Monday, December 2, 2013

• Cyber Monday 2013 •

Good afternoon! Black Friday is a day that I avoid like the plague. I've seen the photos, I've seen the videos, I've read the stories. I want no part of a shopping version of The Hunger Games, so I stayed home where it's safe & cleaned the house, updated my grocery list, ventured out to go to work, got the mail, went to the bank, swung by Long John Silvers to pick up lunch for someone, the FD got toned out to a med call while I was at work, I came home & showered, & then sat down to work on my Blacklight Beauty afghan which is still coming out great! Friday's Sims game was the McAllister Home from the Movie Home Alone & my Sim Kevin McAllister is just chillin' out & living his life. Saturday I took the dogs out, made breakfast sausages for hubby & I, checked out the How To Cook Everything app on my iPhone 5, took the dogs
out,got the mail, & then worked on the hat I'm knitting until it was time to go back out to work, then hubby wanted to get something at the store, so we went to Micro Center where he got me an upgraded graphics card which will do Bitcoin mining. My PC now sports a Gigabyte Radeon 260X. After that we went to Fry's, where I spend $50 on 3 books / magazines. $10 for a crochet magazine that includes a 2014 wall calender, $20 on the Google Power User's Guide, & another $20 on The MineCraft Book ... which is AWESOME! Saturday's Sims game was Casa Bella (2nd pic). This house comes with a large garden with many different grapes & a nectary in the rear building on the right (next to the garden). Since I was lucky enough to notice this before I started the game, the Sim I created had all the traits that matched this beautiful home. Bella (Casa Bella, might as well name her Bella) is a green thumb & good at making nectar. Her lifetime wish is to have a bottomless nectar cellar, which meant & had to create a cellar under the nectary. She's doing well. I played for a long time Saturday night & she has so far mastered the gardening skill, almost mastered the nectar making skill, & is making good money selling her nectar at the consignment shop in town. When we got home, hubby installed the video card & got it working. While he was doing that, I found out that the laptop he gave me for the kitchen (my little recipe server), does NOT run Minecraft. So, I went through the Google book until my PC was back up & running. Once it was, I made sure Minecraft ran on the main gaming PC. Guess what? It didn't. Hubby had to come in & fix a driver problem that apparently lots of people were having. Once he got that fixed, I loaded up Minecraft & ... big mistake ... ended up playing until 2:30a. I had a lot of fun though ... it's nice to have a REAL day off once in a while! This morning after taking the dogs out I loaded up Sims & the new graphics card threw it for a loop. All of the settings were reset. I understand the video settings getting scrambled, but ALL the settings? My Sims lifespan, season lengths ... I'm glad I wrote this all down a while back or I'd end up having to do all the math again. Once I got everything back to normal as far as the settings, I loaded up Modern House Remodel. In this game, there are twin children ... a boy & a girl (Misty & Michael). So far neither of them have any useful traits that I can concentrate on for their future, so they'll just have fun working on random life skills until we see if either of them gains a useful trait in the future. Worst case? They both become CEOs. LOL! Happy December! Less than 1 month left until my favorite day of the year ... New Year's Day! New Year's Day is when this blog changes a little bit ... new information, new stuff, all based on the votes on the right of my blog page. Happy Cyber Monday! Enjoy savings from the safety of your Internet enabled device.

An abandoned hubcap on the side of the road is a symbol of your life spinning out of control. Ignore the warning but grab that hubcap. They make great ashtrays or wind chimes.

Best-known astronauts / cosmonauts of all time top 10:
  1. Ed White
  2. Gus Grissom
  3. Jim Lovell
  4. Boris Volynov
  5. John Glenn
  6. Alexey Leonov
  7. Buzz Aldrin
  8. Alan Shepard
  9. Yuri Gagarin
  10. Neil Armstrong
Best-selling cigarette brands in the world top 10:
  1. Marlboro
  2. Winston
  3. Camel
  4. Parliament
  5. Pall Mall
  6. Classic
  7. Red & White
  8. L&M
  9. Hilton
  10. Doina
Charlie Chaplin once entered a Chaplin look-alike contest ... & lost!

Flight Status Pro:
FLIGHT STATUS PRO is the best flight tracking app for iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch.
Flight Status Pro is a powerful flight tracking application for all worldwide flights. Check flight delays, view arrival and departure times, terminal and gate numbers, baggage claim info and much more. The App syncs your flights from your TripIt and accounts. It also supports push notifications to inform you on flight delays, gate changes etc. The application supports multiple zoom-able map styles and is available on iPhone, iPad and iPod.
You can check the status of the flights in three ways. 1) By Flight Number 2) By Route and 3) By Airport. With these three approaches, you can pretty much track any flight with this app. The Trips module lets you save and track flights easily and integrates with TripIt.
Here are the key highlights of this application...
* Check the status of all flights worldwide
* Supports 4300+ Airports and 1200+ Airlines
* Displays Terminal, Gate & Baggage Claim Information
* Provides estimates for Arrival, Takeoff and Landing
* Provides information about Flight Delays & Cancellations
* Searches flights by Flight Number, Route & Airport
* Check Flight Status for worldwide flights 1 year in advance by flight number
* Supports push notifications which inform you on delays, gate/terminal changes etc.
* Zoomable Maps for all flights worldwide
* Three Map Style options available to choose from
* Displays maps even for airport search
* You can view Hotels, Car Rentals, Restaurants, Coffee shops, Parking spots in and around a selected airport
* Trips module lets you manages your flights
* Integrates with TripIt to sync your flights
* You can sync all your flight and trips with, online travel planner
* Lets you input your flight confirmation numbers in the Trips module
* TripIt sync downloads confirmation, passenger & booking info
* Live airport temperature and weather forecast information for worldwide airports
* Arrival & Departure Delay information for airports in US & Canada
* Remembers recently used Airports & Airlines
* Lets you filter your results by Airlines or by flight status
* Timings are displayed based on region format
and much more...
The information displayed in this app is gathered from which is a very reliable sources of information for tracking flights.
This app is the best designed flight tracking app with many unique features you won't find in other flight tracking apps.
If you are a frequent flier, this application can be priceless. If you'd like to manage your complete travel itinerary including Flights, Hotels, Car Rentals, Meeting, Appointments etc check out our 'Trips' application.
If you have any feedback/suggestions/issues, please email us at
* Next Flight
* Trips Pro
* Arrivals & Departures

HoursTracker - Time Sheet & Time Tracker:
Keep track of your time and earnings at your hourly job, or track time as an independent contractor. Jump in and start a timer with two taps of the finger. Or, track your time by entering in your punch times manually. View your earnings (even overtime!) in the app, or export via e-mail in text or CSV format and work with it however you need to.
* Apple says "makes it easy to keep track of the hours spent on a project" (watch their video at
* lifehacker says "Best Time Tracking App for iPhone"
* Cult of Mac says "easy to use, and a must for freelancers"
* * * * * More than 2,500 all-time 5-star ratings!
+ Tracks your time while you use other apps (or power off your phone!) without running in the background. No extra drain on your battery.
+ Add as many jobs as you need, there’s no limit.
+ Assign a pay rate and HoursTracker will calculate your earnings, even taking overtime into account.
+ Supports daily and weekly overtime with two levels for each. If you get paid time and a half over 8 hours and double-time over 12 hours or by the week (or both!), HoursTracker has you covered.
+ Track your time in real-time by clocking in/out while you work. Watch as time and earnings accumulate in real-time.
+ Already working but forgot to clock in? No problem, use “Start Clock At...” and start counting time from when you started work.
+ Clock in to any number of jobs at a time, or set it up to have only one timer running at a time automatically.
+ Enter time manually -- just choose a start date/time and an end date/time or duration. Add comments, change the hourly rate for that time, and easily subtract breaks.
+ Flexible rounding options to automatically round your time worked can be configured per-job.
+ Set up pay period details and view your time by weekly, bi-weekly, semi-monthly, or monthly pay period on the Pay Periods tab.
+ View your time and earnings by day, or by calendar week or month, or by job, on the Entries tab.
+ Receive reminders to clock in/out based on your location. Or, choose to be clocked in/out automatically as you come and go.
+ See your jobs in nearest-first order. No more scrolling around to find the right client or job.
+ Powerful custom tagging and display filtering let you build custom views of your data.
+ Date formats and currency symbols respect your device’s international settings.
+ Export data via e-mail in text or CSV formats in the message body or attachment. Export all jobs, or any selection of jobs, for all-time or between any two dates. Combine all entries into one daily summary, or export each one including the clock in / out times.
+ Full edit and delete of jobs and hours worked. Easily copy a job if a new job will have similar settings.
+ Passcode lock lets you keep your HoursTracker data private without needing to put a passcode on your entire device.
+ Basic cloud data backup/restore included free with the app. Cloud Subscription adds automatic backups, restoring data to any number of devices, and viewing your reports and exports on the web. iTunes File Sharing is also enabled for backup/restore, so you can keep your data entirely under your control if you prefer.
Make the most out of HoursTracker by setting up your preferences in the app, under the More tab. For additional screenshots and more information, visit our website at
If you love HoursTracker please consider writing a review in the app store. Find us at For support, use the Get Help button in the app (under the More tab)
Please write to us instead of submitting bugs or questions in an App Store review. We can't respond to reviews.

I'm getting into the Christmas spirit, & it's not easy to do in California. Today - last night actually, I saw some tiny tots w/ their eyes all aglow. What happened, I had turned the electric power on my fence when they were caroling. -Johnny Carson 1991

In 1945, U.S. Navy officer Grace Hopper found a moth stuck between the relays on the Harvard Mark II computer. She noted it in her log as the "1st actual case of bug being found."

May you discover your sister's phone # branded on a stallion camel's humps.

Run Tracker Pro:
*****Transform your iPhone into one of the most powerful training devices available to track your runs
*****GPS-enabled real time maps, track intervals, splits and personal bests, sharing, analyze distance and calories burned over multiple activities, camera, and integration with
Recently updated with several bug fixes and speed improvements.
Whether running for leisure or training for a race, Run Tracker Pro will track your route, speed and distance and help boost your performance and enjoyment of running. Share your workouts with friends on email, Facebook and Twitter.
Athletes, runners and triathletes: use Run Tracker Pro for your entire training and fitness program and data analysis needs- link to and upload workouts for more analysis.
Get Run Tracker Pro and view workout time, pace, speed, calories burned, training intervals, splits, map location in real time, take photos, share workouts, listen to music and receive audio feedback.
Enjoy the benefits of a professional running computer and virtual training partner on your iPhone.
Chose from a wide range of workouts
· Interval training
· Distance/time based goal
· Race against your previous times
Fully customizable, easy to read dashboard
· Timer- elapsed time, speed, average speed, max speed, distance, calories burned, altitude climbed, pace average pace, max pace
· Graph- view splits, pace history and speed history while you workout
· Functions as cycle computer
See your position on real time Google Maps
· Google Maps- Hybrid, Street and Satellite
· OpenCycle Maps- High Def.Cycle Routes
View route history with distance splits, embedded camera photos
Motivate with your personal music or pod cast selection
· Add play list or pod casts from iPod
· Change music during your workout
· Select Power song for extra motivation
Race against a previous workout, Track personal bests of routes
· Real-time behind/in front of readout
· “Future you” target mode
· Share your workouts and activities with friends
· Post workouts on Twitter, Facebook or send via email with an easy click
· Share images with built in camera feature
· Export your shared route maps to Google Earth
AUDIO FEEDBACK- more feature
When used in tandem with the, users of the Run Tracker GPS mobile app are able to:
• Record important fitness metrics, like weight and stress
• Interact with a community of other athletes training with similar goals
• Find a qualified coach for expert training advice
• Follow a professionally developed training plan
• Schedule workouts from the TrainingPeaks Virtual Coach*
• Track and analyze nutrition
*premium subscribers only

Sometimes we make mistakes. We feel awkward. But if we start w/ the Daily Private Victory & work from the inside out, the results will surely come. As we plant the seed & patiently weed & nourish it, we begin to feel the excitement of real growth & eventually taste the incomparably delicious fruits of a congruent, effective life.

What do we reflect to others about themselves? And how much does that reflection influence their lives?

When wimmering bones for soups & broths, add vinegar to draw calcium from the bones & into the stock. Add 2 tbsp. of vinegar per qt. of water.

Your lucky words this week are: frozen peas, Chumba Wumba, & lipstick.

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