Puppies & Video Games

January 14th, 2019 No comments

Saturday my friend K and her dog came to visit. Wookie was very excited to see them and was even kind of playing with T more than she has in the past, chasing him a bit throughout the house. She had a total fit when K had to take him outside to use the bathroom – barking and crying thinking they had left. We hung out all day chatting and playing the Wii and original Nintendo. We ordered pizza from Joseph’s for lunch and had it delivered since it was snowing. They threw in a free liter of Pepsi which was nice since we don’t keep soda in the house anymore but Joe and I were both craving it. We also snacked on brownies I made. K took off around 9 pm and we ended up staying up far too late. I think it was after 1 am before I was able to sleep which sucked because I barely slept the night before thanks to someone in my family doing something to aggravate me. On the plus side I spent two hours reorganizing the hall closet late Friday night since I was too aggravated to even attempt sleeping.

Sunday we didn’t do much at all. I didn’t even shower or change my outfit! Today I was much more productive cleaning and organizing the house. Throughout the weekend, in addition to the hall closet, I reorganized both spare bedroom closets and my jewelry. Before K came over I put together a box of donations that I encouraged her to go through and she took an old bag of mine that I’ve been hanging onto for years but never use. I’m slowly getting better at getting rid of things like that but it’s hard because sometimes I won’t use something for years and come across it and start using it again regularly. But overall I want to make sure that whenever we decide to move we don’t have a ton of stuff we don’t use to pack up.

Now I have two boxes slated to be donated and a bunch of things I want to post for sale on Offer Up. Joe has been selling stuff on there too. It still blows our minds how much stuff we continue to find to purge. It seems never-ending!

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New Years & My Birthday

January 9th, 2019 No comments

We don’t really do anything special on New Years Day and this year was no exception. In fact, I was in bed when it hit midnight, although I did hear fireworks going off. We decided to make ribs on the grill but unfortunately they were on too long and ended up getting burnt so we grabbed burgers from Culvers instead.

As for my birthday, I put too much pressure on myself to have fun even though winter birthdays suck. Usually it’s super cold out but this time around it was raining all day and I just felt like garbage. We ran some errands, including a trip to Savers were Joe found three t-shirts and I found nothing. Ugh! We also sold some old computer games and K’s old copy of Twilight on DVD to Half Price Books. I bet Joe they’d give us a whole $1.50 for everything and that’s exactly what they offered us. Better than nothing if we had donated them at least. We had lunch at Red Robin where they burned my burger so they are now on my shit list. Overall it was a disappointing day and I’m glad it’s over. I did get a monster green tea lemonade for free from Starbucks, though. They put the free drink in the app on on your actual birthday. I ordered a Venti but the girl said I could get a Trenta which is 32 oz so that was pretty cool. I drank some that day and then drained the ice and had the rest between yesterday and today.

Over the weekend we had a black wire rack delivered from Amazon and reorganized our little food stockpile we had going on upstairs in the former rat room which is now more like Joe’s office slash storage room. We also went through the closet in there to get rid of some things. It’s amazing to me we keep finding things to purge. The hall closet is now emptier too which I like. I hate having any space filled to the brim with stuff. Joe got me a three-drawer organizer for my birthday which I’m using to store all our tea in the kitchen cabinet. Not only is that cabinet more pleasant to look at now that it’s less crowded, but having easy access/sight to the tea has encouraged me to drink it more frequently.

Oh, and with our new shelving upstairs I took some things from the pantry and moved them upstairs so the pantry is less crowded as well. Menards had bins on sale so I got some to help make things look nicer in there as well. We went to another Menards so I could get more but they were all out of stock which was a bummer. I might go to another location later this week to get some more since they are a great size for other things too.

I might come back here and post photos if I can get them in good light later this week, so maybe stay tuned? Like anyone reads this except me.

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Christmas With The Kids

December 31st, 2018 No comments

I only had to work one day last week – Thursday (12/27) – but boy was it a doozy. The work itself didn’t stress me out, but my coworkers sure did! One was playing his music louder than normal and the other would not stop clearing his throat frequently. In a two minute period he did it 9 times! Ugh. I could not wait to get out of that place!

Friday (12/28) was our Christmas with the kids. Originally ES was working and wasn’t going to be able to make it but he showed up. Good thing I bought an extra gift card just in case for a game we ended up playing (UNO Attack with prizes). :)

The kids got me a Funko Pop flocked Grumpy Bear and Joe a card game and a $25 Red Robin Gift Card which was nice. We’ll probably be eating there in the next week or two since I’m due for a free birthday burger soon.

The kids seemed to really like their gifts – we gave them each a Google Home Mini (we bought a three pack and are really enjoying ours), money, and some stocking stuffers.

After our dinner of ham and all the sides (including my homemade mac & cheese everyone raved about), we played the aforementioned UNO Attack and then Aggravation. I believe the kids ended up leaving sometime between 10 and 11 pm so it was a nice long visit. I recently subscribed to Spotify so I had a playlist of 30+ Christmas songs on repeat through the evening.

We were all suffering an introvert hangover on Saturday (12/29) so we didn’t shower or leave the house at all and Wookie spent most of the day napping.

Sunday (12/30) we ran a few errands in the morning, took down and packed away all the Christmas decorations in the afternoon, and went to see a few decorated houses in the early evening.

Haven’t done much today except more errands, doing laundry, and cleaning the house. Our “big” New Years Eve plans is having ribs for dinner and going to bed at a decent hour because I want to check the sales tomorrow. NYE isn’t that exciting if you’re not the partying type.

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Christmas Break

December 26th, 2018 No comments

Friday (12/21) was the first official day of my Christmas vacation, but before I could consider myself truly off work, I had my company’s Christmas luncheon to attend. It was at the local steakhouse they’ve been holding it for years and I sat next to the company owner’s wife whom I really like. The VP of the company, the sales manager, the owner, my boss, and the other girl on our team were also at my table.

They decided to forgo the grab bag this year and instead sold raffle tickets. The winner got half the pot with the other half going toward the charity of their choice. Guess who won? The VP! He got teased a lot because I guess he wins stuff often. He also seemed embarrassed to have won and assured us his winnings would go toward some nice lunches for us in the office. HR told me he didn’t want the money – he just wanted to participate to be a good sport. I think that’s great, but in that case I think it would have been better if he hadn’t put his name on the raffle tickets. It’s just not a good look when a higher up wins something – one of the workers could use that money more (and more than a free lunch or two since I believe it was over $100).

I ended up with an overcooked steak because I forgot to specify how I wanted it cooked and the waitress didn’t prompt me, so that part kinda sucked, but it still tasted good, if a little dry. I decided to try and Peachtini and woo boy, did that go straight to my head! Half a glass and I had to stop, eat a roll, and drink some water. It was super strong and I hadn’t eaten at all that day so I only ended up having a single drink instead of two. By the time I was ready for the second one the party was wrapping up.

I almost forgot – every year they give out chocolate bars to everyone (Wonka bars they’re called, which are really Hershey bars (or in past years, Russell Stover) with an additional wrap over the original wrapping) and in three bars is a golden ticket that gives the winner an extra day off with pay. This year I won one! First time in the past five years. I am sure some people weren’t thrilled since I’m part time and only work three days a week as it is, lol.

Edited to add: My boss gave us $25 gift cards to Amazon, but they were late being delivered so we didn’t get them until we returned to the office after the holiday.

I can’t even remember at this point what we did on Saturday or Sunday so it must have not been terribly exciting.

Monday (12/24) (Christmas Eve) I did some cleaning and prepared some cheesy grits casserole and cranberry sauce to take to my parents’ house. We arrived there just around 6 pm and stayed until 10 pm. Despite that, we never got around to playing any games. We did Secret Santa and apparently by triple wrapping one of J’s gifts I had him convinced the present was from B, despite the fact that it was a bag of peanut snacks from Trader Joe’s that he had snacked on when he was visiting me here in November. He even told me he’d like some for Christmas!

B’s girlfriend pulled my name and she gave me a candle trimmer, lemongrass essential oil, and the game 5 Second Rule – all of which was on my list of ideas. I felt bad all Joe got her was a Dollar Tree gift card but B only wrote gift cards on her list of ideas (she wasn’t present when we pulled names). My dad (really my mom) got Joe a gift card for Binny’s and a bunch of sprinkles to be funny because Joe loves ice cream with sprinkles. Too bad we have so many unused sprinkles already at home! I seriously don’t know what to do with them all since when he eats ice cream at home he doesn’t use sprinkles. He only gets them from Culvers or an ice cream shop.

Tuesday (12/25) (Christmas) we went to an early morning matinee of Holmes & Watson which, unfortunately, was not good. It tried to be funny but really wasn’t. That’s the second time we’ve seen a Will Ferrell movie on Christmas Day – the first being Anchorman 2 in 2013 – that has sucked. I really thought since he and John C Reilly were so good together in Talladega Nights and Step Brothers that this movie would be hilarious as well but it was a huge disappointment.

After the movie we had Wookie open her presents and we exchanged stocking stuffers. I got some candy, salt and vinegar chips, makeup/hair stuff, a clip for my purse, microfiber cleaning cloths for my electronic devices, and these awesome crystal nail files.

I felt bad I only got Joe a few things when he got me a lot of little stuff, although I think he got more for me because I didn’t end up getting my iPhone as originally planned whereas he got the new laptop. I got him a box of Pot of Gold, a package of beef jerky, and a portable battery to charge his phone and tablet when he’s traveling.

We ate leftovers from my parents’ for lunch and made a steak to share for dinner. We just mostly hung around the house being lazy inbetween meals. I got my DS out and charged it and played Dr. Mario and Planet Puzzle League. Ever since I saw that you can download Dr. Mario to play on the new Nintendo Switch I’ve been wanting to play it again. I wish Dr. Mario was available in the app store. Why Nintendo isn’t interested in that market is beyond me; they could make a lot of money!

Earlier today (12/26) we ran to a few stores to see what was available on clearance. I wanted to get a candle holder from Bath & Body Works but they were all sold out and there was a crazy long line so we left. I did get this cute Christmas dress for Wookie at Petco, though. Gotta love 75% off after Christmas discounts!

As long as I refer to it as her jacket, she doesn’t want to tear me from limb to limb when I put it on or take it off.

After our little shopping trip I made a peanut butter cup pie while Joe re-caulked the master bathroom tub. He also re-caulked the kitchen sink which looks nice.

I’ve got work tomorrow, but then I’ll be off again until next Wednesday. We have the kids coming over for Christmas on Friday so we’re looking forward to that.

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Weekend Wrap-up

December 17th, 2018 No comments

Saturday (12/15) we decided to head to Naperville to check out the Christkindlmarket. I’ve heard about it over the years but have never gone.

Unfortunately, it was super crowded so we didn’t stick around too long. We did buy some overpriced ($8) cinnamon sugar cashews. So far the best roasted nuts I’ve had was in the Miller Park in Milwaukee.

When we initially came out of the parking garage, we saw Empire (a burger bar) in the distance and it looked so cool we decided not to get any more food at the market and instead went there for lunch. We got to sit upstairs with the interesting view, but didn’t find the food itself as impressive as we would have preferred considering the price. We ordered their Empire Tots, Burger Cigars, and split the Empire Burger. First off, we were expecting a bunch of tater tots but got four very big potato patties covered in cheese, bacon, and a ranch drizzle with a fried egg and green onions on top. While that sounds good, I wasn’t a fan of the flavor combination.

Same goes for the burger. Something about the cream cheese mixing with the maple bourbon syrup produced a plastic-like flavor, like I was eating a beach ball, so Joe ate most of it. The Burger Cigars were by far the best part, save for the fact they were cold inside.

So while we really enjoyed the atmosphere, the food was lackluster enough that we don’t plan on returning.

After lunch we headed home and ended up watching Equalizer 2 that evening which we both enjoyed.

Sunday (12/16) we went to a morning matinee of Ralph Breaks The Internet which I thought was good. Was it better than the original? So hard to say. I liked that Disney was able to poke fun of themselves with all the Disney Princesses. I’m looking forward to seeing it again when it comes to DVD.

Once we got back we decided to take Wookie to the dog park since it was relatively warm compared to how it’s been lately. Unfortunately it was super muddy on the path leading to the park so I had to carry her into the park. She got a little dirty in the park but not too bad.

Once we got home Joe washed my car which was really nice.

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