Saturday, October 19, 2013

Some Mornings Are a French Press Morning

On the weekends, we like to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee by using a French Press. The coffee taste so good, it's hard to go back to using the coffee maker during the weekdays.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday's Letters With The Sweet Season ~ October 18, 2013

Friday's Letter,

Dear The Good Wife, I'm really looking forward to next week's episode. Will is going to explode when Alicia let's him know her plans to leave.

Dear Hotflashes, Well, you've been different this year. Less intense, less frequent. Let's just keep it that way.

Dear Hubby, I really appreciate all that you do to provide for our family. Is it okay if I tell you I really miss you?

Dear FedEX deliveryperson, I just love surprise deliveries. This one was a Twitter Party prize pack from UNREAL Candy.

Dear Son, You just blew me away, touched my heart with that lovely prayer at bible study. You have such an amazing heart. Love you.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Thursdays Thoughts ~ October 17, 2013

I’m linking up with Ramblings of A Suburban Mom for Thursday Thoughts.

I've found myself watching Young and the Restless, after a very long hiatus. Apparently, Delia, Chloe and Billy's daughter, was run over by Adam. Sharon is still off her medication. Mrs. Chancellor has passed on.
I find it so interesting that it doesn't take much time for me to catch up no matter how long of a break I take.

Hubby's 51st birthday is next week. My son and I are still thinking of ways to celebrate it. Maybe a family dinner out? Order in? A special night on the town? We're still batting ideas around.

I'm sure this question will sound familiar but here it goes: When do you think stores should start displayng Christmas items? It was over 100 degrees outside, we walked into Big Lots and you guessed it. They were putting together a Christmas display. Yikes.

A Book Review: One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace For An Exhausted World ~ Tullian Tchividjian

I recently had the opportunity to read "One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace For An Exhausted World" by Tullian Tchividjian.

"Tullian captures the wonder of grace and offers it to us all. I urge you to read this book." - Max Lucado, pastor and bestselling author

About The Book:
Real life is long on law and short on grace-the demands never stop, the failures pile up, and fear sets in. Life requires many things from us-a stable marriage, successful children, a certain quality of life. Anyone living inside the guillt, anxiety, and uncertainty of daily life knows that the weight of life is heavy. We are all in need of some relief. Bestselling author Tullian Tchividjian is convinced our world needs a fresh encounter with grace.

Stay connected: One Way Love website

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Martha Stewart Speaks!

In case you haven't seen or heard about the Buzz over Martha Stewart's comments regarding bloggers, please click on the video above.

Now, I have to say that I was not surprised by her comments. Ms. Stewart has been known for not being the most generous person. Especially if you're messing with her money. Her empire is suffering lost sales and she's looking for someone to blame. So, when the Bloomberg host asked her about her feelings about social media, Martha let us all know where she's coming from.

But in this social media world we know it doesn't take much for people to get upset. And when you piss off bloggers...Well, let's just say, "You better head for cover".

Now that you've seen the video, what do you think of her comments?

UCLA to house worldwide database of brain images for chronic-pain conditions

By Rachel Champeau October 16, 2013

What do migraine, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis have in common? All involve chronic pain.

A new database featuring hundreds of brain scans and other key clinical information will help researchers tease out similarities and differences between these and many other chronic-pain conditions, helping to accelerate research and treatment development.

The Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer Family Center for Neurobiology of Stress at UCLA will serves as the main hub for this new Pain and Interoception Imaging Network (PAIN), the first-ever standardized database for brain imaging associated with chronic pain. So far, 14 institutions in North America and Europe are participating.

Building upon their experiences creating a similar but smaller network to study pelvic pain, the UCLA team is now developing this larger chronic-pain network with the help of a $300,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health.

You can read the entire article at UCLA Newsroom.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Did You See "Disablity, USA" On 60 Minutes

Did you see the 60 Minutes segment, Disablity USA, that aired a couple of weeks ago, on CBS? If not, maybe you saw the Twitter comments. Either way, I'm not here to say that the segment was entirely wrong or right. Let's face it. Some people probably shouldn't be on SSDI. While others, who are suffering from terminal and chronic illnesses find themselves fighting for their benefits for years.

I do find that the comment, "After exhausting their unemployment they move onto SSDI" a bit troubling. Ask your average SSDI applicant how long it took for their claim to be accepted. I've heard 2-5 years. And during this time, you're not working.

As the segment continued, there does appear that there's a problem with a West Virginia attorney and a particular judge. (the attorney has 100% approval rating in front of a particular judge) There is an ongoing investigation regarding fraud.

What does this mean for future claimants? It's going to probably be more difficult to get your claim approved. And for current claimants? They'll probably be having their claims re-evaluated.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Menu Plan Monday ~ October 14, 2013

My husband and I watched "Star Trek: Into Darkness" on Netflix DVD, this weekend. We thought there were some slow points in the movie but that didn't deter us from enjoying the story and the excitement. And how about those special effects?!

I did find it helpful that my husband is sorta a Trekkie. He was able to give me some background on a character that helped me understand the story better. XOXO hubby! Did you see any movies this weekend?

Menu Plan Monday

I'm A Wiggie But....

Most of the time, I love sporting my buzz cut.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

I Haven't Shared A Photo Of Our Son In Awhile....

It's hard to get our son, Marcus to let me share his photo on my blog. He's very busy these days with school, work and friends. But today, he actually asked me to grab my camera. So, here's a photo our 21 year old son.

I think that new facial scrub he's using is working wonders. LOL

Sunday Social ~ October 15, 2013

1. What is the first blog you ever followed?
Oh my goodness! I have no idea because I started blogging in 2005.

2. What was your first blog post about?
My first blog post was Country Bunny Bath & Body, which I was a direct sales rep, at the time. I spoke about their oatmeal soap, which was pretty good, if memory serves me right. I believe the company changed their name to Jordan Essentials.

3. Who left you your first blog comment?
According to my comment history, it was Happy Sam.

4. Who was the first blogger you ever met in person? That would be Maria P., 2005. I knew her in San Diego. And we're still in contact via Facebook to this day.

5. What was your first "blogging milestone"?
Blogging Milestone was when I was asked to do a product review for Weight Watchers Golden Sponge Cakes, 2008. That was lots of fun because I had no idea that blogging could lead to that type of opportunity. Other blogging milestones have been documenting our experience with unemployment, moving, and becoming a housewife. For myself and my family, my blog is our story over these last 8 years.

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