Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Yesterday was a good day. The first speaker at the class was the Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors. In one of my past lives I must have been an economist because I am fascinated by this subject matter. He was excellent. Then we had a panel of mortgage bankers and an attorney. They were good, but not outstanding. Then the last hour was an agent who speaks on financing at various conventions etc. He was slightly amusing, but the info was something that we all learned many years ago when we started real estate and possibly we needed a reminder on how to make sure your clients are adequately pre-approved for a mortgage. We didn't need to hear about it for an hour.
I quickly got myself to Cal. Pizza Kitchen where I was too hungry to adequately peruse the menu. Ordered the Thai Chicken Pizza and then remembered how much I love the California Club. Something about a pizza with bacon, tomato, lettuce tossed with mayonnaise and then chicken and avocado that is really tasty!! Anyway, I had my Thai pizza, very spicy, but good and made my way to Homegoods. It is a huge store, especially compared to "our" Homegoods here in town which is very small and leaves you craving a bigger store. I looked at everything and bought nothing. My friends will tell you that I love to shop, but I usually don't buy anything. Not only am I frugal, not in a position to spend on unnecessary items at this time, but I also am trying not to accumulate more "stuff". Trader Joe's was another story. I bought my favorite BayBlend coffee, 4 bunches of daffodils and 10 bottles of wine. We have strange liquor licensing in Massachusetts and you can't buy wine in grocery stores in most instances. I love the wine pricing at Joe's so I buy a couple of bottles of several different varieties or vineyards. I always intend to keep track of any really nice wines I find, but never remember to. That's what happens when you drink them, right?
Today was Primary Day here, so I went and voted in the pouring rain. I am becoming more of a political animal as I age, which isn't saying too much. I was never very interested in the mechanics, but find it more interesting now, especially since this is the first time that the candidates are "different" from what has become the "norm". Bob and I are polar opposites so there is never a political discussion here. We agree to disagree and rarely even mention the topic. I will probably watch a lot of the news on the returns tonight and he will watch the Military Channel.