Thank Goodness For The Internet

One of the things I really like about the Internet is how easy it is to do research that I never would have been able to do before – not even at a public library! For example, my nephew was asking me if I could help him find out what the best clarinet brands are for a beginner to buy. He wasn’t sure that he wanted to trust the music teacher’s suggestions – I think he was concerned about the teacher getting a “kick-back.” It doesn’t take a lot of time, or effort, to go to Google and type in a few keywords and find out what you want to know!

Planning Thanksgiving

Usually I always make the Thanksgiving dinner for my immediate family and who ever else cares to stop buy. This is the first year in I actually can’t remember when, that I won’t be cooking. I don’t like the idea, but I have been staying with my Mom to help her out, since she broke her hip and everyone thinks this will be easier for all involved.

This year, we will be going to my youngest sister’s home for Thanksgiving. In a way, though I miss the preparing and cooking part of the holiday, it will be kind of nice to let someone else take over this time. It’s been really hectic with me staying with my mom, my family up here in the tundra fending for themselves. At least for the most part.

I’ve been asked to bring the dinner rolls, but that may change as the days go buy. I personally thought I would make the dinner rolls, but they would be cold after a two hour drive to my sister’s place. So…it is already made rolls that don’t even need heated up. Next year hopefully things will be back to some kind of semblance of normalcy! Wait!!! Normal is a cycle on a washing machine. Well…perhaps things will be more of a Elaine’s Thanksgiving dinner!

3 Ways Employers Can Discriminate Against Employees – The Legal Way

The US has come a long way as far as civil rights are concerned. But there are still some surprising ways people can be discriminated against in the workplace – legally. Here are some ways your employer can legally discriminate against you at work.

If You’re Gay

Believe it or not, certain states do not prohibit employers from firing (or not hiring in the first place) people who are gay. In fact, only 20 states and the District of Columbia have laws that prohibit this discrimination. That means in the other states, employers are legally free to fire people just for being gay.

If You’re Overweight

No federal statute exists, that bars discrimination against individuals based on their weight. Only one state – Michigan – has a law that prohibits it. Overweight people who seek justice need to prove that they are not just overweight, but obese. In this case, they may be covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, a law that protects individuals with disabilities in the workplace. Speak with a labor law specialist in your area if you feel you are being wrongfully discriminated at work.

If You’re a Parent

In the majority of states, it’s legal for an employer to not hire you or to deny promotion based on the fact that you have kids that will demand a lot of your time and attention. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act prohibits employers from discriminating against employees while they are pregnant, and the Family and Medical Leave Act stipulates that many employees get 12 weeks of unpaid leave to tend to a baby. However, after that, you’re mainly on your own.

Considering these scenarios, you’d be well-advised to seek legal advice to see what recourse you have if you believe you are being discriminated against in the workplace.

Cold weather is coming in and so is insulation

Temps hit 40 degrees last night and it’s time to insulate where I didn’t think we needed it. When I woke up with my nose and feet super cold, I decided that it was nearly time to look for extra insulation for around my bedroom windows. This may also turn into not only a home improvement project, but also a decoration or rather redecorating, project as well. I call it an investment.

After I figure out what kind of insulation I want to use for the windows, I’m thinking about different window coverings also. This will then lead to new pillow slips, comforters, and of course sheets, a new blankie and area rugs. I sometimes get a bit carried away and overspend, so I’m going to set a budget for myself and try to stick to it.

I have used the kind of window insulation that is clear plastic and then you take a hair dryer to make the plastic fit tight, but it turned out to be a total disaster. Maybe I was doing it wrong, and of course, it was at that time a new item on the market. Perhaps they have improved that method or I may have gotten more savvy to this sort of thing. Who knows? It might be worth a try, since it’s a must for me to be able to see out windows, or I feel very claustrophobic. At any rate, this is going to be my new project over the next month, besides my October crafts and planning for the Halloween holiday!