Another favor and Bluetooth fail

I’m disappointed. Last Thursday I posted this call for help. Please take a second to read if you haven’t already.

Practically no one chose to donate to Ms. Moll’s DonorsChoose project. I’ve had 150 views on this blog since Tuesday. If each of those people had donated $10… 10 measly dollars, Ms. Moll’s project would be completely funded with money to spare. Also, did I mention that if you donate, it counts as a tax deduction?? TAX DEDUCTION, PEOPLE, COME ON!!!

I did receive some feedback that the DonorsChoose site isn’t the most intuitive of sites out there, so I’m going to make it really easy for you.

Step 1: Go to the project website.

Step 2: On the top, right-hand side of the screen (opposite the photo of Ms. Moll’s classroom), you’ll see a a green box that says “Give any amount.”

Step 3: Enter the amount you would like to give ($10 people!!! That’s one less drink at happy hour for you tonight! Not TOO much of a sacrifice in the grand scheme of things, eh? If anything, you’ll be doing your liver a favor.)

Step 4: Once you enter the amount you would like to donate, you’ll be automatically redirected to the next screen. On this screen, click the green “Check out” button just below your dollar amount.

Step 5: If you don’t have a DonorsChoose account, click on the “Proceed” button in the box that says “First time? Or don’t have an account?”

Step 6: You then have the option to sign in via Facebook OR to enter your first name/last name/email address.

Step 7: Enter your credit card, PayPal, or Amazon info.

Step 8: Click “Place my donation!”

Step 9: You have the option to enter a message saying why you chose to donate to this project. You can either have your full name display, your first name, or no name. DonorsChoose has some prepared messages for you to choose from (which are pretty entertaining), or you can enter in a personal message. Or you don’t have to leave a message at all. Whatever floats your boat.

Step 10: DonorsChoose asks you if you want to make monthly donations. Respond how you’d like here.

Step 11: Confirmation page! You should get a confirmation email detailing the date and contribution amount that serves as your receipt for for tax-deduction purposes.

All in all, the process should take no more than 10 minutes. 10 minutes. $10. Not a lot to ask.


Now, onto the Dude story for the day!

Back story #1

I’ve talked about echolalia here before. Echolalia is the repetition of words, phrases, or sounds and is often a characteristic of autism. Dude sometimes repeats things back as soon as he hears them, and sometimes he mulls over them and decides to spit them out at seemingly random times.

Back story #2

In 2010, Dad was in need of a new car. He decided to take the plunge and go for a Ford Fusion Hybrid. He LOVES this car. He has saved hundreds of dollars on gas, it has built-in navigation and bluetooth capabilities with voice recognition, a sunroof, etc.

Dude-ism #86

Last night, Dude was in a particularly smiley, giggly mood. He and Dad had just been in to Hair Cuttery to see their favorite stylist.

When they got in the car, Dad decided to call Mom to let her know they were on their way home.

“Phone,” he said to the dashboard.

Dude giggled. “Phone, YO!” He said immediately and (uncharacteristically) loudly.

Apparently Dude’s input confused the technology.

“Cannot complete request,” it said.

“Dude,” Dad began. “I know we never say this. But can you be a bit quieter?”


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