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Saturday, April 6, 2013

What's In Your Inbox

Recently, I had a Twitter conversation with Terrance Gains, AKA
@BrothaTech about our email in-boxes...

Then I took a look at my personal inbox to see just how
many messages read, or unread I actually have... more than a few!

 His suggestion!
Maybe it's time I start managing my email accounts a little better. I found great information to help be do that.
How do you manage the madness of your email in-box?

Friday, April 5, 2013

Feeling Bubbly

This week has been cold and rainy, with dull, cloudy skies. Pretty much... our weather has been the pits, and was giving me the blues!

Today the sun is shining, although it's a little breezy, the temperature promises to be a little more than 20 degrees warmer than yesterday! It's a complete turn around. Yes, I'm Phil Robertson Happy, Happy, Happy!

What goes with nice weather and plenty of sunshine? You guessed it... Bubbles!

For some strange reason, I woke up this morning with bubbles on the brain. I wanted to make them. My kids are no longer little and may, or may not be interested in blowing bubbles. But that didn't stop me from making a gallon. Before making breakfast, I whipped up one of three bubbles recipes below, I found on Pinterest.

Super Giant Bubbles - I chose to make this recipe because I had all the ingredients, and it is new to me.

Simple Homemade bubbles - This recipe I've used for my children numerous times, it's okay.

My favorite bubble recipe - This one is the same as the second one, but has a glycerin option. Glycerin makes better bubbles than corn syrup.

So what did I do with that gallon of bubbles? I gave them to two of the cutest little girls around, along with a few bubble wands I kept just in case of emergencies.

What do you do when the weather is beautiful?

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Change Is Good

Change. What change you ask? I've been threatening to make changes to my blog for a very long time... and I haven't. Why? The only reason I can come up with is fear. What am I afraid of? I have no clue, but I'm holding my breath, and jumping off the deep end.

I plan on changing platforms from Blogger to Wordpress. Although I'm sticking with my colors, there's going to be much less of the orange! That ancient picture of me across the header... has to go! Of course the layout will change, maybe a few times while I figure out what I'm going to do.

No way am I designing the blog. I learned my lesson a very long time ago. When trying to be a Jill of all trades, something ends up a mess. As soon as I get the above task taken care of... I'm getting on Visual Luxe's schedule.

Bare with me as I transform.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Trains And A Heep of History

Yesterday, I took my PR class on a little field trip to the Arkansas Railroad Museum. This museum is a treasure of trains and memorabilia from the days of Cotton Belt Route of the St. Louis Southwestern Railway. I snapped a few pictures, and couldn't wait to share.

The building where the museum is located is the original machine shop
built in 1894, for heavy steam locomotive repair.

The uniforms of Henry Ford's cook and porters for the Fairlane car. 
The rail car was named for his Fair Lane Estate.   

Wood Caboose, circa 1920

Wood stoves that heated the engine or caboose.


The famed 819 Steam Engine, the very last one of its kind built in Pine Bluff,
and the state of Arkansas. She was in service February 8, 1943 and retire in 1955,
during that time running to Fordyce, AR, Tyler TX, and St. Louis, MO.


Monday, April 1, 2013

Ain't Nobody Got Time For That

It's April 1st, and that means one thing... April Fools Day! I must confess. I got GOT, and good!

One of my students... a bright, intelligent, and hard working student who's a go getter pranked me.

She asked to see me, which isn't out of the norm because I'm also her advisor. Once in my office she preceded to tell me she's decided to drop. Usually students drop a class, two in extreme cases. But wanted to drop the entire semester. Things weren't going right... which is so out or the ordinary for her, she just wanted to pick up next semester.

Shocked... I asked if she'd talked to any of her instructors, and suggested she try to work things out before giving up. Dropping the entire semester would derail graduation for her. I was bumfuzzled. Then she sprang the infamous words... April Fools.

Relieved, but that was so not funny. This video is what I have to say about that and any other April Fool pranks!

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