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Too much to mention in the post title

Just a few things to mention today. First…

Thanks to Jade Hart for the Awards.

I know I’m supposed to pass this on, but I’m being lazy. This week slipped by and we spent the weekend at our last hockey tournament so of course I had to have this post ready before that out of town trip. I didn’t do like I did with the WIP Movie post, which I pulled together in a few hours. After seeing everyone else’s, I wish I would’ve planned better. Oh well.

I’ll answer the questions that come with the awards. (But I’m not adding the cool colors like Jade did—laziness once again.)

Favorite color: Aqua blue. (Christmas) red. I have lots of favorites.
Favorite animal: Dog
Favorite number: 1
Favorite non-alcoholic drink: Coke
Facebook or Twitter: Like/use both, but they have totally different sets of people.
My passion: Reading/writing/my children
Getting or giving presents: Giving in general, unless I don’t know what to get, then it’s a headache.
Favorite pattern: brightly colored polka dots (for kids stuff—I have no polka-dotted clothing)
Favorite day of the week: Saturday—sleep in day
Favorite flower: Snapdragons—my mother always had them and I loved popping the heads off.

To the next thing: I’ve added a project to my Current Projects tab. I’ve been thinking about messing around with Finding Juan lately. The basic story is done, but I need to work on character development and do a lot of editing since I wrote it about a year ago and the writing is atrocious. It takes period over less than a day and I need to work with my flashback too, since they comprise a lot of the story and I should cut them back.

The last thing. If you don’t use Google Reader, than GET IT! Yes, I’m yelling. Seriously, I love it—thank you to my good friend Lyz for telling me about it.

For those who don’t know, Google Reader lets you organize all your blogs in one place. Any time a new posting comes in, it shows up and stays highlighted until you click on it and read it. You can then click on the link to bring you to the site (or not).

This keeps me from going into my favorites lists all the time to get to my favorite blogs. And everybody has different posting schedules and unless you memorize them all, you’re constantly unnecessarily checking all these blogs.

No more.

I still have a bunch of blogs under my favorites list, ones I’ll randomly check. But the blogs I regularly follow were moved into Google Reader. The bad things is, I might have to hit unsubscribe to a few blogs because I don’t need them coming into my e-mail and GR. But then I figure the blogger will see that, so I’ll have to send a note explaining I’m not dropping them. I’m just reading them a different way and I don’t want to hurt their feelings because I hate doing that.

So if you haven’t checked out Google Reader, do it.

A few weeks ago, I went through this big thing with Google Friends Connect. I pulled many hairs out trying to figure out how to get it on my WordPress blog. I couldn’t. Impossible.

Until I got a friend’s highly-knowledgeable-about-computers husband to help me. He figured out a sneaky way to put GFC into some other code and then refer back to it via a widget. Voila! I had Google Friends Connect. So thank you to the people who friended me.

It’s gone now because apparently Google made some changes. I’m just glad my friend’s husband wasted an entire day trying to figure it out. I haven’t told him yet. I probably will when I send his thank you with the gift certificate I got to Dairy Queen. He’s got 3 kids, so I figured that’d be a good choice.

So that’s what happened to my Google Friends Connect if anyone wondered.

But back to my main point. Google Reader—check it out. It’s already saving me time.

And just a quick note on the end. My little guy got four goals and 3 assists in a 3 game hockey tournament this weekend. What a great way to finish off the season!

Whatever will I do with all my additional time?

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3 Responses to “Too much to mention in the post title”

  1. Kelley Vitollo Says:

    I keep hearing about Google Reader! I need to look into that.

  2. Avatar of Suzi Suzi Says:

    Definitely. It’s a time saver for sure. Thanks for stopping by, Kelley.

  3. E.Arroyo Says:

    I use google reader. It’s an addiction. =)

    Congrats on the award. Some great answers to those questions.

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