Wednesday, November 18, 2009

My Dreaded Flight

Tonight is the night I have been dreading for the past few months. My husband and I are taking our 3 children, ages 4 and under on a 12 hour plane trip… 12 hours!!! 12!!! Are we C.R.A.Z.Y.?

So as we embark on this long trip, we have prepares out kids in a few ways:

1. We explained that the airport has lines, lines, and more lines and we need to wait on them. Hope this is a lesson in patience.

2. We told the kids several times that we will be sleeping on the flight (overnight flight) and we are going to dress them in pajamas for that purpose. We are bringing along their “kikis” or blankets, and their letter “A” and “K” pillows.

3. We brought medicines—not to drug the kids, but to have on hand:

a. Benadryl for nausea

b. Tylenol for regular pain

c. Orajel for teething (2nd tooth coming in any minute)

4. We gave each kid her own carry-on so they have coloring books, crayons, silly putty, snacks, and treats.

5. We uploaded music to our ipods for them to have and got a DVD player and DVDs.

6. We told story after story about plane rides in the hopes that they will understand what we are about to embark on. Somehow Kayla thinks that “no bad people” go on planes. From her mouth to G-d’s ears! I hope that’s a good assessment of El Al.

7. I tweeted constantly about strollers, car-seats, tips, and ideas when flying and finally decided to bring 1 double stroller, 1 snap n go with the infant car seat, and 2 boosters with a back. Thanks to all who contributed to that conversation.

8. And finally, I am sure no matter how much preparation I have put in, I will be completely overwhelmed by tantrums and overtired children in the airport. Hopefully they will sleep on the plane (did I bring too much entertainment for them to actually sleep?).

9. If I have low expectations, I am bound to be impressed by our successful journey… right???

Only time will tell. Here’s to hoping we don’t get thrown off the plane for unruly conduct by the “bad people” and the flight attendants.


….results to follow….

Friday, November 13, 2009

My impressions of Google Wave so far (day1):

It seems like a nice collaborative tool. I could have used it in grad school while I was working on my year-long project with a team of students and a few organizations.

It doesn’t work in explorer, which I am ok with since I use chrome but I see that they want you to really make the commitment to google.

It is hard to find contacts. If the concept is social networking and collaboration, there should be twitter-like activity where you can follow contacts even if you do not know their email addresses.

I see now that you gain wave contacts by being involved in waves with other people who have those connections. It's hard to find people on wave!

Wave should import your contacts from other email services.

Wave needs what we iphone users call push status notification. I can’t tell when someone has edited or added to a wave.

I wonder if there is a way to “stay online” like with g-chat without keeping the whole browser open. I have to explore… which leads me to my last point…

As with all social media and new technology… you learn by using it and experimentation. Don’t try to “read the manual” or get it all from the youtube video with Dr. Wave. It won’t help.

I assume if I use it, I earn wave invites. Not sure if that is the real system, but I would like to extend invitations as so many people are pining to discover what I have been privy too.

People: I’m not sure if this is the wave of the future…!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

"No Offense, But..."

Why do people always think it’s ok to say whatever they want as long as they preface it with

“No offense, but…”

These statements only end badly!

For example:

… you are missing the whole point (aka you can’t comprehend anything above a third grade level)

…you’re really slow (aka you are a complete idiot!)

… you need to pop that pimple (aka you have acne, ew!)

…your kids are a little hyper (aka you are a terrible parent!)

…your shirt is a little snug (aka you are fat)

…you’re tone deaf (aka you sound like a dying mule)

People should just filter what they say and if it's going to start with "no offense, but..." they should keep it to themselves!

"No offense, but... this was such a random blog post..." (aka that was a weird rant).

Well, thanks for listening to my random rants. Be back soon with some cuteness from my kids.

Come again!