Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A few words from George Carlin

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

'How old are you?' 'I'm four and a half!' You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key

You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

'How old are you?' 'I'm gonna be 16!' You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life .. . You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling.

What's wrong? What's changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.

But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.

You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80's and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30 ; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start
going backwards; 'I Was JUST 92.'

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. 'I'm 100 and a half!'

May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Estimating your Taxes

If you would like to estimate your taxes or your tax rebate, you can head on over to the Turbo Tax Website where they have all kinds of fun calculators.

If you plan on buying Turbo Tax or Quicken to do your own taxes, remember the basic versions don't handle Alternative Minimum Tax very well (for those of you who play the stock market).

I'm a lucky ducky. My mother is an accountant!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Though magnets are cool, toys with magnets are not safe to play with.

My favorite parent blog Z Recommends recently posted an article that reminds us that we, as parents, make the final call about what toys are safe for our children. Mega, a brand of toys that include magnets, recently had another in a string of recalls. Though Mega continues to say their remaining toys are safe, magnets continue to prove themselves unsafe for young children to play with. The CPSC site has a great article explaining the risks.

It is very sad, but we cannot trust that businesses have only our children's safety in mind. They have a commitment to their bottom line, and this creates a constant battle between inexpensive and safe toys. Many times these goals do not align and the company has to make decisions that result in risking the safety of our children.

Remember, a toy that has not been recalled is not necessarily safe. Use your best judgement when buying toys for your children, and do not assume a company has your child's best interest in mind.

For information about recalls, you can go to the government's recall reporting site or Healthy

Monday, March 10, 2008

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

A reason not to vote in the primary

Everyone seems pretty excited about the primary here in Texas. We have an opportunity to really make a difference this time. So why wouldn't you want to vote in the primary? I can think of one pretty good reason.

If you are an independant, and by that I mean you do not associate yourself with either party, voting in the primary election prevents you from signing any petition to put independant candidates on the ballot for ANY elected office in this election year.

If this matters to you, you may want to abstain from voting in the primary.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Kite Festival!

Originally uploaded by saucydesigns
Go over to my Flickr page to see all the photos from the Kite Festival!

Instead of losing your baby socks and washcloths...

try putting all those small items in a delicates bag instead of throwing them in the laundry basket. They are much easier to keep track of that way!