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Stop Saying “I Can’t” [quote]

Stop saying “I can’t.” You can. You just choose not to.

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Get Posts Via Email: Testing MailChimp

Back in November, I got a new job, and part of that job is staying on top of current technologies and you, my dear blog readers, are—knowingly or unknowingly—a testing ground. Thank you.

So the current thing I need to understand inside and out, upside and down, is email marketing applications, like Constant Contact, MailChimp, and Aweber, which are my top three contenders after the research I’ve done so far. Continue reading

The Illiterate of the 21st Century – Alvin Toffler [quote]

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. –Alvin Toffler

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If You Chase Two Rabbits… [quote]

If you chase two rabbits, one will escape. -Unknown

I first read this quote on Dumb Little Man’s post “6 Simple Steps to Achieve Laser-Like Focus” back in 2007 when I was working on Linden 2.0, and it has guided me ever since. I’ve stopped trying to multi-task and started trying to  “chase only one rabbit,” and I have to say: it helps me get really into my work and Get Things Done.

The Grass is Greener [quote]

The grass is greener where you water it. -Neil Barringham

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Use Emu Oil for Sunburn Relief

I spent last Sunday on my step-mom and dad’s pontoon boat, mostly relaxing, sometimes riding the SeaDoo, but mostly relaxing. In the sun.

I have this weird Irish skin that has two responses to the sun: get frecklier and burning, so no “tanning” for me. But if I get a slight burn, it will turn the non-freckled part of my skin tan after a couple days, thus making me more resistant to burning later. So my plan on Sunday was to get just a light burn, the sort that doesn’t hurt and is only pink and quickly and painlessly turns to a tan.

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When Something Bad Happens [quote]

When something bad happens, you have three choices: you can either let it define you, let it destroy you, or you can let it strengthen you. Continue reading

Posed [She Only LOOKS Calm]

Well, I’m totally in love with my Vizsla, Rowdy. If you didn’t know that already, it’s probably because you don’t follow me on Facebook or Twitter. If you love Vizslas too, you should connect with Rowdy on Facebook or Twitter, or with me on Instagram–I try to do all my dog-related sharing in those places for my non-dog-people friends; I used to be one myself, so I understand that that sort of post can get annoying.

So anyway, I will occasionally post pictures of her here, but I promise they’ll only be really cute, really funny, or with a good story behind them. Continue reading

Spiked Chai Latte [recipe]

I had a bad day yesterday and Sarah had a rough one today. And Jenny isn’t here for our weekly ritual of Coffee, Crafties, and Besties (#CCB) because she is out of town for work. Sad day.

So instead of straight-up chai tonight, I decided that we needed something with a little extra oomph: after a quick run to the nearest Brown Derby, spiked chai was born. Continue reading