Showing posts from November, 2011

My point, and I do have one, is

Oh the glories of the internet. One minute I have an interesting blog post planned out in my head about how I was feeling all inspired tonight to sit down and work on the book I've been writing, after having talked with the young women at church about virtue and sex and uplifting media. Which lead to me looking for something on Pinterest, which lead to looking at a video on YouTube, where somehow I went from the "Silent Monks Singing Hallelujah" to funny puppy videos, and then coming out of my interwebz daze when I found myself watching an elephant give birth.
And now, while I can remember the topic I wanted to talk about, I've completely forgotten my point. I think it was "we need more good and uplifting entertainment."
Look, cute puppy!
True story, every time I play this clip, my dog gets up and looks around for the puppy. She eventually comes over and sniffs the laptop, but ends up giving me a dirty look, like she knows I'm hiding the puppy from her…

Leftovers and more

Did y'all have a good Thanksgiving Weekend? Mine was busy (because I have a JOB now), but good. I spent a lot of time working on my other websites. I posted over 30 deals and sales to Cutting Back and Going Green. Have you checked them out yet? Personally, I have to say the Harry Potter movies complete set for $40 is an incredible deal (in comparison, most major retailers are selling it for $99.99), and a 3D Blu-ray player with Wifi for $99 can't be beat. If you check out my site you'll also find I've installed a widget where you can compare prices for any product with what it is going for on Amazon. I really recommend checking it before you buy anything online!
I also posted a few new things to my politically minded blog, Swing State Voter. I'm hoping to help people understand the significance of the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primaries. Personally, I find the primary nomination system fascinating, mostly because it is so undemocratic and unfair in the long ru…

Grateful for the work, but not for sore feet

Guess what? I got a part-time, holiday job! Woohoo! Yeah me! It is just cashier work at a major chain store that I worked at many moons ago. Nothing too spectacular or permanent. And it isn't even giving me enough hours to make ends meet. BUT! None of that matters to me. All that matters is I feel like a human again, earning money, getting out of the house, working, supporting myself (sort of), and getting to talk to people and not just my dog. In short, I am very, very grateful for the work.
I'd downright call this fun if I hadn't had to work on Black Friday. (A line of people outside the store when the employees showed up. I met my personal sales goal for the day within the first 20 minutes. It was painful, people. Painful.) But even then, it just feels good to be doing something again.
I think my first paycheck will sadly have to be spent on appropriate shoes for work. We can't wear running/sports shoes, or open-toed shoes. And a smart person won't wear high he…

Starry, starry night

This may sound strange to you, but tonight I am grateful for the stars. I've always loved to stargaze, and picture myself a very amateurish astronomer. I can get lost in the lights of the night sky for hours and hours.
Since moving to our new home, high aloft the mountain, above the city, where we have no street lamps, I've had several opportunities to walk my dog in the darkness. I could take a flashlight (that's a torch to you Aussie friends), but that would ruin all the fun. I love to walk up our road and look up at the stars. They are so clear and beautiful!
Tonight as I took the dog out I stood in the middle of the road and just stared out at the Orion constellation. He looked like he was right behind our house. It sent chills down my spine it was so majestic.
My bedroom has a large sliding glass door that opens on to the back deck, high up over our (steep) yard. Most nights I sleep with the blinds pulled back so I can just stare out into the darkness. Before the lea…

Every day I'm shufflin'

Earlier today when I first saw this video (thanks Katrina), there were under 1,000 views. As of the moment of this posting there are over 5,000. Something tells me I'm not alone in reposting it!

As you all know, I'm unemployed and very much without any form of income. I've been doing a lot of "affiliate marketing" to try and make a few dollars. (Emphasis on few.) One way I'm doing this is to list a lot of Christmas and Black Friday deals on my Cutting Back website. So far there have been daily deals, Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Store offeringsStarbucks, TempurPedic, and Barnes and Noble deals (and plenty others)! If you are going to do any of your holiday shopping online, check out the deals I have over there. I add about 3 a day. If there is a retailer you would like to get a discount from, let me know who it is, and I'll try and get them added.
If you have a site where you sell something, or you just want more blog traffic, let me know.…

Wanted: One strong heroine with no apologies

I've slipped back into a bad habit of staying up till 2 am and sleeping in till 10 each day. I find I'm far more creative at 1 am than I am at 1 pm, which may be why I'm finally getting some serious writing done. I am really enjoying getting back into the habit of really writing again. Not just a few ideas or sketches here or there, but real writing. I've written over 50 pages into a novel! And I'm really enjoying having an outlet for my political thoughts at Swing State Voter.
I am admittedly NOT a Twilight fan. In fact, I'm in the anti-Twilight crowd. I read the first book and finally walked away from it with about 20 pages left because I was so bored and annoyed. I have seen the movies because "Little" begged me to go with her. So I know what they are about and how they end. But I'm not a fan in the least. In fact, they drive me crazy because the central main character and female lead is so spineless. I get that some women want to be rescued …

Please buy a Nook so we can be friends!

If you haven't noticed yet, I am on a one-woman mission to convince everyone they need NOOKs . I have a Nook, and I love my Nook. Today I even had a 10 minute chat with a nurse at the doctor's office about our Nooks. And she even started it. Everyone I have met that has one loves it and thinks it is gold. I'm telling you, if there was a fire I'd first grab my dog, and then I'd grab my Nook, and then my passport. Except who are we kidding, if there was really a fire, my dog would be saving my life, not the other way around. She's just awesome like that, even if she does snore and sleep in my bed.
But back to the Nook. The almighty, awesome website Mashable (you have to be a tech and/or social media nerd to love them like I do) put out this awesome chart to help you understand why Nooks are superior to iPads. Seriously, the only thing an iPad can do that the Nook does not, is take your picture. But considering the Nook costs- wait for it- $400 LESS than an iPad,…

Strong is the only choice you have

I was about to sit down and write about depression and frustrations- something I am all too familiar with right now. I went over to Pinterest (yes, I am addicted) to find a picture or quote about frustrations and depression, and saw this one instead. And there was my answer.
Today, instead of giving in to tears, frustration, anger, and depression like I so very badly want to, I will be strong. Because the other options aren't going to solve my problems now are they?
Today I will focus on writing, applying for jobs, and looking for answers. And then tonight I will crank up some music and have my own little dance party. You can come join me if you want to. The cost of admission is a hug and some chocolate. Please bring copious amounts of both!

My life as described by Pinterest

This defines me so perfectly that I can't stop laughing as I think about it. I gave myself a short breather this afternoon (taking a break from writing and job hunting), and surfed around Pinterest. I found myself perfectly described in a few fun picture quotes-

This quote really hit me just for how true it is. But what really hit me is realizing that I don't ever tell anyone what I need from them. I hate asking for help, and fail miserably at doing so. Instead I walk around with my feelings hurt because no one is giving me the help I need.

And then we have this little gem. I never thought I would be quoting "Gossip Girl," but there's a first time for everything, I suppose. This defines how I am feeling this evening. I'm taking a deep breath, recalibrating, and focusing on something new.

Which brings me to our last picture of the day-

Just give me time, I'll get there!

My first real meltdown

I can't pretend that everything is okay today. In fact, most things are not okay. Most days I can count my blessings and be grateful for all that I do have, when I am so very close to having nothing. I've been unemployed for the better part of 2 years now. Things aren't getting any easier here.
You probably haven't noticed, but I've taken down all references to the Peace Corps off of my blog. I did this mostly out of anger the day I found out that the PC is delaying me again (for close to a year), and that they didn't like me saying on my blog that I am looking for a job (and not holding my breath for them- apparently now they can't trust me to pick them over a job), and just a few hours I got rejected for a job I interviewed for. Damned if I do, damned if I don't.
Several months ago I made a choice to stop putting myself through the emotional hell of job hunting. I had my unemployment coverage and I was attempting to make money through contract work.…

Swing State Voter - my new blog!

I've been getting more and more involved in the upcoming 2012 presidential nomination race. I've been looking for different outlets to discuss different trends and ideas, and finally decided to start my own blog on the subject. I like to think I have a unique take on the situation given my background growing up in DC and getting involved personally in politics and government at a young age. But then, we probably all think we have a unique view on politics, don't we?

If you are interested in talking politics, specifically the upcoming presidential election year, from different points of view, please come join me over at Swing State Voter!

My Kingdom for a Wrench (or even a pair of pliers will do!)

I moved recently, did you know that? It is true. My family bought a new house with very lovely views, like this one taken a few houses down from us. Except there isn't really an "us" here. It is just me, as my family lives far, far away on other sides of the continent and planet from me. But seeing as it is the family's house, I am living amidst many of their belongings. Belongings that do not belong to me and have no place to go. Why am I bringing this up? Because, well, even though I've been here a few months now, it still feels like I just moved in.

Tonight I sat down to watch some TV and something peculiar happened. Nothing. I turned on the TV and a funny computerized voice said, "Lamp not working." It took about three tries before I realized the TV was talking to me.

No picture at all. This is a problem. The DVD changer and cable box were working, as was the surround sound system. But no picture on the TV. Since the little voice inside the TV said…

Cheese, Glorious Cheese

I don't know one true child of the 80s who can't sing this song.

I love cheese. One of my favorite radio shows used to have a cheese quiz when they interviewed celebrities. They would ive them 30 seconds to name all of the types of cheese they could think of. I beat every celebrity ever at that quiz- munster, mozzerella, gouda, parmesan, american, swiss, brie, pepper jack, monterey, monterey jack, jack cheddar, cheddar, jarlsberg, limberger! And those are just the ones off the top of my head.

However, it must be said, that I only partially consider "American Cheese" to be a real cheese. Why? Let's take a quick look at Webster's definition of cheese, shall we?
"The curd of milk"
Now, let's take a quick look at the ingredients in American Cheese.
Water, interesterified soybean oil, food starch, modified whey, gelatin, sodium citrate, calcium phosphate, salt, sodium phosphate, artificial and natural flavors, yada yada yada.
Anyone notice some…


Are you doing anything special for 11/11/11?
I've never been the type to memorialize random numbers with special events. But I do see the value in getting married on 11/11/11 just so you never forget your anniversary.

How to help a Russian Orphan

Friends, thank you so much for your donations to Bennett's Angel Tree Fund so far! We are up to $45! I am so happy!!

You can donate as much or as little as you want via Paypal. (You can also mail in checks - click here for information.) The money does not go through me, and I do not see who it is making the donations. But to those of you who have donated- THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

The goal is $1,000 by New Years. Every time another $100 comes in, I promise to make a YouTube video of me doing a happy dance. If you personally donate $100, I will let you pick the song I dance to. And if you donate a minimum of $35 Reece's Rainbow will send you an ornament with sweet little Bennett's face on it. And if you donate just $5 or $10, I promise to give you lots of hugs and happy thoughts!

Think about all the ways you could waste $10 today. Isn't there something you could cut back on or save money doing? And then remember how much that $10 would mean to getting Bennett adopted!

Thank …

Saturdays are a special day, they're the day I share special deals!

From now through Christmas I have decided to share great deals with you on Saturdays. I have access to a lot of great online coupons and deals, and I want to pass those along to you. So here is our first Saturday Special Deals!

For starters, how would you like this beautiful, red wool coat for just $35? Check it out at RisingTaste.

Up to 50% Children's Picture Books at!

Shop Now and Save up to 55% on SALE items at BedHead Pajamas

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People ask me all the time how I get such good travel deals (FACT: with the one exception of my flight to Cambodia, I have never spent more than $300 on a plane ticket anywhere.) using CheapTickets is one of the ways I pull it off!

A World Full of Maybes

Today was, without question, a very tough day. There was potential for some very good, life-changing, positive events to happen. But instead there were a lot of tears and setbacks today. And just before I gave in to depression and wallowing, I stumbled on something very unexpected.
A little link about an actor on Facebook lead me to IMDB, which lead me to the profile of an actress, where I read her bio, and learned something fascinating about her. She is, without question, a very successful and talented actress. She is known for a very famous role she played for many years. She accidentally got her first acting job, liked it, and started learning more. Within a year she landed her first major role, and she took off from there.
What surprised me about her was that she didn't begin her acting career until her 30s. (There is no indication that she attempted to either.) She went on to enjoy a twenty-plus career doing something she loved after finding it in her 30s, and found great su…

Be a Christmas Warrior for Bennett

I'm Bennett's 2011 Christmas Warrior!
Click Photo to Learn More!
Friends, meet Bennett. You and I are about to make a huge difference in this little man's life!

Bennett is a beautiful little 5 yr old boy living in an orphanage in Russia. He has Down's Syndrome and if he's not adopted soon he will be sent to live in an institution for the rest of his short life.

Reece's Rainbow is an amazing organization that helps families adopt children with Down's Syndrome, HIV, and other physical disabilities, by collecting tax deductible donations and putting them into funds for each individual child. Do you know my amazing friends the Riebens with the 5 adopted children (soon to be 7) (and their beautiful biological triplets)? Their adoptions were blessed with assistance from Reece's Rainbow. Since Reece's Rainbow began 5 years ago, over 500+ children and their families have been financially assisted in their adoptions with these grants.

International adoptions c…

Let's get a Groupon that!

As you may recall I used to have ads and banners for But they went out of business, came back to life, got bought out, screwed over their customers, attempted to fix that, and still haven't made things right with their affiliate marketers yet. So I'm not planning on doing anymore business with them, which is sad, because I got some great deals through them! Not one deal was a disappointment!
I'm been slow to jump on the Groupon bandwagon because I was already in the CityDeals bandwagon. But now that that wagon is in the ditch, I've jumped ship, and joined Groupon! I've also signed up to be a marketer through them. You'll see a lovely, nice, long banner ad along the side of the page. And how fancy is it that it updates to your specific location!? (see that, CityDeals? Why couldn't you ever do that? Hmm??)
As we approach Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas, and my birthday, I plan to share a lot more deals and ideas with you over at my other…