Saturday, August 20, 2005

My Take on the Benefits of Working From Home

The first thing I noticed was how little we were spending for gas. Recently, we haven't filled up our car in 2 weeks! Yes, we only have one car. That's another savings.

I'm not required to purchase work clothes. Who cares if I'm wearing the same red short sleeve shirt two Wednesdays in a row. And no, I don't have a dress code. Yupee!

No more expensive lunches out. I usually eat leftovers. My daily $5.00 mochas are no longer. I do enjoy my 1-2 cups of Green Mountain Hazelnut coffee.

I've actually lost a few pounds. No more bowls of candy, on the desk. No more potlucks or vending machines.

Sometimes I do miss the face to face conversation. But than my husband will tell me about his day and that's when I realize that I have it pretty good.

Well, I have to get back to work now. The boss says my break is over.

Back to School Month: Join the Kids Korps

Kids Korps gives children, ages 5 to 18, the opportunity to serve their local community, build self esteem and team work. There are chapters located throughout the US. The membership fee is just $10 a year.

Children, who are 12 years and older can join Teen Korps. Teens have the opportunity to work on projects that include leadership building. There are even Summer Internship programs. When they are ready to look at applying for college there will be volunteer record available.

There are chapters located at Boys and Girls Clubs, schools and even homeschool groups. You can even start a chapter in your area.

If you are interested in more information or would like to join, please visit Kids Korps website. August 31, 2005, is the application deadline.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Rona's Movie Review: "Something's Gotta Give"

New York City music executive Harry Langer (Nicholson) is a man of some age and experience who generally dates younger women. His world is turned upside-down, however, when he has a heart attack while visiting the East Hampton beach home of the divorced playwright mother, Erica (Keaton), of his latest trophy girlfriend, Marin (Peet). With his girlfriend having gone back to the city, Harry is left in the care of Erica and his doctor (Reeves), but the two men soon find themselves competing with each other, as they both fall in love with Erica.

Comedy and Romance
Running Time: 2 hrs. 3 min.
Release Date: December 12th, 2003
Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, brief nudity and strong language
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What great timing! I recently pinched a nerve, in my neck, and have extreme pain, inflammation and spasms. Did I mention the pain? Yeah, well, one of the things I needed was something else to focus on. I did. I watched "Something's Gotta Give" with Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson. I'm a sucker for a romantic comedy especially one that is written well. Jack Nicholson is so funny playing this aging player. Diane Keaton is memorable. I love her line about realizing that she likes sex. Keanu Reeves is looking really good. What woman wouldn't think of him as a great catch. It hurt to laugh but oh well.

Consider renting this one for a lazy end of Summer day. It's also currently on HBO. In the meantime, I've gotta get another ice pack.

Rona

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Getting Ready for Back to School

Next Monday, Marcus and I will be picking up his schoolbooks and syllabus, for his Independent Study Program. Our "little one" is going into the 8th grade. I decided that we would pick up his school supplies afterwards.

I learned a helpful tip during my Back to School days. Purchase your supplies after you receive your syllabus and required school supplies list. It saved my parents money and having to make several trips to the store.

When Marcus was younger, we had a Back to School Party, at Chucky Cheese for a group of kids and parents. Everyone had a great time.

As he got older, his school would have a Back to School picnic. It gave the kids the opportunity to meet, play games, and catch up after a long Summer. The parents were able to meet teachers and staff. Marcus and I even volunteered a couple of hours to work at the snowcones table. The money went to the PTO. My husband helped run some of the games. We had a great time.

So, make a list, look for sales and have fun. Even those kids who are homeschooled can enjoy this time. Visit about.com for more Back to School tips.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Celebrate Roller Coaster Day - August 16

Celebrate Rollercoaster Day, the day the roller coaster was patented. Head to your local amusement park and take a ride on your local rollercoaster. Visit Ultimate Roller Coaster website. You'll find information on the tallest rides, roller coaster history, reviews and more.

If you're like me and your roller coaster days are behind you, consider making some craft projects with your kids. Visit About.com for more information.

We went to Six Flags Magic Mountatin, in California, several years ago. My husband and son rode on several coasters. The Riddler's Revenge was one of their favorite rides. Our son actually wanted to take a second spin. They had a great time.

Have fun today.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Teaching Our Children Independent Living Skills

When I was in school they taught Home Economics. The guys learned woodshop or auto maintenance. By the time my younger sister hit high school, those classes were co-ed.

Since my husband and I homeschool we have been reading about teaching your children Independent Living Skills. Some examples would be from menu planning, creating a budget, money skills, basic auto maintenance, and sewing.

For those of you with little ones, you can introduce your children to these skills at their level. Show them how to set a table, have them help you make a meal, take them grocery shopping or to the bank. It's amazing what they will learn.

Older children can be taught to balance a checkbook, plan meals, take care of younger children, do minor home and auto repairs.

You don't want them leaving the nest without knowing how to take care of themselves.

Today, I have Marcus busy ironing clothes. He informed me that he was going to using a light starch on his dad's shirts. His father will be thrilled.

Have a great week.

Home Based Reservation Reps - American Airlines

If you live within 50 miles and have local call access within Fort Worth, Texas and Tuscon, Arizonia you may want to consider applying for a Home Based Reservation Rep for American Airlines. You'll be making reservation via your phone line and it will require you to set up a workspace in your home. This is a great job for someone who is a detail person who has prior excellent customer service experience.

You can get more information and submit your application at American Airlines' website. Good luck.

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