a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

little smaller these days

So we are walking tonight at the park with Koda and this young man approaches us (probably about 13 years old) with his dad with him and asks us if we want to buy a candy bar from See's.  I am never anyone to turn down the opportunity to eat chocolate, so I ask hubby if he has any money (I never carry any money, if I'm walking Koda alone, I do have my bank card with my wallet in the car).  Thankfully hubby always carries money (not much, but he does carry some bills).

Young man tells us he has dark chocolate with almonds and milk chocolate.  Milk chocolate always will be my favorite.  He says the bars are $2.00 each.  Hubby has a $5.00 bill, so we buy two, and we get a $1.00 change.


Times sure have changed.  These bars aren't that big.


About 5 inches each.  For $2.00.  I know its for fundraising, but I remember getting a much bigger bar years ago for 50 cents.  Times sure have changed!

Snippets what I've been up to lately:

Had sushi for the first time last Friday; went out to celebrate son's girlfriend's birthday. LOVED it. How could I go 56 years without trying it?  It won't be 56 years before I try it again.

Son, girlfriend, and I got sick last week.  Weird sickness.  Not a cold, more like a flu with the aches and pains, little fever, incessant cough.  We think it might have been pertussis since its going around and girlfriend has a young child in the school system.  Was pretty under the weather for a few days. So under the weather one night I didn't even check my email before I went to bed.  I'm pretty routine about doing that and making sure all blogs are read for the day.  Didn't happen that day but caught up the next day.

Hot muggy weather.  Enough said.

Chargers, true to form, lost their first game of the season after an impressive lead.  Oh well, there's always next year.

And sometimes, you just have to let sleeping dogs lie.



42 comments:

Paula Kaye said...

I waited a long time before I tried sushi too and I love it. I try to get it at least every other month now. Yum. Kids hate it though

Big Mark 243 said...

Cute finish..!

Don't give up on the Chargers already..! Phillip Rivers is a hard working quaterback.!!

You better watch those childhood diseases... our immune systems forget about them and leaves us over 40 very vulnerable..!

Seems like Son has found a keeper... good for him..!

Mevely317 said...

So sorry you were under the weather. Yuck!

I think(!) I tried sushi once about 10 years ago.....to no avail. What sort did you try? I still can't get past the idea, 'bait' is Hiroshima's idea of revenge on the USA. :)

Love this pix of Koda!

TARYTERRE said...

SEE'S chocolate is so-ooo good. I'd want more too. Glad you tried sushi.

Sharon said...

My youngest son introduced me to sushi ten years ago - and yes, it is delicious. However, I have yet to try any sushi with raw fish! Maybe that should be my next step???

Sorry you guys were all sick. Not fun. I hate being sick, but especially during the summer months when it's so hot anyway. Grr...

And Koda - awww. He's just so cute.

XO

Sue Elvis said...

I'm sorry to hear you haven't been well, Betty.

I haven't actually tried sushi. I have convinced myself I won't like it. Perhaps I should be adventurous!

Stephanie Faris said...

Haha, Koda's OUT! So sweet! I have a picture somewhere of my dog with my mom's corgi. They're both asleep in that position, almost perfectly lined up horizontally. It was so cute!

I've never tried See's Candies. We don't have that here in Tennessee that I know of. I'm going to Florida next week--I need to see if they sell it there and add it to my list.

Bijoux said...

My son had a cough from early April until July. Doctor said it was probably pertussis, even though he has had all his immunizations. My dad almost died from that in 1940.

lyndagrace said...

I have no desire to try sushi. I think it’s because I was raised to fear anything that wasn’t cooked to death.

My husband does most of the food shopping. He is always complaining that “they" are packaging everything smaller, yet charging more. I guess “they” think we (the consumers) won’t notice.

Hope you are feeling better.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Now I am craving dark chocolate with almonds!! I used to sell quite a few of those when I was younger...but I usually ended up eating a couple myself LOL

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Candy bars aren't the only things coming in smaller packaging any more. It seems like everything is put in small boxes and bags and we pay more for it too. I've had a similar illness for a month now. The cough hasn't gone away yet, but I do feel better. I'm pretty sure I got it from one of the grands. Hope you have a great day! Happy Thursday!

Chatty Crone said...

Well look at it this way - you just had a bite of chocolate not a big car to feel guilty about! lol

Hope you feel better - do you get sick days?

And love the picture of Koda laying - how wonderful!

Joanne Noragon said...

My brother went to a sushi restaurant on the promise of "real food" there too. He sampled his granddaughter's plate and placed his own order. He probably was 65 at the time.

yaya said...

Funny how candy bars for fundraising are getting smaller but the fast food places want to "supersize" everyone! Ha! I've tried sushi a few times but it isn't a fav of mine...maybe I need to give it another try? It's cooled down quite a bit around here..big storm came in last night to move all the warm muggy away. Hope you have a good weekend and Koda can continue with good naps!

joeh said...

Pertussis is also called the 100 day cough. Had it. It lasted 100 days. Hopefully you had something else.

Tracy said...

Koda had the right idea there. I love dogs and how they just know how to rest and be comfortable.

Jeanie said...

I have also noticed that fund raising candy bars are smaller than they used to be....that may be a good thing for me.
I am a sushi fan and, of course, I am a fan of that cute pic of Koda.

Linda said...

Hope you are all feeling better. Looks like the Vikings may have turned thing around, maybe the Chargers will, too. Koda sure looks content. Enjoy the sushi again before you're 112!

Intense Guy said...

I hope you and yours are all feeling better today - of course having some chocolate might help you feel better. :)

Nice to see Koda resting - I bet he'd like sushi too!!

Birgit said...

I hope you and your family are feeling better. Koda looks good and don't you wish you could just do that for part of the day and then go and get a massage and then walk and play? They deserve it though:) I love Sushi..love love love and i love chocolate. You are right and chocolate is not the only thing. The other day I bought Kraft old cheese (on sale) and they made the brick quite a bit smaller. Same price. I have seen that in many things...not right

Pat Hatt said...

lol now that's how you enjoy a day, stretched out on the floor. Yeah the bars have gotten smaller indeed. I tried sushi once, once was enough, blah haha

susie said...

I love sushi. I first tried it in college. Did you go the California Roll route, or something more daring?

I like Ebi Tempura Maki and Spicy Tuna.

Liz A. said...

Sometimes I wonder how they make any money fundraising. I guess it depends on what they're selling. A good quality bar like See's would have to be small.

jack69 said...

If I am going to eat chocolate, it will be creamy milk chocolate. MMM. Yeah, funny how things keep shrinking I thought it was my age. hahaha
What a cute sleeping cog... You go Koda!

Carol Noren Johnson said...

I choose dark chocolate because it is best health-wise they say. Might try sushi at some point. Love Koda's picture. Glad you are over the sickness.

Hugs,
Carol

Linda Reynolds said...

Glad you are feeling better... Koda you are going to hurt yourself there with all the exertion... lol... the first thing I noticed getting smaller was fish sticks, they are so tiny now compared to when we were kids... :)

Juli G said...

It's not just candy bars. everything has gotten smaller, from yogurt to cheese sticks. Either smaller portions or less in the pack.

I sometimes wish that I could sleep like Koda... just find a warm spot in the carpet.

Jerralea said...

Are you sure you all didn't get sick from the sushi? *grin

I'm 58 and never have eaten sushi. Think another 58 years might come and I still wouldn't have tried it!

Love the picture of your sleeping dog!

I remember the days of 50 cent fundraiser chocolate bars, too. I agree - they were bigger. But, hey, chocolate is chocolate. I would have bought one, too.

Megan Whitson Lee said...

Wow! That was like a math problem! But I love See's. I don't know...I guess I'd pay it...

SweetMarie said...

Love the pic of Koda. :) I love chocolate! I'm hooked on Snicker's with almonds...yum! And yes less chocolate for more money, I've noticed.
So sorry to hear that you've been ill. Hope you're all better!

Secret Agent Woman said...

Chocolate bars are one of the few fundraiser items I don't mind buying - even if they aren't worth the money.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

So true, things are packaged smaller but the prices continue to get higher. I had sushi for the first time a few years ago but I kept it pretty simple. Glad you enjoyed it. Sorry you guys got sick, that is never fun. Koda looks comfy.....
Have a great weekend my friend,
Debby

Robyn :) said...

Sushi is mt favorite.

Hollie said...

No sushi for me but glad you liked it. Candy bars have indeed got smaller, but I think most things have except the prices.

We had a sickness deal like you. Still got the cough three weeks later.

Awww, that sweet Koda!! I just wanna hug and love on him!!

Martha@SeasideSimplicity said...

Yep, I remember the candy bars being way bigger too! Nice that you still bought them from the young man. Sorry to hear you were sick, hope you are all better now! The Chargers game was on way too late for me to stay up for but saw the highlights, looked like a real nail bitter! Dolphins won last week and this weeks game starting in just a few minutes - go Fins! :)

Veronica Lee said...

I live for sushi! Hope you are feeling better, Betty. Love that pic of Koda, BTW.

Bobbi and Gracie said...

I hope you're feeling better now, though. Aww look at that sweetheart Koda. He looks so relaxed.. (that candy bar looks good, even if it is little).

Bobbi and Gracie said...

I hope you're feeling better now, though. Aww look at that sweetheart Koda. He looks so relaxed.. (that candy bar looks good, even if it is little).

Kat said...

I remember selling candy bars when I was in school. They had the most awesome milk chocolate candy bars with creamy caramel inside it. Oh my. Just thinking about them right now makes my mouth water. I wish my kids (who, strangely enough, go to the same grade school I went to) sold those same candy bars now. They were expensive (I think they were $1.00 when I sold them) but they were SO GOOD. :)

So glad you are feeling better. And so far my Packers aren't off to a great start this year either. Boo. :(

Danielle L Zecher said...

Those candy bars do look kind of small. That makes it okay to eat candy, though, right? It was small AND for a good cause.

So glad you tried and liked sushi. I got introduced to it about 13 years ago by a friend who's father was Japanese and a sushi chef, and have been hooked ever since. I can't have much soy now, so I rarely get it, but it is sooooo good.

I love how comfy Koda looks. :-)

The Brown Recluse said...

Years ago, those candy bars were very big and only a buck. (I've noticed most things are smaller and cost more these days!)

Sushi? I just couldn't!

I read this post a long time ago...must have read it at work when I couldn't easily comment!

salemslot9 said...

sick + Betty = sad

I enjoy sushi
once in awhile

do you like fried tofu?
it's like savory marshmallows
with (soy) sauce

Koda = bananatowncrazygoodness