Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Recent (?) Media and Junk

Yea!!! I fixed my photo storage issue I was having on my computer. So hopefully I will be blogging more soon. Well pretty soon I hope. I'm getting ready to go to my high school reunion this weekend. Kinda hard to believe that it's been a few years since I graduated. Shenendehowa Class of "insert # here" Rules!!!!!

I've been trying to clean up my computer area (for the millionth time) and found these magazines where YSQ appeared in. I just haven't updated my media page in forever.

Nice to be in the Reader's Digest, since this magazine tends to stick around for years in doctor's offices etc.

I like being in Woman's World BUT since it's a weekly magazine, not much of a shelf life.

Who even knew that Pilot/Flying J gas stations had their own magazine? And that people pay for it??? That would explain all the trucker fan mail I received. Don't be mistaken, that is not me on the cover. I don't play guitar.

And now for the junk. Here is what I bought last weekend. Most expensive thing was the $3 new glass shelf. Everything else ranged from free - $2. (Christopher Radko Shiny Brite elves were .50 for the box)

And I paid $1 for the excellent plastic soaking clothes rack. But it didn't even come with directions. How am I supposed to assemble?

I guess it doesn't matter since the real reason why I bought it was because it creates a gentle and beautiful life. Can't beat that for a buck!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Magic Crystal Valley here I come! (someday)

Had a great day yardsaling yesterday. I bought some Bitch Soap and fridge magnets that look like chewed up pieces of gum.

But the best part was I met a woman who lives locally and has the largest Cabbage Patch Kids collection in the world. How the heck did I not know about this??? I just can't wait to go to the Magic Crystal Valley But it will have to wait. I already have places to go and people to see later this week.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

oh crap, I'm getting a cpap.

I can't remember if I mentioned this or not here, but a while back I went and had 2 sleep studies done. It's where you get electrodes stuck on your head and all around, have a big fat elastic waistband put around your middle, then you get to sleep while someone watches you via a camera in another room. Very relaxing! I wasn't having any problems sleeping (or so I thought) but my DH thought I had sleep apnea so my doctor recommended having the tests done.

Turns out, I need a CPAP machine. Oh lucky me. So apparently I have been not breathing (dying??) 20 times per hour every time I sleep. I get up fine and I am ready to hit the yardsales or go to Walgreens everyday. My CPAP gets delivered tomorrow. So from then on, I will be breathing thru the entire night. What a concept. So I can just imagine, if I start getting up even MORE relaxed and full of energy every day, how much more efficient I will be at shopping!

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Still catching up: Washington Nationals, Miss Geico Racing and Junk

Still catching up on blogging about what I've been up to last few weeks. I got free tickets to a Washington Nationals game so we took the Metro into Washington. The Washington Post newspaper had a deal that if you sent in $100 worth of receipts from certain stores during a certain timeframe, you got 4 free tickets. So of course, all I had to do was go buy a $50 gift card to Walgreens and one to CVS (for me to use later), and ta-da I had a $100 in receipts.

I had been wanting to eat at Ben's Chili Bowl for a while now. And since DH saw it on the Food Network, he was all for it. I had a hamburger with chili on it and it was delish.

We had some time to kill before the game started so as luck would have it, there was a free event near the ballpark sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club. Jacob got his face painted and I won a Spanish radio station t-shirt.

At the ballpark. Jacob got his picture taken with the presidents (who are filthy dirty). This pic came out the best out of the presidential pics.

View from our seats. What's Jacob pointing at?

The pointy monument AKA Washington Monument. The clouds looked cloudy but it did not rain on us.

Another view from our seats:

Then the other weekend, there was some high speed boat races featuring Miss Geico Racing going on locally in Solomon's Island. An end of summer party was held at the local firehouse. Tickets were $15 a person (free for kids 12 and under). But of course, I managed to score one free ticket (a radio station had a live broadcast a while back so I stopped by) and got the one free ticket which I thought was sorta stingy but it all worked out. DH didn't really care to go anyway. So just Jacob and I went. And while there, I signed up to be a designated driver, so I drank my fill of free diet pepsi. Score!

Some of the crew from Miss Geico with Jacob and a woman who could be my twin. is not an official sponsor of Miss Geico, but if they were smart, they would add it. They have a Miss Geico Gecko boat, a Caveman boat but no Maxwell the Pig boat??? That is a travesty that should be rectified.

And for my junk - here's stuff I bought one Saturday a few weeks ago. I think the Pandora's Box from the 70's is neat. Stuff was cheap - most things were less than $1 and nothing was over $3.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Ice Cream, Pretzels and Atlantic City

Here's a bunch of pictures from a mini-vacation we took way back in August. I think I have my computer working fine now (knock on wood). For our mini-vacay, we only spent 2 nights away but we crammed it full (just the way I like my life in general!) First day - drove to Pennsylvania (a couple of hours away) and stopped at the Turkey Hill Experience. Jacob loves Dutch Chocolate Turkey Hill ice cream so I figured we would make a quick stop. I didn't want to actually PAY to go thru the Experience (I read some bad reviews) so we just looked around in the part that was free, took some pics, ate some ice cream and bought a few souvenirs in their gift shop. I'm not going to pay $11.50 per person to go thru some fake manufactured touristy experience when a Ben & Jerry's tour only cost $3. And it's better ice cream. (I think I may be in Vermont later this month.)

Next stop was learning how to make pretzels (another one of Jacob's favorite foods) at the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery.

Then we had some time before dinner so I'm like "let's go into Lancaster and find an Amish market or something". I should have done some research beforehand. Because we ended up instead finding the seedy part of downtown Lancaster - and there wasn't a single Amish in sight. Drove right passed the Lancaster jail (no, I didn't ask if they gave free tours). So we gave up on finding an Amish market and just went out to dinner and relaxed at the hotel pool in the evening. Here's Jacob pretending using a pay phone - no doubt there for the Amish to use.

Next day, we got up and drove to Atlantic City. As we were leaving the Lancaster area - we spotted the Amish places - guess what? They live outside the city on farms. Who would have thunk it?? It was about a 4 hour drive or so to mini Sin City. We checked into the Showboat Casino. DH headed for the craps table and Jacob and I took a walk to the Abescon Lighthouse

Bonus points if you can read Jacob's t-shirt. No fair googling it. The woman working the temporary tattoo parlor on the Atlantic City boardwalk knew what it said. The shirt came from the Salvation Army during one of my trips back home. I think I paid $1.99 for it (new, with the tag so I know what it says). Notice that yellow round thing on top of the lighthouse? After you climbed the bajillion steps to the top, you could walk around outside.

View from the top of the Abescon Lighthouse:

Outside of the Showboat Casino. The big casino being built next door is called Revel. It's not open yet - it looks amazing. I really liked the location of our hotel. I was glad it was close to walk to the lighthouse and semi-close to the amusement park area.

Jacob won 2 angry birds. I don't even want to know how much they cost.

This wasn't my first time to Atlantic City - I used to go with friends pretty frequently in my single days. But never rode one of those push carts. So Jacob and I did that in the evening - I had been so tired from walking all day. I didn't even mention the couple of hours I had to myself where I went shopping!

One store I found on the boardwalk was nothing but pure junk. I think I spent $10 there on various items. Of course I need some $1 umbrella hats and a $1 Atlantic City hat for Jacob and some expired energy drinks. I passed on these vintage bubbles - I remember these from my childhood! They were .25 each and were very goopy and gross.

Outside the Showboat.

On the last day of the mini-vacay, we woke up in Atlantic City and then drove down the coast of New Jersey, stopping in Margate City to see Lucy the Elephant

Then continued driving down to Cape May, NJ and saw their lighthouse. Did not climb. Climbing one was enough for this trip.

Then in Cape May, boarded the Cape May ferry. That took us to Lewes, Delaware and from there it was about another 4 or 5 hour drive home (to relax!).