Thursday, September 25, 2008

Its Scary

All of this news about the economy is frightening. Everything seems to be going all to hell in a handbasket. There are gas shortages everywhere. Rumors are spreading that the next bank to go down in flames is Wachovia....??? Its so scary. Everytime I sit here and watch the news, I find myself getting tense, like really stressed out. My husband keeps telling me that we are going to be fine. We've taken steps to weather some economic upheaval, and we will be ok. I keep finding myself doing some online research as to ways to prepare. Financial tips....anything that would make me feel more secure. I stumbled onto one website expecting sound investment advice and what I got was a check list of things like:

1. Stock up on at least a year of non-perishable food items.
2. Learn to garden, so you can feed your family without shopping.

And that scared the Holy Bejeezus out of me. Whether or not we are secure enough to make it through a recession/depression does absolutely NOTHING for the rest of the world going down the crapper. It doesn't protect us from people going insane and shooting each other for a gallon of gas. And NOT my thing. I love the idea of it. I don't even have a problem getting a little down and dirty planting it. But once it gets hot and humid outside....that stuff is going to rot on the vine before I sweat out there picking it. Plus the fact that there are probably insects and snakes and other unwelcomed visitors prowling all around outside in the summertime.

And that stocking up on a year's supply of food???? Where the heck am I supposed to put that?
In my bomb shelter conveniently located in my imagination? Christ.

Actually, the bottom line is this: its out of my control so there is no point in wasting time worrying myself sick about it. I just have to keep reminding myself of that fact. We've done the best we could to be reasonably protected, and the rest is in the hands of the powers that be. What I really need to do (besides reading up on gardening and bomb shelter building) is to take a break from the news. Go on a negativity-fast. And I will......after the debate tonight. I really do want to hear/see what happens with that. My instincts tell me it will all be a bunch of blabbering political spin. But I can't seem to tear myself away.

I feel a sense of victory...

I recently wrote a post about t-shirts, and how picky I am about fit, fabric...etc. Well, I finally found exactly what I was looking for. Eddie Bauer's v-neck t-shirts are perfect. Or as nearly perfect as it gets. The fabric is nice and not flimsy. The fit is even better. Long enough for even me, and it has a slightly feminine fit. I hate those boxy, chunky t-shirts that make women look like linebackers. I ordered 2 kinds: one has slightly shorter sleeves, which I actually like. I will have to see which one wears/launders best before I form a firm decision on which one I will go with next. Because I can already tell I WILL order more. There were tons of colors available. I don't know about the rest of you, but I wear a LOT of t-shirts. My work place is casual, so I wear them there. I wear t-shirts to the gym (I tried a couple of those quick-dry athletic shirts, but I swear, they just feel hotter and clingier than regular cotton, so not worth the extra $$ in my opinion). I wear them by themselves, under button-down shirts for layering...obviously I need a decent stock of them in different colors.
Finally, I found the motherlode of t-shirts that I have been searching for. Its kind of like finding the Holy Grail or something. Seriously, I am extremely pleased.

ETA: A word about Target and their t-shirts. They offer a lot of styles and colors. The fabric feels "ok" at first. But both the Cherokee and the Mossimo brands tend to unravel at the hem or occasionally at the seams, sometimes after only a couple of washings. And they do this weird thing that I have never seen before in any other brand. They shrink in length but stretch out in width. Its so strange. After I wash these shirts a few times, I end up with this short, wide little shirt that looks like a rag. I decided not to waste any more of my money on their stuff, no matter how pretty and tempting the colors are. I've sent enough Target t-shirts to Goodwill to clothe a small third world country. If people there don't care that their shirts are suitable only for overweight midgets, that is.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Blogger is having issues.....AGAIN

My blogger is having issues again. Seriously, I ought to find a new blog site. Or start using Mozilla Firefox as my browser on a full time basis. Right now, I can post via Firefox, and not with Explorer. Still I continue to use explorer as my main browser because evidently I am a creature of habit. Maybe I will learn my lesson at some point.....

But anyway, I had my Dr.'s appointment yesterday. I have been cleared to go back to work this coming Monday. I have mixed feelings about that. I am feeling a whole lot better, and I do think I will be up to it by then. But a part of me has enjoyed having some time off....another part of me has been bored to tears. So there you go. I am not happy when I have to work, nor am I happy when I have time off. HAHAHA. Go figure. I have always been upfront about the fact that I have an extremely conflicted personality. My poor husband has to deal with this on a daily basis, too.
Pity him.