Sunday, February 11, 2007
My kids use their cell phones to text message their friends more than they use them for making phone calls. With the plan we have now, our daughter currently is allowed to send 400 text messages a month. She just told her dad she will pay the extra money if he would upgrade her to 800 text messages.
Now I ask you, eight hundred? Per month? Greg simply could not wrap his mind about this. "If you want to tell your friends something, what is wrong with just calling them--for free?"
My daughter was unable to give an articulate answer, so, peace-maker that I am, I jumped in to try and help things along.
"You know, honey, I bet when telephones were first invented, those parents said, 'If that young man wants to talk to you, then why can't he just come on over to the house!'"
Greg said that was a lame comparison. My daughter like it, though. :-) Bottom line, he wasn't buying (no pun intended). Truth is, I've secretly been thinking about signing up for text messaging myself. My cell phone can receive them, but I'm not set up to send them. And my son sends them to me all the time. Things like:
What's for dinner?
I'm at Ben's house.
I forgot my lunch money.
I've found that I wanted to respond to these queries with a quick text message rather than leaving a message on his phone. (Especially if he's at school because he's not suppose to have it on and I don't want it to ring and get him in trouble.)
Trying to use the phone pad to type, though, is quite a challenge. You should see my kids. They can type almost as quickly on their phones as they can on a computer keyboard. It's crazy.
So what about you? Do you text message on your phone?
posted by Deeanne at 11:02 PM
Friday, February 09, 2007
The Last Sin Eater
Francine River's novel, The Last Sin Eater
, is opening in theatres across the country today. It is set in 1850's Appalachia. Ten year old Cadi feels responsible for her little sister's death, so she searches out the one man she feels can take away her sin--The Sin Eater. But in her quest for redemption, Cadi uncovers a dark secret that threatens to divide her family and community.
You can watch a trailer here. Find a theatre near you that is showing it. You can check out the resources available for churches and groups who want to create a community movie-going experience for their members. And you can read some reviews here and here.
It is directed by Michael Landon, Jr. and Brian Bird. I cannot express to you how important it is that we support these movies. If the Christian community is going to have an influence on what Hollywood puts in its theaters, then we *must* go to these movies as soon as they hit the theatres. The opening day and weekend of a movie are *critical.* So go out on a date night or take the family. Then come back and tell me what you thought!
posted by Deeanne at 9:55 AM
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
My schedule for the next few months is going to be really hectic. In order to accommodate it and simultaneously meet my writing deadlines, I'm streamlining some of my everyday tasks.
That said, I'm going to start blogging every Monday and Thursday now (instead of every MWF). Hope that's okay with everybody. I will still stop by the Comments Section on a daily basis, it's just the uploading of new posts that will be different.
Thanks for being so flexible!
posted by Deeanne at 6:11 PM
Monday, February 05, 2007
Have you seen this yet? It is the world's largest passenger airplane. Airbus wants to provide the Boeing 747 with a little competition. This new wonder of the world is a 555 seat, double decker plane with 49% more floor space (and only 35% more seating) than the previous largest aircraft. (The Boeing 747 which seats around 455.)
Airbus is ensuring wider seats and aisles for more passenger comfort with costs per seat 15-20% less than those for the 747. They will offer the standard three-class configuration (economy, business and first). I'm pretty sure all these photos are of the upper class variety.
The airbus has two levels and two staircases allowing passengers to go up and down between levels. Luggage will be stored in a third level on the bottom side of the plane.
Commercial flights are scheduled to begin this year (2007), though looks like most of them are in Europe. Problem is, airports are going to have to widen their runways if they want the Airbus to land there. Los Angeles is going to spend over 50 million to make the changes required.
This is the only image I could find of the economy class.
Amazing, isn't it?
posted by Deeanne at 10:27 AM
Friday, February 02, 2007
My dear friend, Allison Smythe, tagged me yesterday. Now, I have to tell six weird things about myself and then tag six other people. So, here we go.
Okay, the six specific people I am tagging are: Barb, Sandy, Phil, Michael, Meg and Mark. What I'd really like, though, is for everyone to participate. Either post your six weird things here in the comments section or direct us to your blog (if you have one).
- I really resent wearing bras. Probably just as much as women resented wearing corsets. I find them uncomfortable, restrictive and curse them every single day.
- I cry about everything--happy thoughts, sad thoughts, commericals, poignant stories, etc. If I see someone else crying, I cry too--even if I don't know what they are crying about.
- Long toenails really gross me out. I keep mine cut to the quick.
- I prefer chocolate cake for breakfast over all else. (Cocoa Krispies comes in at a close second.)
- When I'm out of town and by myself I like to rent convertibles so that I can raise both hands really high in the air while singing along to praise music and praising the Lord. (I'd be way too shy to do this in front of anyone else. It's just a personal thing between me and God. So, I have to be out of town where no one knows me. If the car isn't aligned properly, this can become a problem. The other problem is the truck drivers think I'm waving to them. God and I get a real chuckle out of that.)
- I can't watch torture scenes on TV or in the movies. Nor can I read them in books. I'm too sympathetic and it makes me nauseated. Really. Most recently, the new James Bond movie (which I *loved*). The torture scene really upset me.
On your mark, get set, go!
posted by Deeanne at 9:22 AM
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