I have been reading quite a bit lately about how the job market and economy is going in the good old U. S. of A. In some ways, I see improvements in some job fronts and in other areas I wonder if there is ever going to be a rebound. There are so many people struggling and questions arising such as does bankruptcy cover medical bills, because there are just so many people who are drowning in medical bills. I know a few myself. I hope there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that things will really start looking up soon. It’s scary and uncertain times for so many Americans right now. Have you changed the way you spend since the economy has changed?
Archive for the ‘What Do You Think?’ Category
July 30th, 2013
June 22nd, 2012
Last week I was watching one of the wedding reality shows out there and it amazed me (in a shocking sort of way) at just how much some people spend to have the ‘perfect’ wedding. I was talking with a close friend recently about how while I can certainly respect someone wanting to have a big wedding with all the trimmings- I have to wonder if at some point it stops being about the wedding and all about impressing this, that or the other one. You know what I mean- the proverbial “Keeping up with the Joneses”.
I’ve seen some absolutely gorgeous weddings where the wedding dress was actually borrowed and they were able to look online and find bridesmaid dresses, plus great deals on the flowers and food. At the end of the day- their wedding was just as gorgeous- and with half the price. It just makes more sense to me. It also leaves more money in the budget for things like a longer honeymoon, or money in the bank for a rainy day- or to purchase things for a new home.
What do you think? Do you think it’s worth it to spend insane amounts of money for one day of your life?
October 31st, 2011
Marcel and I were watching something on television the other night and in the show there was a huge food fight that started with a couple of people and then like a chain reaction ended up with the entire room tossing food at each other. I thought it was hilarious and it started a conversation between the two of us about food fights.
I remember when I was in school they would yell food fight during lunch sometime and we would toss a few pieces of bread or something but it never really turned into what I’d call a full blown food fight. Call me crazy but I think it would actually be a lot of fun to participate in something like that- where people gather knowing that there would be lots of food, fun and food fights. Granted- it would have to be nothing rotten, but I think it would be a blast.
At the age of 44 one would think that the last thing entering my mind would be a food fight- but these days I’m focusing (or trying to) on things that bring me joy and trying to be more conscious of the things that bring me joy and it seems to often be the little things that bring the most joy. What do you think? Have you ever been in a huge food fight and did you have fun?
February 21st, 2011
I was looking at my jewelry a while back and realized that I have several pieces of gold that I no longer wear. A couple of them have significant sentimental value, so I’d never consider getting rid of them, simply for that fact. The others- are different. They were pieces that I bought myself or that my ex bought me (at my request) and I don’t see myself ever wearing them again. It isn’t because of any issue I have with him, but more because the chain (which I loved when I got it) pulls the hairs on the back of my neck. It always has, and I wore it for about a year before I stopped wearing it completely. It has been in a box ever since- about 19 years. The other piece I’ve had about 17 years, and since the prices of gold are so high right now, I’m strongly considering selling it.
I have read all about how to figure the current market prices on gold (based on the particular karat weight) and what I should expect to receive per gram if I do decide to sell. I’ve found several companies in our area, but the one thing I want to do BEFORE I actually go to their store is use a small scale and find out the exact grams and go from there. I want to KNOW the approximate weight before walking in the store. In other words- I want to make sure I don’t go in blind. I’m not desperate for money, but figured that the cash would be a nice begin for my ‘new furniture’ fund that I’m starting. We probably won’t buy until later in the year, but I want to start saving now.
I’m curious if any of you have ever sold gold and how that worked out for you? Inquiring minds want to know.
February 18th, 2011
I don’t know about y’all, but when I’m standing in the line at the grocery store (or other places), I tend to stand quietly and listen. I do the same when sitting at doctors offices, because when you observe and listen to people you can learn a lot. Just this morning there was someone behind us at the grocery store talking to what I assume was her daughter about how to remove pimples, and then when we were playing with JJ someone walked by and was talking about vacation destinations and what kind of deal they got. Did it make me come home and check out the site to see what kind of interesting offers were out there? You bet cha!
So tell- What’s the most interesting thing you’ve overheard in the line at the supermarket or somewhere else?
November 18th, 2010
I have so much to share but my time on the computer is limited so I’ll probably make shorter posts about specific subjects instead of one broad post filled with lots of babble.
I always get a little stressed when I fly, mostly because I cringe at the thought of lost luggage and flight delays, but yet I know it’s all part of flying and can happen to anyone. Thankfully, this trip went off without a hitch and our flights went great with the exception of a little turbulence heading into Atlanta that made me nauseated.
The media is filled with the body scan and pat down protests and issues over the entire idea and I can say that I went through both. I had a body scan at or originating flight, along with the pat down and I don’t see the big deal.
The body scan is like an x-ray. I saw the image of myself and what I think people don’t realize is that the image looks the exact same for everyone. It’s a grey x-ray image and the body size of each person who passes through it isn’t reflective of the body size of the person. You can’t see bones, body cavity’s, breasts, muscles or anything else. Your body is one grey- mass and in this particular scan- anything that is of question shows up at a bright yellow spot. The larger the item of suspicion the larger the spot. I had on a necklace with a sterling silver bean. It showed up yellow. I also had a sterling charm bracelet on with lots of charms and it was a HUGE silver dot. Same for my rings and also the watch I had on.
They were very kind and asked if it would be ok to do a body pat down and I was more than happy to say yes. The female officer patted me down, and I didn’t feel voilated in the least. I was on my way within 30 seconds max.
When I got to Atlanta, the same thing, only this time they didn’t have the body scan operating. The man said they would have to do a pat down and he called a female TSA agent to do it. I laughed and told him it must be my lucky day because it was my second pat down of the day.
Marcel walked through and they never touched him. No pat down necessary in ATL, although he did one at our originating airport. I asked the TSA agent who patted me down if they’d received a lot of resistance from people and she said they really hadn’t. I commented abut how it was all over the media- and we came to the same agreement that the media is blowing it wayout of proportion based on those few people who are protesting this.
I’m not against it- Some people would probably say that they discriminated against me because they chose me to pat down and yet didn’t pat down Marcel. Even mom was unsure why, but I know why. Marcel was wearing clothes that fit close to his body and I was not. My pants and shirt were large and there was plenty of room to hide something without it being discovered.
I don’t feel like any freedoms are being violated, especially when it comes to making this country more secure. It only takes a second and trust me, it isn’t a big deal.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject.
March 19th, 2010
Earlier this week I had the great opportunity to meet up with two really great friends for lunch. It happened to be on a day when I was really struggling and that I almost canceled joining them simply because I didn’t want to be a downer, and I wasn’t feeling very social. In the end, I decided to go anyway, and I was so happy that I did. We had a great time, lots of laughs, and I even took this picture that I call “Peace Love and Coffee”. I shared it on my Facebook, but I thought it would be fun to share it here too.
Ironically, the following day diddy (my word for daddy) sent me an email entitled, May We Always Be Coffee. I loved it and it happened to be just what I needed at that particular moment. I want to share it here, not to serve as a reminder to myself from time to time- but also so that maybe someone else will be touched by it the way that I was.
May We Always Be Coffee – Author Unknown
A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up; She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.
Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.
In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, ‘ Tell me what you see.’
‘Carrots, eggs, and coffee,’ she replied.
Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hardboiled egg. Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, ‘What does it mean, mother?’
Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.
‘Which are you?’ she asked her daughter. ‘When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
Think of this: Which am I?
Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?
Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?
Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you.
When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity?
Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
March 16th, 2010
Now that I’ve officially been in my 40’s for the past couple of years, I’ve found myself wondering if I should start using face moisturizer. I know that many people use it every night, but my skin is so sensitive and prone to break outs that I just don’t know if I would actually benefit from it or not.
I’m curious as to how many of you use moisturizer and what brands you use, because I’m contemplating. I need something for really sensitive skin though. So fess up!
March 15th, 2010
Some of you who have been reading this blog since the days when I had my blog on JS know that I used to do this weekly thing called Wednesdays with Wizzy. Back in the day, me and my partner in crime Sarah would come up with questions and then we would do a virtual interview with some of our fellow JS’ers.
Since I’ve gone solo and I don’t actually have a community any longer, I am going to have to branch out and interview people from other realms of the blogging or cyber world. I have a few ideas of different people that I’d like to interview, but I’d also love to have your suggestions. Feel free to send me your suggestions either by commenting here, or by sending them to lori at this domain name. I think it would be fun to bring back Wednesday’s with Wizzy, but it will only be fun if y’all add some input. After all, you don’t only want me to interview people I know do you? It’s also fun to interview people I don’t know.
Don’t worry, the interview process is painless. I promise.
March 8th, 2010
I didn’t watch the Oscar’s last night, but I was happy to read on Fox News that Sandra Bullock won Best Actress for her performance in The Blindside. It was an awesome film, and Sandra did an amazing job at playing a southern girl, right down to the accent. I am a southern girl so I should know.
What I did find interesting is that the first woman director EVER won an Oscar last night, and incidentally that same film won for best picture, The Hurt Locker. Until I saw it nominated for the Oscar, I’ll admit that I’d never heard of it, but I’m curious how many of you saw it and what your impression was?
You have to give kudos to Kathryn Bigelo for being the first woman EVER to win the best director Oscar. In 82 years, that’s definitely saying something. It’s great to see that women are also finally being recognized for great directing work, and I have to wonder if times are changin’ in Tinseltown. What do you think?