Saturday, November 12, 2016

Weekly Recap: Sunday 11/6 through Saturday 11/12/16


Note on 12/25/16: I went through several weeks of depression in November/December which led me to withdraw from blogging every day and continues to make me feel very antisocial.  I actually wrote posts because I felt that it kept me busy and also I knew that I would want to re-read them at some point, but I never published them until today.  So this is why you might be seeing those old posts in your email or RSS Feed in late December...

Sunday 11/6/16



  • My foot/feet didn't hurt when Greg and I took our walk on the Lake Minneola Trail yesterday.  After sitting at home for a few hours, my feet were hurting. Late into the night, my feet were hurting a lot.  WTH?  We didn't walk far (2.8 miles), and we walked quite slowly.  I've been a very bad girl and still haven't done the plantar fasciitis exercises that I had found online or those recommended by Alison. Also, I'm overweight and haven't exercised on my recumbent bike or dieted in 2 months. Lastly, I just don't drink enough. I really think that being dehydrated is making my problems worse.  But I've been apathetic about the whole situation. It's dang annoying to feel like an ancient crone shuffling to my kitchen or elsewhere in the house because my feet are killing me.  And no, I won't go see a doctor.  They'll just tell me to do what I just listed and I dislike doctors so much.  So I'm just going to keep on whining about my feet here on my blog, lol. No, seriously, I have got to lose weight, drink more, and do my stretching exercises.

  • It's almost 1 a.m. on Sunday and I'm wide awake. I feel like watching something but there aren't any shows that I'm interested in.  Arrgh. I want to find a good series that I can binge-watch. Everybody online today was talking about "The Crown" but I just don't have any interest in watching a romanticized life story of Elizabeth II.  Maybe I'll watch "Rectify" on Netflix.

  • On a good note, the loud music finally stopped between 10 and 10:30 p.m. last night.

  • Daily Savings Time is here! I was wide awake at 5:30 a.m., wondering when my daughter had to leave for work. At 5:50 a.m. with still no sign of her, I went to wake her up to make sure she wasn't oversleeping. She had planned on getting up at 6 a.m.  Oops.  My daughter is not a morning person and not really a people person (she's like me, she fakes it very well when she has to). Her having to work early morning shifts dealing with people non-stop is going to be challenging, I think.  I hope she gets her breaks today.  She came home yesterday with very sore feet, despite her comfy company-provided shoes, and chaffed thighs. I gave her a bottle of medicated body powder from Dollar Tree and instructed her to leave it in her locker... whenever they assign her one. Yesterday she had to leave her purse in the manager's office as no one gave her a locker.  I hope her stuff doesn't get stolen.

  • The kittens are up and running wild, lol.  They're definitely morning "people" :)

  • My feet are hurting so badly.  I need to just sit the whole day but I can't.  Today is going to have to be Domestic Sunday as I have a lot of dishes to clean and all of Greg's ironing to do in preparation for his trip to Canada.  He's not happy that he has to go, and on top of the regular irritation that he'll be gone for the week, I'm doubly irritated that he won't be here for Election Day.  Such a stressful time.  I want to not turn on the TV on Tuesday but you know I'll have to be glued to the screen, probably. Ugh.

  • The RaceTrac survey website was still down this morning. I'd checked across multiple browsers and devices. With some sleuthing,  I found the Twitter handle of the Executive Director of Marketing for the company and sent her a Tweet this morning.  When writing this paragraph, I just checked "DownforEveryoneOrJustMe" and it showed the site was now up (it was down for everyone when I checked with that same site a couple of days ago).  Oops and also YAY!  I tweeted her back "never mind" but also said that the lack of communication from RaceTrac on this had been puzzling and disappointing.  Still I can take the surveys today so hooray!
  • I went to get the paper down the driveway (I have a 1-year Thursday + Sunday subscription for which I paid a penny!) and perused the paper. Not for the news, because I have already read them online, but for any possible Aldi coupon.  I found another one today, on page A24 of the Orlando Sentinel.  It is for $5 off $30 and good through 11/19. I am making a note to check the library's copy when I have to go there tomorrow :)  It is printed on the back of another ad so it won't ruin the paper for anyone.  

  • Since it's too early to text (8:15 a.m. on a Sunday!), I emailed my BFF to let her know. She doesn't get the paper but maybe one of her neighbors will let her clip it.

  • I also found 4 coupon inserts and coupons for 50% off at Michaels in the paper so it's a good morning :) Oh poop, the Michael's coupon are only valid today and I'm not going there today.  There was also a Publix store coupon insert. The kittens ran across my coupon inserts twice as I was trying to take this photo, lol. They are coupon crazy. I have yet to clean out my coupon organizer from last month's coupons and I have to sort a lot of coupons I have already clipped and now these too.  My use of coupons has drastically dropped since I started shopping for mostly what I need (and not every deal that is out there!) and at Aldi so coupon clipping is mostly a "just in case" type of hobby for me.  Only right now it's yet another thing or two that I have to accomplish, during a time when I don't feel like accomplishing much of anything. I need to just do it.

  • Greg got up at 7:30 a.m.  He barely slept but decided to go fishing. He confessed to me yesterday that he doesn't really care if he catches anything when he goes fishing, he just likes the reflection time while waiting for something to possibly bites on his line.  Well, OK then. I guess I need to stop making fun of him for not catching much :)

  • I checked my RaceTrac app and there is another 2-day free 32 oz RaceTrac fountain drink coupon in it!  I asked Greg to check his and he has the same. Woohoo!


  • I texted my daughter with the good news as well as told her that I found the kittens playing with a pair of purple earbuds this morning, that they had found somewhere. They're not mine, Greg's or our son's so I'm guessing they're hers and she probably misses them!  I hope she didn't buy herself a new pair for nothing.  Update: I realized, seconds before I saw that she had replied to my text, that the earbuds were the ones from the Roku 3 that we have in the exercise room. They must have fished the earbuds out of the basket where I keep them!

  • I offered my son to make him pancakes for breakfast, which he gratefully accepted.  What's a few more dirty dishes when my countertop is already covered with them?!  I wanted to use up some pancake mix that I knew I had in the pantry.  I found an unopened box of Aldi baking mix, but I knew that wasn't it. I looked and looked and finally I found it right in front of my nose (!), saved in a Tupperware container on top of another box of baking mix.  This is pancake mix that my daughter's NHS club had bought to make pancakes for the teachers last year, but never used so she had asked if she could bring it home and they had said yes. I always make pancakes for scratch so I kept on forgetting to use it.  She had only brought the inner bag not the box, so I wasn't sure what to mix it with and in which quantities, so I just followed the recipe on the box of baking mix. It's probably all the same. I added some mini chocolate chips to the batter and used my large griddle bought for less than $5 on sale, after rebate and Kohl's cash for less than $5 at Kohl's several years ago.  I also defrosted a box of breakfast sausages ($1.09 from Aldi).  My son and I had a delicious pancake breakfast!  

  • I kind of wanted to sit outside but I didn't want to move my laptop because of the power supply issues I've been having. It doesn't matter, there aren't any birds in the backyard anyway :(  I opened the windows in the house, it's cool and we have a lovely breeze blowing so I'm just as comfortable on my couch!

  • I filtered some more water for the cats, using our Brita pitcher. I bought the pitcher at a thrift store several years ago and have been using Target generic filters that I bought very inexpensively last year. I probably need to change the filter, I'll have to check the box (I write the date when I change the filter on the box with a Sharpie).  We have very hard water and I'm suspected it contributed to Male Cat's severe urinary tract problems when he was only a year old.

  • As I was adding items to my recycling bin, I saw a flattened box of Poptarts that my daughter had put in there and realized that I could earn Kellogg's Family Rewards points for the 2 boxes that I bought on clearance at Aldi this week!  So I found my receipt and I will be submitting it to KFR after I'm done eating breakfast.

  • I clipped some coupons from the newspaper inserts, including pet coupons that I will donate to the South Lake Animal League thrift store. The kittens were a big help, again :)
Clip this one, mom!
  • I tried to upload the new offers to my CVS app. First off, it forced me to update the app in order to keep using it. You all know how much I dislike to be forced to update anything. Once again, the morons who decided to make changes screwed up and I was unable to upload 7 out of the 12 new offers in my app.  I sent feedback via the app. Somehow the app sends the feedback in email form, but instead of defaulting to my main email account (Gmail), it defaulted to my secondary email account (Yahoo Mail), that is NOT the email account I use for my CVS account.  Grrr.

  • You know what happiness is for me today?  Printing coupons while I have a kitten sleeping on my legs and there is cheesy Smooth Jazz playing on the Roku and a soft, cool breeze blowing through the open windows.  Pure bliss.

  • I printed coupons via Swagbucks, CVS and Smartsource, using Firefox. I was unable to print coupons from Redplum, though, the site wouldn't let me download their coupon printer file. I did manage to print a test page so the coupons should print too!  I tweeted them since there's no option to contact them on their page. I have no hope of receiving an answer, though.

  • I checked out the latest digital issue of Taste of Home magazine because it's the Christmas cookie edition and maybe it'll put me in the mood for the holidays or at least bake some cookies for my kids.  It's free, via Zinio and my library.

  • I also put 3 new books (coming out in early 2017) on hold at the library:
    • The screenplay to Fantastic Beasts by JK Rowlings. My daughter wants to go see it, at a midnight screening. I'd rather wait until it's streaming or on DVD, so I'm hoping her BFF will want to go with her.  In the meantime, I'd much rather read the books first.

    • The latest Lisa Gardner thriller

    • The 3rd book is an inside joke with Greg. Yesterday he declared that there was no chance in hell he'd move to Vermont because "it's full of New Yorkers!" (as if Florida wasn't?!). He wants to move either to Idaho or Wyoming. I don't want to move to Idaho because there is state income tax there. There isn't in Wyoming and Greg claims that it's much cheaper to live there and buy property there than in Vermont. A look on the real estate website that shall not be named lest one of its marketing monkeys shows up on my blog again proves him wrong but he was insisting that he had researched it and found lots of ranches for sale.  Hmm, maybe in the middle of subdivisions and mobile homes, away from any mountains. Anyhoo, there is no way in hell that I'm moving to Wyoming. Vermont is close to Quebec and has "lightning fast internet". Plus there is ONE Aldi in NY state. It's better than nothing (Wyoming).  Look at the map below... 

    • the big empty spots where there aren't any Aldi?  That's where we're NOT moving, lol.  Anyhoo, I must have dreamed of Wyoming last night and I woke up thinking "I'm not freaking moving to Wyoming!".  So when I saw this book "Wyoming Brave", coming out in January, I had to put it on hold. It's probably a romance novel (I've stopped reading romance novels so I'm not on the up and up of famous romance novelists anymore) so I warned Greg that I'd probably end up running off with a Wyoming cowboy and he'd be left, crying in his bucket of ice cream, all alone, in Vermont, lol. I'm sure he won't be amused. Oh and I did find an acceptable house in Wyoming, by the way. It's in the Grand Tetons and costs $15 million dollars.  Totally affordable, right?!

  • Guess what?!  This week, Walgreens has the paper plates that I'd been wanting on sale for $0.89 for 64 plates with a store coupon that is good for up to 8 packages. Guess who's going to be stocking up on cheap paper plates? Yes, it's wasteful, but let's not kid ourselves: I hate doing the dishes and on the nights that we have 50% off pizza from Save A Lot for dinner, we're using paper plates, dang it.


  • I clipped some Walgreens digital store coupons that I didn't realize were available for BR points off cereal and other items.

  • I also clipped digital manufacturer coupons to my Publix digital wallet.

  • I unloaded the dishwasher (by now it was already halfway empty, as we'd been pulling dishes to use from there!) and ran a full load of dishes. I also washed some pots and pans by hand. There are more to be washed, it'll have to be tonight with the dinner dishes, if I get to them. If not, tomorrow.

  • I did throw away.compost several things: 
    • the acorn squash seeds that I had set aside but that had started macerating in the rinsing water (yuck!)
    • the roselles that I spent one year fretting over, then harvested to make jelly and then that sat in my kitchen,on the counter, not even in the fridge. It's ridiculous!
    • a large chunk of homemade bread that had gotten stale and that I had kept in a baggie in the fridge for months, waiting to turn it into bread crumbs. I already had tons of them so I hadn't bothered. I got it out of the fridge last week when I cleaned it, meant to make bread crumbs, didn't. Now it smells weird. I threw it away.
    • a cup of mac'n cheese that no one thought to put away last night after dinner.  I'm not the only one who lives here, damn it!  It was all congeled and unappetizing. I threw it away.
    • a whole container of homemade broccoli cheese soup. When I made it, it wasn't a success. I had frozen it, thinking I'd eat it later on. So last night I tried defrosting it. which took forever and a day and then turned into this very unappetizing mess so I didn't eat it. Today it went into the trash. I have another container of it in my freezer.
    • Told you I had lost my mojo.  I'm spending a ton of money eating out, throwing away food, don't feel like doing much of anything. I feel very anxious, too.  It's 99% due to the presidential election and the aftermath and 1% due to the holidays, at this point.

  • I defrosted some boneless chicken breasts in the microwave and threw them in the crockpot with black beans, corn and salsa to make Southwest Chicken Stew for dinner tonight.  At least I know we won't be eating out!

  • Greg came home without a fish but with his free 32 oz drink from RaceTrac :)  He actually found a dead alligator gar in the weeds so he hooked it up and used it as bait for other fish, but it didn't work.

  • He remembered that I had asked him to solder a cross bar on one of my IKEA drying racks that had come undone so I gave him the rack.

  • He called me to the backyard to point out that "someone" had planted small orange flags at the corners of the city easement at the back of our property, between the neighbors whom he like and our property and then also near the other neighbor's house, on the street side.  We also noticed that the other house seems empty and we wonder if the young couple who lived there moved so soon. They were very quiet so I hope they didn't... anyhoo, the flags don't extend all the way down the block (that easement is the last 10 feet of the 4 properties on our block (including ours) but since the city never maintained it, it's completely overgrown with brush and huge trees halfway down our good neighbors' side and the people on the other side of them.  The easement on our side is clear, aside from that rotten tree above Greg's shed and a few others behind the shed. If anything, it shows that they should take the tree down and we shouldn't have to pay for it. We already paid for 2 or 3 other trees that had rotten or broken and that we were worried would fall on the kids (there's been an ongoing battle with the city to get them to maintain that easement since it's theirs).  But the wood stack that Greg has built now straddles that property line and we also have some junk that we're storing on what is now clearly city easement but that could be easily moved.  I wonder if the flags mean that code enforcement will come and force Greg to move the wood stack and ask us to clear our stuff. It's just puzzling that there aren't any flags past our property.

  • I took two RaceTrac surveys and earned reward codes for 2 new freebies.  I need to remember to take those every day when I have extra receipts.

  • I earned the daily Bing Rewards credits.  I also earned a few Swagbucks. I'm running the nGage and JunGroup videos. I was also able to take one survey but I still haven't met my first goal, which, at 87 SB, is quite high, I think.

  • It's noon and I need to go take a shower and get dressed, but I have a comfy kitten on my lap and two comfy kittens on the pillow next to me who will be hogging all the space on the couch as soon as I get up, lol!

  • I received an email from my adorable 11-year-old nephew, thanking me for the Amazon gift card he just received for his birthday and asking me how I'm doing. Awww...  I miss him!  He's such a sweetie!

  • I used my last frame from Dollar Tree to display the reprint that I had gotten for free from Walgreens last weekend. It's the picture of Greg fishing. I put it on the wall next to his desk, so he can remember a nice, relaxing time when he glances at it.

  • For lunch I made some white rice in the microwave and mixed in some of the sauce left over from the pork roast stew that I had cooked earlier in the week as well as the last 3 slices of the acorn squash that I had baked.  Dessert was some of the chocolate cherry dump cake with a healthy mountain of whipped cream :)

  • It's still only 77F in the living room with the windows open and the breeze is still blowing!  the kittens have been entertaining themselves and I'm reading my library book "The Wrong Side of Goodbye" by Michael Connelly, while Greg plays video games.  Our son is entertaining himself with his own computer. He walked to the lake a little while ago to get some exercise, something that I need as well.

  • I submitted my Aldi receipt to KFR.

  • Greg insisted on closing the windows because he was "hot" (it was only 77F, just 1 degree warmer than it is with the AC on).  With the AC blowing, I got cold.  Grrr.

  • My daughter came home and reported that she had a better day at work today than yesterday and did get a meal break today.

  • I finished reading my library book and will return it tomorrow. It wasn't very good.  I did borrow 2 e-books from the same authors from the library, however. I had already read them years ago and he ended up being one of my favorite authors so I'm re-reading all his prior books.

  • The worst part of Daylight Savings Time ... ending? starting? I don't even know what it did today. But the worst part of it is how it's darker earlier. I hate it.  It makes me start fretting about dinner at 5 p.m.  Ugh.

  • We ate dinner while watching "That 70's Show". I also ironed Greg's clothes.


Monday 11/7/16


  • Greg left for Vancouver (Canada) this morning. He really didn't want to go, and I didn't really want him to go :)  I tried to cheer him up by pointing out that he gets to stay in a swanky hotel with a king size bed, good free-to-him meals, cooler weather than here, and that he'll escape the election craziness.  And I reminded myself that him not being here means that I'm even free-er than usual as I don't have to have dinner cooked by a certain time and that the kids could eat breakfast for dinner every night if that's what I want to make :)

  • So in keeping with this thought, today might not be Domestic Monday.  I'm tired.  I didn't sleep well last night, kept on waking up and trying not to think about the election results tomorrow and whatever will happen after that.  Greg got up at 4:30 a.m. and left by 5 a.m.  He had planned on leaving 30 minutes later but last night I reminded him that there were supposed Al Qaeda threats that had been uncovered for today so that Security at the airport might be tighter and take longer to go through.  When I texted him this morning, he said the airport was very busy and that the Security line had been at an absolute standstill for 10 minutes, and then that they had started letting people through without checking their shoes or electronics.  I just hope he makes it to Canada OK.

  • So as I said, in the frugality context, he's gone for 5 days so that's 5 days of his meals being paid for by his company.  He didn't take the AT&T Passport package on his phone as he plans on just texting when he's on Wifi so that should be free to us and a savings of $40.  

  • Our son packed a lunch to take to school and rode the school bus.

  • My daughter is working again today. She was so tired last night that she went to bed at 8 p.m.  Before that, she went to Walgreens to buy herself some insoles for her shoes because her feet were killing her. I thought they had provided her with special shoes that would alleviate that problem, but she said they were just regular shoes.  I need to calculate how much to charge her for gas since I had told her that I wanted her to get a job in Clermont, not an hour away, so she would have to pay for the gas to get there and back.  I think she's buying lunch too, but I'm not paying for it since she could be packing sandwiches.

  • It's 8:15 a.m. and the windows are open!  It's supposed to be in the 70s all week and Greg isn't here so I think I'll keep the windows open all day. All week. Yay!  The cats are loving it.

  • Speaking of cats, I have a kitten sleeping on my chest right now and another one nestled against my thigh. So yeah, Domestic Monday ain't happenin'.

  • I'm running the dehumidifier in the downstairs bathroom.  I emptied the tank earlier and used part of it to water the indoor seedlings, refill a pitcher that I had emptied by topping off the water in the pineapple jars, and water the peace lily that has been living outdoors.


  • I got dressed (showered yesterday afternoon and did nothing all day so I'm skipping it today!), made Greg's bed, aired out his bedroom, collected the trash and recycling from upstairs, scrubbed the toilet, cleaned the kitten's litter box upstairs (ooops, reminds me I need to clean the two that are downstairs, my son cleans the older cats' two litter boxes as part of his chores but kitten duty is all mine), swept off the spilled litter (they're so messy!  I need a new litter box for upstairs, I hope to find one at the thrift store this week).

  • Did a super load of laundry on cold/cold. I use Purex (my favorite) bought on sale, and vinegar as softener. I will dry everything outside but not Greg's Tshirts or the bath towels as I use the dryer on the Auto Moisture Sensing setting for those.

  • Collected the trash and recycling from downstairs. I will bring the large trashcan down to the curb tonight and the recycling bins tomorrow night since they're collected on separate days.

  • I wrote and posted the Day Book for today.  Doing so helped me decide that I was NOT going to sit on the couch and eat bonbons all week, which is what Greg imagines my life at home is like!  

  • I might try my newly thrifted waffle iron to make waffle iron cookies for the kids today. We'll see if I feel motivated.  Hmm, upon second thought, I'm planning on going to RaceTrac to redeem a reward code for a free apple fritter for my son, so maybe I'll make the cookies tomorrow instead.

  • I cleaned the two downstairs kitten litter boxes.  While I was at it, I set aside the very flimsy pooper scooper that I had bought at Dollar Tree and will wash it and donate it to the thrift store, along with the 2 litter boxes that I had cut out for the kittens. I'll make sure to put a note explaining why the litter boxes were cut, so maybe someone with kittens will snatch them.

  • I (finally!) redid the kitchen wall calendar for the month of November.  It's a dry erase calendar that I fill every month with the events that concern all of us (school dates, Greg's business trips, birthdays, appointments...), this way we can all glance at it and see what's going on this month.

  • I took two RaceTrac surveys and earned 2 more freebies.

  • I used newspaper from the recycling bin instead of paper towels to pick up cat barf.

  • I didn't fancy leftovers for lunch today, so I reused 2 Chinese take-out soup containers to freeze the leftover Southwest Chicken Stew from last night, and the rest of the white rice I had cooked for lunch, topped with the leftover sauce from the green chile pork roast I had cooked earlier last week.  No food waste and I don't have to fret over having to eat the same leftovers all week since Greg isn't here.

  • My lunch was an egg salad sandwich and some tortilla chips with salsa.

  • I commented on some blogs and replied to comments from my own blog. I apologize if it's taking me several days to reply these days, I have not been feeling very sociable.

  • The library sent me an email that the Homeland DVDs are ready for me to pick them up. Hooray!  I'll go after lunch. I really should bike but I just talked myself into driving since I need to pick up a free 32 oz drink from RaceTrac (my coupon expires today) and it won't fit into the drink holder that's on my bike.

  • The kittens' favorite game, recently, has been to run up to the bathroom upstairs, get into the bathtub and either rip pieces of my bath poof that's hanging there or even maneuver their way into the small closet above the bathtub and rip pieces from the bath poof that's in there.  And then run down with pieces of the bath poof in their mouth and leave them laying around on the living room carpet.  Present for me? Better than a dead mouse but aargh. Is nothing safe from them?

  • I unlocked new offers in MobiSave.

  • I worked on my shopping list for this week.

  • I drove to the library:
    • I returned the DVD set that was due today and picked up the 2nd season of Homeland. None of the discs looks damaged this time!

    • I also returned the Michael Connelly book that I had finished so the next person in line can read it sooner.
    • There weren't any coupon inserts in the donation box.
    • I checked the Orlando Sentinel's issue from yesterday and was able to get the page with the Aldi coupon. It was in a small section that was only ads so I just took the section.
    • I also found a $10 off $40 coupon for Publix in another newspaper. It was a flyer that I didn't get in my paper. I'll stock up on pricey items that we usually get for the Christmas buffet, such as imported cheese (blue cheese will keep!) and "caviar", as well as wine coolers for me and the kids' drinks, probably.

    • I noticed that the lot across from the library had finally been cleared of the condemned house that was on it.  Years ago the librarian and I had dreamed that the lot could be bought by the county to expand our really tiny library.  Well, guess what?  The county bought the lot!  The librarian I talked to today said that for now it might become an overflow parking area since our parking is also very tiny, and that they can use it for their outdoor activities too (they have an Easter egg hunt for the kids and we only have a tiny patch of grass in the current set-up), but that the county is looking into expanding our library. That would be awesome. However, I take that with a grain of salt because it wasn't not too long ago that I was campaigning for them to keep the library open because some idiot had decided that the county was spending too much on libraries and that our rural and for the most part indigent population could just drive the 10 (now 13) miles to the Clermont library and the commissioners were very close to just closing it down!

  • I also drove to RaceTrac and redeemed:
    • an app coupon for a free 32 oz drink
    • a survey reward code for a free apple fritter for my son's snack

  • I noticed that yet another free 32 oz drink coupon had appeared in my app, before I checked out!  So I had 3 free drink coupons, one that expired in 27 days (my monthly reward since I'm at the level where I get a free drink a month), one that expired today (which was the one I wanted to redeem), and one that expires tomorrow (the new one).  So of course, which one did their computer decide to deduct?  The one that expired in 27 days, of course.  Arrgh. I sent them an email asking them to get their programmers to take a look at that.
Before and after redeeming a coupon for a free drink
  • Then I noticed that I also got a coupon for a free small coffee or cappuccino.  I texted Greg that he should have left his phone at home so I could have used his freebie coupons as well!  I also texted my daughter to alert her to the new free drink freebie so she can pick hers up on her way home.

  • I wanted to start watching "Homeland" Season 2 but the laundry and other chores were staring at me, so I compromised and exercised on my recumbent bike while I watched the first episode.  Woohoo!  I biked very leisurely for 47 minutes for a total of 7.82 miles. Tabby Kitty woke up and tried to help me bike.  I had to keep on getting him away from the bike, which was annoying.  So I started clipping the coupons that I had printed yesterday and threw the clippings of unwanted paper on the ground and he had a good time playing with that and left me alone the rest of the time :) His brother woke up and joined him too.

  • I also looked through 3 old issues of Woman's Day that I had picked up from the library's donation pile a few weeks ago and clipped some recipes. What can I say?  I'm a recipe junkie!

  • After that exercise, I rewarded myself by finishing the rest of the chocolate cherry dump cake, with some whipped cream on top. Yummy!

  • My son came home from school and we noticed that we had lost our internet connection. Usually, I need to plug in the modem directly into Greg's computer to see if we have a connection that way (which then tells me that the problem is the router, not the modem or our actual connection), but Greg is flying to Canada right now and I don't know the password to his computer (he told me what it was and I know I wrote it down somewhere but I don't know where!).  Our son thought he remembered it.  But then I couldn't get his computer to turn on. Well, it was on, but the display wouldn't turn on.  Arrgh. I was swearing up and down, and cursing him for leaving without making sure everything was Nathalie-friendly!  He had been using a double display on his PC before he left (his work laptop and his regular display) and I wasn't sure how to change that so the display would turn on.  Finally, I remembered that we had to toggle some key on the front of the display so I tried them all until it worked. Phew!  Simultaneously, I remembered that he always complained that the kittens would knock the plugs out of the wall so I checked the plugs and replugged them in (even though they had been plugged!) and then suddenly the router started working again and the modem was flashing and we had internet. So I'm not sure what I did but my son and I high fived each other and we're back in business.  Have I mentioned that I HATE it when Greg is gone and not reachable?  

  • My daughter came home from work and we got to chat a little bit. I feel like I haven't seen her in 3 days!  After we were done, she said she was going to try and sleep a little because she was exhausted.  We plan on going to RaceTrac together later on to get our free drinks.

  • I earned the daily Bing Rewards credits and a few Swagbucks. I did qualify for a survey so I met my 1st Daily Goal.  Then I played some nGage videos and earned 20SB for redeeming 2 coupons and that allowed me to reach my 2nd Daily Goal!


  • My son borrowed my bike to go volunteer at the library, Since it gets dark earlier, I told him to call me when he was done, and I'd pick him up. So I installed the bike rack on the SUV and took advantage of being outside to take the trash cans down to the curb for them to be collected in the morning.

  • However, his shift got done before it was too dark so he biked home. My daughter and I had been waiting for him to call me so we could go to RaceTrac at the same time so we just drove there instead.  Once there, I decided that I didn't feel like cooking dinner but also didn't feel like driving anywhere else so we just picked up dinner from RaceTrac, sandwiches, chips and drinks. I was able to use both the free drink coupons from my app for my son and myself, a Buy 1, Get 1 50% off coupon for the taquitos that my daughter got, and my daughter got her own drink for free with her free coupon.  My OOP was $13 and some cents and I earned loyalty points on my app and 10% back in Rewards with my USAA Visa card.  Yes, I should have cooked the dang pork chops. Sigh.  The kids and I ate together and had a good time chatting about their interests.

  • Greg made it to Canada safely, woohoo!  Once again he has a bathroom with the outside wall being a large pane of glass (no curtains) and the toilet faces the "wall". It's very odd and disturbing.

  • I put Season 3 of Homeland on hold at the library, since it took almost a whole week to get Season 2 even though no one had it on hold :)

Tuesday, 11/8/16


  • Election Day is finally here.  Apparently half of all Florida voters (including myself, my daughter and Greg) voted early. My two oldest sons didn't and won't vote.  Well, it's a guess concerning my oldest because he always claimed that he didn't want to vote and had no opinion.  Middle Son said he missed the registration deadline. He also doesn't care all that much.  Apathy is a bad disease.

  • I know it well, though. Right now I'm suffering from it: I don't feel like doing anything and nothing seems to matter.  Today is Gardening Tuesday, according to my schedule and I'm trying to motivate myself to go water the roses that need it badly.  It might be the extent of my gardening.

  • Greg's company's benefit enrollment period has started. I haven't looked at the materials yet to see what changes and price increases are in order because I have to create yet another account in his name (they change benefit administrators every year, it seems) and then pull up all the documentation. Gone are the days when they mailed you a package and you could just look at all the booklets.  I miss that.

  • Youngest Son packed a lunch to take to school and rode the school bus.

  • It's 7:30 a.m., 62F outside and I just opened the windows.

  • I printed a coupon that Kellogg's had emailed me and entered a code worth 25 KFR points into my account.

  • It's now 8:05 a.m. I've had my first cup of coffee, eaten my morning bowl of cereal, roamed some blogs, and now the kittens are settled into their favorite napping spot: Tabby Kitty claimed the cat tree "basket", Explorer is nestled on my pillow, against my hip, and Princess curled herself up on my chest. She's purring and giving me kisses from time to time.  Happiness with my furry babies!

  • And soon, I actually 3 purring kittens in my arms!  Oh, happy, happiness!

  • The kittens woke up and went to play with my daughter in the kitchen while Greg and I exchanged morning texts.  We'll be texting exclusively while he's in Canada as iMessage is free to us.  I email him pictures instead of texting them (just in case!) and he checks his email when he's on wifi in his hotel room or at work.

  • Daughter came to tell me that Explorer had chewed the corner of my 10-lb bag of rice that I was keeping in one of the hanging baskets under the kitchen island.  Arrrgh.  I used the new reusable bag that I had gotten from Publix when I made my Thanksgiving donation last week to store the bag of rice and put it back in the same spot. Soon enough the kittens will start climbing on the kitchen table and the counters and I'll be yelling non-stop.  Yes, that's my tactic for discipline.  It worked pretty well with the other cats but with that is going to come a sharp decline in cuddling as they will be leary of me.  Right now, they don't care when I yell as they try to eat the older cats' food, but they'll learn.  You know I love them but it's like having pet rats right now, they chew and chew and chew!  Including on each other.  They all have hard "nubs" under their skin around their neck and shoulders. I was worried that they might be cancerous growths or something and then I realized that they were probably bite marks because they're pretty violent with one another as they learn out to hunt.

  • I replied to a few blog comments and Susan's post reminded me that I had decided to make a cute teapot teabag holder like the ones she crafted with her friends, for my BFF, to give her at Christmas. So I went looking for patterns. I found other tea bag holder tutorials, but most importantly, I found this recipe for Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Tea Bag Cookies that I want to make for my BFF (and me!) too!

  • You know when you have little kids and they're messy and noisy and then suddenly you realize that you haven't heard them or seen them in a while and your first thought is "uh oh! what did they do now?!"  So I hadn't seen or heard the kittens in a while.  This is where I finally fund them. Disclaimer first: this is the horrible original-to-the-house-that-was-built-in-1930 bathtub. It needs to be refinished badly. No amount of scrubbing and chemicals has been able to get rid of the rings and the enamel has peeled off the bottom. You have been warned.


  • Since they were pretty much contained, I decided to leave them there to have fun.  They've already chewed through my bath poof anyway...

  • And I went into the garden to start my Gardening Tuesday.  I'm afraid that my tasks today were limited to pruning the dead roses, watering all the potted plants and the seeds that I planted, and taking pictures in the garden.  Again, no birds were witnessed, which is starting to worry me.

  • When I came back in, I tried giving Male Cat and Mean Kitty their joint supplement. I have been very remiss in giving it to them every day.  Anyhoo, Mean Kitty pretended to lick my finger for a couple of seconds and then went to hide and refused to eat anymore of it. Sigh. Fine then.  Male Cat quite enthusiastically licked his 2 small doses and then the 3rd one that I had attempted to get Mean Kitty to eat again.

  • Still no sign of the kittens!  I went upstairs and found two of them napping a nap on my bed. No idea where the 3rd one was... Ah yes she was on the nightstand!


  • Came down to have a snack and type up this post and suddenly heard a loud crash coming from upstairs. Uh oh, again!  Found all three kittens in my bedroom, looking at me quite innocently, and my water cup (thankfully the covered type!) that had been knocked off the nightstand. No harm done but no one confessed either. I think it was Princess.

  • Came back downstairs and two kittens followed me. I didn't pay attention to which ones. Suddenly I heard pitiful kitten meows coming from the upstairs. I saw Tabby Kitty at my feet so I called "Princess!" and she perked her head up right from behind my laptop (so cute!) so I called "Explorer! Come here baby!" and he came bounding down the stairs. I do love it when they come as I call their names, lol.  They're very smart kittens. Greg says that they just respond to the demented baby voice that I take when I call them, but we'll just ignore Greg.

  • Defrosted the sausages I'll need for dinner tonight and set an alarm to remind me to get the Brussels sprouts in the crockpot.  Also washed the crockpot while I was at it!

  • My cookbook had a stain on it that I thought was water but upon closer inspection I realized that it was syrup and a couple of pages were stuck together.  The stain was also smack in the middle of a recipe, and threatened to ruin all 4 sides of the 2 pages that were affected. So I gently rubbed off the syrup with a washcloth dipped in some warm water and folded a plastic bag (left on my door with political ads in it, grrr) over the two pages so they would dry without sticking to one another again. I hope it works!

  • I was able to find a pattern for the teapot teabag holder!  I made a note of it on my To Do List and a reminder to use Christmas-themed craft paper to make it, since I have a bunch of that, I think.

  • When I was at the library last week, a "slideshow" was playing on the computer located at the front desk that showed a lot of pictures of my son and his friends enjoying themselves during their teen activities, including his Dungeons & Dragons Club (he's the Dungeonmaster) and lo and behold, he was actually smiling in a lot of them! It's like pulling teeth to get him to smile (naturally) when I take pictures so I have stopped, for the most part.  So yesterday I emailed the teen librarian to ask if she would be able to give me copies of the photos and she replied this morning that she could either email them or put them on a USB key if I brought her one.  The USB key is much less work both for her and me so I told her I'd bring her one and made note of it under "errands" on my To Do List. It'll be nice to have new pictures to share with my French family.

  • The kittens are quiet.  Princess is "making biscuits" on Greg's blanket that I draped over his lounging chair. I guess she'll be taking her nap there this morning. Good, because I need to fold the laundry.  The boys are enjoying looking at the garden from the back window.

  • It's just past 11 a.m., I think it's a respectable time for me to resume watching "Homeland"!  I've been resisting the urge since 6:30 a.m.  I fell asleep during one of the episodes last night so I guess I'll have to start over.  As I said, I have laundry to fold so I'll do that while I start watching it.

  • You know how I've been saying that I'm not motivated, don't feel social at all, starting to feel slightly depressed?  I think I suffer slightly from Seasonal Affective Disorder.  A lot of the symptoms definitely apply to me, especially right now, even though I'm not all that far from the Equator. I don't take vitamins so I'll just have to make sure I get plenty of sunshine. Frankly, in Florida, that is usually NOT a problem, hahaha.  I'll have to park myself on my back patio every day.  With a library book.

  • Aaaaargh!  The DVD set of "Homeland, Season 3" that I put on hold at the library last night? It's already waiting for me at my library!  Someone at the Leesburg library has been very productive this morning!  They must have seen the request and put it on the transfer van right away!  I'll pick it up tomorrow, probably.  But also, I have another 7-day thriller waiting for me too, the latest Lee Child's.  Double arrgh!  I guess my plan to not do anything the whole week (well, that wasn't my stated plan but still....) is actually going to come true, hahaha.  There are things I can do, though. I just finished folding the laundry while watching "Homeland" and I'm about to clean out my coupon organizer and file my new coupons.  

  • I used most of the bread for my lunch (egg salad sandwiches, chips & salsa, half a papaya) so I prepared a batch of boule bread dough so I could bake bread for the kids' sandwiches tomorrow.  I still can't find my favorite bread baking pan so I ordered a new one on Amazon and paid with my USAA Visa for 10% back in Rewards.


  • I took two RaceTrac surveys and earned 2 more freebies.

  • I earned the daily Bing Rewards credits and a few Swagbucks. I qualified for a survey and ran the nGage and JunGroup videos so I was able to reach my 2nd Daily goal. Woohoo!

  • Well, I finished season 2 of Homeland at about 5:30 p.m. and noticed that I had gotten yet ANOTHER coupon for a free 32 oz drink in my RaceTrac app (woot!) so I grabbed my daughter and we drove to the library (dropped off season 2, picked up season 3 and the book that were waiting for me) and then to RaceTrac where we each redeemed our free drink coupon and a survey reward code. I got an apple fritter for my son and she got herself a taquito.




  • Back home, I cooked the  chipotle chicken sausages in the toaster oven and nuked 2 potatoes for my daughter and myself in the microwave (my son didn't want one) and we all had Brussels Sprouts with bacon.  I harvested a green onion from the garden to garnish my potato. Yum!

  • I put the 4th Season of Homeland on hold at the library!

  • Greg and I texted for a while and then I realized that I had forgotten to check the mail both yesterday and today so I went to check it. There were goodies for me and for him/our son in there!
    • A $5 Kohl's promotional gift certificate (to soothe the sting of them sending me a 15% discount code instead of a 30% code!)
    • my box of samples from SampleSource (who still sent me the dang Breathe Right sample that I never use, even though I had unchecked it on my order page)

    • a copy of the latest Call of Duty videogame from Gamefly. Since Greg isn't here, our son will play it "for him", lol.
    • our latest mortgage statement that shows that we owe just a little over $44K on our mortgage!  The end of the tunnel is in view. I hope the train doesn't crash.

  • And then in my email inbox, a message from Michelle, one of my readers, with a Coke code for me. Thanks so much!

The Rest of the Week

The rest of my week was... bleh.  I didn't feel like doing anything, frugal or not.  So instead of breaking it down by day, I'm just going to list a few things that I did do.

  • I went grocery shopping on Wednesday.  As usual, I made quite a few stops.
    • RaceTrac #1: I redeemed an app coupon for a free small coffee (which somehow wasn't deducted from my app so I could redeem it again!) and got a free blueberry muffin with a survey reward code.  I had it for breakfast the next day.
    • Vet's: I picked up the two large bags of the cat food that I had ordered for the older cats.  Cash-ing but necessary for them to be healthier, happier pets.
    • RaceTrac #2: gassed up my SUV, earning loyalty points on my app and a new receipt with which I will earn a freebie.  I also redeemed a survey reward code for a free chocolate long john donut for my son's snack.
    • CVS: They were out of that nail polish set that was priced at $4.99 with a $4.00 ECB reward, poop.  I got 2 dozens of eggs, the bag of Trolli that came with a $2.00 ECB, two bags of M&Ms that were on 75% clearance (about $1.00 each) and a bag of candy corn on clearance as well for less than $1.00. The milk was on sale but I still had 2 gallons in the fridge so I didn't get any.  It was all free to me with my CVS gift card, earned via our American Express Rewards program.  I also found a fall-themed table runner on 75% off so it cost be $1.99. I charged it to USAA Visa for 10% back in Rewards.    I found a penny under the cart corral.


    • Panera's: I had ordered a bowl of broccoli cheese soup as a treat for my daughter, via my app, so I went to pick it up.  It wasn't cheap but she loves it and there was a chunk of French bread in the bag for her too.  This visit earned me my next reward which, very disappointingly, ended up being a mere $1.00 off a salad!  So I donated the reward to my daughter, since she's more likely to use it than I am.
    • Kohl's: I had received a $5 promotional gift coupon the prior day and I had the $10 in Kohl's cash from the Discover Deals mailer. I knew that I wanted Christmas ornaments to give to my daughter and Youngest Son on St. Nicolas Day (my tradition) and I found those plus another one for me. I also used the 15% off discount that I had been mailed. My OOP was a little over $2.00.
    • Aldi: I went nuts with snacks and unplanned purchases and truly, most of what I bought was impulse buys.  My OOP was over $70 but I did use one of the $5 off $30 coupons that I had found in the Orlando Sentinel. I'm not going to post my grocery shopping trip this week because I'm not in the mood, but I'll report the totals for each category later on in this post.  On a side note, if your Aldi has the "Little Salad Bar Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad", do try it. It's freaking delicious.  I'm thinking of buying several more of those and freezing them, although I'm out of space in the freezer. I charged my OOP to USAA Visa for 10% back in Rewards.
I bought a Christmas cactus at Aldi.
    • South Lake Animal League thrift store: I dropped off the pet coupons that I had clipped for them and that they always really appreciate and bought the last cat litter box that I needed ($3), an almost-brand-new nonstick frying pan, a decorative pillow for my daughter, and 5 baggies of cat toys for $1.00 each, one of which is Christmas-theme so I'll hold off on giving it to them until then.  My OOP was about $17, I think, and I charged it to USAA Visa for 10% back in Rewards.



    • Publix: I dropped off a ton of foam cups and egg cartons, plastic bags (sigh) and one paper bag in to their recycling bins.  I wanted to use the $5 off $40 coupon that I had found at the library so I stocked up on items to use for our Christmas buffet and to stock the pantry even more...  They had the Better Than Bouillon on sale for $3.99,which is higher than Walmart's everyday price, but Walmart doesn't have the lower sodium version. I got 2 jars of the lower sodium chicken flavor.  I also got 2 jars of the lumpfish eggs that Greg and I enjoy having on buttered toast at Christmas (on sale at $7.99 each but we only eat it at Christmas!) and a log of the blueberry vanilla goat cheese (on sale at $5.99) that I had tasted last week and that is truly delicious on homemade boule bread. Yum!  I also got 4 jars of Barilla pasta sauce @ $1.00 a jar after BOGO sale and coupons and 2 boxes of Barilla Pronto pasta @ $.49 each after BOGO sale and coupon.  I might have gotten other things but I forget what. My OOP was $32 and some cents and I charged it to USAA Visa for 10% back in Rewards.
    • Walgreens: As I had mentioned, they had their Smile & Save 64-ct packs of paper plates on sale for $0.89 after store coupon so I stocked up for the next year or even longer and bought the 8 packs that was allowed on the coupon. I charged the $7 and cents OOP to USAA Visa for 10% back in Rewards and earned a few Balance Rewards points.
    • Library: I picked up items that were waiting for me and returned some too.

  • The rest of the day was spent watching the 3rd season of Homeland while cuddling with the kittens, submitting rebates, and inputting my receipts into my spreadsheets.  I have to say that in the end, I was disappointed in Homeland and I ended up hating it.  I had Season 4 and I watched maybe a quarter of the 1st episode and then decided to give up.  The 1st season was good and it kept me entertained this week, but I won't be watching it anymore. And, I really do not like Damian Lewis and Claire Danes grates.  Mandy Patinkin, though, wow. What an actor. I love him.  Years ago I was supposed to be his VIP Tour Guide at Walt Disney World so I had watched a lot of his movies to get to know him a little beforehand.  But then he cancelled his visit so I never got to meet him and I've always been disappointed about that.

  • Rebates: as usual, MobiSave was super fast in crediting my account for the rebates that I claimed ($.10 each for eggs, pasta, and pasta sauce) and Ibotta also credited me promptly for the $0.25 on pasta sauce and $3.00 on Castello cheese. I had bought another package of the Blue Cheese slices for Greg because he really loved those. They were priced at $5.49, but I had a $3.00 printable coupon and then the $3.00 rebate turned them into a moneymaker for me so what's not to like, right?!


  • That evening, my son borrowed my bike to go to his Teen programming at the library. I had offered to go pick him up from the library if it was dark when he left, but it wasn't so he biked home. However, my daughter and I drove to RaceTrac to get free 32 oz sodas since, once again, we had coupons for those in our apps (woohoo!) and we ended up getting dinner from McDonald's too. I used a BOGO app coupon for buttermilk chicken sandwiches for my son and myself and a large fries, which we split. My daughter had gone to spend the afternoon with her BFF and another friend and they had bought dinner out while they were at it and she paid for her own dinner.  I charged the $8 and some cents OOP to USAA Visa for 10% back in Rewards.


  • On Thursday I did almost nothing. I had made bread dough the previous day so I baked 2 loaves of homemade bread using the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day method. Yum.

  • My new bread pan came in from Amazon right after I had finished baking my bread, lol.

  • I did clip the kittens' claws as they were pretty long. It's not easy as they really don't like it and the kids were at school so I had no one to help. But I did it.  I'm covered in cat scratches, somehow.

  • I watched "The Story of Cats" on PBS (2 parts, Bless, they talk about a variety of cat from Sri Lanka in one of the episodes, I think they were called "Rusties" but they also featured leopartds, fishing cats and jungle cats, all of which are found in Sri Lanka), several episodes of "The Antiques RoadShow" on PBS, and another show about cats on Netflix called "The Lion in Your Living Room", which was interesting. I tried watching "Doctor Foster" on Netflix but got bored with it so I just read about it on IMDB, and then started watching an Icelandic show called "Case" (also on Netflix), which is boring as heck but keeps me distracted as I have to read the captions. I love international shows because I love hearing several languages, it's fascinating.

  • I snacked on homemade bread, the excellent chicken salad from Aldi and the delectable blueberry and vanilla goat cheese all day long, along with Christmas gingerbread cookies from Aldi and just vegged all day.

  • Dinner was raclette.  We melted smoked gouda over baked potatoes, ham, salami and capocollo and it was delicious, even though I wasn't hungry in the least!

  • Greg's boss must have just realized that he didn't have a company phone, even though he's not a senior manager, and at dinner one night, offered to get him one. YES!  Greg said she had had some wine so perhaps she wouldn't remember that offer so I urged him to have her drink some more wine at the next dinner and get her to agree to a company car and flying to Vancouver privileges for his wife, haha.  Seriously, though, if he does get a company phone again, then we could pass his iPhone 5S to Youngest Son (I was planning on getting him one for his birthday) and mine to my daughter and I could buy a refurbished iPhone 6S from Apple since they announced that they would be selling refurnished iPhone 6 models the day after I complained that they only sold refurbished iPads and laptops. Greg thought it was a great idea to give his phone to our son but didn't comment on getting me a newer model so we'll see...


  • Thanks to our Veterans for their service. Greg is a veteran, having served in the Army for several years when he was younger. I texted him "Happy Veterans' Day" at 1:11 p.m. on 11/11, which made me chuckle and then he replied that it was 11:11 for him as he was in Denver. Woa.  Meta!

  • On Friday morning, I took the kittens to the vet's for their feline leukemia test and 2nd round of vaccines.  They were very well behaved, came through their exam with flying colors and cost me... $266!  Arrgh.  They have to go back in 4 weeks for their distemper shot and their rabies shot.  Yeah maybe I won't get a new phone and we'll count the kittens' vet care as my birthday slash Christmas present.  Ugh.

At the vet's exploring a little while we're waiting.
  • However, they did give me 3 samples of Advantage multi cats for them.  I only plan on putting it on them if we see any fleas on any of the cats, which is how I use it on the older cats anyway.  Since the weight limit on the samples is 5 lbs and they're already at the 3-lb mark, I told the vet technician that I will return the samples to them if I don't use them in time.  I rarely have to use it on the older cats so I'm hoping I won't have to use it on the kittens either.

  • I also got a free piece of Extreme Sour Airhead candy from their candy bowl, which I gave to my son :)  Happy belated Halloween, lol.

  • The kids didn't have school on Veterans' Day this year so we all enjoyed a quiet day at home. I opened the windows, as I have all week, and turned off the AC. It's lovely.

  • My daughter and I have another coupon for a free 32 oz drink from RaceTrac so we might go get it.

  • I have a free coffee offer from Wawa in my app and I was planning on redeeming it if my BFF still wanted to meet today but she didn't contact me so she must have picked up a shift today after all.

  • The Christmas cactus that I picked up at Aldi for $3.99 on Wednesday is lovely. I'm glad I "splurged"!

  • Male Cat is very good at taking his joint supplement (fishy gel that he licks off my fingers) but Mean Kitty is not (she ate it the first time and now wants nothing to do with it). I've been putting it on her "lips" like lipstick but today she really fought me.  Arrgh.  Fine, have bad hips, I don't care.

  • Today Google Play has a bundle for all 8 Harry Potter movies for just $49.99 (50% off).  My daughter is a Harry Potter fiend (always has been) and I've never seen them all.  So I created a Google Family Play account and invited her and Youngest Son to join it. He has no interest in Harry Potter, though.  She'll be able to watch those to her heart's content on her laptop and I had her promise that she wouldn't buy anything while she's logged in otherwise I will get charged to my credit card and I wouldn't get a say.  That'll be part of her St Nicolas present.  I had to remember to remove the 4 seasons of Game of Thrones that I had already purchased and that were added to my Family Library automatically because, to my everlasting regret, this show is just NOT appropriate for a 14-year old.  Maybe when he's 16.

  • Some Google Play members had reported, on Slickdeals, that you should check your front page first because some of them had offers for 50% off any movie so that dropped the price down further for them. I didn't have such an offer, but I had a $5 off credit offer off any $5+ book. I perused the list of eligible books, however, and there isn't anything worth me paying even just $1 to keep when I can get all the books I want for free from my library!


  • Still didn't feel like doing anything this afternoon and I have a book that's due on Monday, I think, so I'll spend time reading it.  "Night School" by Lee Child.  I used to love his books, I haven't cared for the latest ones, but I'll give it a try.
Tabby Kitty took a nap next to me
  • I earned the daily Bing Rewards credits and a few Swagbucks. I did qualify for 2 surveys today and on top of that they were double-point surveys from Peanut Labs so I surpassed my 2nd Daily Goal.

  • We bought dinner from Domino's.  I used a coupon to get a large pizza for cheaper than the 2 bread bowls that the kids cajoled me into ordering for me. Arrgh. I signed up for their Reward program where you earn 10 points for each order of $10+ and you get a free medium pizza with 60 points.  We all drove to Domino's together and then to RaceTrac.  My daughter and I used our free RaceTrac coupons to get free 32 oz drinks and I bought one for my son. Greg had pizza when he finally got home from his Canada trip.

  • Saw this on Reddit and it made me laugh :)

  • Also this for Pixel:

  • Saturday was bleh. I spent most of the day in my PJs, doing genealogy inputting because that didn't require me to think too much. Only I hit a wall once I reached a certain ancestor of Greg's because I found that I had already input him and his wife in my database, only my prior source had assigned to him her parents from my current source and since the spouses were cousins, there is no way for me to unravel this mystery and find out who is who's child unless I find their birth certificates and, sadly, those aren't available (at least not right now).  So I had to completely abandon that branch of Greg's ancestors for now.  So I did have to think some, after all.

  • Greg took lots of naps with a kitten or two.  He was exhausted from his trip back from Canada.

  • I didn't feel like cooking at all but Greg mentioned he wouldn't mind having a sandwich so I made a sandwich buffet for him and me (we did have a few things to choose from, actually) and nuked some chicken nuggets for our son. My daughter had met Oldest Son and his GF at Disney Springs after work and came home after dinner, not very hungry so I didn't worry about her.


  • I ended the week by wondering if I was going to keep on blogging at all.  I've been feeling uninspired and unmotivated and now I can also add "not social at all" so the list.  The truth is, as much as I have enjoyed interacted with people outside of my own immediate universe via the blog, right now managing and replying to comments feels like a chore and we all know how I feel about chores.  

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