Friday, August 14, 2009

Another helpin' of Friday Fragments

Friday Fragments?
It is Friday and you know what that means! It is another edition of Friday Fragments. This hopping event is hosted by party-planner extraordinaire, Mrs. 4444 over at Friday Fragments is where we bloggers take the little pieces of thoughts that we have floating around and try to make sense of them.

My son picked up his paycheck last night and it included a $50. tip for a function that he worked at. He had no idea that the dishwashers got a part of that. He was pretty excited, I tell you. What thrilled him even more was knowing that he is working another function this weekend. Ka-ching. Ka-ching. I may end up asking him for a loan!

We did most of his school shopping. It consisted of me driving him to a local outlet mall, handing over my debit card and waiting in the car while he shopped. He bought 2 pairs of dressy pants (for our cruise and for band events), 2 pairs of jeans and 2 shirts. He spent $160. and apologized for spending that much. I am sure we will make another trip but it was the easiest "back to school" shopping I have ever done. I was able to listen to music and chill for a few minutes by myself.

Thank you to everyone who gave me book recommendations. I now have a total of 9 unread books on my kindle for my vacation. I am really looking forward to them. I have to put in another plug for my kindle. No only is it light-weight and easy to transport but shopping for the books is oh-so easy. I sat at my computer last night for a few short minutes and searched on Amazon for the recommended authors and clicked the button for (free) samples of the books . I then turned on my kindle and voila, the samples were there. I got to read a couple of chapters of the books to make sure I liked them and then downloaded them (without having to hook up to my computer, no less) in a matter of seconds. Gotta love it.

I am a member of a professional organization and I am entering my second term as President of my local association - well, second term this time around. This will actually be my 5th term as president (or maybe 6th, it is hard to keep track) so I, hopefully, have a good idea of what I am doing. I am going to a leadership training session tomorrow for the presidents in our area. All of us are "experienced" as presidents. I really wonder what value this all day meeting will be and, I have to confess, I am a little resentful of having to give up a weekend day. The weather tomorrow is supposed to be beautiful and I will be stuck at a meeting. OK, enough of my whining.

One of my fellow karate students is a young adult who received a brain injury in a car accident. He has issues with his balance and his speech and he also doesn't have the filter between his brain and his mouth. If he thinks it, he says it! I have to tell you, it always makes my evening when he comes to class. Yes, his physical limitations do have an overall negative impact on our class as it takes him twice as long to get things done. We have to keep an eye on him because he isn't a weeble - if he wobbles, he does fall down! However, he has this wicked sense of humor and he has me laughing for much of the class. Also, him just showing up to train is such an inspiration to me. No matter how difficult something is because I am out of shape, I realize that it could be much much worse.

One week from this very moment, I should be on the cruise ship. Yeah!

What pieces of thoughts are you trying to put together?

Here's to fragments.


  1. Oh man, have fun on your cruise!

    The more I hear about the Kindle the more interested I am, but a lot of the features that I'd want aren't available for folks who aren't in the US. It's a bit of a bummer. Maybe someday though!

  2. It must be great to have a kid who is not only old enough to shop for himself, but also responsible enough to be trusted with your card! ;)

    YAY - a cruise! Lucky, lucky you! Have FUN!!

  3. I hope you have such a great time on your cruise!

  4. A cruise!? Have fun. I lived in Galveston, Texas for several years and managed a gift shop right on the port there where the cruise ships came in. Yet I never actually went on a cruise. I am jealous.

    Happy FF! Mine is up too. :o)

  5. A cruise sounds wonderful. I need to come back to hear how it goes. And a child earning money? That's something to look forward to!

  6. Holding an all day meeting on one of the very few 90 degree sunny days we get is absolutely criminal. I say you fake an allergic reaction and run.

  7. Wah...I wanna go on a cruise! Can't wait to hear about it!!

  8. As a teacher, I can appreciate what it's like to sit in all day meetings that are a waste of your time. Fortunately, though, my current school does a really GREAT job of making sure that our time is well-spent. Of course, with a cruise to look forward to, I'm sure you'll get through your day just fine :)

    I love being able to hand over the debit card, too. And how cool is that that his "share" of a tip was $50!! NICE.

  9. Your son has a great job! And he does his own shopping too? WOW! You've done a fantastic job bringing him up.
    I really want to get one of those kindles, but I'll have to save up for it. Or maybe Craigslist or E-Bay. Hmmm gotta look into that.
    The cruise sounds wonderful to me right now. I sure could do with some rest, relaxation, and fresh ocean air!

  10. So what books did you pick? :-) You will have to let us know which ones were the best.