I found two new toys…

It’s holiday time and I’ve caught another cold (fourth since Thanksgiving). This really puts a damper on all my plans to be so productive during my holiday break from teaching. Reading and sleeping have been about the only productive thing that I’ve done the past two days. I’m halfway through a huge novel called “The Pillars of the Earth” by Ken Follett. Being plopped right smack dab into the early middle ages following the building of a stone cathedral is much better than dealing with a cold!

Just today, I felt good enough to sit down to the computer. I’ve been just cruising around, visiting some favorite blogs, trying out some new blogs. I even visited my own (leaving your own blog alone so long in cyberspace is not good) and I noticed a comment left by Michelle at http://www.michellehix.blogspot.com/. She has a really cool site with a few neat widgets on it. The best one is Shelfari and, of course, with me being a teacher of English, I could not pass on it!

I have to get my son to figure out why the widget won’t load up in my sidebar. It’s probably something very simple but it’s New Year’s Eve and I don’t want to bug him. He’s out with friends getting ready to celebrate the new year. My daughter is out in Jackson Square in New Orleans, my husband went to our friends in SW Houston, my sister is in Times Square and I’m sitting in front my laptop with my box of kleenex. I’ll have to wait until tomorrow.

Another interesting toy that I’ve had time to play with is Google Reader. Now, I can keep up with the news and actually have something interesting to add to casual conversations without becoming a news-junkie like a few people I know.

Somehow, I feel like the little kid who got all these toys for Christmas but ended up playing in the cardboard box that the new washer came in. These two ‘toys’ were free (actually not quite free. I ((my husband)) paid for the internet connection, the electricity, the kitchen table, the lemonade in the Pizza Hut Fred Flintstone glass we bought when we were going out together 25 years ago….I think you get the picture.)

Anyway, here’s wishing everyone a Happy New Year and lots of new ‘toys’


  1. I hope this is a wonderful year for you, Angie!

    January 1, 2008
  2. Mathew said:

    Cool widget.

    January 2, 2008
  3. Sahar Sarid said:

    Cool widget indeed. You may also want to consider giving a try to ASSISTA, a search engine which searches for existing questions. You know what OPM is? Think OPQ (Other People’s Questions).
    It was first created as a hobby and later we took a deeper look at it spending millions to bring it to where it is today. Would love to hear yours and your son’s feedback.
    Sahar Sarid

    January 5, 2008
  4. Kevin said:

    Nice toy
    How did you embed it?
    I tried it and edublogs spat back out the code.
    Any pointers?

    January 6, 2008
  5. Kate Olson said:

    Getting this for my blog right now, thanks so much!

    January 7, 2008
  6. I love this gadget. It has teacher appeal. Thanks. I’m going to check it out.

    January 15, 2008

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