Monday, April 30, 2007

Been There, Done That. Thanks.


Sometimes when I read the secrets at postsecret I think "Been there". This was one of those times.

People will surprise you. When I was going through what was maybe the most heartbreaking time of my adult life I experienced this. Some of the people I would have expected to support me withdrew their offers of help and people who I thought didn't care for me rushed in and offered support. I guess we all have different qualities and they aren't always obvious to us, let alone others.

Everyone has probably heard the old saying about friends being for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.

Cheers to anyone who's ever been there for a reason.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

More Practice: The Law Of Attraction

I stumbled across this today and decided to give it a go. You can even read more about the law of attraction at this site.

Life Training - Online, a blog dedicated to self improvement and personal development is hosting a free raffle where you can win an 80GB iPod Video! Read this post to learn how you can enter.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Back From The Podoctor


Podoctor. That's what I'm calling it, anyway. I sent my husband's iPod away to the Podoctor and it was returned today with a new lcd screen.

On a scale of 1-10 I give this company an 8. They did what they said they would do, when they said they would do it. In this case they sent a box to me overnight, which I sent back to them overnight. They fixed it and sent it out the day they got it, and I got it back the next day. I began my transaction with them on the 17th and got the repaired iPod back on the 20th.

One reason they only got an 8 is: When I called the first time the girl on the phone was less than helpful. It was like talking to a child rather than a business person. I called again and talked to a guy named Chuck. Chuck was polite, friendly and knew how to answer my simple questions. I give Chuck two thumbs up.

The other reason the score was an 8 is I sent the iPod to them in pristine condition and it came back with a few scratches on the shiny silver back. I sent it to them polished and nearly perfect. It came back with grubby fingerprints front and back and scratch damage on the back. Since it is always kept in the Acme Wallet, it's not a giant deal. I just don't expect to pay someone to repair my item and get it back in a way that shows carelessness. If it were my business, I would make sure every iPod got wiped well with a microfiber cloth before sending them back out to customers.

I am quite satisfied overall. I would recommend iResQ if you need to get an iPod repaired. I even upgraded my husband to the new, brighter lcd screen for an extra $5.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

You Must See This!

My friend brought this to my attention and it's way too good to keep to myself.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Friday the 13th, Oh Lucky Day!

Friday the 13th was a good day at our house. I dare say it was downright lucky.
The law of attraction strikes again! We got two movie cash certificates in the mail from 7-11, from the same promotion as the Wii! We also got a UPS delivery from the agency handling the Kellogg's sweepstakes. We won an Xbox360! The kids are jazzed about this win.
A big thank you to the folks at 7-11 and the folks at Kellogg's! What an extraordinary year it's been for the kids already where video games are concerned.
Every time I come across a chance to win something one of us would want I'm giving it a go, and it's paying off. Something else arrived yesterday which has me in quite a tizzy, but I don't want to say anything here until it's further along. Later in the week, perhaps.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

View Outside My (Bedroom) Window

One day I was sitting in my bedroom, typing away on my laptop, and heard "Thunk thunk thunk, thunk thunk thunk, thunk thunk". I did a little detective work and found the origin of the sound.

Here it was, this bird, trying to beat his froggy lunch into submission:

The bird won.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

I'm It?


I've been tagged by world-famous Kevin Dixie of Fuel My Blog. This has never happened to me before, so I hope I have the right idea about what I am supposed to do. Here goes!

My mission, if I understand it correctly, is to "Name seven albums or tracks playing in my life right now".

I'm not sure if I should take that to mean the music I've been actually listening to or the music that would be playing in my life if it were a movie. I guess there aren't rules about one list of seven, so maybe I'll go wild and dazzle you (okay, myself) with more than one list.

The songs I've actually been listening to lately, according to my iPod:
1. Chariots Rise - Lizzie West
2. The Day We Met - Lizzie West
3. Tower of Song - actually the whole "Essential Leonard Cohen" album
4. Stolen Car - Beth Orton
5. The Corrs Unplugged album
6. The DeLovely Soundtrack (Love Cole Porter)
7. Coming Up Close - Til Tuesday

The songs they will play in the movie when Rachel McAdams plays me:
1. Halo - Texas
2. Stolen Car - Beth Orton
3. Everybody's got a story - Amanda Marshall
4. Forgiven, not forgotten - The Corrs
5. Good Mother - Jann Arden
6. Fix You - Coldplay
7. London Rain - Heather Nova

Now that you've seen my lists I'm sure you'll be sending me links to music less than a decade old, links to radio stations, the cd version of mixed tapes, etc.

Oh, and now I am supposed to tag 7 people to do the same thing. Isn't that special?
Here's the lucky 7, in no particular order:
(to be added later)

The Law Of Attraction:


I managed to attract another iPod towards our house, which is always a good thing! I've also managed to attract a Longchamp pliages duffel, a mini basketball, a Serena Williams pill case with a little satin bag, and a Cavaliers hat and huge t shirt. I actually managed that last one twice, (three times if you add the same hat and t shirt they gave Zachary when he won 4 floor seats and got to be a rebound kid, or whatever they called it. It was a fun night!)

I am ready for a nice big fat old win now, the kind I'll be hesitant to say much about because, sometimes, people get that pinched look when I have something really neat and tell them I won it. My husband and children understand and enjoy the stuff. Ditto my mother. I have an aunt who likes to enter sweepstakes online, so she 'gets it', too.

It's fun, I think. We all decide how we will fritter away our time. Of course I don't win something every day or anything like that, but I figure it might give me some return on the investment of my time. More than playing some solitaire or tetris. Besides, it's great fun when the doorbell rings with a surprise box. It's fun to anticipate the things we know we won while we wait for them to arrive.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Surprise, Suprise, Surprise!

I am nerdier than 44% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

It figures, I guess? I'm so hip, so cool, you'd never think I was, as the site so gently pointed out:

54% scored higher (more nerdy),
2% scored the same, and
44% scored lower (less nerdy).

What does this mean? Your nerdiness is:

Somewhat nerdy. I mean face it, you are nerdier than about half the test takers.