You may recall that I promised to donate $1 per comment received on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday's posts to the Red Cross for Haitian earthquake relief. You've helped me raise over $40, which I added to the donation my family was already intending to make and sent to the Red Cross yesterday. Thank you for all of your comments here over the weekend! (And if you'd like to make your own donation, please feel free to use the widget in my blog's sidebar.)
Whenever I comment on a blog that uses word verification, I'm considering mentioning the "word" I get within the comment itself. Sometimes it's an actual word, and sometimes it's something that has word-like potential. Occasionally, it's somehow relevant to the post or the comment, which always amuses me. Do you ever pay attention to those "words" yourself?
I write about a couple dozen checks a year. I've paid bills online for a while, and have eagerly used my debit/check card for in-person shopping for well over a decade (I'm not as comfortable using it online). I sometimes forget not everyone has embraced these things, though, and then I get stuck in line at the grocery store behind someone paying with a check - it always surprises me that anyone still does that! Do you? Personally, I'm very happy that I don't have to cart a checkbook around with me any more - even the doctor's office takes Visa and MasterCard now.
According to Feedburner, this blog broke the 500-subscriber threshold on Tuesday, after inching close to it for weeks. Then again, Feedburner also showed subscribers in the low 300's a couple of days last week, so I'm not entirely sure I trust it, whether the news is good or bad. Still, I couldn't help being excited to see that 500+, even if only for a day. How much do you obsess about your blog stats?
We've had a drought in California for a few years, and while we've been getting rain just dumped on us here in SoCal this week, it's premature to assume the drought is over. The rain is welcome...up to a point. The mudslides it brings to areas that were burned during last year's fire season are not so welcome. The thunderstorms and tornadoes (yes, really!) that it's brought this week are unusual and quite unwelcome, especially around my house. They've actually pushed us to make a difficult decision we've been struggling with for months. I'm not ready to talk about it here yet, but I'll probably need to talk about it soon, just to help myself sort though it.
In the meantime, I may be around less than usual during the next week or so. But enough about me - what tangents are you going off on lately?