A Little Popcorn Trickery

I am a budget friendly wife. Actually, I basically manage all our money. I know what the value of a dollar is and I sure know how hard we work for our money. So? I buy store brands once in a while. I get it-some store brands don’t taste like the “real thing” but some do so I get them and save money. My husband is convinced that the store brand popcorn is “gross” and the ones that are twice the price are “so much better”.

Here is what I did:

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The box was almost empty so I filled it back up with the Market Basket stuff. To be fair, there might be a difference (if there is, I can’t tell) but my husband is definitely no popcorn connoisseur. I’ll update once we have some popcorn with the results. I do think I am a genius!

p.s. He does not read my blog and the packaging on the store brand just says “Microwave Popcorn” so he will never notice 🙂 This could be a savings of at least $25 a year. Minimal, I know but that is a pair of jeans and I am ok with that.

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My lists of 3 things happy!

Three things so far that have made my week:

  1. Ice rescue training: I absolutely love ice rescue training for the Fire
    Cute outfit, eh??

    Department. We get to wear these weird dry-suit type things that make you float and get into freezing cold water. The suits keep you warm and dry and it feels like you are an astronaut because of the weightlessness it makes you feel. So. Much. Fun. It’s kind of like Christmas-it only comes around in the winter (for obvious reasons) and it is freaking awesome. I may be one of the only people on the department-Ok, THE only-that is this in love with it but, come on! Who doesn’t want to pretend to be in outerspace??

  2. Going to the bar and coming home with a recipe for chocolate cake: I will totally post the recipe here once I try it. The waitress
    Chocolate cakeeee

    had brought it in for a co-worker who forgot to bring it home so she gave it to me after she found out how I liked to cook and bake. How awesome is that? It sounds devine too… Chocolate and mocha and yumminess. Thanks!

  3. Getting asked if I was a doctor: I work with a lot of doctors for a really awesome medical device company. I am probably one of only a few
    I’d make a cute doctor!

    who are not doctor’s so I can totally see why someone would ask…BUT! I’m just going to take it out of context and be flattered theythought so! Or even if they didn’t think so, they still asked and THAT is cool. Should I go back to med school?? Paging Dr. C! *sigh*

Three things that should make my weekend:

  1. Skiing: I taught skiing for years and love love love it-almost more than my Harley and almost as much as my husband… So! I get to go skiing and might even take the snowboard out this weekend for the first time this season. There is just something that it does to me that just makes me so unbelievably happy.

    Wishful thinking. I’m from New England.
  2. Seeing my family: I love my family! We all love skiing (except my mom who is a snow bunny and looks pretty at the lodge or is more likely found baking cookies and 200 lunches for the kids in ski school). When we are up in the mountains together, it’s vacation to us and everyone is happy and has a good time.

    That’s us fishin’. Yeah buddy!
  3. Party!: Three times a season, the mountain we work at (past tense for me) puts on a little party for their employees. They serve them dinner, which is usually really good, and hire a band and give prizes out. Oh. And dollar beers. Best. Night. Ever. This weekend is one of those parties and now that I don’t work there, I can go home and shower before coming into close contact with my friends and family. Score!

    This is super old but from one of those parties!

So that’s what I have going on right now to make me happy! What’s got you glowing today?

Have a fantastic weekend!

How Will You Be Remembered?

This morning, thanks to Facebook, I was told of the sad news of a woman I used to know passing. She was part of the Miss New Hampshire Program and many girls were posting about her death. Girls who had competed years ago to girls still in the program had nothing but nice things to say about this woman. I hadn’t seen her in quite some time but I remember the way she made me feel and I am truly grateful for knowing her.

Lisa was a very nice and genuine person who showed you that she really cared. I was a bag of nerves when I first started competing and though the girls weren’t unfriendly, I didn’t find comfort in them. Lisa always had a nice word to say, always made you feel comfortable, and after a little while of knowing her, made me feel more confident. If I went to a competition and she was there, it felt like a ton of bricks was taken off my shoulders and I could literally feel myself relax. She was just that kind of person.

Reading the comments has shown me that she was that person to everyone. She passed far before her time and the news truly saddens me. It also raises the question: How would you be remembered? Lisa lives on in all of our memories and I hope that she felt the love and  gratitude we all had for her. Lastly, I want to be remembered by that many people so warmly when I go. Just keep that question in your head as you go about your daily activities.

Sucks to be you, have a doughnut!

Dear Miss America,

Let me start off by saying that I love your organization. You help give young women a fantastic opportunity to earn scholarship money and grow into professionals by helping them shape the way they carry themselves and to help them to hone in on their interview skills. As a former Miss local titleholder myself, I benefited greatly from your program, owing a lot of my success to skills I learned from competing, and I thank you for the opportunity.

With that being said, What the hell were you thinking with the doughnut show Saturday during your Miss America 2013 pageant?! Seriously! What. The. Hell.

I was absolutely beyond appalled that you allowed that little stunt to be pulled. Sure, some might have thought it was “cute” or “funny”. I am so sorry to inform you that it was horribly tacky and screamed the wrong message to young girls and women throughout this country.

“Hey America! You can only look this way by starving yourself!”

“Hey Ladies! Too bad, so sad you didn’t win. Have a doughnut!”

Um. Gross. Those girls up there have worked their butts off (possibly quite literally) to look that way. They go to the gym, they eat healthy, they work at it. Sure, some of them might have really starved themselves and some of them might have had a disorder-who knows! But don’t bring that to light! A lot of them worked hard for their bodies and to show America that a. You need to deprive yourself of all carbs and sugar b. sucks to be you, have a doughnut…. Really, what kind of message are you sending? Donuts are not a part of a healthy diet but it doesn’t mean you can’t eat them. But hey, ladies, don’t worry. If you starve yourself but don’t win, you can have a doughnut.

As a long time supporter of your program, I am very disappointed in this.

I hope you choke on your own morning doughnut.

Very aggravated,

C.

P.S. Miss NY is a fabulous choice. But does she get to have a doughnut??

New Years Evolutions

Ah, not a misprint. I actually mean evolutions, not resolutions. Resolution is the process of resolving. Evolution is developmental process. I’d much rather develop myself than try to fix myself… I’d need a hell of a lot longer than a year for that. With that being said, I am a huge believer in goals. Loose, endpoint goals. Not the be-all, end-all type. Something to aim for and focus on. If you look at your own New Years resolutions this way, you’d be a whole lot more apt to actually finish them. So here is my loose, happy-go-lucky, something to work for goals for 2013.

1. Read at least *2* books a month. This won’t be a problem. I love to read. However, one of these books must be a classic or something from before 1920. There are hundreds of titles out there completely untouched by today’s readers because they are old. I’ve read Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series (and loved it) and there are so many issues the people from that era were going through that we go through now, 100 years later. They are definitely worth a second look.

2. Blog at least 113 times. This is just a bit more than twice a week. This could be fun to keep up and keep my brain growing.

3. Lose 20 pounds. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Everyone says this. However, a whole year to lose 20 pounds is so totally doable. In reality, I eat ok, just need more movement in my life. A little more exercise is what this should be titled. Also, I just want to be a skinny bitch.

4. Learn a new language. I speak ok Spanish. And by ok I mean like a 6 out of 10. Could definitely use some improvement. Also, I will be traveling for work where French and German could come in handy. I’d like to learn both! Rosetta Stone??

5. Go on at least 1 [charity] bike ride a month (weather permitting). God, I love my bike. What better way to enjoy your bike than knowing it is for a good cause. Plus, a lot of rides I’ve been on are escorted and you feel all special running red lights and stop signs and seeing a ton of bikes in front and behind you and hearing that rumble. Oh, yes, please!

6. Get out of debt. This is a goal I have for every day. But between student loans, some residual credit card debt from smart spending, and our mortgage, we are doing pretty damn good. So with my old University actually owing me money, the check this month is going to kick start my snow-ball effect get out of debt program. I may not pay off my student loans this year, but I’d like to make a dent! Tackle that mortgage too. Before spring is over, we will have $0.00 credit card balance!

7. Keep trying to be a good person. Volunteer more, help out more, complain less. Waking up at 3am to help strangers in need? I think so. (Not that I don’t do that already, I’ll just continue, I guess?)

8. Be a good wife. Love more. Complain less. Compliment more. Nitpick less. Say yes more.

9. Laugh more. I am going to try to actively seek out funny and lighthearted things and people. Hello, happiness!

10. Cook better. I’m not a bad cook. I’ve come a long way, but I have a long way to go to be a great cook. So I’m going to try more recipes, get a little more funky, and continue to trick my husband into eating (and enjoying!!) things he “doesn’t like”.

11. Pray more. Whether there is or isn’t a God up there hanging on my every word, it definitely helps to think things through. Or maybe it is just God at work. Who knows, but I’d like to do more of it. Especially to show how thankful I am for what I have.

12. Yoga-fy myself. I know, not a word. I want to become all flexible and in tune with myself. Yoga pants and all.

13. Relax. Anxiety killed the cat, not curiosity. I don’t want grey hairs and wrinkles at 25. I don’t want to dies of a heart attack at 30 either.

13 new evolutions for 2013. I’m going to try my hardest. And if I don’t succeed, I’ll just keep on truckin’ cause every day you wake up and you’re alive, it’s a good day.