Pizza: Homemade vs. Carryout vs. Sit-Down

Pizza.  Who’s having it tonight for dinner?  Chances are, somebody reading this is already planning on pizza as tonight’s dinner.  And, now that I’m writing about it, chances are at least one more person will choose pizza for dinner.

It’s just that good!

Our family loves pizza, and we love all three kinds of pizza. I’m not talking three different brands of pizza, but I’m talking homemade, carryout, and sit-down. What’s our favorite?  Read on to find out.

To start off, here are some pros and cons of each.

Homemade Pizza

I never knew how easy it was to make homemade pizzas, but now we make a couple of different kinds.  In the cooler months, we’ll make a pizza in the oven using pizza crust yeast, which mixes in with flour and a couple of other quick, easy ingredients to provide crust.  In the summer months, we will get pita bread and make pizzas on the outdoor grill. Yum!

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325 Million Examples Of Crazy

Last week, the richest contract ever in professional sports history was announced, as the Miami Marlins inked a 13-year extension with Giancarlo Stanton for a total of $325 million dollars.

That’s an average of $25 million per year for the next 13 years.

I personally think the contract is crazy.

I Admit, Stanton Is Awesome

Don’t get me wrong.  Stanton is an awesome player.  I’m qualified to say this as he was a member of my fantasy baseball team for just about all his entire professional career, helping me to some good finishes before (like his Miami ‘real’ team) my team fell on some hard times.  As I’m back on the upswing, I traded him when I got an offer I couldn’t refuse.

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Our Health Insurance Will Be Changing Again Next Year

The past few years have seen a different assortment of health care options for our family:

  • 2012 – We were covered under a PPO
  • 2013 – We converted to a High Deductible Plan with a Health Savings Account Option.
  • 2014 – We had an HMO

Now that 2015 open enrollment is here, it looks as if we will be converting back to a High Deductible Plan with a Health Savings Account.

Talk about back and forth.

The reason we’re doing so much switching has largely to do with our employer.  Prior to 2014, our company out-sourced all IT services, so we technically worked for a different company, and so we had to use their insurance options.

Starting January 1, 2014, we were brought in as direct employees, so we now had the options available to our ‘new’ company.  In 2014, the only real affordable option was an HMO.  But, starting next year, they are also offering a High Deductible Plan, and the cost savings look like they’ll be something we want to take advantage of.

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An Open Letter To JC Penney

Dear JC Penney Leadership,

I am writing this on the day following your most recent earnings announcement.  By the current look at your stock price (down 8% today, and roughly 30% since September 30th), clearly Wall Street investors are not impressed with your current performance and future prospects.

I’m here to write this letter to give you a potential glimpse as to what might be the problems that could aid in your continued turnaround activities.

You’ve made tremendous strides in undoing some of the wrongs that have plagued you over the past few years.  You reversed the ‘no coupons or discount’ strategy, the one that took away just about any chance of competing in today’s marketplace.  You revised your web sales strategy and streamlined your site to bring you into the current century in terms of an online sales model.  You accelerated renovations and updates to many stores, making them a more welcome place to shop.

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Forcing Your Good Ideas On Others Despite Good Intentions

I got a little annoyed about a somewhat uncomfortable situation that came about at work.

Here in America, Tuesday was Veteran’s Day.  I have family members and friends who have served in the military, and I respect the courage of every person who has ever put forward their time and bravery for our country.

Our CIO put out a message to the entire IT staff thanking those on staff who have served, as well as providing a general thank you to all military members.  Someone replied personally to her asking if she would support an idea where people could contribute money that would then be used to support a family or two of veteran’s who needed assistance in terms of clothing, food, etc.

The CIO supported it and even offered to contribute a little extra herself, as well as sending out the idea to the entire staff.

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Wrapping Up The Never Ending Paint Project

Earlier this year, we started talking about what we would need to do to get our youngest, then two years old, out of a crib and into a big girl bed.  The plan was to use the furniture in the nursery, as the crib was able to convert to a full size bed.

The problem was that the furniture was all mis-sized for the rooms.  Here is what we had:

Bedroom 2 – Biggest room outside of ours – We’d moved our son into here.  He has a dresser, chest of drawers, and twin size bed.

Bedroom 3 – Middle sized room – This was used as our guest room with a full size bed and two other pieces.

Bedroom 4 – Nursery – Fit a crib and two other pieces very well, but would be cramped with the bed conversion.

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What Detroit Must Do Now With This Historic Opportunity

mb-2014-11detroitOn Friday, a judge confirmed the plan for Detroit to execute it’s bankruptcy plan.  For the last year and a half, Detroit has been planning on how to finalize the details, and now that the plan is confirmed, they can begin working through the final details, and should emerge from bankruptcy protection within several months.

The plan is historic.  It basically wipes out $7 billion dollars in debt and allows the city to charter a fresh course.

How They Got There: A Very Basic Answer

Seven billion dollars in debt is huge.  The figure is astronomical.  But it didn’t happen overnight.  There are many stories and articles that can tell you the full details, but what it boils down to is that the city lost over half of its population since the 1950’s, yet continued to operate as if they hadn’t.  They certainly cut back services, but it was never in the amount to cover the lost revenue from the population losses.

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The 10 Types of Yelp Reviewers, Which One Are You?

I have recently gotten into Yelp.  I enjoy reading reviews, both of places I haven’t been, so that I can see if I’m heading into somewhere considered worthwhile, as well as to places I like, so that I can see if my assessment of the business matches the opinions of the masses.

I also enjoy writing reviews on places that I feel deserve a review.  I won’t write a review for every place I go to, but only if a place really sticks out at me.

It got me thinking, I wonder if you could categorize Yelp users based on their reviews.  Here are a few (somewhat tongue-in-cheek at times) categories based on their reviews:

The Chatterbox Yelp Reviewer

If you have over 100 Yelp reviews under your belt, this is you.  This person loves to tell the world about what they think no matter if the world wants to hear it or not.  They have an opinion on everything and everybody and Yelp is a great way for the world to hear how every place in town has served or not served their needs.

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