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How Apple Brought Us Together

11dc46a43e336088a5fbb3ebdcae882dI would like to make a very special announcement…my mother has discovered the biggest time waste of all time wastes, internet entertainment!!! Watch out YouTube, my mother is searching you for funny videos.  The world will never be the same.

 Among her many discoveries on that magical thing called the internet is my blog! After writing over 200 posts (every day since June 17), my mother is finally reading what I’m piecing together every night.  Welcome mom!  It’s going to be so much fun to have you with me during the rest of my year of writing dangerously!

How did she suddenly come upon this rarest of all things, the internet, you might ask.
Well, to make a long story short, I was walking around the mall with my dad recently when we happened upon an Apple store.  I forced him to go inside so maybe I could convince him to join us in 2009 with some advanced technological power (his gigantic five year old laptop runs so badly that to call it slow would be a compliment).  Anyway, as the sales guy is showing us the different machines, my dad points to an iPhone and says, “hey, I have one of those.”

My October Goals and NaNoWriMo 2016

Time is flying, it’s almost October and the most 2 important goals for October are getting ready for nanowrimo and help my cousin to start with online GED prep. There’s a lot to do if I’m going to pull this off. I’m off to a good start. The second goal (working for the GED exam) is well structured and plan, we have a plan to work daily one hour using mostly MyCareerTools website has everything we need.

The nanowrimo prep is  a differerent story. First, I had to pick a genre. Ideally, I would have chosen literary fiction, but who am I kidding?  I chose Chick it.  What I have in mind is not technically chick lit.  I’m not hip enough for real chick lit.  But, it’s definitely for chicks.

Then I had to come up with a story. Done. Next, character names and back stories. Check. I know where I want to start and what happens in the end. I have several “scenes” that have to take place. Now I have to fill in the details.

Gifts Ideas in August

8eef7f59865ea79635a97a69cb62f932I know it’s a little early to talk about Christmas gifts as summer is still around us, but it will be December before you know…ask any kid what one of their favorite parts about Christmas is and they will tell you the lights. That holds true for most adults, too, so it is no surprise that the lighting fashion of the holiday season has become a popular staple at many other events, such as weddings, backyard parties, proms, and charity galas. Making the choice in which style and type of lights is key to a successfully designed space.

Many of these events find themselves outside where outdoor lighting is required. Weather and climate can turn a lovely evening under the lights into a tragic event if the correct type of lighting is not used, therefore always use lighting specified for outdoor use if this is where the event will be held.

Romaine-Apple salad with home made salad dressing

One of my favorite dishes to make is the salad. It’s a fairly simple concept consisting of a number of usually raw ingredients and a sauce. The greens by itself are pretty healthy, but if you want to go a little more overboard, you could put your daily dose of protein, iron, minerals and vitamins in this kind of meal!

Even when summer is long over, I can still enjoy a good salad when I can. Because Wil and I had had a pretty hectic day yesterday, I didn’t feel like cooking, and so I decided to tumble a salad together instead with my normal everyday ingredients when I figured that “Hey, apples would taste pretty darn good with a salad!”. That’s how I ended up discarding my normal ingredients of choice, and went with something a little more unconventional instead.

The combination of the sweet and savoury tastes in this salad is absolutely delicious (in my estimation), and I strongly suggest you try making the home-made dressing too, because it’ll blow your mind. Especially if your lactose-intolerant (like my husband), finding a salad dressing can be super difficult, and putting plain vegan mayonaise isn’t really all that either.

I’m a Jack-of-all-trades

Let Me Speak Your Mind. I’m a Jack-of-all-trades. I’m not supposed to tell you that. I’m supposed to tell you about my in-depth knowledge of one specific niche and hope that that’s what you need written.

WHAT TYPES OF WORK DO I DO?

I can’t do that, though, because it’s not true. I’m a generalist — a Renaissance Man — and, trust me, that’s exactly what you’re looking for. The Internet  lets you reach a larger audience for less money than has ever been possible. That audience consists of people of all different shapes and sizes, each one of them a consumer of information.

A specialist may connect with a small number of those people — the ones already invested in your niche. But that’s no way to expand your reach. Staying in your comfort zone will never allow your business to grow.

Yakezie Challenge

Just wanted to give a shout-out to the Yakezie challenge. I have no Alexa Rank whatsoever, but that shouldn’t be a surprise since the blog’s a day old. I’m looking forward to writing this blog and working with many of the wonderful members and challengers as we try to promote each other and build great teams.

DISAPPOINTMENT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THE FOCUS

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I found myself watching an episode of BBQ Pitmasters on Netflix and it caused the oddest moment of reflection. One of the challenges was barbecuing shrimp and oysters. For me, that’s a no-brainer. Every year my family went camping at Lawson’s Landing at Dillon Beach. It was the highlight of every year. Being on the California coast is always a neat experience, especially if you get away from the craziness of the city, but this was better than you’re imagining. Dillon Beach is a tiny neck of the woods that I would move to in a heartbeat (if I could ever afford to move back to California). We would camp in these sand dunes and the water was just over one tall dune. Beautiful, tiny pastel flowers grew along the dune grass, and it wasn’t uncommon to wake up with the free range cows from the attached grazing area hanging out in your camp.

 

So you’ve found your dorm roommate. Now what?

So here is a story about  finding a dorm roommate. Whether or not you chose a roommate or were assigned one, you’re now stuck living with somebody for the next few months of your life. Obviously, you want that to be as good of an experience as possible for the both of you.

It’s best to get a start on building a strong bond well before you guys start living together. No matter what, it will be awkward at first, but you can do your best to eliminate at least some of it beforehand. If you already know the person you’re going to be living with, a lot of this you won’t have to worry about, but for those of us who are starting fresh,  it’s best to have something to start with.

To begin, do you have any way to contact him or her? Did your school provide you with an e-mail address, a phone number, or a physical address? How about a name at least? If you don’t have any of these, then I hate to say it but you’re screwed.

Luckily I don’t know of any schools that don’t at least give you some information on the other person, so that’s good.

Making Magic Is Hard Work

Creating Christmas magic for my children is kicking my ass. It’s a LOT of work.

Just doing the tree took almost the whole day. It didn’t help that my oldest son is exactly like me (God help us all!). He is only 3 and he has such definite ideas of how he wants the tree to be and where he wants each ornament. I just gave up trying to convince him to do it my way and got out of the way. Of course in the process of letting both of my sons help with the tree, we had moments when mommy lost her cool because several of her favorite ornaments fell and shattered. But in the end, the tree turned out pretty well and we all had a hand in making it happen, which was my goal.

Then came the Christmas cookie experiment. I’ve been really trying to show my children the fun and spirit of Christmas so I had do the baking-Christmas-cookies-with-my-son thing (even though I don’t remember the last time I baked anything)! Oh, it was so much fun making them from scratch with him. We got flour all over ourselves (and the floor) and we both did the mixing and cutting of the cookies. Unfortunately, because this was mommy’s first foray into Christmas cookie making, the cookies didn’t turn out so well. My son still loved them (even though he did point out that they were really really hard) but I eventually had to throw them out. Oh well, I’m not a baker. But I’ve decided not to give up so I’m going to try again tomorrow with my son!

Getting outside to exercise with a baby

We all know the life of a mom revolves around taking care of our children.  And finding time for yourself takes a backseat to our hectic schedules.  But it is important to take care of ourselves!  And exercise definitely is important, just getting out and about can make you feel better and improve your stress level.

Here are some simple workouts moms can do with the baby in tow to help get back to exercising.

Walking with Baby

Power walking is one of the easiest ways to lose weight, and safe to do right after having a baby just make sure to check with your doctor.  All you need is a stroller.  Most babies like a change of environment and the fresh air.  So take your little one and get outside.  If the weather isn’t cooperating check out your local mall.

Running with Baby