Sunday, November 30, 2014

Orphan Mothers

So I'm going through the notifications on my twitter page the other day and I notice that this band called Orphan Mothers has started to follow me. I had never heard of them, but I decided to check out their link to bandcamp.

Orphan Mothers is a duo from the Regina, Saskatchewan. It is comprised of Jon Neher who writes the music and Eden Rohatensky who sing and writes the lyrics. And they have released a single called Towers.

 
So what does this duo's music sound like? Well it's a little ethereal. It's use of electronics and Eden's airy voice have worked out really well. So the song is relaxing to listen to. And with all the chaos surrounding the holidays an evening with some relaxing music is something we all can use. But the music isn't the only good thing about the release. Eden's lyrics are solid. She sings about the times you think about the good things in a relationship. They are a perfect match for the music. They have found that spot in music where the lyrics and music compliment each other. Neither one of them tries to outshine the other. But instead they work together. This is a great first from this duo, and I hope that there will be more to come from this duo.
 

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

I've Gotta Be Me

Have you ever heard that song I've Gotta Be Me? You know the one that was made so popular by Sammy Davis Jr.?


This is the song that came to mind when I read a blog post. The post was all about how being beautiful is all about being you. The line from the song I can't be right or somebody else if I'm not right or me. It occurred to me that the truly beautiful individuals I know aren't afraid to be themselves. They know that there are things they do that others believe are kind of different. They often don't dress like other individuals. They have decided that they will work at jobs that provide them with more fulfillment than jobs that would often pay more.



As I continued to think about beauty and inner beauty. I realized that in order to find the beauty in myself I have had to do things a little differently myself. It means that I don't feel obliged to purchase the newest styles. It means that I am fine liking things that other individuals don't like. It means that I am comfortable spending time at home because I feel like I need to rest instead of running all over the place because people insist that I need to spend time with them. It also means that I feel comfortable believing what I believe. It means that I am not afraid to be guided by my inner voice instead of following convention.

It seems that beauty to me isn't found on the cover of Vogue, but instead by the strength that I find in myself to enjoy what I truly enjoy in life.

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Friday, November 28, 2014

The Christmas Shopping Challenge

So Black Friday is here. The most anticipated shopping day of the year. So the Christmas shopping challenge has begun for the year 2014. And this year I have challenged myself to spend more money on items Made in the USA. I want to purchase items that are Eco-friendly, and I also want to purchase items that are Fair Trade Certified.

 
So can I do it? Can 75% of the gifts that I purchase this year qualify in one of these three categories? Why this challenge? Well if each of us spend $64 of our Christmas budget on products made in the USA it will create 200,000 jobs. Fair trade products assure that individuals are paid a fair wage for the work they do. And eco-friendly products reduce the amount of trash we put into the world. All of these seem to be good reasons to take the challenge.
 
So follow me through this Christmas shopping challenge, and join in if you like. It can make a little difference in the world we all share.
 
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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Decorating For Christmas DIY Style

Once again it's time to look at some of the great things that have come out of the Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party. There are always tons of great posts at the linky party. And here are some of the decorating for Christmas DIY style posts that I think are fabulous.

The first is a fantastic tutorial on creating fresh Christmas wreaths. The wreath looks fantastic and makes me want to go out get the supplies to make it this weekend. Okay, maybe on Monday when the stores are a little less crowded. But I do want one of these wreaths.

 
DIY Fresh Christmas Wreaths
 
 
The second is link has a bunch of ideas to decorate your home based on items you can find at Big Lots. My absolute favorite is the Christmas mantle idea. I mean how simple, and it looks so great.
 
 
Simple DIY Holiday Décor #BigHoliday @BigLots
 
 
And the last Christmas decoration is a Pine Cone Christmas Man. I love how the DIY uses items that cost nothing and encourage individuals to get outside and see what the world has to offer. The pine cones can be collected from outdoors. So they are free.
 
 
Anne from Upstate Ramblings came up with the post and it has a tutorial to make it easy peasy to make.
 
Music to blog by Soul Food by Cylus Chestnut

 
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Great Thanksgiving Stuffing Incident

There are so many things to look forward to about Thanksgiving. There is the parade, the football, the time with the family. And if you're my sister in law, Kris, there is the stuffing.

This is Kris. She is the center of this Thanksgiving stuffing story.
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Yes, she is a stuffing lover. A couple of years ago I spent the Thanksgiving holiday with my brother and his family. Kris got up early on Thanksgiving like so many individuals and began the annual preparations. The bird needed to be prepared and of course stuffed.

 
She labored over the stuffing. She proclaimed how much she loved stuffing. Her eyes had a dreamy quality. She was dreaming of tasting that stuffing. She had a content look on her face. Her labor over the stuffing was one of love.
 
Throughout the morning the aroma of the turkey filled the house. Finally the bird was done and the stuffing could be removed. Kris placed the stuffing in a glass bowl. She was so looking forward to this stuffing. The bowl was set aside and the carving began. Then things went all wrong. The was a loud shattering sound. We all looked around. The stuffing bowl had been placed on the stove top, and well it was on a burner. And the burner had been left on. This is the movie scene that flashed through my mind
 

 


The look of disgust was like that of the father in A Christmas Story. And I wondered if she would burst into tears like the mother. Kris is a tough northern girl, and she was not giving up on her stuffing. Once the initial shock was over she ran to her precious stuffing. Could any be salvaged? We dared not laugh. And the oh, no's rang through the house. Kris inspected the bowl. Yes, as she examined the bowl she stated that it had cracked along the bottom of the bowl so the stuffing at the top of the bowl was safe. It would be possible for each of us to have some stuffing at Thanksgiving.
As friends and I texted each other about family fiascos. The Thanksgiving stuffing incident was deemed the winner of story of the year.

To all of you stuffing lovers out there may this Thanksgiving be free of stuffing disasters.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Effective Communication Styles

This is Smokey, the cat, and I believe that I should address what I believe are effective communication styles.

 My roommates and I all have varied means of communicating with our pet human. Some of them are more effective than others. Today, I going to address the cry. Some of you humans may call it the meow.

My young roommate Bobaloo is a small cat, but she has a very loud and demanding cry. In fact there are times when she is just annoying. I know that everyone human and feline in the house agrees with this. There are times when she just walks through the house screaming for hours. No joke she really does do this. It just gets on my nerves when she does this. This is not really an effective means of communication. Screaming for hours on end just makes everyone ignore you. And I am always relieved when my pet human has simply had enough and tells Bobaloo to shut up.

My roommate Captain is large fellow with a puny cry. He cries daily, and he believes that if he cries someone will listen to him. I believe this is a hit or miss way of communicating. The sympathy cry is kind of pathetic. Yes, the pet human feels bad sometimes and gets him what he wants, but just as often this cry is ignored. This in my opinion is not acceptable. And I believe it is part of the reason he has to constantly be next to our pet human in order to get the attention he desires.

I believe that my method of communication is the most effective. I cry seldom. But when I do I let out a loud ringing roar. After all I am a miniature lion so my cry must be forceful. And it is. When I cry everyone looks. I get quality attention, and I am able to obtain exactly what I want. So my advice to felines and humans is cry seldom, but when you do cry make sure it counts.

Music to blog by People are Strange by The 69 Cats
 
 
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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Being Thankful

Thanksgiving is coming and hopefully we are all thinking about things we are thankful for. But this Thanksgiving I've thought about things and I wondered is giving thanks the same as being thankful?

 
So I thought about what is giving thanks. To me giving thanks is telling others the things that you are thankful for. Not just on occasions, but on a regular basis. Not just the big things in life, but the things we take for granted. I thought to myself I do a pretty good job with this. I am thankful for so many things.
 
But when I thought what is the difference between being thankful and giving thanks. I thought giving thanks is a one time action. And being thankful is a constant lifestyle. You see it seems to me that giving thanks is the first step in a taking on a lifestyle of being thankful.
 
So I thought to myself, am I constantly thankful? Well, no, in all honesty, I don't think it's a constant. I am thankful for the good things that happen to me. And there are many good things that happen to me all the time. There are times when I am amazed at the good things that happen to me. But when problems arise I am struggle with seeing the good in it.
 
I know that something good comes out of everything. I thought to myself I so often so that there is a problem. But in reality, it is a challenge. A challenge provides an individual with the opportunity to grow. And well growth usually isn't comfortable. And once again if I am honest I don't like to be uncomfortable.
 
So I guess my personal challenge is learning how to be thankful when the opportunities for growth come along. To me it seems like a big challenge. And I'm still figuring it out, but I do know that I believe that we need to give thanks for the good things in life. And then we need to move past that attitude toward the lifestyle of being thankful.
 
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Friday, November 21, 2014

The 69 Cats

Did you ever watch the show True Blood? You know the one about vampires?

If you did you remember that opening song with the lyrics I want to do bad things to you. I always knew the song was a great intro song for the show, but I never knew who recorded the song until well yesterday. I found out it was the band The 69 Cats.

 
 
 
So what makes this band so appealing? For me it's that voice. Jyrki69 is the person behind that voice. The voice is deep, it's rich, it's spooky! Then of course there is the bass in the music. Chopper Franklin is the bassist. Punk fans probably know the name he's from that famous band The Cramps. And then there is Danny B. Harvey on guitar. It has that perfect twang. And the heartbeat of the band on drums is Clem Burke. So the band has a solid lineup of experienced musicians. Many of the songs they play are covers of well known songs that include; People are Strange, Sweet Transvestite, and Runaway. They classify themselves as a dark rockabilly band. And I would say that's a pretty good match. The songs they play are traditional songs with a dark feeling and of course that great rockabilly sound. The band just focuses on having a good time with the music they play. And they do a great cover of She's Not You that has Wanda Jackson.
 
 
I guess the point of all this is I'm now a fan of The 69 Cats and I hope you all like their music as much as I do. Check out their website and maybe you can see them play live.
 
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dear Single Mothers

Dear Single Mothers:

I want to say thank you for all the hard work you do with your children. I believe that it must be difficult to raise a child on your own, and that there are many sacrifices that you have to make in order to care for your children. This is admirable.

Now having said this, I do have an issue or two I would like to take up with you. And there are many of you who will be very angry with what I say. But I'm going to say it anyway.



The first issue is the work place. Do you all really think it is fair for you to start a job and demand a better work schedule than individuals who have worked there much longer than you. And the simple reason an employer needs to provide this perfect schedule for you is because you have a child? I have heard this so many times over the years. Yes, I do believe employers need to work with you. I believe that they need to make reasonable efforts to cater to you and your responsibilities. But I believe the key word there is reasonable. It is reasonable for your co-workers to cover for you if on occasion your child is ill and you have to leave work early or miss a day of work. It is not reasonable for you to say that you are unable to work a shift on a rotated schedule because you have child care issues. Yes, you want the same pay as your co-workers, but you are not willing to do the same work as your co-workers. That is inconsiderate and selfish. Sorry it just is. Your co-workers may not have toddlers, but they do have parents, boyfriends, and friends who depend on them. These people are just as important as your toddler.

The second issue is disciplining your children. Trust me I do believe that it is difficult for single mothers. It is difficult for any mother. But I have observed many single mothers who are looking for other individuals to discipline their child. And I mean specifically they are looking for a boyfriend or spouse to discipline the child. It seems to me that you might be asking for trouble when you do this. Yes, they do need to help you, but they may not have the same ideas about how a child should act. That individual may believe that corporal punishment is okay, when you don't. Think about these things. Remember that bringing a boyfriend or new spouse into your child's life is a choice for you. It often isn't a choice the child is able to participate in. Most men are good, but there are some who aren't. It's your responsibility as a single parent to assure that your child is disciplined with the correct techniques that fit with your values.

I realize that there are those faithful followers who will say I am not being sympathetic to single mothers. I am sympathetic to them I believe that they do make unimaginable sacrifices. There are other faithful followers who will say I don't have the right to make statements about single mothers because I am not a single mother. I used to agree with that statement until one day a friend pointed out to me that I made all the right choices in not becoming a single parent, so I have just as much right as any single mother to voice my opinion. So I have. Single mothers I do value you, but keep in mind that all of us made choices in life. Your choice was to be a parent, and it's alright for you to expect for others to help you. It is alright for you to expect others to make some concessions on your behalf, but it is not alright to expect individuals to set limits on the concessions they make.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mushroom Turkey Casserole

Yes, Thanksgiving will be here in just a couple of weeks. There will be friends, family, and of course left over turkey. Here's a handy mushroom turkey casserole that will give a healthy easy twist to left over turkey.

 
 
Here's What You Need
 
2 cups of chopped turkey pieces
2 cups of sliced mushrooms
2 tbsp. butter
3/4 cup chopped celery
3/4 cup grated carrots
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped parsley
2 bay leaves
1 tsp thyme
1 chicken flavored bouillon cube
3/4 cup of milk
 
Here's What You Need to Do
 
Saute your mushrooms celery carrots onions and parsley in the butter. Next add the items in a casserole dish, add the remaining items. Stir them together, and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
 
See it's easy and pretty healthy.
 
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Monday, November 17, 2014

The Gentle Hands

I recently read a blog post on gentleness, and it made me curious. What does gentle mean? Was my definition of gentle an accurate one? And this is what I found.

Gentle
Quiet and refined in manners; not rough, harsh, or stern; mild; meek; bland; amiable; tender; as a gentle nature, temper or disposition; a gentle manner; a gentle address; a gentle voice.

That was pretty much the way I would have defined it. But the post also made me think about people that I would define as gentle. Well there was my dad, of course, there is Jesus, that's another given, and then it came to me the person that defines gentle to me is actually a fictional character. He's the character John Coffey from The Green Mile.


Remember him? The huge man who was convicted of killing children. The huge man who had an incredible ability. The huge man with the huge hands. They were actually the gentle hands. You see he could heal people. He never announced his gift to anyone. In fact he never announced that he was falsely convicted. John was good natured. His was a huge man, but he choose to be gentle.



As I reread the definition of gentle, I thought to myself that we often view a person who is gentle as someone who is easy to push around. But this isn't true. A gentle person has the wisdom to know what is in their control and what isn't. The character of John Coffey is falsely convicted of killing two little girls. All of the proof points to him. He knows that he didn't do it, he accepts that he can't change this. But this doesn't change him. He remains a person who treats people well. He has that inner knowledge that just because someone is treating him wrong, that it's not right for him to treat others poorly. In fact he actually helps the individuals who are going to punish him for the crime he didn't commit.



But John Coffey had a sense of justice. He saw when there was something that he could do about a situation that was wrong. And he took the opportunity. You see the gentle person has the wisdom to know that people take notice when the they decide to change something. Things happen when the gentle person says something is wrong. So I guess my point with this post is that society often sees gentleness as a weakness in a person. But the truth is the gentle person is actually strength tempered with wisdom.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Cross One Off The Bucket List

Earlier this fall I made a Fall Bucket List. Now I'm great at making lists. It seems to be the way that I get things done in life. But I haven't made much progress on my list this year, but I did accomplish one thing. I picked up loads of acorns. I have a huge oak tree, and well the squirrels go crazy burying the things. Every spring I have enough seedlings to begin reforestation of the state of Indiana.

But this year I've actually picked up loads of the acorns. But what do you do with loads of acorns? Well people provided me with suggestions on what to do with this acorn bounty. And many suggested that I make them into decorations. I decided to give it a try. And the result is an easy and pretty much free fall decoration.

I decided that I would bake the acorns on a low heat. I mean like really low. 250 degrees to be exact.

 
 
I put them in a pan, and let them bake. This killed off bugs, mold etc. They were now indoor friendly.
 
 
I thought well they still look like acorns. So broke out the paint. Yep, I painted the acorns. And this was the end result.
 
 
I tried several different colors, but this is the one that I like the best. I like the silver. It just seemed to pop out. And well these homemade decorations will also cross over into Christmas decorations. This is definitely an afternoon craft that is easy for the craft challenged, and it is great for kids.
 
So I can cross one off the bucket list, and I wound up with a great fall decoration. Let me know what you think of the acorns, and how are you doing on completing items on your fall bucket list?
 
 
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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Farewell Mrs. Wolowitz

Fans of The Big Bang Theory have suffered a loss this week. Yes we say farewell Mrs. Wolowitz. It's sad, but this week the actress Carol Ann Susi lost a battle with cancer.

 
 

The actress has been an important part of the cast since the first season. And the mystery of what Howard's mother actually looks like will probably never be solved. Will the writers of the show try to find a replacement for the actress? I mean who could replace the voice of Mrs. Wolowitz? It's a one of a kind voice. Or worse will the writers actually allow Mrs. Wolowitz to die? What would Howard do? How will he be able to handle the death of his mother? However, the writers decide to handle the situation, Carol Ann will definitely be missed because she made the character come alive.





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Friday, November 14, 2014

The Paper Bag

The paper bag may seem like such a simple item. But it's not. You see to me and my fellow felines it is a wonder.

It is small, and it crinkles. It is brown and well if it is laid on the floor in the proper position it is a great hideaway.

This hideaway gives me a small place to get a break from my roommates. But there is a method to entering the paper bag hideaway. First I must walk around the bag. Then I swat at the bag. I must assure that it is sturdy enough for me to enter, and that there is no other feline in the bag. Then I can enter my hideaway. I can sit and stare out at my roommates and dream up ways to torment them.



I was very distressed the other morning when my roommate Captain became interested in the paper bag. He began sizing up the bag. And he came to the conclusion he could fit in this bag. But I knew better. He is not quite as petite as I am so I knew immediately when he began to enter the bag that it was not going to be the perfect hideaway for him. Sure enough he entered head first, but he was unable to enter the bag the way I do. He tried to move around, and he sat in the bag for a couple of minutes with his big boned butt sticking out. Then he decided to exit. And that's when my real distress began. You see he began to wiggle around some more. You see the big guy is probably the least coordinated cat I have ever seen. I love him dearly, but he is a the clumsiest cat alive. And that's when I heard it. He tore the bag! And it wasn't just a little tear. It destroyed my hideaway. I immediately ran over to the bag. Captain as usual looked at me with that expression what did I do, and he walked away. But I looked on in horror as my escape from the world of feline roommates had been destroyed. Then I walked away and I am waiting for the next brown crinkly hideaway to enter my life.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Oil Boom

I've always found it surprising that National Public Radio can be such a source of diverse music. It seems to be able to pick up those little known bands that have put out quality music. And gives them some of that well deserved publicity they need. Oil Boom is one of those bands.


Oil Boom is a Dallas based band. The band has a garage sound with some pop overtones. The trio is busy building a fan base and putting together some great music. I really like how this band has combined some sounds from the past to develop their own modern feel. The song Fiftease is my favorite song on their new album Red Metal. The lyrics include the sho-bop sho-bop which makes you think of those classic songs from the early rock n roll. The bass in the song makes it sound like a rockabilly song. But as the song goes on they add some extra feedback to he guitar which reminded me of some of the music from he 60's when hey wanted to add a rougher edge to their music.

The band is diverse too. The song The Sneak Tip is as nothing like rockabilly. It has that hard garage band guitar and bass thing going on. It's fast paced and well it will make you want to dance.







I'm sure that this band will be around for awhile and I really hope that I am able to see them play at some point because the music I've heard on their release is sure to make for a great live show.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I Kind of Want To Stay Close To Home

I had plans to meet a friend yesterday evening. When I contacted my friend to find out if we were still on for dinner, she informed me that she kind of wanted to stay close to home. She asked if I could meet her at her home. This sounded like a reasonable request. And I was secretly saying to myself I hope she isn't sick because I don't want to be around someone that is sick. I don't have time to get sick.

But when I met her at her house she informed me that she was a little worried about things. Over the past few months she has stated that she thought the pharmacy was shorting her on a prescription. That does happen, they are human they make mistakes. That didn't seem to be the problem. She couldn't figure out why she didn't have enough pills to make it through to her next appointment with the doctor.

She got a lockbox and locked up the medication. And she still didn't have enough pills to make it through to her next doctors appointment. So she borrowed a video recorder, and recorded a few days while she was at work. Low and behold the camera showed an individual coming into her apartment and opening the lockbox with her medication and going through the medication.


She was understandably upset. She was also scared. And she stated that she was feeling paranoid. I told her that she wasn't being paranoid. Someone came into her home and took some of her belongings. A belonging that she needed in order to maintain her health. Her living space had been violated. That's not paranoia.

I really felt for my friend. She is a good person and deserves better than this in life. I was angry because someone had taken something she needed in order to maintain good health. And I also how she felt. Someone broke into my home a couple of years ago. They didn't steal anything as important as medication, they stole my television. It was discouraging and frustrating. I just didn't feel comfortable in my home for a period of time. I didn't know if they would come back for a second round. I felt a little jumpy when I heard noises in my home. And I became a little suspicious of my neighbors. And yes there were times like my friend when I was being paranoid. The truth is it was just a natural reaction. I was afraid and  my senses were in overdrive because of the fear. And in time this decreased to a normal level.

Have any of you had the experience of someone breaking into your home? If so how did you feel when it happened? And how did you deal with those emotions.

Music to blog by Sneak Tip by Oil Boom





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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tagine Moroccan Vegetables

Looking for a healthy side dish for your Thanksgiving meal this year? Maybe you want something a little less traditional. Maybe even something with a little bit of an exotic twist to some of the favorite foods of Thanksgiving. Tangine Moroccan Vegetables might be the ticket to a twist on that traditional ingredient of sweet potatoes.

 
 
Here's What You Need


1 cup cooked sweet potatoes cut into pieces
1/4 chopped onion
1/2 red bell pepper chopped
1 small zucchini chopped
1 tomato chopped
1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup garbonzo beans
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp ginger

What You Need to Do

Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil. Next add the remaining ingredients into the same skilled. Cook the items over a medium high heat for 15 minutes. And now you have that exotic side dish that will add something unique to your Thanksgiving dinner.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Landlines

I like the show New Girl. You know the one with Zooey Deschael. She plays a somewhat naïve woman, with a quirky fashion sense with a load of roommates. Part of the reason I like the show is I lived a version of this life when I was younger.


Anyway, on a recent episode the roommates are having difficulty with their cell phone reception in the apartment. So they decide to get a landline. And of course they also get an answering machine. The show focuses in on how one of the roommates begins taking messages for his roommates and well he becomes slightly over involved in their lives. I laughed throughout the show, because it brings back so many memories. You know like the time one of my roommates announced to me that my mom called. When I called mom, she told me that she left a message last week. OOPS! That time returning the call wasn't my fault I got the message a little late.

But the show also pointed out that we all have become less connected in life. With all the technology in life that is supposed to help us stay more connected, it seems as though we are less connected than ever. This isn't a new discussion. It's one people have all of the time.

I was reminded of a story. A friend of mine told me how she went to the movies with a couple of friends. She told me how they were sitting waiting for the movie to begin. You know that time when movie theatres flash commercials in front of us even though we've already paid for the privilege of sitting in their chairs, and paid five dollars for a bag of small popcorn. Right before they turn the lights down. The time when we all used to sit and talk about why we couldn't wait to see the movie that we were about to see. My friend informed me that she was so irritated because the people she was with all pulled out their smartphones and began checking their facebook pages. And then posted that they were at the movies with her. She was upset because they weren't actually spending time with her, but instead they were letting the world know what they were doing.

I think many of us have had this experience in our lives over the past few years. I remember telling a friend something important that was going on in my life. I mean it was important especially to me. My friend was checking her text messages. Then she said what were you saying? All I could say was it was nothing important. Don't worry about it. It obviously wasn't important to her so why bother. But since that time I've always felt that I couldn't share things with that person. I've always felt like that person would rather be spending time with others instead of spending time with me.

So when the episode landlines on New Girl reminded me just how disengaged many of us have become from those we spend time with simply because we don't take time to share with each other anymore.

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Mysteries of the Work Force

Throughout my working career at various employers, I have noticed that there are several mysteries that are constant at any workplace. Here are some of the mysteries I have observed, and well maybe some solutions.

Staffing

Why is it no matter where you work there is never enough staff during the busy seasons? Employers you know every year when your busy seasons are, hire some extra people in time for them to be trained properly to do the work. Don't wait until the busy season to hire them. And hiring managers make sure you give individuals the right information about the positions you are hiring for. If you expect people to work odd shifts make sure they know it ahead of time. All they do is quit when they start getting jerked around.



Uniforms

Why would a person like me ever want to wear a uniform? I mean uniforms are not a good fashion statement. And nobody looks good in their work uniform. And employers if you have a dress code provide some sort of compensation for the clothes we have to purchase because you said so.





Temps
 
Employers please define what you mean by temporary worker. My definition of a temporary job means three to six months. But I have known people that have been temporary workers for two years. Is that really temporary? And shuffling off someone to another department to work so you can consider them a temp isn't cool. Your playing with the rules. If a person is good enough to be a temp for six months then they are good enough to be permanent employees. In whatever department you assign them to.



Teamwork

Why do I always hear that's not my job wherever I work? Supervisors, yes it is your job to answer my questions about my work schedule. Co-workers, it is your job to help the new person learn how to do their job. Don't complain because they don't know how to go ahead and do the little things. They probably don't know what they need to do. And most people don't go to a job because they want to; they go because they need the money to pay their bills. So work together. It's just easier.



So what mysteries of the workforce have all of you encountered? And is there a solution to the mysteries?

Music to blog by Something From Nothing by Foo Fighters


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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Old Bands New Music

As part of a throwback Thursday, I decided to look at some old bands that have presented the world with some new music.

The first old band with new music is The Misfits. The Misfits have been around since the 1970's. They are one of the original punk bands. The line up has changed over time. They have broke up and reunited. But their music has always been fast and well fun. The Misfits have released a new album called Project 1950, and it's great. The album features songs from the 1950's with a punk twist. Yep, it's fun.


And my absolute favorite song on the album is This Magic Moment. Yeah, the song was originally a love song by The Drifters. Well, The Misfits have put their unique twist on the song. And it sounds great. The band has collaborated with some established musicians and Ronnie Spector adds her vocal expertise to this version of This Magic Moment.




The other old band with new music is The Dead Milkmen. Oh, yes, that band that brought us that alternative classic Punk Rock Girl has a new album called Pretty Music for Pretty People.

 
I have always loved this band. They have never given into the compromising their musical standards for commercial success. The result is they produce great music with loyal fans and well extremely limited radio success. But they are one creative group of musicians. I love the intro to the song Pretty Music on this album. It's just makes me smile. Is the song pretty that's up to you to decide.



So let me know what you think of the music. And what are your recommendations for old bands with new music.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Pecan Brown Rice

Yes, the holidays will be with us before we know it. It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is this month. And we'll all be looking for different twists on side dishes for the holiday. Pecan brown rice is a super easy and super healthy side dish that's fairly easy on the wallet. And of course it tastes great.

 
 

Here's What You Need

 
2 cups cooked brown rice
1/4 cup of pecans
1/4 cup of chopped onion
1 Tbsp butter
1/8 cup of parsley
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp sea salt
 

Here's What You Need To Do

 
Saute your onions in the butter. Then add your pecans and warm them with the onions for about two minutes. Now add the remaining ingredients. Mix them all thoroughly, and you have a divine side dish for your festivities.
 
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White rice is not native to the United States. It was brought to the new world.
 
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Cat Outside The Door

This is Bobaloo. I've managed to get some time on the computer.


And well I have news for everyone. There is a strange cat living in our yard. In fact the cat outside the door is trying to move in. I have sat at my window, and I have observed this feline. She has been observing me too. And I believe this is why she wants to move into our home. My roommates and I have discussed the possibility of a new roommate and we are against it. This may sound a bit selfish. But each of us strive to get quality attention from our pet human, and adding another feline to the mix would just make our struggle more difficult. I do feel for her. Yes, I do believe the cat outside the door is a female. I once was a lost kitten myself. I know that it is difficult to find a new home. And that you must be a little demanding in order to get one. I know that our pet human is kind and would love to assist this foreign feline, but we have made our expectations known. And she fully understands that another feline will not do. Captain has announced to the cat outside our door that she must not come in. He was not pleasant about it either. He let her know that this is our house. He told her that the inn is all full. I felt a little bad about this, I understand that she is cold and hungry. Once again our pet human has provided her with some food. Even though we tell her she will not go away if she is fed. That pet human just doesn't listen. But I would like for this feline to find a warm home to live in. She does seem to understand that being indoors is so much better than being outdoors when it is cold. If you know of anyone that is looking for a feline to keep them company please let one of know so that we can help this homeless cat.

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Thankfulness Month

It is hard to believe that the month of November has arrived. The excitement of Halloween is over, and now we are all looking forward to Thanksgiving. I realized this morning that I have been concentrating so much on how busy I have been, and all of the small things going on around me that I haven't been thankful for the things in my life. Since Thanksgiving is in November, this month kind of is a thankfulness month in my opinion. Here are a few things I am thankful for today.

Reliable Electricity

Yep, it may sound silly, but I'm thankful for it. I read in the news this morning that during the past week over 160 million people had lost electricity in Bangladesh had lost electric power. That is approximately 24 states the size of Indiana that have lost their power. That's a lot of people without power. And that doesn't take into account that 40% of the population in that country doesn't have access to electricity to begin with. Yep, I'm so glad the lights went on when I flipped the switch this morning.


Employment

No, I don't like getting up and going into my job. But I am thankful I have one. Life could be worse. At least I am able to pay the bills with money I earn at my job. Currently, 6.3 percent of the population in the United States is unemployed. Many of us are thinking that's not as bad as it was. Well, you are probably not part of that group that is unemployed then. I'm glad that I have a paycheck.

Food

I like food. I like to cook. I like to eat. And I am thankful for the food that I have. I may not have some of the foods I want to eat all the time, but I am thankful that I am not one of the estimated 870 million people in the world who are malnourished. That statistic is from the World Health Organization in 2012.



Being Single

I am thankful that I am free to decide which men I want to have a relationship with. According to the World Health Organization 39,000 girls each day are married. A child bride is considered any female under the age of 19. And yes, many of these young ladies are being forced to marry men much older than themselves.

 
 
Based on these facts. I believe that I have a lot to be thankful for in my life. What about you?
 
 
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