The crazy things you do when you put your kids first

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Glimpses of Joy

Don’t you just love that look your kids give you when they just KNOW that you’ll be proud of their latest accomplishment.  They look up grinning with that atrocious drawing of you shaped like a pear, and you can’t help but think it’s perfect.

That’s true love.

I get frustrated and impatient like any other mom, but moments like that really make it all worthwhile.

I just need to capture more of them in pictures, video, and writings so that I can remember them when I really need a pick me up!


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Your Son Can’t Read! For The Most Part…

I would be terrified if somebody asked me to read in front of my kid’s class. All those eyes!

Wild Angel Films Blog

Well, that’s not embarrassing or anything. After being told this false creed about myself, you can imagine the dread I felt when asked to read to the class. I was a patient for Xanax in the making.

I can only imagine what my mom thought when I delivered the news. Fortunately, this did give me a convenient excuse to blow off book reports.

“How can that be true,” my Mom asked, “You’ve read to me before, remember?”

Oh right, I had forgotten about that. Still, my teacher claimed that I wasn’t comprehending what I was reading and that was true, I wasn’t. I had fallen asleep more times than not reading. I confess, I didn’t even like Harry Potter—something had to be wrong with me.

So, what was the issue?

I was bored out of my mind! I took the recommended reading like an anesthetic. Nothing was wrong with me…

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How I Made One Million Dollars 

cracked me up!


It is this simple.  The key to success is this:


In order to be successful you must convey yourself in a way that commands the attention of your associates.  My associates vary in age. I must work with them according to what they are most accustomed to interpreting.

And, sure, you might be saying, “But Jami, you have an college education. What if I do not?”  To which I would respond;  ANYONE CAN DO THIS!  YOU CAN DO THIS!

Here are the 30 “secret” key phrases I use  everyday before lunch:

1.  No.

2.  I said no.

3.  What is wrong with you?

4.  Seriously?

5.  Get in the car!

6.  Get in the car now!

7.  Get in the car or I will kick your lung out!

8.  I am not going into the admin office in my pajamas one more time this week!

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One Huge Reason To Upgrade To Yosemite….. A Major Flaw Exists That Apple Won’t Fix If You Don’t Upgrade

Right, just what I need, Apple holding me hostage with a security vulnerability until I upgrade to the next version. Things like that make sudo apt-get update look much better.

The IT Nerd

So if you were holding off upgrading to Yosemite, you may no longer have a choice if you value the security of your Mac. Since OS X 10.7, there has been a flaw in an unpublished OS X API (application programming interface) used by OS X system processes to raise the level of the account to root level. Meaning that an evil doer could leverage this API to pretty much “pwn” your Mac. TrueSec’s Emil Kvarnhammar discovered this flaw and reported it to Apple immediately. The company asked Kvarnhammar to postpone public disclosure “due to the amount of changes required in OS X.” A fix came out when OS X 10.10.3 shipped yesterday. As an aside, I will have a report on OS X 10.10.3 along with the new Photos app amongst other items this weekend. Now the fact that this is fixed in the latest version of Yosemite is great if…

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Peace of Mind – What’s it Worth?

To answer the question in the title, a lot, apparently.

I’ve been reading a good bit about the new home automation systems and all of the security features that they have too.  If you believe the marketing, some of them look really nice.  The Staples Connect system that I highlighted recently is one of them.  I definitely see the value in having an alert if someone breaks into your house, but it would also be nice to know that somebody is watching the house when you aren’t available.

But MAN, a lot of these alarm companies are really proud of their products.  Take Vivint home security for example, the initial equipment installation is advertised $100 which gets subsidized with higher monthly costs.  In that respect, it’s a lot like a cell phone contract.  I’m not sure how the initial installation cost goes up when you add equipment because I didn’t bother to call them.

Then, depending on how much equipment you get, you can have a three and a half year contract, paying $55 per month.  I used this security system cost calculator, and it says that the Vivint system will cost $3400 over 5 years.  Ouch!  And, I would certainly like to think that the system would last longer than 5 years.

I wonder how big the discount is after your initial contract period is over.  I would be surprised if it is very good at all.

All that is just to have somebody sitting in a call center and waiting for a notification from my security system.  Then, they may try to call 2-3 phone numbers to get in touch with me before they call the police anyway.  I’m just not sure that’s worth paying for when I’m normally around anyway.  I figure, the call may as well go to me first.  And, I’ll save a lot on costs using a “do it yourself” security system since most of them don’t have any monthly fees.  You can compare costs and features here.  So, you’re only out of a few hundred bucks to initially purchase the system.

That’s an easy call for me, and I’ll still sleep well at night knowing that I have a system to alert me if someone breaks in.  I like the looks of Scout.  You get security and the potential for automation too.