Thursday, February 19, 2009

Timing Is Everything

A few weeks ago, My husband brought home a nice bonus from work. with that bonus, we went computer shopping. At the brick and mortar store in the city nearest to us, they did not have the kind of laptop my husband wanted, so we left empty handed. I thing found another laptop on that seemed to fit his bill, but voted no to it based on the fact it looked exactly like mine and we would "get them mixed up".

Yeah. Right.

In retrospect, I am glad he has not yet bought a laptop becuase last weekend my glasses broke. and I am totally BLIND without my specs. The money set aside for his laptop became the money to pay for my glasses.

Now, hubs gets reimbursed for eye wear through his work insurance, so if he ever remembers to bring home the insurance papers for me to fill out, we can put in to get that money back. In the mean time, I am still window monitor shopping up a storm for the perfect laptop for him.

I've bookmarked the Sony Vaio , which I again found on (What can I say? I really like that store!)generally, I find and bookmark three or four laptops a day for hubs to look at when he gets off work. He then keeps or deletes as he sees fit, and hopefully, by the time our reimbursement gets back, he will have narrowed his choices down to one!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Midnight Cravings

Our car is "broken" right now. There is something wrong with the fan belt and until My father can get into our town, from his town, on Monday, we are under strict instructions to not drive it anywhere.

We are not stuck at home by any means, My husbands parents are out of town (Mexico) and have given us free use of their car while they are gone. I use it Monday to Friday to take the boys to school.

If for some reason my dad cannot get our car running on Monday, Hubs can use his parents car to get to work, the boys are on Spring break for a week anyway.

What I cam online to post, however, is not that the car is a piece of crap that needs a good kick in the tires, it's that at 11:33 all of us ( the boys, the older ones at least, are up watching a movie with hubs) had a snack attack unexpectedly. Unfortunately, hubs and I neglected to pick up any sort of snackage, there is not a single chip or cookie in the house, and with the car broken ( not to mention all of our towns stores close by 11) there was no way to GET snackage!!

People, the internet is a wonderful thing!

I found this recipe online

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla

Mix all, bake at 350 for eight minutes (do not overbake) cool on pan one minute, transfer to wire rack

By 12:05 I had the last of the two dozen cookies out of the oven and on a rack. The ULTIMATE of quick cookies people!

(I added the chocolate chip smiles face all by myself!)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Who Doesn't love free stuff?

My blog buddy Kat, from My Single Mom Life is holding a contest. It's not just any contest either, For her birthday she is giving away a diamond pendant. Gem Affair is sponsoring the contest!Now, while this contest IS open to US and Canadian residents, you do have to jump through a few hoops to enter.

OK, OK, you don't HAVE to jump through the hoops, you can enter with just one comment, but if you :

1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me which piece of jewelry you'd love to have from Gem
2. Twitter about this contest. Please leave me your username so I can verify.
3. Stumble this post. Please give me your username so I can verify.
4. Follow me on Twitter. Please give me your username so I can verify.
5. Follow Gem Affair on Twitter. Please give me your username so I can verify.

For 5 additional entries for each, do one or both of the following, and leave a separate comment for each 1 that you do, I will add your +5 entries to your entries.

You get more entries into the contest!

Am I the only one here who smells a franchise opportunity?

I should totally start up a blog advertising that I will take care of the nitty gritty details that go into entering online contests. It used to be that all you had to do to enter a contest was comment on a post - I even know one blog site that holds weekly contests and all you have to do is email the blog owner with the contest name in the subject line of the email to enter. BUT most people require the hoops and the jumping and the bending over backwards.

This isn't to say you should stop entering contests where you "have" to do multiple things to enter (becuase really, you CAN enter with Just A Comment) BUT it sure makes me stop and think, do i really want this item? Is this really something i want to put forth the effort to enter? And, if it is, like in the case Of Kat's contest for the diamond pendent, I DO enter.

I know that TIME is the number one reason I am not entering as many contests anymore, so, since time is so very valuable, there is a market for someone to take care of the details. I'm not sure how really, it could be done safely, as so many things, blogs, twitter, feed readers, all need a password to be logged into, to get the stuff done, but, ya know... it's an idea!

ANYWAY. In the mood for a very nice necklace? A Very nice FREE necklace? Go to Kat's, leave a comment - or if you have time, do more! And good luck!

Monday, February 09, 2009

Mood : Doh!

So. Two weeks ago Blake got his new glasses (he has bent them already :o( which isn't a big deal becuase we can get them straightened for free)(and they got bend becuase his brother and he were playing in the snow and during a routine snowball fight they were knocked off his face. I'm just happy he remembered to pick them up and bring them home!)

AHNYway. Blake was promised a trip to the dollar store every two weeks, IF he wore his glasses constantly. When Blake found out he needed his specs, he was quite upset about it, and we shamelessly bribed him into wearing them. Too late, we realized that once he put them on and saw what the world really looks like, he would wear them with no problems. But, A promise is a promise!

Yesterday (Sunday) I took Blake to the Dollar store here in town to pick out his prize. With a five dollar maximum, he spent quite a bit of time searching the isles and reading the backs of packages before settling on a paint by number dog picture. He was happy with his choice, and I was happy that he did not, yet again, pick some plastic gun that would break ten minutes after we got it home.

Up to the till we go to try to pay. I only carry debit, I very rarely carry cash. The cashier swiped my card, and we waited. And waited. And waited. The machine timed out, so we swiped again. And Waited. And Waited. And waited. Again the machine timed out. We tried five times in total to pay for Blake's Paint By Number before we gave up.

As we were walking out of the store, the cashier told us that if we come back in a week, they will have a new POS system and our purchase will not time out. I was all "Whatever" to that. But in the car, I kind of giggled that she had called her machine a POS. (Piece of shit), I told hubs the story when we got home and it was then that I learned that POS also stands for point of sale. Opps.

When Blake finishes his picture and it dries, I will attempt to either scan it on the scanner, or take a picture of it to show you all!

Wednesday, February 04, 2009


So my sister in law is going to be here in approximately two hours. Maybe less.

I had to spend the day cleaning house, which I hate. It's not that the house is dirty dirty, just.. cluttered? Dusty? Disorganized?

probably the worst chore is dusting the tv stands, not becuase of the dust, but becuase the boys always leave artwork on the TV VIA the dust and some of the art is really well done! I've tried int eh past to take pictures of their art, but the pictures never turn out, which is a drag. I wouldn't mind washing the TV off as much if I could record their work!

But hey, at leas the house is clean. Can I call this a head start on spring cleaning?

And, because it is So Very Rarely like this, here is a shot of Logan's room, CLEAN for once!

I took this picture becuase I am going to take a picture a day of his room and then after a week or so, put them all together in a slide show to show you how quick he takes his room from neat and tidy to a war zone!