Cyber Shopping, Cyber Talking, Cyber Learning, and Cyber Burnout!

After frantic Black Friday in the stores, buying boots that looked great in ad and returning them the next day when sanity also returned, I turned to the Internet.  I found what I was looking for, but I had trouble with the purchase and had to go to the chat room for assistance.  They helped me – and then I didn’t know for certain if the ‘buy’ had gone through.  After sending them a customer support ticket, I finally decided to go ahead and re-enter the credit card and – viola!! I received the e-mail confirmation.  While I didn’t have to fight crowds to get the products, I did experience frustration none-the-less.

The last internet purchase I made was a refurbished lap-top.  It has sound problems with the microphone providing a banshee like wail whenever I lay my hand on the front of the keyboard or try to talk to someone.  I called the provider and they put me through to tech support.  He told me to turn off the microphone, which I did.  The wailing stopped.

To add insult to injury, this morning when I opened my computer, I had a cyber class on blogging that I had forgotten about.  I went to the JoinMe sight and Skype and turned on the microphone and the screaming began again.  I tried to fix it – but to no avail.  I am now on the second computer but, it too, has a mind of its own.  The Office application has a glitch.  As I am typing, the letters decide they have a better place to be than in the word that I am typing.  They jump to the new sight and when I look up; I realize that I have made unfamiliar words inserted into an entirely different thought.

So, now I am in my blogging class and the topic is Cyber Monday.  Help me, Lord!  I remember a kinder, gentler time when I had a Rolodex (not to be confused with Rolex)  and a file cabinet, a phone and a car.  My own mind was the computer and things worked amazingly well.  I didn’t have access to all the things I do today, but truly, it was less stressful.

So, here I am, after a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends, struggling to be thankful for cyber-anything.   Thinking back longingly to a time when Christmas Shopping was fun and didn’t start until December.

Cyber-burnout is really just a state of mind.  I have to know that if I didn’t have the internet I wouldn’t have blogging class with friends in Rockford, Illinois, or a Skype friend in South Africa.  I wouldn’t be able to see my grandchild in Madison, Wisconsin, or write to an audience of people I don’t even know and will, most likely, never meet!

After reconsidering, I am thankful for the Internet and the amazing way it allows me to communicate with the world.

Thanks, Al Gore!!!  (lol)

Saving Daylight Productively in 2012

Our ancestors thought it would be a good idea to save daylight.  It is really not a savings but a reallocation.  We are moving the time from of the daylight hours from early morning to later in the day.  Personally, I think a golfer came up with this idea and when I did my research, this certainly played into it.

Well, so the real question is – “What shall I do in the evening with all that lovely daylight?”

Here are some great ideas: Take a walk. Take a drive in the country (if you can afford the gas.)  Have guests in for a bar-b-Que.  All very good ideas.

But I have a great idea!  I will have a Sensé beautiful science® Spa Party!

This truly fabulous skin-care has groundbreaking, patented self-preserving technology and no added chemical preservatives.  The products stay fresh naturally.  They are gentle and healthy even for the most sensitive skin.  The antioxidant complexes in every product revitalize skin cells, leaving your skin looking younger and more radiant while properly nourishing and rehydrating your cells.

So, I will plan a Spa Party and invite over several friends and introduce them to the feeling of really clean, hydrated skin.  I will set up the table with healthy fruit snacks.  Then we will use the products while we fellowship and catch up on each others lives.    When my guests leave, their skin will be clean and radiant in the beautiful early evening light.

There is nothing quite like a Sense’ facial.  It makes you glow.  Even some Hollywood stars and news anchors swear by the products as they really clean up even the heavy makeup used to look good on the big screen.

Yep!  I think that is a great way to use daylight.

So, here is my question.  “How are you going to use that lovely daylight hour?”

Christmas in the Ozarks

We celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season by going to Silver Dollar City in Branson.  It is a wonderland of lights and joy.  We attend the White Glove inspection which is the charity event for 400 attendees.  The money goes to the support school children with the mentoring program.  The great thing about this is that the park is fully ready for the public, but it is a night with no crowds.  We meet friendly, happy people from all over the region.  I highly recommend it!

Black Friday Shouldn’t Lead Us to Blue Monday but to a Joy Filled Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for retailers and for people who need seasonal jobs!  It can be a time for a family adventure.  I have participated in it many times.  In Omaha, NebraskaRockford, Illinois and in Branson / Springfield, Missouri.  It is really about the same everywhere.  People standing in line drinking lattes and laughing at the absurdity of it all.  They hope for the bargain that will make their Christmas Shopping List affordable.

I must confess that I am just a follower when it come to Black Friday.  My family likes to go and so I follow.  The best thing that I ever purchased at that great event was at Sam’s.  It was a present for me!  A red satin trench coat.

My son-in-law has it all figured out.  He gets the papers, pours over the ads and then makes his selection and goes to Wal-Mart and buys all his stuff in one place and comes home, puts his feet up and watches the games!
All of this got me wondering about definitions available on the web and here is some food for thought:

Definitions (3) according to

1. September 24, 1869, the day the markets crashed following a failed attempt by some financiers to corner the gold market. Led to a depression.

2. In a more general sense, any Friday in which a public calamity occurred.

3. More recently, the term Black Friday has been applied to the day after Thanksgiving in which retailers make enough sales to put themselves “into the black ink.”

We hope that Congress and the President doesn’t do anything to cause 1 and 2.  We hope this year that the retailers actually get into the black.  We hope that our dollars stretch.

But most of all, I hope that people don’t spend all our money on stuff!  Let’s take the time to make something and to put a bit of ourselves into the gifts.   Let’s enjoy the season with family and friends.  It isn’t about having the biggest, the best or the most.  It is about people.  It is about Christ’s birth.  Let’s keep focus.

Is Black Friday a special event for your family?  How will you celebrate Christmas this year?