Thursday, January 6, 2011

The joys and truths of being an adult...

I got this today from my cousin Barb so I can't take credit for writing it.(tho I added all the pics) It's friggin hysterical tho and I haven't seen it all put together like this before. And I agree with every single one of them. If I may add to number 1 tho - every best friend should be a "shovel buddy" in case you die. They should clear out your computer but also should know where all your 'toys' and porn are so they can clear out the drawers and cabinets, BEFORE your family gets there. Oh you laugh now... but you're thinking about it. I have one... Her name is Tami. And if we should happen to be together when we enter those "spirits in the sky" I have a back up too. One of my ex boyfriends who shall remain nameless. But he knows his job. LOL!! I hope you enjoy these as much as I did! ~S

** Adult Truths ***

1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history of all porn, if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died..

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories..

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.

13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to..

14. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

17. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Crack Houses" routing option.

18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

19. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

21. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

22. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

23. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.

24. The first testicular guard, the "Cup," was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important.

Thanks barb!!!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Just the Stats ma'am... A peek under the covers

I have been writing this blog now for almost 8 months. I still consider myself a newbie. Especially when I look at some of my fellow bloggers designs. I don't yet know how to properly monetize things,add on certain gadgets that would look fun or even really advertise it (not counting on facebook). All things I need to learn, almost like you learn a business, fromt he ground up. I have wanted to make my blog more of a money making business, but I am afraid it would then affect my writing. A usual push/pull that comes along with being a Libra. or maybe with just being me.

But that's not the subject of today. todays subject is my blog stats. One of the things I like about writing on Google / Blogger is the stats page. You can find out about a lot of different statistics on the blog, individual posts, who's reading it and where they are from. Now before you get nervous...NO i do not know specifically who reads my blog. I can't say oh yeah i see that so&so read it at 8:14 this morning. I simply get areas of the world and page hits.

Being a numbers person, who worked in statistics and formulas and number crunching in a few of my jobs over the years, I find this stuff fasinating. So just for fun and interest, here are a few crazy and not so crazy statistics about my blog...

~In the 8 months I have been writing, this blog has had 2,638 page views. Averaging it out thats 330 a month. Not too impressive. BUT in December alone it had 687 views.
~My most viewed blog post w/ 118 views was " And A Merry Cliffmas it is" philly sports fan love fest when we drafted Cliff Lee to the phillies
~2nd most viewed blog post? "Copyrights and lawyers and trademarks, Oh My!" with 61 views. That one was my ongoing struggle to own my own words...and by the way, I have an update on that issue coming up in tomorrow's blogpost.

~Most of my readers are Windows PC users... 90% actually. Followed by 5% Mac users. Hmmm interesting. Not too many have embraced the mac op system yet... 2% use an IPhone and the remaining 3% are reading from a Blackberry, Ipod or Ipad. 

~I get most of my reader traffic from Facebook. Thank you my facebook friends!! But I get some from Blogger itself, individual bloggers who reccommend my site (thank you ladies) Yahoo's search engine and last but not least Google searches. You can find a list of blogs I recommend in the right hand column of each blog post, just scroll down to find it. Read them - they are all awesome!
Ahhh the Google searches. When you have traffic on your blog from Google they also give you a list of the phrases people use in order to find you... or to find something else but stumbled upon you in a search.
Those are fun! A small sample of mine (with my own thoughts) would be...

  • flyers (really? no phillies or eagles but Flyers?)
  • beer posters (i have no idea... but i like it)
  • merry cliffmas poem (damn - there was a poem?)
  • this is me damn it. i (from my quote i am guessing)
  • "stacey gates charter" (yep that's me)
  • damn it this is me! (LOL like this one)
  • high fidelity sexiest songs (ok really? sexy High Fidelity songs?)
  • i's time to stand up and shout stacey charter (i thought i heard someone yell my name...)
  • merry cliffmas song (and now a song?)
  • operation 7 (really no idea...kind of spy-esque tho isn't it?)
  • colleen cahaley (um what?? This one of my utha of the kid's best friends. wierd)
  • i want my facebook (hmmm instead of our MTv now it's facebook)
  • an old ass picture (yeah f. u. google for this one...)
It just cracks me up that someone can type "Operation 7" into Google and find my blog.

~Now the last, but not least, of the stats. Where do my readers live. Surprisingly, all over the world. I KNOW! I find it hard to believe too. I could see all over Pennsylvania, maybe even the United States, but the world? I love it!!  This week alone I have had readers from the French Riviera, Australia, Columbia, Vietnam, India and Croatia. WHAT?? How friggin' awesome is that?  

Some other places are - in order of views-

United Kingdom







While most of the blog readers are from the US (25 different states represented) I am amazed at an international audience. Welcome to all!!  

Oh one other quick stat that pleases me. Out of all the blog readers, most use Google Chrome to connect to the interwebs. Twice as many in fact as those that use Internet Explorer. FYI I strongly dislike Internet Explorer because of all the slowness and bs that you deal with. If you are looking for another internet browser think about switching to Google Chrome. You will be thrilled with the difference, it's free to download and it only takes about an hour or two to get used to it.

So that just the stats ma'am!  A little peek under the covers of my blog.   Please feel free to suggest me to your friends, follow my blog, comment a post or link to This is me Damn It in your own blogs. 

Thanks to all of you who stop by to read my ramblings.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

I love my bed...

I love my bed. I have come to that conclusion after spending the better part of today in it. The cold I had weeks ago is still hanging around, like an annoying drunk that keeps hitting on you in a bar.Ugh go away , yay it's gone, damn it it's back. I think it's turned into a sinus and ear infection, if the pain in my head and the fever I am running, is any indication. But since I am still unemployed and because of that, uninsured, I can't afford a Doctors visit. See this is probably why my mom always told me to marry a Doctor.

So today, I spent the day in bed and it was glorious. I truly do love my bed. It's old as hell, I can't even remember where I got it to tell you the truth. I think it was from the beach house when mom and dad replaced  the cheap beds with pillow tops. Or possibly an extra from the farm. It's a double or full, which can be inconvenient - especially when sharing it with (a man over 6 foot) a 65 lb dog and two cats. Sometimes all at the same time, (just the animals - not the over 6 ft man )which is always interesting and quite possibly the beginning of world war 3. 

Living with my daughter again, I find the need for quiet and my bedroom is my sanctuary. My bed my oasis. I write in it, read in it, talk on the phone... I used to watch tv but comcast sucks and there's something wrong with the mini digital box in my room now so...

My bed is my boat on the ocean - and with my feather bed on top of it all fluffed up, I think pretty damn comfortable. But then I slept on a sofa bed in a one bedroom apartment for 2 years(the kid got the bedroom deservedly so) when we went underground to hide from the stalker. So park benches feel comfortable after that.

Eventually, when I have some extra money, which with any luck and a lot of praying will be soon, I am getting a queen sz bed. An Adult bed I guess. Which means more room for the dog, the cats and an emotionally and legally available, snuggle loving,fun as hell,handsome, over 6 foot... ok over 5'9" tall man. Hey, everybody needs a goal.

PS: I have taken a pledge to write a blog everyday. Today it's about my bed. They can't all be literary masterpieces.That is all.