Monday, June 30, 2008
Had a busy weekend. It was a hot weekend - on Saturday I got up early and went yardsaling. Bought this nice Ikea shelf unit for $7. On the Ikea website the baskets are $3.50 EACH. It will replace the plastic basket things in my pantry. The Ikea shelf holds a lot more too.
On Sunday we had my husband's work party/luau to go to. Yea for nuclear power! It was held at a nearby park. They had a big buffet, including all the pig you cared to eat. Also snowcones, cotton candy, Coronas and wine. They did limit the amount of free alcohol per person. I wish they had done that when I went to the party they held at Ravens Stadium about a year and a half ago (check the blog for around the Feb. 2007 timeframe if you're bored). I got overserved wine at that party. They had a lot of giveaways ($50 gas cards, restaurant gift cards, Wii's, XBox etc) but we walked away empty handed. Well not totally, they had a local nursery doing crafts with kids (and adults) - you got to decorate a plastic flower pot and pick out a plant/flower to take home. And they had activities for the kids, like the big inflatables. And because it was so hot, they also had a misting tent set up, where you could go in and get misted.
I dressed Jacob in a vintage 1988 t-shirt from the nuke plant. I found it at VV for .35 so I had to buy it. And he wore the hat since the theme was a luau. I tried to get him to show the back of the shirt - which has the name of the awesomest nuclear power plant in Maryland.
Last night, Huey Lewis and the News was having a concert nearby. I saw them once back in the 80's. I hadn't planned on going - didn't want to pay $45 to sit on a folding chair in a field. This concert was hosted by a local fire department as a fundraiser. The local radio station was giving out tickets all last week and I tried almost everyday to win, but I was never the right # caller. It was frustrating but I figured it just wasn't meant to be.
And last but not least, had a great end to the weekend. So we get home from the party on Sunday afternoon and I get a phone call from one of the members of my message board who lives nearby. She did win a pair of tickets from the radio station contest and her husband was too tired from a Boy Scout camping trip to go....so she asked moi! And I said yes! I was able to clear my schedule since as you would expect, I usually have a jammed packed social calendar. It was a good concert and for freebie seats, the seats were excellent - in the 14th row, ahead of many people who paid for their tix. Huey still looks and sounds great - has aged well like a piece of Prime USDA beefcake ;)
When I was looking thru the show's program, I saw there was a coupon to Buy 1 Get 1 Free dinner at a local restaurant that I've been wanting to try. The coupon is a $20 value. So I went and got more programs.
And after the show when we were walking in front of the stage, the guys working on the stage threw my friend and I each a Huey Lewis sweat towel that was sitting on the stage. Mine smells like hotel bleach - don't think it was used.
I took this short video during my walk to get more programs. Shows the concert experience in southern maryland. Amenities included a row of generic porta-potties.
And here is It's All Right:
Speaking of porta-potties....at least when there are concerts at the museum, they have some porta-potties but also have an "upscale" portable bathroom, toilets that flush, running water in sinks etc. But I must say, yesterday I experienced what I consider the ultimate in portable toilet facilities. Yesterday, at the party in the park, there is a regular bathroom, but with hundreds of people there, they brought in a portable toilet trailer from Gotugo. If you go to the website, you'll even see the Queen of England's picture on their website. Any throne good enough for Queen of England is good enough for me. It really was nice - nice doors that go all the way to the floor. In looking further into the website, the one at the party was an executive trailer.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I happened to be looking at the yardsalequeen.com stats for the last few days and saw that China has overtaken the United Kingdom. And United Arab Emirates has joined the ranks. I don't recall seeing the UAE on the list before. Usually United Kingdom is third on my stats after USA, then Canada and usually its the UK. And Bermuda isn't even on the list - yet. I need to mention Bermuda more in my blog so it will come up when people google Bermuda. Then the applications to be my friend from Bermuda will start pouring in. Ah lovely pink pastel Bermuda. I heart Bermuda. I need to post the pic that I took of a bobby in Bermuda - he was one hottie bobby.
Anyhow, here are some of my stats from the last few days
3361 United States
16 Korea, South
8 United Kingdom
4 New Zealand
3 United Arab Emirates
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Last night I realized that we were down to just one or two rolls of toilet paper. I generally have a stash of TP, but somehow I miscalculated or underestimated or something. Giant had Angel Soft on sale 2 for $11. I couldn't just buy one since I had a coupon to save $1 when I bought two packages. Then later in the day I was at Walgreens and saw they had Quilted Northern at $4 a package and I knew I had several coupons for $1 off 1 package, and the coupons expire 6/30 so I knew if I didn't use them then, they weren't going to be used. So....I bought 5 packages at $3 each.
Also been stocking up on blueberries a lot this week. The grocery store has them for .99 a pint (limit 2 per purchase). So...everytime I drive by the grocery store I've been running in and buying 2 pints. And if they are out, getting rainchecks to use at a later date. I did make some blueberry muffins on Sunday but mostly I'm just freezing the berries.
Monday, June 23, 2008
My son hit the links today while wearing a pair of .50 Callaway golf shoes that I bought at VV many years ago and put away until he'd fit into them. And, surprisingly, I was able to easily find them. He's no Tiger Woods but enjoys riding around in the golf cart with DH, eating pretzels and drinking soda - up until a point. Then I get a phone call saying I need to pick him up. I was hoping he'd last the entire 18 holes so I could get some shopping in, but it wasn't meant to be.
I did manage to get passport photos taken (Walgreens for $7.99 plus they have a deal this week for a free travel kit when you buy passport photos). I don't have to have a passport for my Bermuda trip this fall, but I figured it's time I got one. If the Queen of England was to call me to invite me for tea and to discuss my views of the monarchy system of today, I want to be able to go on a moment's notice. So I want a passport.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
I saw these signs for a yardsale yesterday on Lazy Lane. On the door (or whatever it is), they wrote "yard sale" in black lettering on a blackish background. They were too lazy to fix it I guess. But not too lazy enough to haul a big heavy door down to the corner to use as a sign. I don't understand people. I bought nothing at that sale.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
So....he starts looking around the cupboard for the split peas and neither one of us can find them. I mean, those *!#$(^% peas have been there forever and the day he finally wants to use them, they are gone. Where the heck can they be? I know I didn't do anything with them. I know its only a bag of peas, but that sort of thing drives me nuts not knowing where it is.
Keep checking back my blog for a split pea update. I have a feeling that in 2011 (but hopefully sooner), I will do a posting about where I found them.
Here's a couple of pics of garage sale, junk loving vehicles that I've come across within the past couple of months.
The red jeep I saw at a church yardsale - I asked the owner permission to take a pic. And the second one was at Smile. Which coincidentally shares the parking lot of the church where I saw the jeep (but it was definitely on different days). I love the way they made sure their beloved "This vehicle stops at all garage sales" bumpersticker wasn't painted over during re-painting. Also love the lock - of course you got to lock your vehicle. You don't want someone stealing your goodies.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Well now that I think about it, I did get a bargain today. The other day we had lunch at Chick-fil-a (using coupons of course) and then they gave us each a coupon that had a telephone survey thing to do. So I did the telephone surveys and now I have 3 coupons for a free Chick-fil-a chicken sandwich.
Chick-fil-a chicken sandwiches are awesome. Unfortunately they are not a nationwide fast food chain. So if you don't have one near you, my sympathies. McDonald's recently came out with a "southern style chicken sandwich" that is supposed to imitate a Chick-fil-a sandwich but to me there is no comparison. The other day I had a McD's version and ended up giving half of it to Whiskey. I bit down on some rubbery fat piece that grossed me out. That never would have happened at Chick-fil-a. The only reason I've been getting the McD ones is because I have free coupons to use up. So lately, I've just been getting them and bringing them home for DH to eat. He is not as picky as me. On eBay, I bought a bunch of coupons for free McD chicken sandwiches and chicken breakfast biscuits so I will use up what I have. But once they are gone, I am never getting it again.
The other day I did clean (partly) Jacob's room. It was a job getting those bed lift things under his bed. But it did create a bunch more storage space. I found the pair of water shoes I was looking for - they were under his bed. And I think they are too small. Also found some other stuff I had been looking for. I swear, many days it feels like Christmas in my house. Like when I go searching for something, and I come across a shopping bag of stuff that I forgot I bought. It's like a nice surprise. (And a sign of a serious shopping addiction!)
When school is out for the summer, I usually don't take Jacob thrift shopping. It seems those stores are magnets for screaming/crying kids, and Jacob cannot tolerate being around crying kids. He absolutely hates it. I recently heard from his speech therapy teacher and she said Jacob got shorted 2 hours of speech therapy over the course of the year and she offered to make it up in 2 one hour sessions. So that means one day next week, I'll be able to drop him off at school, run to Smile, then pick him up an hour later. And then again the following week. I know he won't want me to hang around school and sit in on the speech session since he doesn't like me visiting school to begin with. I am looking forward to getting my thrift shopping fix in. And in July I will also be able to go thrifting since he will be in summer day camp (for the first time).
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I worked (volunteered) at the ZZ Top concert last night. I got there late so I missed the shrimp wraps and the other food they give to volunteers. But I will tell you one thing, ZZ Top is one hard working band. Did you know that they also have a day job? Yep, I think so. At the building there, I saw a sign for their catering business. ;)
Well it was a typical concert, so no photo-line in front of the stage. Darn. What I thought was weird was that after the concert, they put on some unusual music - the only thing I can think of is, it's to make people want to leave - listen to the short YouTube video below that I made.
It was a nice night, weatherwise. Big, full moon. There was an orange ZZ Top type car there - the white dot in the upper right is the moon. The moon looks tiny in the pic, but it was bigger in real life.
Another good thing is that I made friends with a lady there who has access to a super secret toilet. It's a toilet that the public doesn't even have access to when the museum is open. I believe the queen should have special access to a grand throne. No more standing in line with the commoners for me! And you know I am taking full advantage of the free sodas that the volunteers have access to so it comes in handy.
Here is the music they played on the speakers immediately after the concert:
A short clip during the concert:
Alas, there was no David Cook:
Sunday, June 15, 2008
There weren't a million yardsales in my area yesterday but just enough for me to get my fix and be home by around 9:30.
Favorite buy of the day was the above desk for $3. It was at the first sale of the day and when I asked the seller how much, she replied $5? $4? $3? I love it when the seller talks themselves down without any effort on my part. They were glad to have it go to someone who can use it. I know its a just a cheap particle board desk (from Ikea), but it will replace the broken cheap particle desk that Jacob is currently using. And even though his current desk is broken, I can re-use part of it. Will do "before" and "after" pics, I promise. I know a while back, I promised Before and After pics of my minor bathroom renovation to convert it to a Spongebob Squarepants bath, but I haven't forgotten.
I also bought other stuff (of course) but the desk was my favorite buy of the day.
Also yesterday for the first time we went to a little county airport that is nearby. They were having a Young Eagles event. It's a program where pilots take children out on a short flight in a small plane (like either just 2 or 4 seats) to teach them a little bit about flying etc.
We went in the slim chance that Jacob would want to do it. And if not, get him familiar with it so maybe he'll want to do it in the future. He doesn't even like Merry-Go-Rounds so I knew the chances were going to be slim. But he did watch the other kids do it and he did even sit in the plane with the door closed.
Many years ago when I was single, my friend/roommate Donna saw a sign at the Schenectady county airport that said "Airplane rides $5" and she suggested we do it for the heck of it. I agreed and we went to the airport and was talking to someone about it. Meanwhile a flight instructor overheard us and said "I'm about to take a student out for a flight, you can go with us for free". And being young and stupid, we agreed. And we lived to tell about it. And we each saved $5 - haha. It was about a 6-seater and once in the air, my friend and I looked at each other and whispered "We are either about to crash or get raped or murdered or all of the above." We also thought it would be totally bizarre if we did crash and die, what would our parents think? It would have been like an unsolved mystery for them to ponder forever how we died mysteriously in a single engine airplane crash 50 miles from home. It was during a pre-cellphone era so we never told anyone about what we were doing. Donna is my friend from highschool who sends me the customized, glitterized, embellished and stamped Christmas cards (that I've posted pics of here on the blog before) that would take me 27 hours to make.
Anyhow, I digress. Here is a picture I took yesterday.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
So for the last week or two, I've been busy trying to tie up loose ends before the end of school year. Well another way of saying it would be "I had to get my shopping fix in before the end of school year." Jacob is not a shopper. Today was the last day of school, until August 20. Not that I am counting or anything.
Well I did tie up a few loose ends. I won a coupon for a free soda at WaWa from entering a contest on Kimberly's My Good Cents blog. So I wanted to use it before it expired (and not have to chase Jacob around inside the convenience store). Her blog has all kinds of deals, and promos and money saving stuff on it.
I've used up almost all of my Staples $3 coupons. One day last week I splurged and got a mani-pedi (my idea of a splurge is getting a $30 mani/pedi plus tip at the cheap nail salon if you go on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.) THEN a few days later ended up getting a really bad splinter under a fingernail so I removed the nail polish to make sure I didn't see any more splinter. It was a baaaad splinter.
Used up a $5 Ace Rewards gift card that was expiring at the end of the month. Ended up buying $5 worth of laundry detergent.
Then today my DH had the day off from work, so we ended up doing some shopping at Walmart and Target. Bought Jacob a pair of water shoes for $4.88. Going to put up a little pool (bought last year at end of summer clearance at Target) on our deck and I don't want him to get splinters (we have an old wooden deck). Geez, in all this time on the blog I don't think I've used the word splinter once, and now here it turns up twice in one posting.
I need to get more organized, I know he has a pair of water shoes around here someplace, (bought at thrift) and I think they will fit this year but I can't find them. I thought for sure they were in his closet but I cannot find them. Maybe that will be my mission for tomorrow - find the other pair of water shoes so that he will have two pairs to use.
I found out that the CNN piece aired today at 3:45. I didn't find out until after the fact, but I should be getting an electronic copy. I don't think the website was mentioned since I don't see a big spike in website hits.
I am really liking the Walgreens store that opened up a few months ago. It's only a few miles from my house and it the only Walgreens within about 50 miles.
Already my eyes are trained to look for the orange clearance "last chance" tags. On Wednesday, they had a cart full of clearance items on a cart right by the door when you walked in. Here is what I bought for $11.34 (with tax)
$2.19 - a 2-pack of Welch's grape jelly - the kind I usually buy for Jacob's pb&j
.84 ea. - seven packages of Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies
.44 - Hershey candy bar
.42 ea. - four Cadbury Irish Cream candy bar. Never had this flavor before but its Cadbury, so it's got to be good.
.17 ea. - six 2oz bottles of Barry Bee Honey
I stopped back into Walgreens yesterday (I forgot to buy the .99 Bandaids that were on sale this week - and I have a coupon of course). And the clearance cart was practically empty. And last night I found that I had a .50 Pepperidge Farm cookie coupon that I could have used to make the total even less. Oh well.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Today I went somewhere today that I hope to never go again. Here's a clue:
And here is Clue #2:
The blur with the pink tongue would be my Whiskey Dog. In the Animal Shelter. (Sorry for the bad pic.) We had a thunderstorm over the weekend and when that happens, he gets the itch (more than usual) to run away. (My husband, the nuke worker, thinks its because of the extra ions that are generated during a thunderstorm that affects him.) I assumed Whiskey went - as usual - to his other adopted family a few streets over. I meant to call them on Sunday to make sure he was there and I forgot. I was probably too busy spraying myself with Solarcaine to think of anything else. So I called on Monday and left a message on their answering machine. I didn't hear back, so I stopped by today and much to my surprise he wasn't there and they hadn't seen him since the last time he had gotten out.
And unfortunately, he wasn't wearing any ID. Just his collar. So today I called the animal shelter and they said they did pick up a dog fitting Whiskey's description. Luckily they were open to 6pm so after school, Jacob and I went (with Whiskey's paperwork since I needed to show proof of rabies vaccination and dog license) to get him.
I guess I am just naive, but I figured I would just need to walk in and say "I'm here for my little tan terrier mix dog" and a kind worker would go back to where they keep the dogs and then magically re-appear with Whiskey. Nope, that's not how it works. Jacob and I walked in and I said I was here for my dog, and they pointed me in the direction of the wing of the building where dogs are kept and they told me to go find him.
So I described my dog to a worker I saw in the hallway and he led me down the aisle of dogs. I didn't want to look at the dogs - so I mostly kept my head down and just followed the worker. We get to the end and he goes "Did you see your dog?" Huh??? Stupid me (again). I thought he was taking me to where Whiskey was. So back up the aisle of dogs and this time I looked and didn't see Whiskey.
Now I start to get worried. Maybe Whiskey is laying dead in a ditch somewhere. Then the worker says "Let's take a look down the Quarantined Aisle". The place where they keep the vicious dogs apparently. And maybe those who aren't available for adoption. (I won't name specific breeds, but there were some scary looking dogs there). And the worker told me to make sure I don't stick my fingers in any of the kennels. I had thought the dogs in the other wing of the building were barkers, but I was mistaken. Now these dogs were really barkers. Meanwhile Jacob is starting to freak out because of the noise, the smells, the whole dingyness of the building etc.
So there among the vicious and really loud barkers, was my naughty dog, not saying a peep. So after paying $44 and filling out the paperwork, he is back on the sofa getting a good nights sleep, after eating some rib-eye steak scraps. I told him this better be the last time he's in the slammer cuz for a $85 adoption fee, I can get myself a new, young, doesn't-like-to-run-away dog. From now on, if I see there is a chance of a thunderstorm, he's gonna be housebound.
p.s. His ID tag is back on and laminated.
p.s.s. I got some good clearance deals at Walgreens today. Will blog tomorrow.
p.s.s.s. I hope my post doesn't scare anyone away from visiting their local animal shelter to find an animal to love. I'm sure many of the dogs I saw today would make great pets. I just wish our animal shelter was more inviting and modern - not one that was built in the Stone Age. Whiskey was a stray.
p.s.s.s.s. Don't forget to spay and neuter your pets!
Monday, June 09, 2008
Here's a few of my buys from Saturday. I know I bought other stuff but I've already stashed away some of the stuff and didn't feel like getting it out. Like I also bought two Corning Vision glass cooking pots for $1 (for both) and some kids toys, a funky ashtray for .10, etc etc.
In the pic is a .25 large Pyrex mixing bowl. Inside the bowl is a set of 4 furniture bed lifts .50 (that's what they're called - you stick them under the feet of the bed to lift the bed up higher by about 5" or so, creating more storage spaced under your bed to hide your junk. And you know I need all the storage space I can get. Going to put them under Jacob's bed. $1 Pink Depression ice bucket. Well really I should say $2 since the seller guilted me into buying a $1 raffle ticket for the Relay for Life. .25 can of foot soaking powder, .50 never used Home Interior candle, .50 Carcaddie thing.
The carcaddie thing is a strap that attaches to your car's window - meant to help old people get out of the car easier. Will wrap up and give to my mom for Christmas, since that is the kind of thoughtful and generous daughter I am. And last item in the pic is a sweater clip. White thing in the middle is the price tag (.10). I have a friend who collects sweater clips. So now I feel like if I see one cheap to buy it for her even though she probably prefers finding them on her own at yardsales (she goes to a lot of yardsales too). A sweater clip is a thing that some women used to use to hold a sweater on their shoulders.
In case you've ever wondered what a plate full of poppyseeds and chili powder looks like, here it is. The other day I found a bowl full of goldfish crackers with a ton of seasoned salt on them on the kitchen counter. Well I didn't do it, and my DH didn't do it. And Whiskey is AWOL right now. So that leaves one little 8 year old culprit. Then yesterday I see a bowl full of poppyseeds on the counter. I just took a funnel and stuck them back in the jar.
But tonight I caught the culprit in the act. Tonight his concoction was poppyseeds with McCormick Tex-Mex chili powder on a plate. I don't know why lately he is fascinated with the spice cabinet. Cuz he certainly is not trying to eat any spice whatsoever, of course. The other week when we went to Baskin Robbins for a vanilla ice cream (with coupon), he gagged when he accidently tasted a tiny piece of brownie or cookie crumb that must have been on the ice cream scooper and had gotten into his ice cream.
Now here's the rest of the story about my sunburn that I received on Saturday. When I was talking to my DH from the pool, I mentioned that I was planning on stopping by Walgreens and buying some Solarcaine since I figured I would need it. He said not to bother because he still had some of the lotion we bought in Mexico years ago and he just used some and it worked good. (He took his motorcycle up to Pennsylvania last week and got some sun on the ride).
Anyhow, against my better judgment I didn't stop at Walgreens and went home and tried the Mexican lotion. It felt like I was putting liquid fire (or Ben-gay) onto my skin. In reading the ingredients list, en espanol, I see there is menthol in it. Menthol? I did get a good laugh at the pics on the back of the bottle though. Apparently the lotion is good if you have fire on your hand, cut your finger off in multiple pieces or sunburn.
p.s. Went to Target and ended up buying good ole Solarcaine. Not sure if they've changed the recipe or if my skin is just not bouncing back like it used to. But I've used half the can already and don't think its working as good as I remember it did back in the day.
p.s.s. The price label is correct, we paid 43.00 something for it, but it wasn't in dollars, it was in centavos or pesos or something.
Sunday, June 08, 2008
So yesterday, after hitting some yardsales in the morning, I took Jacob to the public pool which is only a few years old. It has slides, and buckets that pour water etc etc. I brought "very water resistant" (according to the label) SPF 50 with me, which apparently wasn't enough. I thought I did a good job slathering up Jacob and myself repeatedly throughout the day, but by the time we left I knew I had gotten too much sun. Having random kids in the pool saying to me "hey, you're really red" also clued me in that I had gotten too much sun. I did a much better job protecting Jacob from the sun than myself - but a few parts of him are a little red.
The pool would be a really nice place, if there weren't so many damn kids there! haha. I can also do without people plucking each other's back hair in public. After about 1.5 hours, Jacob said he was ready to go home and I stupidly said "lets just stay for another half hour" (after all, we had paid $10 to get into the place). But then....he didn't want to leave. We should have left early, gotten our hands stamped, and then returned at 6pm for a few hours.
The above pic of boats is a picture I took on Friday night. My DH had an after-work going away get-together at a bar to go to for a coworker. So I took Jacob to the museum. The museum generally isn't open in the evenings but now they are doing a "first free Friday" event where the museum is open free to the public on the first Friday of the month. Since we are museum members anyway, we never pay admission, but they were having different events going on that night. Like free boat rides. So Jacob and I took one of the boat rides, where they tell a little about the history of the area. The big boat in the center of the pic was called the "Christina", which I think is an excellent name for a boat, yacht, person, planet etc.
I got confirmation that I'll be volunteering at the ZZ Top concert at the museum on the 17th, so that should be fun. I like going early for the free dinner they give volunteers and having the shrimp wraps. yum.
I'll post my yardale buys tomorrow.
Thursday, June 05, 2008
I know I haven't listed my purchases in several days. Been too busy shopping. Husband had to go out of town on business, so I had to relieve my loneliness by chatting with all the ladies at the thrift stores. Oh, and I may have bought a thing or two, or hundred.
I bought these pretty flowery jeans with butterflies for Jacob. They are Lee painter pants ($1). Aren't they pretty?
Here is a pic of some of my yardsale buys from Saturday. Bag of trolls $2, old Remco schoolhouse $1.50, candle .50, Bath & Body Works stuff .25 each, tacky outdoor troll/gnome .25, clock .50 (will resale at my next yardsale), .25 bottle of dog shampoo, $2 hosta plant, .10 vintage Curity tape (for display in my bathroom). And all that Mission brand food for $6.25 - none of which was out of date. The cheese sauces were .75 each (they have Feb. 09 expiration date). And yesterday at the grocery store I saw they are normally priced $3.19 each.
I also bought two old printers at two different yardsales for .50 each. I bought them only for their inkjet cartridges that were in them. Later on Saturday we went to Office Depot and my husband wanted one of those nerdy bluetooth ear headset things (which were on sale). While he was in the store, I went back to the car (where I still had the printers) and got out the three inkjet cartridges. I was able to recycle them at Office Depot and they took $9 off my husband's purchase. I then later took the old printers to the recycling center, where they recycle old monitors, computers, printers etc. (Staples if you are reading this, don't be jealous, you are still my favorite office supply store, at least until the end of June).
p.s. Oh I almost forgot to mention - yes the jeans I bought for Jacob were originally meant for a boy. When I first saw them, I looked and saw how the patches were attached. I saw they were someone's homemade do-it-yourself project and they easily came off.
Tuesday, June 03, 2008