Thursday, December 30, 2010
Friday Fragments, Episode #127
What a treat it's been to have off this week. That doesn't mean my brain is any less fragmented, though, so I have plenty to offer today. Get ready for bits and pieces from my brain; those too short for stand-alone posts but too good to let go. Collect your random thoughts and join me!
***As I draft this post, I really hope I take the time to redo my header soon--We are way past leaves on trees right now!
***I really love the Watch What You Watch PSA hosted by Girl Scouts (and others). Its message about not letting your beliefs be shaped by others is excellent. To learn more about this very worthwhile program, visit their website here.
***You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice. [source unknown]
***Kyle's part-time job involves detailing cars at a local car dealer. Today, he went in two hours early and detailed my car as a present to me. It looks amazing! I am so grateful. That kid is a keeper!
***Kendall discovered a really creepy app for her phone. It's called Caller ID Faker, and it allows you to call people in a disguised voice! She called me and had her voice disguised as a boy. YIKES. I can only see trouble with that app! I'll be adding this to the post I wrote on Tuesday, in which I shared several useful apps. This is one parents should know about.
***Still need a unique gift for someone? We received Buckyballs for Christmas from Brother 4444 and his wife. They're very funky/fun and relaxing to play with. The ad warns that they are impossible to put down. I concur.
***A very generous friend surprised me this week with a "thank you" gift that was way over-the-top but very much appreciated--Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am not a purse/shoe fanatic (I've had the same purse, year-round, for over a two years now), so they might be surprised to learn that I LOVE my Luvali Convertible Handbag and am positively giddy about it! Mine looks something like this, only it's polka dots and patterned in black and white.
I'm so excited about the fact that it's just the right size for me and that I can put more covers ($25 or so) on my birthday wishlist. Seriously, I am really excited. Can you tell? (And no, this is not a paid/compensated review--I just really love this thing!
***I'm super bummed that my new FLIP Mino video camera (Christmas gift) turned out to have a screen that was about 20% smaller than the FLIP cameras that I've used for a couple of years now at work. I returned it. :( On the bright side, I can still use the ones at school, and I plan to apply for a grant to buy the FLIP Slide for my own classroom next year. If you can afford one, I highly recommend the FLIPs--They are super-user-friendly and have terrific, free (also easy-to-use) editing software that's included.
***I don't know about you, but we've had garlic in a jar in our fridge for nearly a year. Does that stuff last forever?
***If you've never read Dave Berry's A Journey into My Colon and you really need a good belly laugh, check it out. It's not new, but it's timeless. I read it in an email, but you can find it here (scroll down to where it says, "Dear Brother" and read from there.
***Believe it or not, one of the gifts that touched me the most this year was the fact that Kyle came home from college with a baggie full of used printer cartridges for my classroom--He remembered that we're having a contest and took the time to gather the cartridges for me. Between that and the car detailing, that kid is really earning his inheritance. (No, I don't have anything worth inheriting. Shhhh!)
***For Christmas, I bought an incredible deal (70% off) on yoga classes for myself and Kendall from Groupon. I highly recommend receiving their emails for your city; you'll be amazed at some of their deals (and the fact that Google is trying to buy Groupon right now is a hint to how great it is). Check it out here.
Now it's your turn to leave your fragments for us to catch up with you!