Writers Block

I think the Daily Dalia still needs more vacation time. My mind is just not focused on writing. I have been looking for employment for a year now and I believe my frustration has gotten in the way of my thoughts. I hope soon to finally get a job and get my life (and mind) back.


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My very favorite Christmas Special

The Daily Dalia is taking a holiday break.

Happy Thanksgiving

So what are you thankful for? I had that question posed to me on Face Book (it is that time of year) so I thought for a second and went with the first thing that popped into my mind…my bed.

I had just come home from seeing The Blind Side and that part of the movie brought tears to my eyes. It’s true…having a bed to sleep in at night is wonderful and just one more thing to add to the list of “what is taken for granted”. How many times are people on vacation and only want to come home so they can sleep in their bed. There are a lot of people in the world who don’t have the luxury of having…their bed.

Speaking of Thanksgiving and The Blind Side…I think it’s a great movie for families to go see around this holiday; especially kids (they might learn something). This is a true story of a giving woman and a boy who was gyped in the “parent” department. The two come together and wa-lah…a heartwarming tale with a happy ending. Michael Oher (subject of the movie) stills plays professional football and I would love to meet  Leigh Anne Tuohy, the mom(Sandra Bullock played her awesomely), she is one tough cookie.

So after you hit the Black Friday sales, take the family to see The Blind Side. My final grade for this movie is an A-

A kiss is just a kiss

Adam Lambert and male musician

Rumor has it that Adam’s kiss from the AMA show this past Sunday received 1500 complaints (did someone actually count). Did Madonna and Britney’s kiss get the same negative attention or does America have a double standard for same sex kissing on TV? We all know that most people are “OK’ or think it’s “hot” when 2 woman kiss but when 2 men kiss…well that’s a different story. I actually accept Adam’s kiss more because he is gay and Madonna is not.  What do you think-

UPDATE:  Now rumor has it that the person Adam kissed was actually a girl but my arguement still stands.

Receipt of receipts

Am I the only person that has noticed that receipts have doubled or even tripled in length? Am I also the only person that this annoys. I’m really trying to be as green as I possibly can. My big thing now is when I shop I don’t take a bag unless really needed; I’ll put it in my purse or just carry it out to my car. When in the mall I may get one bag but then put all my other purchases in that same bag. But now I need a bag just for all these looooooooooooooong receipts!

Seriously, think of all the paper that would be saved. Here is what I propose-

  1. First of all, cut down information that is actually on the receipt, we don’t need to know about online survey’s and a bunch of other crap that people don’t even read or just throw away. If the receipt was ½ the size, right there we are saving many trees.
  2. The person should ask the customer if they want or need their receipt. If you buy a candy bar or cup or coffee…do you really always need that piece of paper.
  3. All the debit cards should have a link that you can go to on line, put in your “code” and have the capability to print a receipt if you need to at some point.
  4. All stores such as Macy’s, Target, Home Depot etc.; they too could have an online site for printing receipts or if you need to return something they can have the capability to scan your credit card and the price tag and get all the information from there.

I do like Macy’s idea for “gift receipts”.  Especially around the holidays people ask for gift receipts (that’s doubling the paper output). Macy’s puts a tiny little sticker on the price tag in case a person needs to bring back. Way to go Macy’s!

I’m all for “every little bit counts” and I really believe cutting out receipts would make a greater impact then you think. The earth would benefit in two ways…by cutting down on paper usage and there would be less litter. It’s a win/win situation.

One week and counting

One week from today is my favorite day of the year…Thanksgiving! Now anyone that knows me knows I said that with sarcasm. I believe I did a post last year on the reasons I don’t like this particular holiday. As a quick reminder or for new readers here is my reason –  it’s a lot of work for a few minutes at the dinner table. That is my readers digest version.

But I am cooking a turkey this year and was wondering what everyone thinks is the BEST turkey. Is it the fresh, frozen, free-range, organic or Lutheran one?? I usually buy the frozen only because I like to shop early and don’t want to be in the supermarket basically the whole week before Thanksgiving. I would assume you would have to buy a fresh one within a few days…in my world waiting that long is procrastination. Once the bird is cooked I usually like to mix all my food together so I don’t think I would know the difference. I hear that fresh tastes more “gamey” and frozen is sweeter tasting. I have never had a free-range or an organic one but I figure a turkey that’s allowed to run around the farm may end up eating something nasty so I’ll choose the one that is forced to only eat corn. The whole process seems cruel either way. (this is why I really need to become a vegetarian).

It doesn’t matter which one you end up choosing…it’s still a day of “production”. And don’t even get me started on the clean up.


This is an exam that should not be missed

Last month was October which I believe is known as “breast cancer awareness month”. Now I may be wrong but I swear I heard that woman should give themselves self breast examinations monthly and have mammograms every year after age 40 unless you have a family history of breast cancer (then it can be earlier).

HOLD YOUR HORSES WOMEN…now some group is saying different. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force now says we should not give ourselves self breast examinations and mammograms should be for woman over 50 (unless you have a history) and every other year. I’m, confused and my boyfriend is confused over all this “new” information.

The one thing that stood out the most is that this same group “The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force” had different findings and it was a group of different people. So is it new information or just new people giving us their opinion? All I know is that breast cancer is the #2 killer of U.S. Women. All I know is that my grandmother died at age 49 with breast cancer. All I know is that a family member had breast cancer and luckily she found it early on (in her 40’s) and is alive because she did not wait until she was 50. This is what I know.

I don’t think this should be a subject of confusion which is what is happening at this moment. Women are not sure what the hell to do. I have no faith in what the medical field tells me…I go by my gut feeling. And with this one my gut tells me to continue to have yearly mammograms and do self breast examinations (history or no family history of breast cancer).