I win.


cropped-candy.jpgI have been putting off launching a blog for way.  too.  long.

So here it is.  I win.

scattered will be a lab blog where I try out new concepts and gadgets and widgets and whiz-bang things for scatter-brain media’s clients’ blogs.  Content will focus on being more productive for scatter-brained people struggling in a linear world. You know who you are.

Not sure you are a scatter-brain?

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I Give Up. Just got 1Password.


I have been the world’s worst about password security. (Yeah, probably shouldn’t admit that to the whole wide world, right?)

Anyhoo . . . this Heartbleed situation has gotten even me spooked.  So I did a (very) little research and found this well-reviewed platform called 1Password.

1PasswordI like that it is a family plan and that it will cover all of our computers, tablets and phones and all platforms – Mac, Android and Windows.  (Here at Two Moms, Two Boys we have got it all.)  It is ordinarily $99, but they are having a half-price special (h/t DealHacker) and you can also use promo code MacPowerUsers for another $10 off. (h/t RetailMeNot).

Stay tuned for an update after I have downloaded, set-up, trained Celia and the boys, and used it for awhile.

Update:  Ooo! It also tracks software licenses.  Nice! Also, credit card info so that I can drop LifeLock – which is owned by scary right-wing conservatives who think I will want to buy their product more if I’m mansplained to do so by Rudy “9-11+verb” Giuliani.  But I digress.

Tip: Load the extension on your browser before you begin adding items – it will capture your logins as you go.

Knock. It. Off. (Part 1 of 30)


The intertubes have been full of lists lately.  Mostly lists about what you SHOULD be doing if you have any hope of:

Over the next month, I’m going to dribble out this fantastic list of things to STOP doing. Created by lifehackers Marc and Angel, you can of course go read the whole thing now.  But I’m hoping to help you consider each one for an entire day.  Think about how you are tempted to do that thing throughout your day.  How does it play in to your relationships with your co-workers? Your family?  Is this a big one for you – or you figured this one out in your 20s?


Let’s get a conversation started about how you have overcome these buggaboos or how you seem to be fiercely hanging on to them.

Thanks to {Life}Buzz for bringing this list, and Marc and Angel, to our attention!

 toad#1 Stop spending time with the wrong people. 

Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you.  If someone wants you in their life, they’ll make room for you.  You shouldn’t have to fight for a spot.  Never, ever insist yourself to someone who continuously overlooks your worth.  And remember, it’s not the people that stand by your side when you’re at your best, but the ones who stand beside you when you’re at your worst that are your true friends.