I hope the start of the week doesn’t discourage anyone that Spring is, indeed, on the way. We’ll warm up mid-week, but Jeriann says cooler temperatures for now and the rain comes back at the end of the week. A reminder, speaking of the end of the week, Tulip Time kicks off in Pella next weekend. We hope the forecast changes but Jeriann doesn’t look that that optimistic.
Check’s in the E-Mail
The first round of economic stimulus checks go out early this week. When I say early this week, I mean that the check’s are going out early, and that they will come via direct deposit in the early days of the work week.
$1200 sounds pretty good right now. The story we read this morning says if we use 40% of the kickback from the government, it will still be the biggest shopping event behind Christmas and back to school.
I’m interested to hear what you all are finding more expensive these days. Aside from gas, are you noticing prices swinging up in anything else?
I can’t say I’m noticing the prices as much as I notice the lack of spending on our part. For a lot of different reasons this weekend was our first trip back to the mall in a while. That also meant the first time we’ve had lunch and/or dinner out in a long time. We’ve pulled back our spending.
For those of you in Polk County, remember, the courthouse vote is tomorrow. The question in front of voters is: do you want to spend $127 million to build a new courthouse. You can find out more information at BuildingforJustice.com(for the courthouse) and CitizensForReasonableJustice.com (against it).
What do you think?
Miley too Racy for You?
So what do you think of the Miley Cyrus photos in Vanity Fair this month? The 15 year-old was part of a shoot with famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, you’ve probably seen her work even if you don’t know it’s her.
Anyway this picture appears in this month’s issue of Vanity Fair. The picture doesn’t even come close to showing the tween star topless and some media outlets reported but I think there’s still a debate to be had here…
Do you take offense? Is it appropriate to have a 15 year old pictured like this?
Where in the World?
Matt Lauer starts his week long jaunt around the globe this morning.
If you missed it he’s in Buenas Aries Argentina. The opening of the show this morning showed how good they’re getting at this kind of live remote. Matt went across the widest boulevard in the world on a mo-ped while he talked about the country…that takes some talent, both in the execution and the production. He also went fly fishing in Patagonia…lucky guy. I want to be Matt Lauer when I grow up.
We’ll look forward to his second location and if you’d like…guess his location. I’ll try to update the clue when they’re done with the show. UPDATE: MATT’S NEXT CLUE-The people in our second destination are accustomed to being looked down on…we’ll let the winds lead us to them…and we should get there on time…unless we stop for the lights.
Pretty quiet around the Dix house. Sally and I went out to dinner Friday night. It was good to see the downtown buzzing with the Relays in town.
Saturday we just bummed around the mall, picked up a couple of things we needed and took it easy.
I was asked to host a small event over at the Fairgrounds Saturday night for the Des Moines Springfest Horse Show. This was my first horse show so I really didn’t know what to expect. I was even more confused when I was asked to judge a dog contest at a horse show. It was fun…about a half dozen people dressed up their dogs for a costume contest. Even I can judge that. Our winners were a pair of dogs dressed up as a bride and groom.
My aunt Mary Murphy stopped by for a visit Saturday night. She comes out to town to teach a class every year and we enjoy the visit each time. This time she got a two for one because Matt is living here too. So we all went over and had some Pizza Saturday night.
It was also back to the gym for me this weekend. I’ve fallen off the wagon lately so I’m trying to get back into the swing of things. You’d think I’d learn. I always feel better the next day when I workout. I hope to reinforce that this week.
Hope your weekend was as relaxing as mine.