May 16, 2007

Feeling postal

I am so tired of the postage rates changing. Not only are we basically trying to figure out how to use our old 34-cent stamps and whatnot, we can't even remember what the rate du jour is. Those "first class" stamps -- were they worth 37 or 39 cents? Who knows? What is a post card now? Why do I have 23-cent stamps and 24-cent postcards? Why can't the post office put the new rates on its website two days before the new rates go into effect so I can be prepared? This stuff is ridiculous.

Here is a new wrinkle -- if I had just bought a ton of 1-cent stamps to be prepared for future rate increases, this time the excess would be a waste. Now they are finally offering stamps that will stay good for first-class mailings beyond future rate increases. But I still need more small stamps, maybe in 2-cent increments.

May 13, 2007


I'm trying to figure out what is wrong with my memory. I don't have great long-term or short-term memory. It seems like when I was prone to stress at the start of my college years my brain kind of stopped working properly. I'm not experiencing that kind of stress anymore, but my memory is no better. I'm hoping that maybe I just got out of practice in using my brain correctly. I am making another effort at writing in a personal journal, and I hope that pausing to reflect will help me retain memories. I should also review my notes in school to help my memory, but I have not been in the habit of regularly reviewing. If this pausing and reviewing stuff works, I can improve my personal life and my work life. At least if I do forget things and can't review past events easily in mind, the journal pages might provide some kind of association that jogs my memory. I'm looking forward to the results. If I can only remember to write in my journal each day...

May 01, 2007

Pizza craving

I have been having a craving for pepperoni pizza these last few days. I finally went to Taco Bell/Pizza Hut for lunch and got that monkey off my back. It wasn't very good. Now I have a bunch of fat and refined carbohydrates and other junk in my stomach. I regret this occurrence.

Every time I buy cat litter, Tidy Cats has some new variety, and there are all these varieties to choose from. Are they trying to keep our interest, or are they making better products? Our cats are currently enjoying Tidy Cats Small Spaces litter, and it is 100 times better than the store brand junk I bought last time. The name brand stuff is worth every penny, and I threw away the rest of the old stuff. This new litter smells like oranges, but the cats don't seem to mind. The claim on the label is "crumble free performance," and it lives up to the claim. Yes, it is high tech cat litter. It is what cats will use in space as long as there is artificial gravity.