It’s National Puppy Day!

Our furry friends provide unconditional love.  They are there for us when we’re happy, when we’re sad, and are faithful like no other.  Today is our day to honor our bff.  Maybe an extra treat today (’cause you know, it’s different than every other day we spoil them).

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National Puppy Day

Republicans, Democrats, Americans

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American

I am SO frustrated right now with our politics.  I honestly feel embarrassed as an American today.  Don’t misunderstand me; I’m still very glad to be an American, but I’m not proud of who we are right now and I’m embarrassed as we play out our squabbles on the world stage.

There are obviously so many issues going on right now that we are simply unable to even keep up with the many darts being thrown left and right.  It seems as if every day, every hour in fact on some days, brings new topics of conversation to the table and none of them are clear-cut and very few of them are ever resolved.  They are simply being replaced with a new topic du jour.  There is a sense of intrigue, of conspiracy, and of distrust in all things being conveyed nowadays.  The average person honestly doesn’t know what is true and what is not anymore.  The fact that we have our highest level of politicians calling each other liars and putting out inaccurate information is humiliating to me as a citizen.  There is so much stuff being thrown into the air that people cannot keep up and that’s pretty scary to me.  I like to understand what’s going on with things that are relative to my safety, security, and my human rights (and everybody else’s). Continue reading “Republicans, Democrats, Americans”

Getting older…and impatient

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impatient

I think I’m figuring it out…why older people are more impatient.  I’m pretty sure that this is a thing that we all recognize.  Just check out the grocery stores, the oil change places, drugstores, etc.  I think we’ve all witnessed events where an elderly person is a bit (?) impatient or gruff with a salesperson or another customer.  I have always just sort of half-smiled, shook my head and felt sorry for whoever it was that was dealing with it.  I think it’s just accepted that older people are going to be that way someday and assume it just happens as part of aging.

Well, now that I’m starting to be a bit more impatient myself, I feel a little differently about it.  I like to believe that I was mostly tolerant of this behavior when I encountered it, but now I think I’m a little more understanding as well.  When you’re younger, you have all the time in the world…to go to school, hang out with friends, and maybe get a job.  You get a little older, head off to college to have more fun (and prepare for a career) or join the workforce and learn how to combine your work life with the rest of your life.  Sometime after that, you may have a family of your own or have different social groups, other family, etc., that keep you busy.  We’re all still pretty tolerant here, just getting along taking care of whatever it is we need to take care of.  For about the next 40 years, we work hard at everything we do, manage work, family, personal lives, finances, and health issues.  We do the best that we can and just know that, eventually, all of our hard work will pay off and we’ll be happy, retire, and enjoy the rest of our lives. Continue reading “Getting older…and impatient”

New Year’s Revelations

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New Year’s Revelations

I’m going a different way this New Year’s.  I’m not making resolutions on the 1st to be done by the 7th.  I’m taking the first week or two after the New Year’s parties are over before I decide on anything.  We’re all so busy from Halloween through New Years with preparation, celebrations, food, and fun.  Who’s wasting good time thinking about what you want to do differently?  I just want to relax, have fun, and not think about much more than that.  That’s what the holidays are for.

What I’m doing now that things are about to calm down is taking the time to really think.  I’m thinking about this past year, maybe the last few years (okay, maybe the last 11 or 12 years).  I’m thinking about the things that have happened to me, the things that make me happy and the things that make me not-so-happy.  I’m going to think about my part in each of these; what could or should I have learned from each of these things that have happened?  Am I making the same mistake over and over?  Am I missing the bigger point by focusing on each and every detail?  What have I found that has made me happier?  What else can I do that would bring me even more happiness?   The answers to these are my revelations.

When I think I’m ready, I’m going to take each of those revelations and decide how I’m going to achieve each one.  That’s going to be my New Year’s resolution, but it’s going to be a well thought out goal rather than a usual or expected resolution that may not have much impact on my life.   Your own resolutions, based on your revelations, are going to last a whole lot longer because they mean a lot more to your life.   I’m sure we all want to be a healthy weight, be in at least the minimum state of fitness, quit smoking, etc.  These are all good resolutions, but not particularly personal or beneficial depending on where you’re at in your life.  Sometimes our souls and hearts know what’s better for us than our minds do.  Let yourself look back, think about your life, your happy and sad experiences.  Where do you want to go from here?  Who do you want to share your life with?  Who makes you feel good and who doesn’t?  What are the things that make you smile?  Which ones do the opposite?  Take the time, take ownership of your life, and make your resolutions based on what you deserve.  Make a plan to achieve a life full of happy!

I’m curious; do you make New Year’s resolutions?  How do YOU decide what your resolutions will be?  How do you hold yourself accountable to meet your goals?   I’d love to hear from you!

I wish you all the very best of health and happiness in 2017!

 

Breakfast Tips

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breakfast coffee

Did you ever think about how much less money waitresses make in the morning versus working the dinner shift?  I feel bad for them.  They have to get up earlier than most of us to be there all wide awake and friendly in order to greet us first thing in the morning.  They have to be cheerful to those of us that most definitely are not that fun to be around early in the day.  They have to make sure your food is delivered to you as soon as it’s out because who likes cold eggs or pancakes?  They come to the table a lot more than a waitress does at dinner…at least for me, who likes my coffee refilled pretty much every time she walks by.

So what do they get for all of this?  They get a fraction of the money that waitresses earn later in the day. Lunch waitresses get ripped off a little bit too but they, at least, get to sleep in, still are home at night, and still make more money than breakfast waitresses do.  In fact, most lunches are getting to be as expensive as some dinners.

Let’s figure this out.  Let’s say that you are going to breakfast and dinner with 3 friends.

  • If you order a full breakfast, let’s say your bill comes to $10.00.
  • Add on a 20% tip, which is $2.00.  For your table of 4, the waitress gets $8.00.
  • Let’s say she waits on 15 tables that day.  That gives her a tip total of $120.

 

  • If you order a full dinner at a moderate price, let’s say your bill comes to $25.00.
  • Add on a 20% tip, which is $5.00.  For your table of 4, the waitress gets $20.00.
  • Let’s say she waits on 15 tables that day.  That gives her a tip total of $300.

That’s significantly less money that the waitress earned for breakfast while waiting on the same number of people and tables.  Multiply that times 5 days per week and it adds up to $900 less for the week!  Now, I’m not saying that any server doesn’t deserve what they get.  They most definitely do.  They have to deal with all kinds of people for their entire shift and I’m sure not all of their experiences are pleasant.  I’m just not sure that the nice people serving our breakfast deserve so much less than those serving us later in the day.  I know that standard tipping is 20-25%, but maybe we could throw in a little bit extra for those angels of mercy with the coffeepot first thing in the morning.