Monday, August 31, 2015

A Change In Plans With Sunflowers

I was out and about with loads of plans yesterday, and all of the sudden I started noticing sunflowers everywhere. I decided maybe it was time to change my plans a little and enjoy some of what summer had to offer. And these are some of the sunflowers that I saw.

Let me know which picture you like best.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Geek Girl Movies for Fall 2015

Before we know it the fall movie frenzy will begin. And there are three movies that every geek girl should see this fall.

The Martian

The Martian starting Matt Damon is to be released in October. The story involves an astronaut being stranded on Mars. He only has 31 days of the items he needs to survive. And he has no way of contacting NASA. He has to figure out how to create ways to contact NASA and get food. And what will people risk in order to not leave him behind. The story sounds great to me. And hey what geek doesn't have some part of them that wouldn't want to visit the red planet?

The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2

When I first heard about The Hunger Games I wasn't excited. In fact I never saw it in a theater. One of my friends told me I had to see it. I didn't believe her until I watched the movie. And I wished I would have seen the first movie in a theater. I can't wait until the next movie comes out in November. I think part of my attraction to the story is this is kind of thing I can see happening. With reality TV all the rage, this could happen under the wrong circumstances. Katniss is a great character, and I can't wait to see how she leads the revolution against The Hunger Games.


The Force Awakens

What geek doesn't want to see a new Star Wars movie? I mean come on even if it's bad Star Wars it's still Star Wars. I like that the new movie is going to bring back characters from the original movie. And it is also going to bring new characters to the movie world. I don't know about you, but I'm excited.

So what fabulous movies are you all looking forward to this fall?
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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Cucumber Hummus Pita Sandwich

With children going back to school it's time to look for a healthy alternative to the average sandwich. Something that tastes good, and encourages your children to eat healthy. Cucumber hummus pita sandwiches might be the trick.

Here's What You Need

A Pita Pocket
Cucumber Slices

Here's What You Do

First fill you pita pocket with hummus. Place your cucumber slices in the pocket. Lastly, enjoy this healthy delight.

Did You Know?

Cucumbers may be effective in fighting bad breath? Place a cucumber slice on the roof of your mouth and let me know if it's true.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Epic Snack Bar Review

What are the prerequisites for a great snack? For me they are four fold. One it needs to be easy to snack on. Second it to tastes good. Third it needs to easy to find. And last it needs to be somewhat healthy. I was fortunate enough to find many of these qualities in Epic Snack bars and I decided to share what I think of the bars with my readers.

So here's why I was interested in these snack bars. I wanted a snack to take to work that I could carry in my pocket. I tried pop-tarts, granola bars, and beef jerky. What I found was the first two were too sweet for a snack. And the jerky was too salty. So I was going through Fresh Thyme and I saw these snack bars. I took a look at the ingredients. It contained organic ingredients and the bar wasn't loaded with sugar. So this bar met one of the criteria for a great snack. It was healthy. Next thing about it was it was small and I could carry it to work. So I decided to try it out. I bought a bison, a lamb, a beef, and a turkey bar.

So the real test would come the next morning. I had worked a couple of hours, and I was hungry. I pulled the Turkey Epic Bar that I bought out of my pocket and I opened the package. I took a bite. I expected the snack bar to be chewy like beef jerky. But I was pleasantly surprised when the bar was much softer. It was moist and not all dried out. And I liked that it had a slight sweet taste from the berries that were in the bar. I also found that because it is mainly protein I was a little more full than when I ate other snack bars. This was a bonus.

So far this Epic Snack Bar was a win. Then I went to my local grocery store looking for the snack bars. I couldn't find them. Then I tried another grocery store that was close to my house, and once again there were no Epic bars in stock. I have only found Epic Snack Bars at two stores in my city. So in order to purchase them I need to drive across town.

The Epic Snack met three of the four criteria that I have a great snack. I would recommend trying these snack bars to all of my readers. They taste great, and hopefully you will have an easier time finding them than I did.

August Great Blog Train Results

It's so difficult to believe that August is almost over. What a month it has been. I feel like I've spent the entire summer working. And well I kind of have. I am so excited that I'm going to have more time to do things that I really enjoy. And that I can actually enjoy doing them. Instead of trying to cram everything I enjoy doing into just a couple of hours each week. And with the month coming to an end it's time to see which blog posts received the most views in the great blog train party!
Checkout the top 3 "Boxcars" (Bloggers) who received the most "clicks" from the August Great Blog Train (blog hop)!

 Great Blog Train
The 32nd GREAT BLOG TRAIN was a blast! - We all safely reached our destination: St. Helens, ENGLAND, UK.  It was a wonderful trip with 43 boxcars!!  We (the Engineers) would like to thank all of you for travelling with us and we hope that you all had a wonderful time!
The Giveaway Winners are: N.O. & B.N. (The winners have been contacted by email)

W   A   N   T   E   D  :

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(Being a "Destination Cohost" means that you get to pick our next destination!!  It also means that you will post The Great Blog Train on your blog on the first Wednesday of whatever month you will be cohosting (1 different cohost per month).  We (the engineers or hosts) will provide you with the html code for the blog hop & for the Giveaway - all you will have to do is add into that post some information on the destination that you picked (like population, known for, location etc - basic family friendly facts) and add a few pictures.  Also, if you cohost we ask that you promote it on your social media sites) (We are now scheduling for December 2015).

If you are interested in being a Destination Co-host for the Great Blog Train then please click HERE and fill out the form (THANK YOU!!)

We are now featuring the top 3 Boxcars!  (These are the links that received the most clicks)
All of the featured Boxcars will be pinned to the
Great Blog Train Pinterest Board
(click HERE to follow the board)
Photo a Day - Toronto by "Jenn's Random Scraps"

Zucchini Bread by "Back to My Roots"ZucchiniBread3

A Spoiled Church Part 7 by "Homespun Devotions"

Please join us for the SEPTEMBER Great Blog Train
on September 2nd, 2015!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Waiting Is Over

The past few months have been a lesson in patience and endurance for me. I have waited for a change at my job. I have put up with silliness with my work schedule. I have endured doing a job where they demanded that I do the same work as a permanent employee even though I am a temp. I have worked overtime, and had changes in schedules at the last minute. I have been sad and I have gotten angry. But finally a change has come. I am now a permanent employee of the organization.

Over the months I have learned a few things. One I am not really that patient. I have wondered over the past couple of months is this really worth waiting for. Now that the waiting is over maybe it was. It's a lot more money, but I feel as though I have lost a lot of time with people that I enjoy spending time with because of the schedule.

The next thing I have learned is that pushed far enough I will definitely loose my temper. I just couldn't stop myself at times even though I tried.

The other thing I learned is that the people who really are supposed to help you often don't. In fact some of those people who are supposed to help you may take advantage of the situation. And I've learned that there are people who always do the right thing. Different things motivate different people. And I've learned that I'd rather do the right thing by people than treat them poorly. I just feel better about myself when I do this.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Missing You

I was speaking with a co-worker today, we discussed how handy cell phones are. And then we got to the thing we all know. We are all just a little too accessible anymore. He told me that he refuses to give out his cell phone number to businesses. He stated that he only gave out his home phone number. The reason for this is they just call whenever they want to. It doesn't matter if you are at work or asleep. They just call because they can. He stated that he tells them to leave a message on his home phone. And I thought to myself, you still own a landline phone? I think I only know one other person that still has a landline. And at the moment I kind of missed my landline.

I miss the simplicity of it. I miss that someone has to sit down and really want to talk to me on the telephone. Answering the phone seemed important at one point in my life. It was a way to talk to people I wasn't able to see. I wasn't able to get online and chat with them or simply send a text message. It usually wasn't spur of the moment. You had to put effort into a phone call. So while cell phones are convenient, I miss the days when someone actually took the time to sit down and pick up the phone to call me simply because they wanted to talk to me.
Music to blog by Frankenstein Baby by Mad Jack and The Hatters

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