Administrative Aside: Tuesday Talk, Q-Tips Winners and More

Heather says:

Let’s start with the giveaway winners from the Q-Tips®  Quick Tip Detail Your Car Post.

Commenters 1 aka MariaKunze, 31 RevancheGS (not sure how the heck that happened since it was saying you couldn’t comment, weird!), & 15 CMarie, come on down. Well, actually just email your shipping info to That’d be great! Please put Q-Tips Quick Tip Winner in the subject of your email. I use to “draw” the numbers.

I have gotten rid of the LiveFyre commenting platform. I really like the people, but too many of you were having issues. Everyone cross your fingers that the spam bots and slaves (yes, there are companies out there that exploit people in poverty stricken areas and pay them teeny amounts of money to comment on websites in an attempt to increase a site’s rankings with the search engines, it’s disgusting and won’t work long term) go nuts. I teach people and companies about Search Engine Optimization -that’s how you tell search engines what your website is actually about, so it can be found by awesome users, like you. There’s no magic, it’s just work and too often people want to take the shortcut and that’s why we end up with spam slaves. (It’s a sore subject, don’t get me started.) Please let me know if you run into any problems. I know a couple of you tried to log in with Facebook and Twitter over the weekend, but I’ve gotten that all straightened out and fixed since then. Why not give it a test run and let me know if things are working? Thank you in advance.

I’m gearing up for the big pre-Turkey Day shindig I have every year. This year I’ll have four turkeys (thirtyish people and and I want leftovers- they will all be brined, fried, and ugly but awesome, as I need the oven space). Other than that, I’m thinking of having the sides that people would riot without and then going with an Italian-American theme. Stephanie, your husband should have said something about this to you (stern look @Jared). Since I’ve covered most of the standard American fare, my plan is to take a different ethnic angle each year. This isn’t set in stone, we’ll see what’s happening next year or how it plays out this year.

Once again, I am working with Butterball, but I won’t be visiting their headquarters this year.

I’m thinking of taking all of the info from the past 5 *gulp* Countdowns and assembling them into an ebook and hosting it either here or on Amazon. It will have the full get ready for T-Day schedule, recipes, etc all in one handy place. I’m thinking of charging a nominal fee just to cover the time I’ll put into it, but anyone will be able to get the info as it is published here on the site, just like always. I’m not taking anything away, just offering a different delivery format.

I got an email from the people I work with at Method and I’m thrilled to say that there are some exciting things coming down the pipe on Monday. /teaser For those of you looking for your dryer spray, the post office is on my schedule for tomorrow. (Errand day, go figure)

Unrelated to anything, I found my pile o’ recipes that have been missing for a year. Don’t ask. I’m not sure how you can lose a pile of paper over an inch tall, but it happened and I’ve got it back, and yay.

I think that brings us all up to speed.

So how you doin? /my Joey Tribbiani voice.


  1. Heather on September 26, 2012 at 6:34 am

    I have OneNote, I just haven’t figured out HOW I want to use it, yet.
    And I thoroughly love Dropbox. Have you seen If This, Then That? You can do all kinds of really cool things with it to simplify your organizing / back-up methodology. I’m on my first cup of coffee, if that wasn’t clear, I’ll be around after I’m fully awake, too 😀

  2. Keter Magick on September 25, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Heh…pot giving the kettle advice here…I have my own leaning Towers of Pisa-paperwork that I’ve moved ALL to my office (don’t ask what it has looked like for the past few weeks) and am slowly drilling down through with a shredder on one side of the desk and a scanner attached to my laptop on the other. I’m scanning everything into OneNote (Microsoft has a free Office 13 beta offer that may still be running), and storing the OneNote notebooks in my Dropbox, so that they sync (and create a backup copy) on three different computers in two different locations plus the Dropbox server (as safe as one can be in event of zombie apocalypse). Macs have similar programs but I don’t know their names. Or you could use Evernote, which I also use but don’t like as much. I reached the point about a year ago where I had to decide to add a THIRD 4-drawer file cabinet (and consider replacing one that is ancient, ugly, and falling apart) or go paperless. That was a nanosecond decision.

  3. Heather on September 25, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Anna, Melinda I’m using slave in a loose way. Think of it like the kids who end up working in Internet cafes as gold farmers for video games. It is a way to exploit desperate people.

  4. Connie on September 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Thank you so much for changing the way we leave comments. It’s so nice to be able to comment from Firefox instead of having to open Chrome. Yes, I know, I’m behind the curve on the latest browsers, but I’m not fond of change. Except when you change how we do comments — that change is okay. 🙂

  5. Melinda on September 25, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    I would like to hear more about the search engine optimization at some point. My husband and I are …. I don’t know how to describe it …. interested? in fighting slavery. That sounds like it might be a good starting point, since he’s in IT.

    I like the idea of the different cultural angles. That sounds really interesting. And I also like the ebook idea.

    Good luck with the spam. And I’ll be looking forward to what was in your stack of recipes. Yummy! 😀

  6. Anna on September 25, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Hurray! Good luck with the spam. I had no idea about the slavery issue.

  7. Heather on September 25, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Okay, so the comments are apparently working, they just aren’t arriving via email (normally that’s how I get the “Hey, someone loves you” notification…. I must figure out how to fix that.
    Thanks, guys!

  8. Lisa R on September 25, 2012 at 11:36 am

    THANK YOU for changing the comment format! There have been many times when I wanted to leave a comment, but I read your blog on my iPod and it was impossible to leave a comment with my iPod. I am a busy mom and don’t want to spend all my precious computer time making comments on blogs. So thank you for doing it, and for mentioning it too!

  9. Michele N. on September 25, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Sooo… Are you making turkey for -all- of your readers? Because, you know, it’s rude to talk about fried turkey unless you have enough to share with the class.

  10. Jamie on September 25, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Can you hear me now?? Is this thing on??? Seems like it’s working just fine!

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