However I was up at 2:30 a.m. and I couldn't sleep. So I worked on Bing Rewards for today and read my library e-book on my Kindle for about an hour. Later on, I was awakened by my own coughing. Darn it, I'm not shaking this thing very easily! This morning I was not feeling well and felt very tired.
I got up at 7 a.m., cooked breakfast for Greg and packed his lunch (he's having leftovers). He ended up going to work today instead of working from home as he had planned, because a co-worker invited him to play tennis at lunch time. He will leave early since we are attending our son's induction ceremony into the Junior National Honors Society tonight.
Panera emailed me a reminder that I have a free bagel every day in April reward, as if I had forgotten or not used it already! My daughter is driving to her dad's house tonight since she'll be touring UCF with him tomorrow and spending the weekend at his house. She will be passing Panera on the way so I told her to plan on using my reward for today, and as a matter of fact to use it every day when she's at her dad's since there is one location really close to his house. I doubt that I will be going in Clermont.
I asked her how the situation with her dad and stepmom got resolved (she had told them she didn't want the stepmom to go to her oratorical competition this weekend) and they pretty much told her what I said, which was "tough, we're going." She recognized that she had been in a bad mood that day and that it "probably isn't going to be as bad as (she) feared" meaning that she probably won't be as nervous as she thought she would be.
I only have 4 things that I'm definitely planning on doing today:
- The freaking dishes. I didn't do them yesterday and now there are more of them, of course, and I still have all those pots and pans too. I don't feel good this morning so it's going to have to wait until I get a burst of energy. Maybe I should take another dose of that decongestant!
- Water the seeds that I planted yesterday both in the planters and the ones I had planted in my front lawn a few days ago.
- Go to the library to drop off the Fargo DVD set that is due today and the baking cookbook since I now have my own copy. I would love to take my bike but it might not be advisable considering the way I feel right now. We'll see. Update: I told Greg that we should drive to my son's induction ceremony tonight instead of walking there, since I'm still not feeling great, so I'll ask him to swing by the library afterwards and I'll drop off the DVDs in the drop box.
- I need to pre-cook dinner so we're not tempted to order food in after my son's induction ceremony tonight.
I finished working on Bing Rewards (I still had to do the PC searches) and did the minimum I've been doing on Swagbucks. They credited me with 10 SB for a coupon redemption yesterday so that helped a little bit.
I searched the Apple app store this morning and found that there is indeed an Amazon Music for Prime members app so I can stream music for free to my phone too and more importantly, Greg can stream it to his phone. We tried using both devices at once since he went ahead and downloaded it to. I streamed a song while he downloaded one to his phone and we had no problems that way. However, only 1 device can stream at a time (we share the same Prime account and log in). This is important because I'm hoping he'll find enough music he likes so he doesn't need that Spotify Premium subscription that he signed up for. I also told my daughter about it. She can't remember why she has Prime too. She thinks that it's because I had invited her to share my benefits but that would have only entitled her to share the free shipping, not any of the other benefits and she's adamant that she's able to stream movies and shows too. See, what happened, if I remember correctly, is that she signed up for an Amazon Student free 6-month trial at some point but forgot to turn off the automatic renewal because I remember her being distraught that she had been charged for a year's premium after that. She doesn't remember that but I'm positive. She'd already left for school when I realized that she would only get the free shipping if she had accepted my invitation so I texted her and directed her to go into her Amazon account setting and make sure the automatic renewal was turned off this time.
The good news, though, is that I thought she would have to completely redo her college schedule for the summer and fall, since she had to sign up for her classes prior to knowing if she was going to CA or not. Originally, she had plan A ("If I don't go to CA") and plan B ("If I go to CA") before some classes weren't offered online, & some classes that weren't offered online and that she needs to take to get her AA weren't even offered at the campus closest to our house. She had told me she was going to sign up for Plan A and change everything to Plan B if she was chosen to go to CA. But apparently she ended up signing up for Plan B anyway, so she doesn't have to jump through hoops to redo her schedule now AND all the classes she signed up for are either online or at the Clermont campus. This will save her from having to take calculus at 8 a.m. at a campus 45 minutes away from there, will save her lots of commuting and will save us money on gas and wear and tear on the family car.
The bad news is that now she can't apply for a job at Universal Studios this summer, but she doesn't seem too torn up about it, lol. Anyway, that's the latest happenings with this. I'm sure there will be more changes to the plan over the next 7 weeks prior to her departure!
I might disappoint Tara with this news, but Greg and I settled on a restaurant choice to celebrate our 15th anniversary and it won't be a Disney Resort restaurant. For our 5th anniversary, we had "the best meal ever", as Greg remembers it, at Columbia Restaurant in Celebration, FL. It's a Cuban fine dining restaurant with several locations in Florida. We never went back because by then I'd already been laid off by the Walt Disney Company so we didn't have a reason to go to Celebration (it's located within a few miles at Walt Disney World). However, Greg talks about that restaurant often. I visit Celebration once a year in December when my BFF (Jodie)'s daughter's dance studio perform a free Christmas dance exhibit there. The kids and I have been attending for several years. Every year, I look at the location where I thought Columbia was, and feel sad that the restaurant isn't there anymore. Well, I guess I've been mistaken all those years because I looked it up online last night and they're still there! So after consulting with Greg, I made a reservation for the night of our anniversary. They have live music at 9 p.m. and I wouldn't have minded eating that late because of that but Greg wanted to eat at 7 p.m. (it's a week night and he has to work in the morning). So it's settled. We know we'll love the food, we can stroll in Celebration a little afterwards, and despite the fact that it's fine dining, casual clothing is fine since it's in a tourist destination. Some people might be put off by this but I'm glad because I dislike dressing up, especially since I don't think I have many outfits that would fit me. I think I'll wear the skirt and T-shirt that I bought at Goodwill this week. It feels almost strange to think that we've reached 15 years. It seems not so long ago that we met and yet I can't imagine my life without him. It must be stranger for our son to realize that I was married to another man for 12 years before marrying his dad! Life is off... I was never going to get married and never have children and I married 2 men and ended up having 4 children of my own and be a stepmother to 2 more. Never say never!
If you have a Sports Authority Customer Loyalty card and a Dick's Sporting Goods location near you, Dick's will give you a free $20 Rewards for turning in your Sports Authority card and signing up for a Dick's loyalty card. No clue whether you can take advantage of this if you already have both, probably not, though. Oddly, I can see the offer on their website when I access it on my phone but not when I access their website on my laptop?! Here is a screenshot from my phone.
I called my vet's office to order more cat food. That reminds me that when I was mopping about my daughter being away for 7 weeks this summer and Greg and our son being away for 2, Greg said "Oh no... I'm going to come back from our camping trip and we'll have 3 more cats, won't we?!" LOL. Like he would be upset. He loves the cats from than I do.
I'm totally going to make that No Bake Chocolate Eclair Cake soon. I wish I had a 2nd package of vanilla pudding because I have everything else on hand already. Darn it! Yes, it's really not éclair at all. You would need to use pâte à choux for that. Now I want to make cream puffs. I might just make cream puffs instead.
Walgreens is going to have to pay $500,000 for misleading customers on their prices and their Balance Rewards program. Guess who will get the $500,000? Well, not us, the customers who've been had, of course not. I love my local Walgreens' cashier but I dislike Walgreens and I positively do not like their couponing and rewards policy. I know that I'm not the only one.
My son finished a cereal box this morning so I clipped the Boxtops for Education label (and will be donating it to a school this fall), recycled the box and will be rinsing the bag to be reused as a freezer bag at a later date.
Today is the day when the 3-lb chubs of ground beef should be on 50% clearance at Save A Lot. I don't think I'm going though.
I uploaded digital coupons to my Publix digital wallet.
My lunch was the last of the Jalapeño Soup and some of the Sweet & Tangy Pineapple Salad that I made last week (yes, I still have a bunch of it) and some potato chips.
I unlocked Ibotta and SavingStar rebates.
I did all the dishes, and then rinsed and hung up several cereal bags to dry.
I uploaded an offer for Old Time Pottery on our American Express cards, as well as an offer for Staples.com on Greg's card (mine didn't have it). It looks like they did credit us with the $10 statement credit for my purchase at Advanced Auto Parts, even though my OOP before tax was $29.98 and the offer stated that I needed to spend $50 (?!). I'm not complaining, though!
I cooked the "Yellow Broth" soup that I had planned for dinner tonight, in the microwave. I substituted a can of turnip greens for the fresh spinach, since that's what I had on hand. Yellow broth, according to my cookbook, is an Irish soup.
I checked the upcoming ads for CVS and Walgreens and made a list of the items I will be buying next week.
Greg told me that we might be able to get a couple of laptops for free from his parents who upgraded their older PC laptops for a MacBook recently. I hope that one of them is in good enough condition for our son to use it for high school next year.
Later on in the afternoon, I cooked 2 chicken breasts on the barbecue while I watered the in-ground and potted plants and the fruit trees. I'll just need to quickly cook the quesadillas when we come home from the ceremony. I was able to take a few pictures with my phone while I was watering. Sometimes I get better pictures with my phone than with my digital cameras!
|A milkweed grew from seeds I had planted a couple of years ago, yay! The aphids are already all over it, though.|
|I found a mushroom growing under our oak tree in the front yard. It'll make a tastier treat for the squirrels than my flower seeds, I hope!|
|A lone white ibis was exploring the front yard with its red beak. Unfortunately, the zoom on the phone isn't very powerful.|
|I almost didn't see this dragonfly on my ferns, at first! I was able to get very close to take a picture and it didn't move.|