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Sunday Life Updates

We just got back from a mini trip this weekend. The optometrists in Western Colorado have recently formed a society to offer continuing education and networking, much like optometrists in Denver have been doing for years. Geography is a huge drawback to those of us in the less populated areas. We still had to drive 3.5 hours to make the meeting, but it’s better than 8 hours to Denver, and I attended one of the most inspiring lectures I’ve ever heard. It deserves a whole post, so I’ll keep you guessing for now. I used to love going to a bigger city so I could visit the mall, but that isn’t nearly as fun since I have more fun saving my money instead of spending it these days. I did find our daughter some sweet deals. We got five long sleeve shirts from Gymboree for $1.99-$3.99 each.  It is so much better financially to wait until after school starts to buy clothes! Selling My Business, Is it Ever Going to Happen? Many long time readers know that I have been trying to sell the last piece of my optometry practice for the past couple of years now. Originally, I had ...

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Friday Rant-Don’t Get a Boob Job if You’re on Welfare!

I try very hard to avoid rants. If I have a problem, like an unethical co-worker, I try to look at all sides of the issue and come up with a positive solution. However the past few weeks have left me in a tizzy. Tara and Tonya both got to rant recently, so I thought I’d take my turn. Here goes. With my job as an optometrist, I get a pretty good glimpse of most people’s health and financial status by the paperwork they fill out in my office or the things they tell me. (Free tip: If you’ve found by experience that pleasuring yourself does not really make you go blind, keep that to yourself) I try really hard not to judge. Poverty is a huge problem in this country, and health care is crazy expensive. If you need to be on state assistance and you qualify, there’s nothing wrong with that. I do think that some people cross the line, though, and it really yanks my chain. I Hate Glasses The first example of what I think it wrong with the world came in for a LASIK pre-op. She had already scheduled surgery in Denver and wanted the ...

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Why I Love My New Smartphone

I had to renew my phone package recently, and I certainly went through several weeks of searching and asking questions while trying to decide what to do. Readers helped me decide that having good coverage was a necessity, so I had to sign up for the dreaded contract to actually make and receive calls in all the rural places I frequent. However, I also decided to bite the bullet and ditch my dumb phone for a smarter model. I’ll tell you why I now am in love with my smartphone. User Friendly I decided to to get an iPhone 4S because I’ve heard other non-technical people like myself finding that they are easy to use. Apple products also have a great resale value, so even if I change down the road, I can get some $$ back for this phone hopefully. I’m sure I’ll never know all the things this phone can do for me, but so far it had been really easy to use the functions that I need daily. It Saves Me Time The best thing about my smart phone is how much time it has already saved . By having the capability to check email without being ...

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Friday Fun Facts

Dont’ forget that Google reader is dead July 1st. You can follow Eyes on the Dollar on RSS, email, or Bloglovin’ Since I’m still having a blast in sunny San Diego, I thought I’d give you a break from finance today and share some funny facts about myself. -If I could have only one food for the rest of my life, it would be home grown, garden tomatoes. I would never get tired of them. -I’ve wanted to be an optometrist since 5th grade. Before that, I wanted to be an artist, but I realized that I have absolutely zero artistic talent. -I’ve always had eclectic taste in music. In third grade, I got a turn table record player and two albums: Kiss Dynasty and Snoopy and the Red Baron -My first airplane ride was when I was 17 years old after I won a trip to Washington DC for an essay I wrote about rural electric co-ops. -I’ve never plucked my eyebrows. -I can remember when people used to rake their carpets. -I’m from Kentucky, but am scared to death of horses. -I once owned a pair of leather pants. -I’ve been to Mardi Gras. Once was enough. -I believe ...

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My Worst Customer Service Experience Ever

Since I’m still out of town and really don’t want to be too serious on a Friday, I thought I’d share our experience from the birthday party we had for our six year old last week. We decided to have it at the bowling alley, mainly because I though it would be easy, and we’d have no cleanup. It’s funny now, but it was the worst customer service experience I’ve ever had. I still swear it’s going to show up on Candid Camera somewhere. Birthday Plans Because we’ve wasted lots of money on birthday parties in the past, I am all about planning ahead these days. I called in early March to get information. I spoke to a gentleman at the bowling alley. He used complete sentences, and seemed to know what he was talking about. I asked if they had kids’ birthday parties. He told me they did, and it was $10 per kid, which included an hour of bowling, shoes, two slices of pizza, and soft drink. Sweet! I asked if there were certain times or days we could schedule. He said really anytime as long as it wasn’t league bowling, which were on two week days. I ...

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