Wednesday, June 07, 2006


It's Teddy! A pomeranian and blue heeler mix by accident, but most adorable furball ever to grace my home. He is only 6 months old, and so full of puppy energy. He was an invited guest at my home for a night.
Man, Socks and Teddy really wore each other! Not only that but we also went to the dog park for two hours.

Fun with dogs - priceless.

Friday, June 02, 2006

FREE LAND in Kansas

My coworker Hemant pointed this out to me. Free land in Kansas.

Free Land

It is an incentive to encourage people to move into the rural cities and help the cities to grow economically.

"Several communities in Kansas are offering free land and other incentives. Our goal is to help our rural areas sustain and grow economically. We welcome you to take a look at the various communities offering incentives. Click on the City name and you will be redirected to their webpage. Each community’s incentives are unique and offered by local government or development groups. "

I looked at the State map. Those cities are in middle of nowhere, except for maybe a couple of cities near I-35 and I-70 that are located near big cities like Manhattan, Salina and Topeka. But ehh... not me. I am a city gal. This might sound nice if you want to escape from the stress...

Better hurry! Only 8 lots left in Minneapolis, KS!


Growing up in Minnesota, I never saw a Walmart until I was around 12 years old. I did not like going to that store. I remembered my mom being so excited when a nearby Walmart opened. I was loyal to my Target stores. There were Target stores all over - its Headquarter is in Minneapolis, so that explains. I looked down at Walmart.

But wait. I entered College and started to realize the value of money and cheapness. There was a Walmart across the block from my apartment. It became my necessarity. Prices were cheaper than other stores'. But still I refuse to be caught wearing any clothings from Walmart.

Now, I am living in Kansas, out on my own - I noticed the Walmart Neighborhood Market - the food store. I entered it recently, and gulped. It beat or matches the competitors' prices. When you enter the front retrieving area, on your left, are adverstiments plastered all over the wall... from Hyvees, Price Choppers, Dillons. That convinces me that Walmart is cheaper. But be careful. Do not let Walmart fool you - it may tell you it is cheaper than other stores, but some products are expensiver.

Anyway back to the point. Yesterday I went to Walmart Super Store to make a copy of my key (was only .99 FYI). I spotted the women's clothing dept. I gasped. They looked so much better. Even I liked some of their swiming suit selections and they were like 10 bucks a piece. The t shirts were so cool. I was caught buying one.

To be frugal - I just have to accept Walmart as one of the choices on my shopping list. It is sad - they have child labor practices, and have factories in under developed countries, among the bad things, but yet we are drawn to Walmart - because its very afforable.

So Walmart it is.