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WFMW — Holiday Decorating Tips and Ideas

Posted by infinitygoods on November 6, 2007

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Today’s Works For Me Wednesday carnival is reversed. Instead of me giving you tips and ideas, you give them to me and my readers.

With Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and the New Year all coming in quick succession, I’d like to know about your best holiday decorating tips and ideas. Let us know what makes your life easier, what makes your house a home, what your guests and family ooh and ahh about, what traditions you keep, what collections you have. Do you decorate a tree, a nativity, an outdoor menorah, a front door? We want to know and be inspired by you.

I’ll see you on your blogs and I’ll be trying to answer as many of your questions. Don’t forget to stop by Shannon’s for a list of all the participants. And remember, you can comment even if you don’t have a post listed on Shannon’s page.

I’m participating in Chili‘s Holiday Shopping List on November 12. See my post for more details about what I’ll be doing and be sure to come back here on the 12th (and daily too because I LOVE a blog home filled with great reading guests like you and I’m also participating in National Blog Post Month so there’s lots to read).

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If you’ve missed any of my previous WFMW posts, just click below.

Trading Card Storage

Freezer Solution

Large desk calendar inside guest closet

Child’s haircut without tears

Homemade bread stuffing

Plastic colander bath toy drainer/holder

Reuse plastic grocery bags in the car

How to increase Web site traffic?

16 Blog/Web site tips

Toy storage

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  • Don’t know what NaBloPoMo and NaNoWriMo are? Read all about it here and here.
  • Want to know why I’m participating in both? Click here.
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Tell Your Car to Pick Up the Milk

Posted by infinitygoods on November 5, 2007

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And DARPA’s Urban Challenge Event autonomous robot car winners are:

  1. Tartan Racing — Carnegie Mellon and General Motors with “Boss,” a Chevy Tahoe taking the $2 million first prize;
  2. Stanford Racing Team — Stanford University with “Junior,” a VW Passat gets the $1 million second prize;
  3. Victor Tango Team — Virginia Tech with “Odin,” a Ford Escape Hybrid claims third prize of $500, 000.

I hope all of you reading this post realize just how exciting this all is. Our 10-year-old son is quite excited that his very own science teacher competes in the Pentagon’s DARPA Challenge each year. This is the third challenge. Nobody won in 2004, and Stanford won the $2 million first prize last year.

Our son, who already wanted to be a scientist to follow in his Grandpa’s impressive footsteps, is even more energized now that he has seen and touched his teacher’s autonomous robotic car.

His teacher tells us that not only will these “auto-mobiles” be used for military purposes such as transport through danger zones (DARPA’s goal is by 2015), but much sooner than we think, we’ll be able to tell our cars to go pick up the milk for us at the grocery store. This is not science-fiction fantasies, it is our own near future.

Already car makers are fine-tuning driver assistance systems where the car is constantly monitoring the road for the driver, warning the driver of hazards and as soon as the driver touches the brakes, the car applies the brakes at just the necessary pressure.

We hope to get many more details at our son’s next science class, but in the meantime, you can watch the video and look at pictures on DARPA’s Web site.

All the science and technology media are writing about it too. You can check out WIRED and Popular Mechanics‘ numerous articles and blog posts on their Web sites.

And if you didn’t read my previous post on Oct. 26, 2007 about autonomous cars, be sure to check it out FIRST. It will give you all the basics to understand what it’s all about.

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  • Don’t know what NaBloPoMo and NaNoWriMo are? Read all about it here and here.
  • Want to know why I’m participating in both? Click here.

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Homemade Bread Stuffing

Posted by infinitygoods on October 16, 2007

If your family refuses to eat the ends of bread loaves or you get some hard leftovers, don’t throw them out. I have a tip just in time for Thanksgiving dinner. Just start saving them for your stuffing.

Accumulate them in a freezer bag and either tear up in small pieces or use your food processor. Add your favorite spices and butter and you’re ready to stuff your bird (even chicken). For better taste, I also add any of the following: ground sausage meat, celery, apples, raisins, broth, and/or sherry.

You’ve used bread your family would normally throw out, you get better stuffing than what you get in those boxes, you save money, and it’s always at the ready in the freezer. It’s great, so start saving now for your Thanksgiving and Christmas turkeys and your any day chickens.

I have two tips today, so be sure to read my other post about a child’s first haircut.

If you missed my other WFMW tips, here they are:

plastic colander bath toy drainerholder

reuse plastic grocery bags in the car

How to increase Web site traffic?

16 Web site tips

Toy storage

And don’t forget to stop by Shannon’s Rocks in My Dryer for lots more tips from all the participants.

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Tell The Truth; Be Ready To Listen

Posted by infinitygoods on October 9, 2007

If something is really troubling us do we have a safe shoulder to cry on, or do we have to put on a smiling facade and hide our true feelings behind a mask?

When our glass truly is half empty because life has spilled it carelessly, do we always have to pretend that it is half full, or do we have a safe place to tell truth?

Of course, we can’t be negative in perpetuity, but for those who see life with rose-colored glasses on most days, is it ever acceptable to answer a “how are you” with any other answer than “fine”?

I came across a church poster today which claimed that you could tell the truth there.

It said, “You know, if you want a church where you can pretend for an hour or two that everything is just fine with you, with your family and with the world, then we’re probably not for you. But if you want a church where you can tell the truth about how it is and know that it’s OK, maybe you’ll find a home here.”

I do not belong to the United Church of Christ. I have never even attended a service there, so I could not tell you if overall they live up to their ad campaign, but I think their poster is right on the mark.

Being able to tell the truth is one of the many reasons why I loved working for my church.

Our parishioners — sometimes even people of other faiths, often of the same faith but of a different neighborhood in search of anonymity — would come to our office just to share their lives. They would come in just to talk, just to be listened to without judgment, without gossip. They would share everything from the happiness over a new grandchild to the tragedy of a mother and her two single daughters being diagnosed the same week with terminal cancer.

Or a mother seeing her son stabbing himself to commit suicide; even a young woman seeking sanctuary because she is afraid her boyfriend will beat her.

We have to have a strong, sturdy shoulder to cry on whether it’s a church or a specific person. Our lives are complicated and trying. Oftentimes all it takes is to say it out loud to a real human being.

At least every once in a while we need to remove our theatrical mask and tell the truth for the sake of our sanity, and all of the time we need to be ready to listen because someone out there needs our shoulder today.

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WFMW — Themed Week — Ask a Question

Posted by infinitygoods on October 2, 2007

Welcome back to Works For Me Wednesday. This week’s theme is to ask a question rather than giving advice.

As we have a great and knowledgeable Internet community, let’s learn from each other by answering:

How do you increase traffic to your blog or website?

If you came here looking for tips and ideas, here are links to my previous 2 WFMW posts:

* Plastic Colander Bath Toy Drainer/Holder
* Reuse Plastic Grocery Bags in the Car

Also visit Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer who hosts the Works For Me Wednesdays. Her site will link you to all the participants.

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