I drank caffeinated coffee 2 evenings in a row and didn't have any trouble falling asleep... I think my body must be even more tired than I thought! I'm happy to report that I had a good night and that my thighs hurt much less this morning. Phew.
We have some rain and wind in the forecast today and since the temperatures are cooler too, I have the windows open. The birds are singing and the cats are all happy.
No plans to go anywhere today save for driving to East Orlando with Youngest Son tonight to attend a D&D workshop for new players. I have to admit that, while wanting to provide Youngest Son with opportunities to play the game with like-minded people and also wanting to find something to bond over in his teen years (since I don't do video games), the thought of going to meet other people and to play this complicated game for hours on end is causing me anxiety. I think about it a lot, too much, actually, and it's starting to wear off any enthusiasm I have for it. Ugh. Plus it's a long drive and I already had a long drive this week. The older I get, the less I enjoy driving, especially since it'll be rush hour driving on the 408 eastbound, which is always absolutely pack at the I-4 interchange.
After the workshop we'll drop off the photographic paper backdrops at my ex's for Middle Son. I did research to see how much it would have cost to buy those new and a smaller size sells for $65 a roll so it was a good saving.
Otherwise, my plans are to do some chores and possibly some reading.
TO DO LIST
- Bake banana bread
- Declutter the printer stand
- Do the shredding
Hook the hose into the hose reelDONE Fix patio umbrellaDONE
- Refill the self watering bins
- Give a driving lesson to my son with the stick shift
- Take Youngest Son to get a haircut
- Make menu for the weekend
- Clean bathroom ceiling
- Clean hallway ceiling right outside the bathroom
- Order longer handle for rubber broom
Add bleach to furnace lineDONE
- Write and mail postcards to great aunt and mom
Make my bedDONE Earn Microsoft Rewards creditsDONE Input weight into WHBRHCDONE
- Set 15 minute timer and try to accomplish as many chores as possible in that time
- Do the dishes by hand, drain/dry in the dishwasher (AFTER DINNER)
- Vacuum Youngest Son's bedroom
- Make a dermatologist appointment for Youngest Son
- Back up external drive to its own external drive!
- Start a list of the electric outlets that I want to get replaced
- Do my foot exercises 2X
- Exercise at least 35 minutes on my bike (weekdays only)
- Clean upstairs litter box
- Put away the clipped articles from Kiplinger's magazine
- Inventory the pantry
- Inventory the freezers
- Purge the top drawer of the file cabinet
- Take RaceTrac surveys
- Take my measurements
- Scrub patio pavers with bleach (wear old clothes and shoes, gloves and goggles)
- Finish decluttering exercise room shelves
- Call my bank to consolidate my IRA accounts
- Schedule an outing to P.E.A.R. Park and ask them about the trees from my backyard or look at the Audubon site that Pixel shared.
- Go to airport to cash in my euros?!
- Mend sliding door window screen
- Plant and water the tree
- Water the pineapples
- Add water to indoor pineapples - I think I might compost them. I really don't want to plant them, after all, and I don't have anyone to give them to.
- Track my and Greg's IRAs for the IRS
- Download all February pictures from phone, Canon camera, and Panasonic camera to external drive
Reply to blog commentsDONE Put laundry awayDONE Follow up with Educational Foundation Director if she doesn't call me todayDONE Clip couponsDONE
- Put coupons away
- Purge the dresser in the upstairs hallway
- Purge the top drawer of the file cabinet
- File all the pending documents
- Use brush on fridge coils
- Schedule maintenance appointment for my SUV
- Prep March Food Expenses post in progress
Schedule credit card paymentDONE
SUCCESSES and FAILURES
- Youngest son forgot to eat the breakfast sandwich I had gotten for him this morning, so I think he'll have it as a snack this afternoon.
- He packed his lunch to take to school.
- I packed leftovers for Greg to take to work.
- The regular school bus driver must be back on duty as the bus actually passed our stop on time this morning for the first time in... weeks. We always leave at the same time and the other students usually haven't been picked up yet. So we followed the bus all the way to the school this morning, which felt odd. Oh well, I'd rather know that my son will be in class on time than stress about it every morning. As usual, he'll take the bus home.
- I turned off the AC and opened the windows downstairs. I went to open the windows in my son's bedroom and Tabby Kitten ran into the room as I was leaving it. In the process of handling a struggling kitten with one hand and closing the door, a gust of wind slammed the door on my right index finger, right on the nail. Ouch, it hurts and doesn't make typing every easy.
- Since I won't be here for dinner, I had told Greg and my daughter that they would be on their own. However, I checked the chicken thighs that had been in my fridge for several weeks now, in the bottom drawer that gets so cold sometimes the yogurt that I store in there freezes, and they were just fine. So I found a "Chicken in Enchilada Sauce" recipe in my 5 Ingredients Or Less Dump Meals for the Crockpot cookbook and decided to make that. Only I didn't have any enchilada sauce so I made my own. Only my tomato paste was bad, so I didn't use any and I had to throw away the can that I had just opened (exp date was 2014) and yes, it was bad. Gas escaped when I opened it, otherwise I would have still used it. I'll probably make rice later on for them to eat it with. We'll have plenty of leftovers for tomorrow too.
- I'm going to need to stock up on canned tomatoes and tomato sauce so I think I might go to Walmart next week and use up the last Swagbucks gift cards. As I did last year, I'm enjoying the downtime from trying to earn a lot of Swagbucks but I'll sure miss the gift cards once they're used up!
- I earned the daily Microsoft Rewards credits and I'm running automatic videos on Swagbucks to try and earn some SB today.
- Oh my, it's now 11:20 a.m. and I haven't done anything else! I've been sucked down a rabbit trail of blogs and I'm enjoying myself far too much to want to do chores, darn it!
- Sometimes something happened that I want to rant about but either I type the rant and then decide that I probably don't want so much negativity on the blog and I erase it, or I think "too much work!" and I just post a sentence about the result of my action. Either way, you might not get the picture of how truly frustrated I get by either politics, idiotic people... or everyday items. Not that I think my readers picture me as being even-keeled because I post enough "ugh's" and "arrgh's" during my regular posts, but you don't know the half of it! I'm really trying to be a less negative person, but sometimes a good rant is quite calming for me. So at about 11:30 am. I decided to get started on crossing off chores from my To Do List and picked "hooking up the hose to the hose reel". How much time would you have dedicated to this? 10 minutes TOPS, right? It took me AN HOUR. Between now having 3 points of leaks (instead of just one before) that needed to be tightened but not so much that it would strip the plastic thread, looking for the plastic washers that keep on popping up when I'm not looking for one but that I couldn't find anywhere today, to dealing with the kittens climbing the screen door and then barfing on the floor, to having to unkink my very long hose... AAAAAARRRGH. Finally, though, it's done. And I'll be happy not to have to walk over that hose every time I walk around the house.
- Another thing that happened, in the process of looking for the washers (that I never found), is that I found the tiny bolts that we had bought last summer to fix the arm of the patio umbrella that kept on unscrewing itself. Once again an arm was completely loose but the bolt was nowhere to be found on the patio and I couldn't remember what we had done with the rest of them (there were 5 or 6 to the packet we had bought). But I found them on a shelf of my gardening shed and was able to reattach the arm. Hooray! In the process, I discovered that wasps were in the middle of building a nest inside of the umbrella, so I knocked off the nest and sprayed hornet killer in the general direction of the wasp I had just dislodged.
- Greg had just left his crow bar leaning against the wall by our sliding door, something that would have resulted in the crow bar falling (and breaking!) against the window if the kittens had been playing roughly nearby, which they do constantly, so I took it to his shed and just left it on the mess that's his "workbench" because I couldn't figure out where it went. I texted him to let him know so he wouldn't be looking for it again.
- My daughter commuted to her college class with her BFF. She has a group presentation to give today and she borrowed one of my flash drives to save her documents. I'm noting it here so I remember to get it back from her in the next couple of days.
- The problem with having such an emotional reaction to frustrations as I do, is that once I've ran through the frustration, instead of feeling energized, I feel run down. I feel run down right now at 1 p.m. and I really haven't done anything. I should go get lunch.
- So I decided to have herring fillets in spicy mango sauce and ... promptly dropped the opened can on my living room carpet. The good? It didn't fall upside down. The bad? The sauce splattered my carpet, the underside of my futon, my favorite pants, my T-shirt, my shoes. I used up half a roll of Bounty paper towels trying to wipe up the mess. Thankfully I did have a bottle of Purple Power degreaser and cleaner that I could use; Then the nozzle of my bottle of Shout stain remover chose that moment to stop spraying so I ended up dumping a good quarter of the bottle onto my clothes to remove the orange, stinky, greasy stains. Grrrrr. GRRR. GRRR! I want to crawl back into bed right now.
- And yet. What right do I have to whine? People were killed yesterday in London and around the world by senseless violence. Time to put things into perspective, I think.
- I earned 50 KFR points by entering bonus codes SCOR-EBIG-BONU-SPTS and HOOP-SFOR-KFR2-5PTS in my Kellogg's Family Rewards account.
- I also earned 20 BR points by entering my weight into Walgreens' Balance Rewards for Healthy Choices.
- When I threw my sauce-splattered clothes in the wash, I also grabbed the few dirty clothes from my hamper and Greg's dirty exercise clothes from yesterday. I washed all of them in cold/cold. Since we have rain in the forecast, I hung them on a laundry rack in the laundry room.
- I cooked rice in the microwave for Greg and my daughter's dinner, to go with the chicken in enchilada sauce. They said it was delicious.
- Youngest Son and I drove to the UCF area for our Dungeons & Dragons Workshop for New Players. I thought traffic might be bad due to rush hour but we got there 30 minutes early so we went to eat at McAllister's Deli. It took a long time to get our food, though, so we only had 10 minutes to scarf it down. We both drank tap water.
- Our workshop went well but it was (again with this word today!) frustrating for me because the room was very noisy and it was very hard for me to hear the instructions, even though I was sitting right next to the instruction/Dungeon Master. Still, we had a good time. We stayed for 2 hours and got personalized help in creating our own characters.
- Afterwards, we dropped off the photographic backgrounds for Middle Son at my ex's, and stopped at 7-11 to use the bathroom and get a snack for the road.
- We got home at about 10:20 p.m. and told Greg about our adventures. He shared that he got several threatening texts on his cell phone today, probably aimed at the person who had his number before him (he's only had it for a couple of months) so he had to block them. I would have been very upset and driven to the police department with my phone, I think. I don't take to threats very well.
MONEY SPENT TODAY
- Tolls to drive to and from UCF
- Dinner at McAllister's: about $16
- Drinks and snacks on the way home: about $5
- Redbox sent me an email that I had earned a free movie rental.
- Made my bed
- Fed the kittens
- Packed Greg's lunch
- Prepped his breakfast
- Drove my son to school
- Aired out the house
- Cleaned cobwebs in Son's room
- Cooked dinner in crockpot
- Texted Middle Son about tonight
- Read blogs
- Chatted with my daughter
- Hooked the hose to the hose reel
- Fixed the patio umbrella
- Put away the crow bar
- Texted Greg
- Picked up kitty barf (3 times!)
- Cleaned up carpet spill
- Did a load of laundry
- Hung the laundry
- Clipped coupons
- Talked to Middle Son on the phone
- Scheduled a credit card payment
- Cooked rice for dinner
- Put away the laundry
- Talked to Educational Foundation Director about needed paperwork
- Prepped March Food Expenses post
- Drove to UCF area for D&D Workshop
- Dropped off photographic backgrounds for Middle Son
- Chatted with Greg and Daughter
- That a new cardboard box easily amuses kittens!
- That I found the bolts to fix the patio umbrella
- That I was able to (finally) connect the hose to the hose reel
- That my jasmine and roses are blooming
- That people took the time to teach us about D&D tonight
Do you also get easily frustrated or do you go with the flow?