Archive for January, 2008

The Perfect Graduation Gift

Posted By Misty Mountain on January 14, 2008 @ 4:33 pm

My brother will be graduating from his electrician course in a few short weeks.  He has never really been too interested in school, but after taking this course, he has actually put forth some dedication to his studies and excelled.  In fact, he is neck and neck with another student to graduate at the top of his class – a great achievement for a C student.

I thought this would be the perfect time to get him something memorable for his graduation gift.  I know that a couple of weeks ago he showed me some Rolex watches that he liked, but they were way out of my price range.

While at a watch store, I did happen to notice come replica watches in a nearby showcase and  there were a couple of Rolex replicas.  I didn’t think that he would notice any difference, so I bought him a replica instead of the real thing.

I do have a receipt in case he doesn’t like it, but how could he not?  It is the perfect graduation gift for him.

Learning About Traffic Violations and Lawyers

Posted By Misty Mountain on January 13, 2008 @ 9:35 pm

I was flicking channels on the television tonight and there really wasn’t much of anything on.  Go figure, it was Sunday night – there is rarely anything worth watching on the television.  I was just about to give up when I found myself watching a program about lawyers who specialize in traffic violations.

Now, I am not sure if it was an infomercial or what (there was no obvious advertising) but it told the journey of two NYC traffic violation attorneys and what their lives and professions are like.  They seemed to handle everything from outstanding parking tickets to people who were charged with driving under the influence.

The story really came down to the stories of a Bronx traffic violation lawyer and a Manhattan traffic violation attorney.   Their stories were not only enlightening but entertaining as well, as we were shown some of their clients and their cases.  It was sure nice to watch some quality programming on a Sunday night for a change.

Time for a Change of Careers

Posted By Twyla on January 12, 2008 @ 5:48 pm

I graduated from an online business academy with honors, thinking that working in a business environment was what I always wanted to do. I was really very wrong. Let me sum up my life to you in a few paragraphs.

Every day when I go into the office, it feels like Monday. It is so tedious and boring that I just want to crawl under my desk and hibernate until five o’clock rolls around and I can escape to a real life.

I had definitely romanticized what life would be like when I got my degree. I certainly did not picture myself sitting behind a desk writing insurance reviews day in and day out. I would rather be the person who is making coffee. At least you get to move around.

Every once in awhile, I get the lovely job of doing store reviews. While this is not glamorous either, it is like Christmas for me. Unfortunately, it also happens about as often as Christmas. I really think it is time for a job change!

Fun Is Not A Waste Of Time

Posted By Twyla on January 11, 2008 @ 11:45 pm

I must admit that I spend half of the time on the Internet doing research for school papers and things like that and I spend the other half of my time fooling around and surfing for things that are doing little for my education or intelligence. I think the Internet is full of just cool stuff though and there is so much to do and see.

I will, however, admit that it is also full of just stupid stuff that is a waste of time and space, even on the world wide web. Of course, it has to contain stupid stuff, because if you can name it, you can find it online.

I am really good at finding very cool websites. I think I have made some websites popular myself, by finding them, thinking them awesome and then sharing with my friends, who also think they are awesome.

Some of the best reviews on the cool websites that I have stumbled across were written by me and my friends. The people who own them owe us a big thanks. But then, we also owe them a big thanks for entertaining us so much.

It’s All About the Good Times

Posted By Twyla on January 10, 2008 @ 4:34 pm

I have just created my very first web page. It is nothing spectacular, but it is mine and my friends say it belongs in the category of fun websites. I think they may just be trying to make me feel good and I wonder if it would be of any interest to someone who doesn’t know me, but I like it.

I even had all my friends use bookmarks for my site and made them promise to go check it every day for changes that I have made to it. I spend a lot of my free time playing around with it and it is so much fun for me.

One of my friends submitted it to a site that does website ratings and it did better than I expected it to. I am not going to be the next Bill Gates, but I am cool amongst my peers. That is all that really matters when you are in college.

So, if one day the entire Internet buzz is about me, it is because I really learned what I was doing and created some wonderful website masterpieces. Until then, I will be young and have fun!

Consumer Opinions Count – Or Do They?

Posted By Twyla on January 8, 2008 @ 4:16 pm

I often get envelopes in the mail asking me to do some consumer reviews. They are usually about regular products that are purchased in a grocery store. I am not sure as to what the intent of them is, other than to see which brands sell the best. I am sure that can be figured out just by the amount that is sold, though.

I don’t mind the mail, and I don’t really mind filling out product reviews, but I still fail to see what the effectiveness is of doing it. Especially since every single home on my block go the same yellow envelope with the same survey inside.

I did get an interesting one the other day. It was different than any I had ever got before, in that it was asking for website reviews. I found this one to be particularly fun and challenging and not quite as monotonous as the others.

I understand that many producers would like the consumer’s news and opinions, but I fail to see how sending out these surveys every few months gets them the answers they need. But then, I don’t pretend to know everything, so I will probably just keep filling them out and sending them back.

Starting Over After Eight Years Of Being A Mom

Posted By Twyla on January 5, 2008 @ 8:32 pm

I am a stay at home mom of two kids and am really interested in starting my own business. It would be nice to generate some extra income, and now that my kids are in school, it would be nice to have something to do while they are gone. Going back to work is not an option, as I would still like to be here for my kids when they get home from school, or have a sick day or holiday.

I was looking at the local business guide to see what types of businesses that our community may be short on. I decided on a business and then went to work doing some research on that type of business.

I gathered some online business information, that I knew would come in useful while writing up a business plan. I drafted a rough copy and took it to my greatest critic: my husband.

He thought it was a great idea as well and thought I should check into some home business reviews on that particular type of business. I did that and was happy with the results. Now, armed with the necessary business information, I can really see the reality of starting my own business taking shape.

I Want Sunflowers in My Kitchen

Posted By Twyla on January 4, 2008 @ 2:56 pm

We have taken an interest lately in used mobile homes. We currently live in a town house and, though a mobile home would be no bigger than what we have, it would be much cheaper, as well as being ours. It would be nice to paint my little girl’s princess room pink or put up a cheerful border in my kitchen. These are just not options when you rent.

We are currently looking into obtaining a manufactured home loan. We thought we would see how much we could be approved for, so we know what we would be looking for. We were told that it shouldn’t be too big of a hassle to get the approval and now we are just waiting to see.

We also discussed with the lady at the bank, the possibility to remove PMI from our mortgage. She didn’t think that would be too much of a problem, considering that we both had a pretty good credit rating. We are already packing, as we know this is going to happen. Right now the only question is when.

A Valued Employee

Posted By Twyla on January 3, 2008 @ 2:43 pm

I was contacted by the website advisor for the company that I own about promoting our company’s website. I listened to what he had to say and thought that the site was not there to make money, but more to draw in potential clients. Then I got to thinking, if there was a way for the site to make money as well, why wouldn’t we take up that opportunity?

He suggested that keyword research was one way to go about getting more traffic. The more keywords we had listed, the more traffic we would get. That made sense and I could think of thousands of keywords to use for our company.

He explained the many SEO services that were available to help get our website onto the top of search engines and it all really made sense when he explained it. I told him that he was a very valuable employee and thanked him profusely for bringing to the table, ideas for the company to make more money.

We also decided that he would look into article sites and see if there was any profit to be gained from these. It is nice to see that some employees are still loyal these days and I hope we never lose him.

Phone Upgrade Keeps Me Up to Date

Posted By Misty Mountain on @ 4:18 am

I recently visited my mobile phone provider because I was having problems with my phone.  You see, the phonebook was supposed to hold 100 numbers, but I was only getting 40.  They told me that they could just do a simple upgrade on my phone and upgrade the SIM applications on the chip inside.

I couldn’t really refuse their helpful service, and they asked me if I would be interested in receiving updates on my phone about new services that are available to business customers.  I said sure, and that was it.  I got my phone back and went on my way.

Now, whenever I turn on my phone, I get updates from my mobile phone provider.  I have received everything from updates on seasonal specials to other business services.  Just yesterday, I learned that they offered card encoding for store gift cards – which I previously thought you had to order online.

When I looked today they also offer chip card readers so that you can use your smart card enabled bank and credit cards to make secure purchases from home.

I think I will like this update – not only can I learn about the new services my company offers, but I can keep up with technology – which we all know is almost impossible.

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