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The Flu? But That’s Why We Had Shots!

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Family | Posted on 05-03-2010

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My girl has the flu! And she had not one, but two flu shots this year! She caught it from her sweet­ie down at Geor­gia Tech, and if there’s a place in Geor­gia that’s more inter­na­tion­al than the air­port, that’s it. So I sup­pose it’s one of those strains that she wasn’t vac­ci­nat­ed against. But still!

The young infec­tion vec­tor was giv­en a pre­scrip­tion for Tam­i­flu, but I haven’t heard much more about his con­di­tion since the vis­it to the stu­dent clin­ic. She’s bare­ly able to stay upright, but want­ed to go down to stay with him (his moth­er appar­ent­ly hav­ing offered her a ride dur­ing one of her trips to deliv­er a care pack­age). He kind­ly offered to take care of her so as to avoid infect­ing the bear and I. As sweet as that is, I don’t real­ly think it wise to have the two sick kids depen­dent on each oth­er, no mat­ter how good their inten­tions may be.

Yes, I am a Mean, Mean Mom­my, but she’s sleep­ing too much to real­ly protest. There’s also the fact that she can’t stand to speak much due to the sore throat. Of course, she’s curled up in our bed, which is the pre­ferred refuge for sick chil­dren, even when they’re All Grown Up at 19. Kyoshi is keep­ing a close eye on her, with breaks to check on the angle of sun­light in the kitchen and liv­ing room.

Microsoft Fail — MS Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 Review and Tale of A Painful Free Upgrade

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Kvetching | Posted on 04-03-2010

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That shouldn’t be worth post­ing about, but it took more work than it should have. Sum­ma­ry: I prob­a­bly should have stuck with Log­itech wire­less keyboard/​mouse com­bi­na­tions, because I didn’t have a prob­lem with the pre­vi­ous set I had and nev­er had occa­sion to call their tech­ni­cal sup­port. But since I bought a Microsoft prod­uct, it was worth­while to hound them until they came through on their war­ran­ty, despite the fact that the expe­ri­ence was some­what painful.

Book Review: By Blood We Live

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Reading | Posted on 03-03-2010

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By Blood We Live By Blood We Live by John Joseph Adams

My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars
This thing is an enor­mous tome! I don’t know if it has been released in hard­back or not, but if it has, that ver­sion has to be anchor-wor­thy. I request­ed it from the library because Eliz­a­beth Bear and Sarah Mon­ette had sto­ries in it, and I’ll read pret­ty much any­thing either of those wor­thies pub­lish. I didn’t expect to care for most of the rest, and didn’t plan to do much more than flip through them.

Review: A Free Man of Color

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Reading | Posted on 02-03-2010

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A Free Man of Color (Benjamin January, Book 1) A Free Man of Col­or by Bar­bara Ham­bly

My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars
His­tor­i­cal fic­tion isn’t my favorite genre, but I’m much more will­ing to read it when it’s mixed with mys­tery. I’ve read some of Hambly’s work before and know her to be a fine writer, and I’d read good reviews of this series by peo­ple I respect, so I decid­ed to give it a whirl.

Three Good Things!

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Gratitude | Posted on 01-03-2010

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The last time I respond­ed to a prompt from Plinky, it post­ed with absolute­ly no con­text — so let’s try to fix that this time. Today’s prompt is:

Share three good things about your life right now.
(A lit­tle New Agey, maybe, but it nev­er hurts to look on the bright side.)

Airset for iPhone!

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Geekery | Posted on 26-02-2010

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I’m so excit­ed! We (our fam­i­ly) have been using Airset as our “group­ware” for the past few years — a way to coördinate our cal­en­dar and con­tacts eas­i­ly. Our cri­te­ria includ­ed some­thing that would be avail­able wher­ev­er we hap­pened to be that would sync with Palm PDAs.

I’m Feeling Better!

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Health, Movies, Reading | Posted on 19-02-2010

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(I think I’ve already used “Not Dead Yet” as a title, and I real­ly don’t like to be too repet­i­tive.) I haven’t been post­ing much, and it isn’t real­ly because I haven’t had any­thing at all to say. In fact, I’ve repeat­ed­ly start­ed to write posts. In fact, I’ve fin­ished writ­ing some posts — but each time, I’ve been side­tracked by the fact that the bit of geek mag­ic that makes my words post here and to my LJ account is bro­ken. I did a cou­ple of posts by hand, but that’s inel­e­gant. Hence, the pub­lic has been deprived of my wis­dom. There, there now. It will be all right. Tru­ly.

Skribit is a Go!

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Blogging | Posted on 22-01-2010

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If you’ve vis­it­ed here once or twice, you might have noticed that lit­tle thingie over there in the left-hand bar that asks, “What should I write about?” There’s a link to Skrib­it, where you can leave sug­ges­tions about the types of posts you’d like to see here.

Well, you too can get such a wid­get for your blog! Because Skrib­it is out of beta! So go check out their site, and see how their tools can help you.

Great Interview With Local Musician Gary Motley

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Announcement, Family, Music | Posted on 05-01-2010

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Lis­ten to it on Sam’s site, and/​or read the result­ing arti­cle, The Facets of Jazz Through Gary Mot­ley.

Break the Cycle of Failed New Year’s Resolutions with New Book, Achieve Anything in Just One Year

Posted by Cyn | Posted in General | Posted on 21-12-2009

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This is a spon­sored guest post writ­ten by Jason Har­vey on behalf of Achieve Any­thing In Just One Year. Post pow­ered by Spon­zai.

On Jan­u­ary 1, more than 100 mil­lion Amer­i­cans will make a New Year’s res­o­lu­tion, accord­ing to a Uni­ver­si­ty of Wash­ing­ton sur­vey. By March, how­ev­er, most res­o­lu­tion-mak­ers will already have bro­ken their new­ly mint­ed promis­es. 

In his new book, Achieve Any­thing in Just One Year: Be Inspired Dai­ly to Live Your Dreams and Accom­plish Your Goals (Amaz­ing Life Press, $29.95, http://​www​.amaz​inglife​press​.com/), Jason Har­vey pro­vides a blue­print for per­son­al suc­cess that can make 2010 the year that res­o­lu­tions become real­i­ty. 

Most res­o­lu­tions fail because peo­ple try to change too fast and accom­plish too much all at once,” said Har­vey, a Cer­ti­fied Life Coach. “My book is about learn­ing how to make small dai­ly changes and be your own per­son­al life coach.”

The most com­mon res­o­lu­tions — to quit smok­ing, lose weight, exer­cise more, spend more qual­i­ty time with fam­i­ly, etc. — are also the eas­i­est to break. “The truth is, we set our­selves up to fail by mak­ing res­o­lu­tions that are sweep­ing and unre­al­is­tic,” explained Har­vey. 

The result­ing cycle of mak­ing and break­ing promis­es is self-defeat­ing — so how can indi­vid­u­als make res­o­lu­tions stick? Achieve Any­thing in Just One Year equips read­ers with the tools to: 

  • Be tru­ly com­mit­ted.Don’t just go through the motions — act like you’re mak­ing a promise to your com­pa­ny, or to your best friend. 
  • Be spe­cif­ic. A res­o­lu­tion like “I want to lose weight” is eas­i­er to ignore than “I want to lose five pounds by March.” 
  • Set a dead­line. A time­frame equals com­mit­ment and helps quan­ti­fy suc­cess. 
  • Avoid over­whelm­ing your­self. You may want to lose weight, quit smok­ing, achieve mod­er­a­tion with mar­ti­nis and cut up your cred­it cards all at once, but let’s get real. Focus on a lim­it­ed set of goals and plan on tak­ing stock mid-year. 
  • Change one thing at a time. Rec­og­nize that change is hard. Wait to achieve one goal before start­ing on the next. 
  • Be real­is­tic. Tak­ing charge of a fit­ness reg­i­men is a real­is­tic goal, while exer­cis­ing sev­en days a week may not be. Don’t set your­self up for dis­ap­point­ment with lofty goals. 

The idea is to take dai­ly action that cre­ates a rip­ple effect in your life,” said Har­vey. “By trans­form­ing your life with small steps, you can stay moti­vat­ed, focused and bal­anced. Best of all, you’ll feel hap­pi­er about pur­su­ing your per­son­al suc­cess.” 

Achieve Any­thing in Just One Year is avail­able to BUY NOW at Ama​zon​.com.