Posted Friday, September 27, 2013

Are you an iPhone user? Have you upgraded to iOS7? I didn’t upgrade my iPhone 4s because I was waiting on my new phone.


I got in the new iPhone 5s last night. So far I love it. It was easy to install – although I always lose a couple of apps and have to reinstall them.

One thing I noticed right away was that the option to swipe from left to right to delete an email quickly was no longer there. I was totally bummed. But then I realized that the swipe was now from right to left. Quirky but ok.

As I learn new tips I’ll post them here.

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Posted Thursday, September 12, 2013

Blogtember: Thursday, September 12: Discuss ways that blogging or social media has changed you.

Social Media. I was not an early adopter of social media. At all. I remember people describing twitter as keeping up with people going to the grocery store. How much fun could that be? I passed on it for a couple of years.

I did start this blog, my foodie blog, and one for my niece and nephews more as a scrapbook than sharing a piece of myself with others. That has now changed and I love the opportunities it has brought me.

I held out on other platforms for a while. Then my boss wanted us to get into social media for work so I threw myself into learning all about it. And I am so glad I did.

Social media to me is perfect for introverts and extroverts alike. You can share as much as you want on social media platforms. You can make friends with people from all walks of life and keep up with ones you haven’t spoken to in years.

For me it’s allowed me to reach others who enjoy the same things I do. On twitter I talk with my tweeps about books, NASCAR, the Cowboys, Blackhawks, food and my favorite TV shows.

It’s also opened doors for me to help others get acclimated to social media. I love sharing with newbies and helping them get excited about sharing on social media too.

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Posted Monday, September 9, 2013

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Since the first time I stepped into the Texas state Capitol building, I have been hooked on politics. Seriously.

So much so that I changed direction after school and went to work at the Capitol then moved to Washington, DC and worked on Capitol Hill for several years.

Now that I have been out of politics for ten years, my fascination with all things political hasn’t waned.

I was lucky in that I worked for a truly wonderful man and statesman who, to this day, I still consider him family and am completely loyal to him.

Recently I was going through some of my old books in storage and trying to cull them down to something manageable. It didn’t work. But I did find a copy of Sammy’s House which for some reason I had never read. This book was written by Kristin Gore – former Vice President Al Gore’s daughter.

Years ago I did read her first book, Sammy’s Hill and remember that I quite enjoyed it. So I added this sequel to my ever-growing “to be read” pile.

If you are at all a fan of what goes on in politics or at the White House, I would highly recommend you reading these books. Kristin’s writing style will keep you intrigued and laugh out loud guffawing at times.

Seriously, I was shedding tears of laughter by page ten of Sammy’s House. Although some of the subject matter is serious, Kristin writes it in a way that is easy to understand and clues you in to what goes on in the inner circle of politics.

Another high point for me was Sammy’s devotion and loyalty to her boss. RG reminded me so much of my old boss and the reasons I still adore him. There are some great statesmen and politicians out there among the sea of bad that we so often read about. It was great to read about another one – even if he is a fictional character.

I wish there was another book to add to Sammy’s Hill and Sammy’s House as I would love to see where the road takes Sammy and Charlie. In the meantime, I have already ordered Kristin’s latest book, Sweet Jiminy.

I also read The First Affair: A Novel this past week and was so looking forward to this book. I was hoping to get a quick fix for my Scandal withdrawals but it did not even compare to that wonderful, salacious show.

The book read like a reenactment of the Clinton-Lewinsky affair and was too close to that episode to really feel like I was reading something new. I realize a lot of authors take from real-life situations for their books but I would have liked to see a new spin on this affair.

One good thing the book had going for it was that there were a lot of subplots going on to keep the book interesting. The main character Jamie has so many family issues that come to the forefront during the scandal and it is interesting to see how these are handled. The book also delves into what a cutthroat world Washington, DC is and how everyone looks out for themselves.

Until next time.

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Posted Friday, September 6, 2013

Blogtember: Friday, September 6: A story about a time you were very afraid.

I’m pretty sure I’ve written about my near-death experience on a flight (ok, it was just some turbulence but it freaked me out and made me afraid of flying for a while) so today I’ll share another scary experience.

I don’t know about you but when I look back on events from my childhood, I’m never sure if they are accurate reflections or if I’ve enhanced them in my mind.

I say this because my aunt insists this episode didn’t happen but my mom and I remember it.

So picture it. A little adorable girl of about 5 years old at an amusement park with her family, including her loving aunt who we will call Yoli. This cute, cute girl wants to go on the roller coaster so her aunt takes her on the ride. Somewhere along the ride, this little precocious girl loses her seatbelt and the aunt has to hold her up by throwing her arms around her neck with her feet hanging over the seat.

Scarred for life.

Yes, I was that adorable little girl. To this day I still hate roller coasters. The last time I got on one as an adult I was so whoozy I almost got sick.

So that was one of my scariest moments of my life. Still.

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