As in restaurant chef who hails from Mongolia. It is a Japanese restaurant. Had to stop there when in between jobs and the sandwich shop just didn’t resonate with me. Nice decor and quiet with only one other patron enjoying his lunch. So I took a seat at the counter stool. I ordered a tempura bento box, always a favorite. The chef stood on the other side of the counter preparing my order. A young woman was the only other staff I could see. A few moments later I began to enjoy my lunch. Amazing tempura! Rice, salad and a specialty the chef put together as a bonus to my meal. I love bonuses. He and I engaged in friendly chatter. I couldn’t help myself. “What language do you speak in Mongolia?” I asked. Duh, why Mongolian, of course. As it turns out neither he nor Karen ( yes, that’s the name she said was hers) were Japanese. His English was flawless. “How long have you been in the states?” “12 years for me two years for Karen.” I became enamored with the both of them. He instructed me on what a huge country his native land is. He goes back every now and then for family visits. 17 hour flight. Ugh. I so enjoyed my conversation and meal. It was difficult heading back to work. Left a sizable tip. I will be back to eat and indulge again in friendly exchange with my new Mongolian friends.

TJMaxx And Then Some

DSCN1260This is what I know, TJMaxx is the mother lode of all things discounted.  The things you can find are almost unlimited.  I have shopped for a few years at this emporium of delights.  Purses, tights, undies, linens, toys, food, all at prices below nearly any place in any mall, and with greater variety, not to mention unusual items — like  a lipstick that starts out blue and turns pink once applied.  This is where I shop for bagged snack items — cashews, banana chips, diced mango — the kind of sustenance one needs when one drives a long commute.  A touch-and-feel book for when my infant grandson is reading ready.  Shirts for my adult sons and after shave too.  As I passed by the entrance to the cashier a cleverly placed file tower, solid wood, screamed to me.  I have been looking for the perfect piece in which to store my classroom worksheets.  Sold!  Now, let’s talk shopping motivation.  After a certain amount of cash spent on bargains TJMaxx will further motivate by sending a certificate redeemable at any of their stores, and so far mine have come in $10 increments. I’m in. In my closet I can lay my hands on about twelve different items all from TJMaxx (more in the bureau) ready for my work day whether summer clothes or winter wear.  For me this store is a cornucopia of facial products, sweaters, leggings (not to be outdone by jeggings) and shoes.  Ohhh…the shoes!

So, run to your nearest TJMaxx and feast on the discounts.  And, no, I am not getting a kickback for my endorsement.  But I’m open to offers.