Hunting and gathering

3 Jan

Happy New Year! Hopefully it will be a better year than the last one.
This winter break has been a bit rough. First my daughter was ill, then my husband on Christmas day and so he could not come with us to families houses. Of course he didnt want to go anyway so no big deal there . Now my cat has been ill. She is getting better in that she is actually eating food again. Poor kitten.

This past weekend we unfortunately had to drive past the mall to get to our next destination. I was honestly shocked and amazed at the amount of cars parked at the mall. You would think that most folks would have gotten their exchanges and holiday sale stuff out of the way there should not have been any NEED to go back to the mall.

I ordered a great book for myself for the holiday and I highly recommend this book. It is the High Maintenance Minimalist by Kashlee Kucheran. This is a great book to help you save money for your dreams whatever it is. It makes you really examine those purchases that we all make from the $100 pair of shoes or whatever to actually deciding if you really need those shoes that cost that much or can you get something a bit cheaper and put the rest that you saved towards your dream.


Thanks giving

22 Nov

Ahh the holiday is here where most people eat too much, sacrifice a turkey and forget about being thankful for the things they have come the following Friday after Thanksgiving by going out shopping even before the crack of dawn.

I personally loathe the holiday season. It just seems to me that more people tend to be grouchy aka the Grinch rather than nice, polite, and calm. We tend to miss that around this time of year more.

So a few tips in no particular order….try not to eat too much, dont sacrifice a turkey instead adopt a turkey either via the farm sanctuary site or other sites that have adoptions, dont get up before dawn remember NO one chooses to work the day of or the day after Thanksgiving and the deals will still be there if you decide to sleep in or even better shop earlier aka before the holiday rush, give consumables aka food or experience gifts. Money works great as a gift too no exchanges needed and is always appreciated. If you must give a gift make sure you can afford it no charges or pay in cash.

Gift suggestions for folks just a few I promise…for the ladies an arden cove handbag works great theft resistant, slash proof, water resistant/proof, rfid blocking or just chocolate. For the gentlemen an rfid blocking wallet. For kids a crayola pipsqueaks washable markers and paper set. Great for traveling or your budding artist. Most of these items can be found through amazon or online. Great for shopping in your pjs and avoiding the crowds.

Most importantly remember to give thanks for all you have not for what you dont have.

Ignorance is not bliss

3 Nov

I had no idea that this was and is a problem. I think otters are really cute but as is pointed out they are wild animals and deserve to be left in the wild not as a pet or as someones fur coat or hat or whatever. There is a link that you can make a donation to an organization that will help otters with education and conservation. I know that with the holiday season coming up Yikes! that it seems that everyone wants your money or a year end donation. I think that you should give to what you are passionate about if you can. Whether it is to a food pantry to fight hunger, help with medical care, or saving animals. There are admittedly a LOT to choose from but, make sure it is legitimate and if giving online make sure they have a “secure” website for making your donation. Sorry secure is in quotes I am skeptical that it is secure but, will probably make a donation online anyway.


10 Oct

I recently purchased a bag from Arden Cove. They make great bags in a few colors….grey, blue, maroon, white, and of course black. The reason I bought this bag is because it has RFID blocking, is waterproof (believe me I tested it out this past weekend with the remains of a hurricane that came our way which, I suppose was a tropical storm), has a locking zipper (remember ladies you have to keep your bag zipped if you dont want your things stolen), has slash proof material and a slash proof strap.

The main reason for this is because yet once again someone tried their best to gain access to my accounts with my bank. Thankfully they did not get access but, they had enough info that I felt the need for something a bit stronger. They had my name, mothers maiden name, and my SSN. NOT ok. So now I have done my best to “bullet” proof my accounts. I added a password and set up a bunch of alerts. So my suggestion is to add a password to your accounts if possible not sure what most banks or financial institutions will do. Get an RFID blocking purse or wallet or whatever you can to feel and be secure. If only people would not only steal my identity AND my life then I say have at it. I just get to keep my daughter. Sadly this has made me want to never us anything without RFID blocking again so I might be ditching a bunch of my existing bags. If you think this is a good idea let me know and you might even score one of my existing non RFID blocking bags for yourself.

Once again me recommending Arden Cove gains me absolutely nothing except for peace of mind.

Weird Science

6 Oct

Today my daughter and I did weird science. Sadly no Ken doll was involved. We got a 2 liter bottle of coke and menthos the fresh maker and blew that up. It was a lot of fun. Safely blowing up something is a lot of fun. I actually meant to do this while at my dads this summer but, forgot about doing it until we were actually home again ah well. Then thanks to subbing for a specific teachers class Thanks Al. He had a book on his desk and it is called fire bubbles and exploding toothpaste. We did the exploding toothpaste. It was a lot of fun. If you do this experiment go to a sally’s beauty supply or a pharmacy for your 12% hydrogen peroxide and you might need to use the whole bottle of food coloring instead of a few drops. We used a few drops and there was no color to our explosion sadly it was just white and very fizzy. Still a lot of fun to play with after it came out of the reused coke bottle. Just remember to get the funnel out of the way asap.

I am feeling much better I got about 13 hours of sleep after getting maybe 5 on Tuesday night and that is on the more positive end of things in truth it felt more like 3.

Today my appetite has returned due to no more fever wahooooooooooooooooo! I have not been eating that much due to not being able to smell much. So we got a medium pizza from Pizza Hut. I ate half the pizza and still feel a bit hungry but, will probably not eat much for dinner. This has been forbidden by my husband since he does not like their pizza and wants us to do pick up instead of being lazy and having delivery. Plus he does not want any smells due to his VMR BS.

Tomorrow on Friday is get picture taken for passport since the state I live in does not have a “federally recognized” id. So my drivers license will not cut it even to fly in the US. Plus this give me the perfect excuse to fly internationally so thanks US government for giving me the push I need to get my passport. I am not sure if my daughter will need to get hers as well but, I plan on getting hers done during her spring break or sooner. Plus my daughter will get to do more science stuff at the local library. Hope it will be furn.

under the weather

5 Oct

It is fall break and I have the worst sinus infection. I cant breathe out of my nose and am so stuffed up. I have been using clariton which is not helping very much a herbal concoction that is supposed to help with my sinuses. Still not much help. I have been using a netti pot which has been helping along with using vicks vapo rub on my nose and cheekbones that has been helping more. I have also been having a mild fever 100.2-99.2 or so. I normally dont let it get too high before I take some tylenol to bring it down. The only “good” thing is since I am so stuffed up is my appetite has not been the greatest. Spicy foods seem to help a bit until I lay down then I have the worst gerd it really is not very fun. So now I have been having to sleep sitting up on the couch. The only thing that appeals to me are liquids like coffee, water, lemonade, I even like my daughters caprisun which normally is too sweet for me.

Our fall break has been a bit of fun we went and saw a movie, went out to lunch, saw my mom since my dad was unable to make it out for a visit due to health reasons.

Still no word on whether we are moving but, I promise to keep folks posted.

If anyone has any suggestions for the sinus hades I currently am in I am all for any.

Until next time.

Fall and Move?

8 Sep

Fall seems to have arrived and I already miss the heat and warmer temperatures. Now I have to wear a jacket and actual shoes instead of my flip flops. One nice thing about the cooler temperatures is that I no longer have to feel guilty for baking and as a result having the A/C turn on.

We might be moving I will enjoy the adventure if we do but, the actual act of packing up of all our possessions is very daunting. My husband has give or take about five bookcases filled with books most of them he has not read. He says he will get rid of most of it but,I somehow seriously doubt this will happen. It will be tough on our daughter since she will have to move away from friends and everything that is familiar. I hope that if we do move that it is easier for her to make friends than it was on me when I moved.

I know that I have not once said anything about Charlotte nor the hurricanes that may and have affected the US but, I will say that despite our skin color, creed or nationality we all bleed the same color, we all have almost the same problems from time to time. We should all be kind to each other no matter where we are in life. I hope that all the people who have been affected by the strong storms both here in the US and in India are getting the necessities that they need to survive and are able to rebuild their lives as best they can.