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The New Year

What have I been doing, besides my random acts of kindness, you mean? Well, I have been putting my house in order which takes a lot more work than I thought it would. I have also been on a massive return spree and think I am all “mall-ed out” for the foreseeable future.

What am I actually doing? Well, I cleaned my linen closets, junk drawer, and my own closet (okay, just the dresser drawers) and hoping for an Elfa Intervention to organize the hanging closet mess. This is no subtle hint – help me Elfa! BTW, the 30% off sale on Elfa is going on now at The Container Store.

I just thoroughly clean the fridge yesterday, too. Wow, something is up with me.

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Good timing – I just heard about a contest that The Container Store is running…

The Perfect Pantry Makeover Contest

You can enter for a chance to win a $1,500 Gift Card towards the elfa pantry of your dreams. All you need to do is visit their Facebook Contest Page and submit a photo a baked good that you have either made or that you admire.

It’s simple and you can submit as many photos as you like – just make sure you have your favorites submitted by THIS SUNDAY, January, 20th. Three finalists will be selected on Monday, January 21st and you will be able to vote for your favorite entry until Sunday, January 27th.

Works for me as I have been busy baking (flour banana bread – two versions – one as Joanne Chang intended and one adaptation minus the cinnamon and walnuts of her recipe but with chocolate chips added) – so I will take more pics as I bake my way through January.

For more information and to see what treats have already been submitted, just click the image below to jump straight to the contest page.

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Sunday, lazy Sunday.

There are a few bloggers who post at least once a day – sometimes even twice – and on occasion I have done this, too. But of late I have had more stuff to do – all good – but lots of stuff nonetheless and I am sometimes take a day –  or two – off.  While I am writing every day, sometimes I have several drafts that I am working on and I bounce back and forth between them. ADD or more thoughtful writing? You will have to judge that when I finally post them.

green and blue fishWhen I started this blog I thought I would use it as a way to let other Moms know stuff that I already know. You know, stuff that I have done or been through. As it turns out, I am okay with sharing that stuff but I like writing about stuff that occurs to me now.  Maybe I should change Capability Mom to Capability’s Soap Box…no, I am not so much doing that as pulling ephemera out of the air, the web or my life and sharing it.  I am enjoying the entire process from writing and “finding my voice”  to learning about social media (Digg, del.icio.us, stumbleupon and about different hosting platforms – WordPress (.com versus .org), TypePad,  Blogger, how to buy an  URL (godaddy, bluehost) and how to manage Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts.

With my (geographically close) friends – we don’t use Twitter to communicate, or Facebook. So I am learning social media when four months ago I didn’t even know to call it that – and am still not sure where this is taking me but I am enjoying the journey. I am also getting to know a great group of women over at CoffeeShopBloggers where we learn and share our experiences in setting up a blog and social media in general.

Hopefully it is enough that I share and if you care about what I write about you will read it. Happy Sunday.

For Those Facebook left behind – a primer for most of us…

Sorry, I am not writing much now. I am reading, working (oh, so I also went swimming today – and had lunch poolside…shut up) and setting up my (new to me – five years old to someone) Mac desktop (with keyboard and mouse from Pragmatic Mom – many thanks!) that I scored on Freecycle.  So, so happy. It is working and we are all thrilled. Our Dell laptops continue to be temperamental and that means so am I…nothing like an unexpected shutdown to really add to your heat addled-haze. Did I mention that Mommy Car better pull herself together or she is going to the special farm for high-maintenance cars? Her A/C is gone and only hot (like the heat of a thousand suns) air blows out of all the vents at preset level HIGH. I cannot do anything except redirect the air to less bothersome places…feet instead of face until my feet feel scorched. Dear Spouse is trying to get me to test drive cars (I may hate this process more than anything…car dealerships are a circle of hell in and of themselves – I think I need a third row and am looking – so far – at either a gently driven Acura MDX or Honda Pilot, I think) and does not want to put any more money into Mommy Car…so I guess I better get started or maybe this is an excellent weight loss program…sweating it off  while you drive carpool. Pretty.

Anyway, that is not what I stared to write and not what I meant for a lead-in to David Pogue’s article on social media. Please pardon the tangent and my apologies to Mr.Pogue who deserves better.

This is a New York Times article from David Pogue that is a great tutorial for the non-tech savvy –STATE OF THE ART – For Those Facebook Left Behind

Great info and, as always, a great read.  I tried to add the video – it is pretty funny – but can only add it to Facebook. It is on the linked page above, too.

Have a great weekend – I will try to get up to speed on my new computer and also tell you more about Hootsuite, Google Buzz and Listorious next post.

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