Things I’ve Googled

Happy happy hour Friday, friends! I’m getting this post up a little late because I took the girls to the mall today to get some pictures taken and for a trip to Build A Bear so they could cash in their Christmas gift cards from their cousins. Harper got a hot pink Care Bear with a rainbow tummy that she named Carlo and Elliot chose a white cat that she named Kit. It was pretty much the best day of their lives.

Speaking of, last weekend was so fun ^^^ we decided a replay was in order. We’re headed to the mountains again tomorrow to ski with friends and our fingers are crossed it doesn’t rain on our parade. If it does, ah well. We’ll be in good company with the best view in the world. I hope you have something fun in store, too. For now, here’s a little recap of the silliness I Googled this week.

Can you text 911?
Sometimes I dream up crazy scenarios when I’m left alone with my imagination. The other day, my wild thought was, what if I develop an allergy to something I wasn’t previously allergic to? What if my tongue swelled up and I couldn’t talk? Could I text 911? Great news! According to the FCC, “In the future, text-to-911 will be widely available in the US. However, text-to-911 is currently only available in certain markets where 911 call centers have elected to accept emergency text messages from the public.” A list of areas supporting the service is available here. I’m not in one of them. Maybe you are!

Why are U.S. races measured in kilometers?
Because, like I posted this week, I’m running the Bay to Breakers in May. This will be my first race. I’m nervous. I’m questioning everything. I do know the K in 12K stands for kilo which means 1,000, which translates to 12,000 kilometers and me freaking out. But why kilometers and not miles? A standard track is measured in meters. But again, why? (BTW, I used to run the 400 meters in high school track. That’s likely why even a single kilometer, let alone 12 of them is intimidating.) Google suggested that the International Amateur Athletic Federation only recognizes world records set in metric distances (as of 1976). We Americans are so silly with our standard unit of measure.

What does the K in 401(K) stand for?
Just a tangent from the thought above. From Wikipedia, “In the United States, a 401(k) plan is the tax-qualified, defined-contribution pension account defined in subsection 401(k) of the Internal Revenue Code.”

What happened to Curious George on Netflix?
I have an angry almost-4-year-old demanding answers. It looks like PBS moved all 9 seasons of Curious George over to Hulu! Not a cool move to pull all this monkey business around April fool’s day, Netflix.

When are you supposed to charge your Fitbit?

Again, with the running. Not that a Fitbit tracks how far but it does track my steps and I’ve been getting those glorious 10,000 step vibrations all week long, baby. I’ve also been getting my fair share of Ben & Jerry’s now that they are carrying dairy free ice cream. I mean nothing beats real ice cream made with, you know, cream, but my body is happier when I don’t play dumb with my lactose intolerance. Now that I’m committing to an exercise regiment, I started wearing my dad’s Fitbit that I stole over Easter. (Thanks, Dad!) It’s perplexing though… if I wear it all day and then I wear it to track my sleep… ahem, utter disaster…(kids are awesome!)

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…when is it supposed to charge? On cheat day? Google was no help at all. What say you people?

Have a happy weekend! xo


Things I’ve Googled is an ongoing series and comes from one of the standard questions Jim and I ask each other when we get home. Often, it’s a good indicator of where our minds have wandered off to in the middle of the day and the topics usually make us laugh. So consider this part educational. Part oversharing. Part nonsense. Completely random.

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