Lately, I’ve been thinking and wishing that I had continued my education after high school. I did go to college years after graduating high school and earned a certificate in office career technology. So for the last sixteen years I have worked in the offices of a retail store. Now I wished that I had continued my education and maybe entered the medical field (maybe nursing) or possibly education (like a teacher), I know it’s not too late but it would be so much harder now. I could earn a degree in either fields at the local college, but there’s online schools to consider too. It would be great to continue my education by obtaining an online college major while also being at home with my family. But if I wanted to enter the nursing field, I don’t know if that would be a college major that you could do online but I could go to the local college if I decided to do that field. Of course, I will do some research and see what the onlineschools have to offer. I know that I’ve talked about business management classes but I have also been considering other options. I just think that I’m ready for a change.
Here are this week’s four questions.
Let’s talk about Chinese food.
#1. Do you prefer to eat Chinese food in the restaurant or to have it delivered? I prefer to eat in.
#2. Do you prefer wonton or egg drop soup? I love Egg Drop Soup!!
#3. What flavor fried rice is your favorite? Pork fried rice.
#4. Describe your favorite item on the Chinese food menu. One of my favorites is Sesame Chicken…Yum! And I also like eggrolls dipped in duck sauce.
Yeah, it’s really, really cold outside. This morning, it was ten degrees here in Georgia and the wind chill made it feel like six below zero. Brrrrr, that’s cold. I know people from the north live through this every winter but all of us here in the south just isn’t used to it. Looking outside it’s all pretty and sunny (not a cloud in the sky) but go outside and you feel the artic blast. I am ready for the warmer weather. How cold is it where you live??
As you all probably already know but Kecia (from iamkecia.com and my oldest daughter) wants really badly to open a day care center. I’ve told her that I would like to do this with her. So that’s our 5-year plan but before then I need to take some business management courses (she’s taking day care management courses). The area that we live in has quite a few small business opportunities, such as carpet stores, custom rug stores (they make area rugs from the carpet from the local carpet mills) and there’s even businesses that makes carpet cove base (like the motels use) and that’s just to name a few. So I think within the next 5 years, my daughter and I will be venturing into the small business market, too.
Yes, I know I have blogged before about losing weight but it is so hard to do. I tell myself I really need to try to start eating healthier and exercising more, but that obviously is too hard to do too. I have all the Weight Watchers books and point counters and several years ago I lost some weight with the program. Maybe I should try it again. The other day, some ladies from work and I were looking at the acai berry and colon cleanse supplement pills and on this website there was a woman from our hometown that was saying she lost 47 lbs. in 3 months with them. But do they work?? And then there’s Fenphedra on another website with people there saying that they lost 12 lbs in 3 days. But does that really work?? And the most important question is, ‘Are these products safe?’ I don’t want to take something that will cause me health problems in the future. I’m going to keep researching and until then I’m going to try really hard to eat healthier and get more exercise.
I have been going through our monthly bills and I’m trying to find ways to cut back. I have been looking into changing our cable (in our case, satellite), internet access and telephone service. I checked on bundling with the local cable company yesterday and it was going to cost more to bundle. Really, I’m trying to save money, not spend more. And with our car insurance, I’m staying with State Farm but Krista is in the process of getting the Steer Clear discount. So eventually we will be saving some money there. I’m going to shop around for some less expensive life insurance. I’ve not even checked on that. And one other thing, we are going to refinance my van payment and get a cheaper rate. Dewayne got to go to the bank and finalize that tomorrow. Of course, at the grocery store, I have been using coupons and bonus cards. Does anyone have any suggestions of other ways that I could cut back and save??
I was just thinking about my Christmas vacation (I was off of work for thirteen days) and had a lot of time on my hands. Which is normal for the time off I have at Christmas time. After Christmas, I really don’t do anything but rest and relax. I stay up as late as I want and I sleep as late as I want. Usually, after Christmas it is just me and Krista because Dewayne and Zach going deer hunting. So I get a lot of reading and television watching done. And you know, during my weekday tv watching, I noticed that just about every other commercial was either about going to college so you can get that dream job you have always wanted or a law firm trying to get you to sue about some recalled diet drug that you may have taken or about asbestos-related mesothelioma that you may have due to exposure. I usually do my tv watching at night and I have to say that I noticed the commercials are really different then.
I have been thinking about planning this year’s family vacation. Of course, I haven’t started any research yet and I am going to have to think about the date, too. We usually go on vacation at the end of July but since that will be getting close to the birth of my first grandchild, we are probably going in June this year. Next thing to think about is the destination. We have been going to Panama City Beach for several years now, so maybe this year we’ll go somewhere else. In past years, I considered going to Branson, Missouri and Niagara Falls. One of our neighbors is from Niagara Falls and she told me to definitely stay on the Canada side if we ever go there. I have always thought I would like to go to Las Vegas. There’s a guy at work that been there several times and he could help me with finding a hotel in las vegas. That would be helpful and of course, he could tell me about sights that I would definitely want to see. Last year, we had decided to go to Islamorada, Florida and then the price of gas went up so high that we changed our minds. I mean, it is over 800 miles one way. But I think that would have been fun. Of course, if the economy doesn’t get better and my husband’s work improves, we maybe just staying around home and go camping at a local lake. Of course, that would be fine with me, too.
Well, we have been having a lot of rain lately and it’s been raining again today. But at least we haven’t been having a lot of snow and cold weather like some cities in the country. I have been reading that some cities were expected to have about seven to eight inches of snow dropped on them today. Now, Krista would just love that (she’s always wanting it to snow) but for the rest of us around here in Georgia, we would have a hard time getting around. For instance, I don’t think having snow tires and tire chains would help me. I’m always nervous when there is just a little ice on the roads and sometimes I don’t go to work then. Krista doesn’t remember the big blizzard of 1993, but I sure do. And I’m not ready for a repeat performance. I guess it is good that I live in the south where I don’t have to worry about such things. I hope everyone stays warm and snow-free.
Here are this week’s four questions.
#1. Waffles. Do you usually eat frozen or homemade? I usually eat frozen but I really like homemade better.
#2. Eggs. Do you buy brown, white, or it doesn’t matter? I buy white ones.
#3. Oatmeal. Do you usually make instant or cooked? I make instant.
#4. Bacon. Share instructions or a recipe that you use bacon in.
Loaded Potato Soup
- 6-8 medium sized potatoes
- Velveeta Cheese (16 oz. size)
- 6 slices of cooked bacon (or you can use Real Bacon bacon bits)
- 1 bunch of green onions, chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
Cube potatoes (with or without skins) and put in pot, covered with water. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook for approx. 30 mins or until the potatoes are tender. Cube the Velveeta cheese and crumble bacon while the potatoes are cooking. When the potatoes are done, add the Velveeta cheese and bacon. Continue heating until the cheese is melted, stirring frequently so the cheese will not burn. Add the chopped green onions during the last five minutes. I like to serve cornbread muffins with this soup. This soup is a winter night favorite at our house.