Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Work/Life with Dilbert

I love Dilbert! I especially enjoyed today's comic strip because it's about a subject near and dear to my heart...Work/Life Balance. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

My Two Cents

Do you realize that it took a major natural disaster in Japan, with catastrophic consequences, to knock Charlie Sheen down a couple of rungs on the news ladder?

C’mon people! What is our problem???

I don’t have the time nor the tolerance for demanding, whacked-out celebrities and diva, show-me-the-money athletes.

And while I’m at it, I think the Tea Party folks are coo-coo-for-cocoa-puffs crazy.

What the world needs now is love, sweet love.

What’s so crazy about peace, love and understanding?

Let’s make the world a better place. For me, and for you, and the entire human race.

After all, it’s a small world.

(Okay…that last part was a little bit cheesy...but at least you know where I stand.)

Saturday, March 12, 2011


I found out this week that I have an emotional crutch. Apparently, I carry around this tangible item to help me feel better about myself.

It's my big purse.

That’s right, according to a recent online article, a large handbag is a grown woman’s security blanket.

“It’s a reflection of the woman’s roles as caretaker,” says Linda Abrams of the Philadelphia-based Council for Relationships.

“Women in general see themselves as natural caretakers and nurturers,” she says. “They’re anticipating all the things that they might need or someone else might need. They want to be prepared, just in case.”

There’s even a term for women who are extremely dependent on their huge bags.

You guessed it: Pursaholics.

So I decided to pull everything out of my big purse to figure out if I’m truly ready for whatever comes my way. This is what I found:

  • Gum
  • Lotion
  • Two lip balms and three lip glosses
  • One bottle of Tums
  • Two Motrin bottles …one for kids and one for adults
  • Three cough drops
  • Spray hand sanitizer
  • One Kleenex packet
  • Two nail files
  • Nail clippers and tweezers
  • Pocket mirror
  • Hair brush
  • Mini notebook
  • Four receipts
  • Three pens from my credit union
  • Coupon organizer with at least 50 coupons
  • Renewal notice from the Utah Drivers License Division
  • Business card case
  • Basketball ticket stubs
  • Two checkbooks
  • One wallet…with 60+ loyalty cards, membership cards, gift cards, ID cards, debit cards, and credit cards (this is whole different blog for another time)
  • $13 in cash and another $2.13 in coin

(Interesting note…neither my keys nor my mobile phone were found in my purse.)

With this purse inventory, I’ve determined that I’m prepared for bad breath, chapped lips, sore throats, runny noses, and headaches. I can save $1.00 on two boxes of cereal, and I’m one more lunch away from getting a free meal at CafĂ© Rio. I have $10 in giftcards for Starbucks, and I don’t even drink coffee.

Even with everything that currently dwells inside my purse, I have plenty of room for more. It’s really that big.

In fact, I might be a hoarder on a micro level…a purse-hoarder. As long as I can keep fitting more stuff in that bag and heft it around, I’m not taking anything out.

And when I finally do run out of room, I’ll just find a bigger purse.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Hunger Games

I probably wouldn’t have joined the masses in reading The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins had I known they are so violent. In fact, if anyone had spent more than two minutes telling me the plot of the books I wouldn’t have read them because I normally don’t go for thriller sci-fi stuff.

All I ever heard was, “you’ve got to read these books…they are really, really good.”

So I had to find out for myself.

It’s true. All true.

These books are incredible.

And violent.

It’s the “good vs. evil” kind of violence. Good people die. Bad people die. In fact, I don’t think a chapter goes by that someone doesn’t end up dead or have a near-death experience.

Thrown into the mix is a love triangle. One girl torn between two guys who love her.

I know what you’re thinking, “a love triangle, how original.” But hold on. The two guys in
The Hunger Games series have more backbone than Edward and Jacob in the Twilight books. These dudes aren’t love-sick puppies clamoring for the affection of a zero-personality high school girl. In fact, I bet there are guys out there who have read these books and now harbor man-crushes on Peeta and Gale (despite their unmanly names).

Self-respecting men can read The Hunger Games. I'm not so sure I can say the same about Twilight.

I’ll just say it…
The Hunger Games kicks butt on Twilight.

And in the final chapter, the girl ends up with the guy who, in my opinion, was the better choice. (Unlike
Twilight, where the girl ends up with the dumb vampire.)

But going beyond the romantic storyline,
The Hunger Games series is about good overcoming evil. It’s the classic “David and Goliath” saga where simple, somewhat ordinary people are thrown into an impossible situation and come out on the other side victorious. It's about never giving up despite the odds.

But make no mistake…this is not a feel-good series with a perfect happily-ever-after ending.
Although I was satisfied with the conclusion to The Hunger Games, it didn’t exactly leave me with warm fuzzies. Justice prevailed in the end, yet I couldn’t get past the incredibly senseless acts of violence. Perhaps that was the author’s intent.

Victory, and often love, can often be bitter-sweet.