Category Archives: Opinion

All fluff and no stuff

Earlier today I had to stop in at Food Lion to pick up a gallon of milk and a loaf of bread. Whenever I go into a grocery store to pick up a few things I take a quick look around to see if there are any fantastic special deals that I can take advantage of while I’m there. I’m always looking for ways to stretch the food dollar, and if I’m already in the store and see a bargain, well, so much the better!

After I picked up the milk I had to walk through the bakery department to get to the cash registers. I think that someone very evil designed that floor plan – it is so hard to resist all of those yummy looking treats! Well, I bought a package of fresh baked turnovers and brought them home. They were on sale, but the “best buy” date was several days away.

I have to say that the turnovers looked fantastic, but when I took a bite it wasn’t long before I realized that there was just the tiniest hint of any filling in the turnovers at all! That was quite disappointing, and the next time I go to Food Lion I am going to complain to the manager that their fruit turnovers were all fluff and no stuff.

Belly button rings

When my niece was living with me in 2002, she was asking me every day to let her do something radical to her appearance. One day she was telling me that she wanted to pierce her tongue (I said no) and the next day she wanted to shave her head. I actually said “yes” to that, but she didn’t do it. I think she was just testing me on that one. I kept telling her that I had promised her parents that while she was in my care that I would not let her get any body piercings or any tattoos. If they wanted to let her decorate her body in that fashion then they could take her to the piercing salon and tattoo parlor herself.

The requests did not stop, however. At least once a week she would ask me if she could get her tongue pierced, or her naval pierced. Or even her nose a couple of times. For a while I stated just saying “no you can’t pierce anything or tattoo anything” before I even said “Hi!” So it was with much glee and satisfaction when she went back to live with her parents at the end of the school year that she got her naval and tongue pierced AND got a couple of tattoos as well! I think she thought that I’d be angry with her about it, but I didn’t care at all. In fact I was more than happy to give her a couple of pretty belly button rings for Christmas that next holiday season!

Just walk out

Have you ever gotten so tired of being interrupted by people that you just walk out of the room? For the past six years I have tried very hard to be polite and not interrupt people. I can remember about five years ago I was hosting a family party at my house and there was a short lull in my hostess duties so I tried to join the conversation between my mother any my son. I don’t remember what the conversation was about, but what I DO remember is that when I tried to jump into the conversation my mother snapped at me “you have a very rude habit of interrupting people!”

Ever since then I have tried SO HARD to not interrupt people. There have been so many times that I have wanted to join into a conversation and never got the chance to join it because I didn’t want to be rude and interrupt. And yet people are often interrupting me! So much so that I have come to the conclusion that no one wants to hear what I have to say anyway! Maybe that’s why I’ve become interested in blogging – people can’t interrupt me quite so much!

The last couple of times that I’ve had family parties when I got the chance to say something, to participate in a conversation I’ve been interrupted every single time after only getting one or two words out. So now after a couple of attempts I just leave the room and go do something productive. Like the dishes. Or blogging.

Soar with Better Television Viewing

Soar with Better Television Viewing

Image courtesy of suphakit73 /

As a parent, are you finding yourself trying to endlessly come up with ways to entertain your child or children?

If the answer to that question is yes, there are a number of options available to you, one of which is a better television viewing experience.

Face it; some parents just literally throw their children in front of the television, hoping that it somehow magically entertains their little ones for hours at a time. Unfortunately, the reality all too often is that kids will soon become disinterested in whatever the tube is showing them.

With that in mind, how can you provide a better television viewing experience for your little one or ones, keeping them happy and you sane?

Satellite Packages Deliver Results

As more Americans are discovering, satellite television is oftentimes the better option to select versus its cable alternatives.

According to a 2013 Nielsen report, more than 90 percent of householdsā€™ nationwide pay for their television needs. Given that fact, does it make sense to opt for a satellite provider and get more for what you pay for?

Satellite TV offers its viewers myriad of viewing options, including the latest in top hit shows, movies, sports, educational and history programming and much more.

As a parent, just throwing your children in front of the television to occupy their time should never be your top goal. The best result is when you get your children to watch television where they not only enjoy it, but also learn something in the process. Heck, better yet, sit down and watch it with them whenever possible.

With the right satellite provider coming into your living room, you and your children can enjoy a plethora of programming that is educational and family-friendly.

While many kids will find cartoons to their liking, there are also educational programming options via satellite television that can help them learn and grow right before your eyes.

You can find shows that educate kids on how to grow as individuals, how to get along with other children their age, and how to work together in a family unit.

Click on the Right Satellite Provider

In order to find the best satellite television provider for your family, do some research.

Ask family and friends which company they went with. Visit the websites of the different providers to see what programming they offer, pricing information, and get a feel for their customer service approach.

Parents can also turn to social media, viewing comments from other viewers on sites like Facebook and Twitter. If viewers are complaining or complimenting a specific satellite provider, that is good knowledge for you to have.

Being a parent in 2014 encompasses a number of responsibilities.

Finding the right home viewing entertainment for your children may not be your top responsibility, but it certainly does not hurt when you click on the right satellite provider.

Hand Sanitizers to the rescue

Using public restrooms can be tricky these days. I really don’t like using public restrooms, like most people I suppose, and having a bad experience in a smelly dirty ladies room can really mess up my day. I just don’t understand how the general public can be so nasty and disrespectful to the people the run it, use it and clean it.

I’m glad that more and more companies are offering paper towels once again because those electric hand dryers are the pits. I have to have a paper towel to use to turn the water on and off, as well as to dry my hands and then to use to open the door and possibly even turn off the light switch. So the places that areĀ just offering those electric hand dryers really upsets me.

That is another reason I carry hand sanitizers with me just about everywhere I go these days. A great option to use if you can’t manage to keep germ-free any other way.