3 polls about self-checkout machines

The other day I rambled on about my day and mentioned an incident in a store about a self-checkout machine.

They’re popping up everywhere in modern, civilized society. And many larger chain stores are renovating to accommodate this trend. I see this in in the Greater Toronto Area, but I have also seen this in Switzerland while on vacation last summer.

The interesting thing is the comments that came in on my post.Β  It came from an assortment of international readers beyond Canada where I live.

This has me thinking. (Uh oh… 😏)

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Seeking self-worth in all the wrong places

Where do you derive your value from? Your self-worth?

From other people? In the form of praise? Acceptance? Or love?

Or from an internal sense of a job well done? Maybe from an accomplished task?

From a paycheck?

Please don’t say from kids. Especially not teenagers. πŸ˜”

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Poverty, hunger, and other social plights (plus some link love)

Disclaimer: this is a link-heavy post. Some of it is for entertainment value (if you want to dig a little deeper). But I also link to two fellow bloggers because I believe that visiting them will be an illuminating experience for many of you. Enjoy.

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Today I read an interesting piece written by fellow blogger Joni of thehomeplaceweb.

The topic of her post is homelessness. Joni quite cleverly incorporated a movie she saw into a conversation about the plight that is poverty, something that affects us daily even if we are not part of that demographic.

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Never a dull moment: life with teenagers

Scenario:

14yo teen boy comes home and says: “Mom how do you get paint off my backpack?”

So, like all parents of teenagers, the first response that pops into my head is a question, or rather, several questions:

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Slipping…

Is anyone else in a mood?Β  We’re still on holidays here in Canada until theΒ  first week of September but I tell you I’m really getting ready for the routine to return. Every year, every late summer, I find that the lack of UNINTERRUPTED time to myself for even just a couple of hours a day has me feeling very out of sorts.

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Broken fridges, and bootie wearing pooches

Do you see what this is?

Why yes, those are snow covered coolers.

There’s snow on my coolers because this is Canada and this year snow decided to come early.

But why are there coolers on my back porch in winter?

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Recycling in today’s product, not produce, society

I took a picture of our large and extremely full recycling bin today.

full large recycling bin old and new recycling binsRidiculous, I think to myself. How does this happen? How did we become a family who rarely had anything in a tiny open box-style recycling bin (grey box in second picture) and now have a large, lid-covered bin on wheels completely full to the rim every two weeks? And it’s not even a gift giving holiday….

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