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A Thank You To Readers…And A Request For Opinions

August 29, 2011 · 78 comments

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I am sitting here, just catching up with life from being out of town for the weekend, when I realized “I would so much rather spend time writing than getting ready for work”.

I have never had that dilemma before when it came to a hobby.  Well, I would always rather sit and read a book rather than work, but I am not counting that.

I am so glad that I embarked on my writing  journey.  I have ‘met’ so many people, and I have always wondered if anyone would ever read anything I ever wrote.  Where I am certainly not a world-famous writer, or even recognized in the slightest of ways, I am glad that some people out there take the time to read what I write.  I don’t know where my writing will take me in the future, but I love the outlet that it provides.

So, I want to give a huge thank you to the loyal readers that stop by so often and leave comments, and also to the people that end up on this site because a search engine brought them to the doorstep.  I truly enjoy responding to the comments because it is nice to have a ‘conversation’ with someone and get other viewpoints.  It makes the whole writing process feel like a less solitary experience.

If you ever have a question you would like advice on, please feel free to send me an email or just ask in a comment somewhere.  No topic is off limits (well, almost…).  Also, if there is a topic you would like to hear more about, or if there is something you would like to see LESS of, feel free to leave a comment.  I know I share a lot of my own personal thoughts on this site, and maybe you readers find that incredibly boring.  I would love to hear what people think, so please share!  (I will all embrace all comments!  I would love to see where I need to improve.)

Again, thank you for reading!


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First Gen American August 29, 2011 at 8:02 am

And thank you for encourage me to start a blog of my own as well. You are a very easy person to talk to and trust and I think that’s why people come here and openly write about their own thoughts in the comments section.

My favorite articles are your reflections on life and goals. They are always very insightful.


Kris August 29, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Thank you so much First Gen. I think you know everyone loves your site. Oh, I was watching my secret shame show “Dance Moms” the other day and one of the moms referred to her mother as ‘babci’. She pronounced it ‘bob-chuh’, and I always envisioned it to be ‘bob-chee’. I can learn something even from reality tv.

Your words were too kind my friend!


The Biz of Life August 29, 2011 at 8:02 am

Who does want to work for someone else? Not too many people I know, but it’s hard to have the guts to go it alone when your family depends on your income.


Kris August 29, 2011 at 10:48 pm

I do think some people actually like to have a boss and just be told what to do, and then be done at the end of the day. Ironically today, I went in to the office (I usually work from home) and I had to turn around an hour later because they needed my conference room for some big important meeting. I was told I could take a cube outside and I said “I prefer the couch” and I left.


101 Centavos August 29, 2011 at 8:04 am

Glad to hear you’re still going strong. I was just reflecting today on various bloggers that I started reading that have burned out and gone away.


Kris August 29, 2011 at 10:47 pm

I am going, but not as strong as I would like. Wish I had more time for my garden too, I am afraid to see what it looks like. My tomatoes have been so disappointing this year. People I know that went with patio tomatoes have done very well. I am composting this year though, so maybe I will make some wonderful soil for next year.


101 Centavos August 29, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Don’t feel too bad about the tomatoes. They’ve been sucky two years in a row now. if it wasn’t for one strain of Roma and the cherry tomatoes, we would’ve been skunked.


Kris August 30, 2011 at 7:49 am

Wow, so I am not alone- I had no idea. I just figured I screwed something up this year. Some of my cherry tomatoes have been great, but the ‘Early Girls’ were all awful. I get angry just looking at my garden, although the green beans came in great.


Moneycone August 29, 2011 at 8:12 am

Truly enjoy your posts Kris! Your posts remind me of ‘Friends’. You pick an insignificant topic and make a beautiful post out of it!


Kris August 29, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Oh thank you Moneycone! I think part of the reason I started my blog is because some dumb little thing would happen, and I would feel like I needed to tell someone about it. I also have always wanted to help people. I had hoped that more people would submit questions to me, but that has not really taken off. I don’t mean just financial, but anything. Although I did get an email where someone asked for advice regarding teen love that was really cute…


MoneyCone August 31, 2011 at 10:40 am

I meant to say Seinfeld… but you get my point!


Jenna, Adaptu Community Manager August 29, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Thanks for being such an awesome writer. It’s always great to read what you have to say.


Kris August 29, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Thanks so much Jenna- and look at what you have done with Adaptu!!!


Little House August 29, 2011 at 5:34 pm

I totally understand your feelings! I love writing and it does provide an outlet for me to express myself. I was just thinking about this the other day; people need a creative outlet. Without one, there’s something “missing.” Blogging has definitely given me this outlet that I thoroughly enjoy and I’m glad you do too. Love reading your posts. 😉


Kris August 29, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Having a creative outlet is a wonderful thing! Your site is informative and fun, and I feel like I am looking for a house right along with you!


Jeanette @ yesiamcheap August 29, 2011 at 7:57 pm


I understand how you feel, because this is your blog which is part of you and serves like your diary that you share that the whole world can read. I appreciate you more for embracing suggestions from other people, humble enough to accept that there’s still a room for improvement for you.

Good job!!!


Kris August 29, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Jeanette, it is really hard to know how much to ‘reveal’ and how much to keep private. I mean, do people really care that I wanted to scream at the pharmacist in Walgreen’s? Maybe not, but it is cathartic for me to write about it!

I know there are about a million ways I can improve. I am not a writer by nature, but more of a logical thinker, so I kind of dove into unchartered waters. I am sure an english major would scoff at my writing style.

Thanks for responding.


Lola August 29, 2011 at 10:35 pm

I really enjoy your blog. I think you have a great gift for observation and reflection. I especially enjoy your stories about your family and all the challenges/dilemmas/triumphs/wackiness that you share.

So I guess my suggestion is to keep those anecdotes coming, especially stories about your high school senior selecting a college (or deciding some other course). It’ll be interesting to hear your take on negotiating the financial aid process and filling out the FAFSA (I wonder if the government improved it like they said they would, ha ha!)

And I have to throw in that I like “Thoughts for Thursday” very much – there’s something about a string of random musings that’s a lot of fun!


Kris August 29, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Thank you so much Lola!

Ironically, we met with the college counselor today for my graduating senior. (You will get plenty of stories on alternating years, as my 3 kids are 2 years apart.) Things are so different than when I filled out my apps to college. Back then, there were no essays or anything. All you needed was an application fee! Now my son needs 2 letters of rec, the common app, regular app for non-common app schools, essays, fees , the FAFSA, and some other financial form.

Once I am further in the process and further understand what I am doing, I will write a post. I think I am going to have my son write some posts too that might be helpful for high school students.

Again, thanks for the kind words.


Money Reasons August 30, 2011 at 1:23 am

I honestly don’t know how you could improve from a content perspective, I like your site just the way it is! But then again, I seem to be on the same wavelength as you are most of the time 🙂

I think it’s a great idea to have your son write some articles too. If my son or daughter were older, I would pay them to write articles like I would do if I were to hire someone to write 1 article a week. Perhaps in the future.


Kris August 30, 2011 at 7:51 am

Thanks so much MR! You have always been so supporting, going back to the very beginning.

I am going to offer a staff writing position to my son. I think the first post will be hard, but after that, he will be fine. I think it might be helpful, especially considering the phase he is embarking on this year. I may even make up a category for him.


retirebyforty August 30, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Do you ever run out of things to write about? Any writer block? Since you post everyday, it seems like you would run out of things to say, but you’re still going strong. Any advice on pushing through block? 🙂


Squirrelers August 30, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Keep doing what you’re doing, Kris. That’s the only thing I’d like to see you do:)


Jacq August 31, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Keep it going, that`s all I can say. 🙂


Daniel September 1, 2011 at 10:43 pm

I have enjoyed reading your posts. Keep it up.


Kris September 2, 2011 at 11:45 am

Thank you Daniel! I look forward to when I have some more time to read other blogs more too like I did before. Life is just too crazy at the moment, but will free up soon!


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