Random thoughts #18: Billboards, travel, solar system, & kid surprises

There was a taxi with the label “clean air vehicle”…and the driver was smoking. 😐

Ahhhh…I haven’t been on Molendrix.com in forever.


I like the combo of pink and tan.

I’ve been reading a lot of free Kindle travel books lately.

Ketchup actually makes a really good dip for plain potato chips.

In Vegas, if you want an all-black taxi with a cool driver dressed in a black suit and wearing sunglasses and an earpiece, it’s $50. A regular taxi with a plainly-dressed driver is $20. In Vegas.

Have you seen the largest photograph ever taken? Click here and prepare to have your mind blown by the sheer grandeur of our solar system and our God who made it.

“Stay connected. Or stay disconnected, ya ignoramus.”
-a radio station billboard

Kindergarten boy, about Pirates of the Caribbean: “They’re scary. But they have good songs.” Never seen it but from the previews I’ve seen and the couple songs I’ve heard, that seems accurate.

Kindergarten boy, on anacondas: “Are those a fruit? Or a vegetable?” Yes, genuine question.

“You don’t have to be famous to be unforgettable.”

Wendy’s honey mustard is a nice dip for homemade chicken sandwiches.

1st grade boy asks: “Is everyone the same?” And I’m thinking, what do you mean-quality, looks, identity, value…? #loadedquestion

So cute to see a little girl at school practicing moves from her hula class.

There must be something artsy you can make out of paper crayon wrappers.

Know what’s really cool? Watching an 8th grade boy sit with a kindergarten boy and patiently teach him how to play a game. 🙂

“Grab your hat and let’s go to Paris!”

Never mind that that ^^ is a snippet of a kindergartner girls’ “pretend” game. That sounds good NOW 😉

At first I didn’t like the Kindle’s non-auto-rotate feature, but now I really do. 8)

“You won the game, but the game says you lost.”
“You won the battle, but lost the war.”
-middle school boys during a game

My littlest brother asked “Can I have cinnamon gum?” and my mom thought he was asking for “some income.” XD

Getting a swag code entered 11 seconds before it expires :O

The need for discernment…

Ski Resort Offers Asylum to Punxsutawney Phil After Police Issue Arrest Warrant

I just can’t look up at the sky and NOT think about our God.

When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained; what is man, that Thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that Thou visitest him?
-Psalm 8:3-4

Making easy money with Swagbucks!

Want to make some extra money this year? Swagbucks helps you do that!

Swagbucks gives you a way to earn points (Swag “bucks,” or SBs), which can be redeemed for gift cards, by doing things online.

Since I joined Swagbucks 5 months ago, and from doing all my Internet searching and online shopping through them, and other things through their site when I have time, I’ve been able to make enough to get $60 worth of Amazon gift cards. It really works! With all the Amazon gift cards I got through that, I was able to buy books for college and some nice Christmas gifts for my family. It really is easy. You’re searching the Internet anyway—just do it through Swagbucks and you get rewarded. If you shop online, do it through Swagbucks and get a percentage back. If you have some time, try some surveys. All of those things earn you SBs.

Here’s how the points system works. Every SB equals 1 cent. On the Swagbucks site, 500 SBs can be redeemed for a $5 gift card, 1000 for a $10 gift card, and so on. You can get gift cards to Amazon.com, Wal Mart, Facebook, iTunes, and more. Amazon.com gift cards are my favorite because they’re always on sale for 450 SBs each 😎

The easiest ways to earn points are…

•Searching using the Swagbucks search engine. Every time you want to Google search something, use the Swagbucks search engine instead! On PCs, you can install the toolbar; on Macs, you can bookmark or set as your homepage search.swagbucks.com. I have it as a shortcut on my iPad homepage. Every few searches you do, you get a few SBs, usually from 6-12, sometimes more.
•Voting in the Daily Poll. This gives you 1 SB.
•Viewing the NOSO (No Obligation Special Offers). Sign up for offers you like and skip the rest, or skip them all; email is required for most of them but no credit card info. This gives you 2 SBs.
•Redeeming Swag codes. I’ve observed that generally 1-3 codes are released every day, each worth 2-6 SBs. Look for these on the Swagbucks Facebook and Twitter pages. You can let others know about the codes, so do share when one becomes active. They do expire after a certain number of hours.

Those are things you can do (and I do) to earn SBs every day. Other things you can do when you have time are…

•Participating in surveys. Sometimes it is hard to qualify for these. But if you don’t qualify for a survey you try, you will at least get 1 SB for trying, for up to 5 tries daily. That’s 5 free SBs if you’re disqualified, and more if you do qualify and can finish surveys. Occasionally, I can complete ones worth 50 to 200 SBs. Otherwise, I can at least get 5 SBs every day for attempting 5 surveys that I couldn’t complete.
•Watching videos on Swagbucks.com (they have movie trailers, recipes, news clips, music videos and more). Every 10 videos gets you 3 SBs. Watch a few during work and/or study breaks to earn SBs while learning something or being entertained 🙂
•Playing games on Swagbucks.com. I haven’t had time to explore this much, but it is an option.
•If you get a lot of SBs in one day, you could reach your Daily Goals, which Swagbucks sets for you every day (usually 40-100 SBs for the day) and get bonus SBs (something like 6-9 SBs every time). I usually reach these if I do a lot of searching or can complete some big surveys that day.
Shop online at your favorite stores through their links on Swagbucks. If you do this, you can get 1 or more SBs back for every dollar you spend. Remember that 1 SB = 1 cent, and that’s pretty good! Watch for specials; during the Christmas holiday season, you can get larger percentages back. There are LOTS of stores you can shop at—Amazon, Wal Mart, Target, Sears, Lowes, Staples, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Shutterfly, Hotels.com, Sephora, PetSmart, Nook, Bed Bath & Beyond, Groupon, LEGO, Macy’s, and more, as well as at numerous smaller stores.
Print coupons they send you to get awarded SBs.


•Enter Swagstakes. These are sweepstakes Swagbucks does, that you can enter for a few—or many—SBs, depending on the size of the prize.
•Interact with Swagbucks on Facebook and/or Twitter. For example, they do contests and such that you can enter and they pick from the participants several who are awarded SBs.
•Take advantage of special offers and sales at certain stores or on certain items that Swagbucks will tell you about, and get SBs in return for your purchases.

•Another big way to earn SBs is to refer others. If you refer people who sign up through your link, you get 10% of most of what they earn at Swagbucks (through searching and shopping, and more), for life! It’s a really nice source of residual income.

I’m happy to tell you about this amazing opportunity and hope this post was helpful to you! Here is my referral link: http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/Westerner. Sign up and enjoy! 😀

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