Archives for April 2011

Born this Way.

This week’s Glee was “Born this Way.” In the 90 minute episode, the Gleeks were having some self-confidence issues, so their assignment was to sing Lady GaGa’s “Born this Way” and think about just what label they were worried about. So people, what would your shirt say? What is it about you that you’re insecure about? I admit, I’m a pretty confident person. I know who I am, and I’m pretty happy with Whitney – but there’s one thing that I’ve worried about my entire life. My weight. Not necessarily because I’m not happy with it, but because the outside…

Seriously, Sony?!

Sony’s PlayStation Network has been down for days now. Days and days with Sony essentially saying that they were looking into the problem and it’d be up soon. Now it’s come out that the PlayStation Network has been down because they were hacked – they had mentioned an intrusion, but never the scope of it. Personal information was accessed from accounts, which ranged from addresses to credit card numbers. I admit, I don’t have an account (my PS3 is pretty much only used for my BluRay and for folding). My brother in law does, but all they could have stolen…

Okay… okay… what?

The title is what I was thinking as I was scrolling through Google News and skimming headlines. I saw a lot of regular news stories, and then saw a headline that made me stop and gape at the screen for a good minute before I clicked. “Foster children would be allowed to get clothes only from second hand stores.” No, it wasn’t the weird phrasing (hint, it’s clearer to say “would only be allowed to get clothes”), it was the mere thought. I clicked through to find that Michigan state senator was proposing that in order to help save money…

Happy Earth Day!

Before I get into the rest of my post, if you go to Starbucks with a reusable cup today you can get a free coffee or tea (I’m assuming drip and tea bag, respectively). But still, free! Last year I wrote a long post about how I was changing my ways to be a bit more environmentally friendly. Which I have. I’m going to share my easy ways of being a bit more green, which is basically my list from last year- but updated with some different vendors. – Bring reusable shopping bags. Reusable shopping bags are readily available these…

Holy Cow!

Over the weekend, a Catholic Church in the San Gabriel Valley was gutted, and completely destroyed by a fire that was later determined to be arson. It’s along the route we drive daily. Yesterday, I drove past it and realized TheBoy wasn’t going to get to see what it looked like. The odds were just too high that it’d be knocked down or fall down before he could see it. There were a lot of people in the parking lot, looking at the remains. Today, I pulled over to take a picture with my phone. But somehow the camera just…

People go gluten free that don’t have to?

In the month I’ve been gluten free, I’ve run into a lot of people asking me if I was doing it just for the sake of doing it. Apparently, there’s a large number of people who are going gluten free because they’ve heard people on gf diets say that they’re healthier and happier. There’s a reason, but it isn’t exactly the gluten-free diet. First of all, celiacs and the gluten intolerant are on gluten-free diets because we have to be. I don’t know of many that wouldn’t want to be able to eat wheat, barley or rye- I know I…

Checking in.

It’s been an odd week. I got sick, went to the ER and am still recovering. So much to the point that I feel right now like I’m a zombie, sort of slogging through what I need to do just to get to the end of the day. Which explains the quiet. So I’m fine. I have a stomach bug that’s mostly cleared up thanks to me going to the ER and getting an IV. While obviously, I probably could have suffered through my bug and gotten better on my own, the IV gave me that boost of hydration my…

I win!

At times, parenting feels like a battle. Okay, most days. We’re not talking big arguments, or anything like that. But there are plenty of battles- fighting to get the kids ready to go to school, making sure they have a decent lunch and teach them that you can’t have cookies for breakfast. Some battles you lose. Like maybe letting them watch one more episode of Thomas the Tank Engine, or reading a storybook for the 50th time. But others, you just can’t. This last week I’ve been working on organizing the toys- to try to tame the dozens of trains…

The Book Fair.

For the last week and a half, we saw signs up at the preschool that they’d be having a book fair this week. The boys loved the signs. On it was Olivia (they love the show on Nick Jr), Clifford the Big Red Dog and a few other children’s book characters. The Little Kidlet laughs and laughs at this guy… Well, this week rolled around. The school had mentioned that you could send money with the children, since they’d be visiting the book fair in class. On Monday, I forgot. And wouldn’t you know, that’s the day that they went?…

Phishing- what you need to know right now.

Phishing is a very specific sort of spam that doesn’t try to scam you by promising you money from Nigerian royalty, or discount prescriiption drugs (typo intentional). It tries to appear like an official email from a trusted site, and tries to get you to click to their site and fill in the login information they need to access your accounts. The reason I’m mentioning this now is that e-mail marketing company Epsilon was hacked, exposing the mailing lists they handle for many major companies- including banks, credit cards. Security Week has an up to date list right here. Thankfully,…