More Water than Coffee, Beer and Milk

From the News & Observer:

Bottled water sales have increased about 10 percent a year for a decade, and two years ago they passed sales of coffee, beer and milk in the volume that Americans buy annually, said Gary Hemphill, managing director of Beverage Marketing Corp., a research firm that focuses on the beverage industry.

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Taxes Done

Woo-hoo! I finished my taxes and we are getting a bunch of money back from the government. I guess it was our money to begin with, so we really are just getting it back.

TurboTax makes it so easy, especially when transfering info from the previous year, that I was able to do my taxes sitting on the living room coach. Occassionally, I had to get something from my desk, but mostly I just had to find info in Quicken.

Last year we bought iPods. Wonder what we’ll get this year?

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Peter Driving?

As Peter approaches his 8th birthday, he reminded me that he is halfway to driving. Yikes!

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Out of the Mouth of Grace

Tonight after her shower:
“My legs are wet. Hey, I’m growing hair on my legs. All I have is hair and goosebumps. Hey, get the shaver!”

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A new job

After 3 months out of work, I started a new job today at a local ad agency. I have actually started on a 4-6 week contract to make sure that it is a good fit (in both directions), but I expect at the end of the contract I will be offered the job.

I am working as an account executive on a hardware account that includes a new consolidation of 5 separate brands. At the beginning, the focus of my assignment is internal project management, rather than client contact. Seems good so far, but it is a new mindset as I devise ways to keep many projects moving along at the same time.

The strangest part of this is that I have been very available for the past 3 months. I have managed to get myself overcommitted and not managed to get the things done I needed to do around the house (and in my life). Now, all of a sudden, I am not available at all, and I still have some things I have to do. I have a couple of consulting projects that I started, and I have to find some time to work on.

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The New Dwarf

Grace was reading Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs today and discovered a new dwarf. His name is Puffy. Aren’t words fun when you learn to read?

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Open Eye Cafe Hit

One of the places that I go for coffee and meetings, The Open Eye Cafe, was hit by a car today. A woman in a Volvo apprarently mistook her gas pedal for the brake and crashed through the window. Someone should tell her that they can make all their coffee drinks with decaf.

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Up in the Air

As I was coming home from buying a couple of bird books (Peter’s cub scout den is going on a bird hike this weekend), I saw the Sky5 news helicopter in the sky heading towards our neighborhood. I shook my fist at it and screamed, “Not again.”

I got out of the car and looked in one direction to see the helicopter. Directly overhead was a red tailed hawk. I don’t know what the helicopter was looking at, maybe the Open Eye Cafe (above), but I’m sure the hawk was looking for food.

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