Reboot. Refresh. Start Over.

Lisa Rice wrote this.

“Ugh.”
“Yikes!”
“What?!”
“You’ve got to be kidding me.”
No, these aren’t part of a script I’ve recently voiced. They’re words of frustration expressed in my studio when I couldn’t get my computer to cooperate. Of course, these situations always seem to arise when we’re under a deadline or hurrying to move onto the rest of our “To Do” list. So what should we do when facing such problems? Most computer technicians advise us to re-boot and start over. Why?

  • For a variety of reasons programs generate fatal errors. When this happens, they may close out on their own or hang. Rebooting frees up resources that might have been lost allowing programs to function normally.
  • Computers have a finite amount of resources. When they run out, they slow down until finally halting altogether. Rebooting refreshes those resources allowing them to work once more at optimal speed.
  • Rebooting tells a computer to perform a series of diagnostic checks which often fixes problems automatically.

When facing frustrations in life we’re often given the same advice. There’s something about taking a break and coming back to a problem with fresh eyes that diminishes its severity. The situation might not disappear but walking away from it for a short time can help us attack it with more energy and a new perspective.

Need five reasons to take a break at work today? Click HERE

Facing a problem today? Reboot. Refresh. Start over.

Autumn

Lisa Rice wrote this.

Change is in the air. By that I mean the season and with a smile on my face I whisper the word, “autumn.”

Splashes of gold, red, orange and maroon line the roads and cover the mountains nearby as every deciduous tree takes a turn for winter. Cool, crisp air to breathe during bike rides and walks. The sound of high school bands and football fans. Geese making their way south and honking to let you know. And last but not least, caramel corn and apple crisp. Two delicious choices I find irresistible.

What’s your favorite part of fall?

APPLE CRISP RECIPE from Paula Deen

6 large Granny Smith apples peeled, cored and thinly sliced
¼ cup water
Juice of one lemon
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 ¼ melted butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine apples, water and lemon juice in an 8-by-8 baking pan. In a bowl, combine oats, flour, sugar and cinnamon. Pour in the butter and stir to make a crumbly mixture. Spread the topping in an even layer over the apples and bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until the topping is crisp and browned. Enjoy!

Mix It Up!

Lisa Rice wrote this.

Give me three. An A, B, and C.
Mix it up!
Bring on some variation.

Whether recording a project live with the client or self-directing, the mark of an experienced voice over talent is the ability to voice a line, script or even a single word different ways. It provides several options and actually has the power to add a spark of originality. In other words, a standard, boring, run-of-the-mill performance becomes stellar.

I thought I’d post a favorite song of mine sung three different ways. One old school, another new school and something in-between.

Now, where are my platform shoes and sequined jumpsuit?

Old School

New School

Something In-Between

Crunchy Granola - YUM!

Lisa Rice wrote this.

I’ve always been a fan of crunchy. Ice chips. Toasted English muffins. Popcorn and pretzels.

So what’s a girl to do when she wants a little something special on top of her morning bowl of yogurt and fruit? Add some granola, of course!

A friend of mine knows my affection for crunch and passed along a recipe for some of the best homemade granola I believe I’ve ever tasted. It’s easy to make, has no added fat and provides the option for munching on it as is or with a variety of additions.

I like it straight.
I go for it sprinkled on top of things.
And it’s a pleasure to eat with dried fruit and dark chocolate on-the-go.

Basically, it’s become a staple in my kitchen. Hope you enjoy!

Homemade Crunchy Granola
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup water
4 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
8 cups whole oats
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silpat. Combine brown sugar and water in a 4 cup microwave safe glass measuring cup or bowl. Remove from microwave. Add vanilla and salt. In large mixing bowl, combine oats and almonds. Pour syrup over all and mix thoroughly. Spread onto cookie sheets and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour until golden brown and CRUNCHY.

History Made Simple

Lisa Rice wrote this.

I’ve sat through many history lessons/lectures over the years but I can honestly say some of the best I’ve come across were created by ABC for Saturday morning consumption. I guess they figured children of the seventies needed a little more to chew on than just Cap’n Crunch and Alpha Bits.

America’s history may not be flawless but it’s a place everyone seems to want to be a part of. To enjoy the freedoms this wonderful Republic provides is a privilege and I’m thankful to be a citizen with the ability to cast my vote.

No More Kings

The Shot Heard Around the World

The Constitution

Three Branches of Government

The Electoral College

I’m Just a Bill

The Preamble

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