Spring In February!

67 degrees in february

67 degrees in february

Last week it felt like Spring!!!

Not typical February weather that is for sure!!!

67 degrees??!!!

We’ll take it!

Let all the snow melt please!

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The Gift Of A Lifetime

the gift of a lifetime

the gift of a lifetime

The Gift Of A Lifetime is a great read by Melissa Hill !

It’s the second book I’ve read of hers and I think when I’m getting ready for April tropical vacation I will add a few of her books to my suitcase!

I love all the NYC movie references in the book!

From Amazon:

Hollywood movies are Beth’s passion. She hopes her life will always be filled with classic movie moments, where magical things happen every day. Her boyfriend Danny has always been the embodiment of her perfect Hollywood hero―though after seven years together the initial silver-screen romance has settled into something more predictable.

Then one morning at work just before Christmas, Beth receives an anonymous gift of a take-out coffee cup with a cryptic message. From there, she is given a series of other gifts and riddles directing her to some of NYC’s most popular landmarks―a treasure trail using unique rom-com-related prompts perfect for a movie-lover like Beth to decipher.

And she is forced to wonder: has Danny realized their relationship needs a boost―or could it be that charming new work colleague Ryan with his intense gaze, flirtatious smile, and almost encyclopedic movie knowledge, wants to sweep her off her feet? How would she feel about taking a chance on a leading man who seems determined to give her the Christmas gift of a lifetime…

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Billy’s Birthday!

Today was my brother Billy’s birthday!

Last weekend I ordered the cake and we had it tonight!

We will celebrate with Chinese food this weekend when all of us are off !

Earlier in the week I went through some REALLY old photos.

It’s sad really that today in the digital age a fraction of photos take actually get printed.

Luckily back when we were growing up my Mom and Dad both took lots of photos!

Here is what I know.

For fourteen months I was an only child.

My Mom tells me that when they brought Billy home from the hospital I said:  “Oh no Mr Gould.”  Maybe I wasn’t happy that I wasn’t an only child any more?!

But growing up that wasn’t true at all.  I was very grateful to have three brothers!

Even now as an adult I am lucky to be close to my brothers!

Looking at these photos I can’t help but giggle!

I was better with infants then!!  Look how happy I was to get a baby brother!

keg and newborn bg

keg and newborn bg

This photo is really the story of our life.  My Mom used to call us Bart and Lisa. (From the Simpsons)  Look how happy young Billy looks to try to pull my hair from his carriage!

bg baby carriage

bg baby carriage

Here it looks like we are both enjoying soggy bottoms!  LOL

bg and keg in the water

bg and keg in the water

This one looks like we have almost the same haircut! (My Mom made that dress for me!!!!!!)

keg and bg sitting

keg and bg sitting

We’ve been together a long time!

keg and bg back yard

keg and bg back yard

We even had matching Halloween costumes! (made by Mom)

keg and bg halloween

keg and bg halloween

This is Billy with his ‘Friend Bunny” that went everywhere with him and his Smokey the Bear!

bg with friend bunny

bg with friend bunny

Happy Birthday to my brother that made me an older sister!

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Spending Freeze

Right!

My last handbag purchase for this year was on Super Bowl Sunday!

I have to be strong and try to resist all sales for the rest of the year!!!

Baby steps.  One month at a time!

My brother Joe has a shopping problem too with Collectibles!

Actually he has more collectibles than I have handbags if you can believe it !

HA!

So, we are trying to help each other in reducing our spending!

I went to my hair place over the weekend and we were talking about handbags (of course…LOL) and I told her I was on a spending freeze!  She said, but what about your tropical vacation?!   Oh no!  A spending freeze is for non essential items.  VACATION IS TOTALLY NEEDED!!!!!

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More Sad Bad Times

Last week there was another “reorg” at work.

What does that mean?

Changes.  Lots of changes.

Some good.

Some bad.

Some very bad.

Bad and sad.

I understand what a “reorg” is, but what I don’t understand is how they decide who to layoff.

It always breaks my heart a little bit.

Can’t wait for the day when there aren’t any more sad and bad times.

Some day.

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I Am Britney Jean

Over the weekend I watched the Lifetime movie Britney Ever After.

Not sure it was very accurate.

It showed how much stress Britney was under from a very young age.

Her parents saved her life with their love it seems after she went through a very destructive period in her life.

Her manager Larry Rudolph is a genius!!

I’ve seen Britney twice in concert on different tours with my twin brothers.  She is an amazing performer and WORKS every show dancing.

After the Lifetime movie there was a show called I am Britney Jean which follows her preparation for her Las Vegas residency!

If I ever got to go to Vegas I would check it out!!!

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How Do Travel Agents Make Money?

Last weekend when I got to my travel agent it was pretty busy.

I get it.  We have two feet of snow, people are getting their tax returns and they want to get out of town.

I brought a book with me so I didn’t mind waiting until my person was available to help me.

The other two agents were busy too!

I got to observe four different groups and how their vacation planning went. (none of them booked a trip!!!!!!!)

My first thoughts were that travel agents do a LOT of talking!!!!!  They also have a LOT of patience!!!

The first group I will call “old as dirt” based on the hat the husband was wearing.  I’m not sure where they were thinking about going because there was another more interesting couple making more noise.  Anyway, old as dirt spent about an hour with an agent and left without booking.

The second group I called the Honeymooners.  Based on the way they were acting I’m not even sure they are going to make it to their wedding day!!  They couldn’t agree on anything!  It was like they did ZERO research before going to the travel agent.  They were unsure of where they wanted to go, the future husband wasn’t sure of what days he had off from work!  WHAT???!  Their budget wouldn’t stretch to Greece or Hawaii.  The future wife wanted beach time.  I heard future husband say:  I don’t want to just sit on the beach for a week doing nothing.  WHAT?????  Oh my.  If you are going on your honeymoon and can’t think of something to do……………….  They left without booking and without deciding on a destination.

The third group I had high hopes for because they were talking Hawaii.  They were an older couple, and had done some research.  They talked about all the islands, talked about cruising to different islands and staying on one island for an extended stay.  I don’t know if they got sticker shock…….but they left after an hour without booking.

The fourth person came in as I was sitting there.  All agents were busy and I was next for my person.  The fourth person said:  What do we just take a number?  LOL LOL!  She was there to look into flights for April vacation for a group of about ten people.  She had looked online and was hoping that the travel agent had lower prices.  The round trip flights for April vacation were over $800.  YIKES.  The travel agent found flights for half that price, but the five hour flight was extended to almost eleven hours of travel time.  The fourth person left without booking.

That’s four different groups at an hour or more each that didn’t end up booking a trip?!

Do these people not know they can do research online and get prices?

How do travel agents make money when so many people don’t end up booking?!

When I sat down I had my passport, license and credit card ready to BOOK MY TRIP!

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