Monday, April 13, 2009

Coolest Websites Ever

Today is day one of cutting my calorie consumption back to 1800 per day. I took my friend Magena's advice and waited until today because of my housewarming party and Easter. Between the alcohol, chocolate and junk food, I'm pretty sure the calorie count was astronomical. I love holidays because they give me an excuse to drink mimosas and irish coffees. Oh wait...I consider that appropriate for every weekend day.

Anyhow, today I'd like to share some of the websites I'm addicted to these days. How on earth did I ever live before the internet. Well, really I was only in high school before the internet really started taking hold so maybe I hadn't lived much. But still.

Pandora
You can create your own customized music station. It allows you to choose the artists you like and then it plays music from those artists AND it picks other songs you might like. I enjoy a wide variety of music from classic rock to alternative to even the occasional country song, and of course there is no radio station that plays all of this music. But on Pandora it's possible. And it's free. And I can even get it on my Blackberry...for free! This is seriously one of the coolest inventions ever!

Spark People
This may possibly be the best weight loss tool ever...and again it's free. Do you sense a theme here? It tracks goals. You can find calorie counts and keep a food diary. It has message boards for support. It has articles and reference information. Sooooo cool.

Facebook
Hi my name is Jennifer, and I've become a facebook addict. I had always used myspace, but now I'm ready to dump my myspace account because facebook is so much cooler. I've reconnected with so many people I used to know, some of which I'm glad to see again and some of which I was less thrilled. Even my family members have facebook accounts! However being the socially lazy person that I am, it is an easy way to stay in touch with people with minimal effort. It just better stay free or I'm outta there.

Google Reader
My blog reading is about 10 times more efficient thanks to this website.

Ravelry

The best knitting website ever. You can find patterns, meet people, see what project people have worked on and track everything possible related to your own knitting projects. I haven't spent as much time on this site lately, but once we're finished with the endless unpacking I hope to have more time to spend knitting.

By the way this was my 300th post after about two years of blogging. Crazy!

11 comments:

CJ said...

I'll have to check out Pandora, that sounds awesome! Bean and I listen to 103.7 The Mountain during the day, though. They have a pretty good variety of music.

I am still a facebook holdout. The whole reconnecting thing doesn't really get me drawn in... but then a bunch of the moms in my preschool and moms group talk about facebook, so now I fear I won't be able to break into the social circles here unless I join. Maybe I can meet a bunch of other totally uncool, out-of-touch moms (who also don't text, I don't do that either) and hang out with them.

Barb said...

Love Pandora and Ravelry!!! And Love your new blog look! Beautiful.

Shelby said...

definitely have to check out Pandora- hadn't heard of it before! And love that it's usable on the BB- I have been wanting to get music going on mine but hadn't gotten that far yet.

And LOVE Ravelry. Love, love, love it! I spend way too much time there, and on forums...the forums are fabulous!!

nancy said...

iGoogle has taken all my time. I'm afraid to look to any other sites!

JamieD said...

I can't imagine life without my Google Reader!

I have heard so many cool things about Pandora. I definitely need to check it out.

Maria said...

I knew of few of these, but I'm looking forward to checking out the others.

Curt said...

If you ever want a laugh for contemporary news, especially regarding Russia, I suggest checking out http://english.pravda.ru/. The Pravda have some of the most lol articles, usually about American imperialism in the world section, paranormal stuff in the science section, etc., and the translation from Russian always makes it appear like a 4th grader wrote it.

Some of your sites listed look interesting, though. Maybe I'll check them out when I get around to it.

Intrepidgirl said...

Thanks for the tips! I just joined up with Pandora and it really is cool! I tried sparkpeople, but you can't join if you are breastfeeding. Oh well. They tried to send me over to babyfit instead.

Kelly said...

I didn't know you were/are on facebook?! I'll have to ~find~ you!

Congrats on the 300th post!

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facebook is really a website wonder! the one who made it is so amazing.

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