Category Archives: My Thoughts

Hidden Valley Ranch, your pour spouts SUCK!

I try not to have too many “rant” style posts. I’m not into creating controversy to garner views. Occasionally I will call out a company for missing the mark so widely that I am amazed at how bad their product is. But, in general, I like to stay upbeat. Hidden Valley, however, is making it hard to stay upbeat about their ranch dressing.

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The Tooth Monster vs. The Tooth Fairy

Many families have traditions of friendly mythical beings that visit the house on special occasions to impart treats to children. Common folklore includes Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny, and The Tooth Fairy.

Parents pretend that these ‘people’ exist for a variety of reasons. Many parents like to “keep the magic” of the tradition alive because their parents did them and they remember them as fun. Personally, I’m a bit of a buzzkill when it comes to these traditions. But there is one tradition I kept for both of my children, The Tooth Monster.

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Codecademy/Ready Review


The internet is a wonderful and horrible place, and I have long felt compelled to make my mark on it (hopefully for the better). I used to have a Geocities site. I took a class in community college where I learned the fundamentals of HTML. I still have my copy of HTML Goodies, which was a fantastic reference book in its time for newbies like me.

Every few years, I feel the urge to dive into creating websites again. This very site is the result of one such urge. Nowadays, anyone with an internet connection can build a website using WordPress or another content management system (CMS). You can download themes and change colors and fonts. But what if you want to go deeper? You are going to need some training. And thankfully, in this age of technology, there are resources for learning web development, just like Codecademy.

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