The Importance of Teaching Our Kids Tolerance

One of the most ‘enlightening’ messages to come out of this year’s highly controversial and oftentimes extremely heated presidential election is the need to talk to our kids about tolerance. The left is bashing the right and the right is throwing slams at the left, and most of it is unfounded and totally not true. Much of it is a spinoff of a smaller ‘fact’ that has been picked up by the media and so distorted by the time it hits the air that few people can actually say they know what is going on and why. If you just let your kids watch all the bizarre arguments going back and forth and the rampant hatred on both sides, you are doing them a grave disservice. As a parent, it’s important to use times like these as a lesson in tolerance. We may not always agree with others but we can learn to be tolerant of our differences and even begin to find some area of common ground where we can be friends. Being Tolerant Encompasses So Much Territory When you think about how hard it is to … [Read more...]

It’s National Pie Day!

Guess what? It's National Pie Day! The National Pie Council (yes that actually exists!) and Edwards Frozen Desserts encourage you to get into the kitchen and share your pie wisdom. Teach your children, siblings, spouse or friend how to make your favorite pie! Like I mentioned, the only pie I've ever made successfully is with instant pudding and cool whip, but I'm sure some of you have made more complex pies. Pie has been around since the ancient Egyptians. The first pies were made by early Romans who may have learned about it through the Greeks. These pies were sometimes made in "reeds" which were used for the sole purpose of holding the filling and not for eating with the filling. The Romans must have spread the word about pies around Europe as the Oxford English Dictionary notes that the word pie was a popular word in the 14th century. The first pie recipe was published by the Romans and was for a rye-crusted goat cheese and honey pie. The National Pie Council offers a … [Read more...]

Forced Vacation from the Internet

This was my last Saturday and Sunday off work for the forseeable future. I'm almost done with the transition phase of my new job and then I'll have a schedule that changes each week. I had planned on getting a lot of blogging done yesterday. Ok I didn't actually plan it, but I thought about it and assumed that's what I would do. I'm up and about right as Richard is leaving for work and I realize that there's no internet connection or phone line. Of course, he blames the cats. Sometimes they like to knock stuff over. We reset the modem, but that didn't help. Richard left for work, so I borrowed Jake's cell phone to call Mediacom. Of course, I got the dreaded "we're experiencing an outage in your area, high level of calls, blah" and then they pretty much hang up on you. The recorded message didn't even give you the chance to speak with a representative. So what was I to do with a forced vacation from the internet? I could be productive and clean the house. If it was nicer out, I … [Read more...]

The Worst Job I’ve Ever Had

I've worked from home for about a year and a half. Last November, I started training with a new company to take tech calls. Yesterday was the big day, the day our training class would take our very first call! Luckily we took them one at a time and had people there to support us. I was incredibly nervous to the point of sweaty palms. I've had more jobs than I can quickly count and none had ever made me this nervous. I made it through my first call, though I do have to admit it was incredibly easy compared to the difficult calls we're to expect. I think most of the people in my group were pretty nervous too, but we all made it. I was talking to Dani today about how it went and we got on the subject of awful jobs. I'm sure there are truly horrible jobs out there and when I think about it mine wasn't THAT bad, but it's definitely the worst job I've ever had. I got hired at a place called RainSoft as a survey taker, they do water conditioning systems and filtering, things like … [Read more...]

Do You Get the Heebie Jeebies?

You know when your skin crawls and you get that BLEH feeling? I've always called that the heebie jeebies. The hairs stand up on my arms, I get a little chill, and I have to "shake off" the feeling. I know a lot of people get it when someone scratches their nails down a chalkboard. That's never really bothered me. Other people get it when they see spiders or other creepy crawlies. I'm fine with that, too, as long as they aren't ON me. The reason I ask is because I saw picture below the other day and I got the heebie jeebies. It took me a minute to shake it off, but honestly every time I look at it, I have the same reaction. The only thing I can think of is that the idea of open water scares the crap out of me, you know out there in the bottomless pit of an ocean with no land in sight? This picture completely depicts how helpless I would be if this gorgeous creature decided to upend my world.   Does anything give you the heebie jeebies? … [Read more...]