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How’s Your Summer To-Do List Going?

With only four weeks remaining until our faculty in-service begins, I'm looking hard at my summer to-do list. I've already accomplished a lot this summer! There are many visible fruits of my labor in our yard and garden, and I have some indoor projects yet to be accomplished. However, much of what I've been doing won't be visible until the fall semester. My students should profit greatly from the PowerPoints I've been working on.

Earlier this summer one of my students put a picture out on his Facebook of a summer to-do list. I thought you might enjoy seeing the 12 items on this list. Some are more fun as mental images than as something people should actually ever consider doing! :-)

Summer To-Do List

Make vanilla pudding. Put in mayo jar. Eat in public

Wear shirt that says "Life". Hand out lemons on street corner.

Hire two private investigators. Get them to follow each other.

Major in philosophy. Ask people WHY they would like fries with that.

Go into a crowded elevator and after the doors close, with a straight face, say, "I bet you're all wondering why I've gathered you here."

Invite someone into your office, turn around in office and say, "I've been expecting you..."

Change name to Simon. Speak in third person.

Put Mentos in the water of an ice cube tray and freeze. Put the ice cubes into your friend's soda. After five minutes their drink will randomly explode.

Put blue Gatorade in a Windex bottle. Drink it in public.

Become a doctor. Change last name to Acula.

Buy a parrot. Teach the parrot to say,"Help! I´ve been turned into a parrot."

Buy a horse, name it "Oscar Takes The Lead," enter it in horse races.


Is there anything in that list that you'd like to add to your summer to-do list?

update on what we did for cell phones, for those interested...

One of the items on my list that I blogged about last week and that we have now accomplished with the advice of readers was to review our cell phone plan and see if we could come up with something better. People made all kinds of good suggestions, and everyone's needs and wishes are different ... not right or wrong, just different. Based on various considerations, Becka and I bought phones from Straight Talk at Walmart and went with their $30 plan. It's a prepaid plan with no contract. It's not been without some adjustments for us both, but so far we like it. Becka is actually texting with her new phone! The slide-out qwerty keyboard is a nice feature.

I want to offer several cautions, though, based on our experience. We had our numbers ported over from Verizon. We were told that our Verizon phones would work until our Straight Talk phones started working. Wrong! Our Verizon phones stopped working a couple of hours after I did what I needed to online to activate our Straight Talk phones, which included inputting our phone numbers to be ported. After several hours with no phones working — our new phones said they needed to be activated — I had to borrow our daughter's phone to call Straight Talk's 800 number. The tech talked me through the process of entering several l-o-n-g strings of numbers in the "code entry mode." At the end of that time, all was supposed to be well. We waited a while, and our phones still said they needed to be activated. So I borrowed our daughter's phone again to call the 800 number. The tech told me to enter *22890 (or something like that) and then try to call a number. Then I followed the voice prompt and hit 1, after which my phone was finally activated! Phew! And why didn't the first tech tell me that?! :-(

I gave feedback to the folks at Straight Talk that their instructions need to include: "You will need access to a working phone in order to complete your phone's activation." I don't know if that is true only if you are porting a number over from another carrier or not. I wonder if it also works that way if you've never had a cell phone before. Anyone know the answer to that?

Another item in the process (an item not previously on my summer to-do list!) was to enter manually all my contacts. Ugh! That was probably good, though, since I realized how many "contacts" are people I'm never in contact with! Ah, the joys of being a digital packrat! So now my contacts are a bit more streamlined. Not all bad, I guess.

If either of us discovers that the features of the $30 plan are insufficient — 30 days of 1,000 minutes of talk, 1,000 texts, and 30MB of data — we can just buy the $45 card next month — 30 days of unlimited talk, text, and data. I don't foresee either of us needing to do that, though. Our old phones didn't even have data, and I haven't yet figured out how to go to specific websites on my phone. And 1,000 minutes and 1,000 texts is a lot!

The picture at the beginning of this post is the icon for an app called Todo. If any of you use this app, please comment, pro and con.


"The things I tend to be the most guilty of are the things that I see in others most easily." — Drew Conley

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After all is said and done, more is usually said than done.

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4 Comments on “How’s Your Summer To-Do List Going?”

  1. #1 Michael
    on Jul 18th, 2012 at 8:50 am

    For some reason the last email I got from you about your blog was on May 30 until today’s. Oh well. I’m not sure I could have offered much help regarding your phone investigation. Sounds like you settled on something good. I wonder how good the network is for you. We’re probably going to stick with Verizon since so many family members also use Verizon but we are thinking more about a change since we had to up my wife’s text allotment.

    Regarding activation and deactivation, I believe you do have to have a third phone to make it work. A few weeks ago I was abroad (intentional ambiguity) and rented an international cell phone. In order to deactivate my regular phone and to activate my international phone I had to use my wife’s cell phone. And, as you think through the process it makes sense that you would need a third phone to make that work.

    I’ll be very interested to hear how you like your new phone plans including how much money you’re saving each month.

    Loved the post today as well. I especially like the mayonnaise, windex, and Simon says ones.

  2. #2 Laura
    on Jul 18th, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Is the $30 or $45/month per phone or for all phones on the plan?

    Rob adds – It’s per phone. There’s no contract, and each phone’s plan is independent.

  3. #3 Sam
    on Jul 18th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    RE: your subtitle: when do we get to hear from the German one? ;-)

  4. #4 Tom
    on Jul 23rd, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Hi, nice to do list. We downsized our cell phones as we were paying up to $90/month to run both to just one and we use it only as a phone. So when we go out or travel we take it but don’t use it as our main phone.

    Our to do list this summer is getting over our move and being settled where we are – takes time.

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