Friday, October 29, 2010

My daughter's afterschool activities

Guest post written by Elizabeth Quincy

Sometimes it's hard to keep up with all the stuff that I do on my time, much less all the stuff that my daughter does after school. There's art lessons, Girl Scouts, children's choir at church and now she's added figure skating to that long schedule of activities.

I was a little surprised when she told me she wanted to learn how to figure skate but I thought that it might be good to do a physical activity since the rest of her stuff isn't. As I was looking up information on lessons, I came across some facts about a wireless internet service that sounded like it might be better than the one we've been using forever, so I decided to click here and switch over from our old provider.

Well, I wouldn't quite call my daughter a figure skater yet because she's only a lesson or two into the sport, but she definitely is an ice skater because she's picked up on how to stop, go and control what she's doing when she's skating. I guess there are a lot of sparkly leotards in her future.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Who to Be?

Written by Otis Norton

It happens to me every year. As Halloween draws closer I am forced to make a tough decision. I have to choose a costume when there are so many awesome ones to choose from. I can never decide to the last minute and I spend hours just wandering around in local costume shops, online sites, and even Wal-mart in an attempt to get ideas. I don't like just buying a pre-fab costume. I like to make my own. At least in that way I can be original even if I use a common idea.

This morning I got dressed, set my home security alarm I found online at, and headed out to shop once more. I had the day off and I was determined to actually get an idea before the last minute for once. I spent all day shopping and never did decide on anything.

I began heading home with disappointment etched on my features. It seemed like this year would be the same as always. I went through all my costume designs of the last few years and shook my head. They had all been somewhat original. Once I had been a vampire pirate. Another Year I chose to be both a ninja catperson. That had involved intricate makeup! This year, though, I wasn't sure what to be.

It wasn't until I ran across a movie poster for Avatar that a thought crossed my mind. It might sound silly but it gave me an idea. I immediately headed home to figure out how to be a zombie Na'vi.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Save Money With Movies On Demand

Thanks for the article from Len Briggs

In today's economy, I just can't afford to go the movies. By the time I pack the wife and kids into the car, fill up the gas tank, drive to the theater, buy our tickets, and load up on popcorn and drinks for everyone, I'm too worried about paying the bills for the month to relax and enjoy the movie. That's why family movie night in my house comes courtesy of the movies on demand feature on our satellite TV from

I used to love the experience of going to a theater to see the latest blockbuster release. With funds so tight these days, however, I prefer not to spend a lot of cash to take the family to a film that we may end up not enjoying. It makes much more sense to catch a movie on demand. If one or more members of our clan aren't enjoying the film, they can just go into another room and do something else without making me feel like I've thrown money away. Since finding one movie that appeals to all five of us can be a challenge anyway, choosing from the wide variety of films available through the movies on demand feature is much more convenient than trying to pick a winner from the five or six movies playing at our local multiplex.

With movies on demand, the whole family can enjoy a movie, complete with snacks and drinks, in the comfort of our living room for roughly what it would cost one of us to see a new release in a theater on opening night. That makes it a heck of a lot easier for this hard-working dad to enjoy the film!