March 23

Have You Ever Heard of Plinky.com?

A while back, when I was blogging at a different site, I used to have a hard time thinking about what I should blog about. Then I can’t remember how I did it, but I found this site called Plinky that emails you prompts daily. I think it’s totally cool and today, the prompt was “When was the last time you voted in an election?”

My Answer:

I last voted in 2008 because it was a monumental presidential election and there were some California propositions I was interested in. The person I voted for won. I wish he hadn’t. Since his presidency began, I’ve become very house poor. I think the economy is still terrible and health insurance for the self employed has sky rocketed. I’ve been told by insurance brokers that I can expect it to double in 2014 when Obamacare takes full effect ($2000/month). We just got priced out health insurance.

March 14

What Did You Give Up For Lent?

I was raised Catholic and went to church EVERY Sunday. I was part of the choir, the youth group, attended CCD, and I was probably at church at least twice if not 3 times a week. That being said…I’m not that religious anymore. On occasion, I start to feel the Catholic guilt and decide that I need to go to church. When I do go to church, I don’t attend Catholic services anymore (although I sometimes miss the rituals)– I go to a Lutheran Church.

The Lutheran church has a more modern service complete with Christian songs sung to “modern” tunes (like U2 or the Beatles). Lots of hand gesturing and sometimes dancing. Very interesting but sometimes uncomfortable for the Catholic at heart. At any rate, the Lutheran religion isn’t that far off from Catholicism and Lent is still a big part of the religion.

Lent has always been kind of like a new New Year’s Resolution time period for me. I generally give up something for 40 days. The something is generally some bad habit or “addiction”. This year’s addiction…candy. Yup. I gave up candy. It’s been difficult, but I’ve been able to do it thus far. I used to make Sunday my day off and allow myself a reprieve from my resolution, but then every time I did that, I’d break down and give up my will to give up (does that sound right?!?!).

You know what I feel my biggest accomplishment with my Lenten resolution? The fact that I have a very LARGE tub of candy on my desk at work and I haven’t eaten a single candy!!! Yay!

What did YOU give up for lent?

March 7

Pinterest…It Inspired Me

I have to admit…I’m addicted to Pinterest.  I love all the pictures, the recipes, the ideas…EVERYTHING.  It’s opened my world up to a whole slew of websites and has inspired to blog again.  My hope is to cook the recipes I find on Pinterest and blog about them.  I also want to record what I do with my family.  So there you have it.  I’m back.