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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The Glass is Overflowing!

I've decided to become an optimist again. I used to be a "realist" -- which, come on, is only a fancy way of saying pessimist. Have you ever been around a person who calls themselves a realist? I know, they're depressing, huh?

A few months' ago, I had to go to the post office in the city center because our mailbox had been broken into. We don't actually live near the city center, it's just our address. Everyday I had to wait in line to get my mail. Well, now I had to go yesterday to mail some books and a contract, and lo and behold, the place was PACKED! They had a new counter to line up around and everything. They shut another post office down, and now this is the only one in town. So see? I thought it was such a pain, but really, I'd been blessed with two post offices at the time. I would have wasted an hour getting my mail before that!

CA's sales tax went up today to 9.25%! Ouch. Yeah, that's going to help the economy. I mean, who is going to buy a car/house now? But the optimist in me says YAY, I got a new purse recently. I'm good. The optimist in me says I can buy all the groceries I want because there is no tax on food. Mangia!

So even if you don't know what you have to be grateful for today (like two post offices) I guarantee, there's something. Especially if you have your health -- that's something you can't truly appreciate until you don't have it. Happy Midweek!
posted at 12:29 PM  
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At 8:37 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Holy moly, Kristin! 9.25%????? Yikes! No wonder you'd turned "realist." I think that would make me one! I'm glad we moved away. It's been so long, I've finally stopped thinking like a CA nut and now I think like a Georgia peach. Not sure if that's any better, though.

At 9:45 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

So true, Kristin! I choose to look at life with the half-full mentality, but I have my "realist" moments.

Thanks for the reminder!

At 12:31 AM, Blogger Sally said...

Did the whole state go up to that?? That's insane!! Of course, here in KS, they tax us on food (at 6.3%, but still!) annoying!

At 7:24 AM, Blogger Abby said...

Girl, I know. I have to remind myself daily to be an optimist. It's very hard to be optimistic when you work with the public and they yell at you. Yesterday was a worse than normal day so i came home, read blogs and sewed to calm myself. This morning I was thinking about your post about optimism and I decided I needed to use my new Bath and Body Aromatherapy body wash called "Optimism"! Isn't that just perfect? I just breathed in the scent and tried to get myself in a better mentality today. I hope it works:) hehe.

At 11:39 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

In some places, the tax is over 10% -- it depends on your county. So painful!

In answer to your question Sally, I think the whole state has been insane for a long time. We just keep spending without fixing anything, it's frightening, and now the country is following us.

I'm telling you, we have to be optimists and know as long as we can eat, drink and be merry, God's got us covered.

Oh and take a bath Abby. We need that too. LOL

At 1:12 PM, Blogger Allie said...

I've been saying (ever since I moved from CA) that California is only 10-20 years ahead of the rest of the country.

I'm going to be going to CA next week for Easter. I was planning on maybe buying some stuff... don't think I will now.

At 1:18 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I think that's so true. I just wish the rest of the country could watch and learn. I honestly wonder why we teach history in schools. No one seems to change their behavior because of it. The human race is an interesting one. LOL

At 5:48 PM, Blogger Abby said...

So, my hopes for my Optimistic body wash didn't work. I guess some days are just not meant to be optimistic! I just posted about it! I linked your post to mine! :)

At 6:22 PM, Blogger Sue said...

Here's another thing to make you feel good Kristin - sales tax where I live is 14%! We have GST and PST on everything we buy in Ontario (Canada). Now 9.25 doesn't seem so bad now, does it? ;-)

(Just thought I'd help :-D)

At 8:13 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Oh my gosh, that's enormous!!! Do you have big house taxes too? Or just sales' tax? I hope you get a lot for your money. We get a lot of programs for illegal aliens. LOL

At 11:10 PM, Blogger Lauri said...

Since I've changed jobs and got away from some very pessimistic people (that's a optomistic description of them), I've found it a lot easier to look on the bright side. OTOH, your state raised it's sales tax, and my new boss says we will spend less time there auditing at the location. In the past, they have spent 2 weeks in LA or San Diego. It's expensive and to time consuming to fly everyone home, so they'd just pay for all their weekend expenses. I was thinking being paid to spend the weekend sightseeing in LA sounded fun.

At 12:42 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

Lauri, I do believe those are called TOXIC people. I said it, you didn't. : )


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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