Archive for January, 2010

MP3 Players for Everyone

Posted in Shopping on Friday, January 29th, 2010 at 12:41 by Sarah Evans.

Tonight I am sitting at my desk looking at my small mp3 player that up until recently, I liked a lot. That is until it decided to die on a long trip, leaving me with no back up mp3s to get me through the areas that have horrible or non-existent radio stations.

Keeping on Top of Your Finances

Posted in Banking, Money Saving, Mortgages and Property on Thursday, January 28th, 2010 at 11:26 by Sarah Evans.

It is true that the world of finance can be very confusing, particularly in these trying economic times. This is especially true if you are getting, paying on or paying off a mortgage. All of the double talk and legal jargon can leave one confused if there isn’t someone to guide you through it.

Finding Your Way with International Maps

Posted in General on Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 at 07:52 by Sarah Evans.

It is often said that you cannot know where you are going if you don’t know where you have been. I think that is absolutely true, but what about those of us who might need a little help with direction?

Printing Places for Everyone

Posted in Shopping on Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 at 11:27 by Sarah Evans.

Printing was the main focus of my life before I became a full time writer. In some ways I do miss it although I have to admit that it is an extremely stressful job. There are many upsides to it though, such as it is rare to be bored or get tired of the work as it changed every day.

Learning the Language of Love

Posted in Shopping on Monday, January 25th, 2010 at 12:25 by Sarah Evans.

I find foreign languages to be really interesting. Unfortunately, my skills in that area are terribly weak. I know a smattering of French and a handful of words in the romance languages, as I think they closely resemble one another, at least in the root words. I have a good friend whose dad is English and her mum is Dutch. Dutch is completely lost on me. As is Polish, which my grandmother spoke frequently and well considering it was her native tongue. My mum used to speak it as a little girl but any more, she only knows a handful of words, most of which have little to no use in everyday life, except for foods.

Mysteries of Medical Care

Posted in General on Friday, January 22nd, 2010 at 11:49 by Sarah Evans.

There are so many difficult things tied to Medical Care, particularly when you are the caregiver for another person. Tonight I had a conversation with an old friend who is dealing with the care of an elderly relative who has very little time left. It is difficult enough dealing with the actual illness and the grief but having to deal with the legal aspects as well as education can be overwhelming. I’ve been down that road and I don’t understand how anyone could ever do it alone. One must be educated these days to handle a medical crisis. Not only about the disease or issue at hand but about the way the process works and what help may be available.

Glasses for Everyone

Posted in Shopping on Thursday, January 21st, 2010 at 10:57 by Sarah Evans.

One of the few pitfalls of being someone over 40 is the rapid and frequent change in glasses and contact lenses. Vanity aside, there would have been a time when that would have caused quite a problem, especially if one needed to have some kind of special lenses. I remember years ago paying several hundred pounds for glasses that were really nothing spectacular. Now that seems like a great luxury, particularly since I wear contact lenses almost all the time. I’ve always envied people who just needed glasses for reading or driving. If I wasn’t wearing my contacts, I think I would be walking into walls. I surely couldn’t see to drive or even make it to my car.

Airport Parking Doesn’t Have to be a Nightmare

Posted in General on Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 at 11:03 by Sarah Evans.

I think one of the worst things about going to an airport is the parking situation. No matter where you are going or how long you intend to be gone, chances are that you will have to walk a very long distance, usually toting very heavy luggage, to get from your car to the airport or even the shuttle that will take you to the airport. There is something to be said for using small airports for this reason. However, the last time I took a flight I used a small airport for convenience and still had to walk a rather long distance. I’m not against walking mind you but I prefer to do it wearing proper shoes and not lugging a huge suitcase that feels like it has been loaded with bricks. Imagine if I wasn’t careful about the items I pack! I should clarify and say that there was a parking lot closer to the airport but it would have cost as much as my flight and that was just for a weekend!

All Things Office

Posted in Shopping on Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 at 12:13 by Sarah Evans.

Today is the day I work on my invoices for work submitted over the past month. It is not a difficult task but one that I wish someone else would do for me. Then again, most tasks are ones that I wish someone else would do for me. Fortunately, creating invoices is not a problem since I already have a template sent up and I can simply put in the information.

Great Guides That Work

Posted in Shopping on Monday, January 18th, 2010 at 12:28 by Sarah Evans.

My grievance today is that many guides are written by people who don’t need them and therefore make absolutely no sense to the rest of us. For example, I have spent several hours attempting to find the answer to a relatively simple question about my phone. Of course, the 300 page user’s guide was almost no help. In fact, it succeeded in doing nothing but making me severely aggravated. I think of myself as being tech savvy up to a point, so this should have been a piece of cake. Not so. After several hours, I still have no answer to the simple question. To me, it’s kind of like having five different departments in the supermarket for cheese. What is the point? At least in the supermarket you can always be relatively sure that someone will know where the cheese is and that you will be able to go home and make that lovely lasagne or whatever else it is you have a craving for. The same cannot be said about installing one simple little app on my phone.