AUSTIN (June 25, 2012)—As temperatures reached or topped the century mark for another day in Central Texas and around the state, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas asked consumers to conserve electricity, particularly from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. through the week.
The soaring temperatures mean an increase in demand for power, but ERCOT said it should have capacity to handle the load.
The company expected peak electric demand to exceed 65,000 megawatts Monday and Tuesday.
"For perspective, one MW is enough power to serve about 200 homes during peak demand, and ERCOT's record peak was 68,379 MW on Aug. 3, 2011," ERCOT spokesperson Robbie Searcy said.
Anyone wishing to stay informed can download ERCOT Energy Saver, a new mobile app available for Apple and Android devices.
Users of the free app need to enable push notifications to receive the messages.
ERCOT also provides information through Facebook, Twitter and ERCOT's new subscription-based EmergencyAlerts list.
To reduce demand on the grid during peak demand hours, users can turn their thermostat up two or three degrees when not at home, set pool pumps to run late at night or early in the morning, and avoid using large appliances such as a stove or clothes dryers during the peak hours, ERCOT officials said.
YES!! Austin has the most physically active population in the country, with 36.5 percent of adults engaging in vigorous physical activity for more than 20 minutes three times a week, according to the Census Bureau. That's good news for their bodies as well as their skin. The Best and Worst Cities lists are based on pollution, exercise, UVs,.... Click here to see some other Best Cities and who got on the worst!
Forbes Mag released the Highest Paid Actress in the past year. It's an actress that I've found you either Love or don't! She's the youngest on the list by 16 years. 22-year-old Kristen Stewart pulled in $34.5 million dollars thanks to Twilight & Snow White & The Huntsmen. #2 was Cameron Diaz & #3 Sandra Bullock! Click here for the list!
You can catch the multi-millionaire in action one last time as Bella November 16th Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2! She'll be in 'PURE VAMP' form. Here's the new trailer that just got released!
I'M SO EXCITED ABOUT NOVEMBER 16TH! LOOKS LIKE IT WILL ROCK!!
Ted and I kicked up waffle night with Johnsonville original sausage patties. We created a Johnsonville waffle sandwich, which made waffle night filled with even more yummy fun! Check it out and try making your favorite waffle sandwich with Johnsonville!
The newest Dance Craze is the 'Top Tappy'. It remind me of an aerobics DVD I did this morning, but they called it the 'Tap, Tap, Tap, Tap'.. not quite as catchy as the 'Toe Tappy'! Check out the video! Weird the other day after doing a Carmen Electra exercise DVD, I was thinking 'What is she up too'. She's Toe Tappy'n...
Burger King's 'Bacon Sundae' is a new item on the 'Summer 2012 Menu'... It's described as: "Sweet and savory made with cool, creamy and velvety vanilla soft serve, chocolate fudge and smooth caramel, made to order with our new thick hardwood smoked bacon." Cost around $2.59.. Reviews on it say it's good. Bacon in every bite!
Ladies, did your dad try to scare off your dates? Potential BFs? Your BF?
My Daddy Maurice never did the scare tactic, but he was a human resource manager for 30 plus years, so he did more of the human resource nice to meet you kind of intense thing. When I was in high school, I dated guys with long hair. I ended up marrying a long haired guy... my honey Ted. (He recently choppoed off 20 inches of hair to donate to locks of love.) My Daddy loved to ask them, 'Hey do you have to part your hair to take a crap?' First time he ever did that, I was so embarassed, because I had no idea where that came from. I realized that was his tactic. It worked on a few, but my honey Ted thought it was funny. He just answered back," I do need to be careful sir. :)" I knew Ted was a keeper. :) My Daddy was pretty smart helping me find the ' THE KEEPER'. There is method to the Daddy madness, especially when it's backed up with lots of LOVE, support and just being an all around 'SUPER DADDY'!
Thanks Daddy! Love you Tons! Fert... yeah.. Fert is another Daddy thing. Nickname he gave me when I was little... that's another story at another time!!
Anyway, BIG YOU ROCKS to our Dads! Thought I would break out some 'Modern Family- Phil' to keep in the spirit of Daddy's weekend...
It's scary there is a site for married folks to cheat/hook up. They have put together who the typical male and female cheaters are based on info from their site.
The typical cheating hubby: ...in his 40s, been married 10 years or more & have 2 kids over the age of 10. The Top 3 occupations that are more likely to cheat- 1. IT/Engineer 2.)Financial Industry 3.)Education (Doctors and Lawyers would make it the Top 5 list)
The typical cheating wife: in her 30s, been married under 5 years and has a child (most of the times a Daughter) under the age of 3. The Top 3 occupations more likely to cheat- 1.) Teacher 2.) Stay-at-Home Mom 3.) Medical field
If you have travel plans for the summer, here's something to think about. Something you don't want to bring home with you... BED BUGS!! New York just got knocked down from the top spot for most infested city with BedBugs... PHILADELPHIA now has that itchy, icky honor.
3. New York City
6. Washington, D.C.
7. Columbus, Ohio
8. San Francisco
10. New Haven, Conn. 11. Dallas 12. Houston
"Bedbugs can cause itchy welts and rashes, and may go undetected for months in a home or business," Hedges added. "It is important for consumers to know the signs of an infestation and to have their home inspected by a professional if they suspect a problem."
I'm not happy to see Dallas & Houston on the list, but glad Austin hasn't made the Top 15, which I hope it stays that way! If you think you have a bedbug problem, my friends at ABC Home & Commercial Services can help you out. Call for a free evaluation 837-9500!!
Okay, today I just jumped completely past the hot summer with thoughts of Nov 16th! A happy and sad time for Twi-hards!Breaking Dawn Part 2to complete the movie series of the Twilight series. Afamily photo with Renesmee has been released to give us a tease of what to expect. 11 year old Mackenzie Foy is playing Renesmee, the word is SHE'S GOOD! Great addition to the Bella, Edward and Jacob triangle on the Big Screen! Are you ready for NOV 16th?
Are you a fan of the 'Cake Boss'? If so, good yummy news! His cakes will be available in select stores soon! The list of stores is still pending, but you will be able to get some yummy favs of the 'Cake Boss'.
"The line, based on recipes and designs of cakes he's made before, rolls out this summer, starting with the "Badda Bloom" – a two-layer cake, one chocolate and one vanilla, with a layer of fudge and covered in bright green, butter cream frosting with pink and purple flowers. The same two-layer cake will also be available in a more gender-neutral "My Party Cake" design of blue, purple and green balloons and confetti over a layer of bright yellow frosting." Click here for more!
The cakes will retail for $27.99. Designs and pricing for the fondant cakes are still being discussed. A list of bakeries and grocery stores where the cakes will be available will be released later this month.
Watch out for all the extra motorcycles on the road this weekend. R.O.T Rally is in town. Expect traffic delays downtown with the parade going on this evening, and street closures through Saturday 3am!
The parade's route at 8 p.m. Friday at the Travis County Exposition Center. Motorcyclists will travel toward downtown Austin on MLK Jr. Boulevard, Webberville Road, Oak Springs Road and East 11th Street. There will be partial road closures Friday along this route.
The parade will continue down Congress Avenue. There will be full road closures on Congress from 6 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday for the rest of the rally.
Don't forget it's a 'No Refusal' weekend! 'No Refusal' initiative starting Friday at 9 p.m. and lasting until 5 a.m. on Sunday. During the initiative police can conduct blood search warrants on suspected drunk drivers who refuse to give a breath or blood test.
I'm a fan of Kendra Scott's creations. I'm a BIG FAN of this! Kendra for Kids collection. 100% of the profits benefits Dell Children's medical center. Shopping and helping a Great Cause.. DOUBLE BONUS! Check out the 'Kendra for Kids Collection'! There is a champagne and cupcake Happy hour going on at the store on Congress today from 5-8pm! You could see how much the collection ROCKS in person! Can't make it, then do some online shopping! Kendra Rocks!
Facebook interns get a baseline monthly salary of around $4,600 plus $400 multipled by the number of college years they've completed.
The average monthly wage for a software-engineer intern at Facebook is $6,225, according to Glassdoor.com and reported by Business Insider. But some are taking home as much as $6,883. If they kept those internships for a full 12 months, they'd have an annual income of $82,600 -- almost four times the median annual earnings of working Americans over the age of 18. One anonymous intern claimed to be taking home $8,000 a month, plus a tuition subsidy for college.
Don't forget the perks: enjoy all the killer perks of Facebook's Menlo Park, Calif., offices, like laundry service, photo processing, leather repair, and free breakfast, lunch, and dinner prepared by artisan chefs. They also receive an iPhone, a laptop and gym access...
Nineteen out of 20 retailers have been victims of organized retail crime over the past year, according to a report released by the National Retail Federation That is up from 16 out of 20 in 2007. And two-thirds of retailers said they have seen an increase in organized retail crime over the past year.
Most shoplifted items are: -cigarettes
-energy drinks/Red Bull
-high end liquor
-allergy medicine/ like Clariton
-diabetic testing strips
-weight loss pills
-electric toothbrushes and replacement heads
-designer clothing.. Click here for more!
American Idol Season 12 auditions coming to San Antonio next week!
San Antonio - Alamodome
San Antonio, TX, a culturally rich city in southern Texas, will play host to American Idol Season 12 Auditions. San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the United States and the 2nd largest city in Texas. San Antonio is home to the great Country singers Waylon Jennings and George Strait. The city is also the birthplace of Michael Nesmith of the Monkees! No wonder we thought we might have a chance at finding the next American Idol in San Antonio.
ART???? by Heather Rivera,posted Jun 6 2012 11:35AM
I'm not sure why anyone would want to 'Deep Fry' gadgets, but a trend (pricey one) has started in the name of art. I've heard you can deep fry just about anything, I guess that's true. Click here to see artist Henry's inspiration, but and make sure you hide your iPad, iPhone... from your artsy friend!!
KFC is releasing a cookbook/autobiography on the a Colonel via Facebook on Monday 6/4 for FREE!! It will have 33 recipes for country dishes like cornbread stuffing, light bread, hot biscuits with honey butter, chicken pot pie, hushpuppies, fried tomatoes, potato pancakes, pecan pie and baked apple dumplings! Click here for more!