Month: August 2007

WFMW – Technorati Made Easy

Ever wonder how folks get those little quick links to Technorati tags at the end of their posts? One quick and very simple way to include Technorati tags them is to use Oddiophile’s Rather Fab Technorati Bookmarklet. You can keep this bookmarklet in your “Favorites” folder – it will bring up a script box into which you can add your tags and generate the code, which you’d then paste into your blog post. (You can also set it up in your “Post Template” box under “Settings” if you use Blogger- which is what I have done. — if you want to know how to do that, just email me and I’ll walk you though it)

To get the bookmarklet, visit this page and right click the link which says “Oddiophile’s rather fab Technorati Bookmarklet”. Then click “add to favorites” or simply drag to your bookmark list.

When you use the bookmarklet, link your words with a “+” sign and don’t use spaces. Once you’ve got the script, You can also modify the bookmarklet to suit your blog’s needs, as demonstrated on my blog — I changed the words “Technorati Tags” to the color green and bolded it. This is a great tool for both Blogger and WordPress users who have no alternative method to tag their posts. It’s also a great start towards helping build traffic using Technorati, as your blog will then be associated with the tags you have used, and will become easier for readers to find.

I use Technorati tags on every post — so if you’d like to find out how they work, just click on one. You will be directed to the Technorati page to see all the bloggers who have tagged that same word.

It works for me! For more Works for Me Wednesday tips, head on over to Shannon’s at Rocks in My Dryer.

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Not Oprah’s Color Purple, either…

You Are a Purple Crayon

Your world is colored in dreamy, divine, and classy colors.

You hold yourself to a sky high standard, and you are always graceful.

People envy, idolize, and copy you without realizing it. You are an icon for those who know you.

And while it is hard to be a perfectionist, rest assured it’s paying off!

Your color wheel opposite is yellow. While yellow people may be wise, they lack the manners and class needed to impress you.

What Color Crayon Are You?

Thanks to Megan at Fried Okra for the Quiz!

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I hope the drool doesn’t affect my keyboard…

5 Minutes for Mom is giving this away as the official launch for HP’s Photosmart compact photo printer. If that sounded like an ad, it was. See, I had to tell you about it so you could join me in entering the drawing for it! Head on over there now and get your name in the hat. The drawing will be September 10th, just in time for the holidays. You can read all about the wonderful specs and features here.

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Can this be called a success?

Today was our first official day of homeschool…the lesson plans were finished in the wee hours of yesterday morning, the books laid out neatly, pencils sharpened, dry erase board loaded with the day’s plans for each child…but I only had one child who was even remotely excited about the first day…and that was Katie.

AJ fought me tooth and nail, the entire time. He started with whining and when that didn’t work, he moved from cajoling to pleading to an all-out fit-throwing. I did maintain my composure, although I wanted to just chunk it all and say we’ll start school when he’s in 6th grade. But…this is only Kindergarten…and I have to remember it was his first day…what was I expecting? For him to just sit down and actually adhere to some sort of structured morning? Was I out of my everlivin’ mind to think he would magically wake up and be a different kid just because school was starting? He’s my little Texas Tornado…a rough and gusty, swirly windstorm that sweeps through my house, strewing papers and toys and leaving a path of destruction where ever he goes. No, he’s not one for sitting still for long periods of time, nor has he ever been known to be a child who listens with rapt attention.

BUT…despite all of that, we made it through. AJ completed his day – and for that alone, I am thankful. He seemed to enjoy it once we got into it and he was surprised and I think just a tad disappointed at 11:30 when I told him he was finished and he could go play. (I skipped Art today, because really? I just don’t have it in me to be creative after expending all that energy being patient with him this morning.) He even told me afterwards that he was going to be a “good boy” for me tomorrow, because he loves me and “that’s what little boys are s’posed to do for their mamas”.

Katie spent her morning alternating between studying and watching the show between AJ and I. I think she was amazed that I didn’t yell at him (she is very aware of the signs of stress in my voice and knows when that stress moves to my face – ya just don’t mess with mom)…but she never said a word. She has a bigger workload this year than she had last year (moving from 4th to 5th grade will do that to you) and as I was writing assignments on the board this morning, I caught her widening her eyes and how long her list was. She actually has 5 subjects this year – Math, Language Arts (grammar, vocab, spelling), Writing, Science/Health, and History. I didn’t do Science with any regularity last year because I didn’t incorporate it into my daily lesson plans – so this year, I’ve decided to use some curriculum and write it in.

If you homeschool…you should check out this wonderful resource for keeping your records online – it’s completely free and has some really neat features. One I really like is the fact that you can check off and/or score each child’s daily assignments and the program keeps track of everything for you so you don’t have to. Of course, I suppose they all do that, this is just the first one I’ve ever used. If you know of something better, by all means, TELL ME, people. I have just found that I am not disciplined enough to write in a teacher’s gradebook every day. I find myself getting behind…well, you know how that goes. But when I sign on to this site, I update today’s progress before I can print out tomorrow’s lesson plans.

Now, I have to wash, dry, and fold 3 loads of laundry that I didn’t do this weekend because I was finishing lesson plans, because I get to leave the house tonight and be with adults! And I really want to wear something other than my pajama pants.

And lastly, the reason I homeschool is wonderfully illustrated in this cartoon. I may have to sacrifice some things now (like time for myself – I can’t imagine having five or six free hours a day!!!), but in the end, it’s worth it, because I think it’s the best fit for OUR family.

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