Thursday, March 29, 2007
As I said last year, my Grandma is one of the most amazing people I have ever known. There are so many things about her that I admire.
I give her scratch off lottery tickets every year. I used to go out and try to find her something that I felt she needed or wanted, but with so many kids and grand kids and great-grand kids, she says she has everything she wants and does not need anything. So, with lottery tickets, she can scratch and win, or scratch and throw away! This idea has caught on, and I think several of my other family members do this too, but I have no idea if she has ever won any amount of money on any of them. :)
Happy Birthday, Grandma!
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
However.... I am addicted to Sam's Club. I have often said that I should be banned from going there. But they are not going to ban me.. they love people like me. I don't know what it is about going there that causes me to buy things that I don't really need, or that I could just as easily get a smaller quantity of them somewhere else, but something happens to me when I go there.
To begin with, the very first place I go when I walk in the door is the computer isle. This is probably why we have 3 computers. Because when they get low quantities and they are not planning to re-stock an item, then mark them down considerably and you can get some really good deals! I don't know how I didn't end up with 4 computers when a few weeks ago I was merely walking by the computer display and a Sam's associate walked up and changed the price tag on one of them - marking it down about $500! When I asked why.. he said that they were the last ones of them and they were replacing them with a newer model (with Vista on it) so they were trying to get rid of them. I stood there and contemplated the new price, trying to talk myself out of putting one in my cart.
I finally walked away and called Jeff.
"Tell me that I really don't need a new computer and that there is no reason in the world, not even a really good buy, for me to buy one now."
"Why, what's going on?"
So, I tell him. And of course I didn't buy it. He didn't really talk me out of it, I just kinda talked myself out of it while talking to him. Because I really do hate spending money. But I love getting good deals.
So.. this brings me around to my most recent visit to Sam's club - yesterday I went during my lunch hour because we needed a few things. I actually made a list so that I wouldn't forget anything, and there were 5 items on my list: Toilet paper (we really don't want to run out of this!), toilet bowl cleaner (I had used the last of what was in my bathroom over the weekend), sugar, foundation for Allie (she added it to my list and I'm not buying it without her present), and straws. I figured that I would get the straws at either a grocery store or a dollar store, I didn't really expect to find them at Sam's. So, a total of 3 things that I needed to get there.
I walked out with a total of 23 items (convenient how they total them on the receipt!). That is 20 more than I went in for! And among those items? Yes, you guessed it. I got a case of straws. 3000 straws. No, that is not a typo. I have, sitting in my garage, three-thousand straws. My rational? Well, at the dollar store I would probably pay $1 for 20-50 straws... and this entire case was only $10. That is a good deal. Never mind that it will take me 8.2 years to use all these straws if I use one every day. I just paid $10 bucks for 8 years of straws!! yay!
I've lost my mind I do believe. Jeff has yet to discover the straws, but I think I am safe since he doesn't really read my blog and I don't think he will notice this one additional box out there on the top shelf... :)
Oh, and the other 19 extra items were all needed items. I just remembered I needed them when I got to the store! (Milk, eggs, Orange Juice, Mt. Dew, stuff like that.. nothing out of the ordinary.. just food stuff.)
Is there an 12 step program for Sam's Club Shoppers yet? They have them for everything else it seems....
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
Photo Sharing - Upload Video - Video Sharing - Share Photos
I already posted about my frustrating Saturday night, and on Sunday we had a small family party for Jeff's birthday. Barb brought over a wonderful DVD she had made from all of their old family videos of her kids when they were growing up. So, I am thinking that I will just go to the same place she did and get the videos made into DVDs. I am still going to try my work bud's suggestion, but would like to just have someone else do them at this point.
I have already told the girls that they need to learn how to do all that stuff because I do not want to know anything else! My brain is just too full of information and I don't want to know anymore right now!! :) And they both seem to love to do stuff like that, so... they can just show me how once they figure it out! I don't want to read directions, I don't want to troubleshoot anything, I just want it to be done.
But, for the videos of Charlie, I will just have a professional do them. I am too afraid that the tapes will break if we try to play them too much. Some of them are from 1991. I also have plenty of home videos that I would like to do that with, too - they are a bit newer and I have the 8mm back up, so they aren't as much of a concern.
Anyway, I will post the jumping videos and the cake pictures tonight maybe, when I get home. The cake was of Squidward - which I had to free-hand because the cake supply store did not have any type of Squidward items! Tons of SpongeBob and Patrick, but no Squidward. He is one of my favorite characters - I love his sarcasm and I crack up laughing at him!
So, it was a pretty good weekend, much fun was had. Hope all is well with everyone!
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Yes, it did do that, but the video format is unknown to any other DVD player I have and will not play on my computer, either. The ONLY UNIT the DVDs will play in is the unit that burned them. How is this useful to me??? Is this a sick joke? I read all the instructions word for word. I followed every direction. I consider myself pretty adept in figuring these things out, but I have had it with this.
I have 4 VHS tapes of my brother that I want to put on DVD to preserve them as the tapes are old and might not last long. I used +R and -R DVDs thinking it might make a difference. I "practiced" on my own home movies as I didn't want to risk over playing the tapes of my brother. I want to make copies of said DVDs for his mom, our dad, and my sister - and whoever else might want one. But I cannot do it! All this time and money and no results. Words cannot even describe how frustrated and mad I am at this entire process. I am now going to see if I can just find someone to do it for me.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
I certainly know that it will be hard - no complaining about my slow work computer to my boss. No complaining about any of our vendors. Nothing but positive thoughts and positive comments. For 21 days. No complaining about my kids. No complaining about Jeff (oh, my... I don't know if I can do that.... :)).
I am certainly sarcastic about a lot of things too! I love sarcasm. How can I give that up?
But I am going to try.... anyone else? I ordered 10 bracelets with the thought that I could get 9 more people out there to try it with me. Anyone? Hmmmm?
I have a little while to practice - the bracelets are free so they are overwhelmed with orders and it could take up to 5 weeks to receive them. So... that gives me 5 weeks to either practice or to get it all out of my system and complain a lot!! heehee
Saturday, March 10, 2007
I did try...
Here is a page from our trip to Vermont:
Here is one of my favorite pictures of the girls - I love that they are laughing so naturally.
Friday, March 09, 2007
Just a small little rant. :)
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Jeff got me Adobe Photoshop for Christmas and I have done a few pages, but nothing even close to what Barb can do! Hopefully I will get better at it!
She actually has some animation on the one she did, but that did not come across here. *Update - if you click on the picture and enlarge it, the animation does show! :) How cool!
Thanks, Barb, for all the wonderful things you do with the pictures of the kids!