Sunday, October 29, 2006

"Stumble Upon" and Other Random Stuff

My daughter has introduced me to the neatest thing..."Stumble Upon". It's a free toolbar (*groan*) that works with either IE or Mozilla/Firefox, takes less that a minute to download, and takes you to random websites when you click the "Stumble" button, based on your preferences as determined by questions you answer when you install it. After each stumble, you are given an opportunity to rate each site as "I Like It" (Thumbs Up) or "No More Like This" (Thumbs Down), and my daughter says to do this after every stumble, because it gets better at finding sites you will enjoy each time you rate a random site. It's quite habit forming....and it solves the problem of what to look up when you just want to "surf the 'net"!

And in a completely unrelated matter: My 19-year-old daughter is having her first real conflict with her 3 apartment mates. Her boyfriend (the 33-year-old, of whom I disapprove) wants to come visit for the Thanksgiving break. They would only be staying at the apartment for a couple of days, until her classes end for the break, then she would be bringing him home. In the beginning they had agreed not to have boyfriends overnight at the apartment, but the girls made an exception here and one there, but now that it's my daughter's turn, they are all against it. In principle, she should be allowed the same "exception" as the other girls. They don't like him, though, because he is so much older. One girls says he "smells like smoke". I don't know what to tell her. I don't like him either, although, in all honesty I have never met the man. My objection is strictly because of their age difference.

So now what?


molly said...

Hi Rita, I came here for a visit after reading your comment on to love, honor and dismay. I was touched by what you said and think you are showing wisdom and restraint. My mother had an intense dislike for a boy I dated and I think that prolonged the relationship, rather than the opposite. I wish you well.

Andrew said...

Hi Rita,
I agree with Molly about the wisdom and restraint part. Thank you for visiting my site and for leaving such a nice comment. I appreciate it!

All the best,
Andrew ("To Love, Honor and Dismay")

SingingSkies said...

Prayer, fasting, and holding your tongue! Well, the fasting isn't really necessary, but it might not hurt. They'll get it figured out someway.

At least you'll get a chance to meet the guy at Thanksgiving. The age difference is fairly large; however, I do know of several very long-term, loving, healthy couples whose age difference is even greater. You never can tell! I think the most important thing is to be there for your daughter whatever transpires in the relationship.