What a treat!

Hello friends- I try to keep a good mix of business and “reasonable” personal blogs in the mix, and this one just needed to be posted.

My wife Dandra (who is on summer vacation because she is a teacher) has been busy in the kitchen…last night I came home to this:

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And for desert after dinner I got this:

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Yup. Home made, low calorie, granny smith apple turnovers. I was only allowed to eat one…but never fear there are a couple more in the fridge for tonight. The smell of apples and cinnamon were fantastic and the hot mix of apples and sauce with the flaky crust was even better after a long day at work.

I almost took a picture of the chicken pot pie that she made as well, but the turnovers took top prize last night. Yummy!

I’m no wimp in the kitchen either. I make “world famous” chicken nuggets (these aren’t your typical McDonalds nuggets either) and when I whip up a batch it’s a family favorite. I’ll post my recipe sometime.

I was looking forward to dinner tonight…and on the way out this morning she said “I’ll be out late, so you’re on your own for dinner. There are hot dogs in the fridge.”

I guess it’ll be a hot dog night. It’ll do 😉

Take care, have a great day – Ryan

Reading? Li-berry. Library?

Good evening friends-

It’s Friday night before the “Spring Forward” weekend and I have one more blog to post. This one’s not about me or Mission Repair – it’s about Mrs. Arter and she’s got something to be proud of.

Dandra has worked with her school’s PTA to chair a very special community service project for three years now. By the way, she is the librarian at an elementary school here in Kansas City. The “competition” is called Hooked on Books and the idea is to rally her school together to gather up as many new and gently used books for children in the KC Metro area as possible. These books will be given to lower income children during wellness check-ups and dental appointments at clinics that partner with the foundation that hosts the competition.

The first two years, although very successful, were pretty uneventful. They managed to win the competition both years, BLOWING AWAY their competitors in the process, and receive some pretty cool rewards. As she watched the service project unfold I found that their school was really coming together in a way that she hadn’t felt before. Consequently, she had a lot of pride in what they did regardless of the accolades. She just felt like that her kids understood that, despite their young age, were making a difference for others.

This year they won again. . .and they’ve received a lot of press for their efforts!! A week and a half ago she and her 15 student volunteers, the ones that helped her count their loot. . .all 6,574 books, were featured on both a live news segment and a pre-taped segment on television. She said it was an amazing experience!! She got to check-out the news van and see themselves on the camera, we were interviewed by a real-life news reporter, and then they got to see the segments at home with their families as they showed the spots multiple times throughout the days newscasts!

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After all of that good fortune, their district PR team created a write-up published on their district webpage to share the exciting news with all of their stakeholders. You can read that story by clicking on this link: http://bit.ly/1ifPYGN. Lastly, Dandra and her principal were invited to the foundation’s annual “Green Eggs and Ham” breakfast at the acclaimed Country Club Plaza in Kansas City this morning. As 2014 HOB winners, they were honored in front of 100+ guests as they received part of their award. . .a $500 check to purchase new books for her library! It was a Dr. Seuss themed event as you can tell from the pictures! That’s Dandra on the right below…

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This particular project has consumed the last two months of her life. Between the preparation of information for her student families, plugging the book collection during library visits, coordinating volunteers, counting books almost daily after school for five weeks (with VERY excited kids), and then preparing for all of this great press, she’s exhausted! But even more so, she is filled with pride, she’s been inspired by her students, and she can drive home tonight feeling very grateful for the good fortune she has in her life including a wonderful job that she truly enjoys.

This community service project has just meant so much to her for so many years, I had to take the time to share the excitement with all of my blog readers. Sometimes it’s the little things in life that mean the most – and knowing Dandra has made me a better person.

With all of that being said; we here at Mission Repair will continue to collect books for the Hooked on Books program (donate here if you’d like), as well as honor and participate in many community service programs. You will find a Harvesters donation barrel in our customer waiting area, and if you bring in a canned item to donate, we will match it.

Have a wonderful evening, and a great weekend. I’ll be back with more business related topics soon.

Sincerely, Ryan

I taught something to Dandra today.

Hello everyone, it’s a HOT HOT HOT Tuesday afternoon here in Kansas City today. I’ve been asking myself all day “why did you wear jeans today Ryan?”

Well, it’s not that I like being hot…just sometimes it’s a matter of “business casual” vs. “very casual”. I like to keep somewhat of a dress code, but days like today quite frankly feel like shorts and flip-flop days!

This morning I was talking to Dandra about recipes and she was taking notes for dinners from her iPhone. She was looking up recipes, then trying to compile them all to make a grocery list…she was going to and from several webpages, and while this is not a bad way to get things done…I was watching her manipulate her iPhone and I said “why don’t you just take a screenshot of that recipe and print it out?”

“Screenshot?”

Yes dear, that nifty little device that you’re holding does more than Pinterest 😉 There’s a simple way to take a snapshot of whatever is on your screen at the time you’re looking at it…then sends an image to your photo folder for you to view, print, email, text or whatever. To many iPhone users, this will seem trivial. But to my iPhone student this morning, it was HUGE news. Let’s take a look at how it’s done:

To take a screenshot with your iPhone or iPod Touch, just press the Home and Sleep buttons at the same time. You’ll get a flash on the screen and the camera shutter sound, and your screen will be captured.

To access your screenshots go to Photos and on the iPhone, look in Camera Roll, while on the iPod Touch, check out Saved Photos. (see, poetically, screenshots after the jump!)

That’s all there is to it. You can even paste shots of them into your blog if you want to!

This is my phone home page as of 5:34 today.  It is what it is.

This is my phone home page as of 5:32 today. It is what it is.

Once you take the picture of what you want, you can send it off in several ways, view it or just delete it. Screenshots can come in handy when you want to preserve a text or website that you want to see again.

Just take a screenshot of that recipe and head to the store!

Just take a screenshot of that recipe and head to the store!

Again, this is iPhone 101 to many of you and I know that I’ll get some backlash about it from a ton of blog readers. Hang in there with me. it was so much of an iPhone 101 “skill”, and my wife didn’t know about it, I had to blog it. Maybe it’ll help someone in the future.

Next up: I’ll blog on “How to make a telephone call from your iPhone”. That will really appeal to a lot of people!!

Ok, enough sarcasm for today, I should be grateful that Dandra’s doing the grocery shopping, right?!?

Have a great evening everyone. Ryan