Sunday... one week since Greg and our son left on their trip and another week before they return. I'm not counting the days until I have to start cooking dinner again, but I miss them! On the plus side, though, it HAS been rather quiet around here, not that they make that much noise.
I went to bed at 11:30 a.m. last night and didn't get up until 10 a.m. Oh no, don't go thinking that I slept straight through! Of course the bladder was being dramatic again AND, speaking of dramatic, Explorer was being a drama king and needy. He had to be in my face all night, wanted to be up at 6:30 a.m., making a nuisance of himself and finally I had to kick him and Princess out of my bedroom at 9 a.m. because she had come in to play with him and they were just making way too much noise. Well, for the next hour and a half he would periodically come back to my door and cry and cry and CRY the most pathetic cries, but I was tired and annoyed so I just ignored him. Finally I got up at 10 a.m. and fed all the cats.
The sky is already overcast and gray today, although the rain isn't predicted until much later on this afternoon. Methinks it'll be another rainy afternoon like yesterday's. That's fine with me since I don't plan on going anywhere, but my daughter is supposed to be driving back from her dad's at some point today. Oh I just noticed that it is raining and it's only 11:20 a.m. See? I was right :)
I brewed my coffee and had another bowl of generic Cheerios for breakfast, rationalizing that I need to use up those brown bananas anyway, but really it's because I was too lazy to make an omelet, which is what I really should have had.
Explorer, still being needy and probably exhausted from all his drama, came to cuddle against me. I ate my breakfast while watching Law & Order: Criminal Intent on ION TV since today is a marathon day, catching up on emails and the news.
|Oh sure, you go to sleep, why don't you?!|
Sunday is the day for new coupons so I unlocked new digital offers on my CVS Ibotta and Publix apps and printed 6 coupons via Swagbucks. SInce it was so few, I also clipped them and put them away in my coupon organizer right away.
Zinio alerted me that the latest issue of Kiplinger's Magazine is available for me to read for free via my library system. I still haven't read the previous issue so I need to get cracking!
I went outside to snap a picture of the rain and realized that it really wasn't hot at all, so I turned off the AC in the house and opened the windows in the living room IN JULY! Hooray! The kittens posted themselves at the windows pretty much right away, hahaha.
|Sniffing that sweet, sweet rain!|
I installed the darkening window shades in my bedroom. I had to cut them down to size but they're stick-on so it was easy to install them atop the mini blinds, behind the curtains. And, while not perfect, my room IS darker now, which means it'll be even harder to get up in the mornings, LOL.
I used a "broom" with a washable and reusable microcloth to "sweep" my bedroom, the upstairs hallway, the main stairs and then the hallway, exercise room, breezeway, part of the cat room and kitchen. My main goal was trying to capture most of the cat hair and dust so it's not perfect but wow, I got rid of the equivalent of a kitten in cat hair, lol. I threw the microcloth in the laundry room's hamper so I'll wash it with the regular laundry tomorrow. The kittens made that task challenging since they kept on thinking it was a game so they were around me at all times and I had to constantly tell them to move and push them along with the broom, sigh. So cute but they do make my job harder than it needs to be at times. But did I mention cute? The cutest, really. Also today or tomorrow they turn ELEVEN MONTHS. Wow.
It was 1 p.m. so I made my lunch: turkey spinach wrap, lettuce and cucumber salad with light balsamic dressing and 2 clementines. I forgot to take a picture but, basically, the same thing that I eat for lunch most days! I'm out of spinach so I guess I'll have to venture into Aldi this week at some point.
Since I'm watching over-the-air TV and I'm alone at home, I decided to work on some of the tasks that required me to use all of the bandwidth available and started backing up all of my June pictures to my external drive.
I was reading a thread on Reddit Personal Finance that mentioned the Florida Division of Unclaimed Property (the website name is horrible, it sounds like a scam, but it's the real government website!) and it reminded me to check whether or not Greg or I had any unclaimed property. We don't (and I guess that's good!) but I also checked my older kids' names and Middle Son is listed as being owed money from a pizzeria job that he only held for a week, several years ago. It probably will be less than $100, but I gave him a call with the good news. We chatted for a couple of minutes all is well, he's about to finish his summer classes and then will be able to obtain his A.A. but isn't going to his graduation ceremony.
My brother from Paris just posted an update on Instagram that his beloved cat passed away today. She was 22, which means he had her for half of his life. He must be devastated :( I shated the news with Youngest Son and Daughter since they'd met Bergamote (the cat in question) a couple of years ago and we're all sad.
I backed up my June pictures to my external drive, deleted all the ones that I took just for the blog and don't care to keep, and then continued backing up that external drive to another external drive (just in case). Technology does make life harder too, you know?
Meanwhile, I went through the school files for this past year and archived my daughter's files, as well as prepped a new file for my son's upcoming school year. Last year, when my daughter and I toured UF, the Admissions rep had said they were starting to use the Coalition Application and that, moving forward, students would be able and advised to start inputting their transcripts and other application information manually in the system starting in 9th grade, so it wouldn't be such a big deal once he is a senior and gets ready to submit his application. Too bad that it only includes University of Florida, Florida State University, Florida Polytechnic University and Florida Atlantic University. Anyhoo, when I checked the UF website this afternoon to verify this (as I planned on starting to work on this with my son when he comes back from his camping trip), I didn't see any information specifically about being able to get started in 9th grade so I emailed the Admissions counselor responsible for our county to get some clarification. I do hope the answer is that he can start working on it now because otherwise, we need to start keeping a list of what accomplishments he had each year (which, actually, I probably should start keeping anyway since the other colleges won't be using that application and he'll need to be listing all of this on their applications as well).
I also emailed the 10th grade Guidance Counselor to request that Youngest Son be placed in Biology HONORS and not just Biology (as he had requested), and also to ask what he needs to do to apply to take the PERT test this year and when/how to do it. The PERT test is a college readiness test that he is required to take in 10th grade in order to apply for Dual Enrollment in 11th and 12th grade. I should have emailed Guidance at the end of the school year about all that but I kept on forgetting.
I wasn't really hungry this afternoon but ONLY because... I found the 2nd bag of dark chocolate espresso beans that I had bought on clearance a couple of months ago (before I started my diet). The bad thing is that obviously I'm not being super healthy. The good thing? Well, let's just say that the espresso beans have greatly stimulated my bowels... so... probably lost some weight right there, lol. I had my usual strawberry shake for a 4 p.m. snack too.
For dinner I heated up the last cup of whole wheat linguine with 1/2 a cup of Tuscan herb pasta sauce and I made a fried egg sandwich with a whole wheat bun, an egg and a tablespoon of reduced fat cheddar cheese. Then I had some grapes for dessert. So I don't think it was too too bad.
I lucked out by hitting 2 big SB Search Awards today again so I met my 1st Goal without doing much of anything (well I did run 10 videos for the last 2 SB so I could meet it for sure). Yippee!
To Do List
Plan today's food intakeREUSING YESTERDAY'S PLAN
- Record today's food intake into MFP
- Make crepes or pancakes with sour milk
- Empty dishwasher
- Do the dishes
Print and upload couponsDONE Clip couponsDONE File couponsDONE Back up blogDONE Make dinner menu for the weekREUSING LAST WEEK'S PLAN!
- Make vet appointment for 2 oldest cats' check-up
- Explore Vanguard's Personal Advisor Services webpage and get started on process
- Create Greg's online Social Security Account (with him) and update my documents
- Post trip pictures on French blog
Finish backing up all pictures to my external drive (when Greg and our son are on their camping trip)DONE Figure out where I was in the process of backing up my external drive!DONE and backed up
- Make hummingbird nectar
- Trim bushes in front of the house
- Transplant ferns from bin into front yard
- Transplant all basil seedlings from berm and patio to the empty garden beds
- Pull weeds from planter near house/hose
- Pull weeds from berm
- Pull weeds from garden area
- Pull weeds from rose planter
- Lay down more cardboard on top of mulch
- Mulch the berm again (next week)
- Mow the lawn
- Edge the berm
- Decide what to plant in the garden this fall and where
- Clean all litter boxes
Feed all cats in the morningDONE Feed all cats in the eveningDONE
- Dust Cat Room and Living Room
- Vacuum downstairs Swept the hall, exercise room, breezeway, part of cat room, part of kitchen
- Vacuum upstairs - Swept my room and the hall
- Vacuum both staircases - Swept the main staircase
- Mend some items from the mending basket
- Take Youngest Son driving (on hold until he comes back)
- Vacuum fridge's coils
- Explore Will and Power of Attorney forms on LegalZoom and discuss with Greg
- Find a good picture of our cats and order bag from Shutterfly for Daughter with freebie code
- Check to see if received answer from UF Admissions re: filling out SSAR/Application in 10th grade
- Check to see if received answer from high school 10th grade Guidance counselor re: biology honors and PERT test application/deadline
- Inventory what batteries we need for hurricane season
- Finish the 2014 Powerpoint document for Daughter
- Add clip art to all 2012, 2013 and 2014 pages that I created and print them
Declutter this past year's school files and prep new files for this coming yearDONE
- Tape the Strength Training videos and put on dedicated SD card (once the large TV is reconnected)
- Put bleach in furnace drain line for maintenance
- Pour Drano down kitchen sink for maintenance
- Scrub the WHOLE shower (including ceiling)
- Clean exercise room vent
- Vacuum kitchen vents
- Fix kitchen sliding drawer
Install window shades in my bedroomDONE
- Wash bathroom and hall ceiling, door jamb (wear old clothes)
- Write letter to Target CEO (once refund has been issued)
- Call SunTrust and Chase re: bonds
- Reconcile FSA records to make sure we're not missing money in the account
- Add Osmocote plant food to hibiscus and roses
Check on beans and papaya seeds (daily) and water as neededIT RAINED AGAIN
- Order rain barrel from Home Depot
- Declutter the old coffee table IN PROGRESS
How was your weekend?