Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day!

I'd like to take a moment to say to everyone a Happy Father's Day.

Whether you are a Dad, stepped into the roll of a Dad (shout out to step-dads, moms, siblings, cousins, etc), buried your Dad or lost your Child - today is a day for you.


Saturday, June 16, 2018


There are five generations living together in the USA today...
Four of them are working today making a living...

Lately, it feels like everyone is focusing on one generation only.
I don't agree.
I think it is important for all of us to understand all of the generations - why they do things the way that they do and how we can work / live together successfully.

I believe that we can all learn from each other.  To cast aside anyone - young or older is wrong.

So, I have put some of my thoughts here (and some research with my best fiend).
I take no credit for creating any of this, but I will say that these are generalities and do not apply to everyone who may be in that generation.

The Silent Generation 1925 - 1945 (ages 73-93ish)
-Expected a hard life (Christmas present may be a full meal)
-No major protests...
-One income families
-Corporate loyalty
-Disciplines, self-sacrificing & cautious

Baby Boomer 1946 - 1964 (ages 54-72ish)
-Huge population increase that followed the Great Depression and WWII (77 million).
-Famous for spending every dollar they earn - fueling world ecomonies.
-Fought for environmental protection
-First TV generation
-Cold War, bomb shelters,
-Saw the assassinations of JFK and MLK
-Space travel
-Civil Rights Movement

Generation X (Baby Bust) 1965 - 1980 (ages 34-53ish)
-First generation to experience the highest level of education in the US to date
-Want to save the neighborhood, not necessarily the world
-Don't necessarily feel like a generation
-Exposed to AIDS and its risk
-Ave 7 jobs over the course of their career
-Latch Key kids
-Deep credit card debt
-Quick to diverse - many single parents
-Saw the fall of the Berlin Wall and the split of the USSR

Millennials (Gen Y) 1981 - 1994 (ages 24-33ish)
-Have a "safety net" of their side hustles
-Enormous academic pressure
-Fast / immediate processing
-They have been constantly told that they are special and expect that from the world
-They work hard, but prefer a more relaxed work environment - flexibility
-Need to feel that they are bringing value to their job or they will move to another that they do

iGen (Gen Z) 1995 - 2012 (ages 6-23ish)
-More tolerant of different cultures, sexual orientations, races
-Will never have known a world without computers and cell phones
-More cautious, less risk taking
-Less likely to go to church
-More likely to use Instagram
-Less "face to face" due to smart phones
-Heavy use of gaming
-Grew up more protected than prior generations

I am interested to keep learning about the generations.
I don't believe that all of the stereotypes are accurate for everyone...
For instance, I am a Gen X, but I am not heavy into credit card debt and I have only had one job in my career (so far).


Friday, June 15, 2018

#FridayFinds - Mr. G's Barn (Toledo)

We found a new ice cream place a few days ago...
But the line was so long (onto the road) that it was border-line dangerous to get in line.

So, we decided to come back later.
And later was today.

I have to say that I am impressed.
For a place that is mainly soft serve (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and orange sherbet), they know how to do it up.  Between the cyclones and the specialty sundaes - there is lots of variety.

The place?
Mr. G's Barn
(unfortunately, my picture of the sign didn't take - Google Mr. G's Barn in Toledo and you'll find it).

The specialty sundaes?
Apple Pie

New York Cheesecake

I liked the apple pie, MBB liked both...
Full transparency, I didn't try to NY Cheesecake...
Unfortunately for my hips, this is a repeat.


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Content Issues...

I am realizing a few things:
 > I am running out of new places in SE Michigan/NE Ohio to blog about for #FridayFinds
 > I am in the midst of my travel season for work, so no time to be creative for #CreativeTuesdays
 > I am too tired to think for #RememberingWednesdays (or whatever the heck I called it)
 > I have no idea if this blog is being read or is simply here for my sanity (either is okay)

So, either I need to find time to be creative about posts or actually create things...
Or someone needs to give me a topic (and find me the time to get to a computer)…

If you don't want to post a comment here - send me an email or private message.  :D


Thursday, June 07, 2018

Feeling Weird

We have been in nimbo for so long now, that I don't remember what it feels like to not be in nimbo.  Now that we have moved into stability at home - it feels REALLY weird.

I keep looking around expecting the other shoe to drop...
And it doesn't...
And it is making me feel very, very uneasy...

I also realized that we began our home search in Michigan over a year ago - you would think that it would start feeling like home more... We are coming up close on our "we bought the house a year ago" date.

So, I am trying to get some routines established (we already have pool), get some projects picked out (that should be very normal for us) and ease into this world of normalcy. 

Hopefully soon, things will feel like home, like relaxing, like us.


Friday, June 01, 2018

#FridayFinds - Ice Cream!

Being that we are from the Northern Kentucky / Cincinnati area... We are used to having that "special ice cream parlor" (AKA Graeter's).  We may not have gone often (I wouldn't say that it is something that we miss), but it was nice knowing that it was there.

Since we moved to SE Michigan, we have been exploring yogurt shops and of course, the normal fall-back - DQ. I think we finally found that "special ice cream parlor" here... Handel's:

We both got the 4 scoop sampler to try multiple flavors of their ice cream.

I can't remember the specific names, but I had French Silk Pie, a Graham Cracker/Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie and Chocolate Cake Batter.
I think the Graham Cracker is a repeat for me.  MBB didn't like any of my flavors (not a surprise, as he isn't a huge chocolate fan).
MBB got a Cherry, Strawberry Cheesecake, Salted Toffee and Pistachio.
If he only gets one again - it will be the Strawberry Cheesecake.  If he gets two - it would be the Cherry and Salted (the Cherry is very sweet and the Salted is very salty - so they go well together).
I wasn't a big fan of his flavors (also not a surprise).

Overall, I think this is a repeat - though we will probably split a 4 scoop sampler in the future.


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Bucket List

I was going through some files on the computer and found My Bucket List.

I hadn't looked at the list since 2014, so I took some time to update it.
I have no idea how long it will get, but I am trying to cross at least 101 things off of it during my lifetime...

I currently have 71 things crossed off of the list...
Some of those items include:
 - Graduating from College
 - Traveling:  Ireland, Scotland, England, Japan, Alaska
 - Doing things: Singing Karaoke, Tea at the Ritz, White Water Rafting
 - Adventures: Six-seater planes, Helicopters, Submarines
 - Family: Married, Children, Grandchildren
 - etc. etc. etc.

With 24 left to do...
Such as:
 - Attending: Stanley Cup, Superbowl Games
 - Travel: Mediterranean Sea, All 50 States, Greece, Kauai, Pearl Harbor, Sydney, Italy, U.P.
 - etc. etc. etc.

Still have to come up with a few more to make that 101...


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Completely Michiganders...

I was browsing through some of the post on the blog (fixed a few typos) and saw how much I commented on our relocation and trying to sell the house in Kentucky...

So, I thought I should let everyone know that we have closed the chapter on Kentucky and are 100% Michiganders... FINALLY.

MBB is still not extremely happy about moving to the Artic, but there are far more items in the positive side of the list than he expected.  I am extremely happy with our location - though we won't talk about visitors!

And - I asked my friend about the meaning behind Michigander...
Apparently, Abe Lincoln was the first to say the term... And it wasn't in a good way, but it stuck.
In 2011, a poll was held that revealed that 58% of residents preferred that term (according to Wikipedia).

So, I am a Michigander!


Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day in the USA

My blog tracker lets me know that I have visitors from all over the globe, so I thought that I would share some knowledge about the US's Memorial Day holiday. I was listening to the radio yesterday and the DJ broadcasting (who is an American) didn't even understand what the holiday was for...

Memorial Day is meant to be a solemn day of remembrance to honor the US Soldiers who lost their lives in a war. It is not a day to honor any US Soldier - that day is Veteran's Day and the two are confused often.

Memorial Day was originally established to honor the soldiers who died during the Civil War and was originally known as Decoration Day.
In 1966, Congress declared Waterloo, NY as the originator of the holiday in 1866.
In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a National Holiday to be celebrated on the last Monday in May.

According to CNN, approximately 1.2 Million Americans have died from the Civil War to present day wars (  

I remember, honor and give thanks that those men and women stepped up to defend the USA and gave the ultimate sacrifice to allow my fellow Americans and I to live as we do today.


Friday, May 25, 2018

#FridayFinds - Scramblers!

We have visited Scrambler Marie's a few times and it is a fav of mine...
Though MBB has high standards for breakfast, so he is "okay" with it...
This is a Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch place that closes at 3pm everyday:

Here are a few pictures from various visits:
Crab Cake Benny (this has been a repeat for me):

Lean & Green Omelet:

Banana Nut Cakes (MBB was not a fan, I didn't try it as the nuts ruined the pancake for me):

MBB got a waffle today and said that it was the best waffle that he has ever had (of course, I didn't get a picture). 

He has also had "Toast of France" (French Toast) and the Stuffed French Toast.  He liked the Toast of France, but I did not.  I called it warm bread... But I am a French Toast snob - their aren't many restaurants who can make me happy.  He wasn't as happy with the Stuffed French Toast.