Slept in until just before 8 am which would have been more restful had I not gone to bed around midnight! I always do that to myself, ugh!
Did some cleaning (vacuumed downstairs, cleaned the laundry room and guest bathroom, dusted downstairs, did some laundry, and emptied the dishwasher), paid some bills, and helped my dad with his computer. That was a frustrating hour and a half because his computer doesn’t like to update Adobe Flash so we ended up downloading Google Chrome but then he forgot his Yahoo Mail password so that took awhile to resolve. But now he should be good and flash will automatically update in the background through Chrome. I don’t know what happened to Firefox but it’s a completely shitty browser these days. I moved to Chrome probably a year ago after Firefox would get incredibly slow for no reason.
Wookie managed to knock the coat rack over and it fell on her but didn’t seem to hit her head. She was sleepy shortly afterwards so out of an abundance of caution I didn’t end up going to the library as planned so I could keep a watchful eye on her just in case. She’s quite the handful but I honestly love her so damn much.
I ended up making a chicken taco soup in the crockpot. I got the idea from Pinterest but didn’t use the exact ingredients in the recipe since I didn’t have them on hand but it still came out quite good.
When Joe got home from work we ran to Dairy Queen for BOGO Blizzards. I got cookie dough and he got Reese’s since they got rid of the Snickers flavor for some reason even though it’s a popular one.
Joe had grabbed a copy of Sully from the library on his way home from work so I finally got to watch it since I didn’t want to before our trip to Arizona. I thought it was done well but even knowing that everyone survived I felt incredibly anxious and teary-eyed during the flight scenes. It was very nice to see everyone come together to help one another once the plane was in the water.
Joe had to work so I slept in until 7:30, started some laundry, and then played with Wookie while catching up on backing up and uploading all the videos I’ve taken over the past few months. I also starting cleaning up my backed up camera roll before I ran out of space.
Joe came home from work around noon so we went out for lunch at Potbelly’s. We haven’t been there in forever even though we always enjoy it. I had the skinny turkey without mayo to reduce some empty calorie consumption and it was still delicious. I wish I had gotten the multigrain bread instead of white but wasn’t sure until I tried Joe’s. Now I’ll know for next time.
Before lunch Joe needed to get gas and while I was waiting in the car I spotted the Petco and asked if we could stop in there to look at dog beds. We actually found one I really liked for $20 which isn’t too bad. I also grabbed a few inexpensive toys.
After lunch I spotted an Office Max and decided to look for a new wallet because I hate regular women’s wallets – they’re huge and never fit in the small section inside purses so I use a business card holder instead. Mine is several years old from Staples which no longer exists by us and is cracked along the top because I tend to overfill it, so I needed a new one. I found a Samsonite one for $10.
We also went to Walmart where we got more dog toys (is this girl spoiled or what?) and Target as well. Here’s Wookie’s loot:
The bed, purple ring, and red ball are from Petco and the other items are from Walmart. That three pack of balls was a waste even at less than $1 because she destroyed one in less than 10 minutes. It’s too bad because it really kept her occupied.
After dropping off our groceries we went to Aldi and then Nothing Bundt Cakes for my free birthday buntlett. I went with white chocolate raspberry and we also got a lemon one. Then we went across the street to Red Mango since they put 500 points in my account (which is worth $5). I got the Nutella and peanut butter swirl with fresh strawberries. I didn’t fill the cup up even half-way and Joe was teasing me that it wasn’t enough but those kind of places are so expensive that it came to $4.77 anyway so my credit covered it 100%.
After all that running around we came home to relax and play with Wookie. She ended up getting some soft poop on her butt so we had to throw her in the tub. I only wanted to wash her paws and butt but she freaked out running around the tub so much that she got wet all over. Then she was shaking and wouldn’t let us dry her so I let her run around the rat room to air dry. She used to be much better about baths but now that she’s comfortable here she acts like a brat. Hopefully she will calm down as she gets older.
Joe had to work again so I slept until about 8 and then showered, fed and played with Wookie, and went to Savers when it opened at 10 am. Everything was 50% off which drew a decent crowd – there were a bunch of people waiting outside for them to open the doors. I just sat in my car until everyone was inside. I tried on several sweaters and a pair of fleece pajama pants but only bought one sweater for $4. I did, however, come home with not one, but two Vera Bradley wallets. I spotted the wallets when I exited the fitting room and decided to look since the business card holder I got at Office Max turned out not to be large enough to hold all my stuff. When I first came across both wallets I hesitated since I wasn’t sure if they’d work for me (and you can only do an exchange at Savers, not a refund) but both together only cost $4.50 so I figured it was worth the risk.
I absolutely love the brown/purple one! It fits everything I need and I can even zip my phone in there if I need to. As for the other one, I’m using it now to hold all the extra gift cards we have since there’s too many for me to carry around on me all the time.
Joe got off work a little before 11 am so he was home shortly after I got home from Savers. We headed to the mall to look around and I ended up buying a Kipling bag (Pammie is the style name) from Macy’s. It’s black even though it appears as dark brown in the below photo.
The store is closing and it was 20% off which means it was still expensive ($111.97 to be exact) but I really needed something bigger for a carry-on when we travel and it fits the bill. The smaller Kipling backpack I had barely fit anything although quality-wise it’s still perfect after four years (got it on our trip to Boston).
We had lunch at Red Robin since I had a free birthday burger on my rewards account. We don’t normally get an appetizer but decided to try their $5 fried pickles which were delicious!
We had the same waitress (Angela) we had last time we ate there who is a big Star Wars fan. I just so happened to be wearing my Star Wars hoodie which she immediately noticed and commented on liking. I was able to use up the small balances on two gift cards and paid the remaining amount due with a new gift card I recently got through Discover.
We browsed Kohl’s after lunch since I have $10 in Kohl’s cash but left empty-handed. We then swung by Costco for a couple of things and I got another set of wool socks since I can never have too many since my older ones have holes in them. Not 100% thrilled with the color combo but they were better than the brown ones they had since I don’t wear much brown.
Our last stop was Office Max for me to return the business card holder. The rest of the evening was spent relaxing and playing with Wookie. We actually went upstairs sometime between 8 and 9 just so we could watch a movie in peace since if Wookie isn’t out playing and can hear us in the living room she starts barking. We finally got around to eating our Nothing Bundt Cakes as well. I still have my Blizzard to tackle at some point. I keep forgetting about it and the fact that we bought a box of Dilly Bars!
I got up with Joe at 6 am so my schedule isn’t completely off come Tuesday. I was up around 5 am anyway and couldn’t sleep.
I did some cleaning upstairs including Milo’s cage, ran to the grocery store, and then took Wookie to the vet at 1 pm for more vaccinations (distemper and rabies). I took advantage of her fear of the vet to clip her nails before the vet came in the room since she only sits still on my lap when she’s scared. I also scheduled her spay and microchipping for mid February.
Once we got back around 2 pm I started working on dinner which was Crockpot Thai Peanut Chicken. I hate when recipes state a prep time of 5 minutes when you have to cut up chicken and mix a bunch of ingredients. It’s so misleading. It took me an hour. Granted, I had to defrost the chicken in the microwave first but even so it would not take only 5 minutes to do all that! At least it was tasty, although not so much so that I’d make it again for a very long time.
Wookie has been doing pretty good with her potty pad but tonight she peed all over the rug (more pee than usual) and then peed again in her playpen right outside her crate. I have to wonder if it’s somehow related to the medication she got today. I sure hope so, since having her use the pee pad consistently is nice.