Sunday, November 29, 2009
The sticky notes do get used (if I don't write a note .... it doesn't get remembered, LOL!). But the tabs sat in the bottom of the desk drawer.
Until now, that is.
With both of us taking classes, we suddenly have lessons -- and printouts -- to organize. And when DH suggested we buy some divider tabs, it was great fun to pull out the samples and say: Presto! Here they are!
Now if I could just figure out how to reduce the amount of printer ink we use!
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thanksgiving dinner was going to be a low-key affair this year: just DH and myself. And since we both were working, dinner had to be on the table pretty quickly.
So, this was our lineup:
- Turkey roast (yeah, a bit processed, but it was turkey, and had gravy.)
- Stuffing mix
- Cranberry sauce (canned)
- Fresh sweet potatoes (cooked in the microwave)
- Green beans (from our garden)
I would have preferred a regular bird (or a turkey breast), but I'm not going to beat myself up about it. Actually, it tasted pretty darn good! And since everything was bought on sale (except the beans), we came in well under $10.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Sigh. Once again, the number of available plans have decreased. Last year it was four, this year it's two.
So, this year's choice is very simple: A) Keep the plan similar to what we currently have. Only one problem -- our premiums would cost an additional $1,000 for the year. B) Choose a high deductible plan. Our premium costs would remain the same, but should there be a serious illness or injury, we could possibly pay out that $1,000 and more.
There are other considerations, of course. But given the debate in this country over health-care reform, I can't help but see a certain irony in all this ...
Update: Apparently, the company that handles prescription drugs for one of the plans has decided that its formulary is a state secret. Since we've been burned in the past by an insurer that kept denying prescription claims, (and what kind of company doesn't cover an antibiotic?) we always check. Took 4 phone calls to find a rep who would stop the robot-speak and was actually "allowed" to tell us what they cover.
Update 2: Apparently I screwed up and ran afoul of the rules regarding health savings accounts and flex accounts ... so I have to change my plan ( which fortunately, I can do.) Gaack!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Better hoard your Eggos!
Grocery stores will be experiencing a shortage of the waffles until mid-2010 due to problems at two bakeries, a Kellogg's spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
Flooding at an Atlanta bakery during heavy rains in October forced Kellogg, which makes Eggo products, to shut down production temporarily, said company spokesman Kris Charles. Plus, equipment at Kellogg's largest waffle facility, based in Rossville, Tenn., needs extensive repairs.
And if you like canned pumpkin on your waffles, you're really in trouble, LOL!
Not that I like to see a business having problems, but ... unless there's something magical about this brand ... hasn't it occured to anyone to just make their own? Or try another brand?
Monday, November 16, 2009
We had oatmeal for breakfast the other day ... it's healthy, but let's face it, it's bland. So, I was going to put chocolate chips in it ... except that I used them for trail mix. (oops!) But, we had cinnamon chips, so I used those instead. Yummy!
I would have used raisins, too, but the last of those went in the apple bread, LOL!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I'm not going to stress about it. I have a nice coupon for another company's turkey products, so I'll see who has the best price on turkey breast in the next week. Besides, there may be some good after-holiday sales!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Maybe I'm a bit daft, but I never realized that they didn't offer rain checks. On the other hand, I can't remember ever being in a situation where I wanted a rain check from them.
But it's all good ... I'm reading that the cheap turkeys will be back on Saturday. Perhaps I can snag one then. If not, well, I won't be asking for a rain check, LOL!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
- Oh yeah, the curtains really need to be washed; and
- Oh, crud, I really need to caulk around this window; and
- Oh %@@!!, I'll need to do some touch-up painting by the caulk.
See what I mean?
Sunday, November 8, 2009
When I got there, I realized I'd left the $5/$20 coupon at home! *!!@#
But I still needed the other items, so I decided to go in. Inside, I waved my loyalty card at the price scanner to see what coupons would pop out. Well, darned if the first coupon out wasn't a $5 off a $15 purchase! Yee haw!
So I did the deal. And when I got home, I checked the forgotten coupon: It's good for several weeks yet, so I'm ready for the next trip.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
1 Starbucks Via Italian roast packet
2 Green Giant Steamers (FAC)
2 Bumble Bee tuna pouches (FAC)
Nature valley nut clusters
Nature Valley trail mix bar
2 Kashi Go Lean Crunch (FAC)
1 Secret Clinical
Fructis shampoo, conditioner
Olay Pro X face cream
Betty Crocker au gratin potatoes
Macaroni Grill picatta chicken kit
Wanchi Ferry orange chicken kit
Monday, November 2, 2009
Finally, success! For $10, we got a breadmaker with a blade and pan that are exact fits for the current machine.
I don't know if the new machine works ... might want to check on that, since I'm beginning to wonder how much longer the current machine is going to hold up..