I was checking my Facebook messages when I noticed something in my inbox. Up in the left hand corner it said Inbox 82 then next to it Other 99+. I had never paid attention to the Other so I clicked on it. Mainly it was filled with messages from people who I wasn’t Facebook friends with when they wrote me. I felt badly because there were notes there from some people I should have replied to ages ago, but I never knew the note was there.
Then there were the come ons. I have uncovered 3 come on messages so far. Who knew my profile pic was so appealing to middle aged men?? One guy from Miami, one from the UK. But my favorite message is from an Army Captain:
Hi you are looking sweet and love the way you smile baby, i will like to know you more and better… sorry are you single?.. Am a single dad of two kids need s good woman to spend the rest of my life with… hope to read from you soon…
Thanks Captain Scott….
I told CSP about the messages and especially Captain Scott’s. (I wonder if he’d make me call him Cap’n all the time?? Dinner’s ready Cap’n!) Anyway, CSP said “See, if I kick off early you’ll be just fine. Just go hook up with Captain Scott!” I gotta keep my CSP healthy so I don’t end up some Facebook mail order bride!
I’m thankful for the internet. Not just for daily tasks (but we do rely on it for everything- I mean, when’s the last time anyone used a phone book?), but for Facebook and Twitter and blogs. I’m on Facebook every day. It’s how I keep in touch with so many friends and family. It’s how I’ve reconnected with long lost friends. And through Twitter and my blog I’ve met some of the greatest people! I can’t imagine not being able to check in on my peeps’ lives now that I’m so used to it. I’m also thankful for the internet for shopping! I rarely shop at a brick and mortar store anymore for clothes, gifts, etc.. Love online shopping. I love mail anyway so to get goodies in the mail is even better!
CSP & I have been doing a lot of thinking and we’ve come to a decision. It pains me to say this but we won’t be posting any pictures of our kids on Facebook. We have some friends who’ve gone the same route we are traveling to adopt their kids and they’ve had to remove all the pics and info of their kids from all social media. Some of the bio family hunted them down post adoption. We don’t want to end up in a similar situation. So we’ve decided to not publish their little faces or names on the interwebs. This is hard for me as I use the internet and social media to keep in touch with so many friends and family. But this is the right choice to protect our kids. Instead of using social media to update friends and family on our kidlets’ adventures we will be relying on good old fashioned email. Please send me your email even if you think I don’t have it if you’d like to be included in email updates.
When someone CSP is a little wary of friended me on Facebook this week we had the following conversation (you may remember CSP is not a fan of the WORLD WIDE WEB):
CSP: I’m so glad I’m not on Facebook. I’m UNPLUGGED!!! I don’t even text!
Me: Well that’s going to change soon when you get your new phone. You’ll be texting then.
CSP: Just to you and my parents. Don’t get any ideas! I’m not getting on Facebook and I’m not going to TWIT either!
CSP & I have been enjoying this tv show called How the States Got Their Shapes on the History Channel. It is hosted by Brian Unger. Brian Unger is really funny and charming and very handsome. Not unlike my dear CSP. Brian Unger is on Twitter. You can follow him at @bungerla. I am also on Twitter. You can follow me at @heyshanny. A few questions creeped into my brain while we’ve been watching the show as I am of a curious nature. So I tweeted Mr. Unger. He tweeted me back. I told CSP about the exchange and this is what happened:
Me: So guess who I’ve been tweeting with?
Brian Unger, the host of How the States Got Their Shapes. (I explained that I had a couple questions).
Do you think he’s hot or something?
And he wrote you back? Great. Just great.
What? Why are you acting jealous? It’s not like I’m going to run off with a tv host. He just answered a couple of tweets.
Yeah, well how do I know for sure? I mean, this IS THE AGE OF THE SMART PHONE!
Those of you who are long time readers may remember that this happened before a few years ago when CSP turned suspicious of the internet. Apparently every good looking man on tv is just one tweet away from sweeping me off my feet. You know they all dream of hooking up with a Southern housewife and now that all the Hollywood hotties have smart phones it’s only a matter of time.
Kiki is allergic to grass. She has to take a very large pill every other day. These pills are more expensive than any pill I take. Getting them down her tiny, obstinate throat has been a challenge the likes of which I’ve never encountered. We’ve tried EVERYTHING. Hot dogs, peanut butter, ham, tuna, turkey, cheeses of all varieties, marshmallows, basic shoving it down her throat, etc. The problem is that the pill stinks. So what we camouflage it with has to outstink the pill but still be small enough for her to swallow it because if she bites it it explodes and the liquid is very bitter and causes her to foam at the mouth and gag. It’s quite a production.
I went to my Twitter and Facebook friends a while back and asked for help. Some people (forgive me but I can’t remember to whom [who?] goes the credit) suggested Pill Pockets. We finally found them at Petco. As CSP says “Boy, they sure know what to charge for these!” To which I reply “Yes, because someone tells them”. He loves that. We paid the painful $12 for an 8 oz bag of approximately 30 pill pockets and went home to try one out. Lord, please let this work I prayed as I molded the pill pocket around her pill. It seemed HUGE to me and it took her a while to get it down but SHE GOT IT DOWN. On her own! With no crying or cursing! The heavens parted and the angels sang!
There have been some changes to the first pill pocket usage. 1. Those suckers are BIG. So now I just pull it apart and mold the stuff around her pill so she won’t have such a big thing to swallow. Works like a charm. Plus, at 40 cents a piece plus tax this way makes it last longer. Kiki now actually comes running when I say the word “pill” or shake her pill bottle. Before it was a total spy mission. CSP would have to get the pill out of the wrapper thingy and pass it to me on the sly. We’d have to wait an hour before she’d stop being suspicious enough to come close enough to us to give her the treat wrapped pill. But now? Now I want to sing the praises of the Pill Pocket! Everyone who has to give a dog a pill should buy these things! And Pill Pocket people? Kiki will never not be allergic and on meds so if you’d like to comp me a few bags I’d be forever grateful!
Cause I’m on a roll! Ha! I have one more prize to tell you about. There was a contest on Facebook to win a 4 piece skin care set and I won! It’s from Budhi which is technically a teen skin care line but hey, I’m about 15 on the inside so that counts right? It came with a cute drawstring bag and a sticker. The little bottles are perfect for travel, reusable and it’s all fragrance free and good for sensitive skin (which is a plus for me). Thanks Budhi!
Last night I attended a focus group. I love focus groups. You go for a couple hours and chat it up about what you do or don’t like about a product or products and they give you swag and some cash! Win win! Last night’s focus group was for a local paper products company called Carolina Pad. We discussed journals. It was fun and I left with a notebook, some bookmarks for said notebook, some schmancy paper clips, and a business card holder/wallet (the yellow thing- I’ll be regifting that as it’s not my color), all in a reusable shopping bag that folds up into its own pouch. Nice! I love Carolina Pad’s products. In fact, I had a BIG giveaway of their products on my blog a while back. Some of their school supplies have been spotted on one of my favorite shows…Glee! How cool is that?!? Their products are available nationwide and on Amazon. And they didn’t pay me for this post. I pimp because I love.
This is my 31st post of this year of posting every day. It’s not the easiest goal, especially with Facebook out there. I go to blog sometimes and I feel like y’all already know everything I’ve been up to. But I’m psyched I’ve been able to get through this month blogging each day. It got easier as the month went on. And so many things are on the horizon that I have plenty to talk about.
Don’t forget- go sign up for Ebates and earn TONS of cash back from your online shopping. Plus I’ll get $5 for referring you! Then you can refer people and earn $5 for yourself! See ya in February!
Foursquare is not new to me or the app world but I’m constantly surprised when I find out people I know with smart phones don’t use Foursquare. The main complaint I hear is “I don’t want everyone knowing where I am!” Well they don’t have to. You can check in all day long and never alert a single person out there in WWW land of your whereabouts. You can check in and have your check in appear on Twitter and/or Facebook and show up for your Foursquare friends. But you don’t have to. So why use this app? Many reasons my friends! Users add tips to venues like “Stay away from the salmon” or “Be sure to order the burger”. Those can be very helpful. It’s fun to be out and about, check in and see that a friend of yours is just one store over or even right where you are! You also earn badges & mayorships that can bring discounts and freebies. I’m a competitive person who loves a freebie so this is right up my alley!
Lots of brands (companies) are on Foursquare and if you follow them then you’ll unlock special badges & goodies. I had NO idea how many brands were linked with Foursquare until I stumbled upon this list. You must check it out! Plus the author lists all the active badges on 4SQ and how to get them. He’s put a ton of work into this and it is really helpful!