Archive | April, 2013

Friendship

28 Apr

Just wanted to make a comment about a friend who I can never get a hold of whenever I call.  Granted we have drifted apart in more ways than one and I am trying my best to stay in touch, but at what point do you give up?  

We text, again she is very busy and I do understand that plus it is about the only way I will get any sort of response.  The funny to me thing was that she wanted to know what I had been up to so I referred her to my blog.  Yeah a little shameless self promotion maybe but, it does help her to see what is going on with my life rather than me emailing her and never getting any response of any kind back. Could she be a better friend and maybe take some time out to call me every once in a blue moon?  Perhaps would I like her to yes of course.  

So in keeping with the theme of being so busy I am reminded of a chapter in the Tao of Pooh titled the Busy Back Soon.  You will have to read it to understand it better but, basically so many people are too busy to even stay in touch with the few friends they do have, spend quality time with X be it parents, siblings, children, spouses, or significant others.  

I did find a link of interest to me and sort of goes along the lines of this post 

http://www.slowyourhome.com/2013/04/28/embrace-simplicity 

You might find it interesting to read and it might inspire you to not only do a bit of spring cleaning but, also to simplify your life.  Regardless please read and enjoy. 

 

What is your opinion?  Should I give up on my busy back soon friend or keep trying? 

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Weekend plans

27 Apr

Yesterday was Friday ah, I love Fridays it is the end of yet another long seeming week, the end hopefully of 4 year old tantrums,  time to go to the Farmers Market, run a few errands and have my daughter spend a night with her grandparents for a little peace and quiet and r&r.  Plus I can get those errands done that I cant or just do not want to do with my daughter in tow mainly because I do not want to deal with the drama or even the possible drama that might ensue. 

I always miss her when she leaves and am thrilled to see her again after one night of being gone.  

Yesterday we went to the park to spend some time outside since it will be raining most of the weekend.  Why does it always seem to rain when you finally have a few days off?   Ah well on the upside I will not have to water plants.

I also encouraged my daughter to go outside to play since I knew it would rain.  This took a bit of encouragement.  It left me free to finish up some cleaning I normally do.  

What are your weekend plans?  

If you have not seen Hotel Transylvania I actually like this one and feel that it is a bit better and a bit more appropriate for a 4 year old to see rather than Wreck it Ralph.  Of course not for children who are scared of monsters or other Halloween images.  

Take your Daughter to Work Day

26 Apr

Yesterday my daughter got to go to work with her father for a half day she got her own id badge and a fake flower lei along with a few origami figures one of a crane and the other of pica choo really cute.  My husband had middle and upper management wander by his work area.  Unless they did not know that yesterday was take your daughter to work.

My daughter also managed to break a printer.  Not a problem since my husbands job is to test printers for a national company.

 

I am glad that our daughter gets to have this chance.  I was never able to go to my father’s work because I would have needed a security clearance to be able to get in.  So while most kids in my school got to go to where their dads worked I was never able to and always was in school.  Ah well.

 

Sometimes it is better/easier to do something and ask for forgiveness later than it is to ask for permission.

What would you do if say you won the lottery and money was not a question anymore?

For me I would give some to friends, and family.  I would also travel and take my husband and daughter with me.  I would most assuredly FIRE my current health insurance providers and get the absolute best I could find.  Pay off all of my debt and buy a small bit of land to put a small aka under  900 sq.ft. house.  That is about all I would do.   The rest I would save and make donations to a few charities as well.

As promised shaving

24 Apr

Sorry for the delay ah well life happens and sometimes the shitake hits the fan.

This is what I use for shaving shaving head and this is its full size here

shaver this is what a blade looks like blade of course you will note the naked blade without the safety strips or cartridge.   I promise you that once you try shaving with one it will be the smoothest shave you have ever had. Of course you have to be careful even if the blade is dull when you change the old for a new blade and of course to safely dispose of the old blade.  Just grab either ends to change and never in the middle unless you want to be sliced.

These are my legs before I shaved hairy and scary and a close up hairy and scary closeup as you can see I wanted to grow out my hair so it would be a good comparison with how good the shaver works.  As you can see my legs are very hairy and scary.

You will want to work up a good lather with some soap or shaving cream and a brush as shown here soap in shaving mug this is the before and good lather after.  Now to show the before and after of your shaving brush shaving brush  lather on shaving brush

Now for the final product my legs after I shaved.

after full legs and a close up after my legs are a lot smoother and very little stubble.  The final thing you will want to use after you shave is an alum block or deodorant stone without the sweet smells.  This helps with razor burn, and any possible nicks or small cuts you might have.

This is what that looks like alum block.  After you make the big purchase of the shaver which will cost you less than $20 ordered through Amazon you can then buy a sample pack of blades  also ordered through Amazon (I am sure there are other sites to order these from) to see which ones work the best for you and  100 blades will cost you less than a 4 or 5 pack of your “safety” blades or cartridges.  The alum block is pretty cheap as well.  You can always use a spare mug collecting dust that you have or will never use.  The brush while not vegan friendly is environmentally friendly since it is one my husband does not prefer when he shaves.

This for me is the most economical, environmentally friendly way (less waste in both packaging and throwing away) to shave that I have found for myself.  Even guys can save a lot of money as well.

There are quite a few shaving videos on Youtube that you can find along with even shaving forums.  So go forth and explore and see what works best for you.

If you hate going back to the store only to discover that the shaver that you have no longer has cartridges available for you so you now have the extra added expense of finding a whole new shaver and cartridges aka blades.  It is very frustrating.  This system is probably for you.  If this even reminds you of what your grandfather or even dad may have used then you would be correct it is a bit antiquated but, also more economical.

Earth Day

23 Apr

  This is what I did for Earth Day in celebration.  First I recycled an old printer of course that depends on who you ask on whether it actually gets recycled or just shipped off to some third world country to use kids to get any and all spare parts, metals, etc off of it that is of any value.  Sorry bit snippy today.  

 

I also took my daughter to the park and she had a lot of fun.  

 

Then when we got home she helped me dig holes after I cleaned out this area a bit so we could plant these sunflowers.  

\Imagethen we planted these flowers.  The bright red is a marigold which are great at pest control and the other is a pansy.  Now whomever decided to call these particular plants pansies was really strange.  I have seen them still green and with flowers after frost, and having about 3 feet of snow on them so in my opinion not pansy at all very tough.  

Image  I hope that you were able to do something good for the Earth even if it was just to hug a tree.  I really hope that we no longer have any more frost other wise most of these plants will most likely die….ah well nature at its best.  

 

 

The saga continues

19 Apr

Remember when I said that my health insurance issue was solved…..well boy was I wrong. 

It is still ongoing and now instead of annoyed I am “upset” bordering on really pissed off. 

The scoop is that I got another bill from my new Dr. in April so I called my new insurance company to find out what was going on they said that they have not received my medical records and are therefore still denying me care because they want to see if I have any preexisting conditions.  Well at least there was a bit of progress this time I actually got the left hand to talk to the right hand and vice versa wahooo.  So my medical records were supposedly sent March 21 which means that if you look at your calendars that the insurance company should have gotten them by this time unless mail is now being delivered by snail, turtle, or on the slow boat to China to make its way back to the US.  GRRRR.  I did actually get a “courtesy call” back from my new insurance company which is a miracle in and of itself since I was told before that “they dont do that” .  

So now I will be calling EVERY day the medical records people to make sure they have been sent not once but, now twice because my new Dr. (whom I am positive I signed a med release so they could get my medical records way back in November) needs my medical records as well.  So I will either now be there new best friend or their worst enemy.  Then when they tell me that they have sent my medical records to both my new Dr. and my new insurance people I will be calling them EVERY DAY to make sure they have gotten them.  

 

Do I have better things to do with my life?  YES YES I do.  Do I feel that I have a choice in not calling these idiots oops I mean lovely institutions EVERY FARGING DAY?  No I do not unfortunately.  

 

I promise to hopefully do my post next week regarding shaving.  

I just want to cry

16 Apr

Sorry it has been a very rough day with my daughter.  It does not help that I had to drag her out of bed, get her dressed, and breakfast earlier than she would have liked.  I had to pick up my mother and then take her to a Drs. appointment.  There was a lot of yelling and screaming and crying.  Boy do I dread the day when she has to start school really thinking about homeschooling her.  Just not sure what we will do.  

 

Later when we got home my daughter insisted that we go and take a walk even though I was in the middle of working and trying to play catch up from being gone most of the day Monday.  So I told her to go outside and play.  Things were going well until she found an egg in our neighbors yard.  Not sure if it is from a nest or not but, told her to put it back.  She of course refused.  So I had her show me where she found it.  I put the egg back and hope that if it is a viable egg that the parents wont be too upset because it has been handled.  

I went back inside and turned around and saw my daughter throw the egg.  I opened the door and told her that was NOT ok to do.  She then called me a “B***h”  and has hit me as well so I promptly picked her up and told her she can no longer go outside.  I really was hoping that she was done with this and also really hoping she would not be calling me this until she was a teenager at the very earliest. I might be able to handle it better but, it still hurts soo much.  

So far other than the yelling I have not managed to kill her or hurt her so I consider that a win on my temper being absolutely lost and really rather mad at what I have been called.  I have managed to control my temper as best as I can considering the absolute teeth pulling I have had to deal with.