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Translation. I don’t think it means what you think it means

So I was just scrolling through Facebook, and saw this comment on a picture my aunt had shared of her dinner:

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I was intrigued by the “See Translation” link at the bottom. Could it be this has some other meaning in a different language? I had to know, so I clicked in the link.

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I am sure this will come in handy the next time I travel abroad. Thanks Facebook translator!

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Sorry Mom, I broke my promise

Sorry Mom, I broke my promise

This year my mom told me all she wanted for Mother’s Day was for me to not get her anything. Because I love my mom, I agreed. She’s in another city today, celebrating Mother’s Day with her own mom, which I think is awesome. Mother’s Day doesn’t have to mean mothers spend every minute with their kids, right? Mother’s Day should be about showing your mom you love her by letting her do what SHE wants for a change instead of what her kids want. That’s why I agreed not to get her anything for Mother’s Day.

But I lied a little bit.
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Posted by on May 10, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Clearly Google+ Does Not Understand Religion

I have had a Google+ page for a long time, but like many people with Google+ pages, I often forget about it. Today I happened to go there by mistake when I was trying to check my Gmail, and this picture was among the items in my feed:

Jedi's Witnesses. Do you have a moment to talk about the Force? You will open the door. You will listen.

Being exactly the kind of geek I am, this made me laugh. So I shared it to my Google+, like you do. For some reason, Google saw this and said “Hey man, I heard you like religion. Check this out! I totally understand you now!”

Communities you might like: Top Positive quotes, Knowing Jesus, The Bible

No, Google+. These are not the communities I’m looking for. Move along.

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Have you tried picking it up and putting it away again?

Have you tried picking it up and putting it away again?

Even if you’ve never watched The IT Crowd, you’ve probably heard the “Have you tried turning it off and then on again?” solution to technical problems. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, just go to Google and type “have you tried turning it off and then on again”. You won’t even get past “have you t…”

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Part of the reason it’s so funny is because it is so often exactly the right solution to the problem.

Sometimes I feel that parenthood is like being in the IT department, except instead of computers we are fixing, it is life. Much like IT support, we are often underappreciated and misunderstood by those we serve. Also like the IT Crowd, we often find we repeat the same suggestions over and over again.

For example, let’s say your child has misplaced something. A schoolbook, perhaps. As a mother, my first assumption when my son says “I am missing a textbook and I need to bring it back to school or pay to replace it” is that it must be somewhere in the blackhole formerly known as “the bedroom”. So I say to him “Clean your room, and then we’ll talk.” His response will of course be “I already cleaned my room. It’s not in there.”

A quick glance into the room will tell me that his idea of “clean” is obviously not the same as mine.

Five minutes later, after a very brief search through the room, I emerge victorious, holding in my hand none other than the missing textbook, which 10 minutes earlier I was told could not possibly have been in the bedroom. Even though it totally was there the whole time, not even in a hard-to-spot location, but sitting on a bedside table, underneath a small stack of looseleaf papers.

So remember kids, when your mother says “have you tried cleaning your room?”, what she really means you is “Have you tried turning it off and then on again?”

And when it turns out she is right, let her smile knowingly and say “I told you so.”.

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Why don’t you say what you really think?

Why don’t you say what you really think?

A friend and I recently had a conversation about the ubiquity of flowery BS language that is used in business. For example “We built our business on the foundation of individualized personal service for our customers.”  Well, duh. Doesn’t every business want to brag about how much they love their customers? My friend observed if he ever saw a website that said “We hate people but will help you anyway”, he would give them his business just for being honest.
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Posted by on September 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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How to be the biggest geek at the Marathon

How to be the biggest geek at the Marathon

For the last few years, my husband and I have participated in the Fargo Marathon in some form or another. I’ve done the 5k twice and the 10k once, but would never have considered the marathon or even the half marathon – it’s just too far for me. Last year my husband had tried to convince me to do the marathon relay, but I didn’t know if I was up for a race of that distance. The 10k had been really hard on me. However, if I am one thing above all others, I am a geek. So, when we learned that there was a cash prize for the best team costume in the full marathon relay I finally relented. While it is true that I hate running, I do love a good game of dress-up.
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Posted by on May 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Well there’s something you don’t see every day…

I apologize for my silence of late; I have started several posts but currently lack the follow-through to actually finish any of them. No real reason, except that sometimes life just gets in the way.

In the meantime, spring cleanup week has arrived in Fargo so the piles of trash, treasure, and trashy treasure abound on boulevards all over the city. On my way home I saw something that actually made me do a TV-style double-take, followed by a U-turn, just so I could take this picture for you:

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Posted by on May 5, 2014 in Uncategorized