Archive for October 7th, 2011

Gmail Tricks You Need to Know

Technology has short-circuited the Monday-Friday work week: Many bosses expect you to keep in touch on the weekend. If you use Gmail, here are some clever ways to get time off and keep the boss happy.

1. Mail Goggles

Gmail can help you avoid regrettable emails with this feature. Once enabled, you set a schedule for when you want Google to watch your back – which it does by making you solve simple math problems and asking if you’re sure you want to send that email before it goes out.

How to get it: Go to “Mail settings” in Gmail by clicking on the gear icon in the upper right. Click on the “Labs” tab, search for “Mail Goggles,” and check the enable box. Then go to the “General” tab, where you can set the times and days you want Gmail to check on you. There’s an option to raise the difficulty too.

2. Undo Send

If you happen to send a regrettable email, there’s one last line of defense you can enable: the undo button. But be warned. You only have a maximum of 30 seconds to use it – and only 10 seconds by default.

How to get it: Go to the “Labs” tab as described above and look for “Undo Send.” Click to enable and head over to the “General” tab. You should see a section for “Undo Send” options, where you can set the time limit for clicking “undo” from 5 to 30 seconds. Now, right after you click to send an email and your inbox comes up, at the top you’ll see a box that says, “Your message has been sent,” with options to undo or view the message. Click anywhere but “Undo” and the option will disappear.

3. Filters and Labels

Do you get a lot of email on the weekend, and tend to ignore it all until Monday? Gmail can make sure important messages stick out at a glance in a few ways – and one of the most useful is with labels.

Labels are what they sound like: They mark certain emails with a labeled, colored box next to the subject line. You can decide what kind of emails will get marked that way before they come in. After you set it up, it’s automatic.

How to get it: Go to “Mail settings” and the “Filters” tab. Click “Create a new filter,” and you’ll see some options including filters based on who the message comes from and what words are used in the email. Easiest way to do this: Put your boss’s email address in the “from” field. (You can list multiple addresses by putting a comma in between them.) Click “Next Step,” and check the box “Apply the label.” In the dropdown box to the right of that, click “New Label” and name it something short like “Boss.” Click “Create” to close that box, then “Create filter” to finish up.

Now you should see the label listed in the left column under your folders (Inbox, Sent Mail, etc.) with a colored box next to it. Click that box and you can customize the colors – we recommend bright red for this one. Now whenever the boss emails you, you’ll see the red alert without having to read a word.

4. Auto-responses

If you know you’re going to be out of town or away from the computer for the weekend, you can make sure the boss doesn’t chew you out for not responding. Anybody who sends you an email when it’s enabled will get an automatic reply saying you’re out of town and will reply Monday, or whenever you want.

How to get it: It’s on the “General” tab near the bottom, called “Vacation responder.” Check the box to turn it on, and tell it when to start and what to say. And don’t worry about spamming the boss’ inbox with several automatic replies – he’ll only get an auto response to the first message sent and once every four days. 🙄

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Alitalia to the Spanish Steps – Rome

13 Things Your Mother-in-Law Won’t Tell You

1.
It hurts to be downsized.

I spent a couple of decades being the leading lady; now I have a character role.

2.
I know he’s your husband now.

But he’s still my son.

3.
You don’t seem very confident about yourself.

The littlest comment from me is taken as a criticism, so I’m very careful what I say around you.

4.
A little gratitude wouldn’t hurt.

Every year, I send you a birthday present, but you never even pick up the phone to thank me. This year, I said, “That’s it. No more.” Yet look at me: I’m about to send another present. I guess that’s how I am.

5.
I want the best for both of us.

We mothers say to our children, “I want you to be happy.” And we mean that. What we don’t say is, “But I would like to be happy too.”

6.
I know a little something.

I’ve bought and sold 13 houses in my life. Why won’t you ask for my advice?

7.
When I visit you, I’m just coming to see the family.

I’m not coming for a white-glove inspection.”

8.
I’ve got his number.

When I really want to talk to my son privately, I don’t call your house. I call his cell phone.

9.
I’m truly appreciative.

I’m so happy that you allow my son—your husband—to visit me on Mother’s Day. It’s a long trip and a big expense.

10.
I have a dirty little secret.

I’m afraid that if I don’t get this right, you’ll cut me off.

11.
I’m in competition with your mother.

She takes you on vacations every year and buys things I can’t afford. All I can do is love you and babysit for you. I hope that’s enough and that it’s appreciated.

12.
I’m lucky to have you!

Whenever I stay at your house, you always have my room ready, my towels, everything. You do all the right things.

13.
You know me well.

I cherish the refrigerator magnet you gave me: “Age and treachery will always overcome youth and skill. 🙄

Unusual Uses for Eggshells

The next time you’re making omelets, don’t toss your shells. Eggshells have nearly as many uses as the eggs themselves. Here are a few ways to get the most from your eggs.

Put them on your face

To restore a youthful glow to your skin, pulverize clean, dried eggshells with a mortar and pestle. Mix the powder with some egg white and spread on your skin. Allow the mixture to dry before washing it off.

Clean your house with them

Ground eggshells make a wonderful (and nontoxic!) abrasive for those tough-to-clean pots, pans, and thermoses. Mix them with a little soapy water for a powerful clean.

Unclog your drains

Keep a few ground eggshells in your kitchen sink strainer. They trap additional solids and when they slowly break down, they will help to naturally clean your pipes on their way out.

Fertilize your garden

Eggshells are rich in calcium and other minerals that help your garden thrive. Crush eggshells into tiny pieces and use them as compost.

Clear up your skin

Drop an eggshell into a small container of apple cider vinegar and let it soak for a couple of days. Dab the mixture on minor skin irritations or on itchy skin.

Start some seedlings

Fill an egg carton with empty, rinsed eggshell halves and poke a hole in each one for drainage. Then add potting soil and one or two seeds to each shell. When the seedlings are big enough for transplanting outside, just crack the shell at the bottom and plant them, shell and all. It’s biodegradable!

Fortify your pet

Dry eggshells in a 250-degree over for 30 minutes. Then put them in a plastic zipper bag, seal it, and crush the shells with a rolling pin until they are a fine powder. Put this into your dog’s food as a great calcium supplement to help its bones and teeth.

Scare away slugs

Crush eggshells and scatter them around your vegetables and flowers to fend off hungry herbivores, such as slugs, snails, and cutworms without using toxic pesticides. The smell of eggs will also deter deer.

Sweeten your coffee

Add some crushed eggshells to ground coffee before brewing it to make it taste less bitter. When you’re done, toss the grounds and shells on your compost heap! 🙄

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