Friday, April 11, 2014

The Health Insurance Saga

What a year it has been for health insurance. As many a liberal says, including me, why do the republicans fight so hard to keep people from having health insurance? I don't need to rehash the whole thing here. There arguments include that it is socialism and that Obama is a dictator. The truth be told, the repubs couldn't find their way out of a paper bag.

Let's just say that the ACA is now the law of the land, and thank goodness. Is it ideal? Is it perfect? No, but it is the first step in the right direction. People will now be able to get the health insurance they need without regard to health or employment. It is a good day indeed.

When I became self employed a year ago, I had to buy my own health insurance. I looked
for health insurance quotes and found a good priced one for me. That was before the ACA came into effect. I have been told I can keep my policy for another year, which is good. The equivalent ACA policy would be about twice as much. But am I ticked off by that? No! If I needed it, I would buy it. And maybe the prices will come down or even out. But at least we are moving in the right direction regarding heath care.

A Lot Has Happened!

My life has changed a lot this past year--new job, traveling almost nonstop, and continuing to try to be a mom to my niece. All while trying to improve my financial situation and have a social life too. My subhead remains relevant. I am still traveling at 5,000 miles a minute, even though the pieces I am juggling are slightly different from when I started the blog.

But what I haven't done so much this past year is write on my blog. And I have missed it! I have lots to say on current issues, and I plan to get back to work at expressing them. And I hope you will leave comments, so we can have a conversation!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Kid Musicians

I studied music when I was a kid, even though I was never very good. I just did the mandatory piano lessons. My teachers were never very creative, and that did nothing to spark my learning.

However, I am glad I took the lessons, as a love and understanding of music has stayed with me the rest of my life. It helped me in high school and college band, and in being an educated member of the music audience.

I see kids studying and using the qchord, as well as studying and practicing other methods and kinds of music. And I applaud them. Not only is it good for individual development, but being involved in music tends to surround you with interesting people that can turn into lifelong friends. I know.

Going To The Beach Tomorrow--Don't Want To Get Burned Again!

I am going on a beach excursion tomorrow and am so excited. It is supposed to be one of the best beaches in the world. I never get enough beach or enough water. It is good for my soul. I can't wait, but am hoping I don't get burned like I did last time I went to the beach. I was so red that the other people on the cruise almost gasped when they saw me. I was the color of a ketchup bottle. I think I had bad sunscreen on the that trip. Obviously it didn't work!

This time I am using spray sunscreen and as far as I can tell, it works well. Here's hoping I don't get burned. When I get burned like that, I can feel nauseated and lightheaded. And when you are on a trip, you don't want that.

On My Music Cruise Again!

I am on my music cruise as we speak, and again, I am having a blast! Music and musicians all around me--how can it not be fun? I was watching one of the shows tonight and saw different musicians get on and off the stage and jam with the headliners. More than one strummed on a cordoba cadette, as well as other guitars. The quality of the music is just phenomenal. Nothing like live music to relax you and put you in a good mood. I never thought I would go on this many music cruises, but now I can't imagine ever stopping.

Finally Got My Car Fixed

I was looking at my blog tonight and noticed that I had written about being worried about getting CO2 from my car. I don't see the date on that post though, so I am now worried about how long ago that was written. Eek!

I finally got my muffler replaced. Well ok--I do have one of those foreign cars that take a long time to get replacement parts. So, it took me a long time to get the muffler. But I still took too long. Between the holidays and my traveling, there is no time. But I did take too long to get the part ordered and the installed.

And with CO2, you don't want to mess around. The guy at the car place said it wouldn't be dangerous to drive as long as I didn't idle the car a long time. But I still don't like that I was breathing in that gas. Day to day, it didn't seem like a big deal, but again when I see that blog post, it points out how long it was. Hopefully, I didn't breathe in too much. I will be optimistic and think that I didn't.

I Am Watch Crazy

I really like watches, but can't seem to keep one. I tend to buy cheaper models, and maybe that is the problem. The strap breaks, or I lose it, or the battery just stops working, and I don't replace it. OK, so I am lazy about watches. But I find that my eye keeps wandering over and over to the watch tables when I am in a store. Come to think about it, maybe it is not so bad to buy cheap watches if I keep losing or breaking them. At least I am not out that much money.

Sometimes though I think it would be nice to have a really nice watch. A really nice one. I do some mystery shopping on a part-time basis, and recently I had an assignment that involved high-end watches. I was trying on $24,000 watches, and I was thinking, "If I could afford a watch like this, would I actually take care of it?" I would certainly hope so. But it is not a problem I have to worry about anytime soon.

I see people wearing nice watches from time to time, like Cartier, Rolex, Aquaracer watches from Reeds, and the like. I think it would be nice to have a pricey watch sometime. Maybe when I celebrate my 5-year anniversary as a working attorney!