Friday, November 30, 2007
1. Wal-mart's prices have gone up. I know prices have gone up everywhere, and I know they still have lower prices than the majority of grocery stores, but that doesn't change the fact that they are raising their prices. Which I know is necessary to accommodate for the growing cost of fuel (or so my husband says)...the reason this whole issue bothers me leads me to number two...
2. Check the dates on the food you buy at Wal-mart people. Seriously. Do you know how many expired or near-expiration date food I have purchased from this place? And it's not just one store. We have 3 here in town, 2 that were built in the last couple years. This has happened at ALL of them. I'm not just talking bread or cottage cheese, things that expire quicker...I'm talking frozen dinners even, the things that stay good for freaking 5 years or more. I have bought out of date frozen and boxed items from this chain. Including a Gerber Graduates meal, which REALLY bothered me. It's one thing to sell out of date food for adults...but babies?? Come on...how low can you go? It's just not right to charge us higher prices for expired or near-expiring food! Which leads me to number three...
3. My theory is this: Besides raising their prices, Wal-mart has found another way to make more money...I believe they make deals with manufacturers to buy food that is close to expiring. They get the food at cheaper prices, sell it to us for the "inflatedtomakeupforthecostoffuel" price, and voila, more money for them. It totally makes sense. The range of out of date items I have purchases, seen purchased by other people(I saw them returning the food) or that I have seen sitting on the shelves is HUGE...the items vary so widely, it's hard for me to think this could be just a big coincidence. The turnover at Wal-Mart is not that low. Food does not sit on those shelves very long. It's put on the shelves with expiration dates close to expiring. Now this whole issue really pisses me off. As if I have all the time in the world to sit and check the date on every damn thing I need to buy...esp. with a toddler refusing to sit in the cart 3/4 of the time, running around and thinking we need 10 cans of peeled tomatoes, 5 bags of cheesey poofs and multiple containers of cleaning supplies(is she trying to give me a hint??) and "EGGS mommy EGGS, CHEEEEESE!!!! CHIPS!!!!" It would be nice if I could go in the store and assume the food I'm about to buy is safe for my family to eat, THANKYOUVERYMUCH, without having to check the date.
4. Another thing I remembered last night as I was shopping at the dreaded HellMart...watch the prices that things ring up for...esp. if the item was on the end of an isle or in the middle on display, where they put their "specials." I don't know how many times I've bought something that was on special(or even just on sale), say laundry detergent or ground turkey for instance, because it was marked down to a really good buy...and lo and behold, when I've checked my receipt out in the car they charged me regular full price, not the sale price! This has happened to me so many times I've lost count. Even on little things, like boxed pasta salad mixes. One time they were on special for 77 cents a box for a 2 pack and when I got out to the car they'd charged me almost 2$! I returned it, because even though it was only a little over a dollar, I wasn't going to let them take advantage of me like that again. I'm too poor for that! So really try to watch the prices when they're ringing you up!
Now that I have all that off my chest, I will thank Wal-Mart for the $3.98 coffee pot I bought the morning after Thanksgiving...it had better work!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 container (8 ounces) frozen nondairy whipped topping, thawed, divided
2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding
1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 cup milk
Additional pumpkin pie spice
Slice Twinkies in half lengthwise and place cream-side up, in single layer in 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Using a mixer, blend together cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and ½ of whipped topping until smooth. Spread evenly over Twinkies.
Combine pudding mix, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice and milk. Whisk until well blended and layer over cream cheese mixture. Carefully spread remaining whipped topping over pumpkin. Lightly sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice. Refrigerate several hours or until set.
Makes 9 to 12 servings.I confess, this recipe is off the Hostess website under the Twinkie section...but in my defense, I got it from a girl at work who found it over a year ago on the website...she brought the dessert to work and I loved it so much I asked for the recipe. I know it sounds weird, using Twinkies as a "crust"...honestly, I don't like Twinkies. Never have. But this dessert is awesome(if you like pumpkin)...
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Better for her sensitive skin(she's prone to rashes)
Supposedly cost effective
Better for the environment(I see you rolling your eyes Kayce!! HAHA!)
Expensive initial investment
Have to wash them every day or every other day at least
They seem sort of bulky?
Sunday, November 18, 2007
To eat we had the yummy ugly cakes I made (red velvet w/ cream cheese icing, my sis's fav), white chocolate covered strawberries and dark chocolate covered oreos courtesy of my wonderful mother, and chex mix (at my sister's request). Very simple and everyone loved it!
Hailey is passed out on my lap after all the excitement. She fell asleep at 5:30! I'm debating on going ahead and putting her to bed??
My dad caused a little crisis last night at my sister's house...she called me at 12:30 crying, so she ended up coming over and staying the night. The day started off really unfortunate but we did everything we could to cheer her up. It worked, and got her mind off things and she had a great time.
Another good thing that I forgot to mention yesterday...we got our other loan check in the mail yesterday! Things really are going great right now. Finally!
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Knocked Up was hilarious. Quite crude, but really funny!
Ok, time to sleep...
Friday, November 16, 2007
I'm also excited about my sister's bridal shower this Sunday. I'm not too terribly excited about having to have my house spotless for these people(I LOVE having a clean house, but I just don't have the energy required to do EVERYTHING like I'd like)....but it'll be nice to see everybody and play a couple (hopefully fun) games. And hopefully my sister gets some neat stuff!
With that said, I'm really sorry but I have to complain a bit. Well, not really complain, more like just be sad for a minute. I am so incredibly glad it's Friday. I really don't mind my job, even though it can be stressful at times. I don't mind being constantly busy...it makes the days go by faster! What is bothering me and making me want the weeks to fly by, are the attitudes of the people I work with. I really get along with all of 2 people in this building (I think there are something like 16 people in the building)...coincidentally, those 2 people are the other 2 "new" people. One, being my boss, started here 4 months before I did. Her boss is her husband's best friend. When I started here everybody made it clear to me that nobody likes her. I never have been able to figure out why. She is such a nice person, and like me she just wants to fit in. The other person is a woman that started the end of August, replacing me as the receptionist when I got my promotion. Again, everybody tells me they can't stand her. "She's too helpful!" they say. "She's into everybody's business!" ?????? From what I can see, she's just very serious about her job and wants to be very thorough...and yes, while I have seen her go a bit overboard trying to help people that come into our office, is this really something to hate her over? Maybe annoyed a bit, sure, but to write her off completely? I do sort of get along with one other person, but really I think it's because she's my father in law's friend's wife. So she knows our family and therefore she can't really be rude to my face. She tells me what everyone thinks of the other 2 women I get along with here. I'm not a stupid person, although I may seem it at times(I blame it on mommy/wife brain aka I'm so tired I can't think straight syndrome). I can pretty much deduct that if someone talks bad about others to my face, and others obviously don't like me, then it's pretty certain she talks bad about me behind my back as well. Even though she swears that's not the case. These women are in their 30's, 40's and 50's. And yet they act like they're in high school. It really is quite ridiculous. And really, it's not even the fact that they don't "like" me. I'm an adult, I know not everyone I meet is going to care for me. These women(and 2 guys) have their tight little group, that until January of this year was completely un-broken by "newbies." Add to this the fact that I'm a bit socially inept and come across sometimes as a weirdo(or a bitch, which I was surprised to find out in the past!)...I knew not EVERYONE was going to like me. But come on! The whole building not liking the 3 new people? Seriously? What hurts is when one of the other people bring in pictures of their kids, or their kids themselves, everybody gathers around and talks forever about how cute the kids are. When my boss or I bring in our kids, people MAY get up and walk by to take a peek but they don't stop and chat, don't talk up how cute the kids are, don't try to interact with the kids. ???? It makes me feel so crappy. And nobody wants to see my pictures. If I ever do get up the guts to go around and show pictures of Hailey, nobody says anything about them. Like she's the ugliest thing they've ever seen or something and nobody wants to admit it. Seriously, that's how they act. It just makes it hard, when you know everybody's talking behind your back(ok I'm not just speculating or being paranoid here, I have literally walked in on conversations about me and they DIDN'T STOP TALKING!)...I was so excited to work here, everybody seemed so nice! And then I refused to be rude to my now boss(she was then just a coworker) because as I told everybody, I didn't have a problem with her like they did, and since then nobody has liked me. I really hate having to deal with this everywhere I go. The place before, the "Hell Hole," I hated my boss and the way they ran things. But for the most part I got along with my coworkers great. They made my days the tiniest bit bearable. Now it's my job keeping me here, the money it provides and the way they run the company...and the people are the downfall. I guess you just can't have it all, but darn that sure would be nice! Hopefully I won't have to be here forever. Until then, I just wish people would quit being so blatantly rude to me, or at least tell me they don't give a crap flat out so I'd quit wasting my time trying...
With that said(and thanks for listening), I am very excited about getting Hailey's pictures taken again finally after all this time. I'm on the hunt for an outfit, a dress or pant set or something! Has anyone seen anything cute lately anywhere while they were out shopping?? I haven't been shopping forever since I haven't had the money!! Hailey still wears about 18 months...if I have time later tonight I may post some ideas I have, to get your opinions!
Hope everyone has a great weekend!!
Thursday, November 15, 2007
My problem is everything "photography" that I know relates to a regular 35 mm. All the classes I had were based on that and had nothing to do with digital other than some basic photoshop editing(which had nothing to do with a digital camera obviously). I even know how to develop 35 mm film and print the photos! But megapixels and zoom ranges and the different brands of digital??? Forget it!! I need help!!
So, besides any advice or tidbits of info any of you can give me about digital cameras, I also would like to know what kind of digital cameras you all have and their specs. Also your opinions on them, or any other digital cameras there are out there!
ANY advice would be great!! Thanks a bunch in advance!!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
We still haven't gotten any loan money yet. The disbursement for the 2nd loan we were approved for was mailed today. It says to allow 5 to 7 days. I'm hoping the mail will be extra speedy and we'll get it by Fri. or Saturday. Needless to say, we need it bad. Things just keep going from bad to worse, financially.
Since Hailey is doing better D and I are going to the live broadcast at a local movie theater tonight of the last Garth Brooks concert(my mom is watching Hailey at our house, much to Hailey's delight). Pretty excited about that. We've already planned on wearing our Garth TShirts we got at the concert Monday night. Because yea, we're nerds like that. :o)
Monday, November 12, 2007
~I'm tired! I stayed up late last night cleaning the kitchen and bathroom...as in I didn't go to bed til after midnight. People are meeting at our house before we head off to the concert, and I didn't want them to see my house looking crappy. Most of them wouldn't care, but one girl(who just happens to be pregnant by accident) is very judgemental and b*tchy and I just couldn't bring myself to be like "Yea my house is messy so what! I have a kid and I work full time!" No, I cleaned, and I did a good job, but now I'm tired.
~My psoriasis is really acting up. So are my sinuses...I'm attributing both to the incredibly dry air we have floating about right now. It hurts to breathe, and my scalp is a flaky bleeding mess (makes me feel so grody, seriously--even though nobody can see it but me)...BLAH
~We have no money to take to the concert with us today, which means we'll be relying solely on his mother's mostly non-existent generosity for things like food and the MUST HAVE concert T's.
~I have one hell of a canker sore right below my bottom lip...I get these quite often because my jaw is a bit crooked which means my bite is a bit off. SO I frequently bite myself, which then turns into a canker sore almost immediately. It hurts like a you know what right now. And my glands are swollen because of it, so that sucks too.
~My husband has this issue with how I have to have clocks set fast to get anywhere on time. Our living room clock has been 10 minutes fast for the last 2 years. I get dressed in there, as he's still sleeping in our room...I also get Hailey ready for the day in the living room. So I need that clock to be set fast. My husband decided to finally change it for daylight savings time last night. This morning I thought I was doing GREAT on time! Only to get out to the car and see that I was running 12 minutes late. Yes, my lovely husband not only put the clock back an hour, he also set it to the correct time instead of 10 minutes fast. SO nice of him to warn me. Love the looks I got from my bosses this morning as I walked in exactly 12 minutes late. :o) Thanks hon.
~I'm worried that my MIL is going to ruin the day for D. Last night I had D ask her over the phone what she's wearing to the concert tonight. Her answer? "Why does SHE need to know?" ?????? Obviously she still has a huge burr up her butt that she can't shake loose.
Nevertheless, I'm still really excited about going to the concert tonight. D's super excited. I hope my camera takes good shots, as it normally doesn't in low light, so I can have tons of pictures!!! I'm trying to get his mom to take their digital which is way better than ours, but so far she's politely ignoring everything I say! :o) I just hope the rest of the day goes well!!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
~I try to be thoughtful, but sometimes I forget and wind up being very self-centered(I attribute this to having WAYYYY to much on my mind)
~I worry way too much. About everything. Almost to the point of obsession.
~I liked playing with Barbies as a kid, but only to set up a mall and let them shop. I have always loved shopping. I am jealous of people that have money and can buy whatever they want.
~I care too much about what others think of me. I tell myself it doesn't matter, but there's no denying it...it does.
~I like tiny things. As a kid I used to collect miniatures. I even had little mini rolls of TP in a box labeled "miniatures for emergencies"
~I'm not a dog person. Dogs can be cute, don't get me wrong. Until they get close to me, and I hate their smell, and their slobber, and I'm allergic so they make me sneeze and snot...and I absolutely cannot stand dog poop. In the house, in the yard, ANYWHERE. It's just gross.
~I love pie. Fruit pie is my favorite. Any kind of fruit pie....mmmmmmm
~I'm obsessed with my daughter. She's the best thing in my life and the only thing that can make me happy no matter how down I'm feeling. I've come a long way since she was born.
~If I could have any job in the world, I would either be a stay at home mom or do something outdoors.
~I wish I'd accomplished something cool in my life, like getting my PhD or publishing a book or being an actress...but I have no drive, and don't want to do the hard work it takes to get to those goals.
~My favorite holiday is and always will be Christmas.
~I have a love/hate relationship with snow.
~I don't drink enough water. I'm doing good if I drink 1 glass a day.
~I actually don't drink much period. Maybe 2 cups of something a day. Somehow I'm still not dehydrated.
~I am clueless about fashion.
~I love how shiny my hair is when I use good shampoo.
~I hate how I'll look in the mirror and notice how pretty my shiny hair is, and then look closer and realize how sucky it is to have Psoriasis(which means a flaky, sometimes bleeding scalp--nice huh)
~I don't feel truly comfortable around any of my friends anymore...it always feels a bit awkward, even the one I've known literally my whole life...even my little sister...the only person I'm truly comfortable around anymore is my husband.
~I love the fact that my husband and I have been together since we were 16 and 17 years old.
~I have a scarily accurate gut instinct, and over the years I've learned to follow it.
~I don't go to church. I do believe in God and I pray every night. I also like some of the ideas of other religions, like Buddhism. I think every religion has flaws and good points.
~I am seriously sad that the Harry Potter series is over. I finished re-reading the last book, and now I feel kind of lost.
~My thought process is usually very jumbled and random, kind of like this post.
~I crave and need organization and I hate change. But my life is so unorganized and busy, and I never have a set plan...I'm stressed nearly all the time as a result of this.
~I hate parties, I won't step foot in a bar. I don't like going out. I would rather stay in, rent a movie and order a pizza.
~My friend thinks I envy her life, and I think she envies mine.
~I loved the break from my daily headaches(sometimes migraines) while I was pregnant. I have had them for as long as I can remember. The first one I remember having was before I even started kindergarten. I've taken so much Tylenol in my life it doesn't affect me at all anymore.
~I wish I was a professional photographer. I take awesome pictures with my regular Nikon camera...it's broken right now though, and we haven't had the money to get it fixed.
~I collect wheat pennies and bicentennial quarters. My mom pointed out the difference to me when I was a little girl.
~I love flowers.
~I made mashed potatoes from scratch by myself from beginning to end for the first time last night. They were bland :o)
~I don't like seasoning...I use very little salt and an even smaller amount of pepper. The only other spices I use are garlic powder and onion flakes.
~I think I don't mind bland food because it doesn't irritate my stomach.
~My mom's mom taught me how to cook and sew before I was even 5 years old.
~I have very little energy, I always have. Lord knows why. I say it comes from my stomach problems, slow digestion and IBS...my body has to work so hard to digest food, it doesn't leave me with much left over energy. It could stem from my immune problems I suppose. Who knows. But it sucks being so tired all the time.
~I almost pass out on roller coasters.
~When I was a little girl I used to wish I lived back in the olden days, when there was no makeup and women didn't work outside the home and there was no TV.
~That would never work because I'm a germaphobe.
~I love hot chocolate in the winter, with lots of those little dehydrated marshmellows!
~I love camping
~I love fishing
~I want to wait a while til we have another baby...maybe a couple years even. I'm loving having a toddler way too much!
~My toenails are almost always painted a color pretty darn close to hot pink
~I never paint my fingernails...if I do, I just pick it off.
~I rarely read the forwards that people email me
~I like my coffee with lots and lots of french vanilla creamer. If that's not available, I like to use whole milk.
~I like my tomato soup with whole milk, not water.
~My favorite snack is cereal.
~I hate talking on the phone.
~I'm partially deaf in my left ear, so I say "huh?" a lot. My daughter now says "huh" a lot as well. It's quite cute actually.
~Sometimes when I'm talking to somebody my daughter tells me to "stop!" I talk too much.
~Sometimes when I'm talking everybody tunes me out, except my daughter...she's such a good girl
~I don't really like chips. I like sweet more than salty. My daughter took after my mom, and is now obsessed with chips. I buy Pringles just for her. And I don't feel bad about it.
~I pride myself in how well my daughter has turned out. She's my biggest accomplishment in life, even if I wasn't that into her in the beginning.
~I hate smoking, and if you do it around me I'll exclaim loudly how gross and disgusting it is. My step-siblings smoke and think I'm irritating because I don't.
~I love sequels to books and movies. When a movie or book is over, if I liked it, it makes me sad...I always wish the story went on.
~My favorite pens are the basic black or blue Paper Mate brand.
~I like the fact that I have dark skin, and that Hailey's skin has darkened up as well.
~My favorite color is blue.
~My least favorite color is orange. I don't have a single orange article of clothing.
~I love going out to eat, but never get to anymore. We always go out to eat on my birthday.
~I have exercised induced asthma. That + heart problems makes it hard to exercise. Good thing I don't like to!
~People generally think I'm a bit odd when they get to know me. I like to think I'm just quirky.
~I LOVE artichoke hearts on my pizza.
~95% of perfumes/scents give me headaches. It was because of this that I was VERY upset when Bath and Body discontinues their Country Apple scent...and also why(back when they discontinued it) I bought the last case of the body spray in that scent that they had in the store!
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
Furthermore, while I am on this subject...even on the rare occasion I do get the bathroom all to myself, I have to sit and stare at this irritating sign:
1. Used paper towels should go in trashcan, not on the floor.
2. Air freshener should be used to help eliminate odors.
3. Please check toilet seat after use and clean if necessary.
Please be considerate of others when using this restroom.