So I'm not going to mention the name of the blogger or even the name of her blog, but remember that Seinfeld episode about the boy in the bubble? And how everyone expected the "bubble boy" to be a sweet child afflicted by a terrible disease but it ended up being a really horrible man afflicted by a terrible disease? So tonight I'm wondering if it's OK for people who are undergoing terrible diseases to use that as an excuse to be total shitheads to other people around them and brag about it on their blogs under the excuse that they're dying so they're more entitled to it than anyone else because "oh, so unfair!" And I can't sleep because of that. It's now past 4:30 a.m.
I mean, they're in excruciating pain and dying so they don't care about social niceties and the consequences of their written words and they want to vent. I get that. I vent on my blog too and all I have is mild congestion and sometimes a big stick up my butt (OK, not literally, don't go freaking out on me!).
But what I read tonight, the vitriol thrown at everybody and then the commenters pitying the blogger and telling her she was justified? I found that revolting. It brought back shades of how my dad treated everyone like crap as my stepmom was dying (and I was the one left to take care of her because "he couldn't handle it" so he held court downstairs, in the house where the love of his life was losing her battle with pancreatic cancer upstairs, being cared for by myself, who he badmouthed at every turn to whoever would listen and by medical personnel who, in his eyes, were all morons). To this day it was the hardest thing I've ever had to go through and I think I have some degree of PTSD due to that. And yes, it is one of the many reasons why it was so easy to sever all ties to my dad last summer.
So the answer to my rhetorical question, I think, not having undergone a terrible illness myself, is that, NO. I don't think it's right to treat people like crap because you feel sorry for yourself. The world doesn't owe you anything. And I think that if you believe in life after death, then it's terribly presumptuous to announce that you have no doubt you'll be in heaven while you're spouting all those horrible things about people. Have some self awareness, please. It might not be pleasant to realize you really are a horrible person when you're already dying but, shoot, you are leaving family behind to deal with all of that. Think of them, too. And no, I won't be visiting that blog again.
Thankfully, I follow Bless' blog. Bless is the total antithesis to that blogger and a great antidote. The best compliment that I could pay her tonight would be that her blog could put me right to sleep because it is so peaceful, lol. Not boring, peaceful. She gets along with everyone, she has a beautiful garden, a beautiful relationship with her daughter, many friends and attentive family members, and I don't think I've ever seen her complain of anything. However, I've already back read her blog so I have to find something else to help me catch some zz's tonight. Bless is undergoing chemo to treat her breast cancer and finds, every day, five things to be grateful for. And her posts and replies to comments are always measured and kind and uplifting, even when you know she's not feeling well at all and we're being nosy. So, thank you, Bless, for being such a good part of the blogging community. You are a most graceful contributor and we should all strive to be more like you.
What I should be doing at this time of night is the dishes. I usually don't do them in the middle of the night when i can't sleep because my daughter's room is right above the kitchen so it would wake her up. But tonight she's not here so I don't have that excuse and you know what? I just started yawning. I'm not even kidding. Ohhhh, my eyes are getting heavy now. I think I just hypnotized myself right out of doing the dishes again! OK, first thing in the morning, I promise. PROMISE. I won't turn on the laptop or get the paper from the driveway or take my cup of coffee outside to see the birdies (gulp... oh I want to do that!). I will do the dishes.
(SEVERAL HOURS LATER...)
I was able to sleep until about 10:30 a.m. (so I guess I wasn't completely sleepless!) although New Kitty annoyed the crap out of me and woke me up several times. Greg got up before me (well, everyone did!) but took his coffee outside on the porch so as not to disturb me. Awww... when I woke up I was all groggy and he asked me if he could fix me anything or go get me anything and I said "no, thanks!" but what I really wanted to say was "how come you didn't do the dishes?!" lol.
So I did a load of dishes while my coffee was brewing. See? I didn't lie, I did the dishes. Woo, me.
Then I endeavored to sign up for the free trial of HBONow. That took a little longer than I expected because it wanted to charge it (after the trial period) to my Roku account but the credit card on that account didn't exist anymore so I had to change it. Good news, actually, since I wanted to charge it to Discover to get the 5% Bonus Rewards on movies that is available through June. Anyhoo, now that's done and we hopefully will be able to watch the season premiere of Game of Thrones tonight at 9 p.m.
|Oh hey, Magic Mike XXL? Is that like Magic Mike for fat women? Cuz I'm a fat woman right now.|
I also downloaded the HBONow app on my Kindle and Greg will download it to his XboxOne. We flipped through their offerings (terrible app layout on Roku, btw!) and there's really not much that we're interested in watching that's not already on Amazon Prime Instant. Mr. Show is supposedly coming on May 1st, but I couldn't see any mention of it on their site. Greg found that nugget on a third party website so we'll see if it's true. In the meantime, we did find a couple David Cross comedy specials that we're watching. It's like the "Free Bagel a Day" promo with Panera, I want to maximize my 30 Day free trial, dang it!
So I added the billing date for the next installment ($14.99) in my checkbook and made it a recurring charge for the next 4 months. I'll need to research when the GoT season will end so I can remember to cancel the subscription at that time. Update: well you know what? I'm dumb. Apparently the first episode of GoT tonight is free anyway (I don't know why I'm surprised, we've been able to watch the first episode for free on the Xbox One for the past 2-3 years!) so I should have waited until next Sunday to sign up for the trial, especially since now my subscription will renew every 24th of the month and the last episode of the season? It's scheduled to be aired on June 26, according to this site. So I just threw $14.99 away. I hate it when I do that!
SavingStar released a new freebie and I shall endeavor to get that one at Publix this week. Woohoo!
I printed some coupons via Swagbucks, CVS, Target and Redplum, and I uploaded digital coupons to my Publix & Walgreens digital wallets and CVS app.
Greg went to get his hair cut at Great Clips. He has his prepaid card so it will get deducted for a $9.99 haircut instead of $14-$16 (I don't remember the current price of a haircut) but I gave him $2 in cash for the tip. He got a free soda from RaceTrac while he was out with his RaceTrac Rewards app.
Still not able to order my $5 Amazon gift card from Bing Rewards so I'm plugging away at the now 27 daily credits that I'm allowed. Oh wait, nope it's 27 on the PC but if I switch to the app on my phone, I have an extra credit to earn so I'm back to 28.
I scheduled $10 to be added to each of my kids' school lunch accounts. I only fund them $10 at a time since the kids are only allowed to charge lunch to those once a week.
Target is ticking me off. For months their Cartwheel app has sucked. Consider that I am searching for Cartwheel rebates on "produce". Here is a small portion of the results that return:
So maybe you'll see why I have been avoiding Target since Christmas. Between this nonsense, the almost non-existent digital coupons anymore, the prices that went up, the merchandise that never seems to be on the shelves at my Target SUPERstore store and not because they're out of it but because they don't even sell those items even though there are Cartwheel offers for them and lastly, the attitude of some of the cashiers towards people who use coupons, I'm kind of done with them. Well, I would be if I didn't still have a shitload of money loaded onto a gift card that I bought for 10% off at Christmas and some money left on a Swagbucks gift card. And if I didn't love their Mossimo T-shirts (they're comfy, if of poor quality).
I am madder than hell! This is the 3rd time that I pick up my "DSLR Photography for Dummies" library book and trying to get through the introduction. I don't know about you, but when I read that a book has been written "for dummies", I expect to be able to understand... well, most everything. I don't think I'm a dummy but yes, there are some subject matters that should be explain to me like I'm ignorant. So this author, Robert Correll, must have written the book for the people scrapping the bottom of the barrel of Mensa because this is one paragraph from the introduction:
"A 50mm lens on a full-frame dSLR acts like a 75mm lens on an APS-C-size Nikon body. How do I know? Multiply the focal length (50mm) by the crop factor (1.5) to produce the result 75mm!"
Woa, woa, woa. There is math involved? Stop the presses. All I want is to learn how to use the settings on my ancient dSLR (since that's the proper acronym) camera so I can take better pictures of the crappy dishes that I cook... or learn how to get the camera to properly focus on the tiny bud that I'm trying to photograph, not all the other crap in the background, thus rendering my picture all blurry!
There are 655 pages in this book, including the index. Clearly this will take me decades to read and even longer to understand. I don't have decades. So I'm going to have to skip the "reading page-by-page method", skip any paragraph that looks like it has too many numbers in it, and go for the "let's find a photo that refers to something I want to learn how to do and go from there" method. And I don't have all day.
So you know what I did? I went to the garden with my iPhone 5S. Forget DSLR, a lot of times I get better photos with my phone than with either of my digital cameras. Here are some photos that I took at about 4 p.m. I need to water the garden but I think I'll go after dinner when it's not so hot.
|Our new rain barrel... now we need some rain!|
|One of my red roses is opening up and it smells soooo good!|
|Flowers on my zucchini plants, yay! I hope at least one of them turns into a zucchini.|
|The "pole" beans are thirsty, not climbing and flowering.|
|Little strawberries are forming|
|My eggplants have been attacked by birds...|
|but there is another flower blooming on one of the plants!|
|Still had to use the trick of putting my fingers in the background of what I actually wanted to photograph so the camera would focus properly. I'm guessing that's not the appropriate method but I don't know my ISO from my aperture, blah, blah, blah.|
|A couple of Roma tomatoes are almost ready to be harvested.|
|And a bunch of those Supersweet 100 grape tomatoes will be ready later on this week.|
|Another milkweed plant has grown. Some aphids are already on it.|
Still trying to make sure to maximize our HBONow (still free!) subscription, I watched several stanf-up comedian routines, and then several episodes of Extras, Season 2. The episodes with Orlando Bloom and David Bowie were hysterical! Greg joined me and we had a good laugh.
At about 6:30 I went to grill the hamburgers for dinner and watered the garden while they were cooking. I'll need to water the fruit trees tomorrow.
We ate dinner while watching Arrested Development. Yep, today was definitely TV Day. I need to rest for Domestic Monday tomorrow, right?