An alternative to Google Reader

I’ve been using Google Reader like forever and I love it. But come July 1, they’ll be pulling the plug on Google Reader. I’m heartbroken, of course *sobs*. I’ve started scrambling around for an alternative. So far, I haven’t found any yet that appeals to me. Picky me!

I’m not a fan of the boxy magazine format like Feedly and I don’t actually need one that’s mobile-friendly either. I’d prefer something that resembles Google Reader. So far, the only ones I know of are The Old Reader which is backed up on new subscriptions because so many people are waiting to get on, and Newsblur which is free for only up to a certain number of feeds. Most recently, I heard Digg is working on a Google Reader lookalike. I’m holding out for that and hoping it materializes into something that appeals to me.

When they retired Google Friends Connect a while back, I signed up for Bloglovin’. So glad I did. Well, okay so it’s not 100% like Google Reader but it does the job. Signing up is a piece of cake, and you can easily upload your Google Reader feeds to Bloglovin’ which also comes with a handy-dandy mobile app. I like it. Odds are you will too. Feel free to follow me here. The more the merrier.

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The beautiful thing about…

The beautiful thing about...

.. having all my kids under the same roof for the summer is that we’re always up for one great pigging out session after another. The girls and I have been taking Steev to all his favorite places to eat.

Dinner at Chili’s on his first night home

A full-fledged bento feast at Ichiban Boshi

 Steev’s favorite dumplings

 Hanging out over dessert and drinks at Coffee Bean

Taiwanese food at a restaurant with a funny name

That was our weekend. Everything been yums so far but for now, it’s back to business weekdays in my kitchen so it’ll be homecooked food during the rest of the week 😀 .

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Ideal day of “me time”

To be honest, I’ve never really thought much about “me time” or taken much time off from playing Mom. Mommy experts will frown and throw their arms up in the air going “No, no, no, you gotta have time to yourself!! If you don’t, you’re going to go nuts being around your kids so much!!”. Well, I haven’t gone nuts yet, so there 😛 !

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Frankly it’s not that big a deal. For me anyways. I’ve never consciously made it a point to get away from my kids. I love having all my kids around the house and I love hanging out with them.

If I wanted some time out, I simply take an afternoon nap or go to coffee with a girl friend. I just don’t feel like I have to orchestrate some elaborate escape or farm my kids out for the weekend. But that’s just me.

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Favorite eco-friendly thing to do

I like to recycle. I have a collection of used containers especially the pretty glass ones which I can’t bear to throw away. I will clean them out and reuse them for some other purpose.

Going Green with the Grizls

I get a big kick out of constantly thinking of ways to reuse empty containers and dress them up. Why waste a perfectly good container, right?

I use bottles as a stand for the children’s paintbrushes and pencils. Old cookie tins work great for keeping loose bits together. I’m also in the habit of dressing up containers to give them a prettier look and then we can use them for storing make-up items like cotton, hair clips, etc.

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Favorite blog post

I’ve written well over 1,000 blog posts to date, before this challenge, that is. I’ve enjoyed writing all of them and quite frankly, it’s not easy to pick out just one post.

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But one of my favorites definitely has to be the one that begs the question

Do you talk to your teens?

simply because I really believe that talking to your teens is such an important, yet often overlooked, aspect of parenting.

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What did I want to be when I grew up?

When I was a kid, what did I want to be when I grew up? Interesting question. I read somewhere that every kid many kids grow up wanting to be teachers. That’s like almost a standard first ambition of every child and believe it or not, it was my first ambition too.

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I think it had to do with wanting to write on the chalk board so bad. It looked like a lot of fun. Clearly I had some sort of fascination with chalk, especially the colored ones which, for some strange reason, were quite rare and only the Geography teacher used to use them 😆 .

As it turned out, I didn’t become a teacher by profession. But I do teach college and working adults from time to time now. It’s fun though writing with a whiteboard marker isn’t half as much fun as writing with chalk 😛 .

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Recent words of wisdom

The most recent words of wisdom I’ve heard that stuck with me —

“You’re never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.”

So true!


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