No cheering up for war. While I am one that thinks we needed to put the smack down on Sadam - I do wish things could have been done differently. When you see a general nearly tearing up when he is trying to explain why soldiers are putting pieces of metal on their vehicles rather than have them delivered from a factory to specs ..... something is wrong; & it is the favoritism of politics that doesn't let $ move from building a wall in a park in IL to supplies for an active army. sigh.
But now for August - it is totally hot and hazy here - just how I don't like it.
Well, I think everyone here knows how I feel about Bush and the "global struggle against extremism," and if you don't, I say what a total crock 'o shit. Now, with the army trying to recruit more reservists and GI's, I think it's time for Bush to really pitch in and send one of his kids into the fray.
Metella, hot and hazy is better than snowy and blowy, right? I'm so sad that summer is coming to a close. I know we still have some warm days ahead, but seeing that the moppets will start school the week after next, it feels like it's over.
Whatever happened to kids starting school after Labor Day?
You know what it is? All this stupid mini-vacations and special days off. While I agree that people like Martin Luther King should be remembered and celebrated, do the kids really have to have the day off school? It's not like the parents get the day off work, which just means that working schmoes have to find (and pay for) child care for yet another day. It also means that the kids have to make up for it by starting the year earlier, or extending it later.
My biggest buzz kill this week is realizing that my kids have outgrown just about EVERYTHING they own. I have major shopping to do for them, and just when all the great stuff is coming out in my size.
Humph. I know it's selfish, but I can't help it. I LOVE clothes. And shoes. And belts. And purses. And all that other girlie stuff.
ETA: Happy birthday, Vindon and all the other August B-days
Post by NicoleMarie on Aug 16, 2005 13:14:39 GMT -5
Trisha, I think you need to hit up some stores for credit cards!! I just got myself a JC Penney card, my first credit card, EVER. You can get your kids a whole new wardrobe that way!! hehehe
Nothing much going on around here- I'm just homesick and trying to avoid getting killed by these nutty Michigan drivers!! And chasing my nieces and nephews around too. Had a first (year) birthday party for my niece a few days ago and she didn't like the toy I bought her. She opened it, looked at it, said "no", then come over to me and put it in my lap. Thanks a whole lot, Kayla!!
Ha! From the mouths of babes, eh? I'm sorry your niece didn't like the toy you bought her, but I'm so glad you shared the story. I really needed the laugh today
No credit cards for me. I pay cash (or debit card) for everything and save up for the big things. I had considered layaway, though. I just hate making payments on things. I'll just have to wait another month to spoil myself.
When it comes to Credit Cards vs Cash. Might I make a suggestion. Find a couple of credit cards with some "earning points" that can benefit your family needs. We use 2 different Credit Cards. A GM (General Motors) Credit Card. We can rack up $500.00 a year towards the purchase of a new car using this card. When we achieve that goal, the card is put away. Then out comes our "Mortgage Credit Card" We don't save as much, maybe 15 to 25 dollars a month on our mortgage, but it helps
Our Credit Cards are ALWAYS paid at the end of the month. I keep about $20 in my wallet, for the little stuff. Even gas is paid on the credit card, what I like about that is, I save a few dollars by not going into the convience store and picking up those few extras, while paying for the gas. When we bought out last car, we saved $3000.00 towards it.
As for me being a Shopaholic, I have a tee shirt with a pretty purple dinosaur, wearing bright red lipstick, pearls around her neck, carrying her alligator pocketbook. The tee shirt, just says "Shopasaurs'. However, I think I pride myself more on being a Bargain Shopper. I love a good deal. I am always on the look out for that special Christmas gift for the people in my life all year long. I keep a little list of the stuff I buy in my pocketbook. So I know what I got. The bad part about that is, if I buy something for someone in March. Sometimes I can't find it in my home in December, when its time to wrap it
“It’s like you got yesterday, today and tomorrow, all in the same room. There’s no telling, what can happen”.... Billy, "I’m Not There"
My debit card has a point system that can be used to buy all kinds of things, even Mastercard gift cards. We get one point for every dollar we spend with the card offline, and 2 points for every dollor we spend online. We pay all our bills online that we can, and, so far, we've gotten over $600 in Mastercard gift cards from our bank
That reminds me ... I should probably look into those points ;D
I love your way of credit card shopping...You save as you spend...
The Christmas present thing, would not be a good idea for me...I would forget where I put it too. Then I would have to buy something else..Then there goes the savings...Spent twice...and, will probably find the first gift after Christmas..... lol
Post by janetcatbird on Aug 17, 2005 18:41:30 GMT -5
Well, this college student has no money for shopping after textbooks, but if I did...I view clothes shopping as a necessary evil, in juniors and young women's clothes if you're not a size 2 ho you're out of luck. (This si why i prefer mail order catalogs like CHadwick's and Lands' End, although S&H tends to add up quick.) Turn me loose in a bookstore or music/movies place, however, and you'll need a crowbar to get me out.
I finally have internet!! Despite my online stuff back home before move-in it still had me listed as being at my old dorm at the network, so I had to use my roommate's computer for the past 4 days. But now I can email, class announcements, etc. Yay! If I hadn't killed myself lugging the thing up three flights of stairs from the help desk I'd be doing a happy dance.
Classes have started at my school, they shouldn't be too bad this year. Women in the Middle Ages, Philosophy of Religion (or, why Nietsche, Freud and Marx view religion as a bad thing), Middle East, Nutrition, a choir, and my personal pride: History of Rock Music. My parents are jumping up and down for that one.
Summer? North Carolina recently passed a law that K-12 can't start before August 25th, which is driving me crazy but at the same time I'll be out in the middle of May. Still, where I'm from it gets so godawful muggy--you know you're from NC when you have sincerely uttered the phrase "It's too hot to go to the pool!"
Anyways, it's good to be back. Hope those of you who still have leisure time are enjoying it!
"If it's dangerous to talk to yourself it's probably even dicier to listen." --Jim Hightower
Hey, you may learn more from the course on Rock Music than any other. I never took it, but there was a course on Rock Music at Indiana University when I attended many, many moons ago. A lot of kids took it, thinking it would be an easy A. They soon learned it was an extremely tough course, requiring lots of papers, lots of research, and lots of thinking.
One of the most valuable courses I had in college was on Film Musicals. The teacher was very tough, but fair, and I learned a great deal about research, analyzing, and writing.
Post by janetcatbird on Aug 18, 2005 20:02:07 GMT -5
Well, the way it's structured Rock Music should be very informative, but laid back. Our grade is based on 3 tests--multiple choice scantrons--and the class hours are watching documentaries or listening to a lecture accompanied by CD tracks. Still, it's very much up to you to read, listen, pay attention, etc. I've enjoyed this first week, with the possible exception of seeing Pat Boone's cover of "Tutti Frutti", shudder.
My high school was very pushy with APs and college prep, so I learned how to research and write in the 11th grade, academically I transitioned just fine to college courses. But you're right about learning skills in different subjects, most of my skills came through literary criticisms. I just have to keep track of which citation style each professor wants--annoying little bits and bobs, but I know how to do the body of the papers. So nice to have that relatively set up coming in, saved a lot of bother.
I guess I'm the only nerd who found derivatives in finance a bit birdy but anthropology really difficult...?
My niece and my sister visited and left this week. My sister was a freak but my niece was a total sweetheart but I forgot to give her her "Monsters under the bed book" The next time I see her she'll be too old for it (visions of her dumping it on my lap with a "no' definately at the forefront!) There goes three bucks down the drain. :-(
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