Has anyone else noticed that we are having a bit of a baby boom? Maybe it is just my circle of family and friends that are currently going through this baby business, but it seems like this year I have been bombarded with invitations to baby showers and announcements of new babies landing in my mailbox at the end of the drive way and in my email inbox as well. There is no where else to hide, yikes!
My sister’s sister-in-law just had a surprise birth announcement in her family, so I am sure that I will go buy some receiving blankets and a few little outfits for her new granddaughter here in the near future, then wrap them up and get them in the mail. This is the first girl to arrive of all the other births this year. Everyone else has been having baby boys. And these baby boys are coming out big and strong. I haven’t heard of one yet that isn’t at least nine pounds!
The one thing about baby showers that I enjoy is the shopping for the presents. There is nothing quite like going into a nice up scale baby store and enjoy looking at and touching all the wonderful baby clothes and all of the other tons of baby related items. They always smell so nice and usually everything is extremely soft. I would never order something for a baby over the Internet, that would suck any enjoyment out of the whole ordeal!
When I was in high school I was part of the senior class Homecoming float committee. We decided that we would incorporate dry ice in the float, adding water to it to make the float look like it was steaming and smoking. The theme of the float was the comic character named “Hot Stuff” and we wanted the float to look like there was smoke swirling around our guy.
When I went to the gas company to buy the dry ice, the guys behind the desk asked me what I was going to use the dry ice for. They insinuated that I was going to use it for something illegal. I told them what the plan was, and then they went ahead and let me buy some. I don’t remember how expensive it was…
Well, the float was a big hit, the float won first prize! And since the entire float design and dry ice idea was my idea, I was the hero of the day! When I saw this experiment involving dry ice on YouTube today, it brought back memories of that day back in high school. It’s too bad we didn’t have video cams and cell phones to record those things back then!
This is a really interesting and fun-looking experiment that can be done in a home environment, with proper adult supervision. I wonder where I can buy dry ice around here!
When you mention Austin to me, I think of the hills and lakes of southern Texas. There is nothing as scenic as the hills of Texas in the spring when they are covered in blue belles and everything is fresh and green. I have been to Texas several times, for the SXSW conference and for business trips. It is one of my favorite cities of all time.
One of the girls from work recently moved to Austin for a sweet job opportunity and I still get an email from her once in a while. She has been telling me about a company based in Austin that is one of the best places in America to work. They treat their employees really well and the people who are lucky enough to work there are very loyal. Perhaps you’ve heard of Profitfuel, Inc.? ProfitFuel is privately held and is one of the fastest growing companies in America. They help companies with their online and digital signage. In today’s digital world, it is all about managing your online advertising successfully and it takes a professional like ProfitFuel to do a good job. Their sales counselors know all about search engine placement and advertising with the top Internet brands, and are already helping over 2,500 small businesses with their online advertising.
Even though I am pretty hand dandy on the computer and there are so many things that a computer can do today, I still think that my sister needs to use a professional Brochure Printing Services that will do a bang up job for what she and her manager are looking for. They are putting together a Grand Opening for a book store in the old town mall, which is something that in my opinion we need more of. It is very difficult to find a bookstore these days. I’m assuming because of the Internet and other technology that are making real books unnecessary. If I want to go to a book store I have to drive a minimum of 50 minutes, that’s a lot of time and gas to buy a book!
Coming from a family of avid readers I’m not surprised that one of us hasn’t worked/managed or owned a bookstore. I’ll only have to drive 20 minutes to get to their selection of new and used books, which I’m excited about. I don’t think I’ll ever own a Kindle, holding a good book in your hands, well there just isn’t anything like it in the world. Plus I like to read in the bath tub, it would suck to drop something in the tub that could get ruined and possibly electrocute myself in the process.
It can be amazing how much a simple smile can change something, such as an encounter on the sidewalk or talking with a counter clerk or in a store standing in line or just passing by somebody. If you approach someone with a smile, it helps put them at ease. Smiles are contagious – if you give (yes I said give, it’s free) a smile you will most often get a smile from the other person back. My mother always told us that it is a good idea to enter a crowded room with a smile and your head held high. Even if you don’t know anyone there, if you are smiling, they will greet you with a much better attitude.
I love to smile and see the reactions that I get from people. I am also a door opener and enjoy seeing if the person will smile back, or look me in the eye, or even say thank you. For the most part people are nice back, in their own way, but of course there are the ones that just ignore me or act like it is to be expected and to them I say to them loud and clear “You’re Welcome!” the reactions to this just blow me away and keep me coming back time and time again holding the door for them with a big smile on my face!