Archive for March, 2008

Coffee with the Class

Posted By Twyla on March 22, 2008 @ 12:03 pm

A group of kids from a finance class at college gets together once a week to talk over coffee about things we have learned and information that might be of use to other students. This past week, someone brought up the topic of Michael Dinich. It is a topic that comes up quite often and one that we never tire of discussing.

This particular discussion centered around one of the students visiting the Your Money Matters website. He told us all that it was a good source of information for our class to write papers and just to learn certain things that may not be taught in class. He suggested it be a useful tool for all of us.

I decided to check it out and was immediately impressed with the daily article feature. I enjoy reading it and log on each day just so I can read what it has to say. I would say that there are tidbits of information that are particularly useful and I am glad that he brought it up. I wonder what we will discuss this week.

My Daughter’s First Earrings

Posted By Misty Mountain on @ 10:20 am

My daughter is finally at the age where we are starting to allow her to make her own decisions.  From what to wear, to what movie to watch, we are testing out the waters as she grows up.

We recently allowed her to make a really big decision regarding getting her first ear piercing.  Unlike other parents, we did not choose for her to have a piercing at an early age, but rather waited to the point where she could make her own decisions.

After getting her ears pierced, we made sure to go over the piercing care instructions with her thoroughly.  But, she is pretty mature for her age, so I don’t see any problems with out choices.

What really scares me though is that we are getting close to the day where she will want a boyfriend – I just worry that the moment she does, our lives will get very interesting.

Wedding Season is Upon Us

Posted By Twyla on March 21, 2008 @ 2:07 pm

It is going to be a very busy summer for me and my family. It is only March and we have already received nine wedding invitations. I know that it is not realistic to expect to be able to attend them all, but our two children are in four of them. So we will be attending a good number of them. That is okay with me, as I really love weddings.

Some of the people getting married are relatives and some of them are really good friends of ours. A few of them are merely acquaintances or are friends of my parents, but I would like to go, nonetheless. I love everything about weddings and I like to collect the different wedding favors. I have a few boxes full of them, as I have attended a lot of weddings.

The great thing about the kids being in the weddings is that they can wear the same clothes for all of them. We have purchased a tux for Myles and Bailey is wearing a long white and frilly dress. They are going to look so good, but I think that the kids are going to be tired of these clothes and of weddings by the end of summer.

Traveling in Style

Posted By Misty Mountain on March 20, 2008 @ 3:09 pm

I recently won a trip to Newark from a program on the radio.  I had to answer a few “tough” questions and then compete in some mud wrestling events.  Sure, these tasks got me out of my comfort zone, but the trip that I ended up going on was worth it.

We flew from my hometown to Newark.  From the airport we were whisked away in a Newark Airport Transportation limousine off for a night of fine dining and an afternoon of shopping.

I had never experienced the feeling of living the lifestyle of the rich until we were driving around town, drinking champagne.  It was like no other experience that I had ever had, and I loved every minute of it.

But, the day was over quickly, and we were back at the airport, waiting to fly home.  I hope that I will be able to do this again someday – it was the time of my life.

A Little Compromise

Posted By Twyla on @ 12:11 pm

I have dreamed about my wedding day since I was a little girl. I am sure that every normal little girl has done the same thing. By the time I was a teenager, I had my whole wedding planned, right from the location, the flowers and the man I was going to marry. At that time, it was Jason Leeks from my sixth grade class, but that may be the only thing that changed as I grew up.

When Andrew proposed to me, I knew we had it made. After all, I had planned my entire wedding ten years ago and not too much had changed since then. The one thing that I did not take into consideration was the fact that Andrew had also had wedding dreams since he was young and they were definitely not the same as mine.

Andrew brought me a bunch of brochures about weddings abroad, which had always been his dream. I told him that most of our friends and family would not be able to come if we did this and he said that is why it had so much appeal. It would be more intimate and romantic. In the end, he finally convinced me, and you know what, it ended up being the most perfect wedding I had ever seen.

My Secret to Keeping Healthy While Traveling

Posted By Misty Mountain on @ 1:24 am

During the last few years, I have had a job where I have needed to be on the road quite a bit.  I work in the sales division of our company and I find myself as more of a traveling salesperson than someone that goes home to bed each night.  It is a different lifestyle, but I like it.

My only complaint is that it is hard to fit a good diet and exercise routine into my lifestyle and stick with it.  My biggest challenge is that it is difficult to carry around the books you need to know what exercises you should be performing as well as what diet to follow.

I expressed my difficulties in keeping a healthy lifestyle to one of my close friends.  She suggested that I could find my solutions by downloading some books from an ebook website.  She suggested her favorite one to me, so I went to take a look.

I found an invaluable resource of diet ebooks at my fingertips.  You see she knew that I took my notebook with me wherever I go, and adding a couple free ebooks to it doesn’t increase the weight of my luggage at all.

So, now when I am on the road, I have my diet book and exercise book (I found one of those too) at my fingertips should I need it.  Now, I can be healthy while I am away from home.

I am a Worried Mom

Posted By Twyla on March 19, 2008 @ 11:55 am

As the mother of a college freshman, I am unhappy with the amount of credit cards for students that are available. My son came home last weekend and was proud to show us that he had three credit cards now. This was ridiculous, as he did not understand the responsibility of being a credit card owner.

I think these college student credit card applications are handed out like candy because these kids don’t think about being in debt. To them, someone is offering them free money to have a good time in college. A lot of these kids are going to have debt problems for the rest of their lives and it all starts with these cards that they are getting in college.

I am not against all college student credit cards. In fact, I don’t think it is a bad idea for them to have one with a low limit. But, three with moderate limits is too much and they will find themselves in trouble. We convinced our son to leave two cards with us, and he took one back to school with him. I hope that he is smart with it.

Computer Repairman Out of Town

Posted By Twyla on March 18, 2008 @ 9:55 pm

I have been having nothing but trouble from my computer in the last few weeks. I am not technologically inclined, so I had no idea what to do to fix it. It just so happens that the kid who usually fixes our computer when it is not running properly is away for the next two months. Not wanting to take it to someone else, I decided to purchase the RegCure PC Optimizer program and see if that would help it to run better.

I did get some good results from that, but the computer was still not working perfectly. I didn’t want to play around with it too much, as I really didn’t know what I was doing. I asked the boys at the store what the best registry cleaner software was and if it would be alright for me to run these on my machine.

In the end, I decided that it was running well enough for now and that Alex would be back from vacation in a few weeks and could look at it then. I know that he used PC Tools Registry Mechanic on it before and made it all better, so I supposed he could do that again. I have to remember to tell him that he can never go on vacation again.

Learning About OLEDs

Posted By Misty Mountain on @ 1:22 pm

There is one reason that I have loved being an electronics salesperson – you get to play with all the new toys.  Over the years, I have been able to play with DVD burners, portable DVD players, LCD and Plasma televisions just as they came out.  This has been great and an excellent educational experience for me.

At work today, we had the opportunity to discuss the upcoming OLED TV technology.  It will be the replacement for traditional LCD technology, with the benefit of using less power.

Another key example of the OLED information that we learned today was the fact that the new televisions will be slimmer than current TV offerings because the OLEDs do not require a backlight.

We were also lucky enough to see the future product offerings such as the Sony XEL 1.

Though it looks like we will have to wait to have the new OLED televisions in our store, the future looks promising – I just can’t wait to try one out.

A Fairytale Ending

Posted By Twyla on March 17, 2008 @ 4:39 pm

Once upon a time, my husband and I decided that we needed to get some Internet Privacy Security software. A few years ago, when we were renting a basement suite, the people that we were renting form were the landlords from hell and when we were not home they would come into our suite and help themselves to our computer.

As we had no proof and there was nothing we could do about it until we could find a new place to live, we decided it would be best to put a Web Anonymizer on the computer. At least this way, we could keep our stuff private from them. We didn’t trust them as far as we could throw them and could not wait to leave.

We found some good Privacy Controls form Proctologic and installed them on our machine. We also installed a key logger, so we could get proof that they were using the computer, but we knew there was nothing we could do about it, even with proof. So, we eventually found a new place to live and didn’t have to worry about the landlord from hell ever again. And we all lived happily ever after (except for the poor fools who moved into the suite when we left).

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