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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Cheapskate Splurges

I'm that person who signs up for every membership card or rewards program, no matter how likely I am to ever set foot in a store again. I like discounts. I like free stuff even more. I got my newest pair of running shoes for $3 using a combination of clearance rack, credit card rewards, and a birthday discount coupon.
Today I used my $10 off reward from World Market. I only had one thing in mind that I wanted and it was $2.50, so I spent a good 45 minutes scouring the store for odds and ends that I could use. Below is the result:
Silicone mini-muffin molds, a teeny grater, 4 chocolates and stuffy crackers. I also got a pack of spinach gnocchi, but it threw off the feng shui of the photo.
My mother's birthday card can be seen in the background. She included some pictures to remind me that I didn't always have fabulous fashion sense. She emailed one of the photos to me, which I have included below, after adding a bit of artistic MS Paint high tech computer enhancements for the sake of decency:
For a kid in the tub, I'm having a pretty good hair day. That all changed around third grade.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Tale of Frizzilocks and The Three Gadgets

Once upon a time there was a girl who fancied herself a decent writer. She wanted to share her deepest, innermost thoughts with the world, so she started a blog. At first it was fun, her husband had given her a laptop so she could write her blogs almost anywhere.
But then she got her first smart phone and found that browsing humor sites from the palm of her hand was so much more convenient than lugging out the laptop, and blogging fell by the wayside. It's not that she didn't want to blog, but her phone, while smart, was very small and not the easiest thing to type on. Soon she was writing once a month apologies for not being more prolific. She promised that she would write more when she got a better phone, for at this time, the cell phone industry had made great improvements in multimedia applications and her contract was about to expire.
So the girl bought an android phone, with an on screen keyboard and voice recognition software. She wrote a blog post, it worked. But then she played with the phone for a while and found that blogging with a phone, even an android phone that knew what she was about to type before she did, was not as easy as it seemed.
And then, on Black Friday, while the girl was busy being very bored at work, her husband braved the crowds to find the solution to all of her problems. You see, Monday is her birthday, and her husband happens to be the most wonderful human monkey who has ever lived, so being wonderful, he could not wait until Monday to give her the gift. He placed in her hands a box. A smallish, lightweight box which contained a netbook, a 10 inch, three pound, Windows 7 enabled netbook that was not too big, and not too small.
There was much rejoicing. And the girl has no excuses, she will write, she will be funny, dammit.

The End.

Seriously, I got a netbook, how cool is this?
In other news...
Okay, since I work in wholesale distribution, it's technically been he holiday season for me since August, and the stores started pulling out the green and red before Halloween. But now the turkey has been eaten, football has been played, and Elmo apparently took a dive, so Christmas is ON! The best part? WE'RE DONE SHOPPING! Seriously, finished that stuff today, here's the result:
No, that's not a pile of quilting quarters, thems is presents! No, I am not telling you what they are, but you'll find out.
Since I don't have to frantically spend the next month running from store to store, I plan to dedicate the next month to more crazy holiday themed stories. In the mean time, here's Luke, enjoying the comforts of a spoiled dog:

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

This is Just a Test

Just checking my blogging capabilities with the
new phone. this next sentence is done using voice prompt. damn that works pretty well. Granted, it didn't capitalize anything.

50 lbs and $50

I got a new phone yesterday, the LG Optimus for Sprint. An android phone for $50. Once i finally find a blogger app that works, I should be a little more wordy than I am now. Jason got the same phone today after spending about 3 minutes playing with mine, so if he doesn't like it, it will be all my fault. :) (not too worried, I found our last phones, the Palm Centro, and we had them for three years)
While playing with the phone, he snapped this picture of me:
Not my finest, I admit, dark circles under my eyes, no makeup, sweaty, what ever. But if compared to a picture from a year ago, I can finally show how much weight I have lost:
Mind, this is one of the better pictures. I'm not posting the one where I'm in pjs with my dogs and I have a double chin and my belly looks like Santa's. Please feel free to pick on my white "athleisure" Sketchers. I do not know why I thought those were a good idea.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween Aftermath

We had a grand total of three trick-or-treaters show up last night. Apparently this was pretty normal all over town. I suppose this has a lot to do with the sad state of the world today. No more concrete and steel playgrounds, no more delicious lead based paint chips to chew on, no more trick or treating. Kids today are soft, I tell you, soft!
Or not, the little jerks were probably terrorizing the rich neighborhoods or whooping it up at Six Flags.
On a positive note, I was smart enough to buy the good stuff, so we have snack sized packs of Goldfish, dark chocolate Kisses and Toblerone minis (oops, make that had Toblerone minis) to snack on this week.

And now, just to be completely random, here's a picture of me and Sally wearing our most winning smiles:
I'm still trying to get a good picture to show off the weight loss, but there seems to be something wrong with my face in most of them.