Day #145: Black Friday My Way

Today is Black Friday. Because of it, I’m about six hours late in posting today. No, I did not stand in line in the wee hours of the morning to hit the sales. I slept in a bit after a full Thanksgiving of cooking and eating. I played with the kids and talked with my …

Day #143: The Waterboy

I didn’t sleep well last night. I went to a basketball game last night and saw a scholarship athlete carrying water bottles for the team. That bothered me – A LOT. I don’t know the ins and outs of this young man’s personal situation, but if he’s anything like a lot of the scholarship athletes …

Day #140: The Blitz

This week is going to be absolutely crazy. I’m putting together my game plan now so that my pocketbook and I will be victorious. The Schedule Sunday: Investment Club meeting and Thanksgiving grocery shopping. Monday: The hubs and I are giving in and buying that new washer before a full day of teaching and meetings. …

Day #118: When is a Good Deal not REALLY a Good Deal?

Earlier this week I was complaining about needing to find a new favorite store for my clothing purchases. Friends gave me two suggestions. One is on the other side of town and the other is just down the road. Fans of the closer store argued that I would get more for my money there. I …

Day #117: TGIF

Whew! This was a rough one, but I made it through another week. After 41 years, I’ve learned a little bit about myself and I’m always amazed to see that much of it I learned as a child but just didn’t believe it until I was older. For example, my mom always told me to …

Day #116: Standing on Principle

I had a bad day yesterday. Customer Service I started the day with a blog post complaining about poor customer service. I typically don’t namedrop when I make negative comments, but I felt like I needed to make a point. If you treat me badly, shame on you. If I let you treat me badly, …

Day #115: Customer Complaint

I’m a loyal consumer. When I find a store or a brand that I like, I stick with it. Customer rewards programs are great incentives for me – provided that the rewards are reasonable. One of my favorite stores is a large department store that is based in the South and has a strong presence …

Day #114: Missed Opportunity

Have you ever finished a conversation feeling as if you didn’t say everything you wanted to say? Did you find yourself still thinking about what you should have said hours after the conversation was over and maybe even wishing for a ‘do over’? That’s how I felt yesterday after watching this video of me that …

Day #113: Getting Help

Last Thursday, my eight-year-old and I had a tough night. He became angry over what I thought was a small issue. He yelled. He screamed. He slammed doors. I tried to remain calm. I counseled. I made requests. I eventually took away privileges. Neither of us were very happy when we went to bed that …

Day #112: The Talking Mailbox and the Laughing Pumpkin

After running five miles and then cooking a five-course meal for 20 people yesterday, the last thing I wanted to do at 7 AM this morning was go for a two-mile walk. However, like clockwork, I heard the little feet and the sweet voice call out: “Mommy, is it time to go for our walk?” …