Thursday, May 19, 2011

More Thoughts Too Short for a Whole Blog Post

Can you see the teeny weeny scoop my husband is using to season the burgers?  (The scoop came with the seasoning - totally silly.)

Speaking of cooking have you heard of the The Pioneer Woman?  I'll even give you a link to her website if you're not familiar with her:  The Pioneer Woman.  She just published a cookbook.  At first glance she's interesting, but after reading her website for a while I've decided she's like the "Martha Stewart of the internet".  The Pioneer Woman cooks!  The Pioneer Woman homeschools!  The Pioneer Woman teaches photography!  The Pioneer Woman writes a children's book!  What the Pioneer Woman puts forth as her image is just as ridiculously unrealistic as what Martha Stewart portrays.  She seems to be wildly popular though, so I guess it sure sells!  (Incidentally, her recipes do look great, but my husband with his genetic predisposition to heart disease would be dead inside a week if I cooked like that.)  There are even some "anti Pioneer Woman" websites out there, but I'm not going to link to those.

I have been completely and totally fascinated with British royalty and British history since the royal wedding.  I have been checking books out from the library left and right on everything from Princess Diana to the pictorial history of the rise and fall of the British empire.  I even watched the Queen's arrival in Ireland live on CNN the other day.

I've been looking into Tracfone to save money on the cell phone bill and, holy moly!  If you're a light cell phone user you can save a ton of money by switching to one of the pay as you go cell phones.  As long as you make sure the pay as you go company/phone you choose uses the best network in your area (in my case, Verizon) you actually can get as good or better coverage for WAY THE HECK CHEAPER!  All the pay as you go phones are actually using one or more of the major carrier's cell towers (T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, etc.).  And I thought I didn't want to bother with remembering to keep adding minutes or whatever, but the case of Tracfone, they have a "year of service" card with 800 minutes (if you get a double minutes for life phone), so I would only have to add minutes as I need them, and only have to worry about running out of service once a year!  Sorry to go on about this, but after looking at the pay as you go phones I can't believe what a rip off contract phones are for light cell phone users!!  My sister-in-law has been happily using a Tracfone for 10 years!  Where have I been?  I have been paying TOO MUCH!

This is kinda long for "thoughts too short".

If you're a Facebook user and you like games, if you haven't already tried the Gardens of Time game, you should.  It's a hidden object type game and it's really fun!  And it's not one of those games where you need 85 neighbors or have to spam your friends constantly asking for stuff.  Very low pressure.

What do *you* think of the Pioneer Woman?  Do you use a pay as you go cell phone, and do you like it?  What Facebook games do you play?

The end.


  1. I agree with you about Pioneer Woman. She's an amazing lady and God bless her.... but she's a little too amazing for little ol' me. :) I couldn't cook like that, I'm fat enough eating salads every day. :-p Can you believe that after all that renovation last year, while I slaved away like a contractor for months, I lost only 5 pounds total? I gained it all back and more during the winter. Ugh! No, no fatty, buttery, meaty foods for me!

    We have had Tracfone for EONS. Maybe, 12 years. My husband still has them, and two of my kids have them. I had them, but switched to a contract for a smartphone.

    Tracfone is nice and cheap! It's great for ppl who don't use the cell that much. However, after a while you may start to notice a LOT of solicitors and "wrong" numbers. My sons' phone gets maybe 2-3 numbers AND texts per day, every day and sometimes in the middle of the night. GAH! I wonder if the number belonged to someone else and TF regurgitated it, because for the first year, we were CONSTANTLY getting calls from lawyers, credit card companies and state social services for other people. After I explained to them (on my own dime) that these ppl are no longer with this number, most of the calls like that have stopped. Now, it's just mostly solicitors or numbers with weird patterns, like 79-22. We get these a LOT. The other Tracfone phones we have also get these things, but less frequently (maybe, 6 times per week). It's a BIG nuisance. And Tracfone is basically no service (they are based in Mexico).

    Also, be aware that if you answer these calls or open the texts, you lose minutes (and money). My husband-- the nice guy-- wants to answer every call and text back saying they've got the wrong number, which costs us $!! I got so disgusted with Tracfone for this that I am slowly transitioning over to contract phones. With the family plan, I can spend the same amount of $$ for contract phones for all of us than the individual TF phones. Plus, I do like my smartphone which is perfect for travel....

    Hope that helps.

  2. I had Sprint for years and before that had T-Mobile. I finally switched to a pay as you go phone. The plan is called Straight Talk and its a subsidiary of Tracphone. I pay $30 for a card which has 1000 minutes and 1000 texts for 30 days. There is also another option for $45 which is unlimited minutes and texts.

    When I was with Sprint, I was paying around $48 a month and it was the cheapest plan that they had.

    So far, I really like Straight Talk and am saving $18 a month.

    If anyone is interested, their site is:

  3. Regarding Pioneer Woman, I saw her blog not long back but didn't really read much of it. I will take some time to check it out.

    She sounds like superwoman though, which I will never be or even want to be. I am not sure how some woman can do so many things and not get flustered.

    I used to get really disappointed with myself when I couldn't live up to others and their energy levels. Now, I realize that I can just do the best that I can and be happy with it.

  4. I have gotten SO sick of Pioneer woman. It's just the same ol' $h*t recycled a 1,001 ways. It got old pretty quick for me! I finally unsubscribed to her main blog. I keep her photography feed just in case she gives away a camera but I hardly EVER glance at the posts! (not that I believe anyone ACTUALLY wins her contests)

  5. I really like your homely, 'keeping it real' blog,I feel as if I'm at home in my PJ's and slippers when I read it.
    I've been using my Tracfone for over 3 years and am using the family value plan and it's only costing me $27.96/month for a family of 4. I don't think any other cell phone company can beet this price.
    My phone gets 50 minutes for $9.99 and the rest of the family gets 40 minutes for $5.99/month and the minutes get sent automatically every month to our phones. I find this a time saver. We're saving over a $100/month. I've just told my kids that their phones are not toys they are for small emergencies.
    I've had no strange calls on my Tracfone or 'wrong numbers' from people thinking that I'm someone else.
    I actually recommend this family plan to you ladies out there.

  6. Thank you all for your thoughts and experiences with pay as you go phones, it was really helpful to me in making my decision...I always like to know the bad and the good! Also, not to be rude, but I'm glad I'm not the only one that can't stand Pioneer Woman!!! LOL....


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