Protected: The Barber Shop is Open! February 28, 2009
RIP Kokopelli Socks February 27, 2009
Who could have predicted the tragic turn the day would take………and what would become of the Kokopelli socks…….the chosen socks. If you don’t know the socks I mean, check out my previous post. Where to begin?
Well, Isaac did not take a nap, which is more common than him taking a nap lately. However, he is more than happy to stay in his room and play, so I let him do that for about 45 minutes or so. During this time I had decided to make some homemade chicken noodle soup (a first for me!). When I gave in to the fact that a nap wasn’t in either of our futures, I got him up. As I tend to do in circumstances like this, I have him play alone while I attempt to complete whatever task it is that I was going to do during his nap. He was very contentedly playing in the living room and I kept peeking in at him. After a while, I heard him whining. I stuck my head in and he was sitting on the hearth looking a little bewildered. When I asked him what was wrong, he said what I thought was, “cookie”. In hindsight, I think it may have been “poopie”. If you have a weak stomach you might want to stop here.
Okay, so you’re gonna hang in there. I moved forward to discover that he had stepped in something that concerned him. My first thought (obviously my mind trying to “protect me”) was that the cat had thrown up over here and Isaac stepped in it……..in his sock. So it was on the carpet, and somehow on the curtain as well. I began the cleanup as if it were cat puke. Remove sock, leave it on the counter for further inspection later, gather cleaning supplies, return to living room to see (NO!!!) the dog eating the remains of whatever it was. Okay, that’s not TOO bad if it was cat puke. Let’s face it, he’s eaten worse. And to be honest, it made cleanup much easier. So I cleaned the carpet and curtain and turned my attention over to Isaac. I still thought this could be cat puke. There was no visible soiling on the outside of his pants. But alas, as I pulled his pants down, I was greeted by the poo-apocalypse. You parents can imagine. And if you’re not a parent, well, I won’t try to scare you anymore than I already have.
*EDITED* I had a picture of the tainted sock up with many warnings about not looking if you don’t want to see it. But at the urging of my husband and my aunt, I removed it. I thought it was funny, but as my husband put it, “It’s like getting an e-mail with a video of a beheading. You don’t want to watch it, but you have to.” Sorry if I grossed anybody out too bad. I still stand by the fact that it was funny though.
Protected: Fun Videos February 25, 2009
42% Savings–It’s Worth Your Time February 23, 2009
Okay, so a lot of you out there could care less about this. But I don’t know if you can afford not to care how much you can save on your groceries with just a little effort. And it really is fun!!! So today I combined different coupons and sales to save a total of 42% on my grocery trip. I used to think people who said they did this were buying lots of crap that I would never want to use, but I am adamant about only purchasing things that I like and that we will use. Believe me, we are not eating chicken gizzards and baked beans out of a can over here. Actually last week, we had sirloin marsala, shrimp margarita, and kung pao chicken…..all on sale, of course. I am so picky that it isn’t worth it to me to buy some foods just because I have a coupon. I am also adamant about having fresh fruit and vegetables which is hard to save on. That’s why it’s important to save lots on everything else!!!! So here are some of my favorite deals I got today:
2 cans of Organic Muir Glen Tomato Paste: 0.18
Bag of Publix tortilla chips: .01
Glass Plus glass cleaner: .25
Pack of wrigley gum: free
2 boxes of Progresso chicken broth, 1 canister of Progresso Italian bread crumbs, and a can of Progresso black beans: 3.23 (I could have saved much more here but I dilly-dallyed about printing out some online coupons and they passed their print max before I got to it. Lesson learned!!).
1 box of spaghetti, 1 box of bowties: 1.39
2 Pilsbury pizza crusts and 1 large tube of Pilsbury crescent rolls: 3.15
Kashi Organic cereal bars: 1.89
I got all of that stuff alone for $10.10!!!!!
I also picked up 5 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sirloin steaks, tilapia filets, fresh fruits and veggies, and lots of snacks and only spent a total of $51!!!
So why am I going on and on about this? Well, first to brag, and second to encourage you that you can really save some money in these times when we all need to save some money. But part of it actually relates to my post yesterday about God’s command for us to help the least of these. Now that I’m really starting to get the hang of this, I am hoping that I will get better about stocking up on these items. Eventually I hope to be able to purchase items for very cheap or for nothing and be able to donate them to a food pantry or shelter. I am definitely having to work up to this…..I am such a minimalist and I have just gotten to the point where I can buy things that I won’t be using THIS WEEK. Building a stock up in my pantry and in my freezer has recently allowed me to bring dinner to 2 new mothers without having to think twice or go to the grocery store and spend more $$. This is actually a way that we can bless others!!!