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FB - The Week in Review (1/30 - 2/5)
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My apologies in advance. I was a posting fool on FB this past week. Snow days do that to me, apparently. We had FOUR. Yes, this is what happens when DFW is pegged with ice and snow and the temps never get above freezing. I can't wait for spring.



Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The screen on my laptop keeps randomly going black. Here I was hoping by repairing the keyboard myself that I wouldn't have to make a trip to Fry's any time soon. Looks like my plans have been thwarted. Blast! - I actually have no idea what the deal was with this. The computer was fine after that. Either way, I'm glad I have an extended warranty on this thing. I'm still hoping I don't have to use it.


Make Facebook a little more secure... - I may have posted about this before, but I finally was able to make the change, so I felt the need to share again. It's still a bit flaky (doesn't work with all applications, will turn itself off, requires multiple logins, etc), but hopefully they'll get all the kinks ironed out pretty quickly.

How to Keep Your Facebook Secure by Enabling HTTPS


Thank goodness for uniforms. - This child... sometimes the outfits she picks out are perfect and sometimes they're such a mish mosh. The leggings are brown and cream stripes, the skirt is black and white gingham, and the sweater is pink and white stripes. I let her wear whatever she wants on days I know we're not going to leave the house, but this is probably the most incredible outfit yet.



This is actually a heat wave for the Packers and Steelers fans, especially game day. I love how they actually write *cold* on the days below freezing. That's not obvious? - Tuesday was a snow day (well, more an ice and sleet and snow day) and everything stuck around the whole week, so DFW was pretty much shut down. People laugh at us, but if you saw how people drove down here and how well the roads get cleared, you would understand. Between the lack of knowledge of how to drive in inclement weather, the many number of overpasses and therefore greater amount of icy roads, and the lack of resources for clearing the roads, it becomes an absolute treacherous nightmare on the roads. NOT fun times.



More bacony goodness... - Ooh, but these look good.

Bacon Cheddar Biscuits: Un-Romantic Valentines Day Breakfast | The Family Kitchen


I am totally digging on this idea. I'd rather do this than order labels... - I've considered ordering labels for a long time. I don't think sew enough for that yet, though. This is a great alternative, especially since these can be used for many other projects.

Making Your Own Fabric Labels (& Carving Your Own Stamps!) | Prudent Baby


This might be reason enough to be a supporting member of AllRecipes... - I have been looking for a decent menu creation tool, something more exciting than simply using Word.

Menus - Allrecipes.com


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Earache. Evil. Waking hours currently outweigh sleeping hours since going to bed. She finally caved and let me give her ear drops, but I'm waiting to make sure she actually sleeps this time because I'm tired of drifting off and being woken up by the crying right in my face. It makes for seriously weird dreams. - She would actually come into my room multiple times an hour. At one point, she was laying in bed with us and waking both B and me up with the crying. I felt bad for her, but she refused to take the ear drops. Thankfully that changed somewhere around 5 am. Ugh.


Of course, the power just went out. This time I was woken by the sound of who knows how many battery back ups going off. And now Sophie is awake again. Blah. - I think I had been asleep for about 15 minutes when this occurred.


Um...and it's back on? Here's hoping it lasts. - Apparently the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) requested rolling blackouts due to a generation shortage from plant trips that occurred because of the weather. These should only last 10 to 45 minutes. I think ours was 10 minutes for both times it went off. It may have gone out a third time, but I honestly can't recall. I blame that on the lack of sleep and what turned into a fever later in the day. I fell asleep after the power went out the first time and was awoken by a phone call fifteen minutes after that. Another fifteen minutes of sleep and i was awoken to the power going out a second time. At that point, I think I gave up on trying to sleep any longer. This turned out to be a good thing since one of my coworkers had no internet connection and I jumped in to help him out since we were working from home to try and support our stores.


Yay Phil! - After all the crappy winter weather we've experienced this week, I'm SO ready for spring. I always hope for a super long spring and a mild summer. I'm hoping this summer won't be bad since we had quite a few triple digit days last year, but the best is when spring just goes on and on. Either way, winter, be gone!


Thursday, February 3, 2011

This story really aggravates me. CNN ran this EXACT story in 2008 but they're acting as if this is breaking news. Photos of uncontacted tribe released - While I don't fault anyone for trying to bring awareness of these tribes and stop the poaching, I do fault CNN for their irresponsible journalism. They ran this story in 2008. That photo in the original article has since been removed from the original article and the photo in the current article has been changed, although when it was first posted it matched the photo in the original article. I do believe it's entirely possible for the article to be accurate and the photo to be the proper "unreleased photo" now. That doesn't mean what they did wasn't irresponsible. That, my friends, is journalism fail.


I love great sources for audio books, especially for when we travel. I knew about Books Flix from Sophie's school and Story Nory I found last year when doing research for our cross country trek, but the others look like good websites as well. - I need to get these links set up on the laptop for Sophie. Actually, I'm not sure about all of them. Story Nory is really just for audio books. Books Flix, though, is great for read alongs. That's probably the biggest one I want her to start using.

Websites That Read to Your Kid! | ParentsConnect.com - Parenting Advice, Parent Stories, and More!


If Dream Dinners could link up with Dinner Tool, this would be the ultimate menu planner. - Just to give you an idea of how much I posted this week, I actually thought I had posted the link for the AllRecipes menu planner last week. I believe the AllRecipes menu feature requires a paid subscription. I had forgotten about Dinner Tool. Dinner Tool is free. I need to start using this.

Recipes, Grocery Lists, Meal Planner – Dinner Tool


Don't be a victim... - I think I loved the image LifeHacker selected for this more than anything, but there is some great information to know in here.

The Computer Attacks You've Never Heard Of


Friday, February 4, 2011

The Android Market is moving in the right direction, but it's still not quite as good as AppBrain. - I *love* AppBrain. It makes it easy to share your apps with other Android users and gives extra reviews on top of what's in the market. It's possible to search apps by demographics and popularity. Wallpapers can even be browsed and assigned through AppBrain. However, the Android Market on the web is new and shiny and a lot cleaner looking than AppBrain. It's just not a replacement for AppBrain. By the way, if anyone is interested in my apps link on AppBrain, I'd be more than happy to share it.

Home - Android Market


Now this is a *much* more responsible piece of journalism. - NatGeo did a much better job reporting this story than CNN. This actually makes sense now. The story from CNN made it sound like this was something new or was a new tribe. It left the readers confused and doubting the truth of the story at all. NatGeo actually gave a little back story.

New Pictures Show "Uncontacted" Tribe "Well and Strong"


Chui is a master when it comes to escaping! Tsk! He just had to go play with his friend Cache, though. ;) - I have to say, Chui doesn't get out much lately, and thankfully it's been to the neighbors' yard the last couple of times (B loves when the dog is delivered or he can easily go pick him up and he doesn't have to chase him down the road). He was quite upset when he was delivered over the fence back to us and wouldn't stop whining for a good hour. Out. Of. Control. Really.



Saturday, February 5, 2011

Detroit area yarners, Knitter's Kove is closing. I haven't been there in years, but when I was there, they had an amazing variety of high quality inventory. If you're looking for yarn or notions, I would definitely recommend checking them out, but hurry! - I went there once right after Sophie was born because I was on the mad hunt for yarn and that's right about the time I stopped knitting. I mean, I still knit, but not nearly as much. Regardless, this store was amazing. I loved my little local yarn shop but it was SO small compared to this one. They had lots of people and yarn and patterns and notions and it just seemed to go on forever! I'm sad to see they're closing their doors. If anyone knows someone who knits or crochets or otherwise uses yarn or various related notions and they live in the Detroit area, please pass along the info.

Knitter's Kove Retirement and Liquidation Sale

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