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Monday, November 16, 2009

Turkeys and Hams

Winn Dixie has turkeys on sale for 69 cents per lb. As we fry 3 to 5 turkeys for Thanksgiving AND they should ideally be within the 10 to 12 pounds range, I thought I’d swing by early last Wendsday to see if they had any.

SCORE! I spent a little under $21 and here’s what I got:
12 lb turkey $8.xx
11 lb turkey $8.xx
2.5 lb brown sugar sliced ham $9.xx
2 lb brown sugar sliced ham (buy one get one free) $9.xx
2 bags of marshmallows $1 each
2 bags of dole salad, $1.25 each (unheard of!) with manager coupons of $1 off additional (25 cents EACH!!!)

So, I used two $2 off turkey coupons, two $1 off fresh pork, 50 cent off marshmallows, $1 off dole salad, and two $1 off manager special for salad.

Wow. I’m overly impressed. That means that I got the salad for free plus 50 cents. Spent $12 on 2 turkeys. Spent $2 per lb on the ham. Hubby and I had just talked about whether or not to do a honey baked ham for Christmas this year and we agreed no, that they were way too expensive nowadays and out of budget. This is perfect (hey, we normally get the 8lb portion and it’s $54 this year!!!).

I’m happy. Turkeys & hams are in the freezer here at the office where they will stay til it’s closer to the holidays as I have NO room in the freezers at home. Woohoo. I’m so pysched!

Doctors, Hospitals and Xrays

The title may sound dramatic, but it's not.

Tried to refill my happy pills. The pharmacy just kept screwing it up so I had to make an appointment to see the doctor in order to get a refill.

I love my doctor. Really. She's easy to talk to, sweet, compassionate, and still has the passion for medicine. In otherwords, she's a young, fairly recent graduate. Also, pregnant. Getting ready to take a few months off come the first of the year to have her son.

So I see her. We talk. Tell her about the pharmacy screw up. Says that she no longer refills at the request of the pharmacy. They get paid when the fill a script. Then they get paid AGAIN when you pick up the script. Huh.

She looked at my bulging finger. Poked it a little. Said that she really wanted to xray it. Ok. Why. What do you think it is? Said it may be bone growth. Ok. Just what does that mean. And what do you do for it? Said that we would talk about that after the xray review. Huh.

See. It's my ring finger on my left hand. Knuckle closest to the nail. Looks like someone blew up a balloon. It's round and swollen. Hard. Hurts, burns, stings. I have to keep the nail short because when I type, it really bothers me (not a good thing when I work on a computer all day long). AND I do not wear my wedding ring because I got panicky one day when I couldn't even wedge it around my finger ...

So did the outpatient at hospital on Friday morning. There by 7am. Out by 8am. Fast, effiecient and pleasant. Was a little freaked to see some employees coming in with mask on though. Huh.

Saturday, my girlfriend, who is a nurse, gave hubby and me our annual seasonal flu shot. She will not even handle the swine flu vaccine. So not all health care providers are accepting it. Huh.

Ok, that's that. We shall see this week what the xray reveles. The tech showed it to me, said that "yes, something is going on there" but is not qualified to say what. Alrighty then.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

My daily quest to be perfect … continuously falls flat

1. Eat healthier. In all actuality, if we never get rid of all the candy, cookies, and such in the office, this will never ever happen.

2. Be happier. Never used to be a problem. But now, I am on day 4 without my new happy pills and well, it’s showing. Come on now. What are the chances that a pharmacy screws up the name of your doctor? Really. It happened. My bottle shows Dr. A and her name is really Dr. W. Makes me wonder if I even got the right medication.

3. Save money. Well. Hmmm. I suppose I could say that I do save money. But do NOT see it in the savings account.

4. Contribute 20% of each paycheck to the savings account. This is really a big thing for me. Should not be so difficult. I get 6 checks a month. Would add up nicely. Was up nicely. Then this happened. Then that happened. And well now, it just plain stinks. But at least I do have a savings account, just not enough to do anything with at the moment. I will attempt to do this again after the real estate taxes are paid and Christmas is over.

5. Wash the clothes, iron and put away instead of leaving mounds. Ok. I’ve never quite understood the piles of laundry in the living room waiting to be put away and such. I do have piles in baskets in the bedroom and the laundry room to be washed or to be ironed & hung up. My latest thing is just leave the dirty clothes til Friday to start washing. Then the certain ones go in dryer and others get hung on one of the four drying racks in guest room. Then the clothes just stay on the drying rack. Hubby is starting to make an issue of the fact that none of his shirts are getting hung up in closet. Well. Help me get a handle on the laundry then instead of complaining. Oh, you may want to go back to item #2.

6. Make realistic list of daily chores. I can NOT possible do all the things I want to do in one day. Really. I want to make dinner every stinking night. From scratch. I want to clean my kitchen floor and mop every other day if not daily. Same with bathrooms (all 3) and the living room. It’s not happening. Maybe weekly IF I’m lucky.

7. Dedicate more time to QUALITY blogging post. Alrighty then. See the title? That should say it all.

8. Utilize my time more wisely. Well. If that was happening I can assure you I would have a title on my blog saying “My daily quest to be perfect” now, would I? Come on, I easily put 10 things that I attempt to do daily to be perfect. As a farce. (mental note to self: be sure to call pharmacy on way home from office to see if them happy pills are ready yet).

9. Grocery shop ONCE a week and that’s it. This kind of would fall in with items 3, 6, and the very first one. BUT if I do that … well, there really is no reason.

10. Forgive myself first. Yeah. Much easier said then done.

Moral of this post? Accept the fact that you are not perfect, and neither am I. Oh, and realize that them happy pills must have been working pretty darn well after all.

Side trip to Goodwill

So I've been reading this blog lately called Beauty and Bedlam and it's inspired me to give my local goodwill another shot. One more.

Stopped by on my way home from work last night. Went straight to the 'boutique' area (which is just so much better organized) and ended up trying on about 20 skirts, which only one really fit and flattered me (whats up with that hippy stuff???) and the last thing that I had grabbed off the rack was this pink Loft dress. Ok. A) I am not a pink person and B) I am not a Loft kinda girl. But the dress was THE BEST thing! It was perfect for me. So very very perfect. Color. Fit. Style. Everything about it. Dress it up. Dress it down. Office. Out. Around the house. Anything I damn well please, this dress can accomodate. Woohoo.

Then when I came out & hung up the 19 skirts that didn't fit, flatter or whatever, I spied the shoe racks. Normally, I totally skip right past them shoes, they are just dusty, smelly and so not appealing BUT I spied a pair of what looked to be new black slingbacks. Hmmm. Size 9. That's me. Put them babies on and said, you come home with mommy. $8. I don't care. Not often that I find a pair of shoes (at the end of the day when the feet are like 5 times larger than normal) that feel like slippers when put on.

Then I spied this really cool blouse (following the theory of when in a hurry, look at hemlines) that was a black sheer with some really cool beading detail on the cuffs and front of blouse. $4.50. Made the mistake of NOT trying on (said large) and it's alittle snug but hey, if I lose that 10 lbs, it will fit.

All in all: banana republic skirt, $6, Loft dress $10, Nine West shoes, $8 and funky (too small blouse) $4.50. Total of $30.xx. About $20 more than I wanted to spend but oh well.

Now, my only problem would be my urge to wash everything in the washer. Put the skirt & dress on cold, hand wash delicate cycle & hung to dry. Waiting to iron the dress right now. Looks like it may be slightly out of shape with the lining hanging lower than the dress hem. It happens, and I can fix that if ironing does NOT fix. I hate the drycleaner but I suppose I should see if I can't find a cheaper place in my daily travels.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Recent Happenings

I've been busy, life interferes, and so on.

Princess is in Arizona. They actually had snow the other morning. Actually, because she is a Florida Native, I believe it may have been more like sleet, but to her, it was snow!

Princess also has pneumonia and has been on 4 days rest. Which makes her very upset as she does not want to miss any of the crash course classes that are going on. I am worried as 3 days in to the zpac, she is still pretty darn sick and in pain. I keep asking if they are aware that she did not get the H1N1 vaccine since she was sick at that time too and they would not give it to her (I'm sort of thankful for that but can't help but wonder if maybe that is what she has with the aches and pains in her legs & such). She said she would guess they know that on her medical records. Ok.

We did our usual Halloween trot down to for the big Halloween contest. This time, my neighbor and I agreed to let the teens come along as long as they stayed with us. Ummm. It was a little freaky to hear the 17 year old girl say "look at the giant d**k" and "did you see the va***a over there?". Ummm, yeah, it is pretty much adult orinted but they are growing up. And it made them happy. Usually sonny boy wants nothing to do with "drunk adults acting like idiots" but I guess because there were a few others his age he agreed. They finally asked if they could leave and go get pizza which we gladly let them go as the night was getting later, and a little crazier and out of control. All I can say is that its so great to be able to walk home a few blocks and finish the night off on my own patio with friends.

November 1st sort of holds a little dread for me, as always. Hubby's 50th birthday, his dads birthday, Thanksgiving, Princess 19th birthday, Sonny boy 17th birthday, the big BOAT PARADE party, Christmas, and a few other birthdays ... and then New Years. Uggg. I am NOT a party pooper, it's just generally a pretty stressful time for me with all the activities. But this year, I'm keeping it low profile. We will do our boat parade party as always, but I am not going to knock myself out this year.

I also want to make a FULL November menu plan. I've been doing pretty well with the grocery spending and would like to continue that through the end of the year. There is finally room in the garage freezer to put stuff in, such as the 2 1/2 gallons of ice cream ... and still more room. I need to get rid of a chicken spaghetti tray in there. I didn't care for it too much the last time and kind of doubt that it will be any better this time around (and unfortunately, the recipe from PW made a TON) ... that will free up quite a bit of room

I have some great $2 off a turkey coupons, found them on some bottles of wine, along with $1 off pizza and $1 off fresh bakery bread. My local store has had the single serve pizza for $1 so I've been buying a few everytime I stop at the store to get free pizza. Of course, the freezers do not have that much room (see above about the ice cream) but still trying ... and I've been using the $1 off bread to buy $1.19 baquettes for 19cents ... sweet. I've told my friends that we spend thanksgiving with to be sure and get my coupons for the $2 off BEFORE they buy ... since we try and get the 10 to 12 lbs birds for frying, this would make a fairly cheap turkey ... woohoo!

Ok, it's early still, I didn't set my clocks back last night, we didn't go to bed until almost 2am, and I've been up for a few hours already. May as well make some good use of my being awake ...