We didn't go kayaking today. My cramps arrived almost 24 hours after my period did and I remembered that I really didn't want to be paddling on probably alligator-infested waters during my period so I told Greg last night that I'd probably not want to go today. He was fine with it, we can go anytime since the lake is a block away!
So we both slept in today. Me, very uncomfortably on the couch (weird how it can be so comfy one night and like a bed of rocks the next!) until 8 a.m. and he upstairs until 10:30 a.m.!
I had harbored a slight hope that perhaps the newspaper delivery person hadn't realized that my subscription had ended but they did. No paper (i.e. no coupons!) for me today. Sob. So I went ahead and added a weekly reminder for myself to walk or bike to the library on Monday mornings/early afternoons to try and nab any coupon inserts left in the donation pile. It'll be good exercise regardless, and if I take my bike, it takes me something like 20 minutes total.
I fed all the cats, brewed my coffee, caught up on the news online, and set about editing my Spring Break and Saturday recaps. And here we are, it's 1 p.m. and I'm still in my PJs. I'm listening to the Tony Bennett channel on Pandora. Well, I was until Greg went out to mow the yard so now I'm mostly hearing the lawnmower. I had been asking him not to mow it because we had clumps of "daisies" that the bees love, but it was really looking unkempt so I unleashed him today, hahaha. He loves mowing, for a reason that escapes me, so he's happy.
Youngest Son woke up mid-morning and has been on his computer. Daughter apparently is up because she made toast apparently, but I haven't seen her yet. Today is the deadline for all those college class projects that she was supposed to be working on over Spring Break so I expect that she'll be working all day up in her room.
The weather is gorgeous and we have the windows open. The kittens are running from window to window, following Greg around the house. They're both intrigued and terrified of the lawnmower.
Having young cats is like having young kids: your house is always a mess and something is always getting broken. We have socks lying all over the house because Tabby Kitten loves playing with socks and steals them from everyone's room and laundry baskets/hampers and refuses to put his toys away.
|Socks, socks everywhere!|
And then Princess loves my craft "drawers" and doesn't clean up after herself either.
|I guess she got tired of the pipe cleaners and now she wants to sew her own clothes?!|
|Oh, but most of the time they're so angelic :)|
Without coupon inserts to clip, I guess it's time for me to try printing some via Swagbucks and other sources. I did upload digital coupons to my CVS app and I'll do that with Publix as well.
I think I'll make tuna patties for dinner. I have a pork roast but I'm keeping that for the crockpot tomorrow since we'll be in St Augustine.
Last night, I was trying to find a new show to watch on Amazon Prime (I fell asleep during an episode of "The Crown", btw, it was the one about the 1952 toxic fog cloud. It was so boring.), and noticed that Season 3 of "Bosch" will be coming out April 21. Woohoo! I love the book series by Michael Connolly and loved Season 1 of the show (but didn't like Season 2 at all), so I'm hopeful season 3 will be good.
Just realized that I have a coupon for a free large fries at McDonald's that ends today (no purchase necessary!) so I might need to go. But if I don't, it might be a No Drive Day... arrrgh.
So I printed a few coupons and then placed an order on Kohls.com to use up my $20 in free money via the Discover Deals. I did look to see if they might have the 3.5 qt bowl for my Kitchen Aid mini mixer, but they didn't (of course!) so I ended up buying myself 2 more Fila exercise tank tops. I really like them and with the weather heating up, I might just be wearing exercise tops all the time! They were on sale for $14.99 each and after the Kohl's cash, 30% off code (LUCKY30) and free shipping code for Kohl's Charge Card holders (FS4MARCH) and Florida's 7% tax rate, I paid $7.47. Not bad, but I guess I wouldn't have spent anything if I didn't have the $20 in "free" money. But since I'll definitely be wearing the tops, it's all good. Oh, also I went through Swagbucks so I guess I'll earn a few SB (I think it was 3 SB per dollar spent)
I entered my weight into Walgreens' Balance Rewards for Healthy Choices for the past 3 mornings (oops forgot to weigh myself this morning, will have to do that next Sunday now) and yesterday's walk and I earned 180 BR points.
I was late entering several bonus codes on Kellogg's Family Rewards, but I earned 25 points per code:
YOUC-HOOS-ETHE-BEST BEST-BALL-GAME-EATS SPRI-NGBO-NUSP-TS4U TEAM-SPIR-ITLE-TSGO BONU-SPTS-4VIC-TORY
I also earned all the Microsoft Rewards credits for the day.
Then I finally replied to all the comments that wonderful readers left over the past week. I had been very lazy with this and even lazier than you might think because I read everyone's blogs but didn't comment and now I'm thinking that I'll just start fresh tomorrow by commenting on new blog posts instead of going back and commenting on old ones. So: Bless, I'm glad you had a good week and was able to make it in to work. Laura, sorry you were grumpy, I hope your week went better after that! Daisy, congrats on the budget and the grocery shopping! Dawn, great jobs on all the bargains and happy birthday to your sweet son! Sandy, I'm sorry the blizzard finally hit you guys and I hope you didn't lose power and are doing well. If I didn't mention your blog or name, I'm sorry! I have a headache right now and having a hard time focusing.
Greg and our son took the kayaks down to the lake. There goes our No Drive Day! I'm so glad they're enjoying this together. Now I'm thinking that maybe we should have bought 3 kayaks so our son would come along on our outings... Well it's almost 3:30 p.m. The boys came back, they had a great time and now want to go get Shamrock Shakes at McDonald's, so I gave them my phone to get me the free large fries. Yep, no dieting here, still on vacation! I had to yell at Greg again, though, because he pays cash instead of using our Amazon Visa card that earns us 2% back in Rewards at restaurants! Ugh, it really annoys me that he keeps doing this!
I took a shower, finally. My showers are very short, especially when I don't wash my hair, which I only do about once a week. However, when I take baths, I soak in them for at least an hour!
Well, crap. I just checked the new CVS ad and the milk isn't on sale this week. So on the sad side, I'll have to pay for milk at Aldi this week, and on the happy side, I don't have to go to CVS, which will save me time. So yay? Sometimes saving time is just as appreciated as saving money! Which would you rather save? Me, usually it's money since, quite honestly, I have plenty of time.
I got a group email from the D&D group leader (the one near UCF) about a new campaign starting next week, and they're offering a workshop on Thursday night for newbies on how to play D&D 5th edition, create a character, etc. After consulting with Youngest Son, it looks like we'll be heading to that and then we also signed up for a game in the new campaign (this one seems to be truly aimed at new players or at least new characters Level 1) for next Sunday at noon. I really wish the local group would work out because I don't relish driving to UCF (one hour away via toll roads), especially twice in the space of a few days, but I like to support my kids' interests when I can. And I can do that, that's for sure :) This time, I'm organizing myself: I got a recycled 1" binder that I had gotten from the thrift store and will be printing a few blank character sheets and other information, in there, and I told Youngest Son that I want my own dice. So I ordered myself a set on Amazon and paid with my Amazon gift cards so they were free to me. Woohoo!
My son walked to the park for a while and when he came back, I asked if he wanted the manual for the new campaign that will be released 4/4. He really wanted it, so I used up my Amazon Visa Rewards and the balance from my Microsoft Rewards gift cards to pre-order it on Amazon for a mere 20 cents out of pocket! He'll use it after we're done playing our campaign to play the campaign with his own club at the library.
Greg finally unhooked the hose from the back outside faucet, like he had promised me to do something like 2 months ago. Again, procrastination paid off, as I had thought to go buy a large wrench from Ace Hardware since we didn't have one of the proper size, but apparently he had brought back a whole bunch of tools from his parents' after his dad's passing and had large wrenches in the lot. So he used one and was able to unscrew the hose, finally! I'm going to be able to use the hose reel that I had bought, finally, and we'll stop tripping over the hose. I really need to spend time in the yard and straighten it out.
For dinner, I made tuna patty "burgers" and finally cooked the corn on the cob that I had bought at Save A Lot a week and a half ago. I cheated again and used paper plates again. Yes, it's wasteful but so would all the water that I'd need to use to do the dishes...
Greg and I watched some more Seinfeld episodes after dinner.
Ooh, oops, I just realized that this post had been published at 2 p.m. by mistake and unfinished. I've lost my blogging mojo! Sorry about that.