Wifezilla has found a handy use for her email's "search" function:
We just moved to the Pittsburgh area and had to set up new doctors, pediatricians, dentists, etc. I found that I was always losing the piece of paper that I wrote the appointment information on. If I wrote it on my calendar there would not be enough room to write the appointment date, doctor's name, phone number, address, etc. So I started emailing the information to myself. Now when I make a new appointment, I write the time on the calendar and send myself an email with all the other information (like what I need to bring and directions to the office). When the day approaches, I use the search feature in my email to find my appointment and print out the info. I can also access my email from wherever I am, so if I'm visiting relatives and need to know when my appointment is, I can look it up. In the future when I need to call the doctor, (and have of course lost the contact info), I just look it up in my email. And no more little scraps of paper hanging around the house.
Ooo! This is the ideal moment for me to tell you about a cool new bit of tech email-savvy parents should know about! Sandy is the new email assistant that can turn your emailed notes to yourself into actual entries in your calendar or to-do list, and can even send you reminders when you ask for them. Sandy's currently in beta — sign up to be one of her first clients. (Nepotism alert: Sandy works at Values of n, a small startup founded and CEO'd by my husband, Rael.)