I mean... everyone deserves the right to display their red and purple rhinos on their roof!!
Saturday, May 30, 2009
12 Rules for Life
Sometimes we just need to remember what the 12 Rules of Life really are:
1. Never give yourself a haircut after three margaritas.
2. You need only two tools: WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and it should, use WD-40. If it moves and shouldn't, use the tape.
3. The five most essential words for a healthy, vital relationship are "I apologize" and "you are right."
4. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
5. Never pass up an opportunity to pee.
6. If he/she says that you are too good for him/her - believe them.
7. Learn to pick your battles; ask yourself, "Will this matter one year from now? How about one month? One week? One day?"
8. When you make a mistake, make amends immediately. It's easier to eat crow while it's still warm.
9. If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have another chance!
10. Living well really is the best revenge. Being miserable because of a bad or former relationship just might mean that the other person was right about you.
11. Work is good, but it's not that important. Money is nice, but you can't take it with you. Statistics show most people don't live to spend all they saved; some die even before they retire. Anything we have isn't really ours; It's on loan to us while we're here ...even our kids.
12. And finally...Be really good to your family and/or friends. You never know when you are going to need them to empty your bedpan.
Friday, May 29, 2009
I am always looking for pretty and unique clothes for Gabby and AJ and of course I turn to Etsy for a lot of inspiration and finds. Tonight I think I found my new true love in the vast world of children's clothing:
I love the perfect Japanese style, the prints, and the variety of styles. I can easily picture Gabby sporting one of the pretty tunics with some of her slim black pants and AJ in the beautiful dresses. Sigh.... love love love them! The owner of this wonderful shop is indeed an artist with the needle and thread and deserves a lot of recognition for her unique and eye catching work! Here are some of my favorite pieces:
clipped from www.etsy.com
Thursday, May 28, 2009
I have been reading a lot of Buddhist stories and such lately so I went onto Etsy to see what cool images, jewelry, and other trinkets I could find for myself and Klint. With Father's Day coming up I am planning on giving Klint a basket of Japanese/meditation/kung fu inspired things so this was a good time to scope out some unique items for him!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Oye, what a day!
We start each day with checking out bank account, just to make sure where we stand before we head out into the world and do our part to stimulate the economy. Today, like any other day, we looked at our to do list and planned accordingly. Our first stop, World Market, went off without a hitch, and so we continued to my new love- Trader Joes.
We walked around, put in our few items that we had to get (like our dog food which is the other thing I will feed her nowadays) and waited in line at the checkout. Scan the items, and swipe the debit card as usual, no credit cards for us.... and DECLINE. Huh?! Wha???!!! Ok, take a deep breathe and try again.... DECLINE!!! WTF???!!!
So we shrug our shoulders, ask the guy at the register to hold our cart, and proceed to call our bank- Key Bank. Lovely.... here is where the fun begins.
First we establish that indeed we do have money in the bank, actually, more than what we usually have this close to pay day. (yay!) Then we get a lovely little message that Key's system is down... huh? How the heck are we supposed to get our money?? So I proceed to get an actual person on the line to explain why we were declined when we have money in our account.
Key Bank does not have a good track record with us with their customer service... these people need customer service training 101. The winner who hopped on the line was no different... basically the whole system is down, there is nothing anyone can do, you are SOL, try back in a few hours. Never mind that we were buying groceries, never mind that this bank has ALL of our money since we rarely carry cash. AH! Not one apology was uttered, no explanation, nada. Just deal with it and try again later.
Well, we went to an ATM, pulled out enough to pay for the groceries and lunch, and went on our way. Definitely made us think harder though about where our money is and if it is safe and accesible.
to be continued....
Monday, May 25, 2009
I have always been a tea drinker. I remember as a child my grandparents making me a cup of Lipton with a little bit of milk and a while lot of sugar. Klint is also a tea drinker as even the smell of coffee disgusts him, let alone the taste of it. We keep a wide variety of tea in the house but only recently discovered loose leaf teas. Now that we have begun appreciating the finer teas that stores around us have to offer we have begun searching for the perfect tea kettle, serving set, and other things that you have to have in order to brew a good cup of tea. Here are some of our finds!