j0440914From large companies to the individual users, folks with computers around the world were wondering if the joke was on them this April Fools Day.  Luckily, there seems to have been little affect from the anticipated Conflicker Worm .  But some report the bad guys behind it have put it on hold because everyone is on such high alert.

Hopefully it will never come to fruition.  From what I have read, computers that are regularly protected will have a much less  chance of  having problems.  But the scare and they hype did teach us a good lesson.  It is important to make sure that your computer is protected.  It is very simple to keep your computer up to date.  You should install anti virus and anti Spyware software.

  • Set computer for automatic updates from Microsoft.  Many times they send “patches” when they know a problem is going on or  its way.
  • Set computer for automatic Spyware scans.
  • Be sure to back up your information.  Many options are available.  External hard drives, downloading to CD or automatic on-line updates such as Carbonite.
  • Scan discs and devices for viruses.
  • Be careful what links you open and forward.  Many viruses are disguised as something else.

There are a ton of reasons why being organized is a positive thing.  You must Organize for Disaster as well.  We all want to say, “oh, that won’t happen to me…” but when it does you want to be able to recover as quickly and as stress free as possible.

Organize Your Health

March 23, 2009

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Today was the day of my annual skin check.  This is an important thing to do once a year.  It only takes less than 1/2 hour and it gives you the security in knowing that all is fine…that all the years of sun have not done any damage. I was a baby oil girl back in the day!   I never thought this was very important until a dear friend of mine was diagnosed with some serious skin cancers.  Catching it early was very important.

Be sure to schedule all of your yearly/bi-yearly check ups.  Today, I made my appointment for next year.  It makes it easy.  I decided to make next year’s appointment on my birthday.  That way I get to take the day off!  I usually have a spring dental appointment.  Gonna schedule that now for the same day.   I will start the year off fresh…and end the day with a massage to celebrate!

When thinking about Organizing your Health, here are some other things to think about for you and your family:

  • Create a listing of medications & medical history.   This info is important if a trip to the ER arises. You won’t have to worry about missing anything if you are in a stressful situation.
  • Do you have an I.C.E. number in your cell phone?  ICE is short for In Case of Emergency.  If something happens to you, and you are alone, people helping you (good Samaritans, emergency medical folks) will know who to contact on your behalf.
  • Make sure your family members have copies of important documents relating to your health, including health care proxy, organ donation, etc.
  • Go through your first aid materials and medicines at home.  Get rid (properly) of anything that is out of date.  Organize like items together and keep them where you use them.  Create a first aid box with all the staples.  Especially if you have children, they are going to be heading out more now that the weather is better — scrapes are sure to come!
  • Keep medicines out of the reach of children.

Wishing you a very happy and healthy Spring!

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What is Worth Taking?

January 9, 2009

Greetings from Denver.  Came to visit my best friend and her hubby.  It is nice that I can work on parts of my business remotely, and spend some quality time with friends. 

The weather is unseasonably warm which is nice, but they are also facing some scary wild fires out here.  No snow = very dry.  Sad stories of homes and livelihoods lost.

So it made us think…if this was to happen to us what would we take?  If you didn’t have much time, and you weren’t sure your house would be there the next day?

It would be different for most people.  For me it would be my crazy cat Sam, survival clothing, medicine, identification, important document list, my 2 small boxes of photos (really small,) and family jewelry.  I keep toying about the computer…that is a maybe.  More to run my business, not for personal use per se. 

I had a friend who would grab her Grammy award for sure along with her animals. 

This exercise showed us two things.  That you should have a plan in place for disaster an what to take — I’ll get more detailed in that during National Preparedness Month.  It also really makes you look at what is important to you.  How the many “things” we have are just really “things” in the long run.

When you are ready to organize an area, think…what would I take in an emergency?  What really has meaning for me?  What is no longer used and just taking up space and energy? 

I heard in the recent Denver plane crash people were not running for the exits and jumping on the slide to safety, they were jamming up the rows, getting their belongings out of he over-head bin. They are just THINGS people!  Oh my!

Off to finish some work and then spend some quality time with friends.  Have a great weekend.

New Year’s “Flare”

January 6, 2009

So how did you spend your New Year’s eve? Mine was quite interesting…

The plan was to be on the cape for a quiet weekend of friends, food, wine, games, walks and books. Sitting in the breakdown lane on the highway with tons of traffic, plows coming inches from the car, and very little visibility because of a snow storm was not really the plan.

new-years-2008-0081I hate to say it, and I can only say it because we were lucky and were rescued quickly…but we had a great time. I have not laughed so hard in a long time. My trust of the Good Samaritans was renewed. So many people offered help either on the road or to get us home. Good lessons to reflect back on.

  • Don’t panic
  • Make the best of a situation
  • There are nice people who will help
  • Friends make it all better
  • Be sure to renew your AAA card

The other important lesson is to be ready and organized for something like this. Kathleen had an emergency kit in the car. We did not, however ,have a “flare.” A very nice plow driver came by and lit one for us. Because we were heading to the cape we had blankets, pillows, food and beer! But on a normal day, be sure to keep a small shovel, blanket, some water, and perhaps some non-perishable food such as power bars in the car. Put “flares” on your shopping list, I am. Also remember safety. Especially if you are alone in the car. Ask someone to call help for you. Don’t let anyone in your car.

Thanks to all who helped us. Play it forward.