Wednesday, March 29, 2017

What I'm reading Wednesday...

The Book of Speculation by Erica Swyler

This one has really mixed reviews, so we will see how I get on with it.  It fits the reading challenge's category of 'A book that is a story within a story.'
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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Saturday's snail mail...

It has been quite some time since I have written a Saturday snail mail post!  

Yesterday afternoon was so quiet at the office.  After two days of no one dropping in unexpectedly (except for the auditor, who only does that once in a calendar year), and having completed my required annual training the day before, I was left to my own devices as to how to fill the time.  I was very grateful that I had packed along a little kit of card supplies.  Three quickly made and letters written.

Today they are winging their way to friends.  
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Friday, March 24, 2017

Frugal Friday File 2017, week 12...


Successes:
1.  I worked three days this week.  I took my lunch all three days.  

2.  We cooked dinner at home all week and packed extra servings into the freezer for Carey to take to work.

3.  We have had some irritation with the cable service lately.  Carey wants to go back to satellite.  I reminded him that a little irritation is better than the huge satellite bill.

4.  My knee is acting up.  Today it collapsed under me while I was trying to run errands on my lunch hour.  I went down...in public...highly embarrassing...but nothing broken, so I survived and was able to return to work and finish out the day.  But once there I got a paper cut.  And the branch got audited.  Why am I always working alone when the auditors stop by?  So happy I was able to get back to my post and they didn't show up to find a deserted office.

5.  I was going to buy my mother-in-law a birthday card...was on my way into the store when...see #4 above.  I think she's getting another handmade card this year.

Keep Tryings:  The dishwasher part that Carey ordered was $168...and it didn't fix the problem.  Grrrr.

Frugal From the Kitchen This Week:
Saturday:  Shepherd's Pie
Sunday:  Sunday family dinner at Kasey's
Monday:  roast, potatoes, carrots, gravy
Tuesday:  meatloaf, twice-baked potatoes, corn
Wednesday:  spaghetti, garlic toast
Thursday:  leftovers
Friday:  ???

(*not-frugal takeout or dinner out)
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

What I'm reading Wednesday...

The Wonder: a novel by Emma Donoghue

Having read several other books by Emma Donoghue...RoomSlammerkin, and Frog Music... I've really been wanting to read this for a  long while, and yet for one reason or another other books have jumped ahead of it.  

I checked this out as an ebook from the library, so it really needs to get done asap.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Happiness is...


When your planned entree is under control, but you don't really know what to serve with it, happiness is remembering you have a large supply of individually-wrapped twice-baked potatoes in the freezer!  Never fails to help me keep calm and carry on.  

Tonight I have a meatloaf in the oven, and potatoes defrosting in the microwave before putting in to bake too.

I know I've said this before; sorry to repeat myself.  I'm just such a big fan of putting in the work once and reaping the benefits over and over!  :)
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Making it Monday...

Today was quilting day at the library.  I couldn't find the pattern for what I needed to be working on, so I picked up my WIP (work in progress) box containing Radio Days.  This one was started not long after I joined the library quilting group, so that's about two years now...it's a very low-priority project.  I've got eight squares done now, but it's going back in its box, since I have something more important to work on...if I could just find that darn pattern.

Happily, I thought to email the group last night asking if anyone else had the project book it was in (since I couldn't find mine), and one did and brought it.  Now I think I have everything assembled to get started on it.

I've been working on the office/craft room lately.  I'm still sorting through the books in the bookcases.  I'm hoping to reduce the numbers by at least half.  Then I will move my fabric stash onto the shelves.  My goal is to get my sewing machine set up permanently in there along with a design wall.  And I have a fabulous ironing table (on order from a friend's husband) that will need a home too.  It was the orginal impetus to get the craft room organized, because they said they will deliver it when it's done, and I didn't want them to see the room like it has been looking for the past few eons (not to mention that there probably wouldn't be room to get the ironing table into the room!)

Supper is in the Ninja slow cooker thanks to Carey, so maybe I will get off the computer and head back to the bookcases for awhile.  That is, if I can get Rudy to unpin my legs.
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Friday, March 17, 2017

Frugal Friday File 2017, week 11...


Successes:
1.  I cooked at home this week even when I didn't want to.  Let's hope that last week's backsliding was an anomaly.  I did, however, pick up sandwiches after work today, because the branch I was in is near a sandwich shop that Carey really likes.  I planned ahead for this and we had our Irish meal last night instead of tonight.  I took some leftovers for lunch today.

2.  The dishwasher has been acting up lately.  I haven't used it for a week or so while Carey was gone.  I did do some online research into what the problem might be.  Now that he's home, Carey has been running test cycles trying to diagnose the issue, and he thinks it is probably the one I guessed after my online searches.  Hopefully we can get by with ordering a part that he can install.  Keeping a handy hubby around is very frugal.

3.  I got a call yesterday from a branch booking me to work two additional days next week (I was already booked for one, so now it's three).  I'm hoping for quiet days, as I just found out there have been some changes requiring new training to complete online.  Yippee...my favorite thing...not.

4.  I got a magazine article idea approved for the summer issue.  It's a how-to, and I'm really looking forward to the process, documentation, and seeing the article in print...and the paycheck.  :)

5.  I have enough moisturizer left for about one more use.  I was running errands the other day, and I started to go buy more.  Then I realized that I have a couple of moisturizers at home that I just don't use for one reason or another.  I decided I should at least give them another try, and, unless I absolutely hate them, they should be used before I buy more.

Frugal From the Kitchen This Week:
Saturday:  leftovers
Sunday:  steak, baked potatoes, salad
Monday:  Enchilada Soup
Tuesday:  Taco Salad
Wednesday:  sausage gravy over baked potatoes, broccoli
Thursday:  Dublin Coddle with Kale
Friday:  *Schlotzky sandwiches

(*not-frugal takeout or dinner out)
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