Transparency is a popular word right now. Popular with President Obama, popular at my company; I guess everyone is just trying to be honest after all the (pardon my French) shit that's been hitting the fan lately. So why did I post these sexy, ya I said sexy, Simone wine glasses? They are transparent too, and also because sometimes you just need a drink. For me, that time is right now. I am just emotionally exhausted after a very rough week at work. It seems like the recession has just now started to hit the Midwest. I have been very lucky not to be terribly affected, but I sadly have to watch other people's lives crumble. I'm naturally an optimist and very positive person, and I can always find the good things in unfortunate situations, but it still weighs on my heart heavily. Sometimes I think I take on feelings for people so they don't have to feel the pain. But somehow I am able to get through things and help others through them. Not that I know much about life yet at 26, but I do think that times like these bring out the best in people. For the people who get let go from their jobs, I realize you need an income, but it's a good time to think about what you are really passionate about, and try to move it that direction. I read somewhere that you should figure out something you love to do so much that you would do it for free, then become really good at it so you can get paid for it. And for those of you who remain mostly financially unaffected, lending a hand, a dollar, or a shoulder to cry on goes a long way for someone. Maybe times like these will help us all become more grateful for who we love and what we have.