Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Tommy also went to his knee doctor and got shots for both knees. He has an appointment with the surgeon in October and they think they want to do his right knee first -- not both. I saw the x-rays and they were ugly.
I know some folks think that the main reason to get married is to have a family. All we ever wanted was a dog and a comfortable life -- and we got it. It makes the years go by fast when your life together is what you want rather than what you're stuck with. OK, finding the nicest guy on earth helps too!
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
I had wanted to get TBG a kayak but the ones I saw were between three to five hundred dollars. That is a bit much to lay out if my job is ending next month. If I am employed at Christmas, he'll get one for sure.
Jimmy Jam has a number of small things to do in the yard and he's supposed to build an area to hold wood. Who knows when that will happen. Even if it does, having this extra storage option will help. I found this at Big Lots where I went to stock up on paper goods for a family picnic we'll be attending this weekend. I had visited Gander Mountain and looked up kayaks on line. A good one that will be stable enough for The Big Guy won't be cheap. It doesn't mean he'll never get one, it just means it has to come at a time that we don't need a cushion in our accounts.
Our big plans for tomorrow are to have take-out sushi and champagne for dinner. Tommy is getting injections in both his knees and formulating a plan to schedule his double-knee replacements in the Spring. I didn't marry an old guy... but I ended up with one. That's OK -- he's a keeper!
Monday, September 15, 2014
I think I will cover this up with a long green suede jacket as outerwear. I've already switched out of my summer purse.
Even though fall doesn't officially get here until next week...I'm getting this party started!
Sunday, September 14, 2014
We shop at CVS a lot because of the extra value thing. It is comical how long their register receipts are and how many inapplicable coupons I get from the in-store printer. In spite of that, I spend probably two hundred dollars a year there. While I don't stock-pile, I do use their store coupons and periodic discounts to buy our HBA staples. Every so often there's serendipitous find worth splurging on.
This month a 20% discount coupon came in the mail. I use those to buy staples and other things I will eventually need but rarely go on sale. Today I spent 47 bucks (pre-tax) on things I needed. My savings were at 31%, which is fine for me.
I don't know what others consider their "HBA" staples, but for us, it's mouthwash & toothpaste (we are set, so no need this time), moisturizer (we needed facial moisturizer so I got some), wet wipes, antacids, deodorant (stocked up on with last big coupon), paper products (we are in a good spot now), lip balm and mascara (neither of which are important to TBG).
When I am determining how to maximize my 20% off coupon, I look at ways to save on things that are not on sale but still a good deal. At CVS, many of their store brands offer an extra small savings if you by two instead of one. I took advantage of that with the lip balm and mouthwash. In general, the store brand is cheaper so I will buy it even if there isn't a discount (like the antacid) -- but if I can find a package with extra volume (say, 25% more free), that's going to tip it in my favor. If not, I just buy the largest size. This week, I also had a $2 off coupon for the mascara. The moisturizer and cleanser was buy one get the other half off. That excluded my 20% deal -- but the sale saved more money anyway. Both were items I needed -- they weren't surplus.
The leggings were a serendipitous find. I had to throw a couple of pairs out this month because they were worn out. CVS had these as a B1/2nd 50% off and each had a two dollar peelie. These were not something I went in there to buy but the price was right. They will be getting more on Tuesday in "denim" and I'm going back to see if they have the peelies. If they do, I'm going to grab a few more. Leggings are wardrobe staples for me and if I can get them for seven bucks a piece, then that is a good deal.
There was one coupon worth using on my mile-long register receipt and that was $2 off moisturizer. I'll use that on a CVS brand combined with some other special. If a good discount or special doesn't crop up by the time that coupon is set to expire, I won't sweat it. I just refuse to agonize over coupons and feel like I'm losing money if I don't use them.
I know there are a lot of serious coupon users out there and I applaud you. If I had the time, I might do more myself. But the method I use is quick and easy and it saves enough money to be worth it. That's good enough for me!
Saturday, September 13, 2014
I am glad my week of covering for an on vacation colleague is over. There were a lot of things that I learned and now know even more about what's going on. One group I worked with had a hard time and was pretty angry with us at the start of the week but I wrangled them around and they invited me out for drinks on Friday so I went. It's a lot less stressful to learn in the course of your job than it is under pressure but I think I did fine. At least I did everything that was expected of me and probably a little more. Don't know if that will help in the long run but if I start interviewing again the stuff I did will be legitimate work experience.
My goal is always to turn something good out of even the smallest thing. Shoes, tights, flour, hot air, I don't care. I'll wring every last bit of value out of it that I can!
Thursday, September 11, 2014
This week has been super busy learning the intricacies of a job of a colleague who is on vacation. I also have a few new writing assignments. The project I was hired on for still needs my services too. There is no requisition for a full time position for me but I sure am doing a lot of work! The good thing is that I am learning a lot. All of my organizational knowledge will be walking out the door at the end of next month and there are at least a few people who think that is a bad idea. If that translates into someone finding an opportunity for me, I have no way of knowing!
If nothing else, I've now become indoctrinated, experience on and produced quality procedural documentation on a technical product I hadn't used before. This means I've picked up yet another transferable skill which should help me if I move on. I can't believe how much my skills set has advanced with this position. I hope that is translatable into currency as I seek out my next opportunity.
We did say goodbye to my colleague today and I really hope he lands something good soon. I've been contacted by a few recruiters and have to take some time to follow up. As it is, just dealing with my inbox each night is a killer.
So pardon the bland blog post tonight, but I had a monster to deal with!
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
The good news is that this shirt was half off on clearance at Target. I wanted to buy one new so thrifting was not an option. An extra bonus is how truly hideous the thing is!