The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2013-03-24

Friday, March 29, 2013

Bill Gates times two...

The problem with planning systems set up by already organized people is they don't work.  Well,  for me anyway.  I've read too many books on the subject (just ordered two more because I'm a slow learner) and they  make exquisite sense, yes.... But only in theory. One thing most have in common is setting a high value on cutting out the steps involved in getting from to do to, to done.  The steps are seen as a useless waste of time (Busy work, I called it in school) but  I need  obnoxious repetition  to move things from short to long-term memory.

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For me, the doing things over and over are the stairs I have to climb to hammer stuff into long-term memory.   And while constantly climbing the same stairs is exhausting, sometimes it's only way to get to the second floor.

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My forth grade teacher taught us the multiplication tables in a way I still shudder over. Every day the entire class took a test of every possible multiplication combination between 0 and 10, and we took  it until everyone got 100% on the test, on the same day.  I've got no idea how many times I took that test but every day I feared I'd be the one to make us take it all over again the next day.

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Finally after forever times two we all got a 100% on the test, how long it took is blocked  out like any childhood trauma but it was a valuable lesson in how I learn.  To this day I remember what 7 x 6 is  - As opposed to the addition and subtraction tables; that teacher had us cut out little squares of paper as counters.  When I try and do simple addition it remains a counting process but when I multiply it's a memory.

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So as awful as the memory of taking that test was, it remains how I learn, how I plan, and how I use my Filofax.  I know a lot of people write reoccurring things on something re-positionalable (sticky notes, Martha Stewart dew drops, post it flags...)  and move  it from week to week or day to day.  And many professional organizers suggest putting these tasks in an electronic device as an alarm to save time and mental energy but does it really increase efficiency?

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Yes and no.  As Bill Gates said, The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.

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I guess it boils down to anything that works, works and anything that doesn't, doesn't...

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 ... Times two.



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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The crime scene tape....

So many people asked about the crime scene tape in my Filofax I wanted to post about it.

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 I bought it in Cape May, New Jersey (in a toy shop of  all places!) but found it online.  The brand is Archie McPhee and there is a website.  Unfortunately they only ship to the US but I did find it at a random store so this might be available thorough a different seller.  The link for the tape is HERE but they have other fun things...

Like the bio-hazard tape...



 And the bags to disguise your lunch.


 Anita, these are calling your name! 


 And so are these...  In fact there is a whole Mustache Shop.




In general they have seriously wacky stuff, some of which could be used in Filofax.


And some is just wacky...



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Monday, March 25, 2013

Ventura and I give the LYSOL No-Touch Hand Soap System 5 Doody Bags Up!

While it’s no secret that kids are messy I have a little story about why I need the LYSOL No-Touch Hand Soap System...

Because messy isn't just about kids!

 About six months ago I made myself a bracelet/key chain/combo thing so I could grab my keys, lock my door, and walk my dogs (I have two).   The stretch bracelet allowed me to slip it over my wrist, no purse or pocket necessary and it was perfect  till a few weeks ago.

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That was the day I reached my doody-bag covered hand down to clean up after my dog and the keys landed right in the business end of my dog's...uh, business.  After a shocked few seconds we ran home (Ventura and I)  thinking of nothing but getting into the bathroom so my LYSOL No-Touch Hand Soap System could dispense TEN TIMES THE GERM PROTECTION onto my dog doody-covered nightmare.

The No-Touch Hand Soap System is meant to stop the spread of germs by eliminating the need to touch the soap pump and, believe me,  I was ecstatic to touch nothing at that moment.

When life's that messy don't touch it.  Just don't....

I'm telling you this because  on February 25, LYSOL opened the Kid Who Touches Everything Contest and the Grand Prize is a family trip to Disney World!

 Moms everywhere are invited to submit photos of their child’s messiest moments. One grand-prize winner will be selected to receive a family vacation to Disney World and have his or her photo featured on Lysol.com.


Each week, a category winner will be randomly selected to have his or her photo featured on Lysol.com and Lysol’s Facebook page. Photos can be entered into one of the following categories:
  • Future Artist
  • Food Fanatic
  • Mud Madness
  • Young Explorer
  • Critter Kid
No purchase necessary. Contest runs from 2/25/13- 5/25/13. Open to US residents ages 18+.  Void where prohibited. Click here for official contest rules. Enter Today!

LYSOL Kid Who Touches Everything

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of MomCentral Consulting for LYSOL®. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

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