Month: March 2015

The New Alarm Clock….

Alarm ClockI have for a while now been looking for a computer-based alarm clock and have finally found one very much to my liking. I should quickly note that such computer-based alarm clocks of course do not function if the computer is turned off when it is time for the alarm to go off so that is obviously important to note. But you do want it to function when the computer is turned on, even when the computer is in the so called ‘sleep’ mode. I have finally found one much to my liking.

For me personally, when I am even washing or drying clothes I need that little reminding nudge to remind me that my clothes have finished washing or drying as the case may be. This little alarm clock is perfect for those sorts of tasks. Sometimes I may need to call my sister a couple of days from now or perhaps make an appointment in a day or two. This is again an easy way to document that reminder so that I have backup if I don’t remember which is more likely than not at my age. There are several alarm sounds available to choose from, anything from a crowing rooster to a cuckoo clock. There are of course bells, buzzers and horns for something a little less entertaining. I have set mine up to play a rousing musical selection.

Now I am neither selling this software nor do I have any vested interest. I’m just very picky about my alarm clocks and this one for me personally fits the bill in a number of ways. If you want to get rid of that string round your finger or all those dang sticky notes stuck everywhere, you might want to look into something like this. The software company offering this particular alarm clock, Comfort Software Group, has a free version which is great if you just want something that works within the confines of a 24-hour period and is pretty basic. Here is a link to that one for downloading…. Free Alarm Clock

For the much more sophisticated version where you can pick both dates and times, either one-time or recurring, and much more. You can do everything with this one in my estimation. You can download a fully-functional trial version (30 day trail) of this particular one and then if you decide it serves you well, you can then purchase your lifetime license for $19.95 and have an alarm clock for life! Here is the link for that one…. Hot Alarm Clock

Senior Moment or Alien Abduction?

I should first prerequisite this little story with some information many of you may already be familiar with. It seems standard procedure, at least with most shirt manufacturers, is to sew an extra matching button on every shirt just on the inside of the bottom of the shirt, usually just below the last buttonhole on the front of the shirt. The intent for this button is to be used as a ‘spare’ button should over time one of your primary buttons falls off or breaks. I have included a photo below for those who may not be familiar with the manufacturer’s spare button technique.

Shirt & Button

Now having said that… I was sitting at my computer this morning wearing a relative new long-sleeve shirt and at some point I happen to look down and the subject “spare” button we just discussed caught my attention. I never have known the proper protocol with regard to these spare buttons but being the organizational freak that I am, I always have to remove the button and put it in a box and I admittedly have accumulated a bunch of them over the years. I call that my ‘Spare Button Box”.

Anyway, this morning things did not seem to work out quite as planned. Some might say I had a ‘senior moment’ but at this point I am just not quite sure what the hell happened. I decided to remove the button so I reached over and grabbed my X-Acto knife which is quite handy for this particular task. But then here is where things seem to go awry. I then proceeded to reach down and unbuttoned my left sleeve on my long-sleeve shirt. I then commenced to delicately remove the button from my shirt sleeve along with pulling all the straggling threads from the material. Mission accomplished… right? (At this point I am wondering if you realize what I just did because I am about too.)

Then like a ton of bricks it hits me, along with I might add, that old familiar sinking feeling. I had just removed a perfectly good functioning button off of my left shirt sleeve, not the spare button from the bottom of my shirt as was the whole of my intentions. Now fortunately I have at my disposal a handy-dandy sewing kit so I was able to procure a reasonably close matching thread along with a needle and reattach the button to the sleeve to its proper location. It should be readily noted of course that such was not my original intention.

As to the mystery of it all, I think it may always remain so. The only plausible explanation I can come up with at the moment is that I was abducted by aliens and they screwed around with my brain. I mean really, what else could possible explain a person intending to remove a spare button from the bottom of his shirt and instead removing an absolutely good and functioning button from his shirt sleeve. I just can’t come to terms with the fact that such could be caused by the infamous ‘senior moment’. I think you’ll agree in the end like me that it had to be caused by some sort of alien abduction!

By the way, I did eventually gather my wits and removed the ‘spare’ button and it now resides in the “Spare Button Box”!!