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Dropbox Phishing Scam – Don’t Click on the Links!!!

June 8, 2017

If you use Dropbox you may have gotten an email asking you to click on a payment invoice. DON’T CLICK ON THE LINKS!!

This is a phishing scam. The sender is hoping you will click on the links they can either infect your computer with malware or that you will provide credit card or other payment information to pay the invoice. 

The email I received came from this email address: dropbox@veintrain.com, which is not a Dropbox email. Casey Smith is referenced as having shared a document and requesting payment on the invoice. It was sent to an email address I only use to receive inquiries, I never send outgoing mail using it and no one I might get an invoice from would have.

Again, do not click on any links if you get this email. 

I make it a regular practice to look at the email address of the sender, that usually tells me all I need to know, that it is not an official email.

Please share this with anyone who uses Dropbox.

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Buy This Book Now!

January 24, 2017
Buy this book now!

OMG I haven’t even finished this book and I had to stop and tell you to go and buy this book now! 

Buy This Book Now!

Seriously, go now, I’ll wait.

Wait, if you buy it now you won’t come back. Wait a minute. Buy it after reading this which is only going to be a few more paragraphs because honestly, I want to get back to it asap.

What book?

Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight.

Yeah, I might be on a bit of a self-help binge, but that’s okay, in fact it’s great. Get Your Sh*t Together is an anti self-help book by an anti-guru who happens to be funny as shit. If you liked You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, by Jen Sincero, you will love Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight.

While both will get you fired up about getting down to business, they take a very different, albeit funny, approach. 

If you’re in a rut, want to break out and try something new, are tired of making excuses, or just really need a kick in the ass to do the things you already know you need to do — then buy this book now! Hell, buy them both, you’ll thank you, I promise.

Get Your Sh*t Together is a really quick read, or listen, that will help you to well, get your shit together. Sarah Knight will show you how to prioritize the things you need to do so you can do the things you want to do. 

You may have heard of Sarah Knight before, she also wrote The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don’t Have with People You Don’t Like Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do (A No F*cks Given Guide).

It seems oh so simple, and really there is nothing she says that you don’t already know, but she lights a fire under your ass all while making you laugh out loud.

Seriously, I cannot recommend this book enough. I do plan on writing a complete review as soon as I finish the book, which will probably be later this evening, so check back. Of course you don’t even need that, it’s awesome, trust me, and it will provide the motivation you need, right now, to do what you know you need to do. 

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The Oreck Store in Roseville Has Closed

January 7, 2014
Oreck Store in Roseville is closed, Oreck store logo

In fact I think it closed over a year ago. I know people are still looking for it because they keep clicking on the link I had in a post about how wonderful the Muppet guy was who worked a the Oreck store. The post was about the fact that Oreck was so much better than Dyson but now that the store is gone I’m not so sure that’s the case.

Anyway, the store in Roseville, MN is gone. According to a quick Google search there is still one in Edina and one in Minnetonka but I’d call first to make sure.  Apparently we don’t vacuum as much in St. Paul.

I think you might also be able to go to JC Penney or Sears for service on your Oreck but call first.

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Increasing School Productivity

November 11, 2013

Throughout the country parents are becoming proactive in demanding a more serious role in their children’s education. Until recently it was customary to rely on the local school board and professional educators to fulfill the educational needs of the students but this is no longer the case. Parents and community members are more active than ever in monitoring their community’s schools as they realize that their children’s future is dependent on their academic success. Today parents are vocal activists who monitor their community’s schools and are not restrained when voicing their wishes and expectations.

Some of the issues that parents want to address are the statistics that show that  students’ test scores are plummeting, increased numbers of high school students  drop out of high school and, of those students who do make it to graduation, many are unprepared to enter the work force or even to move on to further studies in trade schools, colleges or universities.

Government officials on all levels, from local school boards to Capitol Hill, are involved in the blame game. Chief among the culprits, many elected officials believe, is the No Student Left Behind law that was passed under the Bush administration. NSLB states that students must demonstrate a specific level of proficiency in basic subject matter in order to be promoted to the next grade.

The question is, why doesn’t NSLB work? Many educators and parents feel that the schools ignore the actual learning process as the teachers, by necessity, teach to the test. If a school proves itself, it’s rewarded, and if the school fails, budgets are cut and staff members’ jobs are on the line.

On the other hand, many educators, parents and other community members protest that the underlying reasons for students’ failure is not addressed by NSLB and may actually make the situation worse. There are numerous reasons that a student may not learn well and that lack of success may evolve into more serious failures.

To answer parents’ demands for a more effective school environment many school districts have adopted a new program, the System for Teacher and Student Advancement was created as a way of encouraging teachers and administrators to collaborate closely in improving teaching strategies, communication within the school, inter-staff relationships and student performance. The system promotes fundamental changes in the way that teachers see their job and their interactions with their colleagues.

TAP is implemented in schools where the teachers themselves have identified their weaknesses and requested assistance to address these issues. It is the brainchild of education reformer Lowell Milken who conceived the program, developed it and is now overseeing its implementation in schools nationwide. Its goals involve guiding educators to explore new avenues which will enable them to cultivate the potential of each student. Teachers are encouraged to develop and nurture each individual student’s knowledge, skills and experiences with the objective of enabling each student to aim for academic success as s/he prepares to move into the real world of study and work. It  ultimately aims to increase educational productivity as the teachers prepare the students to become productive and contributing members of society.

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Christmas Lights In April Are Offensive

April 19, 2013
snow in April in Minnesota, Christmas lights in April, Minnesnowta

Who’d have thought that posting a picture of lit Christmas lights in April would set off such a heated argument?

It snowed last night. It snowed quite a bit and frankly I’m pretty sick of the snow. We’ve had snow on the ground since Thanksgiving. I know this because my ex husband took me on a motorcycle ride on Thanksgiving and it started to snow right as we returned home.

We’ve had snow on the ground ever since. It’s come close to melting but there has been visible snow for the past 5 months.

It’s okay, I live in Minnesota and we’re used to snow here. Lots of snow.

Spring snowstorms aren’t unheard of here but usually they happen in March.

It’s April. May is only a week and some odd days away.

I’ve had it with snow but there is nothing I can do about it. There is no one who can do anything about it. I could be like one of my neighbors and yell and scream about it but that doesn’t make it go away and it doesn’t make it easier to handle. Is does scare children and pets, however.

No, as much as I like to complain it doesn’t help so last night I embraced the snow and turned on my Christmas lights that I hadn’t taken down from two years ago.

I was going to last summer when I was thinking about painting the window trim but I never got to it so they remained up. Getting them up was a lot of work and I see no point in taking them down so I can put them back up again. Yeah, my neighbor thinks they look “ghetto” but it’s not like I turn them on after New Years.

I mentioned that I had turned on my Christmas lights on Facebook. One of my friends suggested that I post a picture so I did.

And then all hell broke loose.

You can check out my timeline on Facebook to see the conversation. If you aren’t friends with me you will need to friend me first. While you’re friending and fiddling with Facebook be sure to like my book Minnesota Nice.

I’m always amazed at what offends people. At first I thought she was joking but it soon became clear that she wasn’t. People rush to judgement all the time and bad things happen because of it. I get it, that’s just life. But this was deeper than that. I can’t really wrap my head around what was so offensive about the lights. Religion got brought into it and the conversation quickly devolved to crazy talk. 86 comments later and we were discussing The Onion and Stephen Fry. There might have even been a quote from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

Life is too short to do a lot of things. Rushing to judgement is one of them as is being so easily offended by someone’s choice in home decor. It is my home and if I want to leave my lights up all year and even light them I will. I won’t, I think they look stupid, but I have the right to do whatever I want and telling me to do one thing only makes me want to do the other, even if I don’t really care.

So, are you offended by Christmas lights left up long after the holiday season is over?

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Sour Patch Kids Smackdown

September 11, 2012

If you’re at all familiar with the Sour Patch Kids you know that for the past few years of commercials they’ve been involved in “sour” actions followed by small, insufficient “sweet” moments. Well, it seems the legal system is catching up with them now and it’s time to stand up and demand justice in the highest court of human opinon: Facebook.

The SPK Facebook page sets out the case and lets fans upload evidence of the Sour Patch Kids wronging them in videos or photos. Fans upload evidence against the Sour Patch Kids of how they have been ‘wronged’ to the Trial Facebook tab and the SPK’s shark lawyer posts rebuttals to as many of the cases as possible. Fans who upload cases will receive personalized video rebuttals from a hilarious, condescending, kind-of-a-jerk lawyer- all in good fun of course.

 
We’ve got bags of Sour Patch Kids candy as well as branded t-shirts to giveaway so please enter below!

More info:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sourpatchkids
The People Vs. Sour Patch Kids: www.SourPatchJustice.com
Videos of what the Sour Patch Kids have already done:  http://youtu.be/mkbYlY1Lul0
http://youtu.be/WXw5Nhhg5pA
http://youtu.be/zR29cJnUNUI

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Mobile Apps for Summer Road Trips

June 25, 2012

I really just needed to get that post off the front page and update this blog. I don’t have any road trips planned this summer but if I did I am sure I would find this infographic about mobile apps for summer travel really useful.

*would someone shoot me now? This isn’t even a paid post! I just can’t think of anything interesting to write. No, I can, I just can’t seem to make the time to write it out.

 

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6 Pounds of Bacteria?

June 14, 2012

According to a study done by Dr. Phillip Tarr of Washington University at St. Louis the average 200 lb human body carries around with it about 6 lbs of bacteria.

Let me just say this for everyone out there reading this:

EWWWWW

And what possesses someone to study this? According to this study our body has 10 bacterial cells for every human cell. Again, EWWWWWW. These bacteria live in our noses, on our skin, in our intestines and probably everywhere else.

“This is a whole new way of looking at human biology and human disease, and it’s awe-inspiring,” said Dr. Phillip Tarr of Washington University at St. Louis, one of the lead researchers in the $173 million project, funded by the National Institutes of Health. “These bacteria are not passengers,” Tarr stressed. “They are metabolically active. As a community, we now have to reckon with them like we have to reckon with the ecosystem in a forest or a body of water.”

I don’t know where he got his master of public health, or if he even has one, but he sounds like a smart enough guy (And yet, if I were him I would get home each night and shower for a good 20 minutes). According to Tarr these bacteria work with our DNA to turn on and off disease.

There are about 22,000 human genes. But the microbes add to our bodies the power of many, many more — about 8 million genes, the new project estimated. Those bacterial genes produce substances that perform specific jobs, some of which play critical roles in the health and development of their human hosts, said Dr. Bruce Birren of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, another of the project’s investigators. Genes from gut bacteria, for example, lead to digestion of certain proteins and fats. They also produce certain beneficial compounds, like inflammation-fighting chemicals.

If you can get past the EWWWW factor this is actually pretty cool. I’m not looking into any mph programs, I like being a writer and am pretty sure biology is even more difficult than it was when I was in college, still, this guy and all the others like him are making great strides in unraveling our DNA, genes and how they cause and cure disease. I’m just glad I don’t have to get any samples for them. Additionally, when I step on the scale I can mentally subtract 6 whole pounds!

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Father’s Day Flowers

June 6, 2012

Father’s Day is just around the corner and I bet he doesn’t want another tie or t-shirt that says #1 Dad. Okay, he might want another shirt and would probably even wear it with considerable pride but have you ever considered getting your dad some flowers?

I can speak from experience, there are some dads out there would really appreciate a nice orchid rather than a t-shirt with #1 Dad on it.

And I know almost every dad would prefer flowers to a brand new toilet seat.

Yes, I actually got my dad a toilet seat (2 actually) for Father’s Day one year. My dad was the kind of guy who had everything. If he wanted something he went out and got it. There was nothing my brother and I could give him because he would have already gone out and bought three. We got him wood toilet seats to replace the ones that had cracked several years before. It seemed like a thoughtful gift.

He wasn’t very please and if I had a back up orchid on hand I could have recovered from the faux pas.

Don’t be the child who doesn’t have a back up orchid on hand for when you give your dad a really lame Father’s Day gift.

If you want to find some great flowers for Father’s Day (or for any occasion) then check out this Noblesville flower delivery shop. You won’t find any wooden toilet seats but you can find beautiful back up orchids.

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