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A professor is someone who talks in someone else’s sleep.
-W. H. Auden

Three good professors out of five isn’t too bad, right? And, really, the two not-so-great ones aren’t that bad; I’ve had much worse!

The professor for my online psychology class won’t respond to emails. Which is frustrating. On two different quizzes, I am 99.9% certain that one question on each were incorrectly marked  wrong. If those quizzes were fixed, I would have 100% on both of them (I have 100s on the other four quizzes), so this is important to me. I emailed him, asking for clarification. No response. I did mention this is an online class, right?

The second professor at the bottom of my list is mostly just really boring. She seems very young (but, at my ripe old age of “29″ [ahem], a lot of people do), and probably hasn’t quite found her groove yet. Most classes consist of copying LOTS of notes from her LONG PowerPoint slides. So far, she has been beating us over the head lecturing almost exclusively on using APA formatting in our writing. It feels more like an English class than a psychology class. I will survive. As I said, I’ve dealt with much worse.

Fortunately, I do have three professors who are interesting and helpful, and they definitely help to balance any negative effects of the others.


Tim and I accidentally found the coldest spot in Toms River today when we stopped for a quick lunch. The outside temperature was thirty-seven degrees, and I think it was about the same inside the Burger King on Fischer Boulevard (minus the wind chill). We had no choice but to keep our coats on, and we were still shivering–or, at least, I was. I expected to see icicles forming on the soda fountain at any moment.

This was my first visit to that particular Burger King, so I don’t know what it’s usually like there. However, as a consumer, an employee, and a manager of many other retail establishments, this experience was unprofessional and totally unacceptable. Having your customers freeze their butts off while in your store is not a good thing. The dirty tables were also a turn off.

The cheese on my Whopper wasn’t melted, but, as Tim pointed out, it was probably too cold for it to melt. The employee who took our order gave the impression that he would rather be anywhere else, and who could blame him?

Epic fail, Burger King. If we go back, we will use the drive through.

Manners Do Matter

June 13th, 2012
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Say please and thank you.The other day, I stopped in a grocery store that I’d never gone to before. And I won’t be going back. I could have dealt with the narrow aisles, stuff all over the place, and the fact that it was pretty busy. What disgusted me the most was the fact that almost every single person I passed behaved as though I was invisible! One man literally hit me with his basket–and didn’t even offer to kiss my ass apologize! Maybe I expect too much, but I was shocked at his behavior. He was a grown ass man, not a child, so I can’t even conjure up an excuse for him. Fortunately, I was able to dodge the other carts that people seemed to be aiming at me. And, somehow I managed not to deck the guy who apparently has no concept of personal space that was in line behind me. What the hell? I felt like I had stepped into the Twilight Zone!

While I’m on the subject, let’s talk about my neighbors. The immature, rude, self-centered couple (with three children) who play their music too loud, at all hours of the day and night, and don’t seem to care that most of the block are also forced to listen to their crappy noise. They also have the odd habit of vacuuming at 11:30 p.m. And fighting. Loudly. (Nothing they do is quiet. Well, almost nothing.) I can’t imagine that their children can sleep with all that noise. I can’t. They also borrowed my cork screw on New Year’s Eve, and I never got it back. Something I could have let go if they weren’t such asshats altogether.

Yesterday, as I was heading to my car after visiting Fred, a woman with a Greyhound-ish dog approached. She was cute (the dog, not the lady), so I waited to say hello. The dog proceeded to repeatedly jump on me (did I mention it had been raining??), even though I kept pushing her off and backing up. Worse yet, the owner was holding the other end of the dog’s leash, so why did she allow her dog to keep jumping up on me??

What happened to manners? Or having some consideration for others? How can these people live in their own, little worlds, never seeming to consider how their actions affect other people? I just don’t get it.

How have you handled situations like these?

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Best Online Coupons

May 14th, 2012
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Do you love to travel? To Disneyland? The Caribbean? Or maybe Japan? Do you need to rent a car?

Here is a great website that can save you a lot of money through Expedia, no matter what your travel needs are. They offer promo codes, coupons, and special deals, on hotels, rental cars, airfare, and more! See the details here (and be sure to bookmark it!): Expedia coupon codes 2012.

Wouldn’t you love to save 30% on a hotel in Maui? Or get one free night in St. Lucia? Yes, please! Expedia hotel coupons can help you find many awesome deals!

Geek Alerts! (I think I fit in here somewhere!) How about saving on a trip to the Universal Orlando Resort? There’s a great deal for this too! You can also get special rates on last minute flights, hotel stays, and cruises! This geek sure likes to save money!

Best Online Coupons also offers significant savings for merchants such as Best Buy, Macys, Office Depot, and Target, just to name a few (these are some of my favorite places to shop!). Save on digital cameras, appliances, movies, software, bed and bath, shoes, jewelry, office supplies, clothing for babies and kids, swimwear, intimate apparel–just about anything you need!

Before you head out shopping next time, and before you make any travel plans, be sure to visit Best Online Coupons and save lots of money! Then please come back and tell me about all your deals!


Hope...Joy and a Few Little ThoughtsRecently I was asked to review a book on teenage pregnancy. Although I was married and my pregnancy was planned, I was a teen mom. I’m also the mother of a 13 year old daughter. When I learned that the book, “Hope…Joy (and a Few Little THOUGHTS)™ for Pregnant Teens” was written to inspire and give hope to young mothers, I knew I had to read it.

Something else that impressed me was that the author, Rachel Brignoni, wrote from experience, not just opinion. Rachel herself gave birth to a son at the age of 17.

Simply stated, this book offers hope and encouragement to pregnant teenagers and teen moms. Which, unfortunately, is not typically easy to find in our society.

Rachel suggests ways of helping to change negative thoughts into positive ones, creating a happier, more confident person. She also includes exercises in the book to put readers on the path of finding out who they are, what they want from life and how to set–and attain– the necessary goals to turn it into a reality.

One of my favorite quotes from the book (which can be applied to all of us) is, “Your perceptions of your situation, positive or negative, have the power to shape your experience.” In my opinion, this is absolutely true, and all the more reason that pregnant teens–or anyone going through a difficult situation–should be surrounded by as much positive influence and encouragement as possible. This book should definitely be a part of that network of support.

Included with the book is a cd entitled “A Whisper of Hope.” (Click on the title to be taken to YouTube to see the video and hear the song.)

If you know any teenagers who are pregnant or have recently become mothers, please consider recommending this book to them. It’s currently available through the publisher’s website: Hope…Joy (and a Few Little THOUGHTS)™, as well as (see below).

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