Good morning everyone and happy Saturday once again! Well, it’s almost October, and that can mean only one thing: Monster Cereals will be back on the shelves! And this year, they’re bringing back Fruit Brute! Seriously, who can hate on a cartoon werewolf breakfast cereal mascot who wears rainbow-colored overalls and has the affection of Quentin Tarantino? Okay, so it’s not good for you health-wise, but I’m with Spongebob that certain things, like Krabby Patties and marshmallow-laced, sugary breakfast cereals are good for your soul. Why, just look at this retro cartoon, and tell me you didn’t smile… just a little.
Wait. You thought I was going to discuss Samhain coming up? Or Obamacare? Oh, I’ll get to that. But I just had to get that out of the way first and foremost. It just makes me happy. Do you want to know what else makes me happy? Well, I received a lovely poster in the mail yesterday, which follows up my post from last week. So, allow me to share a picture I snapped of it:
Thank you, Stephanie and Stanislaus Food Products!
And as I commented yesterday on Teh Faceypagez, I found the timing rather interesting – serendipitous, even! I said,
The timing is rather interesting, too. Last night, I see all the hatin’ from Barilla, and today, I get this gift from another company that specializes in Italian cuisine, as they were touched by my email – a gift in honor of my departed uncle who just so happened to serve Italian food to us, his family, and do it very well I may add, and he was *gasp!* gay and a man. It’s primarily because of him I can credit my culinary skills!
Yeah, funny on that timing thing. I can’t say enough how much this poster makes me happy. In fact, I was really impressed with the quality of the paper. I know you can’t tell from this picture, since it arrived in a tube so it’s all curvy-like, and I shrunk the original size of the photo, but the paper itself is almost like parchment. And I don’t know how they printed it, but it’s not just a poster but a lithograph. Even looking up close, it looks like a real water color painting on paper and not just a print job. The calligraphy (Italian text) is done in watercolor as well. It’s really impressive!
It really is a wonderful gift they sent me. And it’s going right over the stove so when I do basic stuff like making dinner, it won’t be so basic. To me, it’s like my uncle would be there with me making dinner for my family. (Minus his snark following the quotes, of course.) That there is that Kitchen Witchery stuff people talk about.
So yeah, about that timing thing. I’d have to say serendipity is definitely at work here. I came across the picture of the baby in the pot right before Mabon, and this year’s Samhain will have something new and special for
remembering celebrating and communing with departed family (as soon as I get to Joann’s to select a nice frame for it!), on top of having been proven once again that while yes, there are jerks in high places (who have further to fall!), there are still good people in the world of business.
And with that said, now I’d like to turn the page to the other big piece of news that happened this week: Our son Ryan got a job! We’re so happy for him, the location is downtown so it’s just a quick train ride away, and the schedule is accommodating enough so he can still go to MEPS when they call him in. He starts Tuesday, which yes, timing again, it’s October. So yeah, our son will be able to have a celebratory bowl of Fruit Brute, a cereal long discontinued before he was even born, for this new page of his life. (See how I tried to pull all that together?)
Now let’s see. I do believe something else is happening on October first. Oh yes, Obamacare shopping starts. For some folks, this means Thanks, Obama! with a big smiley face, and for others, this means Gee. Thanks, Obama! with a snarl. And for the rest of us, it means meh. Ron and I are waiting to see what it’s going to cost us, but I have a very strong feeling, as in 99% sure, we’ll be taking the penalty and just continue to forgo health insurance like we have been, even though hubby’s work offers it. And from what I understand, which I admit this stuff’s confusing as all get-out, Ryan then, since he’s under 26, would get the free stuff unless he goes over the income requirement.
Ron wouldn’t mind seeing a doctor once in a while, so he’s slightly more interested than I am. Me, I hate the medical industry as a whole with a passion based on several past experiences, so it takes genuine life and death scenarios for me to go. I’ve been sick for years in a bad way, but eventually menopause will rectify it, so I guess I have another ten years for it to fix itself or whatever. Maybe by then, we’ll have a more socialized healthcare system, and I won’t “be so cheap” and/or “stubborn” (yes, I’ve been called that) and get my issue resolved. (And yes, the word stoic has come up a number of times as well. Meh.)
So dear readers, what are your thoughts on the healthcare reform now that it’s a real thing affecting real people such as yourselves? For military folks, a lot of Obamacare is on the meh side of things, since that’s part of the deal for service, and the mandate doesn’t change much with Tricare, as explained in this article. I’m genuinely interested, so please feel free to chime in!
Welp, that’s all I have for today. It’s the final weekend of the month, and I have a lot of great apartments still left, so my schedule today is booked solid with last-minute apartment hunters. I have one application on my desk that I’m just waiting to hear back from references, which probably won’t happen until Monday, so I’m hoping I can get that one approved and get these people locked in.
Take care everyone, and many blessings to you and yours!