On one hand, my wife took a half day off today to be here for the delivery of our dishwasher. Yes, we finally are getting a dishwasher. When we first got the house we wanted to get one, then other things came up and we found that doing the dishes by hand wasn't so bad. Since then I have had my share of surgeries and no longer stoop over the sink so Kate has been doing them all herself now for quite some time.
On the other hand, the plumber called this morning and said the carpenter can't make it here in the morning to remove the cabinet due to a health problem with his wife. I had taken tomorrow off to be here for them and now have to decide if I will still take it off or if I will go in to work in the morning. But there's a lot more to that...
Beyond the book – Reading as a bonding experience.
Reading with children is so much more than just saying the words on the page. Asking questions about what the child sees and pointing out details on the page help a simple story to become a real bonding experience.
St Clare College will be opening its doors for both boys and girls for a co-education experience. The need to prepare Year 6 students for this venture was felt and so the Principal, Ms Maria Ciappara together with a hard working team of people came together to develop a programme of eight days of activities.
It all commenced when Miss Ciappara, the Principal of Saint Clare College, had the splendid idea of bringing together all St Clare College Year 6 students who will be in Form 1 Pembroke Secondary next September 2013, so when we start school we won't be like: "Who is he? How am I going to make friends here?" Miss Ciappara made sure we never live this unpleasant experience by planning loads of bonding activities......and hey, it really worked, we all made new friends!
My Unforgettable Bonding Experience
Working at Texas Children’s Hospital, I’ve heard a lot about family-centered maternity care, which promotes mom and family bonding with a new baby from the earliest moments of life. I know how important it is, but I learned firsthand how truly powerful it could be during the birth of my second child. My first child’s birth was still a good experience, but looking back, I realize what it was lacking. Both my boys were delivered via C-Section. At my first son’s delivery, I could hear him in the room with me, but I couldn’t see what was happening with him. I couldn’t hold him or comfort his cries. And when my husband finally brought him to me swaddled up like a pink and blue striped burrito, it wasn’t until we were ready to go back to the recovery room. I imagined this was how my next child’s C-section would go.http://www.texaschildrensblog.org/2013/05/my-unforgettable-bonding-experience/
Fear is an emotional response to a perceived threat, usually due to the anticipation of danger. Some emotional states related to fear include alarmed, jittery, anxious (mild fear) and terrified, horrified, and dread (extreme fear).
The paralysing dread one feels before an injection or tooth extraction fires up some of the same brain regions involved in feeling pain itself, say researchers who subjected plucky volunteers to electric shocks. Their discovery supports the idea that distraction could ease a nasty wait.
Are you feeling anxious about your upcoming wedding? Sick to your stomach? Having bad dreams? Does the sight of the dress fill you with dread? Feeling like you may have made a mistake saying “yes” or proposing?
If you answered yes, you are experiencing pre-wedding jitters. This is your subconscious telling you that something is not right and you need to listen to it. It may be that you are nervous about your own ability to be a husband or wife, anxious that your fiancé can’t be the spouse you need or both.
I have a useful and interesting word for you today; it’s the verb “dread”.
The meaning is the opposite of “look forward to”. So when we say we are looking forward to something, it means that we are excited and interested about something we are going to do in the future. Therefore, when we say we are dreading something, it means that the activity is one which we have to do but really don’t want to do. For example:
I have a dental appointment tomorrow, and I’m really dreading it! I hate going to the dentist!
My mother-in-law is coming for a visit during the holiday. I always dread her visits because she doesn’t like me.
My annual work performance evaluation is next week. I’m really dreading it because my boss always gives me extra work to do afterwards.http://englishhelponline.me/2010/12/28/grammatical-word-dread/
When I look back over the past 31 years of my life, the moments that stand out most sharply in my mind all tend to have one thing in common-they all have that rare ability to make my stomach tumble and steal my very breath.
One story really stands out in my mind from my week in Rangoon, and I think it highlights the sincerity and warmth of the people: the story of the train. There was a small group of us, the self-proclaimed “Burmese Bicycle Gang” (from Serbia, France, and Canada), and one day we decided to take the loop train which rode around the city. Taking approximately three hours, we planned to do nothing but relax on the train, chat with whomever happened to sit beside us, and stare out the window at the passing scenery.
Bruno Mars along with the Red Hot Chili Peppers put on a Superbowl halftime performance that will stand out in my mind as one of the best in a long time.
Power Steering Fluid Maintenance
Considering what it does, and how much a motorist depends on it, we're talking about the lifeblood of your steering system. Yet keeping it clean and doing its job doesn't require all that much effort.
The function of this fluid is basic: transmitting hydraulic pressure to make steering easy.
We got about an hour into our shoot and it started to lightly drizzle but we knew the rain was coming! We hurried up our single shots and sure enough it started to down poor and the photographer caught my favorite phot of the day.
Using Print To Retain Customers
According to Pareto’s principle, 20 percent of customers provide 80 percent of business. Therefore, businesses should focus on retaining every customer they have. A study by Harvard Business School revealed that not only does it cost less to service loyal customers, the purchase volumes of these consumers also increase. Entrepreneurs should use inexpensive commercial printing to generate impressive profits.
If a company wants to increase their sales in the long run, it must work towards attracting customers and retaining them. A successful and profitable company is one that knows how to set its priorities right. Customer satisfaction should always be the first priority and retention of customers should be the ultimate goal in order for sales to be increased.
The first stage is Exposure. Here you expose suspects to your products and services and turn them into a prospect. Next is the Adoption stage. Getting your prospect through the sales process and consuming your product or service is the goal. The last stage is Retention.
Bain and Company research established that it is 10x more costly to acquire a new customer than retain an existing one. So naturally, you wish to retain customers and turn them into advocates.
Advocates will pay more, buy more, provide useful input on products and services, and insulate you from the effectiveness of competitor’s price promotions. Properly enabled, advocates also influence like minded individuals and expose them to your brand. Because of this, it is important to continue to build the relationship.
Tweak family recipes to retain weight
Family matriarchs often covet secret family recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation. "My grandmother had some of the best recipes," said Vivienne Halpern, MD, a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery. "Yet, I know if she were with us today, she would adjust those recipes to provide her family with healthier meals."
Big Brother to retain eye icon
'Big Brother' will keep its famous eye icon when it switches to Channel 5.
The broadcaster and Endemol UK have decided the iconic motif - which has been used since the reality TV show was launched in 2000 - will be kept in place, with designer Daniel Eatock set to create a new twist on the standard eye when the series hits screens later in the year.