Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Storms...

I like Storms.
I like the sound of Thunder, the pounding of the rain.
The moment after the rain ends is heavenly...the scents, the sounds...
Spring rain is my favorite. There's something about the spring smell after rain that is calming.

I like the white out of a heavy snow.
The beauty. The crispness.
I miss the 'good snow' in New England.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Help


The HelpThe Help by Kathryn Stockett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. Any book that can make me laugh while I'm reading it is a quality read! I enjoyed the way the author portrayed the characters. I have images of all the characters that, really, I don't know if I want tarnished by going to see the movie. I will see the movie though.... I will risk it!

My eyes have been opened about the struggles that have taken place in our history by blacks. If you read this book and do not come away with more empathy, you have no heart.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

LOVE Thanksgiving - HATE Black Friday

  I Love Thanksgiving.  I love to spend the day cooking and being with my family and friends.  Thanksgiving.  Turkey, stuffing, greenbean casserole - apple pie, pumpkin pie (not my favorite)...and don't forget the cranberry sauce!  I love that there is one day of the year that most Americans sit back and think about what they are thankful for this year.  It's a day to be with the people you love the most.  Stuff your belly, have some laughs and just enjoy the company of your family and friends. 

  Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the 'Holiday Season'.....or at least it USED to.  It seems every year the holiday decorations, food, gift items, etc are out earlier and earlier and earlier....Before Halloween even!  Two of our local radio stations are already playing Christmas Music!!!  Really??  It's November 17th.....and I know that at least a week ago I heard Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer on my car radio.  PLEASE let me get to Thanksgiving before pushing Christmas at me.

  I started realizing why the push to rush Christmas.......Retail Greed.  That's it.  There's NO OTHER EXPLANATION.  None.  If there were, then Black Friday wouldn't be an 'unofficial' holiday that (as I just read in an article) 34% of consumers will participate in.  I HATE Black Friday.  I'm all for saving some money on some good deals, but I have no desire to fight ANYONE in the crowds for ANY item I may want to purchase, no matter how good the deal.  The meaning of Christmas gets lost because of Retail Greed.  Whether your meaning of Christmas is religious, or of giving (notice I said 'giving', not buying) of gifts and love to your family and friends, Retail Greed is starting to make Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa all about Spend Spend Spend..and stores are Eating it Up! 
 
  Now, don't get me wrong, I do buy things for Christmas.  I love to buy gifts for my family for Christmas.  I love making my kids' wishes come true.  I like to spoil them.  What I DON'T like is the Frantic Crazy atmosphere of Black Friday.....do people really need a $4 toaster????  They will sell out though....'cause it's a great deal!

  I guess this year Black Friday just isn't good enough....some retailers have decided to 'top' all others and open their stores on Thanksgiving.  WHAT???  What happened to a day where people can spend with their loved ones.  NOW some people have to go into work at Walmart, Target, MACY's, ToysRUs and whatever other stores decide that making a few extra dollars is worth more than spending time with family and friends.  I refuse. 

I will not shop on Black Friday, can't remember the last time I did.  But people will.....in fact, 34% of consumers will.  I, however, will be spending the day with my family, eating leftovers, watching movies and football...heck, I may stay in pajamas all day.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veteran's Day

When I think of Veteran's Day, I think of brave men and women who thought more about their country than they did of themselves.  They picked a 'job' to serve the American public.  I think of images of war heroes from WW1 and WW2, Korea, Vietnam....and Iraq and Afganistan.

I am a veteran.  I served in the Marine Corps for 10 years.  I loved my time in the Marine Corps, and I wouldn't change my choice to enlist.  I wouldn't be where I am today if it were not for the opportunities afforded to me by the Marine Corps.  I don't feel brave, or heroic.  I didn't go to war or get deployed.  I did my job as requested, and as I signed up for.  I am Not a hero - I save that designation for those like my husband and my ex husband who DID go to war.

Thank you Kevin and Chris for the men that you are and the honorable way you served. 

Thank you to all the veteran's out there.  Your commitment to the country was selfless.  Take today and make it yours.  Honor yourselves for being you.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Lists

Lists.  Places we want to go, things we'd like to do, things we HAVE to do. 

I am an occassional list maker.  I actually wish I was more consistent in my list making.  I find that I am much more productive and organized when I have things written in front of me....I can see progress as well as procrastination.  As I was thinking about lists, I realized, I probably need to make a list of the lists I need to make or keep......

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Are you better off than you were 4 years ago?

So I was listening to NPR this morning, and they were talking about the poverty level of our country.  They stated that number of American families dipping into the poverty level is growing.  Then they asked, Are you better off than you were 4 years ago.

As I pondered that questions, I realized that this question covers way more than the financial aspect of our lives.  Are we better off in our job situations.  Is our family unit as strong or stronger than 4 years ago.  Are we as happy or happier than we were 4 years ago.  A lot happens in 4 years.  To base if we are better off than 4 years ago soley on finances seems kind of shallow....  Life is so much more than debt and savings.

I feel that I am better off than I was in most ways.  I have had a few down moments, but with each down, I learned how to get back up.  In the last four years I bought a new house, had a baby,  lost a job, found a job, ended a contract on that job, found an AMAZING job, lost my mother, added my father to my household, sent a child to college, sent another to high school, and yet another to preschool.  My life is blessed in so many ways. 

Without the 'bad', I can't appreciate the good.  Without losing my job back in 2009, I wouldn't have been able to spend precious time with my mother before she died.  Mixed blessing.  I was also able to spend an extra 6 months at home with Caleb after he was born.  Time I would NEVER had gotten back.

We will most likely always have some kind of debt...our hopes for some savings is still there.  Are we better off than we were 4 years ago?  We have jobs.  We have a roof over our head, food in the fridge and clothes in the closet.  We have been blessed with healthy children, our own health is good.  I would say that we are about the same, or better than 4 years ago.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Just.....

Just How much can I control
when there's too much to do?
Too much to say, and who to say it to?
The world isn't perfect, not even our little piece.
Let's make it thru today, let's have a little peace!