Some of us have been wondering what we can do to help. Here are some ways to help out the folks in Ferguson, Missouri!
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I’m not sure if you have heard about the Dollar Shave Club, but it sounds pretty cool to me.
For a few dollars a month, you can have razor blades razor blades delivered to your home.
There are three different shavers, and prices:
-The Humble Twin; you get 2 stainless steel blades and 5 cartridges per month for $1 a month. Shipping and handling are added to this option.
-The 4X, which gives you 4 cartridges and 4 stainless steel blades for $6 a month, shipping and handling included
-The Executive, which comes with 6 blades and 4 cartridges, for 9 bucks a month, and the cost also includes shipping and handling.
The Dollar Shave Club also offers shave butter and after shave options, in addition to butt wipes for men.
As I was looking over the Dollar Shave Club, I wondered if women could use these razors, so I Googled “can women use dollar Shave razors?” and learned that women are trying them! I may try some razors myself, once I use up some of my pink lady-type razors.
As many of you know, I am now semi-retired. I’m looking for a part-time job, but my income has certainly taken a nose dive in the past few months. This means my budget is a lot tighter, and here’s how I am saving money:
-Making coffee at home. When I was working every day, I stopped at Starbucks every few days. Even when I bought drip coffee, it sure added to some bucks throughout the week.
-I’m buying fewer books, both Kindle and print, and using the Seattle Public Library more. Seattle also has Half Price Books, a cool used bookstore, and I’ve actually gone out of the house to buy a book!
-I’m eating out less, and cooking at home more. When I was working, I bought my lunch 2-3 times a week, and ate dinner out weekly.
-I love to buy clothes, and I’m looking out for more sales, checking out lower priced clothing stores and consignment shops. Wow, much cheaper!
-Finally, I’m making fewer impulse purchases, and asking myself if I really need to buy a fancy new perfume or pair of shoes.
I hope you will check out the Dollar Shave Club, and if you do, let me know about your experience!
I would also love to hear your own tips for saving money!
And, as always, I’m amazed at what can be ordered online!
I’ve been a Google Chrome user for a long time.
Google is my search engine, and I have no desire to use any other search engine.
A few months ago I got this wild and crazy idea to use Skype.
So I downloaded Skype, and things went okay for awhile.
Then, all of a sudden one day, I signed on to Google and Yahoo came up as my start page, with Bing as my search engine.
So I went to my Google chrome settings, and deleted Yahoo and Bing from my start up page.
After doing some online research, I found that Skype downloads could make this happen, so I deleted Skype and reinstalled it, being careful to uncheck the options for Yahoo to be my start page and Bing my search engine.
Guess what, sports fans?
It happened again, maybe the third or fourth time I signed on to Google.
So here’s the deal, Yahoo and Microsoft: I’ve got nothing but love for both of you.
But I do not want Yahoo to be my start up page, and I do not want Bing to be my search engine.
With respect, Microsoft, please take Skype and stick it where the sun don’t shine!
photo from http://www.metroparent.com
This is a pretty good article about the availability of e-books from public libraries.
Because e-books come with terms and conditions regarding how and where they can be used and distributed, libraries don’t have the same freedom with e-books as they do with traditional print books. The report continues, “Libraries continue to have to deal with imposed and inflexible terms and conditions, some of which impede legislated copyright exceptions.”
I’ve borrowed a number of e-books from The Seattle Public Library, but some titles I’ve looked for just aren’t available for download!
In the words of the late great Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz), I’m a little discomboobulated.
I’ve spent a great portion of my adult life living with family, and for a few years I shared a house with a great family in Beacon Hill. Since 2009, I’ve lived alone, in an awesome apartment that I loved. But to tell you the truth, I missed living with other people.
Thanks to my wonderful daughter-in-law Kim, I once again have the chance to live in a large, lively, wonderfully noisy household filled with love, laughter, dogs, and cats!
But it’s different, a change from my routine. Kim and I have talked about creating a new normal, for myself and for my family (as they get used to me living with them).
I’ve done some really goofy things in the past few days–spraying my hair with lens cleaner, putting my French Press coffee maker together incorrectly, and jumping up out of bed in the middle of the night when the family dog cuddled up close to me!
And as most of you know, I retired a month ago and have not been working. Don’t get me wrong, it’s totally cool and I’ve loved living at a less hectic pace.
It’s just different.
And being retired is a huge contributor to my discomboobulation.
Time will work its magic and I will settle in (it’s already happening, since I’ve started unpacking my stuff and surrounding myself with familiar items).
I’m starting to consider part-time jobs, and I am NOT looking at social work jobs at this time.
Been there, done that.
I’m not focused on anything in particular right now, just looking at what is available.
So for now, I’m embracing being discomboobulated. I’ve been needing to make major changes in my life for some time, and I’ve finally done it! Yeah!
I’m kind of sitting back and seeing what happens next.
It feels good!
Watch the full ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ movie trailer: What we couldn’t show on TV – Entertainment – TODAY.com
Okay, this is nothing more than shameless self-promotion of this blog.
I’ve never read the Fifty Shades of Grey books, but will probably see the movie.
The clip is a little racy, nothing “R” rated.
I’m feeling sad these days, because there is so much going on around me!
My family lost a loved one this week, after a short and courageous battle with cancer. And there is so much going on around the world–Hamas and Israel, the 298 people on flight MH17 murdered, and all of the stuff going on locally (devastating wildfires, murders, etc.)
Surrounded by all of this sadness, I’m reminded that there are no guarantees in this life. None of us are going to get out of this life alive. So I’m reminded to appreciate each day of my life, that I must celebrate each moment of my life and be thankful for all I have been given.
Today I will attend a wake for my family member, to celebrate a life well lived with my family. I will take time out to pray for the people who died on flight MH17, and to send my prayers to their friends and families.
And I will make sure to give silent thanks for everything I have been given, the good times and those things I have perceived as bad, in my life.
So yes, I am sad, but I’m also grateful.
May you all be well.
In July 2009, I moved into these beautiful apartments with the boxes shown above.
I’ve acquired a few more things in five years, and it’s time to get ready to move.
So I’m packing, cleaning, and throwing out or donating what I no longer use.
I LOATHE moving, but it’s time to give up this great apartment and move on.
Packing, packing, packing!