Archive for November, 2007

Entertaining the Kids

Posted By Misty Mountain on November 28, 2007 @ 10:20 pm

Today I had the opportunity to babysit my nieces.  Now, one of them is one, the other is five.  The five year old, Claire is a genius and each time she comes over, I try to play some fun games with her.  Today though, I have been feeling sick, so I thought I could find something on the computer for her to do.

I started her off with some fun puzzle games.  I let her try some games that involved spelling and matching colors together as she is working on that in school.  She sat there and played for about half an hour before she was bored. 

We then tried out some fun action games – we found a few that let her build things as well as matching games such as Mah Jong.  Now, she instantly became a Mah Jong expert – she has always been good at matching card games when I played with her in the past.

So, thankfully the Internet was there to entertain my niece – I probably wouldn’t have made it through the day with my headache.

Quick Replacement for Broken ATMs

Posted By Misty Mountain on November 27, 2007 @ 5:22 pm

Now, when you own a business such as a lounge or restaurant, it is handy to have an ATM machine on the premises to both provide your patrons with easy access to cash as well as an extra revenue stream for your business through transaction fees.  It works out to a win-win scenario for your patrons and your business.

But what do you do when your ATM machine breaks down?  Not only is this an inconvenience for you, but an inconvenience for your customers as well.  I would suggest that in the case of your ATM going out of order, contact a repair service immediately.  In most cases, they will not be able to come out right away, so you should consider using mobile ATMs to replace your broken machine.

Now what are mobile ATM machines?  Essentially they are self contained ATM machines – all they need is power.  Most ATM rental companies provide them for a nominal charge and can have them out the same day.  By using their services, you will keep your customers happy and keep some revenue coming it – and as a business owner, that is what you want.

Cooking for our Dog

Posted By Misty Mountain on November 26, 2007 @ 4:39 pm

I like to try and have an easy and simple life.  I enjoy the conveniences of microwave dinners, frozen pizza, and other instant foods.  Now I have been like this for a few years because my life is hectic – and I have no time to really cook.

One night while watching television, I happened to flip to a program about dog food.  Most people wouldn’t stop there, but for whatever reason, I did.  It ended up that the program was actually an infomercial about why you shouldn’t buy dog food in a store.

There were many reasons such as quality of the ingredients, preservatives, and allergies that had developed in dogs that ate store bought food.  I knew that my puppy already had some digestive problems, and I didn’t want anymore problems with her.

The program went on to sell me a homemade dog food kit.  The kid contained a cook book, dog food mix, some dog treats, and a guide to better dog health.  I ordered one as the price was reasonable, and now I had some doubt as to whether or not what we were feeding our dog was healthy or not.

I am looking forward to trying the kit out.  Even though it will take some of my time to prepare the food for my dog, I will feel better that she will be better nourished and healthier.

Job Search Seminar

Posted By Misty Mountain on November 23, 2007 @ 9:43 pm

Today I was able to attend a seminar, put on by a local college on how to have a successful job search.  They had a whole days worth of activities planned, with a free lunch right in the middle.

Now, there were quite a few people there and quite a few training stations – but very little time to chit-chat.  The organizers had us there for one reason, and one reason only – help us to get a job.

For me, out of all the stations that I went to, the most valuable one to me was the lesson on how to make a resume.  They taught us two effective methods of making a resume – let me share them with you.

The first one was obvious, and they showed us how to write a resume.  In our case, we used a computer and a word processing program to do that.  The method that we were taught was to write out all the information you needed to make the resume in point form, and then create it from your notes.

The second method we looked at was more of a software based approach.  We were shown a software based resume builder (and a website too) that would let you fill in the blanks to make your resume.  It was very easy, though they tended to use a standardized template, so your resume would look like everyone else’s.

I think that I am going to practice a bit when I get home – just like any other skill you need to practice it to master the skill.

Learning Through Crossword Puzzles

Posted By Misty Mountain on @ 6:29 pm

I have never really been too interested in reading books or doing tests.  Sure I made it through school with good marks, but I didn’t really like it.  I really didn’t care reading things I had no interest in, or doing tests about stuff I didn’t care about.

The one thing that I did like when I was in school was puzzles.  For example, figuring out a Rubix cube, doing a picture puzzle, or playing a game of Clue were the things I enjoyed doing.  These activities made me think, figure things out, and look at situations from different perspectives.

Now as an adult, I don’t do some of the things that I did as a kid.  Instead I have found some other forms of puzzles to do such as Sudoku and crossword puzzles.  These continue my trend of trying to figure things out and making my brain look at things from different angles, while at the same time helping me learn new things.

Lately, I have been doing a lot of free online crossword puzzles.  I can do them when I take a break from working, when I have a free minute at home, and just before I go to bed.  Not only do I work on my spelling, but I also learn new things – without ever having to pickup a book.

I have been trying to make my own puzzles too, using a free crossword puzzle maker to do it.  This lets me look at it from another direction as well, from the creators side, and now I understand what is involved.  I think I will make a few and get my friends to try them – and see how my book smart friends do.

Adventure in Orlando

Posted By Misty Mountain on November 22, 2007 @ 9:26 pm

My friend Janet just came back from an adventure in Orlando.  Now, I call it an adventure because she had never been there before.  So she had to do a bit of research before she went on her trip.

The first place she looked was the Disney World forum.  There she found out that Universal Studios would be within her reach – and she made a plan to go there.

She was also looking for a hotel that was family friendly and not too expensive.  She did a lot of research and found that almost everyone suggested that she try one of the Disney World Resort Hotels – there were hundreds of glowing reviews.

Once she did get there, their family had a blast.  They created memories that her kids will cherish for years to come.  Now my kids are trying to tell me we should go – at least we have someone to help us with our travel plans…

Home Office Renovation in Order

Posted By Misty Mountain on @ 4:36 pm

I have had my home office in the same room for a number of years.  Thing is, my office furniture is starting to look worn out – I think it is time to get some new furniture.

I only have three pieces of home office furniture to replace: my desk, my chair, and my file cabinet.  I have been looking online at many furniture stores and have finally made my selections.

For the desk, I am getting a U-shaped desk with a granite look alike top.  From the pictures on the site, it looks impressive.  The hutch on the desk has just enough room to fit my 22" monitor inside.

As for the chair, I have decided to pick one of the many mesh office chairs on the market.  I am going to go with something a little less traditional – I found a chair that is yellow.  The reason for my selection of a mesh chair is that it will keep my back a little cooler – my current leather chair just makes my back sweat.

For the file cabinet, I am just going to go with a traditional black metal file cabinet.  My current file cabinet is just starting to quit working after twenty years.  I figure if I go with a metal one, it should be the last one I buy before I retire.

I placed my order and will have to wait till next week to get it.  In the meantime, I need to bug some of my friends with trucks to help me move out my old furniture.  I cannot wait to see what my office will look like when I am done – I think it will look great!

Light Effects on Mobile Phones

Posted By Misty Mountain on November 20, 2007 @ 7:45 pm

I recently had the opportunity to check out some of the new mobile phones on the market.  What I was looking for were the standard features such as mp3 player and camera, but I also wanted to find something that would make my phone stand out from the rest.

The phone I ended up buying was the Sony Ericsson S500i.  It had all the standard features that I would expect from a current phone including MP3 playback, camera, movies and Bluetooth.  But what really caught my eye was the light effects the phone generated.

What are light effects?

Essentially the phone has LEDs built into both sides of the handset that generate different combinations of colors and lights depending on your settings.  Now, you cannot customize the light effects, but there are 22 of them that you can choose from.

Anytime someone calls you on your S500i, you can expect people to stop and stare at the marvelous light show in your hand – just the reaction I am looking for.

Bet Against Your Parents Health

Posted By Misty Mountain on November 19, 2007 @ 11:17 am

Now, the title of this may not sound too friendly – who really wants someone to end up with bad health?  The truth of the matter is that nearly three out of every four of us will need some long term care in our lifetimes because of bad health.

Now, for those of you who have parents that are retired or close to retirement, you may have a bleak future ahead of you.  If your parents were to become unhealthy, did they put the planning and finances in place to ensure that their care is paid for?  What about if their money runs out – will you be the one paying the bills?

These are all good questions to be asking your parents.  Now, you can also take steps to ensure that your interests and theirs are take care of, should they need some extended health care. 

If you were to purchase a long term care insurance policy on your parents, not only would it give your parents the care they need (when and if the do need it) and ensure that your are not ruined financially footing their medical bills.  So bet against your parents health – that way no one loses.

Confused About Mortgages

Posted By Twyla on @ 8:27 am

Even though I do own a house, mortgages confuse me.  I know the reason is not that I am not smart enough to understand, rather I am just not familiar with mortgage loan terminology.  You can’t blame me for my lack of understanding – I am not a real estate investor, so I do not use it everyday.

There are just so many options when it comes to picking the right mortgage – it just doesn’t seem as easy as it used to be.  In the olden days, the only thing that you needed to watch for was the mortgage loan rate otherwise everything was pretty much standard.

Things have changed.

The last time I went to get a mortgage I had so many options I just about cried.  Thankfully my broker suggested a few good mortgage loans websites that explained everything I needed to know in English.

Now I don’t feel so bad, but I still feel a little confused – I will just make sure I ask enough questions and get the answers I need.

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