Cash Only: new pet peeve

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

About 2 months ago, Jonathan and I went to the cash only envelope system, a la Dave Ramsey. We each have our own envelope, one for groceries, one for dates, etc. It has worked very well for us so far. But that is not the point of this post.

This has been the first season of my life in a very long time when I have had cash on me at all times. Before this, I was 100% the "I-don't-have-any-cash-on-me" person (and it was true). I've used a credit card for $1.19 pack of gum before. It was that bad.

Thus, using cash as a sole form of currency has brought to my attention a new pet peeve that I hopefully have not habitually committed in my years of retail.

Does it bother you when cashiers place in your palm (from the bottom up):
-receipt
-dollar bills
-coins
?


Because it gets on my last nerve. How can I possibly allocate each of those three things to the proper category of my wallet or purse in a semi-fluid or timely manner when they're placed in my hand this way? Especially if there's a line? I try to have the coin purse section unzipped and ready, but it's often just too cumbersome to try to slide in the dollar bills AND get the receipt in the bag, or at least out of my clammy hand, before the person behind me is ready to pay. It's just too much pressure! Ask me if I want my receipt in the bag first or something. And, it seems to be a new trend to be smug about it if you're able to count out the right change and get the receipt in one go-round. No ma'am.

You know what, come to think of it, I always give change first and then the receipt.

Does this bug anyone else? And a ba humbug to you too.
Just kidding

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Take this for what it's worth...

Monday, December 22, 2008

This may be beyond the realm of the readership's sphere of interest...but please humor me.

So I am the champion of my work group's fantasy football league 2008. It consists of a group of guys who invited me to join probably just to be nice--little did they know Team Danica would pull out the W week after week, to end the season the champion and 12-2 overall.

Special thanks to Deangelo Williams, who basically won every playoff game for me single-handedly. Despite Tomo Romo's December curse and the Steelers defense's best efforts of playing badly yesterday to sabatoge the championship game, Deangelo's 4 touchdowns in last night's game sealed the deal.

Haven't decided yet if I shall return next year for a repeat effort. Might just let the mystique remain...

A Few More...

Thursday, December 04, 2008







Aaron Snow is awesome. I love the one of Jack (Martha's 'page boy') ... it is the sweetest picture.





In other news, the big St Jude Half-Marathon is Saturday--eek! 2 days away! Martha, Jonathan, and I will all be participating and running the 13.1 together. I have visions of crossing the finish line, holding both of their hands raised in the air in triumph. Oh wait, that was me and my dad during the full marathon 4 yrs ago. :)

I love this guy

Monday, December 01, 2008









Yes, I love Jonathan. I also appreciate the immense talent of our friend, Aaron Snow of Aaron Snow Photography. Check it out:

www.aaronsnowphotography.com,
his blog link is to the right

Just the sweetest thing...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008





We've had a busy busy fall and now the wedding extravaganza 2008 is over. There will be more beautiful pictures of Martha's wedding, but I loved this one of the two of us and Jack before the ceremony. Jack was the best page boy in the history of page boys.

Then above, there you have all of the girls (we have grown in number since I joined the family almost 3 years ago!) ... at beautiful Amanda and Stephen's wedding in October.

Two beautiful weddings and fun receptions of sweet siblings for Jonathan and me. We are blessed to have been a part of both of these happy occasions and are nothing but thrilled for the new additions to our families.

Not only can I not wear earrings...

Friday, October 31, 2008

But I'm awful at taking pictures. My poor future children will have to depend on the kindness of strangers/family members for a documentation of their life.

I truly admire people who take tons of pictures. I am hoping against hope that once a child comes, my motherly picture-taking instincts will kick in and I will instantly becoming a super-organized picture album construction connoisseur.

The Least-Used Bathroom Stall

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Now onto a topic that crosses my mind so many times per day that it is probably second only to the 2008 NCAA Championship basketball game.

The least-used stall in the public restroom.

Let me just say, I haven’t engaged in too many conversations with people about this because, quite frankly, I don’t want to give away any strategy that has been carefully learned through the years, thus sabotaging my own efforts in this compulsion. Notwithstanding, as this is the stuff blogs are made of (maybe?), I want to initiate dialogue about this and hopefully, I won’t be caught in too many habitual public settings with the readership where this discussion and trading of secrets would backfire for all of us.

And obviously, almost 100% of my findings/observations come from experience in women’s restrooms, not to alienate any male readers. Your feedback is also welcome and eagerly anticipated.

When I was in high school, young and na├»ve, I assumed that the handicapped/”big” stall was the least-used, usually being farthest away from the door and all. Plus, there was all that room in there, which even made it more appealing.

I migrated toward the stall closest to the door once I figured out that most people like going in the biggest bathroom stall; it seemed if there was ever one person in the bathroom, said stall was always the one occupied. Yet then, during my very first in-person conversation about this topic, the person with whom I was speaking stated that she had read an article that said the stall closest to the door was the least-used. I do not see how this can be true. If you go into Target and there are 8 stalls to choose from, I almost ALWAYS see people choose the first one, while washing my hands or whatever... Are they maybe too lazy or scared to pick a more "random" stall because then they think maybe everyone else is doing the same thing?

(The three-stall bathrooms are really the hardest for me because you have a 33% chance that you’re using the most-used stall.)

Signs of an unused stall:
1. The seat is still up from the previous night’s cleaning (after years of research this is the clue of which I am most proud)
2. There is no debris or toilet paper scattered about
3. The water in the bowl is not rippling at all from a previous use

If this is TMI, sorry. But am I the only one who goes through this thought process? I have strongly determined my preferred bathroom stalls in each of the bathrooms at work, but I wonder if it’s just me who carefully considers these signs during the selection process.

Thoughts?

Vacation to the Smokies

Wednesday, October 08, 2008











whew! what a wonderful getaway we had to Gatlinburg and the beautiful Smoky Mountains! The view from our condo was stunning and we enjoyed several lovely and vigorous hikes. We even cooked dinner three of the four nights we were there (steak dinner pictured from our balcony). Those were big honking steaks we got from Food City.

Driving through the mountains in 65 degree weather with the windows down, leaves changing, listening to Otis Redding... does it get any better than that?

The Quality of Straws in Today's World

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

I want to know if it’s just me. Has the quality of straws decreased over the past few years? Remember when we were kids, and we were taught to open straws by thudding them against a table or a hard surface? Nowadays, I hardly ever do that anymore, as I’ve ruined too many straws doing so, causing annoying little air holes which slow down my beverage consumption.

I ate lunch at a Mexican restaurant in Southaven today, and was thrilled to have been given a special treat to enjoy with my large ice water: it was a very sturdy red straw hiding under its paper wrapping, just waiting to be thumped against the table and opened in all its thick and quality glory.

I thought to myself, “When did this happen, that I am now excited over a good quality straw?”

So I ask you — when and WHY did this happen, that it is now the acceptable norm that straws are flimsy and can easily incur holes while opening them?

Toboggan: hat or sled?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008




It's that age-old bafflement: the word "toboggan" -- is it a hat or a sled? And how in the world did this noun come to describe two such varied objects? Is it a coincidence that they both have to do with winter?

And I challenge you to present me with another word that serves the function of descriptive noun for two VERY different objects. I cannot think of one.

So which is it to you, a sled or a hat?

Half Marathon

Friday, September 05, 2008

I vow here today to sincerely try my best to train and complete the 2008 St. Jude Half Marathon. I created and printed a training schedule for Jonathan and myself today, so now that I have a physical representation of the work entailed in this endeavor, it would seem more feasible to complete. Perhaps.

Who’s with me? Roll call.

The Office?

Friday, August 22, 2008

Does anyone own the DVDs of The Office? Any seasons? I definitely need to catch up, especially after events which transpired this week...

Big Girl Business Trip

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I just took my very first bona fide business trip last week to the St Louis area to visit my sales territory and meet the field sales executives that I’m aligned to in my area of Southern Illinois and a portion of St Louis. It was a very productive trip, meeting customers and discussing their shipping in person was really helpful for me, and I think for them too.

I got my own hotel room, a (generous) food stipend, and carried around a Blackberry and a legal pad folio thingy with my business cards in it. So corporate.

Yes, I had this very corporate moment on Wednesday of the trip (it was Tues-Fri), sitting downstairs in the restaurant at the hotel, about 6:30 in the morning waiting for one of my field reps to meet me at 7 a.m. I needed a phone number from my computer at the office, so I get out my legal pad and the blackberry and start making calls while ordering coffee and breakfast in my business suit. I felt like I was looking at an alter-ego, like “who is this girl?”

But I actually got into it pretty well and enjoyed myself, learning more about customers and asking appropriate and intelligent discovery questions about their business. It was a very affirming experience.

The time has come...

Thursday, August 07, 2008

...for this blog to get a facelift. Not only have i given the blog a facelift, but I updated links on the sidebar (let me know if i forgot to put yours over there, was kind of in a rush!) as well as put an etsy link on here to my etsy site.

I've decided to get better about blogging. There are things to write about. In fact, last night I actually said the sentence, "I've been meaning to blog about this for the past two years..." and the person I was talking to said, "that is SO 21st century of you." It was a funny moment because what an absurd sentence 10 years ago. Now if I can just remember what that was...

Melvin is now Moses

Friday, July 18, 2008

Thanks to the hospitality, generosity, and love of the Faris family, Melvin, now Moses, has a new home.

We are excited for Moses to grow and learn about being a nice dog...he wants to so badly! And he absolutely adores Nick, so it is only fitting that Nick become his master.

Thank you Farises! I love you both

Melvin the dog

Wednesday, June 25, 2008







This is a very sweet dog that needs a home. He is probably about 2 years old, and some sort of mix of something. He has a very sweet disposition, and needs attention. He rewards attention with sweetness, and will most likely be the most loyal dog in America to whoever decides to adopt him.

If you are interested in adopting Melvin, or know someone who is, please let me know.

If you're interested...

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

...in adopting a dog, let me know. I will post pictures/short bio later, but please if you know anyone who is interested in giving a sweet dog a home, please send the alert.

Thanks.

my new site :)

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

www.rhetoricalprinting.etsy.com


A little of this...a little of that...all with the trusty HP LaserJet.

Summer = Blech

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Some/most of you have heard me discuss this in the past. I do not like hot weather. I prefer wearing a jacket and/or scarf, jeans, etc. I can put together much more creative outfits for cold weather, I decided last week. It's totally uninspiring when it's so blasted HOT. Now, if we lived in a more fun-hot climate (which I wouldn't like during the months of October-April), as in there is a beach nearby, it may be more tolerable. But still. The beach is nice in doses. Bright sunlight hurts my eyes.

Not trying to be Debbie Downer. Reading the Twilight series has revealed a deep longing for me to someday live in the Pacific Northwest. Now that's my kind of climate...cloudy/rainy/cool...jackets all year around, green foliage, mountains, water, the whole package. Maybe I'm supposed to be a vampire? Nah...but geez, I'm not looking forward to the next 4 months (come on, let's be honest, September is hot too).

Engagements all around... Scott's next!

Thursday, May 08, 2008

So for the past two Saturday nights, Jonathan and I have had the pleasure of each having a sibling to get engaged. First my Marthie to our pal Dudley, and then Stephen J to the wonderful Amanda! We are so excited for both nuptials, as both significant others already belong in each of our families! So, we have busy autumn seasons coming up, as both weddings will most likely take place in November and October, respectively.

In other news, I have begun reading the much-acclaimed Twilight series, by Stephanie Meyer. It's crazy how fast this book reads, and how interesting I'm finding it. Maybe it's the setting of Forks, Washington, that's so captivating. I spent about 30 minutes yesterday researching the town itself, and it's fascinating to me--the climate, the geography, her descriptions of mossy trees and low-hanging clouds. Thanks, Kristy, for your recommendation, as well as my sister-in-law Nikki! (Don't be scared away by the young adult classification, btw.)


in 2 years' time...

Friday, April 25, 2008





In 2 years' time, you can...






-grow more than 3 inches of fingernails on each finger
-produce a 15-month-old child
-run 4 marathons (feasibly, if you wanted to)
-drink 1,460 cups of coffee (if you average 2 cups/day)
-chew 2,190 pieces of gum (averaging 3 pieces/day)
-eat probably 730 dinners
-read about 15 books, maybe
-gain a few pounds (as evidenced in the above picture @ our rehearsal dinner before marriage began)
-[what else?]


AND BE MARRIED TO A WONDERFUL HUSBAND! Happy Anniversary, Jonathan (on 4/22!)
He is a very nice husband to me and my best friend.

A Sad Birthday

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Yep. I'll post pictures later. There's no doubt going to the Final Four is an awesome experience. The trip itself was extremely fun, up until the end of the championship game. From the championship game, approximately 12:30 a.m., we began the driving trek back to Memphis. After one detour and one looooooong slow-down, we made it into Memphis a little after 12 noon yesterday, on my birthday. From there, I worked a half-day and my desk was decorated very cute, but the day was just so sad and so truly long. So so sad. I can't quit thinking about that fateful 3-pointer by Chalmers that sealed the downward spiral. If only...

Maybe next year, I'll have a birthday that can be truly Happy.

No no don't feel sorry for me. It's not like having birthdays now are like they used to be. I did get my favorite delicious Gibson's donut from my husband with a candle in it to blow out. And I did make a wish. Bet you can guess what it is.

I HAVE A PHONE

Saturday, February 23, 2008

I HAVE A PHONE NOW. I will never take it for granted again. xoxoxoxo I love having my cell phone back

I'm Phone-less

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

It's not you. I have no phone at this moment.

Attention e-bay Bidders...

Friday, January 18, 2008

If there are anywhere from 2-5 days left in an auction, WAIT TO BID! What in the world is going on? One is merely ruining the prices for all of the other bidders and driving them needlessly sky-high, and prematurely at that!

Example:

A 2-year-old Banana Republic shirt that was listed at $0.95 had 5 days left. I checked again with 2 days left, and there had been 3 bids, driving the price up to $2.95. Now, in this case, $2.00 seems paltry, but don't you agree that, with such an amount of bidding time remaining, these three bidders had needlessly jacked up the price? Thoughts?

(I promised Jesse I'd give her a shout-out: we vented to each other about this recently.)

All for the Sake of a PS3...

Thursday, January 10, 2008

http://www.whenisbritneygoingtodie.com/

I can't believe that this exists; I really cannot. All to win a PlayStation3... Guitar Hero is fun and all, but sheesh! This website definitely speaks loud and clear about Britney Spears' current situation in popular culture.

*Disclaimer: I am not condoning actually exploring this website in any way or its contents. I am merely commenting on the fact that a website exists where a person can be rewarded for correctly predicting the date in which said celebrity will meet her demise. Such existence of a website is indeed appalling and sickly fascinating. This is the extent of my observation.
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