Sunday, July 27, 2014

PSA: Drownings are silent

PSA = Public Service Announcement.

I learned at a Red Cross class the other day that drownings are silent. You see plenty of movies and TV shows where drowning victims are splashing about and yelling and making a lot of commotion. So, many people are under the impression they'll hear it if someone is having trouble in a pool. The reality is, drowning victims can't make any noise. They can't yell and won't be able to move to splash or do anything else after a very short amount of time.

I just heard from a neighbor a 2-year-old drowned yesterday in a nearby backyard pool. I felt like mentioning this, but also knew it would appear harsh if it got back to the mother that this was my reaction. So I'll post here instead. Just remember this: Drownings are silent. That sounds memorable, doesn't it? Please pass it along to as many people as you know. And act accordingly. Watch your kids closely when they're in a pool or at the beach. Don't expect a loud noise will tip you off if your kid (or any adult, for that matter) is in trouble.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Men In Heaven

This is my dad's most recent nugget of wisdom:

MEN IN HEAVEN
 
When everybody on earth was dead and waiting to enter Heaven, God appeared and said, " I want the men to make two lines:

One line for the men who were true heads of their household, and the other line for the men who were dominated by their women.

I want all the women to report to St. Peter ".


Soon, the women were gone, and there were two lines of men.

The line of the men who were dominated by their wives was 100 miles long, and in the line of men who truly were heads of their household, there was only one man.


God said to the long line, " You men should be ashamed of yourselves; I created you to be the head of your household!

You have been disobedient and have not fulfilled your purpose!

Of all of you, only one obeyed. Learn from him."


God turned to the one man,

"How did you manage to be the only one in this line?"


The man replied,

"My wife told me to stand here."

Sweeps Links for the 7/13 weekend (Good luck!)

Here's some stuff I've entered online recently. The referral links are below. If you enter through these links, you'll be entered to win too, and I'll get an extra chance to win. If you do enter, let me know with a comment, I'll repay the favor by clicking your sweep links or voting in any vote-sweeps you may be in. Thanks!

Keep.com - Win a $488 necklace - Ends 7/13

MakeUseOf.com - Win a Microsoft Surface Pro 2 - Ends 7/18

MakeUseOf.com - Win a $1,800 gaming laptop - Ends 7/18

Stayful - Win an Universal Orlando vacation - Ends 7/18

This Mama Loves - Win a Samsung NX300 camera - Ends 7/31

Whole Mom - Win a $500 Whole Foods gift card - Ends 7/31

Sweet N Sour Deals - Win a Coach handbag - Ends 8/5

Crimson Romance - Win a Kindle with preloaded romance books - Ends 8/7

MSC Cruises - Win a 7-night Caribbean cruise - Ends 8/14

Giveaway Frenzy - Win a Fitbit Flex - Ends 8/15

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Last of the sweeps for 6/28

Here's some more stuff I entered today. If you enter thru the links below, I'll get an extra chance to win, and you'll be entered to win too. If you do enter, leave a comment and let me know. I'll repay the favor by entering a new-to-me sweep thru your link. Good luck!

SlickDeals - Win a $200 Dell gift card - Ends 6/29

Team Roccat - Win a Roccat Ryos MK Glow keyboard (it's a computer keyboard that glows!) - Ends 6/30

Tech Bargains - Win a Toshiba Portege Z30 laptop - Ends 6/30

Frugal Shopping - Win a new half-bathroom - Ends 7/4

Karma - Win a Karma wifi hotspot - Ends 7/4

WM - Win a trip to Paramount Studios or free movie tickets to see Transformers - Ends 7/7

Vitalicious - Win a bike, sunglasses, and free VitaEgg flatbread sandwiches - Ends 7/24

Trekaroo - Win a $500 Shell gift card - Ends 7/27

Karen Kane - Win a $1,000 shopping spree - Ends 7/31

Rolaids - Win a $500 gift card in their online spelling bee (this is fun!) - Ends 8/23

Public Service Announcement - Opt Out From Online Ads

I found this site as I was browsing around the net yesterday:

http://www.aboutads.info/choices/

It allows you to opt-out of "interest based" or "online behavioral" advertising. Have you ever searched for something at a web site, and then for weeks afterwards, you see ads that feature the search results you clicked on? I once searched for the availability of a domain name at a registrar-I-won't-name and then for a month afterwards, I'd see ads from that registrar telling me my desired domain name was still available. It was very embarrassing, because my husband can see my computer screen just fine, and I never told him I was thinking of starting such a project. My browser told him before I ever got a chance to do so! This type of advertising is just creepy to begin with, and then it has to go and betray me like that!

The web app says it will take a few moments. It's not kidding. It will eventually come up with a list of 100+ advertisers that do interest-based advertising. You can pick and choose which you'd like to disable, or, you can do the easy thing and pick the Select All button. Click on Submit Your Choices, then be prepared to wait for a lot more moments. The process will place opt-out cookies on your computer for the advertisers you've selected. You'll need to visit this web page and complete the process on each device you use to access the Internet.

I've noticed one nice side effect on top of losing the spooky "I know what you searched for" ads. One particular site I visit often displays video ads that crash my browser on a regular basis. Now that I've done this, I haven't seen one video ad on that site. My browser is more stable now!


In The Forest

My dad likes to vacation in the High Sierras. I wonder if that's where he saw this sign. And, if it's why he likes to go there.


Go win something!

I had Thursday and Friday off work and got all my chores done... now I have my Saturday totally free! I've been entering sweeps for the last few hours. Here's the ones that offered referral entries. If you enter thru my links below, you'll get a chance to win, and I'll get an extra chance to win. And I'll probably have more to post later! ;)

Sennheiser - Win a pair of Momentum headphones and a copy of the movie 300:Rise of an Empire - Ends 6/30

MakeUseOf.com - Win a Canon EOS M camera - Ends 7/4

MakeUseOf.com - Win a Samsung Chromebook 2 - Ends 7/4

T-Fal Optigrill - Win a $500 grilling kit - Ends 7/4

Tip Hero - Win a Kindle Fire HDX or its value as an Amazon gift card - Ends 7/7

HomeAway - Win a vacation rental prize package worth $10,000 - Ends 7/16

Oyster.com - Win $500 towards a summer beach getaway - Ends 7/23

Banana Boat - Win movie tickets, VISA gift cards, or BananaBoat prizes - Ends 7/31

National Geographic - Win a trip to Quebec City - Ends 8/31

Tip Hero - Win $100 for yourself and $100 for a friend - Ends 8/31