Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The Cheesecake Factory Challenge

Have you ever had what you thought was a brilliant idea but then on reflection didn't think so. On Friday, the girls and I at work decided to order cheesecake from the Cheesecake factory. We had a problem deciding what to order and decided that we would eventually order all 33 cheesecake varieties on the menu. We would order three different flavors once a month and then rank them giving us our favorites. We printed out the menu, taped it to the wall at work and ranked the first three choices. Chocolate Tuxedo Creme got the five star rating. Over the weekend I realized that at 7 dollars a slice it would cost us over 200 dollars to try all the cheesecake varieties, not to mention the pounds we would gain. Then it didn't sound like such a brilliant idea. I like cheesecake, but don't want to spend that much money on it. If it was ice cream then maybe that would be a different story! :)

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Veteran's Day

I'm going to get on my soapbox for a moment. I love America. The fourth of July is my favourite holiday. There is something about the red,white and blue that stirs my soul. I feel grateful, proud and very humbled to be an American. At Thursday's football game, the band did a tribute to the armed forces for Veteran's Day. I was shocked and disappointed in the lack of respect show to the flag and to these veteran's. Here were men in their 80 and 90's who had answered the call to serve to protect the freedoms that we take for granted and enjoy today. They are unsung heroes who will never be considered great by the standards of men. Yet it was these everyday men who carried a nation on their back willingly and then spent the rest of their lives quietly working and strengthening the country they love. These are men who deserve our respect and admiration. When we fail to give it to them, that is truly when their service and those that paid the ultimate sacrifice was in vain. And yet I watched most of the stadium fail to do just that. They didn't take a moment from their all too important trying to impress those around them to honor not only the five men who were being on the field, but those in the audience who had server. When we should have given a standing ovation we choose to remain seated. And it isn't just to veteran's that this lack of respect is shown. I've watched people talk through the national anthem, say the pledge in another language and fail to rise as the flag rolls by. As I watch this happen I fear that we are becoming a nation that loves the benefits of freedom but one who is not willing to recognize the cost by which that freedom comes. So next time you see a veteran or watch the flag go by pause and remember what they have given you and give them the respect they deserve.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

I've always wondered...

One of the things I was looking forward to when I went to Chicago was visiting H&M. Normally I am in love with everything I see at H&M, but this time I was a little disappointed. Though I did find this black dress that I fell in love with--a black audrey hepburn esque dressed. I searched all over and finally found one dress (albeit that it was a size too big). I went into the dressing room and put the dress on and knew I had to have it. The belt could fix the problem of it being too big. I went to unzip the zipper and couldn't. The zipper was stuck! After a couple of minutes I knew it wasn't going to budge and that I was going to have to ask for some help. I kept hoping that it would just magically unzip itself because I really wanted the dress! Three store workers later, it still wouldn't budge and scissors had to be employed. I felt a little self conscious as I stood in the middle of the dressing room while they cut the dress off of me. I am sure that people thought I had tried on too small of a size and now couldn't get it off! I have to admit that there were times before this happened that I wondered what stores did when someone got stuck in their clothing. Did the cut it off? Did they make the person pay for the ruined garment? I've heard of people cutting off wedding and prom dresses, but I've never known anyone else that had to have been cut out of a dress at a store! Good news was that during the ordeal they found a dress in my size.