Sigh, I have to warn my audience that I think I've hit a blogging slump so my posts might not be very entertaining or inspiring (if they ever were!) for a while. I feel like I'm just going through the motions but I don't have much enthusiasm for anything. I'm not depressed... I just don't feel like doing much these days, and blogging is part of it.
And then I think "No, I need to write down what I did or I'll forget and I'll regret not having written it down!" LOL. And so goes my blog every morning :)
I fell asleep on the couch reading a library book last night, pretty early on, I think that I was asleep by 9 p.m.! I got up all groggy at 10:30 p.m., said goodnight to Greg and our son who were still up, went to bed and tried reading a little more... and fell asleep until morning. I had weirdly disturbing dreams about Greg and I visiting the house that I owned with my ex because we were going to buy it. Only the house had many many problems and was very messy. When I woke up and came downstairs, I felt such a feeling of relief that my house was indeed MY house and so grateful that it was and it felt so right. I think the dream was prompted by dropping off my daughter at her dad's yesterday. They live in a very nice house. I've never been inside but I glimpsed it from the doorway and it looks like one of those house you see in catalogs and magazines where nothing is out of place or dirty. His wife is very strict with this, which is one of the reasons why our kids don't enjoy living there so much, but it must be nice coming home after work to a house that doesn't stress you, that's for sure. I had a pang of jealousy as I drove off, but honestly, when I got home, once again I remembered that despite all its flaws and my lack of housekeeping, I really love our home because it feels like a HOME, not a perfect, catalog-like house. I love our quiet backyard, I love the little piles of stuff that everyone leaves laying around (yes, not just me!), I love that I can put my coffee cup on the arm of the futon next to my Sodapalooza cup, next to my Kindle and my phone and 2 remotes and 2 books and a box of tissues and a cloth napkin and no one is going to freak out about the mess! I love it. I especially love that if everything goes right it'll be paid off in 3 years tops (sooner if Greg gets a bonus next year that we can send to the mortgage company as well!) while my ex and his wife are probably not close to paying theirs off. Or maybe they are, I don't know, I don't ask. Anyhoo, it's easy to get envious of other people but it's so pointless. You have got to learn to be content with what you have... or be willing to work harder or cut expenses more in order to have more. Greg works hard enough, we have a lifestyle that we enjoy despite it not being everyone's cup of tea. Who cares? We're happy. I'm happy for my ex that he gets to live in such a nice home and even happier for my kids that they also do... although I think it might make it harder for them to realize that their own first home won't be nearly as nice, lol.
So today is the weekend and we don't have any concrete plans. Greg wants to mow the lawn and go to Dick's Sporting Goods to buy a new fishing rod. If he does, we'll probably go fishing tomorrow morning. Our son is sleeping in. He never wants to go anywhere so he'll probably spend the day on his computer once he's up with a couple of excursions to the local park to do his daily swinging.
Me? I want to read. I'm really on a reading kick. Yes, I should be folding the laundry or vacuuming but that can wait until Domestic Monday, I think. By then I might be sick of reading! I never did sign up for the Herp Hike tomorrow morning and yes, you did have to register in advance. Shrug. I'd rather go fishing with Greg :) I did venture on the back patio this morning when I got up. Oh my, it is so humid and warm! My tomato plants look horrible, I just hope the tomatoes have a chance of ripening before the plants die altogether. My sweet potato vine is invading everything, I'm going to have to cut it down. No birds in sight when I was out there, but I didn't have my camera with me either.
Later on today... so the title of this post was going to be "A Lazy Day" but then Greg suggested I name it "FailApocalypse" because it ended up being a day full of "failures".
First and foremost: I was getting reading to go to Dick's Sporting Goods with him when I misjudge the distance to a piece of furniture where I meant to put my phone down and it fell to the ground, face down onto the tile and... CRACK! My screen cracked, despite the Otterbox case, and it was cracked from the home button so the phone started cycling through all the apps and there was nothing I could do, couldn't even turn it off. AAAARRRGH.
So we went on our way. Greg wanted to go to the AT&T store and buy me a new phone (so sweet! So not frugal! So not necessary!) and I searched for a phone repair place in town. I found one but we couldn't find it (just realized I had typed the wrong house number into the app, oops!) so we ended up at a computer repair store that we knew about. They were very nice but couldn't help us, referred us to the same place we had been trying to find and explained exactly where they were. So we drove back there, found them, and they tested the phone, said it was only a screen repair job, they could do it in 10 minutes for $89.99 + tax so I said yes because what choice did I have, right? And 10 minutes later, and $96 after tax on my Amex, the phone was fixed. Woohoo but it would have been better if I hadn't cracked my phone in the first place!
Then we drove to Dick's Sporting Goods and I bought Greg (with his money) 2 fishing rods, a large filleting knife and some fishing line.
Then he was hungry so we went to McAlister's, a deli that opened a few months back that we hadn't visited yet but that my daughter had highly recommended. I had already eaten lunch but they had Reubens and I love Reubens so I ate again (what diet?). Another frugal failure. LOL.
So Greg insisted on me posting all my "failures" (which, really, the phone was the only one!) so there you are, "Failpocalypse."
In other news, my daughter is flying to San Francisco as we speak. She and I texted for 30 minutes prior to her boarding her flight. She also texted from the plane: she was in an emergency exit row with tons of leg room and no one sitting next to her, just feet away from the bathroom. Woohoo! I saw that she would probably have to pay for a movie so I told her to charge it to my credit card if she wanted to watch anything. She bought food and a drink prior to boarding her flight since the airline isn't providing a free meal. She was very excited :)
I was reading Tara's comments about her son Liam staying away from the problem areas in Marseille and I wasn't really sure of what she was talking about. I knew that there probably would be some scuffles between soccer supporters but I hadn't realized how bad it had gotten until I checked Google News tonight and read the reports on European news sites. Oh crap! Thankfully Liam is safe and I emailed my brother and his GF to make sure they are also OK since they live pretty close to the Old Port where most of the damage was and she works right off the Old Port too. It's past midnight in France now and I haven't received a reply so they must be asleep. Good grief, it's always something! And about a stupid soccer game! I just don't get it.
- Greg mowed the lawn, saving us the cost of hiring someone to do it :)
- I reused water collected in the shower to flush the toilet.
- Since my daughter will be gone for 8 weeks, I upped the temperature in the part of the house where her room is located to 76F (from 74F). It's also where the kitchen is, so I might have to turn it down to 75F if I bake.
- I cooked hard-boiled eggs for our snacks. The water will be reused to water some potted plant.
- I finished an e-book, returned it and another to the library, and borrowed 3 more e-books: one that I have already read in the past (Robert Crais) and two that I have never read.
- I enjoyed some jazz on WLOQ via IheartRadio on the Roku, and then some classical music on KUSC, via IheartRadio again :)
- Greg and I went to run some errands. He stopped by RaceTrac to get a soda refill with his Sodapalooza cup. I had been all frazzled because of my phone so I forgot to bring my cup along. He offered to drive back home to get it but I was getting a headache because I was so upset so I figured I could skip the soda :)
- Thankfully it was just a matter of repairing the screen so we did spend money that I hadn't planned on spending but it was way cheaper and less of a headache than to buy a new used phone or worse... a new phone! And the people we talked to both at the computer repair store and at the phone repair store were all super, super nice. We expected something else but both facilities were really impressive, actually. I'm glad to know there is such a place in town in case we run into another problem!
- At Dick's Sporting Goods, Greg found a great deal on fishing poles! We had looked at a pole priced at $25, but there was an offer on a better pole at 2 poles for $35. We really wanted two, so either myself or our son could fish too. So we got those, and I found a big filleting knife that should work for removing all the bones in whatever fish we hope to catch. I was able to use the $10 off $50 coupon that I had earned for taking the survey on the last Dick's receipt, earned points towards free merchandise with my loyalty card, and I should be able to take another survey and earn another $10 off $50 coupon.
- Greg hadn't eaten lunch (but I had, at home, before we left) but he was hungry so we decided to go try McAlister's. I charged the lunch to Discover, which will earn us 5% in Rewards.
- On the way home, we decided to stop by our house first to grab my and our son's Sodapalooza cups and went back to RaceTrac. We got 3 free drink refills and I redeemed a survey reward code for a free Monterey Chicken grill item for our son's lunch.
- Then we stayed home, reading library books, listening to classical music and playing video games (the boys, not me!).
- For dinner I didn't feel like cooking (I had 2 lunches!) so Greg said he would make himself a PBJs and I guilted him into making me one too! Our son didn't want one. He'll warm up some ravioli later on...
- After dinner, Greg and I drove back to RaceTrac to get more free drink refills. I joked that Sodapalooza had rejuvenated our marriage with all those "dates" we go on to refill our soda cups, LOL.
- I earned my daily Bing Rewards credits and a few Swagbucks.
- Phone screen repair: $96.29
- 2 fishing rods, fishing line, a filleting knife: $50.81
- Lunch at McAlister's: $22.43
- Water for a bubble bath :)
- I dropped my phone and the screen cracked! Arrgh.
- We should have ordered our food to go at McAlister's and gotten free drinks from RaceTrac. Oh well.
- I had wrapped the pickle spears that they had given us in a napkin to bring home, but I forgot them on the table!
- This could have been a failure: I was reading a news article on my phone when a pop-up appeared (although I have pop-ups disabled on the phone!) to tell me that I had won an upgrade to an iPhone 6 (which obviously was an iPhone virus scam) and my only option to turn it off would have been to say "OK". I didn't want to do that but I couldn't figure out how to close the offending tab either so I looked it up on my computer and found an Apple Support article that said to go to Settings/Safari/ and "Clear History and Website Data". I did and it fixed my problem, phew! But it's clearly a failure in Safari because not only do I have the "block pop-ups" enabled, but I also have "Fraudulent Website Warning" enabled! Grrr.
- Fed the cats
- Replied to blog comments and commented on other blogs
- Cooked hard-boiled eggs
- Finished a library book
- Returned library books and borrowed some more
- Ran errands with Greg