Author: Ruth Martinez

Is Coffee Good for You?

I have been thinking about this for a couple of days after one of my friends gave me this long lecture on the benefits of drinking coffee. Of course I do not really know one way or the other and I drink coffee for a very specific reason and not because I am thinking that it is some sort of miracle elixir. When I wake up in the morning I have a rather difficult time getting my butt in gear, so every morning I go and start a kettle and then I jump in the shower. When I get out of the shower the kettle is whistling and I make myself a cup of strong black coffee. I know that it is full of caffeine and that caffeine is a stimulant. It always does what I want it to do. I am ready to hit the road and it keeps me going at work for a while. I do not really like the taste of the stuff and I probably would not drink it for that. My friend seems completely convinced that it has all sorts of health benefits. Of course one is a common thing where people think that it keeps you regular in your bowel movements. That is actually more important than you would think, although a lot of people just want to have it happen on a regular time basis. The truth is that you need to have bowel movements or else you have a lot of stuff in you that does not belong in your system. It is a lot better for you if you can clean out your system and that seems to be a big part of the things that people cite when they talk about the benefits of drinking coffee for your health.

Deals on Pretty Vintage Jewellery

I would like to buy my wife something special for our anniversary. When we first got married, I gave her the ring that her grandmother wore when she was married and it was really special to her. Unfortunately, she lost it at some point along the way and we were never able to find it. I am looking for vintage jewellery at the moment because I want to get her something that is fairly similar to what she lost, and I know that nothing will ever replace the special nature of the last ring that she had, considering that it came from her grandmother and all of that. But I hope that a nice gesture like this will help to numb the pain of the lost and that it will help her to move one.

She was actually quite devastated after it happened, and I guess I can understand why, but at the same time, it seemed like perhaps a bit of an overreaction. But since I could not really be in her shoes, it is hard to say for sure. Her grandmother died a few years ago, and it could be that losing the ring really brought back some painful memories of the death.

I know that she was really quite close to her grandmother when she was growing up, and she was almost like a second mother to her. Not quite that close of a bond, as parent and child, but suffice to say they were very close. Anyway, I need to start browsing some jewellery because I would like to be able to pick out something to buy her by the end of the day today. I am not going to rush to a decision though if I am not able to find something that I think she will really like.

We Needed a Professional Painter

When my husband and I decided to paint our house, we thought it was something we could do on our own. We decided to start with the garage just to make sure we could handle it, and it did not take us long to see that we were definitely in over our heads with it. Since we definitely wanted this done, we decided the only thing to do was to hire a professional painter in Morris County NJ to help us. Thankfully, several of them came out to give us a free estimate.

Some were a lot more than we expected, and one was so low that we didn’t even know how that was possible. We focused on the couple that were right around what we had expected to pay. When we compared their services, it was obvious which one we were going to use. The painter that we hired has over a decade of experience, and we did not have to give him a deposit to get started. We definitely had the money, but I wanted to make sure that the work got started first. I didn’t have to worry about that because he started on the day he said he would be there, and he had it done within a few days.

The paint that he used was top of the line, and the colors that he helped us pick out looked absolutely gorgeous. He is fully insured and brought all of his own equipment, so we did not have to worry about anything with him. His crew was extremely professional and they answered all of our questions too. They even redid the garage that we had started, because it really stood out next to their great work. It was the best money we have spent on fixing our house up!

The Loss of a Car and Finances

The very first time that I had my car stolen, I was shocked. I could have never imagined a scenario that would leave me standing there in the parking lot of the mall staring at the spot where my car used to be. At first, I honestly believed that I misremembered where I parked – it wouldn’t be the first time that it’s happened! You can bet that the experience taught me a lot about myself and about what I needed to do – get a keyless theft prevention system that would ensure I could never have my car stolen from someone with my key again.

That’s apparently what had happened! They had found my spare key that I kept under the car in a small magnetic box, just in case something happened. Well, I guess something did happen considering someone found the key and took the car! Now every car that I have had since then has not had a key – I refuse to let something that is clearly a weakness in any security system be responsible for the loss of a car. My insurance barely covered the loss of a brand new car, only about 75% of the cost that I lost.

It’s kind of ridiculous that they wouldn’t cover it. I needed that car and I needed that money – it was bought and paid for, it’s not like I actually owed money on it. On top of choosing a new security system I was able to find a new insurance company that would cover the entire cost of theft. It was certainly a painful lesson that was learned that day and it’s definitely one that I don’t want to ever have to go through again – it set my back several months purely on a financial level.

My Dad Junoed from a Plane

What do you get for a person who has everything they could possibly want? That has been my dilemma with my parents for a long time, and I finally realized that buying them an experience rather than an actual physical gift was the best thing I could do for them. For my dad’s last birthday, I decided to look into skydiving in the UK. He has often told us stories of when he was in the military, and his one regret was that he never got to skydive on a regular basis.

He has jumped out of a few planes, but it was at least 30 years ago, and I knew that he would cherish the experience to do that again. I wanted to do it for both of them, but I knew my mom would never agree to jump out of a plane that is a couple of miles above us in the sky. My dad is super adventurous though, and he was excited when I told him what I had bought him. He liked it even more when he found out that the instructors are also former military men, and he was eager to get with them.

He still had to go through the obligatory training, but that only lasted about 30 minutes. He told me that it was like riding a bike though. Once you know how to, it is something you never really forget, no matter how much time has passed. He had so much fun that day, and I have not seem him glowing like that in a very long time. He is talking about doing it again, and he is actually trying to talk my mom into jumping with him next time! I have to say that this is one of the best gifts I have given him.

Prices from Reliant Energy in Texas

I am always looking for a discount, or a way to save money. A friend of mine told me that he buys his electricity through Reliant Energy, and that the prices were really good. I was a bit skeptical, because I thought I was paying the least for electricity, that any provider offers in this area. I ended up doing some searches, and I eventually found, http://www.energyproviderstexas.com/reliant-energy-texas/l/laredo/ , and I have been looking at it for the last couple of minutes. It does seem like the prices that are quoted on this site, are slightly less than what I am currently paying for my electricity.

That is a bit astonishing to me, and I did not think it would be the case. I guess that I should have realized that I could be wrong about how low my electricity bill. I need to call this company up, and see if the information on this website is actually accurate. If it is accurate, then I probably need to switch, and to get my electricity from them going forward.

I wonder if there any other bills I am paying, where I am paying more than I have to. I hope not, but maybe it is something that would be worth looking into. No, I take that back. I think it is definitely something that is worth looking into. But I am going to wait until after I handle this electricity situation, to try to look at my other bills. I need to save more money towards retirement, so lowering my bills is definitely a good move for me. I do not have much saved up yet, but I need to start accelerating the rate at which I save for retirement. I am getting too old, to not have money saved up for it.

Teaching a Search Engine How to Think

I often think about our relationship with search engines. Google has become both verb and entity. It’s a word that has taken on a profundity of meaning as to almost predict its own impact upon how we treat the meaning and naming of things. Exposure to the Internet has changed how we think about the way we communicate. Emoticons are memes are used to convey specific emotional expressions otherwise poorly conveyed with only words. Even the simple line in an advertisement like click here invoicehome.com is one now laden with meaning driven from our experiences on the Internet.

Google and the rapid rise of popularity of texting have influenced change in the way we speak. Approaching Google with a query that is unfortunately vague is something we’ve all experienced. In that moment before a search we seek to define ambiguity as best as we are able. Doing so requires us to choose our words carefully as if they are precious gemstones to be polished and left on the mantle of the search bar. We give our offering to the massive repository of knowledge and wisdom that Google holds but like any good teacher might say to their students, ‘Framing a question is as valuable as the solution.’.

Sometimes we don’t know what it is we’re searching for. Words escape us and so we have learned to make do with a broken structure of words thrown together haphazardly in the hopes that Google understands us. How much have we taught Google and how much is that reflected back on ourselves? We’re forced to analyze the way we think about our words and the meaning that we subscribe to them; that alone has allowed us to become a society capable of communicating a great deal said in the most brief of spoken words.