Wednesday, September 27, 2006
  Okay, I am totally ready for winter.

September 27, 2006, originally uploaded by estacey.

I had to go to the other office before coming here today, and by the time I got here, after 45 minutes of running around and sitting at stoplights in my no-A/C car, I was hot, sweaty, and grumpy.

I really gotta get the A/C fixed before next summer. It's just that $400 that scares me away from doing so. Then again, I realized that I plunked down $100 to Animal Aid last night without hesitation for them taking the grey kitten. So I guess I make my choices every day, and they just haven't worked out to me affording this car fix yet. So I guess I really shouldn't complain. But sometimes it's hard not to. :)

Maybe I should pull a Dawny and go to the casino with $40... :)

One thing I've learned - if you need to win at the casino, you won't.
Hmm... okay, kids, let's do some MATH!! How long would it take you to collect $400 if you saved $10 per paycheck? Or $20 per paycheck? ;-) Savings... look into it. (Smiling)
Alrighty, smartypants.. It would take almost a YEAR to save $400 by saving $20 per paycheck. Not to mention, there are lots of things that I should be saving money for.. Including health care, considering I have a $1500 deductible, so going to the doctor is basically out of the question. Christmas is coming up. My tires need to be aligned. I would like to go to Costa Rica sometime next year and have saved nothing for it. So, um, yeah, not so easy as "Just save $20 per paycheck, dummy!"
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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