Sunday, November 30, 2008

Bird in the Living Room

Around noon today, I heard a strange chirping coming from our living room. Yes, a bird had flown in from outside and was perched on our silk sofa. Droppings! He jumped. More droppings. He landed on a velvet pillow. More droppings. On to the coffee table. More droppings. This bird had more active bowels than my grandpa on prunes. Unbelievable. I screamed for my husband (who had left the door open and was to blame for this mess), he came running in, summed up the situation and said as only a MIT graduate can say: "A Bird!" duh! Obviously this had happened to him before because he said: "Do you have a broom?" Yeah, like I carry one around! The bird must have done this before too, because he immediately took off for the heights of the ceiling while my husband ran off to do a Google query on removing bird from a living room. Fortunately the bird found the open door and left before we could effect any harebrained scheme for his removal.

Why do I tell you this? Because it reminded me of 3 weeks ago when I listened to Al Gore at Web 2.0 as he eloquently talked about how we are melting the polar ice caps and completely clueless about it. I thought that we are the mirror image of the bird out of his environment, pooping on couches and flirting with death. We are pooping on the ice caps with our carbon based fuels, and we are in actuality, more peril than that dumb bird in our living room, except that we don't have the sense to recognize it and solve it. I harped at my husband so much after I listened to Al, that he hooked our former VP up with the VP of comedy, Will Ferrell to make a video that maybe, through humor will wake people up to the fact that we are destroying our world in our lifetime.

Wednesday I have the honor of attending a party where I might just get a chance to talk to Al one on one. I wonder if I'll have the nerve to talk about that bird.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Electronic Wish List!

I woke up this morning inspired by the new shopping button! After reading about all the craziness of Black Friday, I figured there has to be an easier way to find what I'm looking for and I think I found it.

Since I have 5 brothers and one sister and 4 sons of the electronic age, I figured making an electronic stack would be the way to go! I was so excited about my findings that I jumped the gun and bought myself a new Flip camera from! I like Tony (Zappos CEO) he is a nice guy (see picture of me with him - I'm on the right), so happy to give him my business! Alfred is a nice guy too if you don't already you should follow them on (zappos)(alfred_zappos) - they crack me up!

I shared my stack with some friends and family and am so excited to see that Searchme added my stack to the featured section of the homepage.

SearchmeView in searchme: full | lite

Friday, November 28, 2008


To tell you the truth when I think about romance I NEVER think about computers, do you? But I have to tell you that tonight my husband's iPhone set the stage for a very romantic evening. We were getting pedicures - yeah, he didn't want to go with me but I forced him to sit beside me and feel awkward while I enjoyed myself.

He had just downloaded his latest iPhone app, OpenTable, and was fiddling with it trying not to notice the small woman working on his feet. He was looking for a place for us to have dinner, using the GPS and he kept telling me we had to go to Scott's Seafood, not our usual place. He said the program kept suggesting it so we HAD to go there. Somehow a iPhone picking my dinner spot sounded less than romantic,and but he had been a good sport with the pedicure so I humored him and agreed.

I'm sure glad I did because when we arrived, the hostess escorted us to a very romantic half circle booth that usually seats four, but she said it was very romantic and moved our place settings very close to each other. We discovered, much to our suprise that the wine list contained half bottles of our very favorite wine, not usually found anywhere else, and we toasted each other, happy to be finally alone after a kid and friend filled Thanksgiving week.

Six oysters and a prawn cocktail later we were totally relaxed and having a wonderful time, very romantic and totally unexpected. It was great, I can hardly wait to see what the iPhone has in store for our next date night!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I was sitting on the couch with my sons wondering how others will spend this Holiday weekend. How many of us will jump on a plane to visit family and how many of us will spend it alone?

As I sat on the couch with my little boys I was overwhelmed with emotion. If I were to try to express it in one word it might be peace. For that moment I was content! I felt none of my everyday stresses of being a mother, wife and volunteer! I just felt like it all made sense and my reward for my work was sitting there on the couch laughing, making weird sounds, not really knowing how incredibly lucky and loved they were!

As we sit in the comfort of our homes, others are without family, love, warmth or food and that makes me sad! It also make me want to find and fill a need. I want to find a way to really give of myself, If you have any suggestions please comment here or send me an e-mail Feel free to send me links to sites that are giving back to their communities and I will add them to my blog and tweet them.

-Nicole Adams

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Going Viral!

Today I was sitting on the Bike at the gym, when I read the Tweet John Furrier sent out of his blog post, After reading it I felt inspired to help him get the word out. Please use your blog, myspace, facebook, twitter account or even digg his blog post so we can make this happen for these kids!

I believe that with the help of our communities we can do this! Even if you don't have the money right now to contribute you can still make a difference by getting this campaign viral! Email the link above! We saw how powerful social media tools can be for Obama's campaign now I'm hoping that we can use it for these kids!

We will have to bug John to blog about the kids and their journey! I truly thank you for your time and you can also follow me on twitter by going here

-Nicole Adams

Monday, November 24, 2008

First Blog Post Ever!

So, after a lot of consideration I decided to start a blog. I have been thinking about doing this for almost 8 years but always felt I was not a writer and no one would want to read what I wrote. I obviously have changed my mind, not because my writing skills have improved but because it just seems like the right thing to do. Every since I met my husband almost 12 years ago I became obsessed with business and technology and the way things work here in the Valley!

Being married to Randy Adams CEO of searchme Inc., taught me so much about business and technology , it's been like the best internship ever living next to a man that has been a part of so much that has gone on in Silicon Valley for the last 20+ years. It would take up the rest of my blog post to give his background so I decided to skip that and give you a link to his profile in case you give a hoot!

So over the last decade or so I have added on to my family, with a blended family of 7 kids and a love and for latest greatest happenings in the valley, but not in a valleywag sort of way. I already know people are human! Plus if you work hard you should play hard, given you do it in a responsible way! In this blog I plan on talking about my favorite sites and why and updating you on the inside scoop for, and what ever site ends up on my radar, plus the craziness that goes on raising such a large family!

-Nicole Adams