Quote that inspires me:

“Challenge yourself with something you know you could never do, and what you’ll find is that you can overcome anything.” – Anonymous
 I am starting a weight loss regiment this coming week.  The plan is to lose 25-30 lbs for my daughters wedding so i look good in the pictures.  This quote is on my white board to remind that I can do this!  Keep me in your prayers, I am such a foodie this is going to be really tough.

Memory of the Week:

Dropping off my eldest son off at college.  Last weekend I sent my son off to the University of Notre Dame.  It was an amazing experience see him welcomed by his dorm mates at #SiegfriedHall. Pulling up to the hall to get him situated, seeing the older guys clapping and cheering, welcoming him. One guy yelled out, “Christian! What’s happening dude?” I smiled so big inside. He has an awesome roommate from Long Island.  He is so stoked about his schedule, his dorm, just being at Notre Dame.  My dad would be so proud.  One final note.  As I pulled away from the dorm and saw Christian out of my rear view mirror raising his hand to wave good bye, tears streamed down my face and it took all I had to just keep driving.  At that moment it was all surreal to me, images of my boy growing up flashed through my head like a slide show, it all happened so fast. The last thing I remember as I drove off the campus, the marching band was practicing in an open field, playing the Fighting Irish Football fight song, I knew then everything would be okay.

Christian & Billy
Christian and his roommate Billy from Long island, NY

Music I’m relaxing and Jamming to:

Two options for completely different scenarios.  “Lei Pikake” by Hapa (relaxing).  When I am feeling stressed out, I close my eyes and turn on Hapa.  This song always relaxes me.  I heard this several years ago while I was in Hawaii and it has been a “go to” for me ever since.  It’s Friday so I am Jamming out to “Sugar” by Maroon 5! This song always makes me sing out loud and it’s responsible for two awkward moments. One, was singing this at the top of my lungs in my office when I realized one of our Chinese students was playing the piano in the room next to me.  The other I was blasting this in my car, bouncing around and singing the words when I looked at the car next to me and it was someone I met a Chamber of Commerce meeting. They smiled at me the next time I saw them and I knew what they were thinking!

Something I am really excited about:

My daughter’s wedding is coming up in late October.  I promised myself that I would lose 20-30 lbs to look good for the wedding pictures.  I start this Monday, wish me luck!

10 Awesome Things Google Does That You Probably Didn’t Know About

#1. Tip Calculator: This is one of my favorites! You can calculate exact tip amount for your meals. You can also adjust the percentage and number of people dining.

1 - Tip Calculator

#2. Check Flight Status: Just type in your flight number and airlines and Google will get you the current status of the flight.  Works great on your mobile too.

2 - Flight Status

#3. TV Guide: Google can tell you when your favorite TV show is on and the name of the episodes.

3 - TV Episodes

#4. Easy Translator: Google can quickly and easily translate your phrase into 80 languages. Just Google the from and to languages and you’re ready to translate.  It figures out the best way to say it in the translated language by checking patterns in hundreds of millions of documents.

4 - Translator

#5. Find All Books By Author: Google can quickly give you an author’s entire works with name, image and date.  Just type in “books by Author’s Name” and voila.

6 - books by author

#6. Songs by Artist:  Forgot the name of a song, but know the artist.  Google will bring up their entire discography with Album, year and length of the song.

7 - Songs by artist

#7. Company Info: Anything you want to know about a company and its history is at your fingertips.

8 - Company Info

#8. Instant Stock Prices: Want to know what your favorites stocks are trading at? Just type in the stock symbol or the name of the company and stock and you will have an interactive graph of everything you could want to know about that stock.

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#9. Weather Forecast:  Get weather forecast for anywhere by typing in the City and Forecast and you will have an instant forecast.

9 - Weather Forecast

#10. Food Chooser:  Don’t know what food to choose for dinner, maybe this little tool will help you choose, or at least make a more informed decision.

5 - Food Choice

17 of the Most Useful Websites on the Internet

  1. netflixroulette.net — Find something random to watch on Netflix.
  2. keepmeout.com — Lock yourself out of time wasting websites.
  3. nophonetrees.com — Talk to an actual person instead of a machine when you call customer service.
  4. paperbackswap.com — Swap books with others.
  5. ripetrack.com — Find out when certain fruits are ripe .
  6. unlistmy.info — Find out which websites store data about you, and tell them to unlist your info.
  7. dropbox.com — Backup your sensitive document online. Control who you share this info with.
  8. wetransfer.com — An easy way to send big files.
  9. woorank.com — Find out what your website is missing, how you can improve it, and how to make Google recognize it better.
  10. searchtempest.com — Search all of craigslist with one search.
  11. spreeder.com — Improve reading speed and comprehension.
  12. charitynavigator.org — Evaluates various charities.
  13. pipl.com — A search engine for finding people.
  14. duckduckgo.com — A search engine that is not following you
  15. deadmansswitch.net — Have emails sent when you die.
  16. keybr.com — Practice your touch typing.
  17. shouldiremoveit.com — Find out which applications you should remove from your computer.