RIP Grandpa

My husband’s step-grandfather died on Friday.  We don’t know a lot of details yet, only that he went to lay down for his usual nap and his wife could not wake him a couple hours later.

We didn’t really know him too well, having only seen him at the yearly Christmas party (and occasionally other holidays), but he was a really nice guy, always smiling.

We’re not sure when the funeral or services will be yet.  We’ll probably call my husband’s mom sometime today, since she and her husband went to stay with her husband’s mom on Friday after they found out, to ask if anything has been arranged yet.

Incidentally, today also happens to be the anniversary of my nephew’s death.  Maybe I’ll call or text my sister to see how she’s doing…

October is starting to be a rather craptastic month between the two sides of  my family…

What’s for dinner?

We’re having gnocchi with marinara sauce & steamed broccoli tonight.  Yum!  Well, I hope so, anyway.

We’ve never had gnocchi before, and I’ll be making it myself – the easy way, with instant potatoes instead of fresh potatoes that I have to peel, cut, boil & mash/rice to a pulp.  I don’t have that much time on my hands!

One of our other meals I had planned on making this week was tuna casserole, but before I went to the store yesterday I announced to my husband what was on the menu this week, and he balked at the casserole, saying he does NOT like it.  He’s had it before, and hates it.  Oh goodie. :roll:  And I thought I was picky.

He’ll eat tuna sandwiches, but not casserole??  I guess it’s similar to how my dad is with pickles.  He will eat them cold, but absolutely will not eat them on burgers (when they get warm).  Weird people, I tell ya.

So I went with a back up to replace the casserole – baked ziti, for Thursday.  Which I know he DOES like.

Tomorrow is going to be easy – hamburger helper, and Friday will be chicken enchiladas.  Saturday will be chili cooked in the slow cooker.

In a funk

I should be figuring out what this week’s meals are going to be.  But I’m not.

I should be making a shopping list.  But I’m not, I just don’t feel like it.  And I don’t even know what we’ll be cooking this week yet due to the first item above.

I should be compiling a list of key words for another blog, but I’m not.  I don’t feel like it.

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Fall festival at a local farm

We went to a fall festival yesterday morning, with my husband’s brother & family, and their mom.  It was fun, and the temperature outside was just beautiful.  We actually started out wearing light jackets (well, the girls – the Kiddo and her cousins, and myself, anyway) since it was in the mid 60s and breezy.

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No unexpected surprise – so far

The test kit I bought has three tests in it.  I know ideally they’re supposed to be done with first morning pee, but I took one right before bed anyway since the anxiety about not knowing was going to keep me from getting any good sleep.

That one was negative.

I took another one first a.m., and also negative.

Yet I am not quite relieved, since I was on the pill, whow knows when conception would happen, if it happened.  So I’m going to save the last test and take it on Saturday.

I think I am going to forgo the pills this month and start them again when the hag finally shows to get back on track.  We have a stash of alternate protection that hasn’t expired that we’ll just have to use in the meantime.

Something is missing…

I’ll be talking about womanly issues on this post… so if you are a guy and are squicked out at this kind of talk, or even a gal and would rather not read… look away.

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A disappointing end to my weekend

There is a paid posting company that I was patiently waiting to sign up for, and up until this week their ToS said the minimum requirements for “blog age” was 30 days and 10 posts.  I was excited when I realized my blog was old enough to apply, and I sent in my application on September 25.

Usually it would only take a few days for a blog to be reviewed and then acceptd or denied, but when my waiting period had surpassed their typical time frame, I sent in a ticket inquiring about the status.  I was told they were behind about two weeks, but that mine would be reviewed eventually.

THEN they changed their minimum requirements to 90 days & 20 posts.  Mind you, this is *after* I originally submitted my application.  Today, I get a rejection letter, “your blog isn’t old enough, blah blah blah”.

It is quite disappointing to hear this.  I mean, I submitted my blog before they made this change.  How is that fair to me when they were the ones behind a couple of weeks in reviewing blogs?  How is that really fair to ANYONE who was in that queue right along with me?

That’s like a retail store changing the price on a product you have in your hands while you’re standing in line, and refusing to honor the price tag that is both on the product and on the shelf.

Thanks for pulling the rug out from under me.  :sad2:

Go away heartburn

Geeze I’m having some evil heartburn today.  Unfortunately all I had with me was two lonely Rolaids chews, and I had those hours ago.  I can hardly wait until I get home so I can go down some Tums.  Until then I’m drinking water like it’s going out of style since that is all I have besides soda.  I think the soda would probably exacerbate the problem rather than help…

I’m not Jeff – who the heck is Jeff?

I have had my cell phone number for 14 months now, since we got our first iPhones in July 2007.  Almost immediately after we activated our phones, I started getting phone calls for some guy named Jeff.

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Saving money for Christmas

I think I have figured out how I am going to save money for Christmas.

Since my husband and I decided to start cooking at home a lot more often, and cut back on the dining out, and allocate $100 week for each of us for breakfast & lunch while at work, I determined that if I spend carefully, anything left over from that day’s $20 can be stashed away and go toward my Christmas fund.

I think he is going to use any leftover of his weekly lunch money to have a more pricey meal at the end of the week if he feels like it, since he is awaiting $100/mo from a friend of the family from the sale of his iMac, and will be getting $300 before Christmas in that manner – he’ll have THAT money for holiday spending.

Since I will not have the same luxury, I am going to save up my leftover lunch money, and so far it looks like I’ll have quite a stash of cash on hand by the time Christmas rolls around.

For example:  today, I bought two 20oz Pepsi’s which were on sale for 2 for $2.22, at the convenience store this morning.  And for lunch, I spent $9.00 on a burrito bol, chips & guacamole at Chipotle. (yum!!)  So I have a little over $8 left for today.  If I spend no more than that each day, after five days I will have $40.  In four weeks I would have $160, in two months I would have $320 – already $20 more than my husband is getting.  And another four weeks – which would put me about a week and a half before Christmas – would be a grand total of $480.  That’s not a bad amount for Christmas shopping, especially if I am conservative about what I get people like I was last year…

With the exception of two people (well, four if you count my husband and daughter), everyone else got handmade soaps (not by me, but definitely homemade), handmade washcloths, the women got a homemade facial scrub (made with Dead Sea clay, and other natural ingredients), and a handmade piece of jewelry by me.  Oh, and I also got them these cute little scented wax dipped bears.

My parents got the same except instead of jewelry, I gave them scarves that I knitted for them, and my brothers and sisters just got the soaps and washcloths and lotions.

I think I am going to try to stick with the handmade/homemade Christmas theme again this year.  Everyone seemed to enjoy the soaps and such.  And if I do jewelry again, I will need to stick to supplies I have on hand if possible.

That is a load off my mind.  Now I don’t need to worry about how I am going to come up with money for Christmas gifts.