Friday, August 18, 2017

A Relaxing Friday ~ 8/18/17



After all the stress from the past couple of weeks, today I woke up without feeling any anxiety and I'll tell you, I feel like I'm on vacation!

It's so nice to feel normal again and while I'm not the kind to take drugs unless I'm in pain, I kind of understand why some people take Valium or other drugs to function.  I feel very lucky to be able to escape the anxiety. Very lucky.

With this, though, I do need to remember that I'm actually NOT on vacation (well, being a stay-at-home mom whose kids are in school and are teens/grown-up and don't need her as much as younger kids IS a vacation, make no mistake!) and I need to try to drag my butt off this couch and actually do some chores.  But, but, but, it's also Law & Order Marathon Day on ION TV! I confess that when it was on Wednesday, I didn't pay attention to any episode because I was pretty sure they showed the same episodes as last week's marathon.  So, as much as I love the show, it might be time for me to start watching something else. Or just listen to music!

SUCCESSES AND FAILURES

  • I slept well. However, I woke up at 5 a.m. with a huge hot flash and I also realized that I was very thirsty, probably due to the Chinese food that I ate yesterday.  When I woke up, I noticed that Explorer was cuddled against me. He followed me to the bathroom and cried out for me, and then we both went back to bed and he nestled against my face again and I held his little paws and he liked my nose and then we both made purring noises and fell back asleep after a while. He's my buddy!

  • Greg also slept well, hooray!  He worked non-stop last night, as soon as we were done with dinner until 11:30 p.m., so I was worried that he would be stressed and not sleep well. He has tons of meetings again today, included one big remote one with a guy who is leaving the company today and who was at the same level as Greg's and apparently now Greg is inheriting his work as well? This might be why he got the bonus yesterday.  All of this is good for his career, including the trips to Romania and then to Sweden because he will be representing his whole unit at big company meetings.  I'm happy that he's getting the recognition both monetarily and in increased responsibilities and his team seems to love him (this might be biased because I'm based that assumption on things that he reported to me, I don't know them at all). 

  • Youngest Son has been making an effort, I think, to be more awake and less gloomy in the mornings than he was last year.  Maybe he's finally emerging of puberty?  He's turning 16 in a few months and I know that, with my 2 older boys, 16 was the age when I was finally able to enjoy having teen boys, to be quite honest :)  As always, he packed himself a lunch and rode the bus to school. Yesterday, when he drove to the library, he even told me about a creative writing assignment that he had done, and later on expressed interest in getting "a lot more" practice driving the Focus and when I reminded him that Daughter had it in Gainesville for a couple of more weeks, he even was disappointed.  So yeah, I think he's definitely maturing. He's a very lovely person so it's nice to see him develop a personality which isn't always grumpiness and self-professed lack of interest in everything!

  • The kittens got on the kitchen table again this morning and managed to break one of my glasses. Arrgh. I had bought it at a thrift store.  It's like having toddlers, I need to go back to plastic cups, I guess?  Actually, I do have plastic cups, I just don't prefer drinking from them. The men don't care so I guess I won't replace the glass.

  • I got a very early call from my hygienist this morning, apologizing for the hour and for not returning my call last night about the waterpik.  She said she "couldn't wait to see me again", and honestly, as lovely as they all were, I don't really return that exact same feeling, but I thanked her again for making yesterday much more pleasant than I had anticipated.  Anyhoo, they don't sell the waterpik model that I would prefer (the one that sits on the sink and not the kind that you use in the shower) and made sure I knew to get one with a dial and to only use it at the half-way power level (so 5 if the dial goes all the way up to 10).  I promptly ordered one from Amazon that has excellent reviews and I should get it on Tuesday. I'll need to buy distilled water (our water is very hard) and Listerine as she advised to use 50% water and 50% Listerine. I'll earn 5% in Rewards back from Amazon Visa and got free shipping through Prime.  

  • I also made 2 more Amazon orders this morning: one for a $25 Panera gift card that I'll put in my daughter's stocking at Christmas. I used a special promotion that I spotted on CouponPro and was able to order a 16 oz bag of trail mix for free.


  • Then I ordered a weather emergency radio for my daughter and had them ship it to her directly. We're not really sure how package delivery works at her apartment complex, whether they have package mailboxes or if they'll leave it at the office and if she'll be notified when it's there, or whether they'll just leave them on her doorstep (I hope not!) so instead of buying her the $60 American Red Cross approved weather radio, I bought her a $20 one that has solar power and crank charging, can charge a cell phone, has a flashlight, etc.  Hopefully she'll never need to use it, but with hurricane season heating up, I wanted her to have one.  I did use the No Rush Shipping option and I'll get a $5 Amazon Prime Pantry credit, not that I'll use it.
  • I'm playing SB videos (the automatic nCraves were available this morning, yay!) to try to reach my 1st goal of 105 SB, and I earned the daily Microsoft Rewards credits.

  • I had 2 huge precooked chicken breasts in the fridge so I'll probably make the chicken quesadillas tonight, with a salad.

  • I remembered to add distilled water and Listerine to my shopping list for next week.  I checked the previews for next week's CVS and Walgreens ads and adjusted my shopping list accordingly, and then emailed my daughter to let her know about the BOGO sale on nuts at CVS since she wanted to buy some almonds, with instructions on how to use her ExtraCare card (I think she got one a couple of years ago but rarely shops at CVS, if ever). 
  • I put a reminder on my calendar to go to Walgreens on Monday morning, after breakfast with my friend that will be just down the road, since my Register Rewards expire on that day.

  • Just realized that the L&O Marathon won't start until 11 a.m. so I'm playing Bach on Pandora for Princess, who just came to take a nap near me.  She always chews on my knuckle at first and makes growling sounds, and then she suddenly falls asleep, lol.  And she has got to be touching me at all times. Right now she has a paw on my wrist as I'm typing and she's sleeping.  The fact that my wrist (and her paw!) are moving non-stop doesn't seem to bother her... her little paw is so warm!

  • On a sad note, my sister posted on Instagram this morning that her beloved bulldog passed away today. He was a scary looking dog (I am not a fan of dogs) who loved people but jumped on them very easily so we didn't really get to know him when we were visiting a couple of years ago.  But I'm sure they're all devastated. I don't even fathom how devastated I'll be when one of our kitties passes away.


  • There are board games on sale in the Amazon "Deal of the Day" category today and one that I think Youngest Son might want to play with his friends, so I texted him to ask if I should get it.  He is very good with his phone and keeps it turned off or on silent during class, so he'll answer me at lunch time.

  • I had to get off the Amazon website because I wanted to buy everything.  Christmas is coming and the need to get started on my shopping is strong. But the kids don't need trinkets and cute cat-head shaped purses and mugs, they're gonna want cash.  Maybe I can take up origami and fold the bills into cat shapes... sigh.  Or maybe I'll just buy my kitties some Christmas presents.  Yeah. That's what I'll do!
This made me laugh and yes it IS on Amazon!

  • First Christmas present bought, yay!  Youngest Son did want that game and is OK waiting until Christmas for it. Woohoo and 5% back in Rewards too :)

  • I was checking the Free Magazines forum on Slickdeals to see if there were any offers for Kiplinger. I didn't see any so I created a deal alert for it. However, I did find an offer for a free 1 year subscription to a magazine called Digital Photo Pro so I emailed it to Middle Son.

  • Aargh, it's 10:15 a.m. and I haven't gotten started on the chores that I thought I'd be so eager to complete today!  But that couch is getting comfier and comfier and look, I have a book to read!  OK it IS on my To Do List after all...

  • I printed some CVS brand coupons from their website and also some coupons for Stonefire naan bread that often is on BOGO sale at Publix.

  • I looked through the posts about the Publix deals of the week on IHeartPublix and added a couple of items to my shopping list for next week.

  • Middle Son called to ask if he could come over for about 90 minutes because he's in town to finalize some paperwork for his apartment and doesn't have to leave for work until later on. So I asked if he had lunch and since he didn't,  I placed a Rapid Pick-Up order at Panera and he went to get it for us. Woohoo!  I redeemed my free Panera bagel reward too.  I tried to charge it to one of my gift cards but the one I picked had been depleted and instead of defaulting to the other gift card in my account, it defaulted to my Discover card and placed the order automatically. Grrr. At least I'll get 5% back in Rewards :)  So while I remembered it, I went into my account and deleted the gift card that was depleted.

  • So while he was picking this up (and, miracle of miracles, the order was ready a couple of minutes before the scheduled pick-up time today!), I went upstairs and cleaned the bathroom's sink and toilet, swept my bedroom, the hallway, Greg's bedroom and then the main staircase. Then I swept the downstairs hallway, the exercise room, the breezeway, the kitchen, and part of the Cat Room. The kittens must have been bored out of their minds because they followed me everywhere and did their usual "let's attack the broom and get in mom's feet!".

  • Then Middle Son got here with the food so we settled ourselves in the living room and chatted about his new apartment while we ate (and fended the kittens off!) and then I found "The Making of the Battle of the Loot" featurette for him on YouTube and we watched it.  I had watched it on HBONow right after the last  Game of Thrones episode aired and it was supposed to be available until January 2019 but none of the extras were on their app or website today. I'm glad someone posted it on YouTube. I tried using the Youtube app on the Roku but it's kind of buggy so I ended up connecting my laptop to the TV with an HDMI cable and playing it that way.  Goodness, all of that for a 14 minute featurette but I knew he'd like it and he did :)

  • Before he left for work, I reminded Middle Son not to spend his money on things like cleaning products and toiletries before moving in to his apartment because he could come shop at mom's first :) He was thankful.

  • I clipped the coupons that I printed this morning and put them away in my coupon organizer.

  • Then I used my hand-held mandoline to slice the apple that had started going bad and it's in the dehydrator right now. Hooray!  I've had so much food waste this week already, it's nice not to add to it.  Plus I love dehydrated apples as a snack or in my morning cereal.

  • I took a Wawa survey and earned a coupon for a free drink. Woohoo!

  • I tried to take many Swagbucks surveys and got denied (sometimes after they got the data they wanted all along!) from all of them. Grrr.  The Team Challenge ends in about an hour and my team is still in the lead, yay!

  • Youngest Son called me at about 2:30 p.m. because, at my direction, he had stopped by Guidance after classes to enquire about signing up for the PERT test and he missed his bus because of that. Plus, all Guidance would tell him is that they weren't accepting sign-ups yet.  So I drove to the high school to pick him up. By the time I got there, most of the traffic was going the other direction and there was a school officer directing traffic out of the Jr. parking lot, which actually made things a little more difficult for those of us trying to leave out of the Sr. parking lot. But we made it home OK and we got time to chat about the many assignments that he has to do this weekend, despite most of the teachers having said that they weren't going to give any homework.

  • A storm was brewing when we got home so I hurried to put away the plastic bins that we had brought back from Gainesville away in the shed and then I decided to pull weeds since it was much cooler, the sky was dark and it wasn't raining yet.  When it finally decided to start raining, it was only a steady sprinkle. Better than nothing but my plants needed more than that. Sigh.  Update: well, my complaint was registered because 10 minutes later, it's pouring. Yay!

  • I got the kittens' favorite toy out of the closet (a long flexible wand with feathers and a bell at the end) and played with them but they acted pooped and were only halfway into it.

  • Youngest Son helped me give the older cats' pills and today no one got to spit theirs out. Success!

  • I cuddled with kittens and started reading "Nickel and Dimed".  I read the first chapter (that takes place in Key West) before the alarm I had set for doing the dishes rang.  I didn't realize that the book had been written so long ago (2001). 

  • I did the dishes and then Greg called to say he was on his way home, a whole 30 minutes earlier than usual.  I hope he remembers that I don't cook until 6:30 p.m., lol.

  • With the help of automatic nCrave videos, I was able to reach my 2nd daily goal in the afternoon. I'll keep on running them for a while :)

  • I made the chicken quesadillas for dinner and a spinach strawberry salad.

  • Greg and I finished "Silicon Valley" last night, so tonight we got started on Westworld again, keeping in mind what Anne shared, which is : it's all different timelines.  I was mistaken before, I thought we'd watched 3.5 episodes but really it was 2.5.

  • Since my team won the Team Challenge, I activated the 100 SB Swag-up Rebate that I qualified for. I need to order a gift card by 8/31 so get it.  I'm at 1,543 SB right now.

To Do List
  • Errands
    • Return pink flowers to Lowe's?  Bring receipt
  • Health
    • Exercise
    • Tape the Strength Training videos and put on dedicated SD card 
  • Cleaning (i.e. domestic chores)
    • Empty dishwasher DONE
    • Do the dishes DONE
    • Sweep the kitchen DONE
    • Clean fridge
    • Wash window over kitchen sink
    • Wash the front of the kitchen cabinets
    • Iron Greg's clothes
    • Sweep upstairs bathroom
    • Sweep or vacuum Greg's bedroom  DONE
    • Sweep my bedroom DONE
    • Dust Greg's bedroom
    • Dust my bedroom
    • Mend some items from the mending basket, especially Greg's shorts
    • Vacuum fridge's coils
    • Scrub the WHOLE shower (including ceiling)
    • Clean exercise room vent
    • Wash bathroom and hall ceiling, door jamb  (wear old clothes)
  • Food
    • Defrost meat for dinner NO NEED
    • Make vanilla extract
    • Try to make beef jerky
    • Dehydrate apple that is spoiling DONE
    • Plan today's food intake 
    • Keep track of liquid intake!
    • Record today's food intake into MFP 
    • Inventory fridge
    • Inventory freezer
  • Outdoors
    • Make hummingbird nectar
    • Trim bushes in front of the house 
    • Transplant ferns from bin into front yard 
    • Transplant all basil seedlings from berm and patio to the empty garden beds 
    • Pull weeds from berm  DONE
    • Pull weeds from garden area 
    • Pull weeds from rose planter 
    • Pull weeds from gravel path IN PROGRESS
    • Pull weeds from patio MOSTLY DONE
    • Lay down more cardboard on top of mulch
    • Mulch the berm again
    • Make more self watering bins
    • Plant tomatoes and lettuce (when it's cooler)
    • Add Osmocote plant food to hibiscus and roses
    • Check on beans and papaya seeds (daily) and water as needed 
    • Check on pineapples rooting in jars DONE
    • Harvest pineapples? NOT YET
    • Read up on growing papaya trees again and thin the seedlings? 
    • Water the potted plants IT RAINED
    • Order rain barrel from Home Depot
    • Figure out where to plant the salvia, lantana 
  • Pets
    • Give Male Cat and Mean Kitty their medecine  DONE
    • Trim all cats' nails
    • Brush cats
  • Financial/Legal
    • Take Wawa survey DONE
    • Read "Nickel and Dimed" library book ONGOING
    • Track Greg's new pay stub in my spreadsheets
    • Explore Vanguard's Personal Advisor Services webpage and get started on process 
    • Create Greg's online Social Security Account (with him) and update my documents
    • Explore Will and Power of Attorney forms on LegalZoom and discuss with Greg
    • Call SunTrust and Chase re: bonds
    • Reconcile FSA records to make sure we're not missing money in the account
  • Family & Friends
    • Take Youngest Son driving  I FORGOT TO HAVE HIM DRIVE HOME :(
    • Write a letter to my great aunt
    • Post trip pictures on French blog - STARTED THIS PAST WEEKEND
    • Finish the 2014 Powerpoint document for Daughter
    • Add clip art to all 2012, 2013 and 2014 pages that I created and print them
  • Organization/Decluttering
    • Put plastic bins away in shed DONE
    • Review emails I had sent to Youngest Son on 7/23 about college with him
    • Get him started on Coalition For Access application (add reminders on calendar for each summer too)
    • Shred junk mail
    • File paperwork
    • Declutter the printer stand
    • Declutter the breezeway counters
    • Declutter the gardening supplies area
    • Declutter the old coffee table ONGOING

Thursday, August 17, 2017

D-Day ~ Thursday 8/17/17


Dentist Day, of course.  I was so happy to have calmed down last night, after reading their website and then I went to bed and tossed and turned all night.  This morning my anxiety is back full blast, with my heart in my throat and I'm constantly on the verge of tears.  Greg is being very loving and reassuring and encouraging but can't come with me because work is extremely busy right now and now that he's in management, he has tons of responsibilities.  Plus, I probably wouldn't ask him to come anyway, just as I turned down my daughter's offer to drive back to come with me. I don't like bugging people. But everyone's kind comments about thinking of me today have been very much appreciated. It really helps to know you all understand and also to know that I'm not the only one with such problems (dental and of anxiety).  I tend to beat myself up when I feel weak because I don't like weakness in theory.  But heck, I'm only human, right?  So it's 7:41 a.m. right now and my appointment isn't until 12:15 p.m. I wish it were first thing in the morning so I could get it over with. Also, I don't know if they'll do anything to me today. I asked for just a meeting but surely they'll want to do something so they can bill the insurance?  So I don't know if I'll be in pain afterwards but I don't want to eat lunch before going there either.  I'm focusing on details like these and it's stressing me even more.  I need to stop!

SUCCESSES AND FAILURES

  • I didn't sleep well last night, I was too anxious.

  • But I remembered to step on the scale when I got up (I had forgotten to yesterday) and I'm "only" up 0.4 lbs (210.8) so that's not too bad.  I know that I need to formally go back on my diet and start biking again but right now I can't handle it on top of the stress that I'm experiencing.  I know, I know, more whining.

  • Youngest Son packed a lunch for school and took the bus.

  • Greg didn't sleep well either, he said he had a headache and now he has a ton of meetings at work too. Ugh. 

  • I'm playing SB videos to try and reach my 1st goal of 107 SB today. We'll see what happens.

  • I earned the daily Microsoft Rewards credits.  Last night Greg redeemed his for another $5 Microsoft Store gift card towards the new video game he wants to buy soon.

  • My BFF is driving to Gainesville today to help her son (her oldest!) move into his dorm-apartment. She said they were told that they only have 10 minutes to unload the car and that someone has to remain with the vehicle at all times.  I think I remember the same rules when Greg helped his daughter move into her dorm there as well. Crazy! I shared that with my daughter yesterday and she said that the Engineering students staying in dorms are freaking out because the dorms have mandatory hall meetings tonight but there's also a mandatory Engineering Convocation. I'm not even mentioning this to my BFF (her son will be studying Computer Science as well) because she's already stressed enough (she's a little more involved in her son's life than I am in my daughter's).  I just realized that I never found out if her son was able to transfer to a Publix in Gainesville. He's had a part-time job at Publix for the past 2-3 years. Update: he was able to transfer, yay!

  • I'm defrosting chicken breasts for dinner.  My plan is to make chicken quesadillas and salad. 

  • I usually think that having the TV on at 8 a.m. is too early, but I need something to distract me. I usually clean up a storm when I'm stressed, but it's not happening today. I started watching "In Treatment" with Gabriel Byrnes again on Amazon Prime Instant.  I watched it several years ago but don't remember anything about it.  After a few episodes, I decided to stop because it was too depressing.

  • I entered my new weight into Walgreens Balance Rewards for Healthy Choices and earned another 20 BR points.

  • I scheduled several credit card payments.  After years of perusing my statements and comparing them to the spreadsheet records that I keep of every single expense, I have finally found a charge, on my Discover Card, that is different from the one that I authorized!  I took my daughter to a French restaurant this summer, which wasn't a great experience (food or service and we were the ONLY customers there!) and tipped slightly less than the customary 15%.  I always tip 20% unless service is bad.  In this case, I meant to tip less than 15% and I did.  Anyhoo, they submitted a charge for $39.95, when I actually authorized $38.80. Call me petty, but that's fraud!  It's located 45 minutes away so I'm not driving back to contest it, nor am I calling them and give them my card number again to credit me since they've already committed fraud. So I called Discover and they said they would open a dispute and credit my account. Un-freaking-believable, though.

  • I had rewards available on several credit cards and considered redeeming them for gift cards but then I decided to just ask for statement credits. In the case of my USAA Visa, I could either redeem 3500 points for a $25 gift card or my 4300 for a $43 credit to my checking account. Hmm, no brainer then, right?  I took the credit.

  • I also scheduled the payment for our water bill and balanced our checkbook.

  • Redbox texted me a code for a free game night, but there aren't any games that my gamers want to try for just 1 night so I won't use it.

  • I finished clipping coupons from the inserts I picked up yesterday. Surprisingly, there wasn't that much for me to keep, considering the amount of inserts.  A few were old so the coupons expire this week or next so I didn't bother clipping those. I did put a few aside in an envelope for my daughter and I'll be mailing them to her.

  • Last night I made a fruit salad with homegrown pineapple, of course, and saved the top that I set to root in yet another upcycled glass jar.

  • I realized that my free print subscription to Kiplinger's has expired :( I can still read it for free on Zinio via my library but I really prefer the print edition for that one so I can cut out articles. Oh well, I'll just have to print them, I guess.

  • Speaking of Zinio, I got an email that a couple of magazines that I flagged have new issues available to read.

  • I had a horrible time this morning leading to the appointment and by the time I had to leave, I was in tears but Explorer came to cuddle with me at the last minute and that helped.  
My boyfriend cuddling with me and trying to figure out how to type my post for me :)
Then I cried on my way there and then again once I got to the reception hall.  
BUT: I was lucky enough to get the one hygienist that I really wanted (my kids love her and she's always hugging us) who was super super nice and put all my worries at ease.  No recriminations, she actually was very encouraging and said my periodontal disease wasn't bad at all.  Then the dentist came and also was super nice and non-judgmental and we discussed options.  I have to go back on 9/1 to do the deep cleaning (not laser, my periodontal disease isn't THAT bad) and also he'll do 2 crowns (hopefully) on that day. I'll be there 4 hours. He does the crowns in-house so I don't have to have temporaries or anything. Nice! Then next year I'll probably get an implant or two on one side (the same side as the crowns that will be put in on 9/1). Then the following year (or later, he said there's no rush) I'll probably need the bone graft and implants on the other side. He still needs to do panoramic X-rays to better judge the bone loss and how much of a bone graft I would need.  I could also do a partial, which is much cheaper, but tends to put pressure on the surrounding teeth so that's not ideal.  Anyhoo, there is still time to think about that.  I'm not sure yet if I'll want to use the nitrous gas for the cleaning and crowns, we'll see. I didn't need it in the past, but I'm much more anxious nowadays.  The cost estimate for the deep cleaning and the 2 crowns is almost $2,000, which is my portion of it.  My insurance only covers up to $2,000 every calendar year anyway, hence why we'll wait until next year to keep on going with the other stuff. Next year my portion will be more expensive since the implants will be pricey (he said about $2,800 per tooth). And then we have no idea of what the cost will be for the bone graft and implants on the other side since it all depends on a few factors that haven't been evaluated yet.  Anyway, thanks to all of you who have reached out and sent good vibes my way, I really appreciate it and I'm grateful to have such caring and supportive readers. You guys are awesome!

  • The hygienist and I had talked about my buying a Waterpik system from them (she said I didn't have to buy it from them but I'm so grateful that they didn't make me feel like an idiot that I do want to just buy it from them) but then we both forgot about it and I didn't buy it. So I called back and left a message to make sure that they have it in stock and if so I'll go get it tomorrow morning. Do you know that I didn't even ask how much it was?  I have resolved to be the best dental patient from now on.

  • I'm also going to need to wear a mouthguard at night because he says I grind my teeth a lot. Greg used to complain about that.  You all know that I always say that I'm an anxious person, so I guess that's proof right there! No wonder one of my remaining teeth cracked in half!   Anyhoo, the cost on that is going to be over $500 and we're not sure that any of it will be covered by the insurance, but if I'm going to have implants and crowns, it's kind of important for me to wear that. I hope I can sleep with something in my mouth!  Also, I've decided not to obsess about the cost, considering how much we spent on the kittens and their care (and the care of the other 3 cats) this past year, you know?  I need to start thinking of myself as a helpless kitten :)

  • I treated myself to food from the crappy Chinese restaurant on my way home.  Yes!  It'll hurt my stomach but I didn't want leftovers and, darn it, I felt like I needed a treat.  I charged the ~ $10 cost to my Discover for 5% back in Rewards.

  • My daughter and I texted back and forth for a while. I told her about the dentist and she asked me about the best way to use up the fresh spinach she had bought on Sunday.  I suggested she Google the question (after giving her a few options) and she joked that I was her Google, which made me feel good because it means she still needs me and I told her that.  She said she'd probably still be calling me when she's in her 30s because she won't know how to turn on a crockpot, LOL.  She also texted me this picture and joked that it had been her yesterday :)

  • And then Greg texted me that he was awarded a surprise bonus!  It's stocks, but they'll vest in 1 year instead of the customary 3.  Woohoo!

  • Youngest Son came home from school, alerted me to Explorer and Princess looking cute all nestled on Greg's chair, and helped me administer the steroid pills to Mean Kitty and Male Cat.

Aren't they gorgeous?!  My babies! They're turning ONE next week. ONE!  ALREADY?!
  • I checked in with my BFF via text to make sure she was OK. She was about to leave Gainesville and seemed to be doing alright :)

  • Youngest Son drove us to the library, where I left him so he could conduct his Dungeons & Dragons teen club.  Greg will pick him up on his way home tonight.

  • Oh, I tried several SB surveys and qualified and was credited for one that took me beyond my 2nd daily goal. Yay!

  • I ordered a pet pill dispenser on Amazon. I didn't even know those existed!  I went through the Ibotta app for 3% back on Ibotta (but my total was so low, it'll be nothing!) and applied $1.61 gift card balance as well. So my OOP was $2.65 and I charged it to Amazon Visa for 5% back in Rewards there.  I hope it works because Male Cat today tried to spit out his pill and then it dissolved in his mouth so I don't even know if it's actually going to do what it was supposed to do!

  • I ate the Chinese food all afternoon so I'm going to skip dinner and just have a fruit salad. I ended up roasting the chicken breasts in the oven with Ten Things Farm seasoning and making some Minute Multigrain Medley rice for Greg and our son.

  • I did nothing as far as domestic chores are concerned today but that's OK. I was freaking out this morning and mentally exhausted by my anxiety and subsequent relief in the afternoon. Now it's barely 6:30 p.m. and I want to take a nap.  Greg called earlier to say he was on his way home and that he had a bad day (save for the surprise bonus) because "everything broke down". Also, his mom is still in the hospital (she had back surgery 2 days ago) up in OH and she called him crying because she was in a lot of pain but they wouldn't give her pain medication until she had eaten and, for some reason, they were super late bringing her food.  There really was nothing he could do from here but listen to her vent. Then, an hour later, she texted that she had gotten her Percocet and was in a much better place. Ugh. I hope her recovery goes well.  She lives about 30 minutes away from Greg's sister and will have people coming to help her for a few days after she is released from the hospital, but I think she was disappointed that he didn't go up there.

  • With my daughter in college (and getting along with the one roommate, the other one moves in tomorrow, hopefully everything will go OK) and my first dentist visit under my belt, my remaining stress right now is my dad and his stupid catfishing story. Quite honestly, I have tried not to think about it since my brother has stopped emailing me about it. I think he's stopped talking to our dad as well. There's just so much you can do, you can't lead a horse to water, etc, etc. I think it might be different if we actually were fond of our dad. But we're not.  He's really reaping what he sowed, you know?  So I'm not going to waste my mental energy thinking about the dumb decisions that he's making (she says, really hoping that her brother doesn't send her an email with more maddening text conversations between himself and our dad!)
Mean Kitty and Male Cat (he was just finishing yawning, hence the odd face he's making!).

Shoot, I didn't take a picture of New Kitty today :(

I'm glad today is over!

To Do List
  • Errands
    • Go to the dentist DONE
    • Take Youngest Son to Library  DONE
    • Return pink flowers to Lowe's?  Bring receipt
  • Health
    • Exercise
    • Tape the Strength Training videos and put on dedicated SD card 
  • Cleaning (i.e. domestic chores)
    • Empty dishwasher 
    • Do the dishes 
    • Sweep the kitchen 
    • Clean fridge
    • Wash window over kitchen sink
    • Wash the front of the kitchen cabinets
    • Iron Greg's clothes
    • Sweep or vacuum Greg's bedroom 
    • Sweep my bedroom
    • Dust Greg's bedroom
    • Mend some items from the mending basket, especially Greg's shorts
    • Vacuum fridge's coils
    • Scrub the WHOLE shower (including ceiling)
    • Clean exercise room vent
    • Wash bathroom and hall ceiling, door jamb  (wear old clothes)
  • Food
    • Defrost meat for dinner DONE
    • Make vanilla extract
    • Dehydrate apple that is spoiling
    • Plan today's food intake 
    • Keep track of liquid intake!
    • Record today's food intake into MFP 
    • Inventory fridge
    • Inventory freezer
  • Outdoors
    • Make hummingbird nectar
    • Trim bushes in front of the house 
    • Transplant ferns from bin into front yard 
    • Transplant all basil seedlings from berm and patio to the empty garden beds 
    • Pull weeds from berm  ONGOING
    • Pull weeds from garden area 
    • Pull weeds from rose planter 
    • Pull weeds from gravel path
    • Lay down more cardboard on top of mulch
    • Mulch the berm again
    • Make more self watering bins
    • Plant tomatoes and lettuce (when it's cooler)
    • Add Osmocote plant food to hibiscus and roses
    • Check on beans and papaya seeds (daily) and water as needed 
    • Check on pineapples rooting in jars 
    • Harvest pineapples? 
    • Read up on growing papaya trees again and thin the seedlings? 
    • Water the potted plants 
    • Order rain barrel from Home Depot
    • Figure out where to plant the salvia, lantana 
  • Pets
    • Give Male Cat and Mean Kitty their medecine  DONE
    • Trim all cats' nails
    • Brush cats
  • Financial/Legal
    • Take Wawa survey 
    • Read "Nickel and Dimed" library book
    • Schedule new credit card payments DONE
    • Input new prices for Bulk Nation into pricebook DONE
    • Explore Vanguard's Personal Advisor Services webpage and get started on process 
    • Create Greg's online Social Security Account (with him) and update my documents
    • Explore Will and Power of Attorney forms on LegalZoom and discuss with Greg
    • Call SunTrust and Chase re: bonds
    • Reconcile FSA records to make sure we're not missing money in the account
  • Family & Friends
    • Take Youngest Son driving  DONE
    • Write a letter to my great aunt
    • Post trip pictures on French blog - STARTED THIS PAST WEEKEND
    • Find a good picture of our cats and order bag from Shutterfly for Daughter with freebie code WELL SHOOT, I WAS READY TO ORDER BUT THE FREEBIE CODE HAS EXPIRED :(
    • Finish the 2014 Powerpoint document for Daughter
    • Add clip art to all 2012, 2013 and 2014 pages that I created and print them
  • Organization/Decluttering
    • Put plastic bins away in shed
    • Clip coupons from inserts DONE
    • File coupons away DONE
    • Mail coupons to Daughter DONE
    • Review emails I had sent to Youngest Son on 7/23 about college with him
    • Get him started on Coalition For Access application (add reminders on calendar for each summer too)
    • Shred junk mail
    • File paperwork
    • Declutter the printer stand
    • Declutter the breezeway counters
    • Declutter the gardening supplies area
    • Declutter the old coffee table ONGOING

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Day of Lows and Highs ~ Wednesday 8/16/17



Well, it's been a sucky day so far and it's only 8 a.m.

First off, I learned that Mia, one of my readers who's been trying to allay my worry about the dentist, has to wait until 9/18 to get a biopsy to see if the thyroid mass they've discovered is cancerous. Ugh.  There should be a rule that when people utter the word "cancer", then they should get priority for all kinds of tests.  Or maybe make it so that more labs are open so people don't have to wait so long for biopsies, test results, etc.  It seems irrationally cruel to make people wait like that, doesn't it?

Then I looked through the produce in my fridge and I had a lot of waste. Ugh, ugh, ugh!

Finally I was reading the local news and learned that one of the white supremacists has seeked to hold a rally at UF next month.  I emailed my daughter and pleaded with her to stay home. Not proud of chickening out like this but giving those assholes too much attention is exactly what they want AND I don't need my daughter to get caught into a situation such as what just happened in Charlottesville.

I hope the day gets better after all that.  Ugh.  I'm going grocery shopping today and I was hoping it'd be a quick trip but after writing down an itinerary, I realized that I have to make a lot of stops.

SUCCESSES AND FAILURES

  • Greg got gas on his way home last night. I've asked him to gas up at RaceTrac near his work. He actually has to go out of his way by about a couple of miles roundtrip, but gas is cheaper than near our house, which is his other option.  He's been very good at gassing up there and I appreciate it as every penny counts, you know? Especially with all the driving he does.  It's only a slight imposition.

  • Youngest Son packed a lunch to take to school.  He uses washable plastic containers that he's been using since the 3rd grade! They were made by Ziploc. Nowadays you can find a bunch of different brands that make a similar type of containers but back then, when the Bento box craze started, I had a really hard time finding those. Only Walmart carried them and then they discontinued them, I think. I don't see them featured on the Ziploc website.

  • I packed leftovers for Greg to take to work. I didn't have any tuna steaks leftovers since there are only 3 fillets in the bag, so I mixed some taco meat left over from last week in the yellow rice leftovers from last night.  

  • My 1st Swagbucks goal for today is an insane 140 SB. Needless to say, I won't be reaching it, especially since the automatic nCrave videos aren't even available at this point.

  • I did earn the daily Microsoft Rewards credits.

  • I checked the latest Aldi and Save A Lot ads online.  As I mentioned earlier, I had a lot of food waste this morning so I won't be buying produce save for apples and bananas at Aldi and then strawberries at Publix (as long as they're Driscoll's).  Save A Lot is having a 3-day sale starting tomorrow and I wanted to get pork roast and possibly more ground beef, but I've also been saying that I need to cook what we DO have.  Decisions, decisions.  I need to inventory my freezer between now and Saturday.


  • So what did I have to compost?  It's ridiculously bad and I hang my head in shame.  SHAME!
    • 4 hearts of Romaine
    • 1/4 bag of spinach
    • 1/2 cucumber
    • 2 zucchinis
    • A bag of snap peas

  • Today is Law & Order Marathon Day on ION TV so I want to get started on my shopping early and be back as soon as possible.  I think I'll start with Publix since they're already open. I wish Aldi would open before 9 a.m.!

  • I remembered to load up the box of donations in my SUV... but I forgot to bring along the pet coupons that I had clipped and printed for the South Lake Animal League thrift store! My daughter had left a bag of shoes that she no longer wanted so I went through it first. 

  • I found a thin wallet with a wrist strap that isn't my style at all but that I could use when I don't want to lug my heavy purse or heavy wallet with me so I kept it.  

  • I also found the pair of very good, square-toed, cushioned flat back shoes that she had been issued when she worked at Walt Disney World (they hadn't wanted the shoes back when she quit, I think she might have had a deduction on her paychecks for shoes but she didn't think she had). I tried them on and they fit me well and are comfy. I usually buy $5 ballet flats from Walmart (although these days I only wear my walking shoes) so this will be a vast improvement.

  • So I left to run by errands shortly after 8:30 a.m. There was a large accident right by Publix but thanks to my SUV, I was able to drive in the grass and squeeze into the turn lane, which was mostly empty while the other lanes were backed up, and turn into Publix. Woohoo!  When I was done shopping, I took a back road to Clermont so I wouldn't be stuck in traffic either.
    • Publix:
      • I was disappointed that none of the strawberries on display today were Driscoll's!  However, it was a good thing that I stopped by Publix first, as I was able to buy strawberries at Aldi later on.
      • The Knorr sides were on BOGO today and I had planned on buying 6 packets (to give to the kids later on) since I had coupons too, but the coupons ended up being for the Knorr Selects sides that weren't included in the sale :(
      • So I only bought 2 more boxes of Minute multigrain medley rice (with coupons) and 2 packages of Oberto beef jerky for Greg (on BOGO).
      • For some reason one of my rice coupons wouldn't scan but the cashier pushed it through :(  And now, looking at my receipt, I realize that the coupon wouldn't scan because she messed up! She rang one box of the rice but then voided it for some reason.  So I ended up getting both boxes for free after her mistake and the 2 coupons.
      • I charged the $6.39 OOP to Amex for 3% back in Rewards.
      • I checked my lottery ticket but I didn't win anything this past week. I was tempted to buy a Powerball ticket since the jackpot is over $400 million, but I resisted the temptation since the odds are so poor. 
      • Back in my SUV, I placed a Rapid Pick-Up order on the Panera app for a free chocolate chip bagel with my Bagel a Day reward.

    • When I got to Panera, 5 minutes after my scheduled pick-up time, the bagel was NOT ready. What a surprise!  Plus the line was long so I was starting to get annoyed but right at the same time, a attendant brought someone else's order to the Rapid Pick-Up shelf so I asked her about mine and she brought it right away and apologized. Yay!

    • I texted my BFF to make sure she was OK (she's moving her son in to UF tomorrow and is freaking out about it) and share with her that I was terrified of my dentist appointment tomorrow.  So we texted off and on during the morning.  She offered to come with me to subsequent appointments if I needed her to. Awww! She's a true friend!

    • I stopped by CVS.  
      • I usually do a separate transaction for non-food items and pay for those with my Amazon Visa (2% back in Rewards) since I like to keep the gift cards for the groceries, but today I was buying a combination of food and non-food items to score $5 in ECBs so I had to group it all in one transaction.
      • I bought 3 packs of Diet Dr. Pepper (on sale, 3 for $10), 12 rolls of Bounty paper towels (on sale, $9.99 and I redeemed a small coupon), a box of Honey Nut Cheerios ($1.99 on sale and I redeemed a coupon) and a gallon of whole milk ($2.99 on sale).
      • I was hoping to be able to order another free Dr Pepper Tshirt for Greg since the 3 packs had the label I needed but the promotion ended... yesterday!  Poop :(
      • The store manager was kind of insistent that I get a flu shot there even though I turned him down twice.  Every time I've gotten one at a Walgreens or CVS, my insurance has never agreed to pay for it. Plus I'm home all the time so my risk of getting infected is much lower than other people.
      • I asked my favorite cashier whether the register would accept a higher value paper coupon if I had also already preloaded a smaller digital manufacturer coupon to my app but she wasn't sure.  I'll have to test it.
      • My OOP was $25.62 and I paid with a CVS gift card earned with our Amex Rewards program so it was all free to me and I received $5 back in ECBs.

    • My next stop was Aldi.  Construction is still going on! For some reason, the store was pretty busy today even though the kids are all back to school.
      • I was disappointed that they were completely out of sour cream. I asked an attendant if they had any in the back but she said there's a shortage of it everywhere.  I'll get it at Save A Lot if I end up going there later on this week.
      • I was even MORE disappointed to find out that the sign that stated that the whole wheat hamburger and hot dog buns that I love were seasonal items... was right, apparently since they had NONE on the shelf today. Waaaaaa!
      • And of course, still no reduced-fat shredded cheddar. I'm going to buy all of the cheese and freeze it when they finally have it again. Grr.
      • However they did have strawberries and they were only $1.29 each, woo!  I only bought 2 lbs this time.
      • I bought apples and counted them to make sure to get a bag with 8 apples when most of the other bags only had 7.
      • I stocked up on more crunchy peanut butter for Greg.  I also bought some beef and blue cheese premium sausages because my honey loves blue cheese on his burgers so I thought "why not?!"
      • I had given my jar of Alfredo sauce to my daughter so I bought a new one. I also stocked back up on organic black beans since I had to use all 3 cans for my soup earlier this week.
      • I bought a dozen eggs ONLY because they were $0.57 a dozen and they're good for another month. I already had 2+ dozens in the fridge!
      • I found a raspberry danish pastry priced at $4.99 but that had $3.00 off in stickers on the box. It's in the fridge since we still have a lot of lemon raspberry cake.
      • My OOP was $33.20, which made me super happy until I remembered that I went shopping last week and said I would count it towards this week's total. Rats!  I charged it to Amex for 3% back in Rewards.

    • Then I went across the street to Bulk Nation. It wasn't busy today. 
      • I took a bunch of pictures to keep updating my price book.
      • I bought Youngest Son some sour sharks and some chocolate covered Swedish fish. I bought myself some milk chocolate covered gummy bears and some white chocolate covered gummy bears. I might lose all my teeth soon so I might as well indulge now. Plus I'm stressed and I need chocolate!
      • I redeemed my coupon for a $5 gift card (earned from taking a survey they had emailed me) and applied it to my order so my OOP was $4.64 after gift card and I charged it to Amex for (hopefully) 3% back in Rewards.

    • My next stop was Wawa.
      • I gassed up my SUV for $2.149/gallon and received a receipt with which I'll take a survey to earn a free drink.
      • I redeemed a past survey coupon for a free 24 oz French Vanilla coffee and I also took a free sample-size cup of hazelnut coffee:) Since I was going to drink the coffee in my car, I added fat free skim milk and sweetener to it in the store.

    • Next, I dropped off the donation box at the South Lake Animal League Thrift Store. I went inside to see if there was anything worth buying but I left empty handed. I resisted a Weight Watchers cookbook that I didn't have and that was only $3. I have too many cookbooks as it is.

    • My following stop was Ace Hardware, where I bought the batteries that I still needed for my hurricane supplies stash. They were on sale, $9.99 for 16 batteries. I bought both AA and AAA.  The package states they're good for 10 years but all the packages (I checked!) were only good through 2025. Oh well, we'll probably used them before then.  I earned some Ace Rewards but the receipt never shows how many so I have no idea how many I have right now.

    • My last stop was the library.  
      • Yesterday they announced that they would be holding an event on Monday afternoon where library card holders could borrow eclipse-proof glasses. I chatted with one of the librarians who explained how it would work. We can use the glasses for 20 minutes and we have to remain on library property. I think I'll take Youngest Son with me.
      • I checked out the book that was waiting for me
      • I also found a HUGE stash of coupon inserts in the donation pile. YESSSSS! The day is looking up!
      • I also picked up a free copy of a magazine to read while I'm on the recumbent bike... whenever I get back on it!

  • Back home, there was no one but the kittens so I had to carry everything in by myself :(  The kittens, as usual, were excited about the bags. Tabby Kitty and Explorer played peekaboo while Princess inspected the groceries.




  • I took photos and put everything away and then heated up the rest of the Spicy Black Bean soup and made myself 2 fried eggs sandwiches, although I only used 1 bun and 1 slice of cheese.

  • I had to reboot my laptop.  When it came back up though, the automatic NCrave videos were available on Swagbucks Watch. Yay!

  • My daughter texted me a video she took of her room, now that it's all decorated. It looks nice!

  • We texted back and forth for a while and then she said she was about to get on the bus because she wanted to ride it to campus to better judge how long it would take her to get to her classes. Only the bus came and she saw people scan something and she didn't have anything to scan and also didn't have the 75 cents in exact change in case she needed to pay for the fare so she didn't get on, LOL!  So I did some research online to confirm that she can ride for free with her student ID and she went back to her apartment to do research on Facebook as well because we weren't sure if the free transportation is only once the semester starts.  She's going to try it again :) I don't know why she just didn't ask someone else that was waiting for the bus, lol. She can be shy sometimes.

  • Another way my day is looking up:  my daughter forwarded to me the email she and all other UF students received from the UF President telling them that white supremacists won't be able to speak at UF.  Good. Crawl back to your cave.  As a person of much more recent European descent than any of those jerks, I don't need your ilk to "preserve my culture". If you had any culture, you wouldn't be promoting the violence and intolerance you're promoting. You want to do something really brave?  Go fight ISIS on "their" own territory. We'll see how long you last over there before you ask for your own safe zone.

  • Now I'm playing Law & Order to try to keep my mind off the dentist.  Ugh.

  • I submitted a couple of receipts to Ibotta and Checkout 51, claiming only $0.75 in rebates. Checkout 51 refunded me pretty fast but I still haven't heard back from Ibotta?  The apps used to be lightning quick but now there seems to be quite a lag.

  • Youngest Son came home and helped me administer the pills to the older cats. Mean Kitty loves him so she let me stick the pill down her throat and swallowed it too. Yay!  Male Cat is easy.  I'm changing my alarm so I always give them their pill when Youngest Son is home!

  • I input all my receipts into my various spreadsheets.

  • Arrgh, Greg has to fly to Romania again and he has to fly on 9/11. I really don't like that. Last year he was flying on 9/11 as well... I was on pins and needles the whole day.

  • I wrote my grocery shopping post for the week. Yikes. I spent a lot at BulkNation altogether!  I decided to skip going to Save A Lot, despite the sale on meat this week. I've got to do with what we have in the freezer, which is quite a bit. Of course that might mean eating a lot more chicken than I care for, but Youngest Son loves chicken and there are tons of recipes for it out there so it shouldn't be a problem.

  • Youngest Son walked to the library to go play a board game with his friends.

  • I played peekaboo with what I think is a juvenile Northern Cardinal eating at the feeder, from behind the window. When Middle Son was here over yesterday, he showed me how to take pictures through the window using the P mode on manual focus (again!) that bypasses the darn screen. Woohoo! Now if only the darn bird would be on the right side of the feeder!

  • Tabby Kitten came to cuddle with me again!  And he's licking me too. It's really love, it wasn't a fluke! And then all the cats took their turn cuddling with me. I am the new Cat Whisperer!


  
Explorer was checking out the new coupons!


  • So I listened to the voicemails on my house line (I keep it turned off and only listen to the messages once a month at the most) and there was a confirmation call and also text about the dentist appointment tomorrow. Gulp. They've also finally moved to their new building that they've been building for a long time so now I have the added anxiety of not knowing the building, where to park, etc. Not a big deal, but still.

  • However I checked their website and it's new since I last checked it.  They use a minimally invasive laser procedure to treat periodontal disease called LANAP and they use the same insurance code as the regular procedure so there shouldn't be a difference in price.  They also state "We realize that many patients are anxious about dental treatment, so ask us how we can help you feel more comfortable."  I cried with relief reading this. Now I just need to survive the embarrassment of facing a dentist that I dropped several years ago! But I will survive this, of course.  They also offer sedation (" but for the apprehensive patients we offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or light sedation with pills.). Plus the dentist is a UF graduate. Maybe he'll be extra nice now that my daughter is a Gator too :)

  • I also checked my dental insurance plan.  I have a $50 deductible and they refund only up to $2,000 per calendar year. Since it's the end of the year, I should be able to continue treatment without too much interruption? But also, they only cover crowns at 50% and prosthodontics at 50% so it's gonna be super expensive, whatever needs to be done... Greg told me not to worry about the cost and for sure it's nice that we don't have the mortgage to pay anymore so I'm NOT going to worry about the cost at all (well, a little bit because that's still in my blood, I come from poor people you know).


  • It was already 5 p.m. and I was far from having met my 1st daily goal so I started trying to qualify for surveys while I clipped coupons and cuddled with kittens at the same time.  An hour and a half later, I had finally qualified and earned the SB for one survey and I'm within 3 SB of reaching my 2nd goal. Woohoo!

  • Ibotta sent me a discount code for my choice of Shutterfly freebie as described below. I'm not going to use it so if you want it (and don't mind paying their shipping fees!), please send me an email at the address listed on my "Contact Me" page :)

  • For dinner I cooked some whole wheat spaghetti and meatballs.

  • After dinner we watched more "Silicon Valley" on HBO. We're both getting tired of it (I actually haven't really been following it for many episodes!) but there are only 4 episodes left after tonight.

To Do List
  • Errands
    • Grocery shopping DONE
    • Get gas and free coffee from Wawa DONE
    • Get free bagel from Panera DONE
    • Go to Ace Hardware to get batteries DONE
    • Go pick up book from library DONE
    • Take new pictures at Bulk Nation DONE
    • Drop off donations at thrift store DONE
    • Return pink flowers to Lowe's?  Bring receipt
  • Health
    • Exercise
    • Tape the Strength Training videos and put on dedicated SD card 
  • Cleaning (i.e. domestic chores)
    • Take Recycling down to the curb for collection DONE 
    • Empty dishwasher 
    • Do the dishes 
    • Sweep the kitchen DONE
    • Sort through produce in fridge DONE
    • Clean fridge
    • Wash window over kitchen sink
    • Wash the front of the kitchen cabinets
    • Iron Greg's clothes
    • Sweep or vacuum Greg's bedroom 
    • Sweep my bedroom
    • Dust Greg's bedroom
    • Mend some items from the mending basket, especially Greg's shorts
    • Vacuum fridge's coils
    • Scrub the WHOLE shower (including ceiling)
    • Clean exercise room vent
    • Wash bathroom and hall ceiling, door jamb  (wear old clothes)
  • Food
    • Defrost meat for dinner DON'T NEED TO
    • Make vanilla extract
    • Dehydrate apple that is spoiling
    • Plan today's food intake 
    • Keep track of liquid intake!
    • Record today's food intake into MFP 
    • Inventory fridge
    • Inventory freezer
  • Outdoors
    • Make hummingbird nectar
    • Trim bushes in front of the house 
    • Transplant ferns from bin into front yard 
    • Transplant all basil seedlings from berm and patio to the empty garden beds 
    • Pull weeds from berm  ONGOING
    • Pull weeds from garden area 
    • Pull weeds from rose planter 
    • Pull weeds from gravel path
    • Lay down more cardboard on top of mulch
    • Mulch the berm again
    • Make more self watering bins
    • Plant tomatoes and lettuce (when it's cooler)
    • Add Osmocote plant food to hibiscus and roses
    • Check on beans and papaya seeds (daily) and water as needed 
    • Check on pineapples rooting in jars 
    • Harvest pineapples? NOT YET
    • Read up on growing papaya trees again and thin the seedlings? 
    • Water the potted plants 
    • Order rain barrel from Home Depot
    • Figure out where to plant the salvia, lantana 
  • Pets
    • Give Male Cat and Mean Kitty their medecine DONE
    • Trim all cats' nails
    • Brush cats
  • Financial/Legal
    • Take Wawa survey 
    • Look up dental benefits/coverage DONE
    • Input new receipts into spreadsheets DONE
    • Submit receipts for rebates? DONE
    • Schedule new credit card payments
    • Input new prices for Bulk Nation into pricebook 
    • Explore Vanguard's Personal Advisor Services webpage and get started on process 
    • Create Greg's online Social Security Account (with him) and update my documents
    • Explore Will and Power of Attorney forms on LegalZoom and discuss with Greg
    • Call SunTrust and Chase re: bonds
    • Reconcile FSA records to make sure we're not missing money in the account
  • Family & Friends
    • Take Youngest Son driving 
    • Write a letter to my great aunt
    • Post trip pictures on French blog - STARTED THIS PAST WEEKEND
    • Find a good picture of our cats and order bag from Shutterfly for Daughter with freebie code
    • Finish the 2014 Powerpoint document for Daughter
    • Add clip art to all 2012, 2013 and 2014 pages that I created and print them
  • Organization/Decluttering
    • Listen to answering machine (tomorrow) to make sure no messages from the dentist office DONE
    • Put plastic bins away in shed
    • Clip coupons from inserts
    • File coupons away
    • Mail coupons to Daughter
    • Finalize shopping list DONE
    • Review emails I had sent to Youngest Son on 7/23 about college with him
    • Get him started on Coalition For Access application (add reminders on calendar for each summer too)
    • Shred junk mail
    • File paperwork
    • Declutter the printer stand
    • Declutter the breezeway counters
    • Declutter the gardening supplies area
    • Declutter the old coffee table ONGOING