Sunday, September 11, 2016

What's an Echo?

Until recently, I thought an echo was "a sound or series of sounds caused by the reflection of sound waves from a surface back to the listener" (as defined by my trusty resource Google) - but I found out there is an amazing device called an Amazon Echo  

My friend Kristina explained what this puppy can do, but I felt I had to do a little more research on my own.  So of course, I headed over to Amazon to check it out.  In short, it is an amazing device which made me think we are beginning to live in a Star Trek-like world.  

While reading through the reviews, I stumbled upon an entertaining entry from a sci-fi author & now I'm off to fire up my Kindle to download his e-book... Live Long & Prosper

Thursday, January 15, 2015


The intent for today = arrive at the office 1/2 early to get "a jump" on things.

The mistake = leaving my office key in my blue bag & taking my brown bag

The discovery of said mistake = when I pulled into the parking lot at work.

The choice = kick myself in the butt all day, turning the oversight into a grand tragedy or suck it up and enjoy a daytime drive home to retrieve my office key.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Death to Procrastination

Today, I engaged in various activities to end my natural tendency toward procrastination and it felt great!

First, I completed today's reading - my church has a corporate reading program where we all read the same Bible verses during the week.  (My previous mode of operation is to read the entire weeks worth on Saturday.)  Today we read Psalm 4 which sent me on a trip down memory lane to when I was a member of a Lutheran Youth choir called "Sing for Joy".  Ahhhh, those were the "good ole days" when we all had matching outfits and put on concerts for the folks in the convalescent home.

On my way to work, I made a stop that I've been meaning to do since before Christmas. I delivered my Christmas Jar.  For the last several years, our pastors have encouraged us to fill our mason jar with spare change during the year.  The intent is to give the jar away as a way to bless others and remind them that God is thinking of them.  I was fairly certain of the neighbor who was to be the recipient of my jar, but I just couldn't get my guts up to stop by to give it to them.  Prompted by Sunday's sermon "Procrastination - One of the Rocks in our Shoes", I ignored my fear & pulled into the driveway, knocked on the door and said "This is for you."  The lady of the house was leery at first, but was very thankful. It was a blessing for me too.

After a full and productive day at the office, I headed over to my local YMCA and turned in my membership application.  In 2011, I started my fitness journey and developed a steady at home workout schedule with my resistance bands & my Chalene Extreme DVD's.  I was a consistent until I April of 2012 and I fell off the fitness bandwagon.  Today, the inactivity came to a close - I paid my prorated membership fee, found out that the normal sign up fee was waived (BONUS), got a tour of the facility, borrowed a combination lock & signed myself up for a spin class. I thought I was going to just keel over half way through, but I toughed it out and completed 11 miles - Wooo Hooo!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Playing with Google

Tonight, I stumbled upon a website which clued me in on several cool Google tricks.  I fell in love with #2 on the list (probably because I've always thought #2 tries harder) = Goglogo

I proceeded to create some custom logos...

I did have to engage in some "monkey work" to get these puppies saved as image files - but the cutting and pasting of the characters was worth it.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Side Effects

As a rule, the thoughts rampaging through my brain are diverse and abundant.  Since attending the Relay for Life Eastern Region Divisional Summit this weekend in Secaucus, New Jersey, my brain has exploded.  The ideas and concepts presented set me on fire.  NOT just for Relay, but for all phases of my life.

Be warned!  All synapses are firing at an alarming rate and I am exuding an abundance of passion for life in general.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Has this ever happened to you?

I had a line from a movie pop into my head this morning:  Listen to it here

I had to Google to remember the source of the quote (because the coffee has yet to kick in this morning).  When the You Tube link popped up I was amazed at myself for not remembering that these words were uttered through Clint Eastwood's clenched teeth.  (We are HUGE Clint fans in this house).

The hubster was concerned that I was attempting to send him a subtle message about something he did - or was thinking about doing.  I quickly reassured him that this advice was for me: I am on the verge of spreading myself too thin (as is my habit, because I have a speech impediment which makes it difficult for me to say the word "No" to people).

I am a habitual people-pleaser who avoids conflict and hard feelings at all costs.  As a result, I easily over-commit myself to help friends when I should be taking care of myself or my family.  Well, that buck stops here today!  For once, I actually saw it coming before it happened.  (Hooray for me!)