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‘Tis The Season… For Peppermint Mocha!

Published November 22, 2013 by lizzybeth

Ok, I am a peppermint addict.  And I love the holidays.  The fact that the two go together hand-in-hand makes me immensely happy.  Yes, I realize we’re not even to Thanksgiving yet, and I pretty much hate when people put up decorations/start selling stuff/talking about, etc. Christmas when it’s not even Thanksgiving yet.  BUT, that said, at my couple-times-a-week morning stop to Dunkin’ Donuts this morning, they had rolled out the Peppermint Mocha (or “PM” for short :))!!!  Holy crap, life just got good!  I mean, the stuff just TASTES like the holidays (not sure how that’s even possible, but it does, I swear!).

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Peppermint Mocha is my absolute weakness.  I can already tell you, I will be drinking PM every day from now until they take it off the “shelves.”  I’m not particularly partial to one company’s coffee over another.  I’ll drink Starbucks, I’ll drink Dunkin’ Donuts, I’ll drink 7-11.  In fact, 7-11 might just be my favorite for flavored coffees.  It’s about the most bang for your buck that you can get.  I realize others may (likely WILL) disagree, but I’m just not that picky.  I want a mocha that is flavored with peppermint.  If you give me that, I’m not partial to who sells it, where it came from, etc.

Ooh, I just found this over at Annie’s Eats – Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes!  OMG – I’m soooooooooo gonna have to try these.  Thanks, Annie!

And Brooklyn Farm Girl alerted me in this post that Coffemate now makes a Peppermint Mocha version.  While I don’t generally take cream in my coffee, she also posted a recipe for a Creamy Peppermint Hot Chocolate, and that is right up my ally.  The recipe, with pictures and everything, makes it look SO FREAKING GOOD I’m not quite sure how you all can resist running home right now and making a cup, ‘cuz I’m having a really hard time not doing it right now!!!  And, she adds a candy cane to her hot chocolate, which I do to my PM frequently as we get closer to the holidays, so I think we’re kindred spirits!

Yum!  After a really long week, I have to tell you, this made my day.  Oh, and one other thing – when I was ordering at Dunkin’ Donuts this morning, I noticed they now offer a Mint Hot Chocolate.  I may have to try that – it definitely got my taste buds salivating just thinking about it.  Has anyone tried it?    I’d love to hear from any other PM addicts (or haters, if you want to argue with me) out there as well.  I can’t be the only one gagga for PM, right???

So, I will leave you with me, enjoying my Peppermint Mocha, and wish everyone a happy, healthy, and fun weekend!

Me Drinking Mocha

Umm, Are You Listening???

Published November 19, 2013 by lizzybeth

I get LOTS of phone calls from solicitors and just “junk” calls at work, but this one took the cake.  Oh, and BTW, “Microsoft” had called once before when our IT guy was here and I asked him if it was legit.  He told me no, never, Microsoft would never be calling me.  So I knew that this was a scam from the start of the call.

Mrs. Microsoft: “Hello, I am calling from Microsoft and there is a problem with your computer.”

Me (knowing this is a BS call): “You’ll have to speak to the business owner.  I can take a message and have him call you back.”

Mrs. Microsoft: “Oh, well, you use the computer too, right?”

Me: “No.”  (100% lie)

Mrs. Microsoft: “You don’t use a computer at all?”

Me: “Nope.”

Mrs. Microsoft: “So who uses the computer?”

Me: “My boss.  The business owner.  So you would have to talk to him about the computer.”

Mrs. Microsoft: “You don’t ever use the computer?”

Me: “No.”

Mrs. Microsoft: “Ok, well the reason I’m calling is, when you go online and you check social media, or play video games, or check email……..”

Really?  REALLY???  Did you listen to a word I said?  I was just trying to have some fun with her, but man, by the end of that call I wanted to reach through the phone line and choke the bitch.

I would love to hear others’ stories of telemarketing or sales or other “bunk” calls and if you do anything to try to “have some fun” with those on the other end of the line…

Hope everyone is having a great day!

Sony NEX-5

Published November 14, 2013 by lizzybeth

So, I love photography.  I’ve had several digital cameras, but never a really good one.  I recently decided I was going to buy myself a good one.  I wanted something with interchangeable lenses, but after lots of research finally concluded that at this point I didn’t need a true DSLR.  After LOTS of research and shopping, I decided on the Sony NEX-5.  The purchase turned out wonderful.  I was shopping at Best Buy for like the 10th time.  I saw they had the Sony NEX-3 out, but not the NEX-5.  So I approached a saleswoman and asked if they had the NEX-5.  She said they did and got it out for me to see.  Well, turns out she’s a photography buff and OWNS the NEX-5.  Perfect!  So she was really nice and spent a ton of time with me telling me all about it.  She talked me into it within 10 minutes.  I have not yet learned all the features or explored much, but it has an Intelligent Auto function that is AMAZING!  I mean, truly fucking amazing.  It knows what to do in almost any situation. So my cousin got married on November 2, 2013 in Grafton, Vermont.  It was the first time I really used the camera.  We got really lucky weather-wise.  I mean, early November you could have any kind of weather in Vermont.  The Saturday of the wedding, which didn’t start until 4pm, was about 63 degrees – a record high for the area.  My boyfriend, mom, aunt & uncle and I went on a hike that was simply stunning.  Great weather and great scenery – can’t beat that!  So I just wanted to put out my initial review of the camera and show you all some photos.  I hope you’re as impressed with their quality as I was.

The Grafton Inn, where we stayed. Lovely bed & breakfast.

A rest stop on the way from Hartford, CT to Grafton, VT. The most gorgeous rest top I’ve ever been to!

The beginning of our hike on Saturday.

Grafton Ponds at the end of the hike. So beautiful. And the pond acted as a mirror for the trees and buildings, making for great photos!

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A really cool covered bridge towards the end of our hike.

Friday night bonfire.

Me holding a lamb at the lamb barn!

A quick trip to the Vermont Country Store.

The happy couple entering the reception.

So, I’m very pleased with my new purchase.  Stay tuned for further updates and pictures!

Obummercare

Published November 13, 2013 by lizzybeth

OK, I’ll start here because….well, this shit’s been in the news a lot, and it’s been such an EPIC FAIL that I have to say something about it.  I’ll start out by saying yeah, I voted for Obama.  Twice.  I did.  I will say that it wasn’t necessarily because I loved the guy, but because there weren’t any viable alternatives that I felt would be any better.  And while I definitely align more closely with the Democratic party, I’m not a staunch D, though a lot of the ideals of the GOP do REALLY turn me off (can you say KEN CUCCINELLI anyone???).  But enough about my political beliefs, suffice it to say that I don’t affiliate myself with any party in particular, even though I did vote for Obama.  And I will say I’m just a weeeeee bit embarrassed to admit that these days, but whatever.  So, Obummacare.

Where to start.  I am very interested in healthcare as a whole and have done a decent amount of reading and research into the industry in general, so I can say that there is NO DOUBT that the current system needs to change.  That being said, I also feel that it’s been allowed to get sooooooooooo out of hand that “reform” at this point is damn near impossible.  There is so much wrong that it’s impossible to come up with a solution that could truly reform the system and work.  But hey, I know “they” gotta try so I can’t fault them for that.  What I CAN and DO fault, however, is Obama’s campaign regarding healthcare, where he pretty much fed us a big, fat, steaming load of bullshit.  “You’ll be able to keep your plan if you like it.”  “You’ll be able to keep your doctor.”  “Your premiums will go DOWN!”  How many times did we all hear those phrases?  And what’s happened over the past month or so?  They’ve ALL been proven completely false (in most cases).

First, pretty much no one can keep their plan, because guess what, all plans have to conform to some arbitrary shit Obama thought up, and nearly none of the existing plans do.  I mean, c’mon.  I’m a childless woman, but I have to have a plan that includes healthcare for children.  What about my boyfriend, who is…you guessed it…MALE, and he has to have a plan that contains maternity coverage.  WHAT???  How does this make sense?  So no, we don’t get to keep our plan.  Here’s an article where Bill Clinton calls out to Obama to honor his promise that people can keep their coverage.  I think this is most likely Bill just distancing himself from the Pres in preparation for Hillary’s run for the White House, but interesting nonetheless.  Here’s another one where Diane Feinstein calls for changes to Obummercare.  In my opinion it’s too late to change anything (and by the way, the Pres can’t just decide to make a change and it’s done – it’s not that easy), but I find it interesting that big political figures are seemingly as outraged as we, the general public.

How about keeping our doctor?  That much isn’t exactly known yet, but the answer can pretty well be predicted, and it’s a NO!  That really sucks, especially for people like me who have chronic health issues and have been with their doctors for years.  Now, all of sudden, because I’m forced to buy a plan that my doctor may or may not participate in, I’m forced to either stay with my doctor and pay out of pocket, or find a new doctor.  That SUX!

Oh, and let’s talk about the “your plan will cost you less” thing.  REALLY?  Because so far from what I’ve seen, all the plans on the exchanges that are in line with what I’m currently paying for my plan have deductibles.  And not small ones.  No, I’m talking $5,000 and up deductibles.  For someone like me, this sucks because I most likely WILL use enough healthcare to have to meet that deductible and then some.  Oh, and guess what, once I meet the deductible, I’ll STILL be on the hook for 10-30% of the charges after that!  And it sucks for the majority of young, healthy people who will likely never come close to utilizing enough healthcare to meet that deductible.  So they’re essentially paying out of pocket.  The ONLY positive for this group is if they have a major illness/injury and/or long hospitalization, that will be the only time they get to utilize one penny of “insurance.”  So it’s basically catastrophic coverage, but at a much higher price point.  See this article, which talks a little about the plan requirements, difference in prices and ability to keep your old plan.  Oh, and these are staunch Obama supporters complaining!  And now Obama is apologizing and saying he will try to fix things for people whose new plans end up costing them more than their old ones and who don’t qualify for subsidies.  Yeah, too little too late and, by the way, I’ll believe it when I see it, cuz unfortunately Obummer’s words don’t mean shit to me any more.

Yeah, I could go on forever on this topic, but I’ll stop now.  I’m sure I’ll have more to say on this topic in the future, so fear not – you’ll hear more from me on the wonderful Obummercare!  But for tonight I will leave you with this – this one definitely got an eye roll from me when I read it.  They have now decided to change the definition of an “enrollee” to someone who has purchased a plan, OR who has a plan sitting in their shopping cart but has not yet paid.  I mean, c’mon.  That’s about as batently playing with the numbers as you can get.  Gotta love the government.  This is one reason I really don’t believe ANY “statistics” these days.

Hello World!

Published November 12, 2013 by lizzybeth

I know, pretty trite title, right???  My creativity is lacking today so I couldn’t come up with anything better…sorry!  And really, I don’t have a whole lot to say here, except HI!  I will be posting about the random happenings in my life and in this crazy world.  I hope you enjoy reading and joining me on my first blogging journey.  Here we go – yippee!

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Yeah, random, I know.  But you might as well figure it out quickly… I’m pretty fucking random!  Oh, yeah – this is my personal blog, and I’ll curse when I want to, dammit, so if that’s going to offend you, just do yourself a favor and go away, now.  Okey dokey, so… it’s off to the races.  Let’s see, what shall I bitch about today???  Check the next post and you’ll find out!

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