Mandy - Google Reader is one way to keep up with blogs and news - any site that sends out a feed - without having to visit a bunch of different websites every day. (Bloglines does the same thing.) You find yourself subscribing to every new blog you come across, and before long you've got over 100 subscriptions and literally hundreds of updates a day. Or maybe that's just me. It's definitely my #1 distraction.
Kate - I'm so glad you're here, being distracted on Friday afternoon too (although you've probably gone home by the time I post this, since you're back east)!