Posts Tagged ‘ideas’

I’m reading a book called Dr. Knowledge Presents – Strange & Fascinating Facts About Famous Brands.
One entry caught my attention:

He Was Honored for Inventing Nothing

Hanson Gregory is honored as the inventor of nothing.  The “nothing” refers to the hole in doughnuts.

…doughnuts originally had no hole in the center.  But Gregory, a sea-captain from Rockport, Maine, is credited as the first to create doughnuts with that distinctive hole – and he did it for a very practical reason.

Gregory loved to eat doughnuts while piloting his ship.  Instead of having the cakes slide all around while the ship was going through rough waters, he put a hole in his doughnuts so he could place them on a spike near his steering wheel.

I would love to “invent” something that’s a whole lot of nothing.  I come up with ideas that are a whole lot of something, but just don’t have the technical know-how to make them a reality.  Maybe someday….

I could just invent ANOTHER mascara that will make your lashes longer….  For as long as I can remember the commercials always say they’ll make your lashes longer and longer and longer….  My eyelashes should be 100 feet long by now!!

What invention ideas do you have?

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Goodbye Winter!

Tonight our motorcycle club had our end of the winter meeting.

Bring on the Spring!!

We discussed ideas for the upcoming riding season.  One of the things that came up was an information form that every member will be required to fill out.

Program an ICE number into your cell phone.

Things like – who to contact in case of an emergency (Everyone should have an ICE number programmed in their cell phone), if they’re diabetic, blood type (if they know it) and that sort of thing.  I’m looking for suggestions that should be on that form.

We don’t want to realize something important is missing after the fact.

What information would you put on the form?

Thanks for your help!

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Write a letter or type it? You choose....

There are so many things out there now to simplify our lives.  Remember when if we wanted to keep in touch with an old friend we had to find stationary, and a pen, write the letter, and then find an envelope and (deep breath) stamps?  What a pain in the ass it was.  Now it’s a real special treat to get a hand written letter.  I have one friend that I still get them from on occasion.  Email has made our lives so much easier.  Of course now we have the stress of trying to keep in touch with everyone – or is that just me?  Ha ha!

Here are some ideas that help make my life a little bit easier.  You might already do some of these things, but I figured I’d share….

Pay bills online – 5 years ago I probably wouldn’t have suggested this for fraud reasons, and there are still hacking problems, but it’s rare now.  I pay almost all of my bills online now.  It makes my life so much easier and saves me a bunch of stamps and I don’t have to lick envelopes.  (I HATE licking envelopes!!)

Reserve your library books online – this might be the laziest thing I do.  I go online and pick out books that I like from all over the place, have them all shipped to my local library and I just go pick them up.  No more spending hours in the stacks trying to juggle all the books I want to check out.  Just go to the counter and there they are 🙂

Map out your routes – In the summer I like to check out yard sales.  It’s entertainment for me.  I’m crafty so it gives me some supplies cheaper than I’d pay in the stores.  Plus I HATE buying books full price.  One thing that makes it so much easier is mapping out my route.  I put the addresses into a mapping program like Rand McNally or Mapquest and put them in the most logical geographical order.  This way I’m faster and more efficient and I don’t waste as much gas.

Trained my dog to be an indoor dog – This one isn’t logical for everyone, but if you have a small dog, it’s really not that hard to train them to be an indoor dog.  No rushing home to “let the dog out” or anything like that.  Isabella learned from the first day that she was with us that the potty pad was her place to go.  This makes my life so much easier.  Especially in the winter months.

Keep my ideas organized – As far as blogging goes, it’s not always easy to come up with ideas for what to blog about.  So I started keeping a blog notebook.  Whenever I come up with an idea I put it in the notebook and when I need ideas there it is.  In fact I got the idea for this blog from the book Nobody Cares What You Had For Lunch by Margaret Mason.  I got all kinds of ideas from that book and they’re all in my trusty notebook.   I also started keeping a notepad on my nightstand.  I come up with great ideas while I’m trying to sleep.  Sleep therapists suggest doing this because if you write it down sometimes you’ll stop thinking about it because you wrote it down to deal with in the morning and it frees your mind to go to sleep.  (Though that theory doesn’t seem to work too well for me lately….)

Hopefully there’s something here that you haven’t thought of yourself yet and it will help you out.

What time savers do you use throughout your day?

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The Weekly Read: No One Cares What You Had for Lunch – 100 Ideas for Your Blog by: Margaret Mason
I thought this book was great for ideas.  Check out my review on my Goodreads page.

The Weekly Music: Keith Urban – Only You Can Love Me This Way
Keith was on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week and played the song.  I thought it was lovely.

The Weekly Movies: Jury Duty – One of my favorite old Pauly Shore movies.  I love his little sidekick dog named Peanut.  I also like Sean Whalen who plays Carl Wayne Bishop in the movie.  He’s got such a creepy look to him….

I also watched Enchanted staring Amy Adams & Patrick Dempsey.  I thought it was a really cute movie.  Though I felt bad for the poor little chipmunk Pip who kept trying to warn Giselle throughout the movie.

The Weekly Time Waster: Michael & I went to the Times Union Job Fair.  They have it a few times though-out the year at a local hotel.  We’re disappointed with it every-time we go, yet we continue to go each time they have it.  Out of about 80 companies that were represented I gave out 1 resume.  You find companies that say “Here’s our web address, go there to apply” (Why do they pay the astronomical $$ to rent the booth to say this) or companies looking for very specialized positions such as Doctors and RN’s.  Then there are the financial services companies that want you to sell investment products and insurance.  We avoid those like the plague.  There was a bank that’s always been there in the past I wanted to introduce Michael to, but of course they weren’t there.  I gave my one resume to a bank in case you were wondering.  (When I gave it to him, he told me to go online and apply)

The Weekly Downer: Watching people I call friends behave like children because they weren’t happy with election results.  No politician is perfect.  We’re adults.  We can agree to disagree without it turning into a blow out.

The Weekly Special Mention: Goes out to my newish friend Ellie – Kudos to you for being able to discuss a hot button political issue like an adult.  Not sure I agree with you, but we can agree to disagree.  🙂  I am trying to learn more about the details of the issue we discussed.

The Weekly Worst Piece of Crap on TV: The Bachelor – What a bunch of needy pathetic women.

The Weekly Tea: The Whistling Kettle’s Strawberry Pepper tea

The Weekly Food: Chicken, Bacon, Roasted Red Pepper Crepe from The Whistling Kettle in Ballston Spa, NY

The Weekly Amazing Fact: New York City has 722 miles of subway track.

The Weekly Birthdays: Mark Rogers, Meghan Sharp, Dan Boyd, Melissa Lane & Ryan McCann

The Weekly No-Shit Moment: Holy Schnike’s Trader Joe’s Wasabi Mayo is HOT!!! Though I might have to try their Wasabi Sliders Recipe….

The Weekly Concert: Joshua Radin & Cavo at The Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square – NYC
What a great time!!!  I’m going to tell you more about our trip next week, so stay tuned 😉

The Weekly Activity: Coming up with blog ideas.  It’s not nearly as easy as I thought it would be….

The Weekly Shoes: For half of the week it was my slippers.  Is it weird that I really like slippers that have leather bottoms?  I like them because I tend to trip on carpets with rubber soled ones….
For our trip to NYC I wore my high heeled black boots which usually aren’t a problem.  I don’t think the boots were the problem, but I think my Extra thick Thorlo running socks were.  I got a blister.  Boo!!

The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter: Joshua Radin Greeblemonkey and Barbara Walters

The Weekly Charity I’m pimping: My friend Maureen is running a marathon for The Arthritis Foundation.  You can donate to Mo HERE

Weekly Grand Totals:
Number of Trivia Games I won:
Number of NYC Blocks Hiked: Felt like thousands, realistically it was about 50 or 60
Number of Pandora items purchased: 2
Average gratuity that was added to our food bills: 19%
Number of cool new people we met in NYC: 2
Number of Jets fans we saw: 100’s
Number of chocolate stores we went to in NYC: 3
Number of batteries Michael went through in his Blackberry Storm on our NYC Trip: 2
Amount of battery I used in my HTC Touch Pro 2 on our NYC Trip: 60%

The Weekly Hypothetical: If you could meet your favorite musician of all time (alive or dead) what would you say to them?  (Also tell me who it is)

The Weekly Not-So-Hypothetical: Did you subscribe to this blog yet?  If not, why not?  What are you waiting for?  The box is in the upper right 😉

Isabella was very happy when we came home 🙂

Isabella with her baby puppy 🙂

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