the third and fourth classes. Then I called Kent, he said he was coming over and I decided to stay home. He could have come over by himself, but I came back anyway.

I had to go into town anyway because Cayla had an afterschool meeting. I picked her up around 1:45, she said they were done at 1:30. I came when she had told me they would be done. Plus, she left her cell phone at home today, so she couldn't call or play games or anything.

Donna went to Ames today for multiple reasons. She took Mama Cat to Suzanna, who took her to a vet down there. The vet told Suzanna that Mama Cat probably has pancreatic cancer and said something about keeping her comfortable in her last days. But nothing about putting her to sleep. This was based on the vet scruffing her to pick her up and saying her skin was pulling away. Suzanna did not ask about putting the cat to sleep, so is supposed to bring her back here.

Donna also took Sophie, her dog, to a lady in Boone to give her away. Sophie is old, but needs to have a bit more attention that we've been giving her.

And, Donna bought pizza for supper. Cayla baked a cake. I'm stuffed and ready for bed. Jessica has been patient about waiting for the computer - she's playing a game on my cell phone.

I've got to come up with ideas for a couple of websites for Dreamweaver projects. We'll be working on a team project and an individual project. I haven't decided yet what I want to do. But I've got to go to class tomorrow. I've missed too many days already and it's only the second week.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Change is here

I watched the inauguration today - as best I could. I was in class, watching it stream semi-live on The video was laggy and kept skipping. I heard part of Obama's swearing-in. I went to the student center and watched for awhile, heard much of his speech.

On Twitter, someone asked when the White House website would switch to the new president. It switched just after noon Eastern time. I got screen shots before and after:


and Obama:

Ageism, and Twitter

Okay, I'm not sure that's a word and I'm not looking it up right now.

Years ago, I worked at a Circle K store in Arizona (convenience store/gas station). I had worked there for awhile and when a new employee was hired, I was asked to help train her. As I recall, she had been a nurse. She was in her 40s or 50s, I think - I was around 28. As I was telling her how things were done there, I got the impressions that she was disregarding me - and that proved to be the case. Everything I told her kind of went in one ear and out the other. Although I told and showed her how things were done, she did them her way.

I've always assumed that it was because of the age difference - that she disregarded me because she was older and "knew better" than me how things were done, even though I had worked there long enough to know that. It bothered me and I didn't want to be the kind of person who would be so foolish.

Now (at 48) I find myself on Twitter. I'm being followed by a wide variety of people: some I followed first, but many are following me and I don't know why. And there is a small group that makes me wonder why they are following me - they are in web design. And they are teenagers. I'm being followed by melikbilge, a 14-year-old web designer. And 9miles Media, "a small, vibrant graphic/web design studio comprised of nine creative, talented youth from all over the world." (melikbilge works for 9miles.) And hayespotter, the founder of 9miles.

My first question is why are they following me? I'm definitely old enough to be the mother of any of them. What made them decide to follow me? Maybe one or more of them is on Geeks! or some other place they may have seen my nick.

Most of the people I follow on Twitter I follow for a reason. I usually find someone through the tweets of someone else I follow. I follow people who have life tips, web design tips, people who are crafty and people who are amusing. So I probably can learn from these young web designers. It still mystifies me why they are following me.

Monday, January 19, 2009


can be hard. Waiting for money days (payday, financial aid, tax refund). Waiting for my sister to be able to move out (I'm not kicking her out, but it's hard to run my own household without having to modify the way I do things).

I try sometimes to enjoy life as it's happening. But I get caught up in thinking of some future event, as if that event will change things for the better. Yeah, when I get my financial aid I can get a better car and a computer so I can do my class assignments on my own. But I won't be able to do everything with that money that I want to do - it simply won't stretch that far.

So I'll have to compromise, as I always do. But that's life.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Things I was going to do ...

Well, I was going to blog the Sunday School lesson for BJ, and I was going to blog the Relief Society lesson here, and I was going to clear crap out of the driveway - especially after the car got stuck, and I was going to go hunting for Hatchlings eggs and update the Links with Eggs list and do laundry.

I did one load of laundry and updated the Links with Eggs list. I also took a nap, but woke up crabby. I calmed down after a bit and feel almost human. I haven't had supper yet, but I'm sure I'll feel better after I eat. (Leftover macaroni salad, but at least I won't have to cook.)

And I should get my books ready for class tomorrow - should be my first full day of classes since the semester started last Wednesday (missed Wednesday because I was sick, missed Thursday because my car wouldn't start, missed 1 1/2 classes Friday because I couldn't get my act together).

Friday, January 16, 2009

Made it to class today

I was late for the second class, missed the first one entirely. But my car started and I was able to go.

I'll have some catching up to do over the weekend - I didn't keep caught up in Dreamweaver and when we start up on Tuesday in Dreamweaver Projects, I'll need to start from where we left off in the book. So I've got to get that caught up.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

"Snow day" for the kids but not for me ...

so far. The college is still supposed to open at 9:30 and my only class today is at 9:40. But I don't want to go out in the cold, and I wonder if the car will even start. So I put off getting ready, even though I absolutely have to wash my hair today and it will freeze when I go out.

The floor is even a bit cold, but my bed would soon be warm if I could snuggle back under the covers.

Oh, to heck with it. I'll go take my shower. They'll probably cancel while I'm in there. (I can still hope.)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Why eMusic sucks

Pardon my language, but honestly. They don't have the artists I want to listen to, they make you sign up for a 30-day "trial" in order to download the free downloads, they gave me 50 downloads when the Pizza Hut offer was for 75, they billed my credit card before the 30 days was up, and they are making me jump through hoops to cancel my account. It's only been about 2 weeks - not 30 days.

So I'm trying to cancel my account but the site keeps directing me to the page where I'm supposed to update my credit card into or the FAQ page. The FAQ doesn't include my particular problem, which is how to extricate myself from their substandard service.

And back to the original part - they don't even offer what I want. Type in "Coldplay" and you get this:
We’re sorry but in order to keep eMusic download prices at less than half of iTunes® and Amazon® we currently do not have albums by Coldplay.

They do, however, offer Coldplay songs sung by other artists - people I've never heard of. They may be quite good, but they are not what I'm looking for. I downloaded some foreign language MP3s and should have canceled right away but wanted to see if anything interesting turned up later.

Anyway, hopefully they will let me cancel and this nightmare will be over. I only have a prepaid credit card and I can't load more money on it if I think they will be taking it for nothing. GRRR!

UPDATE: I got an email saying they had canceled my account and would not bill me any more. I'll wait and see, and check my credit card balance. It shouldn't be that difficult to contact people for customer service, but at least once I was able to actually contact them, they acted quickly.

Monday, January 12, 2009

I did blog yesterday, just not here

I started a new blog yesterday - intended to cheer up a friend from church who is having some health problems. So I did blog, but not here. I'm still going to count it for NaBloPoMo. I haven't kept track of my daily posts, but I know I missed one day by one minute. I got home that night (Jan. 3, a Saturday) and asked Cayla to let me on the computer before midnight. I guess I wasn't specific enough. I got on in time to make a very quick, short post - and it posted at midnight exactly. So my blogging streak was ruined already.

Today is a snow day. The kids don't have school, but I still have to go to work this afternoon. Of the three people who work on the news side tonight, I live closest to town, so I can't use bad weather as an excuse not to go to work. I'll leave early, though, so I will have plenty of time to get there. And I'll take my fancy new cell phone (which has GPS if I need it). I'll just make sure it's fully charged - it drains quickly when people are playing games or music on it.

For now, I'm going back to bed. Classes resume on Wednesday, and naptimes will once again become a distant dream. ;-)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

So my new birthday wish is

not to have to clean off my car ...

I had to shovel - Cayla's still asleep (1:37 p.m.) and Amanda's over at Kent's. Jessica just got up a few minutes ago. Donna came upstairs earlier, but went back to bed. So I shoveled a path around both cars, but didn't clean off either one. Kent came over, so he might do that. He's taking me to lunch.

I don't think I mentioned that the cell phones arrived. I got an LG Voyager with touch screen and QWERTY keyboard. It's really cool. I still feel a tinge of longing for the Palm Centro, which was my second/third choice if I couldn't get this one - I could have downloaded the scriptures onto that. But I can play Oregon Trail on this one. (I have to take off my glasses and hold it really close, though.)

Anyway, new cell phones arrived Thursday, just before I had to go to work. I've showed mine off to everyone at work - I'm sure they are tired of it.

And I have a lesson to prepare for Relief Society tomorrow: Lesson 23 “How Good and How Pleasant It Is … to Dwell Together in Unity.”

It's my birthday

and all I want is to not have to shovel the driveway.

But I know I'll have to anyway. Sigh.

Win a set of wool balls for your pet

Colleen Stearns (Living life one day at a time blog) is offering a set of wool balls to one lucky reader. Rules are here. The wool balls come from Purrfect Play. They have toys for dogs and cats. Although the wool balls are intended for dogs, I think our cats would like them, too.

The pet toys are made with natural fibers, no dyes. They look lovely, and I bet our cats would have a field day. I picture Boo-Boo (Buster) throwing one of the small mice up in the air and catching it, like he used to do when we lived in a place that had mice. His substitute since then has been the small mice that have actual fur. He loves those, but they do have dyes, and I have to wonder how safe the dyes are.

The added benefit of buying from a company like this is supporting small businesses. I'll admit to shopping at Wal-Mart - it's cheaper most of the time. They match advertised prices - but there has to be competition for this to happen. Supporting other businesses makes sense, and supporting small businesses is one way to keep the economy moving forward.

This wasn't intended to be a political message, honest. ;-) Just an entry to win the wool balls for our pets.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Win a T-shirt

I entered to win a T-shirt from Resist Today. The contest is from Sandier Pastures. I would want the Skulls and kittens grey T-shirt for Amanda. It also comes in yellow, pink and blue. She's not here to pick, so I'm guessing grey will work for her.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Books that move people

I reread "Breaking Dawn" by Stephenie Meyer yesterday. I was prepared to feel superior about those people who are such fans of the series, but I kind of understand how they feel. I'm not going to change my username to BellaSwan or EsmeCullen or anything like that. But the books are enjoyable and don't damage the mythology too much.

The reference to changing my username is because I've used "CaySedai" for nearly 13 years. The Sedai part is from the Wheel of Time series by the late Robert Jordan. The last book ("A Memory of Light") of that series is being written by Brandon Sanderson and is supposed to come out later this year. Sanderson's site says that he's not done with it, so I doubt this will be the year.

The point is that books move people in different ways. There are plenty of people who have taken usernames that reflect their favorite books, whether it's from the Wheel of Time series or the Twilight series or something else. Some books entice people to play games (video, or real life) based on them.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Being a winner/organization

I won Organizer Sandy's mini-book giveaway last week and the mini-books arrived on Friday. They are truly tiny, but have good tips. I almost feel like getting organized. (But not right now)

I'm also entering Organizer Sandy's car caddy giveaway.

Oh, and the last post about needing my own computer? I told Cayla when I got home that I needed to get on the computer before midnight. I should have been more specific. I needed to get my Saturday post in before midnight. As you can see, I got it at midnight, making my run for January (NaBloPoMo) invalid already. Oh well, there's always next month, right? Sigh.

I need my own computer.

That is all.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Welcome to 2009

My first post of the new year.

I'm still in NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month, which is every month, actually). January's theme is Change.

I signed up for The Power of Less challenge. My first challenge is to take my shower first thing in the morning when I get up. I usually wait until the girls go to school, then I have to rush around to get ready and am often late for class. This next semester my classes start at either 9:10 or 9:40, but it's still a good idea - get the day started right.

I'm adding a new blog to my blogroll: The Levite Chronicles. I "heard" about it on Twitter.

Another thing I found on Twitter: Project 365. Basically, take a picture every day. Post it in a blog or photo account. Along with making a blog post every day, I think I can take a picture every day, as well. I already take my camera everywhere, and soon I'll have a cell phone with a camera (when that arrives, that will be my picture of the day!).

More later, maybe.