Sunday, April 29, 2012

Last chance for these giveaways

Twitter Blast
Prize: $100
Ends 4/30 at 11:59 p.m. EDT (I know it says EST, but we're on Daylight Saving Time).

Kindle Fire giveaway
Prize: 4 Kindle Fires, 4 winners
Ends: tonight (says 13 hours 36 minutes on the Rafflecopter so I'm guessing about 11 p.m. CST).

Month of May giveaway
Prizes: 3 cash prizes (one per Rafflecopter) and one grand prize of an Asus netbook PC.
Ends: May 1 (says 1 day 13 hours, so I'm guessing about 11 p.m. CST).

I am signing up for more giveaways, so I'll keep you all informed. I had two blogs signed up for the Month of May giveaway and found that was too confusing to keep track of, so I'm going to keep most of my giveaways here. Feel free to hop over to my history blog if you enjoy reading old - really old - newspaper articles that give the flavor of the 1850s to 1920s.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A musical note

Cayla had an orchestra concert today and I missed it. I could have gone, but we didn't realize there was a $2 charge until I had spent nearly all my money and didn't have access to any until tomorrow. (I think I have $1.87 or thereabouts.)

So I sat in the car all during the concert. I worked some word search puzzles from a book Mom had given me that she's had for 10 years. Seriously. And I dozed off for awhile, sort of.

So now we're home and I'm listening to Spotify. When I bought my current car last August, I was sort of desperate and didn't notice (or care at the time) that it didn't have a radio. I soon regretted that.

Normally, I like to listen to the radio when I'm driving. I like listening to new music and old favorites. I try to win some of the contest the local station offers. But all of that has been put on hold. I should point out that I kept the radio from my old car that (I believe) threw a piston rod, but it needs some sort of adapter to work in my current car. So I have been musicless since August.

Then about October of last year I realized that every waking moment of every day I have a song in my head. You know when you have a song running through your head and you can't get rid of it? That's my entire life. I'm beginning to think it runs in my dreams, as well.

And I blame not having a radio in my car.

I miss listening to music on a daily basis.

So ... Spotify.

I've got the free version. I have several playlists - they all have pretty lame names: Trock (time lord rock, which is actually the band Chameleon Circuit - Doctor Who fans, anyone?), Music 1, JoCo (Jonathon Coulton), Music from Chuck (the TV show).

My Music 1 playlist includes Adele, Florence + The Machine, Nickelback, Maroon 5, Coldplay, OneRepublic, OK Go, Green Day and Walk Off The Earth.

If it plays automatically, I apologize. I hate websites that play music automatically - I prefer to choose when to listen. but here's a sample of what I like. Also, some of the lyrics may be NSFW - if so, I apologize again. I try to avoid lyrics with profanity but some artist do different versions and I'm not sure if Spotify lets you pick which one.

Cayla asked me "don't you have an MP3 player?" I explained that the one she's using now is mine - she had asked for one so much that I gave her mine. Then I bought her one for her birthday because she said this one wasn't working. She has lost her birthday one (her birthday was in December), so she dug this one out again and it's working.

Anyway, I've rambled long enough. (Remember, this is Carol's Random Babble.) I didn't plan to listen to an hour's worth (or more) of music when I got home tonight, but I got caught up in the music.

*In case you were wondering, this is totally my own opinion. I am not paid, compensated, affiliated with other than having a free account or connected in any other way with Spotify. I just like to listen to music and this is one way. (My other way involves playlists on YouTube, which works better if I need to listen to music at work, which I do rarely.)

This never gets old

So Cayla is using the hair dryer on her hair. The bathroom door is open and Chicken (Amanda's cat) is freaking out.

She does this every time.

She hunches up her back as if she's under attack, she bats at stray pieces of paper on the floor, she pounces on flecks in the linoleum.

And I laugh long and helplessly.

It never gets old.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Blogger signup: Chic Algene's Birthday Bash

If you are a blogger who wants to build up your blog's fan base, a giveaway is a great way to accomplish that.

Signups are currently going on for Chic Algene's Birthday Bash, which goes live on May 8. The prize is $100 Paypal cash.

Go to the signup page for more details. This post will be removed when the signups are full.


So my 16-year-old nearly missed the bus again this morning. I'm sure I'm the one to blame.

After all, I didn't  start trying to wake her up until 5:17 a.m. And I only told her to take her shower about every five minutes. I made sure there were frozen chocolate chip waffles for her breakfast, but I didn't cook toast them for her. I didn't pre-chew them (a la mama bird) so they could slide down her throat - oh, no, she had to chew them herself (which took what, 20 minutes for two waffles?).

I didn't scrub her back, I didn't blow-dry her hair. In fact, when she started blow-drying her hair (11 minutes after I told her it was 7 a.m. and she was still in the shower until 7:10 - her bus comes by 7:15), I yelled that she didn't have time to blow-dry her hair, pounded on the wall between my room and the bathroom and then, when I saw the bus, pounded on the bathroom door and screamed "The bus is here!"

I did take her oboe out to the car, but not her backpack. I didn't dress her and carry her out there myself.

I asked her, "Are you doing this to punish me?" She replied, "Why do you think it's about you?" I said, "Because I'm the one paying the price."

I've considered letting her miss a day and not calling her in sick. But I'm not sure what the consequences would be for me - I'm sure the school system would blame me for her truancy. And since I'm the sole support of this family, I can't afford to risk that.

I'm trying to think of what I left out - what step I missed that would get this child out of bed on time to get ready for her day. I'm at a loss. I used to get up at 4:30 a.m. to get her going, but that's awfully hard on me. I guess I'll have to do it, though, if that's what it takes.

Then there are her extracurricular activities ... I think if she doesn't start getting up and getting ready when she's supposed to, those are going to have to be curtailed. I don't want to say, "You can't participate in Junior Civitan" when it's a worthy cause and will improve her high school career (and look good to prospective colleges), but something has got to change.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

What if you won a huge lottery jackpot?

CNN reports that three people came forward with their shared winning lottery ticket in Maryland - one of three tickets to win the Mega Millions jackpot on March 30.

The three are public school employees and they are not planning to quit their jobs. Each gets $35 million after taxes in a lump sum payment.

What would you do?

I don't buy lottery tickets any more, because my church (I'm LDS) is against gambling. If I won a lottery jackpot, I couldn't pay tithing on it. But this one time I did buy some tickets - and gave them away.

I had lovely thoughts of what I could do with that kind of money - it involved some charitable organizations in the area. And yes, I would buy a house - or have one built to my specifications - and a few other things. But it was really fun thinking of how I could make a difference to other people.

I also see in the CNN article that the person in Maryland who had said she won but lost the ticket was wrong. A woman who was asked to buy tickets for the lottery pool at her work did so, but said she bought tickets for herself, which was supposed to be the winning ticket. This generated a lot of bad feeling between her and her co-workers over the money and in the end, she didn't have a winning ticket. I wonder if she can still work there after all that has happened.

So, what would you do if you had loads and loads of money all of a sudden? Cruise around the world? Build the biggest house in your town or move far away? Set up a scholarship fund? Provide computers for your local school?

Leave a comment with something you might do if you had the money.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Kindle Fire giveaway

I'm participating with a group of bloggers for a Kindle Fire giveaway. I own one (my birthday present to myself this year!) and I use it every day. My mom has one (my family went together to buy her one for Christmas) and she enjoys it a lot.

I get most of my books free from I started before I actually bought the Kindle Fire. Now I follow a couple of blogs on Facebook and occasionally check for good free books myself.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Uggh and yay

So I've been sick nearly a week now with a nasty cold. And right now the cold symptoms aren't that bad, but I get so wiped out whenever I do something. And yesterday I had a bit of a meltdown at work (*shamed face*).

My days off are back to Wednesdays and Sundays, so I don't have two days off in a row any more. It's hard to recover when I get so tired.


Enough whining, I guess. Except one more thing: I asked Cayla to put my clothes in the dryer this morning and it wasn't until I went down to get my (dry) clothes that I discovered they were still my (wet) clothes. I didn't realize Cayla didn't go down, because my ears are plugged up and I thought I just didn't hear her because of that. Nope. I didn't hear her go to the basement because she didn't.

So I'm waiting for my clothes to dry so I can get dressed for work, for which I am late. I've got some leeway, but this is still not good. And I still have to go to Mom's (on the other side of town from my work) to drop something off, so that will make me later.

On the plus side, I got some family search indexing done on the 1940 Census today - 2 batches from Colorado and one from Florida. So the day hasn't been totally wasted.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Month of May giveaway

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