Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy 2015!

For the first time in many many years, I was in bed and sleeping by the time people were celebrating the beginning of the new year.  And it was marvelous! After two nights of being woken up in the middle of the night, and two days of go-go-go, I needed sleep.

So, the new year started with something different. Some might think it boring, but, quite frankly, my dears, I don't give a damn. Nope, not one smidge of a damn. I chose to take care of moi, and that is one of the best ways I can think of to start a new year. So, new year's resolutions? Hmmm…. haven't really made any new resolutions. I guess I will have to think about it. In the meantime, 

Happy New Year! 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The day after...

twas the day after Christmas,
and all through the house…
everyone was stuffed, probably even the mouse
garbage bags full of wrapping paper and bows
in the garage waiting for pickup day
while kids played with their new toys
and the grownups smiled that it was over
at least for another year..

Saturday, December 20, 2014

5 more days...

Wherever you may be, I hope you are having happy holidays. For my family and me, it's Christmastime! Only 5 more days! Yay!  Yes, it can be stressful, but it is nice when everyone gets together. So, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, Good Jule, and any other I might have missed!

Monday, December 08, 2014

sparkly...

A few years ago, as things became a little bit busier in my life, I caved in and started using a planner. Yes, I did. 
And I found it helpful! Yes, writing something down helped me remember the stuff I had to do/get done etc, and when I didn't remember, well…it was written down! Now, my problem with planners, however, was how much they cost. Tried finding something at the office stores…minimum was 20 bucks. For a planner. Hmm. I suppose in the grand scheme of things, for something you'll be using on a regular basis, it's not that much, but still, it irked me. Not only that, but I didn't need one to schedule my days down to the minute. I needed something I could write notes in, but not necessarily schedule my full day out. So, I kept searching and searching...
Until…
Until I stumbled in the planner section at B&N and they had these really cute planners- with different designs and different sizes. They have some that look like composition books, some that are 5x8, some that are even smaller. I prefer the spiral bound (with plastic cover) that is just a bit smaller than a notebook. And I've been faithfully buying one each year since (Last year, I tried the 5x8…too small…I kept losing it!)  They usually come out in August (my only gripe is the time span- they go from July to December of the following year. That's way too much of an overlap. You end up with a partially empty planner when you switch.)
Anyhoos, I had bought mine for this next year back in August or September this year. And, now that I wanted to start using it, do you know I couldn't find it? I looked in boxes, on the shelves, here and there, and nope. Cannot find it. So, still needing my planner, off to B&N I went. And got myself a new one! I don't think it was the same design I got back in Aug/Sept…but this time I got one that is purple and sparkly! It's got birds and butterflies and flowers and nifty designs that look a bit like fireworks!  I like it! So, as 2015 quickly approaches…I hope this fun planner is a harbinger for the year!

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

computer issue

I couldn't get online yesterday. Or, rather, I could, but it took a really long time to load any page (we are talking dial-up speeds here…close to 120 seconds just for the home page). And, then, the internet would intermittently drop to no service and I would have to turn the wi-fi off, then on again to get service again, and then reload the page. I tried to go to the speedtest, to see what was happening. Pretty difficult to do a speedtest when the page won't even load!!  After 10 minutes of this, trying to get on to one website, I was ready to scream. Or smash something (which I realize is not useful in any way shape or form, but oh, the frustration just gets to me.) I just don't have patience for crap like that. I turned the computer off and walked away.

I'm not a techie, but I am pretty sure it should not be happening. The wi-fi is in the center of the house, and should reach this room quite easily (as it's doing now.) I have a sneaky suspicion that it is the carrier, as they supply both tv and internet and we have the same ridiculous problem when watching the  tv (connected through the dvr.) I realize there are worse problems in the world, but I get quite irate when I'm watching a tv program, and the screen goes black for a few seconds. Or a few minutes. Or, as has happened a couple of times, a few hours. Seriously.

We've called the company. They have come out several times, and each time is a different technician, who does something else, and assures that the problem is solved. Until it happens again. And each time, they charge a lovely $40 service call fee. For their equipment, that bites. (sigh.)


Monday, December 01, 2014

Welcome December

Well, here it is…December.

I didn't blog all 30 days of November, but it's got me blogging again (see? Here I am, not November and I'm blogging!)

Now, on to December. It seems strange that it's already December. Honestly, the year just started, no? Yeah, no, not so much. I realize we are now in Christmas Season, but that is one thing in South Florida that is lacking. Yes, the malls decorate, and people decorate, and all the stores have all their Christmas stuff out, but, I look out the window at palm trees swaying in the warm and sunny air, and uh, it just doesn't seem like Christmas (at least not until people start to decorate the palm trees!)

Of course, today is cyber monday- and Friday was black friday. All the sales etc. It got me wondering though- if the stores actually make a profit by those deep discounts, then what the hell is going on the rest of the year? How much are we overpaying? Is it the volume of sales that make it worthwhile? I understand the stores have to make money, and overhead has to be paid before that, but it just seems a bit weird to me that "Black Friday" is supposedly the 1st day of the year in which these stores are finally in the black. That means that every day until black friday, they are operating at a loss? That can't be right, can it? That would be a horrible business practice, as far as I can tell. Or is is just another mass marketing scheme? Anyone out there have a clue?

I'd love to hear it because I can't seem to wrap my head around this concept.