“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand - and melting like a snowflake.”
- Francis Bacon

Saturday, August 15, 2009

It's Pink Saturday, what do you see?

What do you think that this is? Where do you think they are? How about what is directly below? What you see is the front of my breadbox and the little rosebud below is painted on the inside of the door. I ♥ my breadbox!
I just bet that you'll be able to guess where the pink curtains hang in my home. Yes, you're right! They are in the little powder-room on the main floor. That room, as is most of my home, is ultra feminine and filled with girlie goodies galore!

Let's see, we have little, pink rosebuds and pink stripes all wrapped up in the prettiest ticking that makes my ironing board a pleasure to see and to use! Hey, if you have to iron, you might at well have a good view, right?
Last, but not least because it is used nearly daily is, you guessed it, my handy-dandy kitchen stool. It helps me get to the top shelf of my cupboards and pinch-hits with my grandsons when they need a little boost at the kitchen sink to wash their hands before we make cookies!
There you have my Pink Saturday goodies. You'll find oodles of gorgeous blogs participating this week over at Beverly's HOW SWEET THE SOUND.

This week she asked us for hints about how we make all of our visits for Pink Saturday because so many of us love to be included. Believe it or not, I visit each and every one of the blogs and sometimes there are over 160 of them! How do I do it? I divide Beverly's list into four sections. I do one in the morning. One around lunch-time, one after dinner and the last usually early on Sunday morning. They are all so pretty that I just see them each and every one!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Talk to a human at call-in centers & Are ALL Mommy bloggers for real?

It's not all that often that I find two articles in one day that I feel are blog-worthy or that I feel a need to share; however, this morning I found a web site that deals with a pet peeve of mine: Number pushing and talking to an automated system and never getting your question answered or being hung up on or never getting to talk to a human being!
If you've ever felt the frustration I feel whenever I call a business for help and either get someone who barely speaks English that I cannot, no matter how hard I try, understand; or a system that makes you talk to some automated sing-song voice that doesn't take you to the right place and then hangs up on you; or you get have to push hundreds of numbers only to get to the end with no resolution BEFORE you dial that number again, go to Get2Human.com. Not only does it give you the "key" to get to a human being on hundreds of businesses, it also lets you rate your experience with them, whether or not you could understand the operator if you did manage to speak to a human being and to suggest other businesses that they may not have listed. Believe me, you are gonna ♥ this place. I read about a year ago that many of the buisnesses listed tried to get the web site taken down, but we do have freedom of speech, thank goodness, so it is there standing proud!
The next place I found should be interesting for all of us who blog. CNN has an article on blogging and how many "mommy bloggers" are popping up via the web and that some of them just might not be who they say they are or appear to be. The article 'Mommy bloggers' vow to avoid ethical conflicts' is very interesting and gives the reader something to think about:
  • 'Mommy bloggers' are fighting what they fear is a backlash against their profession
  • Bloggers have been criticized for not disclosing relationships with advertisers
  • Women bloggers launch 'Blog with Integrity,' 'PR Blackout' campaigns
  • The FTC is reviewing federal guidelines for all bloggers
You are also led to a site Blog with Integrity where you can sign a pledge and place an icon on your blog that states you will do your best to improve blogging ethics.

Another great article to read is Newsweek's Trusted Mom or Sellout? Really gives you some food for thought concerning a growing past-time for some and a burgeoning industry for others.
So, this morning I found something that will take my blood pressure down several notches when I reach a call-center and something that addresses an issue that I have seen pop up every now and then when I've been reading blogs.

I got a lot of bang for my internet buck this morning. I hope you feel the same!