I am getting ready to book our vacation for next year, and was surfing around to see where we could get the best value. I really want to do a cruise, but this may be the year to go abroad instead. It looks like we'd have to pay regular prices to get there, but once we were there, we could use Monarch Airlines to fly between countries and cities. They offer some wonderfully cheap flights.
Flying seems to be the most expensive part of travel anymore, and I don't even enjoy it. Just give me some cheap airfare, fly with the winds, and get me there in one piece. I'll still be miserable the whole flight. I used to love it, but I have been a nervous flier for quite a while now. It is really unpleasant.
We flew last year to go to Florida for a week. Maybe that was enough and we should take a break for another year or so. Thank goodness cruise lines are now traveling out of New York City and Philadelphia . . . I think might just book us a cruise to Nova Scotia in the late summer. I'm sure it will be beautiful, and we won't have to worry about flights -- cheap ones or otherwise!
I hate the word "can't." My mom says it a lot. She's a widow, and there are a lot of things she just "can't" do for herself. It is rather frustrating at times. I really don't believe that there's anything a man can do that a woman can't (save for fathering a child, heh), but my mom is stuck in the dark ages a bit when it comes to that whole idea.
Just recently, she hired a professional to install some window blinds for her. He came out to the house, measured the windows, and came back a few weeks later to put up the blinds. We called him the "Blind Man," and made some jokes at his expense.
The whole time, though, I kept insisting that she was wasting her money. She could have measured for the blinds herself, ordered them online for a heavily discounted price, and installed them when they arrived. But no, not her. She wanted a window treatment professional.
What I just discovered today is that GuaranteedBlinds.com has started referring customers to professional blind technicians for measuring and installation. This is great news for people like my mom. Now she can get all the benefits of online ordering -- great prices, amazing selection, and quality products -- without having to do the hard work by herself.
Work sent me over to GrungeOgre.com today, and I couldn't help but to be drawn in immediately by the grouchy dog who greets visitors with a staunch, "Don't be rude, that's my job." This looks like my kind of site!
I always enjoy getting a glimpse into peoples' lives, and the author of this blog threw in movie and gadget reviews, discussions about his dreams, and other assorted ramblings for my entertainment. The blogger seems to have some rather eclectic tastes, at least as far as his entertainment goes, and I really like reading about dreams. I know that's an anomaly . . . most people like to talk about their dreams but really don't care to hear what goes on inside someone else's head at night. I'm all for it. I actually wish my partner and friends remembered more of their dreams!
Anyway, I didn't mean to get off on that tangent. Bottom line, Grunge Ogre is well written and amusing . . . I will definitely be visiting that site again!
Rylie, my four year old, has been invited to a lot of kids' birthday parties in the past couple months. For better or worse, we are good at disproving the fear that a homeschooled child can't make friends!
Anyway, I've noticed that my kids are the only ones still having birthday parties at home. I like making up crafts and games and planning a whole gala based around my daughter's favorite thing of the moment. I even bake a fancy cake, and this year, we wore costumes so that the full cast of Gilligan's Island would be in attendance at Rylie's themed party. It's fun for me, and for the kids.
However, I'm a little afraid that my home-made parties are going to be thrown under the bus in favor of the party places we've been to this year. It seems like moms just don't want to plan kid's birthday parties anymore. They would rather let places like Oogles n Googles do all the work.
I know my kids have fun at these parties, and I enjoy seeing what's out there. But, I am not in any hurry to pay someone else to throw a party for my own children. I will just keep hoping that they end up like their mom -- I have fond childhood memories of all the great parties my mom cooked up!
One of my Australian friends got married recently, and for weeks beforehand, all she could talk about were the upcoming stag and hen parties. She and her girlfriends and her groom and his buddies each planned out separate weekend getaways instead of having one-night-only bachelor and bachelorette parties. They had a great time, I gather there was a lot of drinking, relaxing, and debauchery for the bride to be and for her groom.
Personally, I'm not a big fan of single-sex parties. If I ever marry, I'd be happy to have a fun night (or weekend) with my partner and all our friends combined. A bachelorette party would probably make me crazy. I like to hang out with my boyfriend and I also have quite a few guy friends . . . it wouldn't feel like a party if they weren't included.
Every Christmas, my boyfriend's company gives out extravagant corporate gifts for all the employees. One year, it was a set of Waterford crystal toasting flutes. We don't drink champagne, but they sold on eBay for nearly $100. The following year, we received a Tiffany pitcher and cup . . . sorta cute and useful for beside the bed at night. The next year, it was some other fancy Tiffany's thing and this year, it was a Tiffany's candy dish. Ebay here were come! I'm forever thankful that the company doesn't put its logo on these items, like they do with other promotional products. We have received some pretty tacky stuff in the past, from other companies. They ought to check out this site for some really nice corporate logo gifts.