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Thursday, September 24, 2009

my little salesman

This is the first year we're taking the leap and joining cub scouts. We're enjoying the culture and activities so much. Right now it's all about selling popcorn, to earn money for our troop.

My little guy has always been a great salesman and negotiator. What kid isn't?

But after years of listening to me on the phone with clients, I guess it's really soaked in.

Two nights ago, he grabbed my cells and scrolled through my contacts list. He started by dialing the obvious: nanas and papas, and immediate family. He could have just said, "Hey wanna buy something from me," and they would have forked over a few dollars. But he goes all the way with anything he does. His spiel was unbelievable. He even had the features and benefits of the product down pat. And instead of trying to sell the little items, he went for the $50 tins every time with the assumptive close.

After our family had run it's course, he started scrolling through my phone to find any name he knew. The most memorable conversation went something like this:

my son: "Hey, um I'm trying to raise money for my pack for cub scouts and I'm doing that by selling popcorn. I'd really like to tell you about it."

my sweet friend: "ok!"

(from here he went into product knowledge and investment levels)

friend: "Well, my husband is out of town and I really need to discuss this with him and call you back when we figure it out."

my son: "Well hey! I know you could 3 way call him and I like 3 way calling! Call him now and I'll tell him all about it!"

My jaw almost hit the floor, in listening to him wheel and deal. What was more amazing is that she agreed and the next thing I knew he was selling her husband on three way calling. HA!

Within an hour, my little 6 year old sold 200 dollars of popcorn. Not bad for a night's work!

I'm such a blessed mommy!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Kanye Shmanye

Twitter was all abuz last night with the Kanye Controversy. It was the fastest I've seen people respond to something in a while. And why not? I mean, come on how much does one person get to mouth off before facing some back lash?

I'm really shocked that MTV didn't cart his butt out of there instantly and treat him like any other protester. If 'joe average' had popped up to take someone's mich and start spurting hurtful words, he would have been tackled and taken into a nice holding cell. Better yet, he wouldn't have even made it up on stage. Why can't the same security, put in place for a reason, take out someone - anyone - with mal content?

It's reported that Kayne spoke with Taylor's mother after the show and somewhat made amends. It's not said that he 'apologized' as far as I've read anywhere online.

I. just. don't. get it!

My 7th grade teacher taught me many things, but one thing has stuck with me through my entire life. It is this:

'Your rights END at the end of your own nose'

Need translation?

It means that Kanye has a right to be a jackass as long as he's only affecting himself with his behavior. When he starts to let his idiot behavior effect and ripple into other lives, then his rights are no longer.

Although I'm not a huge Taylor Swift fan, I'm a huge supporter after last night's escapade. As a 19 year old, I can't imagine how I would have handled an irate belligerent dude stealing that moment from me.

Why does anyone even buy this guys work? I say everyone should boycott him for his obviously ignorant behavior. It's people like him, who make Americans look bad.

Sunday, September 06, 2009


After 9 years of marriage, one wonders where time goes and how fast it will fly into the future. You also wonder if there will be any other dimension added to your relationship with your spouse.

At this stage, most women I know either really complain about their other half - as they're not in a happy marriage. Or they still have that glow about them when they talk about their DH.

I would have to say that we're not your typical couple and that's a good thing in many ways. Our schedules keep us coming and going so much that we don't get a lot of quality time together, but we still strive for couple time whereas most just don't care anymore.

For me, I don't want to get lazy in my relationship. I want to make sure my husband knows how much I appreciate him and love him, by telling him everyday how much I love him. BUT I don't think that's enough. It's easy to say those words to pacify one's partner. The hard part is to put forth effort to demonstrate how much the relationship means to you.

I think monthly date nights are a must! Especially after bringing kids into the equation, because we all know that once we become parents - it's all about our child's needs. Maintaining that one on one connection with our spouse is so vital, and I'm guilty of not making that a priority as much as I should.

Striving for couple time is good, but actually making it happen is another. So on our 9 year anniversary, we made a pact to make it out at least once a month for a dinner date. We really tried in August to make our monthly date night, but didn't succeed.

So tonight, we're out on the town - dinner and movie for momma! I'm a happy girl. Not only because I'm out with the man I love but because he's dating me again.