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Soaked!


I have not watered my garden ONCE this year…

Well, actually maybe I kinda sorta did once when I was transplanting tomatoes…
but other than that I have not had to water AT ALL this year…

99.2% of the reason why is because quite simply… it has not stopped raining… either every morning or every other day or two it rains… and so far the sun has only come out like twice.

TWICE!!!!

When is summer the real summer going to arrive?

Seriously…

If we don’t get some sun up here in Seattle soon I’ll be eating berries, peas and potatoes all stinkin winter…

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One of the best parts of going on vacation…
is coming home….

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To a mailbox stuffed full of FREE SAMPLES!!!!!

…and what an assortment if I DO SAY SO myself…

2 Magazines

Chex Mix

Crackerfulls (crackerfull of crap is what I say… but it was free)

Crest 3-D white strips (3 more of these babies and I’ll have a week supply)

Canker Sore cream

A razor (with a battery!)

Tampons

Pantyliners

Coupon for a FREE bottle of shampoo

2 Purex 3-in-1 detergent sheets

4 packs of Mayo (great for picnics)

Pink ear plugs (I think I’ll use these when the handsome husband snores
(read: TONIGHT)

…and … last but not least… a rebate check for $1.79

Yes, it’s good to be home again 🙂

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Because I’m an idiot…

This morning I accidentally rubbed Burt’s Bees toothpaste all over my face instead of Eucerin Lotion… Damm those tiny little free samples that ALL LOOK THE SAME!!!!!

And because I am a TOTAL IDIOT…
This morning… at 6 am… because the handsome husband did not want to drink SUPER CRAPPY hotel coffee… I went down to the Starbucks to buy him a Latte… (and me a tea… don’t worry it was FREE…)

And since I didn’t bring my hotel key… or my cell phone for that matter… I knocked on the door… then I knocked again… then I started kicking the door… because OMG… I just crawled out of bed, put sunglasses on and went to the lobby to get him a stinkin’ Latte… the least he could do is open the frickin’ door…

FINALLY… the door opened…

and behind it was a 5 foot tall confused Indian woman in her pajama’s whispering a meek “Yesssssss…………….”

HOLE.LEE.CRAP

Wrong floor…

I think I might have peed on myself.

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If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time you probably know a few things about me… #1 I’m thrifty… #2 I LOVE vacations… So when the handsome husband has to take a business trip… I’m all for tagging along…
I felt very much like the Barefoot Contessa upon walking into this grocery…
Needless to say… they do not accept coupons…


But the food?
Delish…
And the best part? We are here on business…
Translation: LUNCH IS FREE!

I love taking tours…

And so does the handsome husband…

And so do people from South Korea…

Have you ever been to a vineyard?

This was my first time…

Would you look at that ivy?
How cool would that be growing up the side of the house…

450 acres of grapes…

Strangely enough… I don’t drink wine…

But the handsome husband does…

He’s Irish you know…

So it kinda makes up for the fact that I don’t drink…

The tour guide told us that these barrels behind us are French Oak…
and cost $1,000 each…

I think when I get home…
I’m going to plant me some French Oak trees in the backyard…

Hand carved corks…

Oak Barrel…

More Ivy…

Antique Press…

And the best part (as per the handsome husband)
The wine tasting…

Here are my glasses…

Here are my glasses at the end of the tasting…


I prefer my grapes off the vine thank you very much…

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Where in the world is Mavis today?

 The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty 

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I am currently sandwiched between a man and his very large quart sized bag of beef jerky who keeps shaking his leg as if he needs to use the lavatory and the girl who thinks she’s a bird and her powered doughnuts who was sleeping and sadly just wiped the drool from her mouth before I could take a picture.


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The stewardess tried to sell me a breakfast skillet for $6.

GROSS!


However I did score a free apple juice and .5oz bag of Cinnamon Bagels Chips & pretzels…

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I think the family behind me is Greek…
Or at least that’s what it sounds like… I think they must be speaking Greek because it kinda sounds like the movie My Sister’s Big Fat Greek Wedding back there … I just hope the Dad didn’t bring along a bottle of Windex…

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I was the first person to use the toilet paper in the lavatory… I know this because there were two brand new rolls when I closed the bi-fold door… I had to resist stealing one of the rolls of toilet paper… usually when we stay in a hotel I stuff the extra roll of toilet paper in my backpack … and sometimes the Kleenex’s too… I don’t know why I do this… Maybe it’s because I have OCD… or maybe it’s because I want to get caught by airport security and embarrass the handsome husband…


I think it’s the latter of the two…
Yep… I’m one sick puppy… what can I say… I’m easily amused…

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Where in the World Is Mavis????
Keep Guessing…
Once you get the state right I will play the “hot and cold” game 🙂


Clue #1

The state has (2) A’s in it.

If it’s Such a Small World Then Why Have I Been Sitting on this Airplane for Twelve Hours?

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Woooo Hoooo….

Guess where I am?

It has got to be on my top 5 all time places to be in the world!!!!

I’m at the Airport!

Yipee… that means I’m GOING SOMEWHERE …


I.LOVE.TO.TRAVEL.

I don’t even freak out when the plane is late… or when we have a 5 hour lay over and they give us each a $10 meal voucher to spend on crappy airport food… Heck I don’t even care when the creepy underpaid airport security people want to frisk me… or if Monkey Boy passes out due to a lack of breakfast because the handsome husband keeps telling him “Just wait til we are thru security then we will get something to eat”… and then not only does the boy pass out… but he throws up all over the floor too… Wooo Hooo… GOOD TIMES!

I’m at the airport…

I’m at the airport…

I can’t wait for the stewardess to offer me a snack pack for $3 when I get on the plane… I’ll decline it of course and take the free 7-up soda instead…because I will have packed my OWN SNACK bag of preservative filled goodness…

Anybody want to guess where I’m going?

(Sadly it’s not Virginia today)

Come on…. what are you waiting for!!!

Guess where I’m headed… and if you are the first person to get it right…
I’ll mail you something from there!

To narrow down your guess I WILL tell you this…

It is within the Continental United States…

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(Obviously….If YOU know where I am… you may not guess…)

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The Baby chicks “Big Day” finally arrived…


The Chicken Mc Mansion would have been here sooner…


but it got held up in customs…


I’m sure custom agents wanted to take a good look at the package…
and it’s so called “declared value”…


I’m sure it’s not everyday that a super thrifty housewife pays big bucks for 5 boxes of bright orange molded plastic… I’m sure they were saying something like… “there’s noooo way that thing is worth x dollars… it’s a frickin’ chicken coop…


An ORANGE chicken coop…

What the heck?

That lady is a total psycho…

Now I just have to wait for the chickens to start laying…
I’m hoping for golden eggs…

Have a great weekend!

 Chick Days: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Raising Chickens from Hatching to Laying

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