Thursday, October 30, 2014

"Mom, Why Do you Buy the Dill Seasoned Green Beans?"

We had a busy kitchen here tonight. My daughter was making buffalo chicken dip for 100 people, my son was helping me roast off some vegetables, Brody was picking up his barking signals from the new pup upstairs...and uh yes, he was barking back. This is sounding a little typical of a normal night around here. It is almost always never the same thing twice. Each of the three of us will share and bring up different, important daily happenings. So, after sharing my important event, (I met my new mentee...)and I ran into one of my son's old friends' Dads, (and he and I shared and reminisced) and then my son Mack blurts out, "Mom, why the dill seasoned green beans???" And like most of us Moms would say, I answered, "have you tried them??? they're delicious!" Oh well, he has always been like me...a little practical, yet picky. Then both kids were laughing and working out the dip project on their own. I said, "good talk" and drifted away. We're all working hard and that's all I care about! Just trying to keep the humor flowing!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

I "Ikea-ed" Yesterday.

I think it may have been a bad day to go to Ikea. Afterall, it was a friday and also "MEA" or whatever the newer name is. That being said, the place did not seem as pleasant as it used to be even despite the crowds of families with kids in tow. It wasn't as fresh as it was when it first opened. While waiting for Nurse Jen, I noticed that they have a First Aid office. At first, I thought it seemed odd. Jump ahead to our little lunch break and we noticed a woman being surrounded and given an oxygen mask. Then paramedics came too. This was a little unnerving and I guess the First Aid office IS necessary at their stores. I also noticed that there were not any staff roaming around to answer questions or to help out in the warehouse portion. So they must have injuries as shoppers are trying to reach the boxed up merchandise on the tall and intimidating shelves. I even saw a parent lift a 5 or so year old up to reach an item. Good grief. I did enjoy finding what I was looking for in the 50 % off and under section. The two nesting tables that I was hauling around in a box, were there already assembled and 30% off. Of course they had an "as is" sticker, but I'll be darned if I can find the defect! So, it still always pays to seek out the clearance section in any store. No assembly was required! It was a score and made the experience worthwhile.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Conveyor Belt of Conformity

Hopefully, you're not on it. Or in the brainwashed mainstream. It's gotten bad, hasn't it? Lately, it's the phones! I like the "basics" when it comes to technology. And the basics in life too. My first stereo came from the JC Penney outlet store and had dents, scrapes and a record player with an 8 track tape player. I think it was $35. I hauled it around with me for years! It was simple, cheap and worked without any issues. Just set it up, plug the 2 speakers in and enjoy! Well, yesterday while on a leisurely shopping trip with my daughter, (on a hunt for warm winter boots) I noticed the "I Phone" store. It was packed with people inside and out. It seems the store is so popular and in such high demand that they only allow a certain amount of shoppers in the store at a time. Still in the mall, right across from the store, there is a holding tank of sorts. There were about 30 people (most of them on cell phones!) waiting to be invited into the store. It just looked so odd to me. And it made a good point to me. It made me realize that I am definately in the older generation and proud of it. i enjoy simplicity and being satisfied. I do not have to have the latest and greatest. I am content with the basics and at least in regards to all of the cell phones, I will not be riding on the conveyor belt searching for electronic gadgets to make me happy. I still don't understand why being so in touch with everyone all of the time is such a good thing. I will not be in the holding tank any time soon. Hashtag,,,feeling cantankerous!