My father passed away a year ago this month…
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My father passed away a year ago this month…
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I love coffee. And not just any coffee. I love Starbucks coffee (big mistake closing the store in Dallas – just throwing that out there). I really love the Espresso Truffle. Drool. Now that the store in Dallas has closed (hint) I have to drive out to Wilkes-Barre whenever I want my fix (not a long drive but enough to be an annoyance, especially since there was a store 5 minutes away from my house /rant).
Now Starbucks has decided to appease me (yes, I’m taking this personal) and introduce Starbucks VIA. Starbucks VIA allows you to brew Starbucks coffee any place, any time. Yes! An instant coffee from Starbucks. I tried it a couple of months back and, honest to goodness, you cannot tell the difference between the instant and the fresh brew. To prove my point, why don’t you head over to your nearest Starbucks for a Taste Test Challenge from 2-5 October? Taste Test Challengers will receive a coupon for a complimentary Tall brewed coffee on their next visit as well as an offer for a $1 off a purchase of Starbucks VIA.
I remember when I used to pull the petals off flowers and hope that I ended with “he loves me.” If I didn’t, I knew the problem – he was an idiot who would come to rue the day he ever let me go. The problem was never me. Yes, I was a pretty self confident kid.
Now I’m a married woman who is still pulling petals off flowers, only this time, I’m not chanting “he loves me, he loves me not” instead, I’m whispering “they like me, they like me not” and praying for a positive outcome. My confidence is not as strong as it used to be (years of rejection for various reasons will do that to you). So who am I hoping will like me? Human resources, or whoever the powerful people are who make the hiring decisions. I don’t need them to love me, I just need them to like me enough to call me in for an interview.
I’ve found that the job search process is a bit like dating – maybe even a bit harder. When you’re dating, both parties get the opportunity to meet and talk and decide whether or not the relationship will work. Sending out resumes is more like going on a blind date, except you’re not part of the process. The hiring committee scans your resume, rejecting or accepting you for unknown reasons. They are trying to determine whether or not you’re a good fit based on a few sentences in a cover letter, a summary of a life’s worth of experience condensed to a page or two….
It’s hard not to take the rejection personally. It’s hard not to write the rejection off as their loss because it’s really my loss. Another month without working, doing something productive with my time, making a difference somewhere, bringing in an income, etc.
I recently received an offer of a part-time position and I’m thrilled but I’m still looking for full-time employment.
I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but sometime after my 32nd birthday I became lactose intolerant. For a heavy milk drinker, this was devastating (afterall, milk does do a body good). After many unsuccessful attempts at eating dairy I finally gave up and accepted that my days of eating cheese and ice cream indiscriminately were over. After what I thought was a suitable period of mourning, I moved on and accepted that I’d be living a dairy free life. However, the one thing I could not take was drinking my coffee black.
Now, let me explain something here…I love coffee…. No, you don’t understand…. I. Love. Coffee. So a friend of mine (thank you, Clara, I owe you my first born) told me to try Silk Soy Milk. Soy milk? Really? To say I was skeptical would be putting it mildly (it actually took me three months to try it after she suggested it). But when I did… Let’s just say, my coffee has never tasted better.
Little did I know that I was also taking steps to improve my health. Soy protein (found in Silk Soy Milk), as part of a diet that is low in saturated fats and cholesterol, may reduce your risk of heart disease and the vanilla flavor contains only 80 calories per serving (great for the waist line). In an effort to inform people about the benefits of soy products and a healthy heart, Silk is sponsoring the Million Hearts Challenge.
The goal of the Million Hearts Challenge is to bring a million hearts together and raise awareness about heart disease (one of the leading causes of death for women). By entering, you not only get the chance to make the heart bigger but you can also register to win a $20,000 Ultimate Weekend Getaway (and who couldn’t use that) or one of 122 $100 American Express Gift Cards. The challenge runs from 1 September 2009 to 31 December 2009, so click here to join my heart.
You can also get some pretty tasty recipes from Silk
Kabul 24 tells the story of eight Westerners and their sixteen Muslim co-workers and their three-month long imprisonment by the Taliban in Afghanistan. For three months in 2001, the twenty-four members of Shelter Now International (SNI) are held hostage in the days leading up to the September 11th attacks. This book recounts their interrogations, the sham of a trial before the Taliban Supreme Court and their feelings of abandonment and isolation during their imprisonment. But more than that, this is the story of unwavering faith in something greater than themselves – their faith in God and the belief that their mission was just.
I’m a sappy mom. I admit it. I mean, I talk a good game but when it comes down to it I’m a softie when it comes to my babies. I cry when I look at their baby pictures. I have a small, disgusting, collection of cracked baby teeth in my jewelry box. When they go to sleepovers or field trips, I leave notes in their bags for them to find while they’re away. I also draw goofy pictures to put in their lunches on the days when they take them. So when I stumbled across this site this morning, I thought yeah, I can do that! And so can you.
Last week, I blogged that my husband and I finally purchased memberships to Sam’s Club and that I was looking forward to seeing if membership really does have its privileges….
So my main goal for this exploratory visit was to get a lay of the land and figure out the savings. I mostly wanted to focus on things that my family consistently runs out of rather quickly – breakfast foods and detergents.
Of course, this isn’t enough to feed my family of 6. Did you notice I didn’t purchase vegetables, meats, starches or any of the other little things that keeps a family going between meals? Well, there’s a method to my madness. I want to know how long this will last my family. Each time I make a trip to Sam’s I want to purchase from a different section of the store and see how it compares in price and servings between shopping trips.
I recently took the Moms Rock the Economy Pledge and I’m hoping that you will do the same. With this pledge, I vow to support mompreneurs by supporting and promoting Mom-owned businesses both in person and on the internet.
General Growth Properties (GPP) Malls, TLC’s “What Not to Wear” and TwitterMoms are running a blogging contest in celebration of the upcoming Shop Smart Look Fab mall event that is taking place at over 140 GPP malls nationwide from 17 to 20 September. The blogging contest asks you to answer the question: “What are your 5 fashion must haves for fall?”
My top fives are:
1. Cute tunic in a neutral color – So versatile, it can be worn with a sweater or layered over a turtleneck on real crisp days. Can also be worn with jeans, skirts or leggings.
2. Sweater dress in a bold color – Short sleeved sweater dresses are wonderful, layer over a white shirt with jeans, leggings or tights and you have a stylish vested look. Or wear on its own with a scarf and flats.
3. Bootcut jeans – I love dark wash bootcut jeans because they can be dressed up or dressed down, worn loose or tucked into a pair of fabulous boots.
4. Cargo bag – I am a bag girl through and through. Ok, I love shoes too. But there is nothing better than a neutral bag to tie a look together. The one I carry is olive and can be worn with everything. Remember, bags do not have to match your clothes, they just have to go with your clothes.
5. Fabulous boots – I wear these boots with everything: skirts, pants, jeans, leggings, etc. They have a nice stable heel (I love a heel) and they add just enough funk to an outfit.
*Bonus – a well-fitting foundation piece. If the girls do not have adequate lift and support, the whole outfit fails. Remember, they should be centered between your shoulders and your elbows and everything should be pointing in the same direction.
What are your top 5 fall fashion must haves? Do you have a favorite fall outfit that you can’t wait to wear? If so, go here and join the contest for the chance to be one of fifty bloggers to win a $25 GPP gift card to use to purchase a fab fall find. The contest officially ends on 20 September 2009 with the winners announced on 24 September 2009.
This has been a tough year for those of us who grew up in the eighties. We lost John Hughes, Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, Naomi Sims, Ricardo Montalban, Walter Conkrite and, now, Patrick Swayze. These people were more than celebrities – they defined our childhood, gave teenage boys someone to fantasize about, made us sing in harmony, showed us that black is beautiful, taught us that reality is better than fantasy, provided calm during the storm and helped us move out of the corner. Every movie, every soundtrack, every picture, every word has shaped the people that we’ve become.
Today my husband and I finally took the plunge and purchased a Sam’s Club membership. You’d think since we have 4 teenagers and a dog who thinks he’s a teenager that we would have done this a long time ago.
It’s time for “Small Talk Six on Saturday.” Only I’m a day late and a dollar short. Again. Next week I will do this on Saturday. Promise. Sad thing is, I’m not doing anything on Saturday that keeps me from participating in this meme on the correct day. *sigh*
Anyway, today’s theme is: “6 Things I Think Would Be Yummy If They Were Covered in Chocolate.”
Ohhhh, the places I could go with this…..but I won’t because, well, this is a family blog. *wink*
I suspect that my choices here should be fun, quirky and totally out of the box. I’m not that creative. I’m almost certain that my friend Paula, the Nutella Queen, could probably come up with some really interesting combinations.
So here’s what I’ve come up with:
1. Sponge cake or any cake for that matter. Plain cake is such a waste.
2. Peppermint candy of any sort. Minty chocolatey goodness.
3. Potato chips. The combination of salty and sweet? Yum!
4. Apple slices and banana chips. Fruit should always be covered in chocolate.
5. Prosciutto. Again the combination of salty and sweet.
6. Shrimp puffs dipped in wasabi and chocolate. Spicy fried seafood with a chocolate edge.
Want to know what others had to say? Check out Trisha’s ideas (roasted chestnuts, anyone?), Mrs. Zee suggests vitamins (a spoonful of sugar, right?) and Ellie thinks Wheat Thins would be tasty (everyone seems to love salty and sweet, huh?)….
…You respect the position. That was one of the first things I learned when I joined the Army. Other lessons centered on self control and discipline. Now I’m wondering if members of Congress shouldn’t have to go through 6 weeks of Basic Training before they’re allowed anywhere near the halls of Congress.
I was listening to President Obama’s speech on the radio when he stated illegal immigrants would not be covered under his healthcare plan when I heard a man yell out: “You lie!” Later, I learned that man is GOP Congressman Joe Wilson.
In the military, soldiers are taught to salute when they encounter someone who out ranks them. This is not an option, it’s an obligation. It’s a sign of respect for the individual’s position. Now I’m not saying the president should be saluted by members of Congress but I am saying there is a certain amount of respect, civility and decorum that is due the position. It is absolutely well within Congressman Wilson’s right to challenge President Obama on the healthcare issue but the manner in which it was done is inexcusable.
I know Sen. Wilson has since apologized for his actions by saying that his emotions got the best of him. Hmmmmm….what happens the next time his emotions get the best of him? Will he whip out a cane? Seriously, Mr. Wilson, it’s about respect for the office, but it’s also about self control and discipline – learn it, live it, love it!
…except today is Monday and I’m ok with that. Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m always late but at least I show up, right? Right. Anyway, I found a cute little meme at Trisha Qween of the Eweniverse and thought it’d be fun to participate. It’s just a way for the ladies to bring a little life into the weekend lull. If you’d like to join, just go here and follow the directions.
There’s an old saying that goes “Don’t make a black woman take off her earrings,” because that means someone is about to get whupped. And, let me tell you, when I read this story about Roger Stephens, a stranger who slapped a woman’s toddler because the child was crying, I wanted to take off my earrings! Mind you, he did warn the mother that if she didn’t quiet her child, he would do it for her. She didn’t and he did.
Now, let me say, there have been times when I’ve been in a store and someone’s child has started throwing a full on tantrum and I’ve thought Oh. My. Gosh. Will you please get your child out of here? I’ve seen the looks on the cashiers’ faces and sympathized with them because they have to stay and I can leave. And, there it is….when you are in a situation where a child is having a hissy fit, you (the adult) have options (most of the time):
1. Ignore the child and go to another section of the store
2. Leave the store
3. Offer the child a distraction (sometimes if a stranger says something along the lines of “Awww, what’s the problem?” the child will get distracted and stop)
4. If you’re brave, politely ask the mother if she can leave
5. If you’re not brave, ask a store manager to ask the mother to leave
Moms, that doesn’t let you off the hook though. You know when your child has had enough and you know when your child is beyond soothing, so sometimes, Mom, you have to remove your child from the situation. Just because you can ignore your child’s screams doesn’t mean that others can nor should they have to. But you can’t just take your child out and expect them to be disciplined and practice self control either. Two-year-olds can be disciplined. In fact, that’s about the age when you want to start teaching them self control because once they’re five or six, their temperament has already been set.
Now before you start thinking I’m defending the actions of this old man or that I don’t have children, you’re wrong on both counts. I refer to my statement above: Speaking as a mother of four, I’d be throwing my earrings on the floor. For a period of time, I had four children under the age of four, so I completely understand what it’s like to have tempermental two-year-olds in tow when you’re trying to do some shopping. I also know what it feels like to be that parent with that child (anyone who says they don’t, is lying or has a selective memory). But let me tell you, when my children threw themselves down they came back up even more quickly and all it takes is a few times to let your child know what is and is not acceptable behavior.
Reactions to this story vary: Cutie Booty Cakes feels like she has to be on the look out for random strangers who may try to discipline her child for her, while ColoredGirlB thinks parents ought to control their children before taking them out in public and Maria E. Andreu can “kind of” identify with Roger Stephens. However, they, like anyone who has a shred of common sense, know that Stephens was so far out of line that he ought to be slapped or, at least, put in jail.
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