9/11 Eight Years Later

9/11 Eight Years Later

I was going to write about something else until I read my friend Mark's blog post today about 9/11. Why ignore something I, and probably a lot of other people, are thinking about? I can't believe it happened eight years ago. What a different time it was, and what a different person I was.

The first major incident of the day happened while I was trying to stay awake in an early morning Structural Geology class. (Note to geology professors everywhere: if the class is before 10 am, please keep the showing of rock photo slides in a dark room to a minimum...otherwise even nerds like me drift off.) I got out of class and that particular day, my parents were stopping by my college on their way to some sort of business conference. Since I grew up about five hours drive away, this was not a regular occurence.

LL Bean Flip Flops: A Tribute

LL Bean Flip Flops: A Tribute

My sandals and I enjoy the view...just hours before one of them would disappear forever.They say you don't know what you have until it's gone, and boy, is that true. Especially when it comes to cute and functional footwear.

At the end of the sailing expedition this past weekend, I was walking down the ladder to get onto the dingy when my flip flop flopped off into Somes Sound. My friend motored over to rescue it but ran it over in the process. It disappeared into the dark waters. I hobbled onshore with my one shoe.

"I hope they weren't expensive." he said.

Now as a personal finance blogger and otherwise practical person, I don't have $100 flip flops. Maybe if I lived somewhere where it didn't snow nine months of the year, I'd invest, but otherwise, I like my summer shoes like I like my entertainment: cheap and fun.

This Week In Business: Bazillion Conference Calls Edition

This Week In Business: Bazillion Conference Calls Edition

I can't tell you how many conference calls I've been in on in the last week. Sometimes it feels like I'm spending a lot more time checking on things than actually doing things. Conference calls are to small business owners, however, what meetings are to employees: necessary evils that are actually, if done right, more productive than participants think initially. Here's what else happened this week:

I talked with a web design company about subcontracting, and they are going to go for it.
This week, there's even more evidence that you should do a good job no matter where you work or what you do.

So I work at an inn part time. My internet savy (and much more detail-oriented) friends pointed out to me that the home page of the inn's website said "Check out our spring packages!" in August. Gulp.

Too Cute Tuesday: Seashell Christmas Lights

Too Cute Tuesday: Seashell Christmas Lights

It was a quiet night for Too Cute Tuesday as in it was just me crafting tonight. That said, I still had a great time making tonight's craft: seashell Christmas lights à la Martha Stewart.

Seashell lights do look pretty but pick a less opaque color if you want the light to actually shine through (beyond the light seeping through the cracks).

Want Something? Just Ask!

Want Something? Just Ask!

Here's me sailing! Yeehaw!

So I have a business acquaintance who happens to have a sailboat. I've wanted to go on a boat all summer so a few weeks ago, I felt bold and messaged him on Facebook. I told him I'd wanted to go on a boat all summer and asked if he'd mind taking me sailing sometime. I offered to bring lunch and/or snacks and otherwise earn my keep.

He said sure and asked me when my next day off was.

Good and Cheap Kale

Good and Cheap Kale

One of my readers recently asked me why I haven't written about food lately. Good question.

Truth is, I've been eating like a confirmed bachelor. I've been eating lots of quick foods, skipping breakfast in favor of coffee, and once even caught myself eating a jumbo marshmallow while standing by the kitchen sink. What is going on here?

I love food, and I love to eat healthy but I got busy and fell off the wagon as of late. As a result, I've been cooking way less and foraging way more. Eating small amounts and exercising is keeping me trim but I am not liking this lifestyle. So not me!

It's definitely back on the eating-real-meals bandwagon for me and I couldn't think of a better way to get back into it than kale.

Kale is good for you and tasty... and pretty inexpensive. Really!