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September 30th, 2007 | No Comments | Posted in encompassed

For stores out there that have used point of sale systems such as scanners, cash registers, and more for ringing out customers after the sale, Vision POS is definitely the place to go. They were named one of Technology Fast 50 companies out there. There are a lot of different varieties to choose from, depending on which brand name or machinery type you want, such as ibm pos equipment or NCR point of sale equipments. I didn’t realize there were so many different types of point of sale systems out there, from non-food shops to computer shops to all other types. I never really thought about it until now, but I suppose businesses and shops everywhere need a place to get those for their business, and what better place than Vision? They have so many selections from each individual brand. Looking over them, you can see how intensive you want your system to work, or how simple you want it to be, depending on what type of business you have.

Wishing for Happiness

September 30th, 2007 | 2 Comments | Posted in connections

I am constantly amazed at how many good people are in my life. I suppose this could also go into the “gratitude” category, but it has more to do with the connections I make in life.

I think it is really important that we feel connected to the people around us. I think it is so important that we have people who we feel love us, and who we love in return. The reciprocation — that “connection” — is what makes or breaks a person’s life. As much as we want to deny that we don’t feed off of each other’s love, as much as someone wants to say that they don’t “mind” being alone or they “prefer” to be alone, I believe that in all of us we have the craving, the need, the necessity, to feel loved. Even if it is just by one person and the rest of the world can screw off, that need is still there, and it still needs to be fulfilled.

I’m mostly an introvert. I am happy when I am by myself, and I prefer small get-togethers over big parties. I prefer to have more solitary reading times than having dinner with lots and lots of people every night. I prefer to cuddle up on long weeks without seeing anybody or talk to anyone for days. However, seriously, even I can’t go out there and live on an isolated mountainside for more than maybe 2 weeks at a time.

These connections I make — they are so important to me. Granted, I know some people like solitude more than others, and others like to be around people more than some. For the most part, though, most of us fall in the middle and we need connection. We need to feel connected even when we’re in crowded rooms full of people.

And so, I’m perfectly happy with the connections I’ve made. I’m perfectly happy with the many beautiful people in my life. I’m perfectly happy with where I stand with the relationships in my life. I’m perfectly happy. I thought it would never happen this way, but sometimes, dreams do come true for little girls wishing upon stars.


September 29th, 2007 | No Comments | Posted in encompassed

I have a bit of a heart issue, in that my heart rate is higher than the average population’s. So whenever I exercise, which is about twice a week doing yoga for an hour and a half, I am always so curious as to what my heart rate is. Doctors not only recommend that you exercise regularly (half an hour everyday!), but that you also keep track of how your heart is doing in order to promote its absolute health. How else can you do that except to exercise with a heart rate monitor, and wearing specified clothes that track your heart rate from Numetrex? There are various clothing options that allow you to do this with. It is highly recommended, as the site’s “top five great reasons to wear a heart rate monitor” will tell you. The most important reason, at least for me, is that this enables you to exercise safely and productive. You know your heart’s limit and you easily and quickly realize how much you can take, thus not allowing yourself to push too hard, too far, too fast. This allows for a great way to do heart rate training for yourself. I am going to get one as soon as I can and totally use the heck out of it. Especially in my yoga class, where my cardio is pushed the hardest and my heart is the strongest. I’m curious to see the changes in my heart rate over the years!

In the Life of…

September 29th, 2007 | 1 Comment | Posted in visualization

So this weekend, once again, there is much to be grateful for. Chelsea is staying for most of the weekend — two nights from Friday to Sunday — and we’re having a helluva time. We went to a corn maze with Sylvia and Reilly earlier this afternoon — boy that was a neat experience. Never been to a corn maze before. Got some pictures that I hope to eventually upload later on over the next couple of weeks (because I’m lazy — very, very lazy, yes).

Now we’re watching Uptown Girls — one of my favorite movies, and apparently one of Chelsea’s too. I am such a fan of Dakota Fanning, and I think she’s going to be absolutely gorgeous when she gets older.

Tomorrow, Jen and Brandon are gonna come over and we’re gonna kick it and play some games. Yeah, kickin’ it with my homies, yo. Heehe. Then we’re going to take them to the beach and have dinner in our favorite Japanese restaurant. A glimpse in the life north of the border, so to speak. I can’t wait. We’re gonna have a lot of fun, and I’m excited for Jen to meet Tinker-stinker. Woo!

Co-Operative Bank Cards

September 27th, 2007 | No Comments | Posted in encompassed

How many credit cards do you have? One, two? Three? How many of them help with ethical causes while you spend them? I bet not a whole lot. With Co-Operative Bank, there is an option of credit card line that you can be a part of that allows you to earn money for your favorite charity organization every time you spend money. They also have various other plans that fit your needs easily and smoothly. There is a card with 0% on purchases, and interest rates for all cards are as low as they come. Check it out, if you are interested in being part of an ethical business movement.

Time to Move

September 27th, 2007 | No Comments | Posted in encompassed

Approximately 4 years ago, Dave and I moved from our downstairs duplex to this current upstairs duplex. Gran moved into the downstairs duplex to fill in that space we just left. Now, we’re living as neighbors. I don’t know if I mentioned that before, but I absolutely love the arrangement because it gives us a lot of space to be close to Gran, and I adore Gran so it works out perfectly. She has access to our home from downstairs, and vice versa, which makes it easier to check up on her — and we do often.

However, I remember the moving experience. It took a good long weekend for us to get everything physically moved. We ended up having to hire movers for Gran because there were a lot of heavy delicate furniture (such as her grandfather clock) that she didn’t want to burden the boys with. We didn’t have much help with moving or anything, so we just kind of played it by ear.

Now, knowing that HomeBulletin.net is around, we’re going to utilize them next time we move, which is within the next two years or so when Dave and I buy our own home together. The site has free moving tips and is a great resource for finding moving services in the local area. On top of that, if we plan to move a little farther away than where we are living now, the site also offers moving services in other locations in the lower 48 states. It includes international moving and shipping services, self storage, and yes, even car shipping if it comes to that (that would’ve come helpful after I moved out of university and my dad ended up having someone drive my car all the way to North Carolina). With HomeBulletin.net, we can become less stressed out movers when the time comes!

Good Life

September 27th, 2007 | No Comments | Posted in being

Oh my word, I am waking up later and later each morning. Most mornings I don’t have to start my day until around 9am because most of my appointments are in the afternoons into the late evenings, which means I don’t get home until around 7pm. Odd as it seems, I feel like I’m getting more done and getting more rested. I feel happier. I guess I always knew I wasn’t a morning person, but I didn’t realize just how much of one I wasn’t! My poor husband is also not a morning person, but his job forces him to be up at 5:30am — not so nice. He’s at work by 7am. He was so tired last night and he fell asleep on the couch by 9:30pm. This is why our 3-day weekends are so important to us — we get to spend a lot of time in the night time together without having to feel guilty that we have to go to bed.

This life of mine — so very good. So very, very good. Sigh…