Thursday, May 23, 2013

Attracting Car Discussions

Weird subject line, but stay with me.  If you have followed my posts for a long time, you'll probably know I believe in the law of attraction, that what you concentrate on and think about the most tends to come your way and no this doesn't have anything to do with the car pictured, I just happened to like it and had the picture handy and this relates to cars.  

This week I'm attracting car discussions.  Of course being that I was at Jiffy Lube the one time and Discount Tire another time, makes sense that people would be talking about cars, but this isn't a normal occurrence for me.  People generally don't come up and talk to me out of the blue. 

When I was at Jiffy Lube on Sunday, it was just me and a guy with his daughter.  After he saw my car go in, he starting talking to me about how GM no longer makes Pontiac and we went into talking about big engines and he mentioned that in addition to his loaded new Suburban ($47,000-$57,000) that was getting an oil change, he also has a 7 series BMW ($71,000-$129,000) and a Dodge Viper ($100,000).  It was an impressive lineup, almost $250k worth of vehicles and those were just the ones he brought up.  I think he is a business owner, as I heard him say he was moving into a bigger office when I walked in the door.  I mentioned that to the wife when I got home, since it's not every day you meet a guy with $250k+ of vehicles that is openly sharing those details with you for some reason. 

Then at Discount Tire Tuesday evening, I was just there to get the free rotation/balance and I was the only guy in the main waiting area.  Out of the blue a guy comes over and sits right next to me and says "Hi, is that your Pontiac G8?"...Yep, sure is..."I just sold my G8 GXP and have a bunch of performance parts that I was about to put on the boards online and wanted to see if you might want any."  I didn't specifically want any of what he was selling, but he proceeded to tell me he just sold that car, he has a Pontiac GTO that was getting wheels/tires on, he also has a sup'd up Chevy Impala and just bought a new Mustang as well.

I mentioned that to the wife when I got home as well and she said "that's very odd, that's the second time this week."  I didn't closely relate the two stories initially, but that is true and very weird.  Why twice in one week are people coming up to me and striking up conversations about having multiple high end/high performance vehicles.  Do I have "Please come up and tell me about your vast car collection" written on my forehead?  I checked, that would be a no. 

I wanted to try and figure out why, so thought I'd type it out as I was going through it.  Could be a few things, I have been really focusing on this Forever Affiliate online program and talk daily to other folks trying to succeed online in a private Facebook group and perhaps my focus on that is bringing successful people with $$ into my consciousness.  However, really all we talked about was cars, so I'm not sure if they were successful or rich, or just up to their eyeballs in debt or ?  But I'd like to think perhaps I'm attracting successful people into my circle to learn from in some way. 

The other thing is that I've been talking to a friend from high school, Paul and he just bought a ram air/cold air intake and exhaust for his car that he just purchased, which is the same car that I have.  I'd been planning to purchase the ram air/cold air intake this week and have been researching it and reading about it and so actually, that makes sense that the guy at Discount Tire came up to me and asked if I would be interested in purchasing performance parts.  The cold air intake was one of the items he was selling actually, but it was not the same type/model I'm looking at, but that is still real freaky.  I know this law of attraction thing works, it's just still freaky when it happens. 

So yeah, just wanted to mention that little bit of weirdness.  Bottom line, which isn't specific to my story above, but be sure to use the law of attraction to your advantage.  If you really want something or really want to accomplish something, focus on that as much as possible.  Write it down, always keep it in your thoughts and most importantly, make sure it is a positive thing!  Don't focus on wanting to get rid of something negative, as that will just attract more negativity.  Stay positive, stay focused and great things can happen! 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Happy Anniversary!

Today is our 9 year Anniversary!  Hard to believe it was 9 years ago that we were getting married on the beach, 20 miles directly south of where we live now. We celebrated our Anniversary a little early with a trip to Mexico 2 weeks ago and had a wonderful time.  We haven't picked where we're heading to dinner just yet, but we will be sure to have a nice dinner out to celebrate tonight as well!

You're the bestest wifey that I could ever ask for and I'm always looking forward to sharing new exciting adventures, the best is yet to come!  Love you lots and lots!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Ways to Help Victims of Oklahoma Tornadoes

In the wake of the terrible Oklahoma tornadoes, that continue to be a threat all over the Midwest, you may be looking for ways that you could help out.  I copy/pasted the majority of the items below from the nightly news website(s) to share here in one spot. 

American Red Cross
The Red Cross has set up shelters in various communities. You can donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund here, and the organization also suggests giving blood at your local hospital or blood bank.

If you're searching for a missing relative, check Red Cross Safe & Well's site. And please register if you're within the disaster region. The site is designed to make communication easier after a tragedy like this.

If you want to send a $10 donation to the Disaster Relief fund via text message, you can do so by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999. As in the case with other donations via mobile, the donation will show up on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your balance if you have a prepaid phone. 

The Red Cross also accepts frequent flier miles as donations. Delta, United Airlines and US Airways partner with the Red Cross throughout the year, which uses miles to help get volunteers and staff to key locations during disasters. (Note: The donation is not tax-deductible as the IRS considers it a gift.) For Delta, email: with your SkyMiles number, the number of miles you want to donate, and specify the Red Cross as the charity. You can donate miles online at United Airlines Donate Your Miles and US Airways Dividend Miles.
Phone: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767); for Spanish speakers, 1-800-257-7575; for TDD, 1-800-220-4095.

OK Strong Disaster Relief Fund
The state of Oklahoma, coordinating with the United Way of Central Oklahoma, on Tuesday established the OK Strong Disaster Relief Fund to help "with the long-term medical, emotional and educational needs of victims of the May 20 tornado in Moore and the May 19 tornado near Shawnee."
Donations for can be made online at
Phone: 1-405-236-8441.

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, working with the Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, is seeking monetary donations. To donate, visit the regional food bank's website, or give $10 by texting the word FOOD to 32333.
Phone: 1-405-972-1111

Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief
This organization says donations will "go straight to help those in need providing tree removal services, laundry services and meals to victims of disasters."
It is requesting monetary donations (It says clothing is NOT needed). For more information, and to donate, visit Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief's website.
You can send checks to: BGCO, Attn: Disaster Relief, 3800 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK., 73112.

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is organizing disaster response units to serve hard-hit areas in central Oklahoma, including Moore, where it is sending mobile kitchens that can serve meals to 2,500 people a day, and to South Oklahoma City.
In Little Axe, Okla., the organization said, the army's Central Oklahoma Area Command Disaster Service Unit was busy feeding breakfast, lunch and dinner to people, "even as one of our Salvation Army family member's home was destroyed."
Supporters can donate online via the organization's website, You can also text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation via cellphone.
If you want to send a check, the Salvation Army asks that you put the words "Oklahoma Tornado Relief" on the check, and mail it to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK., 73157.
Phone:  1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Feed the Children
Feed the Children has set up five locations in Oklahoma City to accept donations to help victims of the Moore tornado. The organization is accepting items including diapers, canned goods, non-perishable food, snack items, water and sports drinks. The organization is also supporting mobile canteens in partnership with the Salvation Army and the Red Cross.
You can donate online, or make a $10 donation by texting the word DISASTER to 80888.
Phone:  1-800-627-4556

United Way of Central Oklahoma
A disaster relief fund is being activated as of May 21 so that individuals can specifically donated to tornado relief-and-recovery efforts, the organization says on its site.
"Financial contributions are the best way to help unless otherwise requested." Donations can be made online at United Way of Central Oklahoma’s Disaster Relief Fund is open.  Donations may be made online here. Checks, with a notation of "May Tornado Relief" can also be sent to the United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK , 73101.

Feeding America
Through its network of more than 200 food banks, Feeding America, whose mission is to "feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks," says it will deliver truckloads of food, water and supplies to communities in need, in Oklahoma, and will also "set up additional emergency food and supply distribution sites as they are needed." You can donate online here.
Phone: 1-800-910-5524.

Operation USA
The international relief group, based in Los Angeles, says it is "readying essential material aid — emergency, shelter and cleaning supplies" to help Oklahoma's community health organizations and schools recover.
You can donate online here. You can also give a $10 donation by texting the word AID to 50555. Checks should be sent to: Operation USA, 7421 Beverly Blvd., PH, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 1-800-678-7255.

Convoy of Hope
The Missouri-based nonprofit organization has done work in other disasters, including the Haiti earthquake, with a mission of getting food and water to those after disaster strikes. Now it's doing the same for Moore, Okla. You can donate online here. Convoy of Hope is also going the crowd-sourced route, using HopeMob, a site similar to Kickstarter but for raising money to help disaster victims and others in need, which charges no fees to the organizations that use it. Convoy of Hope's goal on the site is to raise $15,000 in seven days to help Moore.

"Why 7 days? In these first 7 days the town of Moore, OK will be consumed with clearing out destruction and accessing their needs," HopeMob says on its site. "Once those needs are known we want to be able to give them the funds to help them rebuild in the long term."
As of Tuesday, nearly $9,500 was raised.
Phone: 1-800-988-0664

Direct Relief
The Santa Barbara, Calif.-based, non-profit organization provides medical assistance and personal hygiene items to those hurt in disasters, as well as in other circumstances.
"So far we have heard from health center partners responding in Oklahoma and are preparing an emergency shipment to help support the efforts there.  Direct Relief has been receiving requests for emergency supplies, personal care and protection items — including hygiene supplies, infection control products, gloves, soap, shampoo, deodorant, sanitary napkins, diapers, wipes and formula," said Kerri Murray, Direct Relief vice president, in an email.
To donate, visit
Phone: 1-800-676-1638

The Emergency Response team for AmeriCares is in Oklahoma, "coordinating deliveries of emergency aid and assessing the needs of survivors and health care organizations in the disaster area."
Since 1982, the Connecticut-based nonprofit has delivered medicine, medical supplies and aid to those in need around the world and across the United States.
You can donate online here. You can also give a $10 donation by texting the word LIVE to 25383. Checks or money orders can be mailed to: AmeriCares, 88 Hamilton Ave., Stamford, CT 06902.
Phone:  1-800-486-HELP (1-800-486-4357)

Operation Blessing International
Humanitarian organization Operation Blessing International, which last week coordinated more than 500 volunteers in Granbury, Texas, after that area was hit by a tornado, is working with The Home Depot and dispatching a construction unit, mobile command center, trucks with tools and supplies and a team of construction foremen to Moore.

Late Monday, Operation Blessing International also "loaded and deployed two tractor-trailer truckloads of food and emergency relief supplies from its warehouse in Dallas, Texas, in partnership with the humanitarian organization, Mercury One," said a Operation Blessing spokeswoman.
The Virginia Beach-based group's online link for donations is here.
Phone:  1-800-730-2537

Samaritan's Purse
The international Christian relief organization focuses on cleaning and repairing damaged homes and sent two disaster relief units from North Wilkesboro, N.C. to Oklahoma Tuesday. "The tractor-trailers are stocked with heavy-duty plastic, chainsaws, generators, and other tools and equipment. The units also will serve as command centers for the response," Samaritan's Purse says on its website.
You can donate online here. You can also give a $10 donation by texting the word SP to 80888.
Phone:  1-800-528-1980

Jewish Federations of North America
The Jewish Federations of North America is working with the Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma, which is coordinating efforts with a local food bank, Habitat for Humanity and the Red Cross. The Jewish Federations of North America has established an Oklahoma City Tornado Relief fund. Donors can contribute online here.
Checks can also be sent to the JFNA national mailbox at: The Jewish Federations of North America, Wall Street Station, P.O. Box 148, New York, NY, 10268. Please indicate "JFNA Oklahoma City Tornado Relief Fund" on all checks or in the designation box online. is creating a special online fund to collect donations for the teachers and schools of Moore, Okla., to help respond and rebuild. Donors Choose will work with the teachers of Moore to assess what they need for their classrooms and allow them to identify the real-time solutions and supplies their community and their students need: everything from clothing for their students to first-aid kits.
To donate, visit

Toddler Tuesday

Here are some pics from recent FaceTime sessions with our niece Hadley and nephew Max.

So darn cute!  Happy Tuesday!


Friday, May 17, 2013


Monday, May 13, 2013

Monkey Monday

We're back from vacation to Riviera Maya Mexico and I haven't had time to write anything about it, but we had a great time!  The highlight of the trip was our excursion to the Jungle Place, where you get to hang out INSIDE the world of a monkey sanctuary for a little over an hour.  SO cool, will talk more about it in another post, but as I was looking through the pictures this morning this one cracked me up.  The monkey and I both have the same expression, HAH...We're both looking at the baby monkey overhead.  And I loved that it looks like the other one is sticking her tongue out.  I agree, it's the first day back to work after a long vacation, I say PSFT and stick my tongue out to that as well!  Happy Monday!

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