Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A fatal fall we couldn't save her from

My Mother always worried about falling.

We installed an extra stair rail. 

We installed bars in the bathroom. 

My brother put a rail by the front porch and 
one in the garage by the entry into the house. 
We taped down the rugs. 

My Mother steadied herself with a rolling walker and had a cane. 

Yet she still fell and sustained a fatal bleed on her brain 
from which she died on November 7th, 2011.

Now it's January 1, 2012.

Pickin' up life here again on this blog.

Friday, October 21, 2011

It's yogurt not mayonnaise!

I'm sitting at my computer multi-tasking.  Eating and working.

I had slopped in some fat free Meijer Brand vanilla yogurt into a soup bowl. It was fast and filling.

Stacey came over and looked into the bowl and looked at me. "Are you eating MAYONNAISE?" she asked.

Not on my worst most decadent eating day would I eat a bowl of mayonnaise.
After all, I take a cholestrol lowering pill. That would be like self-sabotage.
Besides...yuck. Who's eats that much mayonnaise? I feel guilty if I put a
tablespoon on a turkey sandwich. A whole bowl??

Then one night as I was channel surfing I saw Andrew Zimmern...that guy that travels around the world eating weird things. He was visiting a mayonnaise restaurant in Japan. Yeek gads...you can get mayonnaise soup?  mayonnaise drinks?  mayonnaise fondue?  He thought it was yucky and he knows yuck.

Oh well...it's my blog and I thought I'd share this earth shattering interesting bit of information.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Connecting the creativity dots with ipad apps

In 1996 Steve Jobs was quoted as saying 
this about "Creativity":

“Creativity is just connecting things. 
When you ask creative people how they did something, 
they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, 
they just saw something. 
It seemed obvious to them after a while. 
That’s because they were able to connect experiences 
they’ve had and synthesize new things."

Well that's exactly it.
Well stated.
He said you just connect the dots.
Easy Peasy.

Even easier now with ipad apps.
I love to make photos into something
new and different. Maybe even
more fun to view.
I guess that's why I also believe in
a little photo airbrushing to improve
people in their photos.

Here's a few of my current favorites
ipad apps. Try 'em and see if you don't agree.

        1. WaterMyPhoto
2. PosterFX 
 3. OutColor 
(It's not called OutPhoto but I
keep calling it that...makes more sense to me.)


(By the way...this is just strictly
my opinion....not any sort of 
paid advertising for them.)




Thursday, October 13, 2011

Nascar racing party decorations

Nascar Racing!

Here's some signs and 
centerpieces and placecards we've done 
in the past year for this slant on car racing.

We've done go-cart type car racing party themes before
but Nascar is on a different level.

Here's a few ideas if you are looking for
something fast and colorful and fun.


These pictures are mix from 3 different 
parties but it does seem like black and
red always are the dominant colors mixed
in with checkerboard.


Red is hot and sexy.
Checkerboard is flashy and eye catching.


Guess that sums it up.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

DIY: How to make a foamcore palm tree centerpiece

This tree is made from 3/16" foamcore
and is 3 dimensional and looks the same
on the front and back.

You can make it any size but this one was
about 32" high.

It would make a cute centerpiece for a 
tropical beach theme, Hawaiian Luau or
even part of a travel theme.

Here's how to make one yourself.

Start with the trunk.


Now make the leaves.

Here's  how to assemble it altogether.
Hope you enjoy the instructions!

www.marlyssandstacey.com

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Music Parties vs. Sports Parties .... Who leads?

In the year 2011 are boys (and some girls) picking a 
music theme over a sports theme?

Well...if you ask me, MUSIC is pulling out ahead.

Now we've done some sports party centerpieces and 
sign in boards and candle lightings. Yes, we have.
Here's a couple of signs with a sports theme.


ESPN of every sort, All Stars, Sports Center, 
Sports Spectacular, Game Day......some of the few words
we've used mixed in with footballs, baseballs, basketballs, 
hockey sticks, etc. Throw in some lacrosse and swimming
 and running too. Add some stars and lights and 
it cool and fun looking.

Even lots of sports tickets for PLACE CARDS.
But there are loads of up and coming guitar players out there. 
Could it be because of Rock Band and Guitar Hero? 
We've done Rock Band and Guitar Hero centerpieces elevated up like this one.

 We've made them simpler too.
But more than anything, we've done loads of
guitars in all shapes and ways.
Here's one of our newest ideas.
This works well on a round table in the
entrance to greet your guests with a fun guitar look.
Placecards can be placed all around
this centerpiece with its triangular base.
Guitars really do Rock!
We've done guitar centerpieces for birthdays from 1 to 80.
For Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Sweet 16's, Corporate Events, 
once for "Our Docs Rock"...even weddings and baby showers.
Of course, baby showers. "Potty like a Rock Star" is popular 
and the first time I heard that, I found it so hilarious and cute.
I still do.

If you need things for a music party visit:
www.guitarcenterpieces.com

If you need things for a sports party visit:
www.marlyssandstacey.com

Or visit us on Facebook for a real hodge podge of
things that are currently flowing thru our workshop if you
haven't found your theme yet.
See the Facebook link on the right side of this page.

We like all kinds of themes.
Even some that are a little off the wall 
are okay with us.








Tuesday, October 4, 2011

My Mirror

I don't think my little gal knows 
how she can touch my heart. 

This little note resides on the metal 
track on my bathroom mirror.

It's been there for a couple of years now.

I can't ever take it down. 
I love it there.

It's a fixture in my life and upon
the mirror I look into every day.



Saturday, October 1, 2011

How do I feel about airbrushing?

How do I honestly and truly feel about airbrushing?

I'm for it. Bring it on. In moderation.

This photo on the cover of a Costco Connection
magazine bothers me.
What woman says put me on the cover of a magazine
and show all my flaws? Would a little airbrushing
here of her smile lines and creases hurt?

Wouldn't we still recognize her as 
Caroline Kennedy? Well...yes, we would.
We re-touch pimples on kids school pictures.
It still looks like our kid. Who needs the zits in
the picture. Do we need to remember those?
A picture is a memory. It's a time capsule.
It's there forever. We all want to be remembered 
as looking fresh and rested...at our best.

So Caroline is older. She has wrinkles. We all do when
we smile. Even babies. We crease up. That's what forms 
those lines after years of smiling and crying too. 
(and I'll admit...gravity too...It keeps us
grounded in more ways than one.)
We have them. We earned them. We own them.
We see them in the mirror everyday.
They are there. We all know it.

I'm not saying deny the truth. But if your dress has
a tear or stain we didn't notice, would they
air brush that out? Sure they would.

When I take a photo of some work I've done and
there is some lint or misplaced junk in the photo, do
I use that retouch button in my iphoto?  Yes.
I also use the "enhance" and "exposure", "sharpness" and
"de-noise" features to get the best photo. 

It doesn't change the integrity of the original. It
just makes it nicer to view.

Most of my pictures of my work are pictures of 
inanimate objects. They don't care.

But if I take a picture of a person and it has
a flaw or two, I fix it. It's still the same person.
They look at their best at that moment in time.
Whatever age they are.

You can't change them into babies if they are
grandparents. That would be crazy and unreasonable.
But why not bring out the best in them.

That's why folks wear nice clothes. To bring out
the best. That's why we comb our hair before we
take a picture if we have the chance.

We want the picture to reflect us at our best.

Now really...do you think this photographer and 
whoever was in charge of putting this photo on the 
cover really wanted Caroline to look her best?
I think not for some odd reason.

Do they think it makes a better cover?
Well not in my opinion.

Here's a really sexist remark (sorry): But I think
maybe it was a man who made that decision.
Could it be a woman who made that decision?
I would hope not. But maybe.

People can be mean to each other. 
Look at all those tabloid magazines.
But this was on a Costco magazine.
Really...Costco? It's not a tabloid.
It's also not a Glamor magazine, I know that.
It's about everyday people and everyday things.
Was that what they wanted to show?
"Everyday Caroline"? 








Thursday, September 29, 2011

Party Centerpiece Construction Instructions

Here's an example of an "instruction
sheet" we send with items we make.

We assemble everything and take
a picture and then take it somewhat apart
for the shipping process.

I add any notes on anything that looks
like further instructions would be
helpful or mark where things go.


Here's an assembly page I send out with
our elevated guitar centerpieces.
This page I can use over and over but this next 
page was specific only to this centerpiece.


I often end up with lots of these pages because
most everything we send out is unique and
different each time.

We're in a niche. 
Our niche is "custom themed party
centerpieces and signs". Pretty specific.
Not something you'd find
on a big box place Amazon.

I'm sometimes so amazed folks can
find us on this big internet...but they do.
Google must like us. If they know us.
Hey Google, do you know us? 
Do you "like" us?
Hey...I forgot for a moment this 
wasn't Facebook.
:)





Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Apple's iWeb is bad...what the heck?

Let me say first that I'm a HUGE Apple fan. I have Mac computers, an iphone and an ipad. I would NEVER...repeat NEVER....switch back to a Microsoft computer. You couldn't drop one in my lap for free and make me use it. That's how much I love my Mac computer and all things from the Apple Store.

That's why I'm so bummed and really surprised that their software iWeb is so darn bad.

I've tried about 6 different variations of website building software. By far my favorite is Bravenet. This isn't an ad for Bravenet but I've had websites with them for going on 7 years and I love how easy it is to have a website with them. I can't say the same about that iWeb software that came on my computer and their soon-to-be-fazed out Mobile Me.

How can it be so bad? They do things so well....most of the time. But iWeb they really missed the mark.

I understand they know they missed the mark and iweb won't be shipping with new computers coming out next year. I've heard that from hanging around in the Apple Store.  It's a happy place for me. I take classes and drool over their stuff as often as I can get that into my schedule.

Give me a day to work on a Personal Project in the Apple Store with an Apple expert there to help me out...well...for me...that hangs close to the top of my favorite things to do. I come home filled to the brim with new information and problems solved.

But I digress.....

I know that you learn something best by just jumping right in. So I bought a pretty website template. A template only available to use with iweb though. First mistake. But I'm riding my learning curve.

I struggled with the site and learned stuff. It wasn't great. But it wasn't like I needed it to be great. I was taking it for a test ride. I played around with ideas then I just left it hanging around out there on the web.   I just left it out there to Google along. Recently I headed back to it and made some changes.

Since Mobile Me will be fazed out next year I had to transfer it somewhere. So with the help of an Apple Store instructor,  I FTP'ed it to Bravenet. But since it was an iWeb-made website, I had to keep using iWeb to update it and then re-send it over to Bravenet after each change.

Again, I struggled along. It was really annoying so I only made a 6 page website. The list of what I don't like about this software is long but the worst is that you can't work much "behind the scenes"... even if you want to. Apple believes in protecting you from yourself so they only let you go so far. Then you are blocked out.

I'm not an HTML genius or webmaster extraordinaire. Not even close. I'd consider myself an intermediate. Middle intermediate at best....not a high level one. But I do know some HTML code. I wanted and needed to get behind the scenes. Just a little more. But nope. Not allowed except for their crazy little "snippets". They know us middle intermediate types needed to be stopped at the door.

I won't go into all the boring details or spend time on a constructive critique of some software that I've heard is not going to be updated or improved.

But one page of my small little 6 page website inspired me to write an About Us page.  Check it out until I screw up the link and it doesn't work anymore.  It looks like this but if you go directly there you may be able to read it better and see the other pages of my test-run website devoted to Party Placecards.
 





Wednesday, September 21, 2011

My first Party Decoration and how I got started...the good and bad of it.

Here's the VERY FIRST
party decoration I ever did.

It was over 20 years ago.

I find it funny and a quirky coincidence (?) that
it was something to do with guitars since
we now have a complete website devoted to 
guitar centerpieces.

We've done many other themes thru the years.
So why was the first thing I ever did a guitar thing?
Hard to figure.

I didn't make the decision to make this boy with 
a guitar. Someone asked me to.

How it came about was that I was sitting at
the bar of our favorite restaurant with my husband.
We were eating a late afternoon Saturday lunch and 
enjoying the surrounding
company and having a drink or two.

A party planner was doing a party in the downstairs 
banquet room which was an extremely 
popular party venue at the time. 
She kept coming upstairs about every 1/2 hour (or less) and 
ordered a drink and was chatty and friendly. 
We struck up a conversation. 

She asked what I did and I told her one of the things 
I had recently done was paint the doors of 
this restaurants ladies and mens room with a caricature 
of a woman and a man...sorta
vintage 1920's style people. 
A 40-ish man with a moustache and a big busted elderly 
sophisticated woman with a hat.
(It was that kind of restaurant....kinda colorful and funky and fun. 
Darn...I wish I could find a picture of those doors now.)

She asked me if I could do a figure of a boy playing a guitar if she
gave me a photo of his face.  I  figured I could try.

I have to say I worked really hard on it for hardly any money.

But it worked out well and she asked me to do more stuff.

I did and I did and I did some more. Wow... she kept me busy.

Actually she kept me very busy until things fell apart for her because
she had a drinking problem...and some other issues too like a chronic
"runny nose" and a need to wear sunglasses indoors. I was slow to catch on to
the "issues" and the fact that her 2 employees were doing their best to keep
the business going until even they gave up. They branched out on their own
and she went to rehab and then into another line of business.
Isn't life so messy sometimes?

By then, my name was getting known around town as 
someone to call for themed bar/bat mitzvah and sweet 16 party 
decorations and I started working with lots of people. 
And here I am today. 
Still working with lots of people.




Monday, September 19, 2011

Foamcore Letters for Signs in 2 different ways

(Here's some answers to the question I often need to answer.)

Both use foamcore.

One uses the computer.
One uses paint and glitter.

The computer letters work well for
smaller letters or more intricate fonts like 
these curly letters and can be simpler to work with.

Here's a sign done all in computer letters.
Here's a close-up.
 These letters were printed on the computer and
then mounted on foamcore.

Then they were cut out around the shape of
the outline around the letter. 
Another way to do it is to cut out each letter.
Then paint and glitter those letters.
Then mount those letters on 2 or 3 more layers.
Like this one here.

Here's a close-up of the Joshua letters.
Both require a sharp knife to 
cut around the foamcore.


We like both styles.


We can suggest which is the best option to 
fit the sign situation for both the budget and 
to get the best look.







Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Lonely Polygamist

I admire someone who can write a sentence like this one:

"He stepped closer to her and felt a drop in temperature; Beverly was a woman whose moods held sway over the immediate atmosphere, who seemed to be in control of everything, including the weather."

A semi-colon and 2 commas and a long flowing sentence that said what this character was all about.

Do you learn this type of poetry in words in school or does it just come naturally to some people?

I admire the writing style of Brady Udall. I'm going to enjoy reading this book "The Lonely Polygamist".

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

CANDY Centerpieces for Parties

 Making candy centerpieces for parties is hazardous to my health. We have to buy too many sample boxes and then I just eat too much candy. Yum Yum.....I like my job....hazards or not.
Big boxes elevated up on poles or low centerpieces sitting under eye level...both work.
I can't think of any flavor of candy that won't work for this theme. 
We've done all chocolate. That's good.
We've done assorted. That's good.

My personal favorite candy is Good 'n Plenty. 
I love black licorice.
I also like Sweet Tarts.
Don't let me near those. I'll eat the whole box.

I think these boxes of candy look cute all by
themselves but when there is other candy added, 
I think it just goes over the top.
I think other centerpiece themes are healthier but
who wants to do a broccoli party? I've never heard of one.

Maybe we should stick to foamcore lollipops like these?



We also make many Sweet Shoppe signs that
look great sitting on your candy table or sweet table.
Click on this picture if you'd like to read that
Blog Post.
Or, send us an email if you'd like
some of our designs for
YOUR PARTY or other
big party signs with sweet ideas.


marlyss@mac.com




Sunday, August 14, 2011

Artsy Gazebo

When Jacob and I were in Arizona we went to the Desert Museum.
They had the most wonderfully artistic gazebo with a beautiful view.

As someone who really likes twisted wood and things built with them, I
had a hard time moving on from this spot. 

I would have like to take it home and put it in my yard. 

I'd hang some plants and put some natural wood 
furniture underneath it. 
You know... the kind you'd find at an art fair.

Maybe hang a swing....although I'm not sure where.

It's wild and crazy looking, isn't it? Maybe the swing isn't
such a good idea.


Monday, August 1, 2011

Airplane trip to Arizona

Assorted random thoughts on our trip:

AIRPLANE:
1. I love flying on an airplane. The flight attendants are old. I always thought they were young and pretty but I haven't seen one of those. They all look around 40-60 years old and tired. That surprised me.

2. Food in the airport is pretty good. Good coffee and good variety. I had some taco thing with great re-fried beans..not those mushy dog food like kind.

3. Nobody checked Jacob's I.D. either coming or going. But they patted my body down once on the way home and scanned my water bottle for "vapors" and emptied my backpack to look around it. I was fine with it all. Neither was an intrusion or anything that offended me. In fact, I like the diligence. Go for it.

FORGETTING THINGS:
I didn't forget one thing. Of course, as I said before, I pack like Monk. My suitcase weighed 44 pounds on the way home. I checked it, of course. I loved the fact that I didn't have to lug it around the airport or try and squeeze it into some overhead compartment because I had packed lighter so I wouldn't have to pay the $25. For me, it was worth it.

TUCSON AIRPORT:
Wow! Great signs everywhere. It was so easy to navigate thru. You'd have to be brain dead not to figure out how to get anywhere.

Great electronic charging station counters. I loved them and received wonderful WiFi reception.

JACOB...My TRAVELING COMPANION:
What can I say. He's the best person I've ever traveled with.

OUR TARANTULA CONFERENCE:
That's for another blog but it was unusual, interesting, informative and a well planned event. I got a kick out of it.

THE ONLY GOOD THING ABOUT HAVING TO GO HOME:
1'm going to get to install Lion on my computer.

TUCSON, ARIZONA:
Beautiful...absolutely breathtaking beautiful. If I couldn't live on water...which I do...I would want to live by mountains. They do what water does...change with the clouds in the sky and where your body is viewing them and every view is a good one. There is no bad view of a mountain or no bad view of a body of water.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Raffle

We sat at the pizza dinner/raffle at the same table as the lady who started The American Tarantula Society in 1991. She is an 8th grade science teacher right now.
She had 2 sons that shared her tarantula hobby as they were growing up.

She had 1,000 (yes, that's not a typo) tarantulas when her oldest son got meningitis at 18 years old and died in 1998.

Since it was a shared hobby with her boys she couldn't even go into her tarantula room any more and they started dying. She lost over half of them before her youngest son helped pull her out of her well of despair and they could start caring for them again.

This was the 13th annual Tarantula Society Conference and the first one she was able to come to even though she was the original founder of the idea and others had to take over when her heart breaking tragedy occurred.

She's on the other side of the pain...as they say....but her story stabbed my heart.

You sure can't just look at a person and see what scars they may be carrying inside.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Tarantula burrows

Are you interested in knowing about tarantula burrows in the Arizona desert? If so, read on. If not, then run away to something else on the web. Hey...speaking of "web".....that's what this is about.

That's how you identify a tarantula hole from a hole that is not as much fun to explore. You look for the soft webbing across the hole. It's a very subtle thing and hard to spot...at least for me....not so much for Jacob.

Then you insert a tiny soft stick inside and "tickle" it out. It thinks it food and is intrigued and either comes out fast and quick or more tenuous and slowly. You never know.

You can also pour a little water into the hole and that encourages them to come out.

Jacob will sometimes start digging to discover the tunnel of the burrow if he thinks it went way down into it's hole. He gets in that hunter mode.

Now wasn't that interesting?

Night hike and Arizona scenery

Jake and I took a long night walk in the dark of night (with a guide) into the mountains looking for tarantulas in their burrows and scorpions under a black light. It was an incredible adventure. Knowing that there were rattlesnakes around us, we treaded carefully.

It was a lovely 85 degrees with a slight breeze. Nonetheless, walking up the gradual incline made me sweaty. Or, maybe it was the thought of the snakes, I'm not sure.

I really liked walking in the dark. I'm not sure why. Usually I don't like the dark. I leave lots of lights on in my house. But this was a beautiful adventure.

I even took one of those scenery pictures that probably a million people have taken just before we set out. I think I'll make it my new computer desktop picture.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ken The Bug Guy

Jacob got to meet Ken The Bug Guy. The celebrity of the tarantula world who had the tv show.

Weird pointed kid-friendly plant?

Not touching tarantulas or sharp prickly things. Nope....he's definitely not. I won't let him and definitely wouldn't take picture.

Tarantula holes in the ground

Jacob has had amazing success in finding live 
tarantulas in the wild on our visit to Arizona.

Jake looks for small round holes with webs over them and then goes for it.

Sometimes putting some water in the hole helps the spider come to the surface.

Here's a video of Jake in action.
Tarantula coming out of it's hole from Marlyss Hollyer on Vimeo.


Type in the word 'tarantula' in the search bar if you want to
read more about Jake's adventurous hobby.





Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tarantula in hand....straight from the ground

Packing and Flying

I packed like "Monk" I was told. If you've watched Monk you know what I mean. If you haven't, it's...well, a little obsessive compulsive. I packed like I was going into the wilderness and not a big city like Tucson, Arizona where I could BUY something if I forgot to pack it. I even contemplated looking on the internet to see if there was an Apple Store nearby in case I forgot some important cord for my ipad, iphone or camera. But I think I've got it all...and then some.

We left the house at 5 a.m. and headed to the airport. Everything went so smoothly it was almost like gliding on air. We had pre-printed boarding passes so we just dropped off our luggage and then went to the security line. It was a long line but clipped right along on the same smooth air we were sailing on. (Didn't have to show any I.D. for Jacob) Jacob just took off his vest and shoes and put his phone in the box and I did the same except I also had a backpack. I think this is the first time ever that I didn't beep when I went thru the scanner. I usually forget something in my pocket.

Then we sailed over to our boarding area with a quick stop for some bottled water to insert into the special pocket in our matching ScottE vests that both Jake and I are wearing.

We hardly had to wait any time before boarding and we liked the seats Susie picked out for us in row #10. Although we sat in row 11 instead. They all look the same. The couple whose seats we were in didn't care and just moved up to row 10. Jacob got the window seat and set up his homework right away and I got on my ipad.

We're having a perfect trip so far.

Falling asleep on the plane.

We are almost in Tuck-son (Tucson) so we have to keep saying the name right soon. Pilot said it's 83 degrees there and some clouds. Jake has been enjoying the window seat on both flights. He just saw another plane fly by us and spotted a low flying blimp.

The Big Adventure Begins

I packed like "Monk" I was told. If you've watched Monk you know what I mean. If you haven't, it's...well, a little obsessive compulsive. I packed like I was going into the wilderness and not a big city like Tucson, Arizona where I could BUY something if I forgot to pack it. I even contemplated looking on the internet to see if there was an Apple Store nearby in case I forgot some important cord for my ipad, iphone or camera. But I think I've got it all...and then some.

We left the house at 5 a.m. and headed to the airport. Everything went so smoothly it was almost like gliding on air. We had pre-printed boarding passes so we just dropped off our luggage and then went to the security line. It was a long line but clipped right along on the same smooth air we were sailing on. (Didn't have to show any I.D. for Jacob) Jacob just took off his vest and shoes and put his phone in the box and I did the same except I also had a backpack. I think this is the first time ever that I didn't beep when I went thru the scanner. I usually forget something in my pocket.

Then we sailed over to our boarding area with a quick stop for some bottled water to insert into the special pocket in our matching ScottE vests that both Jake and I are wearing.

We hardly had to wait any time before boarding and we liked the seats Susie picked out for us in row #10. Although we sat in row 11 instead. They all look the same. The couple whose seats we were in didn't care and just moved up to row 10. Jacob got the window seat and set up his homework right away and I got on my ipad.

We're having a perfect trip so far.

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Big Adventure: Part 1




Jacob The Adventurer from Marlyss Hollyer on Vimeo.


Our adventure is about to begin. Jacob and I are chomping

on the bit...as they say.

I wonder what we will be coming home with?

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Watermelon palm tree

Hey.....how about this flower or maybe you would describe it as a palm tree.

I wish I could say that I did this. Not so.

Maybe if it was foam core but this was made from a small watermelon and a honeydew for the leaves. It was at our party this weekend.

Pretty creative I do believe. Underneath was a pineapple for the trunk.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

New Suitcase....New Adventure

Jacob and I are going on our adventure soon.
 
So, therefore, I bought a new and
improved way of carrying my stuff.
 
It's like a big duffle bag on wheels.
Seems to be just the right size and has
lots of pockets and zippers. Pockets and especially 
zippered pockets are something I absolutely can't resist.

But...wait...I bought it from Costco.
How many millions of other people will
have one just like it?? I can just see all these
black duffle bags spinning around on the
baggage carousel all looking alike.
 
So I painted daisies on mine...subtle daisies.
And then I painted my name on it...not so subtly...but
near the bottom.
 
After all...I'm going to have important stuff in there.
Well, maybe not so important but MY stuff.







Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The popcorn issue.

I love popcorn. It's one of my favorite snacks.

I use to buy my popcorn in bulk from Costco.
They had a big 12 lb. container that lasted forever.
But like all things at Costco....things come and go and
you can't count on products staying around there.

So one day when I was almost out of popcorn 
I bought the one on the right in the picture at
Meijer. I just grabbed it and put it in my cart.
I have to say I didn't even look at the price.
Some things I just need in my life...popcorn is one of them.
Boy did I get ripped off. It was $5.99.

The much larger one on the left 
was only $3.98 at Walmart.

 I didn't even notice until I had
them both in my cupboard at the same time and 
then I was appalled....and annoyed.

Even if they were the same size and the
Walmart one was cheaper that would have
been bad enough. But the smaller one from
Meijer was $2 more??

What a big difference on a small item.

My trips to Meijer have been almost
non-existant since the popcorn issue.

Sorry Meijer...you lost a customer
over popcorn.