Thursday, August 19, 2010

My Apologies

I've been super busy lately. This usually happens the week before school starts. Last minute errands, Birthday Parties, and not to forget my girls day tomorrow. I've been so bogged down, that I haven't had time to keep caught up on the blog.

I'm hoping to get things going again this weekend, so expect a couple posts! Then after that, it will be slow again as I get into the semester. With 14 cr hrs this semester, along with trying to find a part time job and studying for my teas exam, I'll be super busy. But I will definatly try to keep this going.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Online Shopping Spree!

So I was informed today that I'm an queen. Having made probably 30 or more orders off the website in the past few years. I've gotten everything from books, movies, lip rings, clothes, electronics and purses. Everytime though I always end up spending twice as much once I figure in shipping. That's where they stick ya! Buy this item for only 10$! But in tiny tiny print, almost invisible, it says 2093820389$ shipping.

Well yesterday, I got myself signed up for's Student Account! I just linked my regular account with my school email, and input my school and major and Voila! I get some discount on items, but the big kicker is the free one year membership of Amazon Prime! Oh how I'm loving that.

Amazon Prime is a paid "discount" I guess is the best way to put it. The only real benefit from it though is the Free 2-day shipping on all orders fulfilled by Amazon! So the order that I had open that hadn't been paid, I canceled, reorder with my student account and got it free shipping! woohooo!

So if you're in school, get your butt over to Amazon, sign-up for the free student account and start saving today! I know I'm sure loving it!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Cool Tools to Survive School

Hello College! Most high school graduates spend their summer before starting college relaxing with their friends, earning a little extra cash and just plain having fun before they head off on their own. Sure you prolly got the essentials during your open house. Money, mini-fridge, a big box of Ramen Noodles, etc. But when it comes down to the nitty gritty, and its time to get those last minute supplies, check out my list of the top 5 interesting things to add to your college buying checklist!

#5- The Takeout Menu Organizer. 

This stylish little 3 ring binder is the easiest way to keep all the info for all your take-out food needs. Need the number for the local Pizza Hut? Bam! Chinese tonight? Shazam! Liver and steamed beets again in the cafeteria? Never fear, the Take-out Menu organizer has all the numbers you need! It includes:
  • Hardcover 3-ring binder with elastic closure
  • 9 tabbed dividers with menu storage pockets and service records
  • Adhesive tab labels for easy organization
  • Pen and 50-sheet pad for taking orders
  • Frequently called numbers list
  • Helpful ordering advice
  • Tipping guide and chart
  • Dimensions: 10.5" x 12" x 1.25" 
It can be found at for a measly $19.99

#4- The 3 in 1 Breakfast Center
This little baby can do it all. Breakfast without dirtying all those dishes! All in the comforts of your cramped little dorm room. It's big enough to toast bread, make coffee and fry eggs, but not too big that it's gonna take up so much room that you don't have anywhere to put your bulk box of mac and cheese. Perfect for the multi-tasker in all of us. You can find this at many retailers including Target and JCPenny with prices averaging around $39.99. 

#3- The Conceal Bookshelf
Don't have any extra space on your tiny desk to hold those Twilight books you just HAD to bring to school with you? Well then you need the Conceal Bookshelf! Amaze your friends with the wild and wacky bookshelf. Once properly installed with at least one hardcover book on the bottom, this bookshelf looks as if the books are just floating in mid-air! The bookshelf easily holds up to 20 lbs of delicious eye literature candy without being able to tell how it works. You'll look like the coolest book-nerd in school. Product is available at at the price of $9.99 for the standard size which holds 15lbs and $12.95 for the large size. 

#2- The Personal Library Kit
This is probably one of the coolest things I have come across. If you're anything like me, you got books, and lots of them. And when you have tons of books, people are always asking you to borrow them. I don't know how many books I've had to re-buy due to friends who forget to bring them back. But fear no more my friends, has finally brought us the Personal Library Kit. This kit is designed to recreate the actual tools used in libraries.
  • This kit comes with the tools used by professional librarians, 30 self-adhesive pockets, insert cards and "For Reference Only" stickers
  • Also includes a date stamp, stamp pad and pencil
All of this bundled up in a cool wooden storage box! Now if it wasn't taboo to charge my friends late fees on borrowed books! This can be found at for the simple price of $19.99! 

And finally #1- The "Brief Safe"
They say that you gotta be careful around people you don't know. This can be especially true in college dorm life, because you're gonna be around A LOT of people you don't know. And when you're around strangers, you wanna have a way to keep your valuables safe in your room right?! Let me introduce the "Brief Safe." These skid marked unmentionables are the newest technology in valuable storage. Got a big wad of cash sent from Grandma you wanna horde? Well store it in the velcro sealed "fly" of these briefs and toss em in your undies drawer. Guaranteed to keep nosey room and floor mates from snooping for something worth anything when you're not around. Any criminal would avoid these skid-marked skivies like the plague, keeping your treasure safe and sound. They can also double as a laugh worthy prank tool when not being used as your personal vault. Pair these with some Doo-Doo Drops (looks and smells like diarhea. blech)
And you'll feel safe that the conniving guy from down the hall won't get that hot chick's number and ruin your chances will your away on Thanksgiving break. Both can be found at with the briefs going for $19.99 and the Doo-Doo Drops only $7.99 when purchased together. 

So there ya have it folks, my little list to keep your years at college convenient, easy, quick, interesting and even funny.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

All Hail Back to School Fails!

Can we pretend that airplanes in the night sky...... NOT TONIGHT!

Ah August how I love thee. First you have the sweltering heat. Making your sweatyness get all sweaty. Then you have the back to school rush, which I previously expressed  my love for. State fairs, last minute bbq's and swimming trips, ya gotta admit that August is pretty badass. But tonight is going to be a hell of a night, like always for August. The Perseid Meteor shower.

Every year from mid-July to mid-August the Perseids come streaking through our night skies. Every 130 years, the comet Swift-Tuttle makes a beautiful show in our earthly sky, but for the rest of the 129 years that it's not close enough to be seen, we make a pass through it's debris field, a.k.a. the Perseid Meteors.

The Perseids have been viewed for over 2000 years. Some Catholics refer to the meteor shower as "Tears of St. Lawrence" since the peak date for the showers is between the 9th of August and the 14th of August. St. Lawrence's date of martyrdom is August 11th.

So myself, like many others in the northern hemisphere, will be staking outside, chillaxed back in a dark area, with our eyes to the sky. Tried last year, but the darn moon! It was sooo bright, it drowned out all the prettiness of the meteors. This year should be different because the moon is still new.

But tonight is not just an ordinary peak of the Perseids, tonight is something special. Tonight, Saturn, Mars and Venus will be gathering in the West with the 5-day old crescent moon, to make sort of a Picasso-esqe celestial smiley face. Venus will be a shiny blue-white, while Saturn will be more of a gold, and Mars of course will be blood red. After they set around 9:30, you won't have to wait long to see the meteors! Scientists are predicted that you should be able to see up to 50 meteors per hour starting around 10:30 or 11 pm.

So if you got nothing to do tonight, like me, grab a blanket, some snack and drinks, and head out to your favorite dark secluded place away from city lights. I'll prolly head out to the local state park, or even a soybean field. You won't need binoculars or a telescope, cuz these pretty sights can be seen with the naked eye! I'll be taking my camera, so let's hope for some pictures! Sit back, relax and enjoy the shows ladies and gentlemen.

The leg bone's connected to the uhhhhh....

Like a lot of health sciences students out there, this coming semester I will be embarking on the infamous Anatomy and Physiology 101. And as far as the entrance requirements for any of the health sciences are concerned I HAVE to get an A in that class. I thought everything was gonna be fine and dandy, I mean I'm pretty book smart. Boy was I mislead.

I went and got my 300$ books for the class, opened it and almost cried. There is almost no way I can allot enough time to study this class along with the other 3 classes I'm taking and get an A. Ya gotta know every little bone, muscle, and organ, where they're located, what they do, and their specific name. Just looking at one page made me go cross-eyed. I'm sure if you're taking the class too, you know where I'm coming from.

But alas! We shall not fear my fellow Anatomy students! There is a few cool tools that I've found that I think will help tremendously.

First, for $20 at my schools bookstore, I picked up Netter's Anatomy Coloring Book! According to the description- It's a fun and interactive way to learn the human anatomy. It's totally awesome. It shows pages of muscles, bones and organs, with information about their placement and function but it allows you to color them in, so studying them is quick, easy and color-coded. Perfect for the kid at heart med student!

Another awesome study tool, thanks to the University of Minnesota, is their online tests, games and quizzes. I stumbled across this in a nurse student forums. It has different sections for organ systems, muscle systems etc. I really enjoyed the multiplayer game! It's a jeopardy style mini game that lets you choose which subjects you wanna be quizzed on. The whole thing can be found here: .

Along with these, you can search for anatomy study sheets, etc. I found hundreds, including coloring sheets you can print out. But you gotta remember to go to class, listen, take notes and read the book. That's the best study help you can have. So in two more weeks, we shall find out how much I'm going to rely on this quick study helpers. They can't hurt! I've been checking them out already, just to get a bit of a head start. Now if they could make something awesome like these to help me with my math. >_<

So all those essays and research papers can pay off!?

According to an article on Microsoft is helping students turn their life around because they're profficient at Microsoft Word and Excel.

Over 115,000 people, mostly students have typed and clicked their little hearts out in the Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office. Microsoft's contest to find the worlds most proficient users of the company's most popular programs.

After a preliminary round, finalists were sent to Utah for the finals to do their exam. They were allotted 50 minutes but most finished within 10-15 minutes with perfect scores. The winners in each of the 4 categories (Word 03, 07 and Excel 03, 07) each won a scholarship of $6,500.

So keep those fingers flying students! Spending countless hours typing away, or more like typing every 5 minutes and playing with the fonts and colors for 20 minutes can possibly pay off in the long run. And to think, I used to believe that I was really good at Word, but I don't think you can use that annoying little paper clip during this contest. >_<

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

College Life 101: Textbooks

School is starting. Everyones favorite time of the year right?! Okay not everyone, but I get a little thrill about this time of year. Always have. I get all giddy and excited pushing my cart around Wal-Mart, throwing pens and notebooks in. Used to be I had to adhere to my mom's strict rules and budget. Now that I'm in college, I get to buy whatever I want. Page markers? Yep, don't need em, but they're neon! 30$ backpack? I could find one cheaper, but it's green and cushy!

It's all fun and games at the store, stockpiling on 25 cent composition books! (Perfect for notes by the way! I used em last semester, one for each class. Cheap easy way to keep notes organized!) Then comes time to walk into the school bookstore to get your textbooks. My first semester of college, I got my books from an online bookstore for my school. Simple and to the point. Granted my pocketbook cried a little at the 400$+ cost. Last semester I decided to get mine at the school bookstore. It's quite an experience to walk in, grab 4 or 5 books, and spend 500$ without the exchange of money. Thank god for financial aid!

But now the semester has ended and I'm left with Math and English books that I don't need. That's the sucky part of college. I'm sure I'm not the only one looking at that Intermediate Algebra book on their shelf and wondering what to do with it. Alas there are plenty of options rather than using it for kindling for your next backyard BBQ and kegger.

Most colleges have whats called a "Book Buyback." It's where you take your unused unwanted leftover books from the previous semester and sell it back to the school for a lil money. The bookstore then uses these books again selling them as "Used" at a lower price. This can be an easy quick way to get rid of them. Though some of the bad things that I have heard are that most schools aren't offering enough of a compensation. Last semester a girl in my math class sold her 200$ English book back to the school for $6! In my opinion, what a rip off!

Besides this method, there are plenty of online sites to sell your books to! They do they same as the bookstores, but sometimes you can find a better deal for you! Some of them include, (which also "rents" textbooks for a significantly lower price), (they even sell older versions!) , and Craiglist. These ways are also good places to look to see if you can get the textbooks you need for a better price than the outrageous prices that the schools charge.

Last semester I ended up doing a Trade-in with I just looked up the books I wanted to sell and printed the packing slip and shipped em off for $4 at the UPS store. A week or two later, I received and gift card! I was able to use this for ANYTHING on the website. I would recommended this method to anyone that is an avid online shopper. It was really cool to get a new purse, lip rings, xbox live card and a book for practically free! I even had a remaining balance to get a used dvd!

Anyway you look at it, those old college textbooks can help you make a lil extra cash, or take some money off that new iPod you want online, rather than collecting dust and space on your shelf. Help a poorer college kid in the economy, SELL THOSE TEXTBOOKS!

Tweet this!

News from and have reported that Twitter will have a cool new feature. A Tweet button! Easiest way to put this, in more simple terms, rather than the super geeky lingo used on the source sites, Twitter will have a new button for websites where you can tweet about what your looking at. From what I'm gathering, it's gonna be very similar to the "share" or "like" buttons that Facebook is utilizing now.

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This ultimately will make Twitter an even bigger phenomenon that it already is. I may actually even use my Twitter account more than once in a great while! Mashable states that according to the info they have, we could see this nifty lil button come to use as early as Thursday! Killer.

Wednesday Night Giggles

So to start off, I'm starting a weekly post, or rather round up of all the giggle worthy stuff I've stumbled across this past week.

Welcome to the Digital Life

Long have I thought to start a blog, with plenty of hopeless causes. I'm not a specialist in anything really. I'm just a college student. looking to fill my extra time. Which of course I have way too much of. If in that process you learn something, or I make you smile, then my job is complete. I don't know a lot about any one thing, but I know a bit about a lot of things.

I'm a movie buff, a gamer, and an internet nerd. I stay up to date on all the electronics and all things that my generation would be interested in. So although this is a slow start, stay tuned cuz things will be getting interesting.