Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Turkey Circle

Did you ever get sucked into such a crazy conversation that you had to stop and think, "what the hell?" Let's be honest, that seems to happen more with me than normal people but still your mind must be referencing one or two conversations.
And on with the show....................................
Dalten(the little boy I used to babysit for) and his mother stopped over for a chat one day. Dalten knows where are of the toys are and pulled the shoe box of legos out. He made us dozens of different weapons so that his mom and me could shoot each other. The cat, Sue, also loved grabbing a lego or two and running off with it. We all had a lovely visit and they were on their merry way.
That night when Den got home, he found what I presume to be a rubber tread from a lego wheel on the stair.
So he calls out after he finds it.
Den, "What did you do all day?"
Me- "Kathy and Dalten came over."
Den- "What the hell, do you have a boyfriend coming over during the day?"
Me-(I'm getting pissed over his tone)-"Does Dalten count?"
Den-"What the hell are you doing when I'm gone?"
I had no idea what he was talking about and he was quite worked up. So I ignored him.
Den-"Is this a cock-ring?" (Aren't you glad I didn't use that in the title and have it show up on your blog feed!)
Now I'm so confused that all I can do is blink and think he is an idiot. He shows me the cock-ring/lego toy. Needless to say, I laughed really, really hard at him and then told him what it actually was.
You will never look at legos the same, will you?
Sonya Ann

Monday, November 24, 2014

Ultimate Mess Moshed Monday

I've got a plethora of odds and ends for you today!
It's a bit blurry but I think Sue is worried about Ebola. Den wanted me to zip him in the plastic bag but he is way quicker than me!
Speaking of plastic, Den managed to get the plastic up on all the window. Wow, does that help with all this cold weather. 
I got more bedding for our room. This made the room look cleaner. The other bedding was too busy with the oriental tapestries. Since it was missing the bed skirt, I got $400 bedding for $105. Well, my MIL bought it for $105. She spoils me. I was ready to cry, I was so happy. It's been 15 years since the house had a major overhaul. And I'm not stopping.
But then the old valances didn't match sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
I got new valances that I hate. It's better than the brown but UGH! I have never been this picky in my life, I really don't know what is going on with me. They will be fine until after the holidays. And that nasty old shade is next on the list to get replaced.
If you want to save money, don't buy anything new for a room. It will just make everything else look like crap.
Anna's room now has valances. I swear I am doing nothing but abusing my MIL, Donna. She loves to sew and I had a plan. I bought a black bed skirt from the Salvation Army for $3.88. And Donna made two valances out of it.
Maybe after the holidays, I could convince her to sew two valances for my room. Poor woman! Plus my SIL moved to OH and she is trying to help her. And DJ, bless his kind heart, gave the outer part of his zip apart coat to his roommate. DJ and I got into a HUGE fight when we were packing him to leave for college. He didn't want to bring ANY of his winter clothes. I insisted, LOUDLY. Seems he is one of the few kids that packed winter gear. My MIL is going to bring him more winter gear and buy him a coat and boots. It's 10 minutes out of her way to stop and see DJ when she is going to visit my SIL. I can honestly say, I have the best MIL that I have ever heard of.
About 5 years ago, an estranged family member on Den's side, called and threatened to abduct our kids and so on. For a recap of that drama, go here.  Alls been quiet until the woman that started all the threats, sent Den a friend request on Facebook. How fried does your mind have to be to think that you can threaten someone's entire family and then they would want to be your friend? And the biggest question of them all is, why do crazy people target us? Let's not forget the lovely cards that we got in the mail announcing the birth of Den's love child and an invite for me to catch him cheating. Please ponder why this crazy shit keeps happening to me and come up with a solution.

Den and I scored an awesome waffle maker at a garage sale. It was a whole $1. Den took the plates out and I scrubbed the snot out of it with wanton disregard for electrical safety. It was a mess in there. And by the time we were done, it didn't work. A dollar and quite a bit of time wasted. So the lesson here is check to see if it works before you scrub it. Or the lesson is don't scrub it until it doesn't work.
We are one month from X-day, people. Be afraid!
I scored $3 from Pinecone and $20 in Amazon gift codes from Swagbucks. Dang, those spend fast! I count gift cards as money. My tally, my way!
To be honest, I'm done shopping and I have the tally on how much I spent minus one gift. We buy chocolates for the owner of Den's company for the annual Christmas party. I buy them the day before so they are nice and fresh. Its always around $45.
So here is the free money that I have gathered............................
 $250          Bank of America credit
$100.49     Google(blog writing)
$156          Pinecone research
$320.13     BP
$25            Amazon gift code from Saving Star
$25            Bass Pro Gift card from MyPoints
$10            Chili's gift card from MyPoints
$25            Amazon gift code that I won from Donna Freedman at Surviving and Thriving!!!!!
$50            Gamestop gift code from e-rewards
$4              Liquor rebate
$134.40     Hotel refund
$60            Free gas cards from Silverton converted to cash
$15            Sears bonus giftcard for purchasing over $50
$20            Amazon gift codes from Swagbucks
Total $1195.02 for our 2014 Christmas!
 And that is all the mess that I have for you this Monday. So leave here and feel good about yourself! Your life can't possibly this messed up!
Thinkin' about drinkin',
Sonya Ann

Friday, November 21, 2014

Fabulous Friday

Remember how I said that our birch tree in the front yard was dying? Well maybe we could cut it down and make a Christmas project out of it on Thanksgiving. OH WAIT, I have a better idea!! What if I tell our guests to chop down the dead part as part of their project? I like where this is going! Do you think that I could tell them doing dishes and cleaning up after all of the cooking would be their craft project? I might be able to spin this into something that benefits me.
Waggin the dog,
Sonya Ann

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Face of Christmas

Remember how I have been blathering on about reusing and not wasting at Christmas.
I think this would make for and AWESOME and perfectly acceptable Christmas center piece, we just need to reuse the burlap on the candles. I just love the way that my mind works. I'm sure that you find it as refreshing and sane as I do. I really consider this more of an environmental saving tip, though.
So I'm not just giving out a candle, I'm giving out a center piece. Damn, I feel good about me. Wait, maybe it would make a better tree topper. Or maybe my little nephews would like me to make a gift bag for them out of it. Yes, a 3 year old would love this.
I think this is what Christmas madness looks like. Yes, madness now has a face or would it be a mask!
Sonya Ann

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Money-Here and Gone

Me Likey

I'm totally flip-flop on everything on my blog. But you guys are used to it. I talk about how much money I have spent and then I talk about coming up with ways to save money. I save as much as I can and then I splurge every so often. But when I do splurge, I have the money for it. So I guess that makes it ok in frugalland.
Back in 2008, I wrote about setting up an unemployment/emergency budget. On paper, I could get the bills down to $2107 a month. That was cutting about $600 off of the bills. I've done really well not only paying debt off but making the unemployment budget our monthly budget. Our only extras are the phones and the gym membership, we don't have cable or car payments. We are dumping Verizon and going with TMobile when the kids get home for Thanksgiving break. That should cut at least, $100 a month off our bills. So in a pinch I could get our monthly bills down to $2200. Hmmmm, its higher than it used to be by almost $100. That would be the lovely Illinois taxes. We got hit again this month for another $80 a month for our escrow. Oh joy.
I'm glad that I have worked to get our bills down even if the tally looks the same on paper as it did before. I can't even imagine the mess that we would be in if we had credit card debt or didn't try to save money. So my efforts aren't in vein, its just that Illinois sucks. There is a sucking noise every time you open your paycheck in this state.
And the 10% challenge that I wrote about before is still at the front of the list. I did manage to save $82.58 last month on our gas and electric bill. But what I'm really shooting for is to shave 10% off permanently. It's not going to happen unless I can shave some money off of our tax bill. Haha, I really should be a comedian. Hmmmm, do I sound bitter?
My neighbor fights every year to get a lower tax bill after we are assessed. I think I'll hitch a ride with him next year and raise a stink. What have I got to lose? Maybe my freedom. I could see me getting arrested after dealing with them.
Have you ever fought your tax bill? Have you been working on the 10% challenge?
Little money,
Sonya Ann

Monday, November 17, 2014

Christmas, Death, Vortex Mish-Mosh Monday

Anna sent me this on Pinterest the other day. It made me laugh. I think she is really starting to panic. I don't know why. You would think that being in charge of a budget and being responsible for your own bills/money would be less intimidating than getting a degree. In two weeks, I will be free of her bills and nagging her to quit spending. How much do you want to bet that she will become a tightwad when she has to pay for stuff herself?
She did manage to get her cleaning job back so she has something waiting for her. Its nights and weekends so she said that she will try and find something for during the day. She is going to put in to be a sub at the grade school where she is at now.The teacher that she is with now and two other teachers are very fond of Anna and said that if they take days off they will only request her. Hey, its a foot in the door. I'm proud of her and I'm secretly laughing about how she is worked up.
Den and I went to Hobby Lobby looking for Thanksgiving day projects. I never would have seen this but of course, something naughty caught his eye. I wonder if Hobby Lobby will cover their birth control?
I bought some burlap, silver 70's looking material and some tulle from Hobby Lobby and then cut and tied A LOT. I scored a bunch of free candle from Sears and then bought some more from the Dollar tree. I love, love, love this gift!
This is a notice from the state of Illinois to bring the Lumina in for emissions testing. This is a death sentence for that car. Notice the PAIN magnet on it, it speaks the Vulcan truth. Den wants to bring the car in and have it looked at by a garage and see if they can tell us how much it will be to get the damned check engine light off. I say sell the poor thing. We have until the end of February to figure this out. Wanna buy a car? Its a great car, it just likes to have the check engine light on. Unfortunately, my van likes to keep the check engine light on too. Sigh.
This is terrible even by my standards!
I'm rolling in it. I scored $9 from Pinecone research and $15 from Sears. When I bought bedding from Sears, everyone got a free $5 giftcard that could be worth up to $15. And I got a $15 giftcard! Christmas shopping is fun when its free! I'll win the lotto next, I can feel my life going on the upswing!
So here is where we are at..................
 $250          Bank of America credit
$100.49     Google(blog writing)
$153          Pinecone research
$320.13     BP
$25            Amazon gift code from Saving Star
$25            Bass Pro Gift card from MyPoints
$10            Chili's gift card from MyPoints
$25            Amazon gift code that I won from Donna Freedman at Surviving and Thriving!!!!!
$50            Gamestop gift code from e-rewards
$4              Liquor rebate
$134.40     Hotel refund
$60            Free gas cards from Silverton converted to cash
$15            Sears bonus giftcard for purchasing over $50
Total $1172.02 for our 2014 Christmas!
If only it took as long to spend it as it does to save it. Oh well, even if I don't come up with enough money, the little bit that I will have to pay for will be easily covered.
Much to do,
Sonya Ann

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fabulous Friday

I'm still looking for crafty Christmas gifts or projects. What about taking a frame, maybe some old wrapping paper or Christmas cards, glitter and anything else you could find and making it into a picture with a cute frame. Where is Anna when I need her crafty butt?
Sonya Ann

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Soft Complaint

I'm still using my lotion bars faithfully. If you are interested in making some, here is the link to the recipe. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these bars.
Sometimes I think that I was assembled by a drunk. I'm not even going to get into the extra ladle of fat that I was given by said drunk but I will say that someone installed the el cheap'o eyelids on my model. They seem to be too thin and too short. My eyes feel dry all the time and they almost completely forgot my eyelashes. Plus they may have inadvertently crossed pipes and redirected some tears to under my eyelids. It's the only way that I can explain the extreme puffiness that I am dealing with. I have submitted many complains to no avail and I didn't even get a coupon out of it. 
So I am still using a bar to rub/push out the puffiness problem that I have with my eyelids and avoid writing more letters of complaint. It has been working great and I think that my eyes look younger. I also noticed that my eyelashes look longer. I was going to post about how I think that it might be helping and then I read an article about how Vaseline may help eyelashes grow. I think it has more to do with moisturizing your eyelashes than with the product that you use. There seems to be quite a debate about it but I can say from my experience, this works well.
If I find the number for the assembly complaint department, I will give it out freely. I can't be the only person with complaints! Until then, use the lotion bars. Plus the lotion bars are great if you have problems with chapped skin and do wonders for your cuticles. I'm soft on the bars, can you tell?
Bar praise,
Sonya Ann