; Life is like champagne......: 2009-03-22

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Something we may have forgotten

I thought I would post this for something to think about over the weekend.

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America".

Is the government making decisions with these key points in mind?

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Champagne Food Friday

Breakfast is always an important start of the day. I tend to get bored doing the same food and find myself looking for something quick, easy, nutritious and of course it has to taste good! Muffins can sometimes take longer to bake, up to 30 minutes and give yourself an extra 15 for prep time so you are getting up earlier than needed. I found a bran muffin that only takes 15 minutes to bake and actually tastes good. Good ole Fanny Farmer, the recipes seem to never go out of style and are not complicated.

2 1/2 cups Bran
1 1/3 cup wheat flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs slightly beaten
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup molasses
1/4 cup honey
1 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients, then add the dry. Mix until just moist.
Line cupcake pan with paper liners. Fill liners, use an ice cream scooper for ease and consistent amount.
Bake for 15 minutes.
I like to use golden raisins, not as bitter tasting. These muffins definitely taste better warm, try it with pineapple jam, so good!

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Funny thing happened at the gas station.....

I cannot take credit for this story, I just happen to get it from my father-in-law and was confirmed yesterday.
Christopher Dodd, our Senator who lives about 10 minutes away from us(guess which home) stopped by the local gas station and proceeded to pick out two eggs out of a dozen egg carton. When he was told that they do not sell eggs individually, he said that he did not need the whole dozen as he was only in town for a couple of days.
O.k., so here are my points on this amusing incident.

  1. Could he not have given the extra to his neighbor?
  2. Doesn't he want to support his local economy?
  3. Would you think he just lost another voter who will spread this around the town area he lives in? And a gas station with many locals coming in?
  4. Where is it you can buy eggs individually? I do not know anywhere that does this!

Thank you Senator Dodd for adding more fule to the fire.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

How to profit off of an old building

So what do you think they will do with the old Yankee stadium, the house that Ruth built and to me a very historic site? Sell everything they can....except for the building itself.

The NYY and the city have struck a deal, meaning the got to negotiate what was being sold and how much the city will get. It was obvious that the seats were going to go up for auction but it seems the urinals will also be available to some lucky fan who wants to relieve himself in a piece of nostalgia. Why not the women's bathroom toilets? I'll pass on that thank you. It is too bad they will not be actually selling the pieces of the building itself, even the turn stalls.

I find it a sad day that the NYY are going to tear down this ball park, with it being unknown what will be in it's place, maybe a parking garage? Word has it it might be a Little League ball field. The demolition will start on April 16, before opening day.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Missed the news conference last night?

If you missed the President's news conference last night, like me(not a good night for me), here are a few sources to get you up to speed. Sorry I missed it, sounded like it was interesting.

What Obama said and what he meant

The full transcript, if you are looking for exactly what was said.

The Wall Street Journal seemed to downplay it, having an interview with Gordon Brown being the headline.

The New York Times pointed out the mood of President Obama, not a Jay Leno Q & A.

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Tax on shopping bags

The State of CT is debating taxing shopping bags $0.05. The bill before the house is supposedly being introduced to curb the amount of bags in landfills but it is also obvious that the state wants to find another way to take in money to dump in the general fund. How will the regulate this one? I know a few small businesses which have the bags donated by the workers and owners, basically recycling the bags. Will they tax them? And what about retail clothing stores, will they be making us bring in our own bag to carry the clothes we buy? That is just a target for shoplifting, retailers get hit with millions of dollars every year on this theft. I think the lawmakers can look at other ways to curb this problem and not looking more at the money they can gain to spend on a program that was or will be cut.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A few articles to start your day

Here are a few of today's headlines to start your day.

The Northeast of the US has a chance for the GOP to gain some seats in 2010.

You think all information is available to the public about corporations lobbying and disclosure? Think again and see how some companies are just starting to open up and clean up. Also, taking a line from my husband's late grandmother Merle, "This goes with it", let's see if this bill gets far in limiting campaign fundraising.

Is this a temporary bliss with the market or for the long run? I know what my answer is but you make the call with Geithner's effort to spur Wall Street.

Another way blogging helps businesses.

What could you do with $53,000 a week? A divorce in Connecticut is making headlines for the wife that seems to need this amount for expenses she needs to cover every week! Wow......that certainly is not a sign of the economic times.

And finally, women may be good at it but I have always said that it is mutlitasking that puts too much stress on our lives. You make the call.

Got anything else you want to direct me too read today? Let me know. Have a great day!

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A Piece of Sod to call your own

Interested in growing the same grass that Derek Jeter plays baseball on at Yankee Stadium? You now have that opportunity! It surprises me that it took this long for the idea to come about, but the company that provides the special blend of grass for Yankee Stadium will be offering it to the general public. The article can be found here which was published in the New York Times this past Sunday.
I do think this is a neat idea for fanatic Yankee fans who you are looking for a unique gift. Not sure how practical buying the grass seed at Home Depot is, you certainly have to have the right elements in your yard such as full sun, New England with trees in every one's yard might be an issue. I might have to pick up a small patch for my daughter to grow, being she is a Derek Jeter Fan and a gardener in the making.

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Monday, March 23, 2009


The voting is out on the Dole Parfait Moment. You can vote every day Up to April 22. I am located under the "at Play" section. The prize is a $500 Visa gift card!

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The State of CT Republicans

On Saturday night I want to the 33rd District Lincoln Day Dinner, an event which is held every year. I went as a Representative of my town and also one who holds an elected office. The event was well attended, with many familiar faces from the past and a few new. I haven't been to this event in a while for personal reasons and I need to give you a little insight why.

About three years ago I had stopped attending my local Republican Town Committee not feeling like the party was going in the direction it needed. I had volunteered many hours for fundraising, worked on town elections and spent time going to Republican Town Committee meetings feeling like there was a lack of interest with voters, no one seemed to care that their taxes were going up, no accountability with elected officials and not much interest on what happens to the town we live in. My town has been tagged as a "bedroom town", very little industry, people come here to live in a house with a yard, away from the city and commute into Hartford or New Haven. They just want to send their children to school which accounts to pouring as much money as they can into the school system without any regard to where it is going and keep it as rural as possible. The town is growing and residential property taxes is not going to be the answer to keeping up with the schools, Fire Department or lowering our taxes. Our town use to have budget votes for the school that have been turned down up to 11 times! Now it is not even a question about why there is an increase, where the money is going and passes on the first referendum. To me, that is just laziness, careless and not being fiscally responsible. I now have a two year old who will be entering the school system and it is my time to start pushing change, something needed in this town and is long over due. I know I am not the only one, and many people say "I am too busy" or just do not want to get involved. I have always said that you CANNOT complain unless you are involved and all politics are local.

So, here we are, 2009 and I am back on Republican Town Committee with a new attitude and happy to see some new members have joined. I went to the Lincoln Day Dinner with hopes to hear the same from people I knew I would see from the past, the state central GOP members and new faces. I walked away with just that feeling. The State of CT GOP Party Chairman Chris Healy spoke, pointing out where we are and where we need to be, how we are moving in the right direction. Ken Gromback, my RTC Chairman spoke about how past, present and future generations will effect us with politics and the labor force, evidently I was born during the lowest birth rate time, right after the baby boomers, a few extra burdens placed on my generation with employment, health care and just plain getting old, eeek! And how the generation Y, will put us back into the top of the labor force again, not China, the USA! Very interesting, he does have a book out about this, worth reading. We also had one of the candidates who may be running against Chris Dodd for the Senate seat speak about Lincoln and why he may be running for this seat. In the end, I walked away with more faith that we are moving forward, with exception of a few towns I know(Clinton, there was NO ONE who represented this town, and I use to be on their RTC before I moved my present home!).

In the coming months to our local town elections, I will be posting a lot about politics, from local to national level. Maybe this will inspire someone else who I do or do not know to get involved. Don't think you cannot make a difference because you can and starting local is the best way to do so.

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Gardener in the making

I am just itching to uncover my gardens! Every day when we have warm weather, I walk around my yard looking to see if anything has popped up. Right now I have the Daffy's and some tulips. I cannot uncover the gardens just yet, mid April is the safest time. So what can I do? Plant seeds!

My daughter and I started some Zinnias and pansies(even though t is a little late) in a tray my husband bought that has individual dirt discs, a very easy way to start plants. I wanted this tray to be my daughter's, have her water it and watch it grow. I am thinking this year I am going to dedicate a small area of our vegetable garden for my daughter to grow vegetables she can take care of, such as cherry tomato, peas and some sunflowers.

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