Determined to Rise Above …

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I know what I’m going to blog about today will most likely have some consequences but I felt that this needs to be heard and written. So my husband and I started getting into this business opportunity and right now we’re just in the presentation stages and learning more about this company and business. I will not disclose the name of this business in respects of the business and the people who are a part of it. But there are many things that I have come to dislike about this business opportunity.

My husband says I am being negative but what he calls negative I call being cautious and aware. I’m not saying this business opportunity won’t work and it’s a scam. Any business opportunity you try, join, or create requires hard work and struggles like the quote by Frederick Douglass *shown above* “If There is No Struggle, There is No Progress“.  Everyone lives their lives differently ! While some need a constant guiding hand in their life, Some need a support system of friends, family, and positive people, Some are better on their own and succeed independently without the constant guidance, support, or motivations.

Of course we all need some form or guidance, support, and motivation once in awhile but if you’re like me who is self-motivated, self-determined, and been that way for pretty much their entire life … You don’t need someone telling you how to do things. This is one of the things I am finding unappealing about this business opportunity. They invite you to attend seminars, motivational meetings, events, constantly giving you audio CDs to listen to regarding the success stories of others who have made it in this business. They talk about what they did, how the did it, and what steps they took to get to where they are today. BIG WHOOP !! So they made it … *applause* Good for you !

But what they did and the steps they took to get where is not gonna be the same for you ! What worked for them did bcuz they it tailored to their goals, their dreams, their lifestyle, etc. If someone says I jumped off a bridge this way and didn’t die … doesn’t mean if you jump off the bridge the same way you’ll also live. I feel like these seminars, motivational meeting/events, etc. are all hogwash ! They want to share their stories on how they succeeded in this business and now living the 6-7 figures lifestyle.

Well, good for them !! How they did it will not guarantee it will work for you. They seem to be training/teaching people who are getting into the business to have like-minded or singular thought process. They shove all these success stories into your brain about how this person and this person all succeeded bcuz they did it this way and that way and if you follow you too will be where they are. I am a independent thinker and person. I do not need anyone to tell me how to do something. I was that kid who got a box of Legos for their Birthday and didn’t even look at the instruction booklet on how to build the house or car or whatever. I built them on how I see fit and worked.

This business opportunity seems to be based off Conformity. The definition of Conform is : comply with rules, standards, or laws ~ (of a person) behave according to socially acceptable conventions or standards. ~ be similar in form or type; agree. So in other words they want you to be like everyone else and be zombie brained with the same train of thought. I’m not saying I am against this business or anything negative about it. I just don’t wanna be anyone’s puppet controlling me in any way.

So as I tread into this business opportunity I am definitely experiencing the struggles and if you’re married this will definitely test your marriage. I can’t tell you the nights my husband and I have gone to bed upset with each other as his brain has already begun to get manipulated by the audio CDs he’s listening to and the conformity seed has started to germinated. He’s already begun swimming in the same direction as the rest of the fishes. While I am fighting to pull him away from the flow and go against the flow to think independently and reach the same destination as them using you’re own routes.

But sadly it has caused many rough nights and marital strains which seem to be another conformity of this business. Many of the successors audio CDs I was forced to listen to bcuz I’m in the car with my husband who’s listening to them a common issue seems every successor went through marital problems even divorce due to this business. So this will definitely test you in all aspects of your Life even parts that have nothing to do with the business like your personal life.

I believe going against the flow and being your own person … you’re own mind … your own individual and then the struggles will not be so hard. Like the traffic navigation app … WAZE. I’m sure you’ve heard of it. If not Waze is a navigational app that will guide you through your everyday travels. When there’s a bumper to bumper traffic Waze gives you alternative side routes to get you ahead of the traffic. Waze is a great example of an app that teaches you to not conform. Why sit there in 0 mph traffic with the rest of the commuting world if you can find side routes that will still get you to your destination. Some may not be as fast and be a longer drive but in the end you will still get to your destination.

I guess a part of this blog post is now becoming a motivation or inspiration to be yourself and not follow or allow anyone to tell you who to be or how to live. So with that I’m going to leave this blog with a few quotes on being yourself and not following the flow.

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Not so warm and fuzzy …

3d-funny-monster-cartoon-cute-2928So what I’m about to blog about has happened to me twice already and once is bad but twice is unacceptable. I’m sure you’re now itching to know what is unacceptable and what happened … Oo Oo gimme the dirty details. (u_u) Now now … calm down, turn on your percolator, and prepare yourself a mug …  I’ll get to it in a minute. *Takes a deep breath*

Now when we go to buy groceries at a grocery store we’re expecting to pick up the freshest possible groceries and that includs non farmed items like your bag of chips or chocolate bar. But lately I’ve been feeling like groceries stores stopped caring and started to cut corners. Now I can’t exactly put 100% blame on the grocery store/chain as majority of it goes to the workers who just don’t get paid enough to give a shit.

My latest trip to the grocery store I picked up some Sour cream to make a Macaroni salad recipe I’ve been dying to try. I LOVE Macaroni salad !! *Notice the big emphasis on Love* But a lot of these premade Macaroni salads in stores just don’t taste right. Either they’re too sweet, too sour, too water, too mushy, or have a strange chemically taste. So I thought I’d try making my own.

Anyways before I wander too far off-topic I’ll blog about my Macaroni salad recipe some other time. So back on topic here … I picked up some Sour cream from my local grocery store. I got home and was eager to start going on this Macaroni salad recipe … I had all the ingredients prepped and laid out. I picked up the Sour cream and something said check the date first. (ñ~ñ) Something I maybe should of done before I left the store but the Sour cream was expired. The date of the Sour cream read February 18, 2015 that is WEEKS passed !!

Don’t get me wrong and start commenting that maybe I grabbed from the back of the shelf or something. There was a nice neat stack of Sour cream containers and I grabbed the one on the top front of the stack. I’m not gonna name stores and could of gone back to return or exchange the item but I just tossed the Sour cream in the trash with a broken </3 heart that I won’t be making my Macaroni Salad recipe that day.

So yesterday I decided to try out this other Organic/Health food market that I heard some good things about. It was great to see all these organic products, fresh cheeses, meats, etc. I felt healthy just by walking into this store. L0L I’m too poor to afford anything so I was generally just browsing. But when I came across this basket in the refrigerated cheeses that sold nubs of the deli market cheese blocks … I found three(3) nubs of Gouda cheese for 72¢ and 90¢. I couldn’t pass up Gourmet Gouda cheese for $1.62 ! Especially when it says it’s a cheese that’s $5.99 lb.

I grabbed those nubs of cheese and of course when you got yourself some snacking cheese you’ll need some salami or a smoked summer sausage to go with your mini antipasto snack. I found a bag of Salami for $3.99 and I thought that was decent price since most salami bags are around $6~$8 dollars ? This time I double checked the date to make sure I don’t pick up another expired product. March 14, 2015 … Ok, ;) not expired, yet ! Yum ! Can’t wait !!

It was a pretty nice afternoon so my husband and I decided to snack on the cheese and salami at the outside table bench. The Gouda cheese was SOoo… good !! So creamy and buttery … OMG ! I grabbed the salami and was about to open them when I turned it over to see the clear packaging side and … (Φ~Φ) The salami were covered in black fuzz and instead of the reddish color fresh Salami should be they were a translucent pinkish white. Seriously looked like Salami made out of tissue paper that’s how translucent they were.

This time my husband took the salami back and got a refund. He said he checked ALL the salami that were on that rack and ALL of them were moldy and rotten. (≥~≤) GROSS !! It’s heartening that grocery stores aren’t being strict about making sure their products are fresh and that ALL expired goods are tossed out before someone like myself who’s oblivious to checking the dates get’s horribly sick. I am going to have to someone ingrain or tattoo to my brain to check the dates on things from now on and not willy nilly purchase it trusting the store keeps things in stock.

So do yourself and your tummy a favor and make sure you Double …. Even TRIPLE check the expiration date on every product you buy especially things like Meat, Poultry, Fish, Milk, Eggs, Cheese, etc. that spoil quickly. Things like chips or crackers won’t necessarily make you sick if they’re passed their Best By dates but they do get stale and hard. No fun eating a bag of stale chips or hard cookies that tastes like you’re eating Poker Chips.

Japanese Culinary Lesson of the Day … Miso.

misoSo today I thought I’d blog a little in the culinary topic. I’m gonna share with you the versatility of Miso. A Japanese staple that is used in many ways from instant soups, marinades, seasonings, etc.

So what is Miso you ask ? It’s not peanut butter even though it looks like it. Miso is a soybean paste made by fermentation and adding salt, seasonings, and other ingredients. Soybeans are very healthy for you and Japanese have two(2) Soybean products that help you reap the health benefits. One being the Miso “Soybean Paste” and the other being Natto “Fermented Soybeans”

Now Natto requires a very acquired taste as it’s pretty much rotten soybeans. Many are put off by the stringy slime that Natto is. You may think how can eating rotten beans be healthy for you. But the fermented enyzmes in Natto is what makes it healthy. My favorite way to eat Natto and probably the most traditional way most Japanese eat Natto is to put some soy sauce and sliced green onions then eat them over rice. Growing up my Brother and I used to make monster faces as we opened and closed our mouths making the stringy slime coat our lips like drool strings.

Miso is completely different from Natto although it is also fermented. The fermented soybeans are ground to a smooth paste like peanut butter consistency. I am sure that many of you who’ve dined at a Japanese restuarant has drank Miso soup that accompanies your ordered dishes. The salty broth is made by diluting the Miso paste is boiling water creating a broth. Miso is often sold in square containers such as the one pictured below …
okasan cup koshiSometimes they come in plastic pouches or round containers but most are in square ones like this one. Miso is very versatile as it can easily be used in many ways kinda like bouillion base. There’s different types of Miso each with a different flavor and texture such as White “Shiro”, Yellow “Shishu”, Red “Aka”, and there’s even a Black “Kuro” miso. All are pretty much the same but the color differences are due to the longer fermentation times. The longer the fermenting time the stronger the taste.

I tend to like the Shiro “White” miso which isn’t really white but more a tan peanut butter-ish color. Keep in mind that Miso is very salty and although it can be eaten alone as a dip for vegetables like cucumbers a tiny bit goes a long way. Miso like I said previously is very versatile as it can be used in many things. Most common is to make Miso soup. You just place a tablespoon into a tea strainer and slowly dilute it into a boiling pot of water. You use a strainer such as a tea strainer or mesh strainer spoon so that the miso completely dissolves and you catch any bits of soybean.

Miso does not dissolve properly if you just drop a spoonful into the boiling water. Once the Miso soup base is made you can add in any ingredient you desire. The simple ingredients is Tofu and sliced Onions. But you can add mushrooms … Oyster mushrooms or Shitake is nice or you can add some chicken or even toss in some Ramen. Miso Ramen is very delicious !

A container of Miso lasts a very long time and Miso has a very long shelf life so you don’t have to worry about it going bad before you can use up the whole container. I add a tablespoon in replacement of those seasoning packets that come with instant ramens. A tiny bit goes a long way as I said Miso is very salty so if you’re on a low sodium diet or on a sodium restricted diet you might wanna use less that normal. If I’m not mistaken the Miso that my Mom gave me has 850mg of Sodium and I’m not even sure if that’s in a tablespoon or teaspoon.

There’s a lot of ways to use Miso and I hope you’ll give it a try and experiment with the versatility of this product. Spicy Miso Wings sounds great or Miso marinaded Steak or a Miso gravy to pour over your mashed potatoes. I’m sure if you Google Miso recipes the amount is endless. So give Miso and try ! Feel free to comment your experience or even share a Miso recipe down↓ below in the comments. (∩3∩) Itadakimasu !!

A Day in the Life of a Prissy Brony …

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Sunday my husband said he needed to go for a haircut but his regular barber whom he adored no longer works at the salon he goes to. So we’re now on this journey to find a *new* salon who can cut his hair just as awesome as his previous barber and stay in the affordable price range as her too. So we went to several *new* places in our area only to find them to be out of his price range. He only had $20 in his pocket and looking to find a barber who’ll cut his hair for under $20.

The journey returned him to a former barber he used to go to after going to like six(6) other places. This former salon *Not naming names* has also done my hair and colored it as well. I love how long the color lasted even til now almost a year later the color remains but what I didn’t like is that she burned my scalp … think 2nd degree chemical burns. I’m not sure if it was the excess amounts of bleach she put in my hair prior to the color or the ammonia in her hair coloring but I had to coat my entire head in neosporin for quit some time for it to heal up.

Anyways I waited in the car doodling in my travel artbook while he got his hair cut. When he came out he was very displeased by how the barber did not listen to his request. He just wanted a blend all around and a trim on top so he can slick his hair back. Something like this … *See Pic Below*
Mens-hairstyle-ideasStill a bit long and scruffy on the sides but trimmed up top to be able to slick back. What this barber did was shave everything pretty short like a ½” or ¼” length. It wasn’t blended in at all either. Even I could see that it wasn’t blended on the sides and back. He came out looking like his hair was cut with hedge trimmers … “Spongebob Squarepants square trimmed”. He was very unsatisfied and wanted to search for another barber to hopefully fix it to something more clean.

By then this was like the 8th or 9th salon we gone to in a day. Which made me wanna blog about this. Where do men go to get their hair cuts ?? It seems like most if not ALL salons are female experienced and solely seem to have more experience in cutting female hair and seem very nervous even jittery when it comes to cutting male hair that isn’t just a buzz fade or cut. My husband told me the barber was very shaky and sweating when cutting his hair as if she were diffusing a bomb.

So where are all the male barbers who are experienced mainly in male haircuts and why women don’t practice on perfecting male cuts as well as female cuts ? (¬_¬) I’m just glad I rarely if ever get my haircut and prefer the old rapunzel look of hair down below your back. My hairstyle is generally rolled up into a bun and occasionally the down ponytail as my hair is thick and hot when just left down. But I never realized how difficult it must be for a man to get a proper haircut to their standards especially if they’re a MetroSexual like my husband whom want every strand of hair to be perfect.

3D isn’t always better …

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I think this is a blog topic that many will nod to. Nowadays everything is trying to go 3D especially in the gaming areas but 3D isn’t always better. Two games that is a great example is Cut the Rope .vs. My Om Nom and Candy Crush .vs. Soda Crush. Cut the Rope and Candy Crush was great due to their 2D graphics and game play giving it it’s charm. But once they went 3D it immediately lost it’s charm.

Well, My Om Nom is not exactly the same game play as Cut the Rope since it’s more a virtual pet like game where you raise your own Om Nom but being Om Nom is the main character of Cut the Rope he/she in itself is the charm of the game that draws many people to play it. But once they 3D rendered Om Nom it immediately lost it’s charm and not as many will play it as they prefer the 2D version over the 3D version.

Candy Crush is just the same. (=_=”)  I didn’t think I’d become addicted to Candy Crush but when my hubby started playing it and got so into it to where he’d play til he’s out of Life or beg Facebook family and friends to send him lives. I tried a few rounds on his phone and at first I started playing just to send him life but it sticks to you and you become addicted.

So after I used up all my lives I was still itching to play more. I downloaded the Soda Crush and noticed it’s 3D rendered compared to the 2D of Candy crush. I played a few rounds and didn’t find it all that alluring like the 2D Candy crush and I think it’s bcuz it’s in 3D. If it were in 2D like the Candy crush then it might of been more enjoyable.

Not everything in 3D is better but it’s the wave of the future to go 3D especially in gaming. Video gaming example is the Nintendo 3DS. I played Super Mario Bros 2 I found it more enjoyable to play in 2D than to have 3D setting enabled. So again not everything is better in 3D.

Burger by hand or with a Fork …

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First, I’m gonna say to each their own meaning everyone is entitled to their own opinions. So this is pretty much my last post for the 2014 year. I can’t believe how fast 2014 has flown by. But I’m eager to see what’s in store for 2015.

Anyways this post is regarding eating a burger with your hands or with your fork. My favorite fast food burger comparing to places like McDonald’s, Burger King, Carl’s Jr, etc. is the Jack in the Box Sirloin Cheeseburger. In the past my favorite burger was the McDonald’s Angus Deluxe burger but once they replaced the red onion for white onions they lost me. I dunno whether it’s the taste of the red onion but I prefer red onions in a burger over white.

I am a Onion lover so whenever I order a burger I always ask for extra onions. Jack in the Box has to be the only place I know who knows how to properly add extra onions. When you ask for extra onions in a burger you don’t get a burger with a pile of onions on top. Jack in the box places onions under the patty then on top of the patty so the burger doesn’t become over stacked by the onions.

My husband just recently got into the Jack in the Box sirloin burger when I shared one with him a few weeks ago. He asked if we can have that for dinner last night. I was kinda feeling like eating something with a fork. So I figured why not eat your burger with a fork. So while my husband caveman like ate his sirloin burger with a fork. I ate my in separate pieces. I ate the bun alone then the lettuce and patty with a fork. I did get odd looks by other customers like … (o~O) Is she eating her burger with a fork ? Who the heck eats a burger with a fork ? << That is an actual quote from a young man eating with his buddies.

My main reason for blogging about this is I oddly felt less bloated and full when I ate the burger with a fork than by hand. When I eat it by hand I feel bloated, overly full, and sleepy afterwards. But when I ate the burger separately it was like I was eating a Steak and Salad dinner with garlic bread and fries on the side. I did not feel overly full or sluggish and actually still felt a little hungry like I could go for something more. It was quite interesting comparing to when eaten normal burger style.

Below is my list of burgers that I think is best from the following Fast Food places …

1.) Jack in the Box – Sirloin Cheeseburger : Extra Onions and Bacon

2.) McDonald’s – Chicken Ranch BLT *Grilled*: Ask for Onions and Extra Bacon

The Whopper doesn’t taste as good as they used to. If anything from Burger King their Carolina Whopper was pretty good but that was a Limited Time thing and their Turkey Burger which was also a Limited Time thing.

But give it a try sometime. You may get odd looks but eating a burger in separate piece by piece with a fork is quite enjoyable than woofing it down by hand. You feel less bloated and full when you eat it with a fork. It feels more like a balanced meal when you eat it by fork too but when eaten by hand it feels like a guilty pleasure to be eating that burger.

Black Friday … Cyber Monday … HYPE !!

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Happy 1st of December and Happy Cyber Monday ! I would of posted this up sooner but I’ve been down with a cold that came on Thanksgiving. I’m feeling better though. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and if you did do any Black Friday shopping hope you got yourself some good deals.

Anyways I never really cared about these Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals but my husband wanted to check them out after his friend told him last Black Friday he got a 52″ TV for $99. So I figured what the hey why not. Maybe I can snag a WiiU for $99 and score some 3DS and Wii games that’s been on my Wish List for years.

We 1st went to SEARS to check out their TV sales and I was shocked by the still high prices. What deal ? Everything was marked off maybe $20-$50 so it’s not that big of a deal. Even their video games what miniscule selection they had was only marked down by $5-10 dollars.

Afterwards we went by BestBuys but saw the line heading up to Mars and said forget it. We were contemplating Walmart but we know Walmart shoppers can be a bit ruthless and some will go as far as to kill you for that last 32″ TV. I’m in a wheelchair so I could not even picture myself trying to plow through the crowds just to see what’s good.

We just grabbed a local paper and checked out the ads in the paper and nothing seem like a BIG deal. Everything was more or less reduced by just a few bucks. Now today is Cyber Monday and online News articles said the best deals are going to be on Cyber Monday and that Cyber Monday is where it’s at.

Well, today is Cyber Monday and I have yet to see anything that seems to be a worthy deal. The prices of the items are like the prices on an ordinary sales event day. Unless something is 50-80% off I don’t think Black Friday or Cyber Monday is really anything to break you bank account over. More or less in my opinion it’s just Hype to get you to compulsively shop buying things that you THINK is a deal but actually not really.

The true secret to Holiday shopping on a budget is … PRICE MATCH ! Many stores offer price matching and that goes for online sites like Amazon. So if you find something online print it out and take it over to your local Target, Walmart, Frys, BestBuys, etc. and tell them I found it here cheaper and they’ll Price Match ! Some stores will compete by giving the item to you below Price match price.

So scour the entire web for what you’re looking for and find the cheapest price and head to your local store to take advantage of the Price Match deal. It’ll save you from paying Shipping and you get the product in hand at the price the website was offering. I think I’m gonna do that for my Christmas shopping this year which has dramatically gotten smaller.

But do your research and in my opinion don’t fall into the retail hype. Christmas or any holiday for that matter is not about presents or what you bought for cheap. It’s about spending time with your family and loved ones. That Xbox One will always be available in a store to buy. It’ll never go away but your Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt, Uncle, Cousin, Niece, Nephew, whoever once they’re gone … they’re gone ! We’re not around forever !