Thursday Thirteen #3

Thirteen Websites I read about or found this week

This post originally was going to be an email and then I realized – why not post for everyone? A majority of these links I found in the magazine Real Simple issue March ’07. I’ll be quoting and paraphrasing snip-its of their original comments. If you’ve never picked up this mag, I highly recommend it. It covers all the general topics that make up a woman (home, life, health and fashion {but in a helpful here’s what’s in and where to get it and if you’re this body type heres what we recommend} ) On another size note -i have not personally visited or test every single site and or service, use your own judgment.

From RealSimple:
1 – Massachusetts Institute of Technology – www.ocw.mit.edu

MIT offers a far more comprehensive selection of free online courses than other universities. Although to use the online feature you can’t enroll, take classes on campus, or earn degrees.

2 – BBC, FrenchPodClass {and many other languages} – www.bbc.co.uk/languages www.frenchpodclass.com

The BBC offers top-notch online and MP3 lessons in languages familiar and obscure, including French, German, Poruguese, Mandarin, Greek and Urdu. These lessons however are a one size fits all, which fast learners may find sluggish and slow learns may find difficult.

3 – U.S. Small Business Administration – www.sba.gov {click on “Local Resources” for a nearby center & for financial & marketing info}

Learn how to write a business plan, register your company, and deal with the tax details of running a home business at your local Women’s Business Center evening classes (men are welcome, too). Again this is a one size fits all.

4 – Apple Stores –www.apple.com {click on “visit an Apple store”}

Gives excellent classes on business and entertainment software, music programs, and computer basics, all remarkably free of sales pitches. Classes are also offered for Apple hardware, like iPods.

5 – Kid’s Night on Broadway – www.kidsnightonbroadway.com

Once a year (this year it was in late January), children ages 6 to 18 can experience the Great White Way for free with a full-paying adult. There are also Kids’ NIghts for nationally touring shows throughout the year. Of course, tickets go fast.

6 – Skype – www.skype.com

Download and install free Skype software and call other Skype users, computer to computer, at no charge, anywhere in the world. Best used with DSL or cable modem.

7 – PaperBackSwap.com & Title Trader – www.paperbackswap.com www.titletrader.com

List the books that you’d like to get rid of, then wait for someone to request one. Mail the book to the person and you’ll receive a credit to choose your own book. PaperBackSwap is only paper back books but Title Trader is dvds, cds, and vhs.

8 – The Freecycle Network – www.freecycle.org to find a group

The nonprofit community group with an enviromental mission lets users “recycle” unwatned items by posting ads on local online bulletin boards. If you find something you like respond to the ad. You are responsible for taking the stuff home.

9 – Real Simple – www.realsimple.com/weeklyexpenses

This is a free downloadable form to keep track of your spending. I haven’t looked at it yet but it might be helpful.

Sites I found on my own:

10 – Etsy – www.etsy.com

At this website you can find anything handmade! The concept is you have a business of making oh, say, jewelry and you want to sell it – well Etsy lets you have a virtual store! I don’t know the logistics of it but it’s an awesome place to browse. I highly recommend: Rainy Prints for some amazing lino block prints.

11 – Rhonna Designs – http://rhonnadesigns.com/

Inspiration for scrapbooking – paper but more excitingly digital scraping which is what I’m interested in. If nothing else was good about this site I would just love for the web design. You’ll have to go look around for your self. She currently has a weekly challenge/meme going about color. Journal is an interesting link but the other three lead you to different scrapbooking sites or her personal Cafe Press site.

12 – Starbuck’s Make It Your Drink – http://www.mystarbuckstshirt.com

Never mind if you love or hate their coffee. It can not be denied they have a sweet budget and creatives for awesome design and promotion. Now, through the power of the net you see your drink order in great hand writing typography.
Here is mine: Starbucks drink

13 – Penelope – www.penelopeillustration.comwww.IllustrationFriday.com

She is a great illustrator and has inspirational work. I enjoy her blog as well. She also created a great weekly creative excersize called Illustration Friday – a topic is posted at the beginning of the week, you illustrate it, post it to your site and link it to hers. The website and little goodies like interviews has really blossomed over the past year, though i’m not sure how long its been going total.

Hope you enjoyed!

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Thursday Thirteen #2

Thirteen Things about Me – Randomly

1 – I’ve been married 8 months come the 22nd.

2 – No, we do not have children. No, we will not be having them soon. Yes, I could rant about this for a while and probably will post about it.

3 – I have been drinking Starbuck’s Vanilla Soy Latte’s for about 7 or 8 years… ok the soy is a little newer lets say 5 w/ the soy. Think of the money!

4 – We’re getting an awesome tax return and with some of it i’m buying a new digital camera – probably a Canon A640 w/ the flip screen.

5 – I just got a hot pink razr cell phone – yes just in time to be out dated but this is the coolest phone i’ve ever had.

6 – Maybe contradictory to what you’re thinking – i rarely buy a new phone – the one i just replaced was about 2.5yrs old.

7 – I read a lot of fiction books. See the TBR challenge post for a list of things i’m reading this year, not all fiction.

8 – I’m an artiest – block prints mostly – although a friend is trying to get me started in screen printing so we can go into business and sell t-shirts and loose oops i mean make money.

9 – What i “do” is graphic design – full time – in house but not at my house, sadly.

10 – I’m a Christian – currently going to a great baptist church where we sing from hymnals.

11 – I’m very aware of textures good and bad – be it clothing, foods, touching other objects – for example clothing: the softer the better, food: clams are rubbery and overly chewy & i don’t like them, Other objects: cotton gloves stick to my fingers when my hands are dry.

12 – I own 2 Australian cattle dogs that most of the time i want to strangle – they need a yard so badly the poor things.

13 – I love visiting the beach! With grandparent-in-laws that live in a coastal town in Oregon my husband and i visit as much as we can – sadly not as much as we want.

As an added bonus I have signed up at church to help build their website and also they’re interested in having me work on a new church identity (new logo ect.). I’m not sure how this will all fit in my schedule!

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Thursday Thirteen #1

Thirteen Things about What I’m Committed in 2007
1 – Monday night Bible study
2 – Wednesday Night Bible Study
3 – Sunday Church
4– Art group – first Tuesday of each month.
5 – Thursday Thirteen
6 – Shifting Gears Tx to OR posting a new story or comment every Friday.
7 – Game Night on Saturday – What do we play? Imagine If, Apples to Apples, Cranium, Hand & Foot…
8 – 40 hour work week.
9 – To Be Read Challenge – read a book on your TBR one each month.
10 – Blogging at least twice a week. Okay, this includes or can exclude the Shifting Gears because some weeks are just busier.
11 – Train my Australian Cattle dog “Z”
12 – 1 block print each month for art group and I’ll blog about it.
13 – Apply the knowledge learned about budgeting and finances from the Financial Piece University. A course my husband and I went through last year.

As an added bonus I have signed up at church to help build their website and also they’re interested in having me work on a new church identity (new logo ect.). I’m not sure how this will all fit in my schedule!

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