Tuesday, November 30, 2010

World's Smallest Car

British constructor Perry Watkins sits in his 'Wind Up' mini car on a street Essen, Germany, Monday, Nov. 8, 2010. It was listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as the World Smallest Car with license to drive on public streets. The mini car was reported to have a measurement of 41 inches high, 51 inches long and 26 inches wide. It has a 150CC cart engine.

Monday, November 29, 2010

DIY gifts for my niece and nephew

Guest post written by Patty Lowry

I don't have any kids, yet, so I like to spoil my sister's two kids and spend lots of time with them. I'm definitely their cool aunt and love taking them to the movies and stuff like that. I've always been good with kids so I also don't mind babysitting either. But because of that, I also want to make sure to find them the best gifts possible.

I found some really great ideas for some DIY gifts for them and so excited about them! I was looking online to get some inspiration for their presents not too long ago when I saw some info about a new internet service in our area and after some consideration, decided to change over my internet service to it.

I found all kinds of ideas for DIY kids gifts, most of which had to do with making play things for them. They both love dressing up for make believe, so IÕm going to make them some outfits for that, which I think will be a pretty big hit.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving: Parades, Good Food and Family

The article written by Jan Gallagher

I live for Thanksgiving. I know some people say that Christmas is their favorite holiday. The gift giving, the endless supply of cookies and the peace on earth are all enough to make even the bah humbuggiest person smile. I can agree with that philosophy but I just prefer to cook. I make enough food for a small army and then have my entire family fall asleep on the sofa shortly after consuming it. I usually cook over eleven side dishes plus the turkey and three or four desserts. I enjoy getting up in the pre-dawn hours to get started. I start my morning with coffee and the Thanksgiving parades. It doesn't really matter to me which parade I watch; I get so many on the satellite TV we got after finding this DirecTV comparison on the internet. I start with the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and then branch out to whichever one has the hosts that I like best. I like listening to them while I quietly prepare the day's feast in the kitchen. My children slowly get up and wander downstairs. I usually have some calorie-laden, homemade baked good for them to nimble on while they watch the parades with me. I take breaks to snuggle on the sofa with them and admire a marching band here and a float of Mickey Mouse there. I can't think of a better way to spend a Thanksgiving morning.

Holiday Online Shopping

Stores are packed up this time of the year because of holidays. Some people are done with their Christmas shopping but some have not started yet. Christmas is just around the corner so everyone is very busy shopping for presents. The other day on Black Friday I went to Victoria Secret Store hoping to to get the free tote if I bbuy 60$ worth but when I went there there nothing left.. So I decided to to s browse online and I was happy to see that the tote is still available. So I decided to buy wo 2 gift set and lotions worth $70 total and yes I will have the free tote in the mail in couple of days. Shopping online this holiday is easier. You don't have to deal with the crowds and not to mention the slow check out. I also bought 2 pair of boots from other store online. I expect both of my orders to be in my house next week. One pairof boots is going to be my Christmas present to Jamie. Hopefully she'll like it. The other pair would be for myself. I don't really need another pair of boots but that one was only $29.99 which has the original price of $100. So it was really a big savings, so I decided to ordered it. Anyway, I still have more shopping to do for my husband,for Jamie's husband and for Caleb. Maybe and hopefully I will get done shopping next week. I really love Christmas. I love to buy Christmas gift.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Black Friday Shopping

Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. It's a very special day for most Americans. On this day, many believed that they can get a big deal when they go shopping this day. Some people would fall in line early before the stores open. Doorbusters, major discounts and big savings are what the crazy rush of Black Friday is all about. Most stores open at 4am on Black Friday and thousands of thousand of shoppers get up early .

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Biggest Softball Test

The Author of this post is Herman Barry

I'm about to play in the biggest softball tournament of my life. It's being held at Cherry Park in Rock Hill, South Carolina. In case you're not familiar with this complex, it's not only gorgeous, but the most competitive softball arena in the south. If you have never played here, it would be difficult to comprehend what goes on. Everyone is a stellar athlete, all the bats are shaved to the high heavens, juiced balls are used, and there is a ton of trash talking. This is not a place for the average recreational player. You must show up with incredible focus. On offense, you must be prepared for short pitching. The pitchers are so good that they will put it right on the border of a strike and a ball at your feet. This means it's tough to hit, but if you don't swing, you will either fall behind in the count or be called out on strikes. On defense, you better be on your toes. Balls are hit like rockets. Playing infield here is dangerous. And playing outfield requires an excellent first step.

That morning is going to be interesting. I'm going to eat a healthy breakfast, set my home security alarm from www.totalalarmsystems.com/, and drive to the game with no music. I want to be 100% focused. These tournaments are the ultimate test for softball reputations. I'm hoping to at least pass.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Preparing for Winter

Guest post written by my buddy Fidel Hernandez

It is that time of the year again for us to start bundling up in warm clothes and preparing both our homes and our bodies for the cold winter months. There are lots of things that our family does every year in preparation for the winter months. Most of these are not only to keep us warm, but also to save us money on our energy bills!

A few of the things we check off of our list each year are having the chimney cleaned, clearing the gutters of leaves, ensuring that our windows and doors are sealed from the bitter cold outdoor air, and having our furnace serviced. We also routinely switch out the clothes in our closet replacing tank tops, sun dresses and flip flops with sweaters, jeans, and boots. It is quite a daunting task to get our home and our closets ready for winter, but it can be fun when we make it a family activity and dedicate an entire weekend for it.

After all the hard work, our reward is to light a fire in our newly cleaned fireplace, warm up some hot cocoa and popcorn, and relax by the satellite television we got though some satellite tv deals to enjoy a Sunday afternoon movie. All in all, it's worth it to be able to enjoy the winter by doing all the hard work in one weekend. Bring on the cold weather!

Payday Loans

Personally, I don't recommend choosing payday loans because it can wreak on person's financial life. This kind of loans carries a high interest rate and has extreme penalties if you missed or late your payments. There's other way to loan money without being ripped off from high APRs, like for example, getting a loan from your employer. I've learned that some large companies offer low interest cash advance one or twice a year. Some banks also offer cash advance to their customers. Cash advance usually is cheaper than payday loan. You can check in your bank on how cash advance works. Some article that I read claimed that for cash advance through your bank, you take out cash from your bank and pay it back next time there's a direct deposit in your account. So you can never forget paying it because it's automatically taken from your account once you have money there.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

American classic for Thanksgiving dessert

Guest post written by Fiona Baugass

My family are such sticklers for having everything exactly like they like it and expect it to be. I don't dare even pick up anything in my mom's house to look at it if it's on a shelf becuase she'll know if I touched it, even if I try to put it back perfectly. That means that my kids can't get anything by Grandma, but being afraid of authority can be healthy for kids anyway.
When I was emailing my parents about our Thanksgiving plans with them a few weeks ago and asking what I wanted to bring, I came across the web site getclearwirelessinternet.com and thought that it would be good for us to change over our internet service to it.

In the email I got back from my dad about the plans he told me to make sure and bring some good old fashioned apple pie and not any of those exotic desserts like I did last year. When he said that he was actually referrign to the German chocolate cake that I brought last year and her turned up his nose at.

Monday, November 8, 2010

How to Spend a Weekend

Thanks for the post from Margie Kline

This weekend, our family will be going furniture shopping to pick out some new pieces for our living room and dining room. We're looking for a new sofa and loveseat, along with a coffee table and entertainment center. We may also purchase a new dining set, as it would be helpful to have a couple extra chairs. As there are so many styles to choose from, my husband and I decided it would be best to take the whole family, so that everyone can see what they like.

Though we'll be making a joint decision, I'm hoping to persuade everyone into a particular living room set that I saw, that comes in a soft beige suede material. The set comes with a sofa, loveseat, coffee table, two end tables, and several lamps, and would be a great addition to our home. The furniture pieces look really comfortable, and the color would coordinate well with the walls and decorative art we have in the living room.

Furniture shopping is always a fun experience for us, so I'm really looking forward to the trip. After we're done at the store, we'll all head out to a big family dinner, and then come home to watch some satellite tv from www.direc4u.com/sd/ before heading to bed. It'll be a productive weekend, and a great trip for family bonding with the kids.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Flood Damaged Restoration

Heavy rains can cause flood, and flood can cause the damaged to your house and property. Cleaning up after a flood is no fun. The water can wreck the structure of the house. It's hard to clean up the house without it being professionally done. After a flood, you have to make sure you file a flood damage insurance claim so your property loss will be compensated. Then, you can start cleaning up the mess but don't forget to hire The Steam Team to help your carpet cleaning. They also do hardwood floor cleaning service austin, so if you have hardwood floor that have been damaged by flood, they can clean them up so it would last forever. The Steam Team uses a sandless hardwood floor refinishing process. They have over two decades of cleaning and maintaining commercial and residential flooring, green upholstery cleaning austin, air ducting, tile and many more. So contact The Steam Team, Austin's carpet cleaning service and total restoration service today for a quote or to schedule an appointment. Don't wait for tomorrow. Call now!

"Spring Forward, Fall Back"

Yup, last Spring we turned our clocks forward to begin with the Daylight Savings Time. And right now, at 2:00am ET Daylight Savings Time ends. And we are going to have our clocks forward for 1 hr. Meaning you'll get 1 hr extra sleep and I don't get one coz I had to work. So for us who are working tonight for the time change we work extra hour but we though get an hour overtime. I'm not sure if it's worth it but I'm sure we'll be tired by 6am or 7. Well that's how it goes.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Yankee Stadium:Undefeated

Written by Don Gregory

I've been in the old Yankee Stadium before and it still feels odd to me that I need to call it “old” Yankee Stadium. Stadiums like that should never be old; they should be eternal. It was in 1998 when I was there, the year they won 114 games and the World Series. Of course, the game I went to, they lost to Albert Belle's Cleveland Indians but there's something about actually going to the storied place where your favorite team has made such history. They are the best team in baseball's history and I was in the place that they made such a monument to the sport; there's little to top that. Even better, the game I went to was on Old Timer's Day, one of the last that the great Joe Dimaggio attended before his death. You could feel the stadium's ghosts in full force that day.
I still watch my Yankees on the channels we get through direct tv package deals, but not even that can compare to seeing a game in the House That Ruth Built or the House Steinbrenner Rebuilt. As I watch them this year, I see them defending their World Series title, trying to maintain the new Yankee Stadium's World Series win streak, establishing it as the only stadium in baseball that has never seen a team that did not win that year's World Series. Of course, nothing is eternal and the rationalist in me knows it, but the fan in me still wants to believe it may yet be true.

Going To An IMAX Theater

Written by my friend Markus Sanford

One of the neatest experiences I've had with going to a theater is when I went to the St. Louis Science Center to see a movie at the IMAX theater. The first thing you notice when going into one of these theaters is the shape of the screen. It's a bit rounded, and I'm told it enhances the field of vision to help the viewer feel as if they are really inside the movie. The stadium seating also plays a part in how you see the screen. As if that weren't enough, when the actual movie begins to play it feels as if you have been sucked inside of the show itself. Crystal clear clarity on the screen together with high definition surround sound makes for a once in a lifetime experience. We saw the IMAX movie "Hubble 3D." It was a really endearing look into the lives of astronauts who set out to repair the Hubble telescope. The movie was narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio which I really enjoyed since he has an amazing voice. The 3D effects were really top notch and I was totally immersed in the film. I didn't realize that when I set my home security alarm (more info) and headed to the Science Center that day that I'd be on my way to one of the best theater experiences of my life.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Election Day

Today, Nov 2nd is the governatorial race here in the United States. Here in Michigan, we will be electing a new Governor in the office since the current Governor, Gov. Granholm finish her term this year. This election would be a challenge to the Democratic Party . I hope everyone would get out and vote so their voice will be heard.

 

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