Breakfast Quiches

In a hurry in the morning but still want a good breakfast? Try making these and grab one out of the freezer and toss in the microwave.


Breakfast Quiches

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So you want to work at Twitter…

Most of us probably use Twitter or Dropbox on a regular basis. Ever wonder what it would be like to work there? Anyone who knows anything about tech companies would probably imagine something like Google or perhaps Apple. This first video was made by Twitter employees and it shows what it’s like to work there…well, sort of. The second video shows the “human” side of Dropbox employees. Watch them and see what it’s like to work for either of these two companies.




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3 Easy ways to save money

Would you like to save money without a lot of effort? Saving money on things we buy everyday is necessary for a lot of us to make ends meet.

Here are some easy ways that I have found to save on things I buy on a regular basis in my podcast.     Money saving ideas


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Life as a professional amateur

Ever wonder what it would be like to outsource your life to India? Could you never tell a single lie and say everything that was on your mind for 30 days? Anyone out there read the  Encyclopedia Britannica from A to Z?!  These are just a few of the interesting experiments author  A. J. Jacobs has lived in order to write both articles and books. In the first part of this episode of TED Radio Hour, we hear about the challenges he faced, and what he learned, during the year that he lived biblically. Have a listen to his fascinating experiences and what he learned from them.



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The 5 Apes

29408219350_c0496f66ba_mNot sure if everyone is familiar with the 5 Apes story, but I really like it and would like to share it. Last semester I had to write a group speech with my team in speech class trying to persuade our instructor NOT to give us a final exam. Yeah,fun. In doing my research, I came across this story. Since it is sometimes hard to “embrace” change in our lives, I like to remember this story when faced with stubborn people who are clearly not open to new ideas, or opinions that are different from their own. I have always been super open minded, so it is tough to deal with all the narrow minded, short sighted people there are here in the South. But I digress.

There is a cage that contains five apes. If you hang a banana on a string and put stairs under it, before long an ape will go up the stairs and reach for the banana. As soon as the ape touches the banana, all of the apes get sprayed with cold water. After a while, another ape makes an attempt with the same result – all the apes are sprayed with cold water. Soon the apes realize what will happen and stop trying to reach the bananas.

Eventually an ape tries to climb the stairs for the banana again and the other apes attack him so he will stop- for fear they will be sprayed with water again.

Now remove one of the apes and replace it with a new one. The new ape sees the banana and tries to climb the stairs. To his horror, all of the apes attack him. He tries again and he is again attacked. He now realizes that if he attempts to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.

Remove another of the original five apes and replace it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment as well. Again, replace a third of the original five apes with a new one.  After replacing the fourth and fifth of the original apes there are no longer any apes that have been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, no ape ever again approaches the banana. Why?

Because that’s the way it’s always been around here.

Something to think about,huh? How many of you have had to deal with closed minded people who were not open to change or new ideas?




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How did I get here?!

2 years ago, I would not have believed that this is what I would be doing at this stage in my life! Growing up in Michigan, I spent my summers at our family’s cottage up in Port Huron. We walked to the lake and caught dinner. We had bonfires, cooked out, played bad mitten, croquet, and horse shoes. I don’t think anyone ever watched the tv, in fact I don’t even know if it was plugged in! On my dad’s side I am Armenian. Family gatherings were big, and loud, and delicious. Beop [Bee-op] (a nickname we gave my grandma when we were little) was usually in the kitchen, making amazing Armenian food. The property was an old orchard so there were about a dozen different fruit trees. The garden was huge and Beop grew everything in season. Fresh food was important to my family.

When I was 12, Beop came to stay with us because she was sick. I often went into her room, sat on the floor and opened my favorite book off of her bookshelf; The Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. She had recently graduated college at the age of 54. I was so proud of her. We were close and could talk about anything. She knew how badly I wanted to go to college. If it was up to me; I would have pulled a “Doogie Howser” and been graduating at 14. In fact, at the end of 2nd grade, I was invited to skip the 3rd grade entirely- but my dad said I couldn’t. He believed in hard work- no short cuts. He put himself through school to become an architect/electrical engineer while driving a taxi at night in Detroit. No kid of his was going to skip a grade!

Eh, my dad had his issues. I imagine being 2nd generation Armenian, born in this country was hard. My grandparents were raised by immigrants that had survived the Armenian Genocide. Both sets of my paternal great grandparents lost their entire family and came to this country in their fifties; got remarried, and had more kids. Their oldest children (my grandparents) were matched by a matchmaker. So needless to say; “old country” was how my dad was raised. He was beaten as discipline back when people didn’t think it was abuse. It was how people raised their kids; with respect. This explains a lot.

He always felt that people discriminated against him because of his ethnicity. Though I often thought him to be massively paranoid; sometimes they did. In the 80’s it was tough to be middle- eastern if you lived in this country. We owned a deli when I was a kid, and once while he and I were out front, some guys drove by and one yelled at him, “Go back to Iran!” I have blue eyes and am light skinned with light hair like my mom; my dad is olive complexion with black hair. He didn’t say a word, but I knew this was not the first time he had experienced something like this. For me it was.

I was unhappy about not being allowed to skip a grade, so the compromise was I got to go to 4th grade for half of the day for Math and English. My grandmother understood my resentment over this and was proud of me and I knew it. She was my rock when I was a kid. Then she got sick. We were at the cottage; just the 2 of us. We were going to go to Niagara Falls, but she was coughing up blood so we had to go back home to our farm in Clio. The long ride back was very quiet I remember. She was not herself.
I think she knew that she was sick for a while.


8456630717_e7387dd64c_mIt turns out they found the cancer too late. They tried chemo, but by the end of the summer we knew she didn’t have long to live. We took one last trip as a family to Niagara Falls and the cottage. After she was gone, I went to her room, sat on the floor and opened my favorite book. This time, there was an inscription, to me. I do not remember the exact words nor do I still have the dictionary. What I have always remembered, is that my grandmother wanted for me to get a college education and 35 years, 2 marriages, and 4 kids later; I am back in college and making Beop proud.

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Topic: Social Media and how it affects you

28671560603_8355b9b2f9_m-2I was definitely slow to take to social media. Email;no problem. Text; ehh, I wasn’t too sure about having to be tethered to my phone all of the time. But social media websites and apps were not very appealing to me initially. I have no problem with technology and can definitely see the upside to getting and sending info faster. Definitely a fan of email and instant messaging. Social media has its upside for sure. It’s almost hard to remember when we couldn’t IMMEDIATELY                                       “post”  something ­some where! Talk about immediate gratification. What did we used to do with all the time we spent posting, tweeting, snapping and chatting?!

I know. We used to spend more time interfacing!

I recently took my 14 and 18 year old to a ball game and had to threaten not to take them to eat after, to get them off of social media websites. It reminds me of when my oldest (he is 29 now) was a baby and we got a camcorder. It was the 80’s and having a camcorder was a big deal. ­You just  had to record your kids childhoods!! We were at the Grand Canyon and he was 3. I was filming and wanted him to look at the Grand Canyon; he was on a bench and wanted  me to look at a heart someone had carved in the bench! I had an epiphany in that moment. If I was busy filming; I was not present. I decided that day that I didn’t want to miss my son’s child hood ­because I was too busy filming it. I feel the same way about social media. I don’t want to miss living my life because I am too busy updating, posting, or tweeting about it. I try to instill this in my kids. Perhaps I should just tweet them about it. 🙂


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