Planning for the future is important. Since The Hubs and I are likely never going to be able to afford to retire, we have come up with a plan. We are going to both get door greeter jobs at Wal-Mart and work the same shift on opposite ends of the store so we can take our lunch breaks together. I know that it doesn’t sound as intriguing as traveling around the world, but it will have to suffice. The only problem now is which one of us will drive. It’ll be the blind leading the blind.
A business colleague of mine told me his plan today. He said there is no way he’ll be able retire before the age of 90. So, at 90 he’s going to grow his hair out and start smoking pot. Then, he’s going to die at age 99 when the jealous husband of his 19-year-old lover shoots him in the arse. Hey. I can’t down the man for having goals……
I wish my current self could go back and force my much younger self to save 10% of every single paycheck from the age of 16 forward. I might even be retired now! My dad did try to drill the importance of this into my head, but I had my teenage blinders on, had stuff to do, places to go, and useless junk to buy! Let me think for a moment on my excuses for my twenties…… I’ll get back to you on that.
The morale of this story, kiddies, is that life is hard. And expensive. And that isn’t going to change, so you might as well start saving now. Now get off my lawn!
Song of the Day
Money for Nothing by Dire Straits. This song just seems appropriate for some reason. It is Friday. It is a feel good song. And the song is about regretting life choices. Sort of. Hush. Just roll with it, okay?
Book of the Day
The Broken Teaglass by Emily Arsenault. This book also seems to sort of go along with today’s theme. It is set in the offices of a dictionary publisher. The main character is young and, though he finds the job itself mildly interesting, starts to feel that he made a mistake taking it. Most of the employees have been there forever, which seems to unsettle him. However, life becomes more interesting when he uncovers mysterious clues that hint at a past crime, and which were left by an unknown person in the citation files. I loved this book. I love words, and the setting tickled my fancy. And, I love mysteries. I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads.
Recipe of the Day
From the back of an Ocean Spray Craisins bag. The Hubs made these, and they were heavenly and go perfectly with a mug of Texas pecan coffee.
Oatmeal Dried Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies
2/3 c butter, softened
2/3 c brown sugar
2 lg eggs
1 1/2 c old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 5-oz pkg dried cranberries (about 1 cup)
2/3 c white chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375. Cream butter and sugar in a medium mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs, mixing well. Combine oats, flour, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture in small portions, mixing well after each addition. Stir in dried cranberries and white chocolate chips. Drop rounded teaspoons of dough onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake each batch 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Makes approx. 2 1/2 dz cookies.