Archive for May, 2008

Meeting My Match

Posted By Twyla on May 31, 2008 @ 2:12 pm

When I was taking my massage therapist training, I met the most handsome man. He came in for a massage, and for the first time since I had started my schooling, I was not able to perform as I was expected to.

Sensing that he was making me nervous, he started making light-hearted conversation with me. I think that this only made it worse and I eventually had to hand him off to one of the other students.
The next time he came in, he asked for me by name and I thought that I was absolutely going to die if I had to massage him again.

He told me that if I would go for coffee with him after classes than he would give me a break and let someone else work on him. I agreed, knowing that I would not be able to do his aching body justice.
We went for coffee and three years later, he became my husband.

And, I no longer have issues with giving him a massage!

Limo Courage

Posted By Twyla on May 30, 2008 @ 11:34 am

My friend and I decided that we were going to go all out for our senior prom. We wanted to have really fancy dresses, hummer limos, champagne and the whole bit. I also wanted to have an incredible date with dreamy blue eyes and I had just the guy in mind. It was an older cousin of another friend of mine and I wanted to ask him so badly.

I decided to make all the arrangements and then find my date. I called about the wheels and a dreamy voice answered on the other end, “Limo Hire Kent is speaking.” I could not believe that I happened to be talking to the one guy that I wanted to take to the prom.

I worked up the courage to book a limo hire through him and then ask if he would come along with it. He figured out who I was and told me that he would love nothing more than to go with me. We have been together ever since.

It’s All About Systems

Posted By Deb Gallardo on May 29, 2008 @ 11:10 am

An Internet Marketing mentor of mine once said, “If there is a guarantee that people will be interested in your product, it’s calling it a system.” I’ve thought about that ever since I first heard mention this. I’m clueless when it comes to constructing a system myself.

I have a friend who can create a system for just about anything — assuming she has the time. I swear she was born with a knack for seeing to the heart of any task. I, on the other hand, am completely hopeless at breaking down a project into doable chunks. It all looks important to me and I can’t even begin to figure out where to start.

So I’ve been contemplating what the big deal is about systems. There’s our Solar System, the social security system, there are gambling systems and even RO systems – reverse osmosis water treatment. Then there computer operating systems, our own digestive system, the lymphatic system, and our endocrine system. There are systems administrators and people who say, “Don’t buck the system.” So why is it with all the systems surrounding me, I can’t create one? Probably because a system, by its very nature, is organized, and I’m missing the organizational base pair sequences in my genetic code. Guess my system needs some optimization. Transplant, anyone?

Two, So Close

Posted By Twyla on May 28, 2008 @ 10:22 pm

In our family, we usually get and give pretty big gifts for the first baby. Our thinking is that is when they are needed most and that things such as cribs, strollers and swings, will be reused for any subsequent babies that are born into the same family.

We, on the other hand, were a little bit different. We had our first two only a year apart, necessitating for a second crib and a double stroller. Our family gladly bought us these as baby gifts and helped us out when we needed it.

I am thankful to them and their generosity, as I don’t think it would have been as easy as it has been without them. We love our girls and we actually love that they are so close in age. We hope that they will be the best of friends and are glad that they have such a wonderful and loving family.

Local Event News –How to Keep Up

Posted By Steve on @ 4:34 pm

I like to keep up on the local event news in our area by using several websites. Our local news stations often post information on their web sites about special shows or concerts coming to town.

The radio stations only post information on music that relates to their own formatting though so you’ll have to check each station individually if you like a range of artists.

We have a couple of local websites that feature local event news but sometimes they don’t cover larger venues like our concert arena which not only has concerts from big names like White Zombie and Van Halen, but also hosts shows like the Monster Truck rally. They tend to focus on smaller venues and local artists which is great too, but if I want to know when a big name music act is coming to town, I have to check the artist website along with all the local sites I mentioned above in order to know when and where I can get tickets.

Better Than I Have Been in Years

Posted By Twyla on May 27, 2008 @ 8:12 pm

I have been feeling very sick for a long time. The doctors have not been able to find anything wrong with me and yet, I still get sick. I decided to do a little bit of research online about my symptoms and see if I could come up with something that was being overlooked.

I discovered that I had all the symptoms of toxins and pollutants attacking my cells. These toxins and pollutants are all around us and, as it was not something that I could avoid, I had to try and find something that would boost my natural cellular defense, so onward I marched with my research.

What I came up with was a product containing Zeolite. It was supposed to aid the body in getting rid of the toxins by trapping them and then excreting them. I decided that I had to give it a whirl and within days of taking it, my illness was gone. I felt better than I had in years and I am a firm believer in the product.

Keeping Pace With Technology

Posted By Deb Gallardo on May 26, 2008 @ 9:09 am

Whether you’re interested in the latest backpacks that are wired to charge your cell phone, laptop or mp3 player, (the jury is still out on how long it takes to charge a notebook computer, and a cell phone and your favorite music player), the fact of the matter is, electronics are here to stay.

Fortunately our society also has room for things non technical. “One size fits all” does not necessarily fit everyone, whether clothing or attitudes or consumer goods.

Still new gadget offers appear daily in a marketplace that is evolving so rapidly that tech writers must specialize. There’s just too much for any one person to keep up with.

From beading to auctions to ground pepper to mechanical pencils, chances are there is a handy-dandy little gizmo to save time and effort, make a job easier or save money. And tomorrow, no doubt, there will be sixteen more.

Getting More Hosting

Posted By Misty Mountain on May 25, 2008 @ 10:49 am

Ever since I started building websites, I have had just one hosting account.  It was a reseller account, so I had a lot of space and bandwidth for my sites.  But as the years have gone by, I have been running out of space and bandwidth, and I have needed to upgrade my hosting.

So, I have been looking for a new web hosting company to deal with our growing Internet empire.  We have been in talks with a number of DotNetNuke web hosting companies to find one that would be able to accommodate our website network.

Whatever the outcome of our search, we need to find something quickly.  I think that we will outgrow our current hosting by the middle of next month, so we will need something in place by then.

If we can’t find something ourselves, we will take a look on the many hosting forums for a solution for us.  Until then, we will just have to hope that the current hosting doesn’t go over its limits…

Learning and Implementing the Latest Website Trends

Posted By Misty Mountain on May 24, 2008 @ 5:19 pm

One thing that I have learned about business is that it pays to follow trends.  Whether you create them or just follow them is basically irrelevant, but if you know what is currently popular, you can tend to make the most money.

A good example of this would be the Internet.  If you have been following the Internet trends news lately, you would know that having a blog is a key to getting traffic to your website and developing a following.

But even though you might have a blog, you still need to use some sort of RSS submission to make sure that your feeds (and site) get indexed quickly in the search engines.  This way, your site will benefit from the massive amount of free traffic that the search engines provide.

I find that the key to my online success has been following and implementing strategies that take advantage of the current trends.  If you are not doing this, maybe it is time that you should – your site will do much better if you do.

Cheaper Business Long Distance

Posted By Misty Mountain on May 23, 2008 @ 10:44 am

Our company does a lot of phoning to clients outside of the country and has a large phone bill.  For many years, the expense of doing as many calls as we do has impacted our bottom line to where we are barely profitable.  We were waiting for some sort of technology that would address these costs for us so that our profits could soar.

I was very excited with the development of VOIP phones as it signaled that we were finally at the point where our long distance expenses were going to be a little more reasonable.  I didn’t hop onto the bandwagon right away, as I wanted to wait and see how well the technology worked.

Needless to say, it didn’t take long before we made the leap to VOIP, and we have never looked back.  In fact, thanks to that technology, our company has had its’ most profitable years ever.

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