Friday, July 13, 2018

Frugal Friday File 2018, week 28...

1.  I worked five brain-challenging days this week.

2.  I might not have cooked often this week, but when I did I made large quantities, so there are quite a number of individual servings prepared and stored in the freezer for Carey to take to work.

3.  I saved Sonic receipts that had survey codes on them, went online to fill out the surveys, and now have several codes that will net me free drinks.  In fact, I cashed one in on my way home from work today.

4.  I stayed home and did laundry and some organizing.  Carey went with his brother to view a new hunting lease...a hunting lease for his brother...Carey has decided not to be on the lease any longer (since he doesn't hunt, it was silly to go to the expense).  We didn't go out or to the movies.

5.  I purchased an item from Amazon that gave the option of "expert assembly."  It didn't look like it would over tax our own expertise, so i saved the exorbitant fee that they wanted for something we were perfectly able to do ourselves.

Frugal From the Kitchen This Week:
Saturday:  leftovers
Sunday:  Sunday family supper at Kasey and Beau's
Monday:  pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw
Tuesday:  *Schlotzky sandwiches
Wednesday:  shrimp boil
Thursday:  *barbecue
Friday:  leftovers

(*not-frugal takeout or dinner out)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

What I'm reading Wednesday...

Any Man by Amber Tamblyn

I heard the author interviewed on the radio, and it really piqued my interest.  A female serial rapist is attacking men.  It's not just a feminist turn about.  It examines the feelings of the men who are attacked and the publicity surrounding them.  No one protects their anonymity.  Where a woman might be asked or ask herself, 'What did you/I do to deserve this?'  these men are asked and/or asking themselves, 'How did I let this happen?'  

The chapters are as different as the survivors.  The IT specialist is written in instant messages.  The stand-up comic is written as a long routine.  Very interesting.  

I wish I could stay home and read!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Today is Tuesday...

I made this after work.  I think I'm addicted to these things!  Now that it's done, I don't really like how it's oriented on the tag.  Maybe it will look different in the morning.  Or I will just find a different way to use it.

This morning was crazy, and I couldn't even tell you what made it so stressful, just complex tasks with the phone ringing and me there alone.  And the building is in the process of being rebuilt, so out of the entire large office building, our branch and one other are occupying it.  And it is filled with work crews, so I keep the door locked, and every time there is a delivery or a client at the door, I have to stop what I'm doing and lose my train of thought to go to the door.  This afternoon was much better, but loud with the construction sounds.  Last time I worked here they were having asbestos I'm reluctant to take a deep breath...though they said it was perfectly safe...suuuuure it is.

I'm rambling.  I'm tired.  I'm going to bed.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Frugal Friday 2018, week 27...

1.  Happened across a station, off of my normal route, where gasoline prices were 10¢ less per gallon than the regular place I stop.

2.  Worked/working two days this week.

3.  I took a smoothie to work both mornings for breakfast.  

4.  I've been wanting some magnetic sheets to cut to size to organize and store some metal craft dies.  Did lots of web surfing and pricing.  Came across a tip that Home Depot has magnetic vent covers...8" x 15" and three to a package...for $4.98.  When Carey said he was going to HD, I pulled up the photo of the package online and asked him to bring me one package.  Works perfectly for my needs.  Easy to cut to the size I want.  Holds well.  Lower price than most alternatives I found, and no shipping costs.

5.  I cooked a large pork shoulder roast in the slow cooker this week:  street tacos one night, burrito bowls tonight, and some for the freezer that will make pulled pork sandwiches later.  I also saved the liquid from the pot.  I will remove and discard the fat from the top, and then use the liquid to make a pot of beans this weekend.

Frugal From the Kitchen This Week:
Saturday:  leftovers
Sunday:  Sunday supper at Kasey's
Monday:  grazed the fridge
Tuesday:  street tacos, guacamole, pico de gallo
Wednesday:  leftovers
Thursday:  *barbecue stuffed baked potato
Friday:  Burrito Bowls

(*not-frugal takeout or dinner out)

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

What I'm reading Wednesday...

At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen

Since last week I started and finished At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen.  It's sort of WWII meets the Loch Ness monster.  Sounds crazy, but it works.  A Philadelphia high society couple make a faux pas one New Year's Eve, and are kicked out by the husband's parents with whom they live.  They make their way to Scotland to become monster hunters.  The people of the small village, and the up-close look at the war, affect them in very different ways.  I loved this one.

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Remind me why I read Anne Tyler?  They always seem like the same quirky characters, but the delivery is familiar and cozy...and I just love the cover on this one.  :)

Sunday, July 1, 2018


Can you believe we are halfway through the year?!  Which means I am halfway through The One Year Bible; I like to work my way through, cover to cover, every few years or so.

What else are we halfway through on?  Here's a mini review of my 2018 goals.
  • I've worked a lot more than usual this year.  I've already met my annual minimums and completed all required annual training (except for one that the company doesn't have ready yet).
  • So much work means I haven't had the time to do a lot of quilting...or pretty much any.  While at work recently, I met a client who was also a quilter.  She asked what my specialty was...I thought for a minute and said my specialty was letting dust accumulate on my machine and procrastinating.
  • I counted up my 52-letters-in-52-weeks stats recently, and I'm already at 44!
  • I've been doing pretty well at making smoothies for breakfast when I'm home, and occasionally have even managed to take one with me to work.  Not perfect, but progress.
  • I am still a night owl.  I haven't reset my habit on that point, with the exception of the times I have to be up early for work or other appointments.
  • I'm staying on top of finances, and have moved some accounts around that we have been talking about doing forever.
  • I've been keeping up my Weekly Goals & To-Dos.  I love coloring in those little boxes when I finish something.
  • (photo from beginning of last week)
  • I haven't cleared any pieces of furniture out of the house, but I have taken several boxes of small things to Goodwill.
  • The house is a major disaster at the moment, but the floors get Swiffered more often than they used to.
Since my word this year is 'Produce,' I feel pretty successful, as I have been somewhat more productive, and have been consuming more produce (fruits and vegetables).  :)

And that's about it for me.  How are you doing with your plans for the year?

Friday, June 29, 2018

Frugal Friday File 2018, week 26

We are halfway through the year!

1.  Got a compliment on a pair of earrings I was wearing this week.  Was happy to say, "Thanks, I made them!"  

2.  Staying home in the air conditioning reading library books.  I didn't even leave the house to acquire said library books, just went to their ebook site and checked out a couple of new ones delivered wirelessly.  I love that!

3.  We did venture out this week for an appointment with our insurance rep for some free advice.  On the same trip we managed to get over to the Social Security office and get Carey registered for Medicare.

4.  Carey is working an extra day this week.

5.  We were gifted some homegrown tomatoes, which went into a yummy tomato pie!  

Frugal From the Kitchen This Week:
Saturday:  *Tex-Mex
Sunday:  Sunday family supper at Kasey's
Monday: steak, garlic mashed potatoes, corn 
Tuesday:  *fish
Wednesday:  meatloaf, tomato pie, green beans
Thursday:  leftovers
Friday:  hot dogs, slaw, chips

(*not-frugal takeout or dinner out)
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