Monday, June 30, 2008

Give Me Five Monday Meme #27

Monday, June 30, 2008

The 'Give Me Five' Monday meme is designed to share fun information with each other in a simple short list! Here's how it works. Each week, I will put out a random topic from my list of topics and you share 5 answers of your choice on the given topic and link back here! You can add photos, links or stories or just a simple list of your own of 5 things that relate to the topic as it pertains to you and your life experiences. It doesn't have to be in any order of importance unless otherwise specified.
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Give Me Five topics for future Give Me Five's!

I have honestly been at a loss for topics for the GM5 meme for the past couple of weeks and therefore have not done any. It has been more frustrating than the idea of sales jobs (Yah, not interested!) From time to time our wonderful participants have made suggestions and they have been very helpful. Now I am opening the floor to you! I will do a list of 5 regulations I try to follow when constructing topics and you can use these as guidelines and come up with a list of 5 topics that I will record and possibly* use in the future! I will also give you credit on that post if I use your topic :)

1. Keep it simple. I try to keep the topics very simple and easy to come up with a list of 5, sometimes it's hard to pick just 5 to answer with!

2. Keep it general. I always look for topics that the majority of people could relate to. No politics and such. Also, since I am not a mom or a wife, I honestly try not to do topics of like, 5 fave snacks to pack in the kids' lunch boxes and things like that. Of course, I would never turn down faith based opportunities to share ;-)

3. Keep it thought provoking. I like to get you thinking of things you have forgotten or conjure up fun memories from all our pasts, those are fun.

4. Keep it inquisitive. I really like to get answers or outside opinions or advice on things I happen to be going through. Sometimes other people who are not involved can offer up very helpful insight to situations and give you options for handling them.

5. Keep it fun and friendly. I really love reading everyone's GM5 list each week. It is a great way to peek inside you heart and mind and I get to see how friendly everyone is with their answers and comments.
Give Me Five Participants
1. Tamy ~ 3 Sides of Crazy :)
2. Mom Knows Everything
3. Joyce T.
4. Shannon H.
5. Karlana
6. Dawn\'s Daily Life
7. Tina Kubala
8. Forgetfulone

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Vacation thoughts

It's that time again, when I begin to get a little bored of the city and long to venture out into this beautiful land God gave us. I have always loved to travel. Even if I don't have much money to make it happen, a simple trip with cheap hotels and plenty of sight seeing is better than nothing!

So I've been pondering some possible vacation destinations. Obviously the high price of gas will factor in. I'm longing to make a trip to Maryland but my friends who live there are still in England and after they return will be making a trip here sometime around the holidays. So I'll need to postpone that trip until next year.

Any suggestions for short inexpensive trips from the St. Louis, MO area?

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Now that things are cleaned up...

It has been a couple of weeks now that my apartment is nice and cleaned up! I have been trying to stay on top of the problem areas as they come up and so far I'm pleased with the results. I'm sorry if I keep talking about how much I enjoy my house being cleaned. It's just that for the past few years, I've gone in and out of varying degrees of depression. While I'm down, I do no cleaning. Right now, I do feel as though I'm coming back up and having the house clean is such an intricate part of the process of that uphill climb.

Although I am happy with things being clean, I am now noticing a few unfinished projects and other items of interest that have been uncovered and forgotten amidst the clutter. Every room seems to have at least 1 area that needs to be reorganized or refurbished. Take the living room for instance, I am still using a sofa table I found discarded as my entertainment console. It is *kinda* like this one, only not as nice.

It fits the purpose, but is completely unattractive. It's a shame to put so much time, effort and resources into decorations and then have that eye sore supporting the TV and stereo and DVD player and such. I mean, I don't want to go out and buy a brand new entertainment center and specialized audio racks just for the sake of looks! The table is a very sturdy *real* wood piece, it just happens to be designed for different use and it shows. I've thought about painting it black like the other furniture, I think that would make it 'fit in' better even though it is a different style than my other table furniture in the living room. And this is just one area of long since forgotten incompleteness. Ugh, who knew solving one problem would bring about so many new ones?

God's Pharmacy

Someone sent this to me in an email and I wanted to pass it on. I happen to think it's wonderful and thought provoking information! Enjoy

God left us a great clue as to what foods help what part of our body!
God's Pharmacy! Amazing!
A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye.. and YES, science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.
A Tomato has four chambers and is red The heart has four chambers and is red. All of the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are indeed pure heart and blood food.
Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food
A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.
Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.
Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and many more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don't have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.
Avocadoes, Eggplant & Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female - they look just like these organs. Today's research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? It takes exactly nine (9) months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).
Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm as well to overcome male sterility.
Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.
Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries
Oranges, Grapefruits and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.
Onions look like the body's cells. Today's research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes. A working companion, Garlic also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body.

You might just get cheaper rates on your NC health insurance if eating these foods can make you healthier! Of course that's not limited to just NC :)

"The Color Purple" the musical is coming to St. Louis!

As many of you know, "The Color Purple" is one of my all time favorite movies! I literally watched it again as late as last Saturday (5 days ago). Nothing makes me cry *quite* like that movie. From the opening scene, I am a basket case because I am thinking of what comes later on.

I heard some buzz a couple of years ago about a musical production well in the works. If memory serves me right, Oprah has alot to do with it, no surprise there. And why not? She has the money to do it! I remember commenting at the time, despite her involvement, I still want to see it! Looks like I will finally get my chance. I was pleased and excited to receive a Fox Theater booklet in the mail today announcing the shows for the 2008-2009 upcoming season because The Color Purple the musical is on the list! Yay!!!! The performance dates will be Oct. 21 - Nov. 2, 2008. I'd better start saving now for the tickets and the kleenex!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Lord will provide

I have found that sometimes you can pray and pray for something and it just never comes. Usually, after some thought, I realize the thing I was praying for was not for the best anyway. I've even noticed that sometimes you are praying for one thing and get some other, often better thing instead! Now, I'm not necessarily talking about material items, like Tahitian pearls, although what a beautiful request that would be :)

I'm talking more about situations and needs vs. wants. My brother is a union carpenter and has been out of work for a while. It seems just when he's on the last plank of reserved means, the Lord provides. Someone called him today with a new work opportunity. Congrats, bro and thank you, Lord! You know what we need even before we ask. I wouldn't put my faith in anyone or anything else!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Happy to report!

I have talked to the new mommy and she said things are going much better! Apparently there were some latching on issues that a Madella nipple shield has cleared right up! So yay!!! Sorry if that was TMI for my male readers. 8-) I am going out to their house for a visit this evening and I can't wait to see the baby again. He's soooo cute and I just *LOVE* those tiny newborn noises they make. I can't wait!

Also, I'm happy to report that my house is still cleaned up! I can't believe it, it's been a week and a half since the big cleaning fiasco and things are still straightened up. My mom noticed the same thing I did, that it feels so good to have everything cleaned up and put away, we can't bear to leave anything out now! I'm also happy to report that through this process, I learned that with some deep cleaning and patience, my vacuum has been restored from a non-working dust collector to a functional janitorial aid! I was contemplating where I would possibly get the cash to buy a new one and now I don't have to worry about it! Not that I wouldn't have minded a new vacuum, like maybe a Dyson or maybe one of those Sebo vacuums, a girl can dream, right? But for now, until I get a better job, I am sooo pleased to be able to now use my old vacuum which I had previously been unable to use. It's amazing the difference clean filters will do. Also, I am lucky because the filters on my old vacuum are the kind that can be taken out, rinsed and put back in. Some of the newer vacuums have those white type filters that are rendered useless if gotten wet. So this is good!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Praying for the new parents

Have you ever brought home a newborn baby? Then you know what it's like to be so tired that you wish you had one of those shower chairs just so you could rest while getting cleaned up! I'm afraid that is just par for the course when you are brand new parents. My cousin and her husband brought DJ home from the hospital on Tuesday and the first night didn't go very well, I'm afraid.

He was nursing fine in the hospital and as soon as he got home, it didn't work out. So the first night was a bit of a tiring shocker to their system. Bless their hearts! I'm sure things will start looking up soon, it's just a big adjustment to what they are used to. So keep them in your prayers: Mom, Dad and Baby DJ.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sunburn relief recommendations? Anybody?

I use Noxema on my sunburns. It helps to some how draw out the heat and soothe and moisturize. Although it is so "cold" at times, it's quite painful to apply. After you apply it as a thick layer all over the red parts, you should let it soak in a bit and then you can put your shirt down over it. Sure it sticks a little but it also comes off *relatively* easy. It eventually dries and you can reapply it. Just try not to put it on so thick where it might show, otherwise you look like a greasy person under your gross! So I was wondering what you all use to soothe or medicate a bad sunburn? Sunburn relief recommendations? Anybody?

I'm all out of Noxema and some other household items, but I'm kinda broke for the next 2-3 weeks, I sure wish I had some Target coupons!

Father's Day Weekend: The Ugly (Part 3 of 3)

"The Ugly"

There were some 'ugly' things that happened on this weekend as well. No, I'm not talking about encountering trannies in corsets, although that would be ugly! I'm talking about what happened as a result of going down to my dad's. It never fails, *something* always happens at home when you are out of town!

Sure enough, when I got back to my phone that I had accidentally left in my car during the time we were watching the movie, I had a missed call from my cousin who is 2 days overdue for having her baby! She left me a message to let me know they had the baby a couple of hours ago!

Awwww man! I missed it!? I was soooo disappointed. Although the more I thought about it, I realized they hadn't called me early enough that I could have been in the waiting room anyway! They called me 2 hours after the baby was born. :( Good for them, bad for me.

I called her back and got the update. It's a boy!!!!

His nickname is "DJ" and he was 22" long and weighed 8 lbs and 12 oz. She said there were some complications but everything is fine now. I congratulated them both. I'm so happy about the baby being born now but still disappointed I missed the event. Even if I was at home, I still would not have know, although I most likely would have called to check up on her and found out that way...possibly.

The ugliest result from this weekend had yet to be told. While I was on the boat with my dad, I realized that I was probably going to get a pretty good sunburn because I hadn't put on any sunblock, even though I had gone out of my way on Sat. to buy more and, AND had it with me in my bag on the boat! Duh, Beck!!! So the ugliest of uglies is that I now am suffering from a very bad sunburn. It's deep, people, it's real deep.

DJ's mom and dad have decided not to allow any photos of him on the internet so I had to crop him out of this photo, but here is a pic of me and my sunburn. Ouchie!!!!!

It doesn't help that I have a red top on, but you can still tell the difference in my coloring where the burn stops LOL It's my own fault!!! This is Ugly, for sure! Even now, 3 days later, I can hardly bare for my mom to put medicine on my back. I am going to be blistered and peeling, trust me, UGLY for sure!!! I can't believe I even had it with me and still didn't use my sunblock!

Father's Day Weekend: The Bad (Part 2 of 3)

"The Bad"

I met my dad at my cousin Tony's house. Over the years, this particular cousin has had different nicknames. Lil' Tony, Tito (pronounced 'Tee-toe') and some others I won't mention here for lack of clean terms to translate with. He was always a wild child, wrestling goats and acting out in one way or another. So it's very interesting to see how his life has progressed. He is married and has 2 young boys. I'm afraid his boys are worse than he ever was.

They had one of these ^ types of dual water slides. The kids were having a blast in the sun playing on it! I kept saying, "We would have died for one of these when we were kids!" Then, from amongst the laughs and giggles of the little ones, I heard some very foul and vulgar words! The remarks were so obvious and offensive, they sort of pierced the air and carved their own dark path across the yard to us like a colon cleanser on overdrive! Apparently his YOUNGEST son (4 years old) was not happy about something. Once we all heard it, I was just waiting for the wrath of a parent to be can imagine my surprise when the adults just rolled their eyes and turned away as they grinned and held back their laughter! What!?!?! This can't be good.... Then the stories began to flow about how his older brother was like that too then I heard something very strange. Someone said, "He'll calm down when he gets to school, like his brother did." OMG! Isn't it usually the opposite? You send your good little boys and girls to school and they come home with worse habits? Something is very wrong here.

Father's Day Weekend: The Good (Part 1 of 3)

"The Good"

This Father's Day I went down to the country to visit my dad, like all the other Father's Days of recent years. I always figure, since it's so far down there, I just go down the day before and spend the night, sort of stretching it out to make the most of the gas it takes to get there LOL

On Sat. I made my way down to the country and met him for a cook out at my cousin's house (see part 2 of 3, "The Bad"). Visiting with family, especially one's I've never met or haven't seen in a long time is always nice. The food was great!!! I didn't have to buy it, prepare it or clean up after it!! That rarely happens after you become an adult. So that was very good.

Saturday evening we just went back to dad's and watched tv before calling it a night. On Sunday, we got up late and ended up taking the 4 wheeler and the boat to Clearwater Lake. It's no Outer Banks but it has always been a family favorite. It took us a while to get down there because we didn't get an early start. This made dad fussy. He's also trying to quit smoking (after 50 some odd years) so he is easily fussy these days. But I commend him for trying again! I pray he has luck and the Lord will help him.

On our way to the lake, I had an opportunity to witness to my dad again, reiterating the simplicity of the gospel to him. I like to show him the faith I have in God that He will take care of my needs and dad's as well. Our fiasco last year with the boat lended a perfect opportunity to show him first hand that God knows what we need. 3 times that day we were in a crisis and all 3 times, without waiting, God provided the exact help we needed! It's a great example and I like to remind him of it. This is good, very good.

Our boating trip on the lake was fun. We ventured way up and around to where Black River feeds into the lake. We had lunch on the boat. The outing was relatively uneventful until we were heading back to the dock. The boat motor kept dieing. He kept trying to fix it and was growing increasingly fretful and agitated. I simply said with every confidence, "The Lord knows what we need." Then the motor worked only on low gear but it was enough to get us back! Again, a perfect example of how faith pays off. I welcome these opportunities for flaws and trials. He's the kind of man who needs to learn the hard way and even then it usually takes more than once for him to learn a lesson!

We did some light fishing but of course did not get any bites due to the fact that the water level was up. We enjoyed cruising around the lake. We had dinner at the Cowgirl Cafe and I got to see my cousin Kathy who works there. After we got back to his house, we watched the movie "RV". I thought it was a nice clean family movie, a nice way to cap off the trip. It was environmentally the most tolerable trip to my dad's I've enjoyed in....well, forever since he didn't smoke while I was there. Stay tuned for "The Bad" and "The Ugly"

Momma Mia the movie to open soon!

I have always been disappointed in not having made my way to the theater to see Momma Mia the musical. It's just one of those things I didn't decide was "OK" to do alone until it was too late...oh, also, I don't have enough room in my budget for many 'excursions' and extras. These things need to be planned well in advance for ticket prices over say, $15.00 LOL

But you bet your bottom dollar, like beer pong to a frat house, I *will* be in line at the Ronnies 20 Cinema to see it sometime that opening weekend (July 18th, 2008)! I know the movie will not be like the musical, they never are, but it will be a fun and much anticipated event for me :-)

Just an update...

There's lots going on over here behind BeccA's Buzz. No, I'm not busy adjusting my indoor lighting, although that would be a good idea! There are many fun things going on and I just simply have not made time to blog them yet. So here's a simple list, keep in mind, there are more I won't take time to mention at this time. I plan to post about each of these topics in the days to come, so come back by soon!

  • Father's Day weekend with dad (the good, the bad and the ugly)
  • My Sunburn (I'm a fried lobster!)
  • Baby DJ is here! (awaiting parental approval to share photos!)
  • Sex and the City Movie Review (I've seen it 3 times now and going again soon!)
  • Summertime plans (from BBQ's to VBS)
  • A new book on it's way (a gift from across the pond)
  • And much, much more!
I also wanted to offer an apology for not having hosted the Give Me Five Monday Meme this week. Under the circumstances, I'm sure you will understand. Stay tuned for more! Until next time, I'll leave you with this reminder that I should have taken more to heart on Sunday...

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Happy Father's Day!

Well, I'm off to the country to visit my dad for father's day. I'd better make sure I'm all paid up on my term insurance after the fiasco we had last year! 3 different times that 1 day we had a crisis and 3 different times, the Lord provided the exact help we needed. The biggest crisis was the fact that I hadn't seeded the boat trailer down onto the ball hitch of the truck and it came off and the boat on it's trailer continued down the road and into a ditch! I could not believe that happened, but it did! So I'm wishing all the dad's out there a happy and *SAFE* Father's Day!!!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Hot, hot, hot!

No not from a dose of progesterone cream, from potato chips, believe it or not! My mom picked up some chips at Aldi's for a party and brought the left overs to work. They are whole grain white corn tortilla chips with Asiago cheese.

Sounds mild enough, right? NOT! They are HOT, HOT, HOT! At first I was so thrown by the heat that was 'supposed' to be cheese, I didn't like them. But then I decided to think of them like the hot corn chips I used to get in 8th grade and now I love em'! Does anyone else remember the ones that were rectangle shaped, I believe the bag had a Mexican guy or a Hill Billy guy laying down or something. Anyway, at first they were hot, then you'd get used to the heat and want more and then near the end of the bag, you'd panic because you remember that the real burn comes after you stop eating them! Man, I loved those hot corn chips! I can't find those exact ones anywhere. Well, these are a good substitution. Crunch on, friends!

The long way around

From time to time I have one of those moments when I realize I took the long way around the block. When you realize you made something harder on yourself than it had to be, it's aggravating to discover you've wasted your time. No, not like trying to determine if Phentermine is a popular diet pill, this time I'm talking about wallflowers. No, not the band, the fragrant bulbs you plug in to an outlet that wonderfully scent your room for a few weeks.

A friend gave me one to try and I really enjoyed it...while it lasted. Now it's time to go in search of refills. Here's where my thought process takes off: My first thought was to try Ebay. Why not? I love Ebay! It's a great place to find all sorts of great bargains, right? Well after much searching, I decided that there are way too many scents to choose from. The Ebay market is flooded with all varieties and options. They tend to be less expensive if you buy in bulk, but for the most part, if you haven't tried the different scents, how would you know which ones best fit your likes? I mean, you are committing to buy something based on the scent it gives off and how do you know if you can even stand to be around it? 2 word scent titles can be misleading.

Following the thought process leads me to this bright idea: If only I could sniff a sample to know if I like some of them! So I decided to look on their website to see if they offered any descriptions of the different scents. Well, as soon as I hit the Bath and Body website, I saw that they were having a sale! Hmm!!! Next thought: I see they are out of stock on a couple of the scents I was considering, so I decided to look up a local store and call to see if they had them. Final thought: After 1 phone call, I discovered that I can buy them locally and more important, the store will have samples I can sniff! I could get everything I need for less than Ebay or purchasing from their website, plus, no shipping! Now why didn't it just occur to me to find a local store before going through all that online drama? Duh, Beck! What a waste of time.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Giving back...

My friend John has been blogging for only a couple of months now and I would like to send him this fun award as recognition! His blog is called Peaks & Valleys and I have really enjoyed reading along. So here's to you and your blog, John:

You can keep it for yourself & pass it on to someone else who's blog you enjoy, as well! Feel free to display it in your sidebar, because I think your blog is excellent! Maybe not as sweet as some led tail lights that glow purple when you push on your breaks, but definitely cool in it's own way for sure. Everyone, go see his blog and maybe share some link love!

Give Me Five Monday Meme #26

Monday, June 9, 2008

The 'Give Me Five' Monday meme is designed to share fun information with each other in a simple short list! Here's how it works. Each week, I will put out a random topic from my list of topics and you share 5 answers of your choice on the given topic and link back here! You can add photos, links or stories or just a simple list of your own of 5 things that relate to the topic as it pertains to you and your life experiences. It doesn't have to be in any order of importance unless otherwise specified.
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Give Me Five tips and tricks for keeping your house clean and clutter free.

I have a friend who keeps a very clean house. It seems sometimes that she's overly anal about house cleaning, but I always enjoy how clean and tidy things are when I visit her and appreciate all the hard work she does-everyday-to keep it looking clean. I am NOT a very good housekeeper. I get overwhelmed by the number of tasks and tend to just ignore them until they are full on projects that then take me all weekend long to get done. Like now, I've been cleaning house all weekend! Now that it's all clean (and beautiful, I might add, come back in a couple of days for pictures!), I'd like to keep it that way, maybe you can tell me how you keep up with yours! Do you have a cleaning schedule or just clean everything in the house every time? Help!

1. Create a house cleaning schedule.
2. Get clutter free forever.
3. Gather your cleaning supplies.
4. Get moving with some music that will keep you on the go.
5. Get help, Rome was not built (or cleaned) in a day!

Give Me Five Participants
1. Debbie
2. Tamy ~ 3 sides of crazy :)
3. Stacey@Real World Mom
4. Forgetfulone
5. Shannon H.
6. Penny Lane
7. Dawn\'s Daily Life
8. John Daly
9. maryt/theteach
10. Kwizgiver
11. Joyce T.

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Sunday, June 08, 2008

There's a light at the end of this Tunnel

I made a video of encouragement, for all of my brothers and sisters in Christ. The photos were all taken by myself at various altitudes and various places along my journey. The song is called 'Tunnel' by Third Day. Please, enjoy!

Friday, June 06, 2008

Big weekend plans!

This weekend is all about CLEANING! No, not as in cleaning your skin with an acne treatment, I mean cleaning house!

I received a notice on my door on Wednesday that the building owners (I rent) will be coming by for an inspection of some sort next Tuesday. Wow, do I have alot of work ahead of me this weekend! I've certainly let things go lately, so this is just the kind of motivation I need to get in there and 'Git r done!" I need the exercise but sheeshk! I plan to stay busy cleaning all day on Saturday and maybe even on Sunday too. Ugh...

The smile of the Mona Lisa

When I was a child, some friends of ours from church told me I had the smile of the Mona Lisa. Being 10 yrs old, I wasn't sure if I should be flattered or what, so I pondered the thought and kept it in the back of my mind. Today I received a card in the mail from one of our other family friends who found a Mona Lisa card while on vacation and just had to send it to me...from on the road in Virginia on their way to Washington, DC. It's nice to be thought of but this friend insists I actually look like the Mona Lisa, not just have her smile. I agree with the smile part but I am not too sure about the rest. I have noticed that with my pudgy round face, I do tend to favor the forms and faces of renaissance artists such as Di Vinci and Michaelangelo and especially Jusepe Ribera's The Flea:

I would *really-really* love to get a print of this. It was my favorite piece in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. I also picked up a print of a painting called Woman with a candle by Godfried Schalken. I found it in a stationary store on the streets of Florence for like 3 EUR. I still need to get a frame for it. I think we favor each other, too.

Anyway, I may not be "beautiful" by today's standards, but my "classic beauty" would have fit right in a few hundred years ago! Here's a shot of me on a train station platform in Swindon, Wiltshire, England in September 2007.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

"Although your qualifications are excellent...

I feel that they do not match the job position's requirements closely enough." This was part of an email I received today from the Controller of the position I interviewed for last Thursday. Needless to say, I am very disappointed. I even re-read the original job description and from what we talked about during the interview, I was a perfect fit for the position. Perhaps I didn't portray that well in the interview? Ugh...

Well, if this isn't the right position for me, I have faith that God will show me the way and lead me in the direction that is best for my life. So I can only look up from here, right! Maybe I needed this interviewing practice for the next time, or the next-next time...We'll see! Thank you everyone who prayed for me during this process...looks like I may be asking for more again later!

Monday, June 02, 2008

Give Me Five Monday Meme #25

Monday, June 2, 2008

The 'Give Me Five' Monday meme is designed to share fun information with each other in a simple short list! Here's how it works. Each week, I will put out a random topic from my list of topics and you share 5 answers of your choice on the given topic and link back here! You can add photos, links or stories or just a simple list of your own of 5 things that relate to the topic as it pertains to you and your life experiences. It doesn't have to be in any order of importance unless otherwise specified.
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Give Me Five tips and tricks to save money or cut corners to stretch your budget.

I watched a news story last week on ways to save money at the grocery store and I was wondering what other ways people can save money in todays ever-worsening economy. Here's some I've put into motion to make my money stretch:

1. Try vegetarian meals! Serve your family at least 2 vegetarian meals each week and you could save between $500 - $800 a year! Beans are a healthy and delicious alternative to meat and much less expensive. There are other alternatives to meat that can save you money while providing a healthy nutritious meal. (I love beans too!)

2. Clip coupons! I know, a no-brainer it would seem but some people actually don't bother. Why, I will never's a tiny piece of paper that saves you cash, hello!

3. Get gas sooner rather than later. This one is for those of us who live paycheck to paycheck on a budget. Every week, I allow myself a certain amount for gas. I have found, that if I fill my tank sooner, while I still have more gas in my tank, it will cost less to fill it up the rest of the way! If I wait for a couple of more days of driving to fill it up, I will spend more because I've used more gas before filling. I know what some will say here, you will just have to fill up sooner the next time, but trust me, sooner is better. I also read somewhere that your gas will evaporate faster if it's less full. I don't know if that's true or not but try it and see!

4. Raid your pantry & freezer! You'd be surprised what's lurking there in the back of your pantry and freezer. One week, try only purchasing the basic necessities at the store and make an attempt to create your meals only from cleaning out that pantry of older items you've probably forgotten about! You might just be surprised at how many meals you can make from items you've already purchased.

5. Slow down your high speed internet. Remember dial up? Remember the first experiences you had with high speed internet? Everything just seemed to soar and flow and load so fast! Well, I'm sure you have "upgraded" your service as they add faster and faster connections...which is usually the most expensive services they offer, right? So, digress! Slow it down a notch or two, you will still enjoy fast speeds that work just fine and in the end, save yourself some dough! I did this one, myself and saved $120 a year and still enjoy high speed internet! I found a great list of money saving ideas just by google-ing 'money saving tips'. Now, what can you offer for my budgeting mind?

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