Links: Happy 13th Birthday, Niece Edition

Saturday, July 24th, 2010 at 7:41 AM | Category: Books, Business, Games, Links, Meryl's Notes Blog, Shopping 2 comments
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Another teen hits my family. My daughter went first. My brother’s daughter turns 13 today.  She’s the only niece/nephew (Always wondered if there was one word to describe this relative category — also for aunt/uncle, too) I watch grow up because the husband’s brothers’ children are older and don’t live in the area. First cousins close in age living nearby doesn’t happen much in my family. I appreciate having her sweet self nearby to give my kids a cool first cousin they hang with at family events.

Even though my work environment in the summer isn’t the same as during the school year, I enjoy watching the Food Networks, TNTs, USA Networks and Bravos on cable TV. It’s about time someone figured out to offer first run shows in the summer. Even if some of us take vacations, few take vacations that last the entire summer or from watching TV.

Of course, I’m not saying watching lots of TV is a good thing. It’s about moderation and choosing what interests you rather than just watch anything that airs. Anyway, thanks to history lover hubby, I discovered Pawn Stars (I love the banter and learning about the history of the items brought in the shop). I also watch Top Chef (Nice to see a chef from Dallas: Tiffany Derry of Go Fish Ocean Club) and The Next Food Network Star, Psych (love the ’80s references) and decided to record The Closer‘s new season rather than waiting for the show to come out on DVDs. (I record everything to watch while doing laundry or working out.)

Brain food…

And for fun because we’re allowed…

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What’s your favorite TV show and why?

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Links: June Is Busting out All Over 2009 Edition

Friday, June 5th, 2009 at 8:47 AM | Category: Blogging, Business, Games, Links, Meryl's Notes Blog, Tech No comments

More fun reads than biz reads as I recover from surgery and can barely handle the heavy-duty thinking.

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Links: The 10 Commandments 2009 Edition

Friday, April 10th, 2009 at 10:11 AM | Category: Business, Games, Links, Marketing, Meryl's Notes Blog, Shopping, Tech 3 comments

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Links: 2009-01-16

Friday, January 16th, 2009 at 7:53 AM | Category: Business, Games, Links, Marketing, Meryl's Notes Blog, Tech, Writing No comments

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New Games Web Site Coming Soon

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009 at 8:40 AM | Category: Blogging, Games, Marketing, Meryl's Notes Blog No comments

The Game ZenI thought it was time to break out the games portion of my site and send it out on its own. This site’s main blog content focuses on business, marketing, writing, and technology. Though games technically (pun intended) fall under technology, it worried me that it would bother some readers to have it blended.

I tried to keep the content separate, but I noticed the game’s content was showing up in the email feed. The two parts of the site attract different audiences.


To celebrate the official launch, I’m collecting prizes to give away to you and your friends. How big will this be? Well, when I celebrated my blog’s 8th birthday in June 2008, I collected over $5000 worth of prizes and jumped out of a plane as a thank you.

No plane jump this time (hey, I’ve had enough injuries for 2008 to last me a couple of years). Anyway, if you would like to be a sponsor, you can count on link backs to your web site from this blog, the new site, twitter, and everyone who helps spread the word.

To Sponsor

To sponsor a prize please email me (merylk [AT] game DOT] com) with the prize you generously wish to donate along with a link to your web site so I can link back and the value in $ of your prize. Here’s the 8th birthday bash final list of prizes if you need ideas.

Hold on to your codes or whatever you’re donating — we’ll work it all out later.

Excited? You betcha!

Wanna peak? Wanna give feedback? It’s all happening at


Game Site Coming Soon

Saturday, December 20th, 2008 at 9:55 AM | Category: Casual Games Reviews, News & Talk, Game News, Games, Meryl's Notes Blog No comments

The Game Zen LogoAfter two years or so of reviewing casual games, I discovered a new passion: writing game reviews and announcing game news. I thought it was time to create a separate games web site as not all of you care about computer, mobile, and handheld games.

But every single one of you offers great insight. So I’m asking if you would please take a look at the test site and provide feedback: good and needs fixin’. Ready to meet my latest baby?

I want to make the launch fun and exciting for you. So I think I shall seek out prizes. Yes, the catch is that the prizes will promote the new site. Contact me if you’d like to donate a prize or two.

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Links: 2008-12-12

Friday, December 12th, 2008 at 9:05 AM | Category: Business, Games, Language, Leftovers, Links, Marketing, Meryl's Notes Blog, Tech 1 comment

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Final Blog Birthday Bash Prizes

Monday, July 7th, 2008 at 9:29 AM | Category: Blogging, Books, Casual Games Reviews, News & Talk, Game News, Games, Meryl's Notes Blog, Tech, Writing 6 comments

All the guest bloggers have blogged. All the post-related prizes awarded. That leaves the winners from last week’s entries and the final prizes (announced July 8). But it’s not over yet! You have one more week (July 15) to get a chance to win one of the following remaining prizes:

How do I win?

You’ll get the following amount of entries based on the following guidelines:

You can do the above anytime between May 21 (date of birthday bash announcement) and July 15. To guarantee your entries, please email us by 11:59pm on July 15 what you’ve done and include links. Who can keep up with hundreds of entries? Also let me know if you have a Mac — gotta make sure we have winners of Mac prizes!

Remember, you can only win one of the above prizes — so it doesn’t hurt your chances to tell others about it — it increases them!

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Prize Winners for Magic Farm PC Game

Saturday, June 7th, 2008 at 9:14 AM | Category: Blogging, Games, Meryl's Notes Blog No comments

We have our first winners in this whole 8th blog birthday shebang in our first drawing for two copies of Magic Farm. The winners posted comments in 7 Things You Must Know Before Moving Your Blog. did the hard work in drawing the numbers.

eDrum roll, please…

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Congrats, you two! I will send you an email with the details.

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Links: 2008-05-30

Friday, May 30th, 2008 at 9:18 AM | Category: Blogging, Books, Business, Customer Service, Games, Language, Links, Meryl's Notes Blog, Tech, Writing No comments

And for fun because we’re allowed:

Remember to join the birthday celebration! Lots of prizes and easy to enter.

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