Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Hodgepodge Vol 333

It's Hodgepodge time, the questions sound interesting, so I thought I'd join in this time.

1. 'Hurry less, worry less'...what's your strategy for making that happen this holiday season? How's it going so far? I'm ready for Christmas, I have all my presents bought and wrapped, all my cards ready to go for co workers. I'm actually very impatient for the holiday to get here.

2. Do you have a list of to-dos that need accomplishing in order to prepare your home and/or property for the winter season? What are some of the jobs on your list? Are you a do-it-yourselfer or do you hire someone to accomplish these tasks? I live in an apartment, the only thing I have to do is to get my winter decorations out, and they are out.

3. According to dietitians surveyed, the most popular health foods for 2018 will be -turmeric, sprouted foods (bean sprouts, breads with sprouted grains, etc), veggies in place of grains, dairy free milk, and pulses (lentils, chickpeas, etc).  What's the first thought that ran through your head when you read this list? Of the foods listed which one might you add to your regular diet? Also, can milk really be dairy free? Is it still milk? I don't do health foods. None. I did think that dairy free milk is an oxymoron. I saw on a youtube video that Trader Joe's had people complaining about the term 'almond milk' so they changed it to 'almond beverage'.

4. The Pantone Color of the Year for 2018 is Ultra Violet. According to the Pantone site 'Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking pointing us to the future.' What say you? Do you like the color purple? Did you see the movie or read the book-ha!?  Is purple a color you wear often? Describe for us one purple item in your home without using the word purple.  If you were in charge of such things what color would you select for 2018? I do like purple, nothing too bright, I have a couple purple pieces in my wardrobe, but won't go out and buy more just cause it's purple.

5. Favorite book you read this year? Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford by Clint Hill. It's a memoir of a secret service agent's time working with five presidents. Very interesting.

6.  Insert your own random thought here. I was talking to my director the other day, and I'm just bored with my life, I don't know how to make it more interesting, and I'm not sure what I want to do with my life. I want to be somewhere that I can walk everywhere and that it's a little warmer. I think part of my issue is that I never went anywhere, I'm born and raised here, and I've never really been away except for vacations. I just don't know.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Why I am I so tired?

Day 11: Woke up feeling like I wanted to stay in bed all day, and then got up at 9. My Advent calendar goodies:
 The tiny book is from my pocket letter, the plaid cards and envelopes from the envelope countdown, and the rest from my advent calendar. I made those cute little snowflake wands. I love that tiny little book, it's got a lobster clasp on it.
I finished a book today, watched a movie and went to work.
I got two swaps in the mail today, a post it swap:
 and a personal swap:
There are two positions at my job that will be open soon, and both my direct boss and the one above that want me to apply. I was telling the upper boss today, that I was just bored with my life and didn't know what I wanted.
I want to live somewhere that's remotely warm all the time (not below 30), somewhere that I can walk everywhere. As to what I want to do in a job, I don't know. I'd really like to stay at home forever and just read books, pretty sure there's not a job that I can do just that. I want to move somewhere that's exciting, and that just isn't here right now. I also just want a girls day of shopping, chatting and eating, but apparently that's too much for anyone right now. I want co workers that care about the answer when they ask you 'how's it going'. I want a best friend that i can call up anytime and they will listen to me vent. I want friends that I can hang out with. I want the world to care about me.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

It's Laundry Day

Nothing too exciting going on today. My Advent calendar:
 The tag from the envelope countdown, the lip balm from the pocket letter and the pokemon ball and peanuts from mine.
What was in the pokemon ball:
I'm thinking, I'll pass it on to a friend who likes Pokemon. I'm not a huge fan of Pokemon.
I did two loads of laundry today, my second load was in the dryer when I left for work. I had to work at the library today, too.
While I was on break at the library, I saw someone had sent an email about getting a sub for next Sunday's basketball game, I will be pissed if they get a sub, I've been trying to find one for a month.
I wore my new brown boots and my new khaki pants today. I put on the khakis and noticed they were too long, so I pinned up the legs. My co-worker said I could just do a simple running stitch to hem them. I'm thinking if I just pinned up double what the hem is at now, it should be good. I knew they were a bit long when I tried them on but I thought they'd be ok once I got my boots on. I feel I need to wash and dry them before I decide they are too long.
I've decided, it must just be me. I had my new boots on today, and my feet still hurt after work.
I just want to read my book and ignore the world for the rest of the night.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

I got the shoes

On one of the youtube videos I watched yesterday, they said Target was having a buy one, get one 50% off on their shoes, so I went to Target today.
But, first, here's my Advent calendar:
 The striped paper clips from the envelope countdown, the Santa chocolate and other paper clips from the pocket letter and the donut keychain and earrings from mine.
Here's a close-up of the earrings:
 I was thinking at the end of the day yesterday, I wished I hadn't put everything fun in my Advent calendar. I put them in my ears right away. Part of the reason for buying all those cute earrings yesterday was because I don't really have a lot of whimsical earrings other than owls. I think I'll wear these for awhile.
So, like I said, I needed shoes and when I heard Target was having their sale, I knew I needed to go today. I really didn't want to because I had to work at 1, so I got up and left a little before 9.
My first stop was Dollar Tree, because I put all my cards together for co-workers and while everyone got a card, I wanted some more in case I missed someone.
 toys, cards, shadow box. I bought the toys just cause they were cute and a buck. I saw the shadow box in someone's video haul and wanted it, I didn't even mean to walk down the aisle I found it in. Why is it so hard to find holiday cards for cheap? I got this pack because it seemed to have the least amount of Christmas cards. Of course the ones I used this year were from a garage sale. I guess I'll just keep an eye out for more at garage sales this year.
Next up was Target:
My shoes for one of my jobs are not making it through a 4-hour shift anymore. Wednesday night, I was waiting close to the end of my shift and my feet were just throbbing. Now these do have a small heel on them, but they were comfortable and have a tiny lining in them. I would have just bought two of them if they had two in my size. Lately I've been buying combat style boots from Walmart, I compared them when I got home, the brown ones and my black ones look almost exactly alike, except the color, and that the Walmart ones were $20, and the Target ones were $30. I have three pairs of the black ones at home, I thought I'd just wear the brown ones to the library, and change into the flats I have at work on some days. I think I'll try them out with my new khakis tomorrow.
I also need some more duct tape and almost went to Walmart to see if they had any in their clearance aisle, but I knew if I did I'd walk out with more than duct tape, and I just didn't want to walk down there, plus I had a little time crunch. We have two Walmarts here, the one I went to yesterday is north, this shopping trip would have been to the south one.
Work was ok, except for people and things. I took a bath tonight, I'm not a fan of baths, I don't like sitting there and doing nothing. But, my skin gets really dry in the winter and I've used two of those bath bombs from Dollar Tree and have another two from other things, plus some bubble bath. I'm hoping soaking in the water with the bath bombs helps to moisturize my skin. I'm also hoping drinking at least two 16.9 bottles of water a day helps, too.

Friday, December 08, 2017

Pants are expensive

Decided to go shopping today, might have been a bad idea.
Here's my advent calendar stuff:
 The pegusus unicorn is from mine, it's from Target. The measuring tape from the pocket letter and the gems from the envelopes.
I have been wanting to go up to our mall and TJ Maxx for awhile, so since I have today off, I went. I stopped at Walmart, hoping they'd have some duct tape in their clearance section, they didn't.
 tape, candy bar, shampoo, stickers. I try to pick up a pack of double sided tape every time I go to Walmart. I love that these Oreo bars come in mint (I tossed it in my refrigerator, to save for later). You can't go wrong with $1 for this giant container of shampoo, it's a much better deal than Dollar Tree. I picked up these cute stickers last time I went to Walmart and had to pick them up again, they were 47 cents.
Next up was JCPenney, I need some new jeans for my job, I looked at Walmart, but they were either not in my size or mid rise, I'm not a fan of mid rise pants.
 My grand total was $75, my friend just informed me that's low for pants. Apparently I should have asked for pants for Christmas. The khakis are mid rise, but I need these (since the last pair my mom got me for Christmas two years ago were too long, she said she'd hem them, but hasn't done it yet). I'm not happy with the amount I spent. I was also going to look in to shoes/boots for one of my other jobs, but after this purchase, I didn't.
Next up was TJ Maxx, last time I went, I didn't find anything. I also remember last time about this year, there was a bunch of washi sets.
 Not so much this time. There were a lot of cool Christmas tags and bags, but I don't need those (not that I need most of these either). The chocolate rice crispie bar was $3 on clearance, the fast food stickers were also on clearance for $1. I picked up the chocolates and the note pad for friends. I thought the elephant magnetic bookmarks were a good deal at $2 for 4. I got distracted by the birthday cake flavored rice crispie treat bar and the panda snacks. I think the panda snacks are a great deal, it's got 10 packs in it, for $3.99. Normally, I can get one pack in the Target dollar spot for $1. I spent about $22 there.
Last up was Claire's. I always see people getting cute things there and I want to get cute things there, too, but can never convince myself to do it.
This time the deal was: buy three, get three free. The blind bag was not included. Everything is for me. I thought I'd pick up some cute earrings, I got a pack of ice cream treats for $11, the unicorn dangly earrings were $7, as were the stud unicorn/mermaid studs. Those were my 3 for full price, the blind bag was $5. The three I got for free were the Paris washi ($6), the owl keychain ($6) and the fluffy lip balm keychain ($6). The reason I never convince myself to buy the deals there, is because the total was $32. That's a lot of money to use on things I don't need. I put it all in my advent calendar, so you'll see them again.
As I've said before it seems my advent calendar is the most exciting of things I'm getting, so why not make it more exciting.
I came home, ate lunch, watched YouTube and packaged up some stuff.
I also got a Christmas paper clip swap in the mail:

Thursday, December 07, 2017

December 7

I had a great night's sleep, I felt very refreshed when I got up. My advent goodies for the day:
 The tea from my pocket letter, the glasses from my envelope countdown and the fuzzy keychain from mine. I'm not too impressed with the goodies today.
I tried to read a book to recoup my sanity, but it didn't work. I wanted it to be a good book, but it was dry. It's called Darwin's backyard, it was just too dry for me. I also decided I couldn't read the history of whaling, but The Road to Jonestown was pretty good.
I dropped off a bunch of toys in the Toys for Tots donation bin on the way to work:
 I got all these in my mystery boxes from Hollar, check out this post if you wanna see that haul. Work was slow, I got a lot done.
I'm still in my grumpy mood, so I changed my profile picture on facebook to this:

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Long Day

December 6th: Woke up from a dream and decided I was tired of being single. I wish I had someone to cuddle with and hang out with and to tell me they love me.
My Advent calendar:
The donut is from mine, the small sticky notes from the pocket letter and the larger set from the envelopes. I thought it must be sticky note day after opening the two swap packages.
Work was pretty busy, not sure why, seemed like a regular Wednesday. Lines at the post office are kinda long, I figured that with the holiday and all. I really wanted to spend some extra money on myself, but I didn't have time today, had to get home, eat lunch, and relax a little before going to work the basketball game.
Basketball game was fine, I was exhausted by the end. I'm not sure why. It's almost like I try to do too much on Wednesdays and working at two jobs is just too much. I don't know.
I'm gonna eat a little something and head off to bed.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

December 5

Thought I'd combine my advent calendar posts and my daily posts. I don't do December Dailies or vlogging, but I thought I'd try to blog every day this month (it's getting a little more exciting).
Today was not very exciting. I have three Advent calendar things: mine, my Advent calendar pocket letter, and my Countdown to Christmas envelope swap. I had thought at the beginning of December, I could open one in the morning, one about noon, and one in the evening, and then that went out the window. But, maybe I should. I got really grumpy about 9 this morning and wanted to open all of my Advent pocket letter, but vacuumed instead (and may have temporarily injured my hand). I stopped and was still annoyed with the world, so I went to the grocery store and bought a pop, cooked a porkchop for lunch and sat down in front of the TV.
My advent calendar goodies:
 The Santa notepad is from the envelope swap. The robot bottle opener from mine. And the sequin mix from the pocket letter.
I wasn't that impressed with any of them, maybe that's why I was grumpy.
When I got back from the grocery store, I had a package:
 It's a chocolate mix:
I'm not a fan of all of them, which usually happens when I buy a mix of something. It helped my mood, but I'm still kinda grumpy.

Monday, December 04, 2017

Day 4

Advent Calendar 12/4/17:
The unicorn is from my Advent calendar. I bought it from the Dollar Section at Target.
The Santa chocolate and tag from my pocket letter.
My Countdown to Calendar envelope:
Some coffee sleeves.
I'm not entirely excited about these. Apparently there's a new fad to decorate these and make them up like loaded envelopes.

Great mail day

There were 4 large packages and an envelope waiting for me in the mail today.
First up, was my post it note swap:
 Second up, a Christmas pocket letter:
 Third, a Peachy Cheap grab bag that I bought on Black Friday:
 It's funny with every subsequent grab bag I get from Peachy Cheap, I like more. The paper is from Bella Blvd, it's the Holly Jolly Christmas collection and it's double sided, with the back side being solid color. Next up is some cork stickers from Coffee Break, by Prima. There's some fringe hearts from Maggie Holmes and 'hello banner bites' by jillibean soup as well as 'Life is sweet' soup labels by jillibean soup as well. There's also a Jen Hadfield self-inking stamp that looks like a name label that says "hello my name is". Next row has some mini file folders by Pink Paislee  and then some phrase stickers by 7 Paper as well as mini placemats by Jillibean soup. After that is a set of cling stamps by Heidi Swapp and underneath them are some wood veneers in the shape of arrows and hearts by Studio Calico. There's some geotag chipboard shapes by Studio Calico with a package of 10 glitter washi tapes and a box of Label stickers. Last in the row is October Afternoon Holiday Style Journal Cards. On the bottom is a burlap pencil case that says 'love'.
I don't like the glitter washi, the placemats, the geotags or the stamps. I'll either trade them out with someone in my facebook groups, or just send them out as RAKs.
Fourth was a Countdown to Christmas Advent calendar that was mailed over a week ago.
Last package was a bunch of holiday goodies from my aunt:
I opened my 4 days of Advent calendar goodies, first day:
 Second day:
 Third day:
 And Fourth day:
I will add them to my Advent calendar posts

It's Altrusa home tour time

Sunday: My mom and I went on the Altrusa home tour today. Last year we didn't go, so I didn't think we would this year, until I saw that the developer who turned Roosevelt school into condos had his house on there, which is also an old school. So, we went, the thing I kept thinking as we went through people's houses, was it's all so big. Also, the houses on this tour are of people who have quite a bit of money, but I already knew that from tours past. The house I really wanted to see (the old school) is about the size of the Roosevelt, so two floors of and it's huge. I was thinking how could one family live in this place, they have a ballroom with a stage, a HUGE garage, a hot tub room, three or four bedrooms, a ton of other rooms, plus the guy runs his business out of it. I love seeing old schools repurposed, but way too big. As were the other houses, I'm liking living in smaller dwellings, I've been thinking for awhile, all I need is a two bedroom home with a basement and a laundry room. I figure the more space you have, the more stuff you need to fill it. Anywho, it was pretty fun, there was one house that had a bunch of ginkgo leaf motif throughout, one that had at least 5 TVs in the house (and we didn't even get to see the 2nd floor), and too others, but other than being big, I don't remember much about them. I asked my mom to take me to Dollar Tree on the way home (it was actually out of our way by the time we were done) and I learned never to go on a Sunday night. I needed conditioner, and took a quick run of the store:
 Picked up some candy.
I've been on the hunt for these angel wings for awhile, and was excited when I found them, I really wanted the rose gold ones, but didn't know if I'd find them, so I picked these up. I know I have labels somewhere, but I couldn't find them. I picked up the ribbon for a RAK (random act of kindness).
I also saw these while we were out and about:
That is Chocolate Peanut butter twinkies. They sounded disgusting to me, they're peanut butter in the center with a chocolate cake.
This might be one of the few days that would be worth writing about in a December Daily. I never do one, because I don't do anything worth putting into one. One of the ladies I watch on Youtube said there were prompts for a December Daily, but I like the idea of it being a mini scrapbook for the month of December, I just don't do anything noteworthy, and I don't journal.
Monday:

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Day 3

Advent calendar, 12/3/17
The emoji keychain is from my calendar (from Hollar), the flower shapes are from the pocket letter. I have too many keychains, but I couldn't pass this guy up, plus he was only $2. The only thing I'm really disappointed in, is that the face is just painted on, so it will wear off easily. But, he's so cute, he even has buck teeth.
And my countdown to Christmas envelope:
A yummy toffee pretzel.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Weekly update

Sunday: I woke up feeling crappy. I had a horrible headache, I felt like I was going to throw up and light and sound made it all worse. There were a few times I went and sat by the toilet. Sometimes when I feel crappy like this, I feel like I'm gonna throw up, but when I eat something I feel much better, but it's only sometimes, so I can't ever tell.
I spent most of my day on the couch reading, because I can't just sit still with the lights off and no sounds. I did go back to bed after getting up and slept until about noon. I finished a couple books and got 90% through another one. And for some reason I stayed up until about 2AM, I think it was because of the extra nap in the morning.
Monday: I finished some paper clips:
 And worked on some pocket letters.
Tuesday: I got my Hollar box in the mail:
 Stickers, pumpkin, stocking stuffer mystery bag, mini cakes, cupcake.
I finished some snowman felt ornaments:
 and a pocket letter:
 and gingerbread felt ornaments:
Wednesday: Normal day of work, post office and grocery shopping. I'm rather frustrated with people and things in the world, so I ordered $24 of stuff for me from Hollar. I wonder if I could bribe someone to wrap everything for me. I spent the rest of the day watching ER.
Thursday: Spent way too much time on the computer until the internet had a glitch and I had to read my book. If I didn't go right to my computer in the morning, I wouldn't waste so much time. December 1st I'm supposed to start opening my Advent calendar, an Advent calendar pocket letter and a Countdown to Christmas envelope swap (which is basically an Advent calendar), but I'm still waiting on the envelopes to get here. The deadline to mail was 11/18, my partner mailed last Saturday, 11/25 telling me it was because of the holiday traffic, which I find difficult to believe since it was supposed to be mailed before Thanksgiving. It's coming from Texas, which I know takes a bit more time, but USPS hasn't updated the status on it since 9:42 AM on 11/28, so I'm worried and annoyed. I'm tired of being the bigger person in swaps lately when people mail late and then give me excuses as to why they couldn't mail on time. I'm also supposed to have a December calendar tag swap that was supposed to be mailed on 11/16, and my partner just mailed on Monday, I believe this one should have been here before December 1st, too.
I did get another swap in the mail, I was flaked on in one of my facebook groups, so someone nicely stepped in to make it for me. It's called a Look what I made swap, basically we took something from Dollar Tree, and altered it:
I love it, and after realizing I didn't miss a swap (cause I didn't recognize the name on the envelope), it made my day. It's a shaker and I love shakers.
Friday: Again, wasted time watching TV and youtube. I messaged my partner about my swap package not moving, and she replies back that mail took longer this time last year too. Again, I wanted to reply back AND YOU STILL MAILED LATE? I feel my swaps are making me more stressed, which is why I'm cutting back. Went to my mom's retirement party, it was OK, I didn't know anyone there except my parents and a few other people. Bought some home tour tickets for Sunday on my way home and finished a book.
I also got my December tag swap in the mail
Saturday: Spent my morning watching YouTube. Spent my afternoon packaging post it note swaps, and finishing a file folder pocket letter:
And then being annoyed that I didn't have any mail, and that my package is still stuck who knows where. I remember once wondering if it was better to know where a package was, or not know. I've decided I like knowing. I think they may have changed the site so it doesn't tell you where it gets scanned, but I don't know.
I'm also waiting on a bunch of other packages, that I'm not happy haven't come yet.

Day 2

Advent calendar, day 2, 12/2:
The minion has a lollipop, he's from my calendar. The Hawaii paper soap is from my pocket letter.
I really want to open them all, practicing my self-control.
I also think maybe I should open them in the evening, so days when I don't have mail (like today) I'll have something to look forward to.
My countdown to Christmas envelope:
I believe it's a giant plaid reindeer wooden sticker.

Friday, December 01, 2017

Hollar Haul

I received my Hollar haul on Tuesday. I had ordered a mystery stocking stuffer bag and a few other things. This is the only time I didn't add enough stuff to get free shipping, I just didn't feel like spending $25 to get free shipping, so I spent $12 with $6 shipping and a $2 credit.
Here's what I got:
 stickers ($1), candy holder ($1), mystery bag ($6), strawberry mini cake ($1.39), chocolate mini cake ($1.39) and a cupcake container ($1). I bought basically everything other than the mystery bag to make the minimum order, I could have taken a few things off after I decided I wasn't going to do free shipping. I've already started eating the mini cakes, basically, they are muffins filled with strawberry stuff and chocolate, they're ok. I put the cupcake in my advent calendar.
Contents of mystery bag:
crayons (not sure of price), Lalaloopsy blind bag (comparable ones are $2), Pokemon Pokeball mystery (not sure of price, maybe $3), Despicable me mega blox mystery (comparable items $5.99-$7.99), squishy donut key chain (50 cents), Wolverine stickers (probably about $1), fidget spinner (50 cents), Batman jelly beans (99 cents). So total of value about $15.
I put the Lalaloopsy, Pokemon and Despicable me blind bags and the squishy key chain in my advent calendar. The rest I took to work, and it all disappeared rather quickly. There's a 'freebie' table where we've been bring stuff we don't want for other people to pick up.
I have one more order coming from Hollar, but then I'm done shopping with them. I bought a whole bunch of cheap stuff that I really wanted. I'm not spending more money there, even when they send me the emails about credits expiring. I need to stop spending money.