Lessons I’ve Learned Today

1. When you go to make Rice Krispies Treats, and you have the butter and marshmallows all nice and melty from the microwave, and you go to open your box of Rice Krispies, and someone has been eating them for breakfast, leaving only four cups in the bottom of the box, when you need six cups for the recipe, you may substitute Cheerios for the remaining two cups.  It is not ideal, but it works in a pinch.

2. If a guy flashing an FBI badge shows up unexpectedly on your front doorstep and asks for ten minutes of your time, and you step out on the porch and close the door, he may look at you a little strangely, as if he expected to be invited inside.  Don’t ask him if this is a joke and if Oprah’s crew is waiting around the corner, ready to pounce when you invite an unexpected stranger into your home.  He might not find it as amusing as you do.

3. When your husband tells you that the bank account is getting slim and you need to curb your spending for the remainder of the month, do not take your children to the mall as a means of getting out of the house.  Try the park next time.  There are no Stride Rite stores with tantalizing "buy one, get one 50% off" sales or cute bags like this one tempting you to impulse shop.

(I caved to one impulse, but not the other.  Can you guess which is which?)

4. And also.  When at the mall, with no specific agenda, you may find yourself wandering into stores you have never considered before.  And you may find pretty, inexpensive baubles such as this. Which really, at $3.80, is practically free.  And who can argue with free?