How do you get what you want?
Well I’m here to tell you! But, first of all-
this does not apply to ‘world peace’… ‘a cure for cancer’… ‘to end homelessness’… ‘I want a pony’… well, maybe the last one.
All those ‘wants’ are great. I want world peace too. I want a cancer-free world too. I want everyone to have a home too…
But we all gotta start somewhere… ‘Start Small- End Big’, I always say. So let’s master how to get exactly what we want in terms of the ‘small stuff’, then we can go from there. After all, if you have little things… and little ones, around you that make you happy- you’re going to be a better mom and person and you’ll be happier…
Happier? A Better Person, you may say? Yes. And here’s how to do it-
I am revealing an age-old philosophy… a formula… a system of beliefs, if you will.
Have you read The Secret? Yes, so have I…
My son’s Kindergarten teacher even told their class that pennies were no longer going to be minted after next year.
The argument is that it is more expensive to make pennies than pennies are worth.
I completely believed this. My son did too. My husband did too.
And then we were all informed by my son’s Kindergarten teacher that it had been an April Fool’s Joke… (and she had believed it too).
I felt really dumb, I must say.
Getting rid of the penny? How can we get rid of the penny? But then I looked into it… and it makes some sense.
According to Wikipedia- ”As of March 2008, it costs about 1.7 cents to mint a penny. Now that the price of the raw materials exceeds the face value, there is a risk that coins will be illegally melted down for raw materials.”
AND- “With the average wage in the U.S. being about $17 per hour in 2006, it takes about two seconds to earn one cent. Thus, it is not worthwhile for most people to deal with a penny. If it takes only two seconds extra for each transaction that uses a penny, the cost of time wasted in the U.S. is about $3.65 per person annually, about $1 billion for all America. Using a different calculation economist Robert Whaples estimates a $300 million annual loss.”
PLUS- “Pennies are not accepted by all vending machines or toll booths, and pennies are generally not accepted in bulk. In addition, people often do not use cents to pay at all; they may simply use larger denominations and get pennies in return. Pennies end up sitting in jars and are not in circulation. Economist Greg Mankiw says that ‘The purpose of the monetary system is to facilitate exchange, but… the penny no longer serves that purpose’.”
AND- Prices would not be higher — “Research by Robert Whaples, an economics professor at Wake Forest University, using data on nearly 200,000 transactions from a multi-state convenience store chain shows that rounding would have virtually no effect. Consumers would gain a tiny amount – about 1/40th of a cent per transaction.”
PLUS, and us moms know this- “The reduced-cost clad zinc penny, which has been produced since mid-1982, holds additional dangers when swallowed by children and others, unlike all previous U.S. coins. If the copper plating is breached, the penny quickly corrodes into a sharp-edged object, which is more likely to lodge in the digestive tract. Injury is more likely and furthermore, zinc and copper digested from the lodged pennies may be toxic. A five kilogram dog was fatally poisoned by swallowing two pennies.”
And One More thing- Did you know that in 2002 bills went through Congress to try to eliminate the PENNY?
A Penny For Your Thoughts?
Or should I Say,
What’s amazing is that a decade ago the teeth whitening industry really didn’t exist… My how things change…
Years ago, when you could only buy Go Smile whitening strips at Saks, I headed over there and went to pick myself up a package; one of my girlfriends worked there at the time and we asked her co-worker, who presided over the ‘Whitening/Moisturizing/Pamper Yourself’ Counter if they worked well,
“I think Crest Whitestrips are the same, if not better.”
And Crest Whitestrips ARE WAY less expensive.
So I put my money away, headed to my local drugstore and bought some Crest Whitestrips.
I have used these occasionally over the past few years…
The last time I was at the dentist I asked him about whitening, especially because I am constantly during the day, drinking tea…
“Brush your teeth with a little baking soda, or just buy baking soda tooth paste.”
So I did, I bought Arm & Hammer Advanced White toothpaste, with Baking Soda and Peroxide,
and you know what?
It works! I’m really happy with the shade of my teeth!
So the least expensive solution has turned out to be the best-
I LOVE IT WHEN THAT HAPPENS !!!!!
Yesterday History was made. And even though I could have braved the cold and ventured downtown to the Capital Buiding on Metro, I did not. I chose to have the best seat in the house: I watched the Inauguration on TV.
There is enough written and there will be plenty more written about wonderful moments and the meaning of The Inauguration, like the moment I welled up with tears when I saw 2 old African-American men in the crowd wearing Tuskegee Airmen caps.
So let’s concentrate on something important here *wink*.
I LOVED Michelle Obama’s choice of green J.Crew gloves and green Jimmy Choo shoes to wear with her outfit yesterday. It was kind of a bold choice… and it worked! And not only do I love that it worked, I love that she went with J. Crew- fashionable, yet practical, and Jimmy Choo- designer… and that they were not a set.
She’s workin’ it, but not ‘above-it-all’.
And J. Crew is loving life right now: not only did they design the girls’ jackets and outfits, I just went to their site and I could not click through to their gloves section… I got an apology that you can’t access it right now; I’m guessing their gloves, which on all on sale right now too, section has temporarily crashed due to gazillions of hits to buy leather gloves… preferably green
When did wigs go out of fashion? And I’m talking about the white powdered wigs, not current wigs or hair–extentions… And more importantly, when they did go out of fashion and people were onto the next ‘fad’ or fashion trend –
Did people say to each other, ‘Oh my God, can you believe we wore WIGS ?!!’
Last night my husband had on the History Channel, as he always does, and he said to me,
“I wonder if people looked back at the generation before them that wore wigs and were aghast at the fashion.”
First of all, I felt like saying, “Who are you? Bring back my husband who doesn’t care about fashion… Is this Invasion of the Body Snatchers?”
Then I thought about it and Googled it… and here you go:
In ancient times Egyptians wore wigs to shield their bald heads from the sun- that makes sense.
Then, wigs were revived in the 16th century as a means of compensating for hair loss or improving one’s personal appearance. And that makes sense. There was also a lot of hair lice in those days so people would shave their heads to get rid of it- then wear a wig… DISGUSTING, but practical.
So, back to the question:
It’s funny to think about how people must have reflected on wig wearing…
I mean, I cringe when I think of the 80’s and what I wore: stirrup-pants anyone?
But wigs are crazy-worse that stirrup-pants.
But wigs were somewhat of a necessity of the time; so maybe people didn’t make fun of people before them.
Actually, I don’t think people started making fun of previous fashion trends until recently, as in the last 30 years, because PEOPLE DIDN’T HAVE TIME to make fun of fashion. People were growing their own food and working long hours and life was harder than now-a-days.
Just a thought.
It’s still funny to think about some young people a couple of hundred years ago sitting around saying, ‘Can you believe your mom wore a wig? How lame!’
YESTERDAY, I got up at 5:45am. I did not shower, is as my routine, primped and headed downtown to help out with a wonderful student conference for Young American Broadcasters- a foundation set up to mentor young people interested in broadcasting. In my ‘former life’ I was Director of this organization.
The conference went on without a hitch. I got home at 5:45pm.
It felt good to put on heels and be in the work-force… for a day…
I had laid out clothes for my son, packed his lunch and wrote a reminder to pick out something for Show-and-Tell. ‘My guys’ got out the door and got to school on time. I called ‘Little Guy’s’ preschool during the morning to confirm that my dad would pick him up. My dad watched my son til my husband got home and pizza delivery was on its way by the time I got home; it didn’t even occur to me to ask my husband to prepare dinner- that would be too much. And frankly, it would be too much on me to come home after a long day and fix dinner myself.
I know you see where I’m going-
‘Working Mom’ is redundant, we all know that. But I just want to do a ‘shout-out’ to moms who work outside the home because they work inside the home too.
Plus, I missed my Little Guy. I missed the conversation, “Mommy, guess what we had for snack?”, etc. Life is great, but it’s just a-little-bit-better-sometimes seeing it through a 4-year-old’s eyes.
If your daughter or son likes to play with your cell phone- LISTEN UP!
My son loves to ‘pretend’ to call people on my cell phone. He has his own play cell phone(S), yes, that’s plural. But I still occasionally let him ‘pretend’ with mine. He sometimes calls his grandparents for real, but they think it’s cute and fun and sometimes gives me 5 minutes of him being occupied while we are reeling around the grocery store.
BUT, I just got our Verizon Wireless bill and there was an additional charge for over $10… FOR DOWNLOADS. Then I looked closer at the bill:
my son had downloaded 3 games on my cell phone. He doesn’t have any video games, so I think he was just pressing buttons, plus he’s 4, but I didn’t want to pay for these games and I DON’T WANT THESE GAMES ON MY PHONE.
So, I called Verizon Wireless yesterday, told them what happened and they credited my account.
They then took me through the steps to close/delete these games from my phone, so I won’t be charged any more for them.
THE BEST PART: the helpful customer service rep on the line THEN suggested to me that she block certain applications from being downloaded, since my son does sometimes play with my phone.
I blocked all applications- games, etc. on my phone, so it can just be used for texting and calls- since those are the only things I have ever done on my phone.
I DIDN’T KNOW YOU COULD DO THIS! YEY! MAKING MY LIFE A LITTLE EASIER!
You can call Verizon Wireless and they can do this for you in literally -30 seconds. Then, if you ever want to ‘open’ applications up- just call them back.
Everyone reading this may be thinking, ‘Yeah, I knew that back in the 90′s, don’t you read your 200 page manual that comes with your phone from cover to cover??!!’
but this mom didn’t know, so I’m passing on the info!
Thank you Verizon Wireless!
His lunch was packed, school bag in hand, buckled in his carseat… I drove down the street toward my son’s preschool. We stopped at the first light. There was a Ford Expedition in front of us.
“That’s a Ford, Mommy!” My son gets excited about EVERY make and model of car, van, SUV and truck.
“That’s right, sweetpea! That’s a Ford Expedition.” I attribute my son’s reading abilities to sounding out brands of cars. Yes, he’s basically learned to read from traffic. It’s not traditional… but whatever works.
“I don’t see too many of those, Mommy… I don’t think they make those anymore.”
I thought about it. I don’t see too many of those on the street anymore.
I looked at my son in the back seat and said, “They still make them, but you are right, we haven’t seen a lot of those big SUVs on the road. I don’t know how much longer they will be making them.”
Out of the mouths of babes.
Even when we are getting a refund, taxes don’t put me in a great mood.
I look at Social Security withholdings on my husband’s W-2. Then I remember that we are the generation that will somehow support the aging ‘Baby Boomer’ generation.
Social Security? I’m not feeling all that secure about the nation’s ‘Social Security’ program…
But then I pause. Mine is not to figure out how…
There are accountants and lawmakers and government workers and Social Security officials and managers and financial whizzes and assistants and assistants-to-assistants to work that out… Hmmm, maybe that is part of the problem.
But I digress…
Mine is to smile and give thanks that I get to see the world through a 4- year- old’s eyes.
Besides, you know what they say, ‘It’s only money’!