Thursday, October 21, 2010

Spooooooky TV

It's that time of year again, time for Halloween/spooky, ghosty, wonder if it's real television!

Fortunately, with the Internet and television pretty much on demand you can watch what you want when you want. Here are a few links to get you in the mood for October 31st.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A sad day...

I am always very, very, very sad to hear of a death, especially someone famous. Even though we don't know them personally, we feel like we do. I was pretty devastated to hear that Tom Bosley passed away recently. I never knew the man, but he looked like the type of person who would make a wonderful friend, father, and mentor.

The LA Times' Robert Lloyd has posted a wonderful blog post about Tom Bosley, known mostly as Mr. C, but also Father Dowling, the dad in Wait Til Your Father Gets Home, and David the Gnome.

We even named our cat TomBosley, after the actor. Rest well, Mr. Bosley, you will be missed.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A phone that can do what?! Am I the only one?

After three years with my good ol' Razr I finally decided it was time to upgrade to something a little bit better. I stopped by my local AT&T store to see what they had to offer. Of course I was bombarded with smartphones and things with QWERTY keyboard and MP3 players and I'm pretty sure a few that could make the user invisible.

Well, okay, maybe not invisible, but it seemed like that.

When we were finally helped by a sales rep I think I made him a little depressed when I said I wanted a phone that did one really cool thing: make a phone call. I didn't want to check my e-mail or listen to music or video chat or send unlimited texts. Maybe make myself invisible, but that's it. I also said the words every sales rep dreads. I wanted a free upgrade to my phone. We finally ended up with phones we'd had our eyes on last year, Samsung's A777. Mine is blue and it's the cutest little slider phone ever. The one upgrade that I love is that it has a memory stick and I can make and upload my own ringtones with Phone Zoo.

But here's the thing. Am I the only person in the world who wants a phone that makes phone calls? I'm not that old, but I don't need some super-sophisticated piece of technology clunking around in my purse. I'm also not so young that I need to IM or chat and I really have no patience to read the Internet on a 2.5"x1" screen.

Now, I blog and Facebook and Myspace and Twitter, but I have zero desire to do that from my phone. Perhaps we're just a little too plugged in, eh? For example, when Facebook went down people blew up Twitter instead. Mayhaps the next time that happens we should all just take our cell phones outside, get some sunshine and maybe make an old-fashioned phone call.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Sorry, kids....

I am such a bad, bad blogger!

Please accept my apologies, I have been busy in work and in life and have not had any ideas on any good blog posts. I have a few recipes to post and maybe a Halloween post since I finally had a chance to decorate for my favorite holiday! Check out these two gems I picked up (along with a ton of stuff) at....of all places the Dollar Store (dun, dun, dun!). It's a great place for some things and not such a great place for others. I decorated my whole house for less than $15 (Yes, that black cat is indeed covered in glitter).

Friday, September 24, 2010

Happy Punctuation Day!

It's no secret that I am a word nerd. I think that the proper use of grammar is so important in a society of spell check and chat/text speak.

Today is National Punctuation Day. Yes, those little marks do indeed get their own day of celebration.

And they deserve it, too! What else can change a sentence from being cannibalistic to loving? The mere addition of a comma changes the meaning of a sentence like you wouldn't believe. Observe:

Let's eat grandma!
Let's eat, grandma!

See? One tiny little mark can define whether you want to eat your own grandmother or invite her over for dinner. Kind of seems important, now doesn't it?

If you'd like to learn more about this quirky little holiday, check out the official website.
Check out some of Grammar Girl's quick and dirty tips.
Also take a look at the Purdue OWL's tips.

How about one more little fun thing? Bob the Angry Flower has a few things to say about the apostrophe:

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Happy Punctuating!