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Play Mode: Random

I just decided to update my iPod with some new music. I am a big fan of iTunes, but can get sucked in for hours at a time, so I try not to get on very often.

As I was listening through my new set of tunes, I realized that my favorite play mode is random. Not only the play mode, but the variety of music: you'll find Frank Sinatra, John Mayer, Flogging Molly, and Kings of Leon all on my playlist! Sure, I'll always skip over a song if it's not what I am in the mood for, but I just can't resist the not knowing which song is coming next. And THAT got me wondering... what does that say about me?

There are times when I like to know what is coming next, but spur-of-the-moment suites me just fine. I love spontaneity in part because it forces you out of your comfort zone. And maybe I wouldn't do that on my own.

As a mom, my life is very much scheduled. If you're a mom, you know what I mean. Kids need to be fed at a certain time or be to school at a specific hour. They need …

Reality... Check

I was reading the latest issue of In Style magazine and oogling over the clothes and the Hollywood crowd, and the shoes, and the beautiful bodies, and the extravagant living. I get sucked in just like the rest of the world. But I had to take a moment and have a reality check. I'll share it with you.

These men and women make a ridiculous amount of money and obviously spend most of it on themselves. They are scrutinized by the media (and by us) and have to spend most of their time creating the facade of being "perfect."

They have personal trainers and nutritionists. They have cosmetic surgery and if that doesn't help, they can be airbrushed for magazine photos (eg. In Style). They are being constantly compared to every other musician or actor in the spotlight and at some point the only place to go is down.

Now we may be hard on ourselves, but I'm guessing your life doesn't look quite like that. You may want to impress your circle of friends or neighbors, but the p…

Redbox Etiquette

Redbox is spreading like wildfire, and many are using it without understanding a few general rules of etiquette. If you are not familiar with Redbox, well, frankly, that's unbelievable. But I'll humor you and give you the gist of it. These stand-alone machines are housed in many McDonald's and other retail establishments and mechanically distribute DVD's of all kinds for $1 per night with just the swipe of a credit card.

As with any good invention, Rebox has a learning curve. Not only that, things have evolved over the last 3 or so years. I would consider myself a seasoned user, maybe not expert, but darn close. So here is some advice on how to be a courteous and savvy Redbox user. You'll be in-and-out faster and others waiting behind you will be thankful!

First, know before you go. There's a little place called www.redbox.com where you can find the Redbox closest to you, see the movies that are there, and reserve your selection. Then, once you arrive at Redbox, …