Thursday, April 21, 2011

Always Check the Receipt

I've been getting into couponing, like so many other people, since I started watching Extreme Couponing on TLC. I went to Safeway for their 1 day sale on Pineapple, but they were out, so I had to settle for the rest of my list. They had a lot of stuff BOGO, strawberries, bacon, and salad, and I had coupons for DiGiorno and Glad trash bags, and celery was on sale. I would up at almost 50% savings, it was about 46%. However, when I scanned my receipt after I checked out I saw that they had charged me for both bags of salad, when one should have been free. They fixed it really easily, but it emphasizes the importance of keeping tabs on your checkout, because these things happen. Safeway automatically doubles and rounds up coupons though, that's certainly nice. My best item of the day was probably the trash bags. They are usually $9.59, but with my two coupons they came down to $3.60, which is a savings of 66% (if I did my math right). Obviously I'm not anywhere close to be an extreme couponer, but that's okay. I don't have the space to be stocking up on stuff and buying 50+ of things at a time. I have more stores to hit up tomorrow, we will see how I do!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Bridge Party

So last night, before I drifted off to sleep, I imagined having people over to play bridge, because that's something that some people do. And I imagined what I would serve at this bridge party. I came up with bridge mix, because it's obvious, and then I thought about cheese cubes. And then I thought about how one would go about building a bridge out of cheese cubes and toothpicks. I had just figured out how the whole thing would be stable enough to stand when I realized what I was thinking about and started valiantly trying to clear my mind and go to sleep.

But now I want to build a bridge out a cheese cubes. I was even going to use string cheese for the cables, and that spray cheese for interesting details!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


My OCD tendencies are working hard not to kick in. We already have two bookshelves and we needed a third. And Target doesn't carry my color anymore. WHAT?! I looked at the box David brought home and said, "My shelves aren't espresso." "Well this was all they had." "But...but...but..." "Let's go look it up online." And sure enough, there is no longer my color available. My head almost spun around a flew off. Finally, I decided it would be ok because I would just plan on putting them in separate rooms. Fiction can have the two shelves in the living room, non-fiction can be on the new espresso shelf that will ultimately wind up in the spare room. Deep breath. It will be okay.

Monday, April 4, 2011

King Utopus

"In matters of religion, he was not at all quick to dogmatize, because he suspected that God perhaps likes various forms of worship and has therefore deliberately inspired different people with different views. On the other hand, he was quite sure that it was arrogant folly for anyone to enforce conformity with his beliefs by means of threats or violence. He supposed that if one religion is really true and the rest false, that the true one will prevail by its own natural strength, provided only that men consider the matter reasonably and moderately. But if they try to decide these matters by fighting and rioting, since the worst men are always the most headstrong, the best and holiest religion in the world will be crowded out by blind superstitions, like grain choked out of a field by thorns and briars. So he left the matter open, allowing each individual to choose what he would believe."

Written by Sir Thomas More in "Utopia," 1516.