October 4, 2011

It's the Stuff You Can't Have

I'm telling you, it's all about the stuff you can't have. I opened an email five minutes ago from my friend Krista who is in the Philippines with her husband and four children for a few months. She writes, "We are all dreaming of cheese. There are no cows here and dairy products are nowhere to be found!"

In his weekly radio show This American Life, "#446: Living Without," released 26 September 2011, host Ira Glass opened saying,
"Recently I was talking to this guy who told me how, years ago, because of a medical condition, he had to give up beer. He had only been a casual beer-drinker before this; he had never really given beer much thought. But now that he couldn't have a beer, he was thinking of beer all the time

He had a fantasy, it went like this: He goes into a bar, and he orders a beer.

That was the whole thing."
What's your current fantasy? Will your happiness quotient rise significantly when that thing--money or boyfriend or job offer or pregnancy or cheese or beer comes within reach?

After Krista's family returns from the Philippines; after Ira's subject recovers from this medical condition, will they really be so much happier when they can get cheese and beer?

What's beyond your reach that you fantasize about?

Or better, what do you have access to--right now--that thousands and millions and billions of other people around the world can only dream of having.

If that doesn't make a girl feel real rich, real quick, right now...

May 12, 2011

I'm Calling Myself Out + A cheap Starbucks Frapp this week

Hey folks, this proves just how very cheap I am--were it not previously obvious.

(And another reason that I am actually very far from broke, so probably should go about changing my moniker from Broke Girl to something like Rich Girl, except for I'm not that, and that brings to mind the real Poor Little Rich Girls such as the original: Barbara Hutton, then Gloria Vanderbilt, the late Christina Onassis, and Paris Hilton (the latter being rich in money, poor in judgment, character), et. al. And I'm not any of those.

But anyway, I've a speaking engagement in the lovely little hamlet of Morenci, Michigan this weekend, and was working up my presentation -- which I always, always, start from scratch, as I never reuse, repeat, or recycle a replica of previous presentations.* So after dropping off a friend at O'Hare airport, decided to find a Starbucks at which to lounge and relax and focus on my talk content. Because lately my creative jucies go all stagnant when I'm sitting in my home office.

Thanks to my trustly iPhone, local directories, and google maps, I quickly found a perfect spot en route home at which to settle for the afternoon.

So I found free street parking, then without buying a drink (taaacky) settled into what is probably one of the prettiest Starbucks outdoor seating areas: Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood, 2543 N California Ave, Chicago IL. And my trusty MacBook Pro uncovered a few free WiFi hotspots which are probably totally not secure, (and I guess I should care.)

So I actually wrote and waited and wrote for 1.5 hours, just so I could hit the 3:00 p.m. start time. Start time for what, you say? The However You Want It Happy Hour:

This week, through Sunday, 15 May 2011, Starbucks offers half-off However You Want It Frappuccino Happy Hour drinks, i.e., from 3:00 to 5 PM, you can get a Frappuccino blended beverage - any flavor, any size - at half price.

Go get yours. I'm heading inside to order mine now.
Starbucks, 2543 N California Ave, Logan Square neighborhood

*My beloved uncle, the late Olson Wesley Clark, passed away last fall in his 90s. a life-long preacher, he once told me that he never once in his career, "had to go back to the well.."


What? I asked him. What did he mean by that?

Well, as a minister in the Wesleyan Methodist denomination, he preached hundreds of sermons, and never did he preach the same sermon twice. He always prepared something new, something fresh, not a previously-presented sermon. (IMO, not that there would be anything wrong with that--a good presentation ought to be used, and honed, and reused for new audiences. Plus for people like me, I typically need to hear something a good three times before it sticks.)

February 4, 2011

$10 for $20 of items at Barnes & Noble, in-store or online

Today's Groupon features $10 for $20 worth of toys an games, books and more at Barnes & Noble.

The fine print:
  • Expires Apr 10, 2011
  • Limit 1/person. Limit 1/trans. Valid in-store or online. Valid on sale items. Groupon value reduces by $10 on 4/11, except where prohibited. Groupon issued by Barnes & Noble Marketing Services LLC.
What will you buy? I snagged a Zagat restaurant guide and a Fodor's travel guidebook. Been wanting to get the current (2011) issues, but was waiting for a deal, since full-price and I just don't get on that easily.