; Life is like champagne......: 2009-04-12

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Tax Tea Party Day

My father-in-law, friend, my daughter and myself decided to go to the Tax Day Tea Party held at the State capitol in Hartford. It was a beautiful day there, could not complain about the weather. As for the turn out, there were about 2000 people, not bad. I enjoyed looking at all of the creative signs being waved. We decked out my daughter's stroller and carried hand made large tea bags. the bags were filled with corn flakes in case we got hungry! We got in the sign spirit by making the piggy bank sign, it had gotten a lot of attention.
The rally was organized, peaceful and there were Republican, Democrat, and unaffiliated represented. After all, this is not about party but about the over taxation and the need for fiscal responsibility. The state of Connecticut is one of the highest taxing state and soon to be the highest since they are looking to increase taxes again. A wake up call is well needed for both state and federal law makers.
The rally did remind me of the days when Lowell P. Weicker, our former Governor had decided to implement a state income tax and a rally was held at the capitol with about 10,000 people showing up, me included. He passed it at 4am, without many people even realizing it. As sad day for the state and we can never go back.

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10-10-10 by Suzy Welch

I admit it, I have made decisions regarding my family and my own life that I have regretted. Many of them I wish I could have taken back. I often find myself stating that you only have one life to live and to make the best of it. Hence I wished I had some sort of way to look at decisions and how they would effect me. Enter 10-10-10 by Suzy Welch.

We are all busy with every day tasks with stress and time often ruling how we make our decisions. 10-10-10 by Suzy Welch gives you the tools to help you think through the choices and determine how the decision would impact your life immediately, in the short term, and over a long period of time.

Suzy Welch is a mother of four and a columnist for BusinessWeek and O, The Oprah Magazine. What I love about her book is that it provides me with a decision-making practice that is simple and methods to remove the emotion and uncertainty from decision-making. Using 10-10-10 changes how I make choices, both big and small.

I believe in consistency, especially when it comes to raising children. Mixed signals can cause problems and children look for a routine. The book 10-10-10 by Suzy Welch takes consistency to a different level where for every decision, all you need to do is consider your options and their consequences in ten minutes, ten months, and ten years, and then compare them to your own set of values. As a Mom, is gives me the ability to think things through in a time line, explain them clearly to others, prepare for the consequences of their decisions, and feel confident about their choices. I had always thought that there was only so much you could do to teach your child to make the right decisions when you are not there to guide them, in the end it is all up to them. After reading this book, I feel I can make more of a contribution to this, having a trust with my child and teaching her to make the good decisions on their own.
10-10-10 by Suzy Welch is a very good read and a great tool to use in guiding you to make decisions in your life.
This review was written for Mom Central.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Nationwide Tax Day Tea Party

Today is a Nationwide Tax Day Tea Party. American Solutions is proud to be a part of a coalition of grassroots groups that are helping to organize and promote Tea Parties all across the country. The goal is to put a stop to the excessive debt, spending, and centralization of power by cynical politicians, and to put forth a clear and decisive alternative.
Want to know more about the Tea Party and a location near you? Stop by www.AmericanSolutions.com/TeaParty for additional information.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A vacation of eating

It is hard not to eat when you are around a family that in located in Louisiana and Mississippi. Between the shrimp, crawfish, stuffed artichokes and gumbo, it is inevitable to gain weight, which is exactly what I did. Here are some pictures of what we had. My daughter had no problem joining in!

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Back to reality

Last week I was on vacation in Mississippi visiting the relatives, all of whom were relocated here due to katrina from Chalmette, Louisiana. It has been a whirl wind week and weekend since we flew home Saturday, went directly to Costco after the airport to shop for Easter Sunday which we hosted. Stayed up Saturday night to make dessert and dye Easter eggs and had all good intentions to make it to church on Sunday, which did not happen. Anyway, I have several posts and pictures to put up so let me download my 230 pictures, edit and type away! I'll be back asap.

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