Pi Day! Popcorn Day! Potato Chip Day!

March 14, 2013

Happy P Day

Pi Day! Popcorn Lover’s Day! and Potato Chip Day!

There’s nothing I love more than finding the circumference of a circle. Actually there are things that I love more…like food that come in circles! Pie, cookies, cupcakes, saltwater taffy, Ritz crackers, pepperoni slices, pickle chips, olives, rings of watermelon…. you get the idea. I love circle foods! Well today I made a strawberry rhubarb pie and it was the first time I was very successful making the lattice. No, no, no I didn’t make the crust but I did use the other crust that came in the two pack to make the top :). I also made a plum pie with strudel topping that was pretty delicious. If you’re wondering with the extra parts of the lattice pie crust I glazed them in butter, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and made pie crust crisps…which is the only way I really like pie crust at all. Give me a pumpkin custard any day over pumpkin pie.

 

Pie! Wonderful Pie! Glorious Pie! Delicious Pie!

Pie! Wonderful Pie! Glorious Pie! Delicious Pie!

I don’t love popcorn but I thought I would give them a shout out because it was so alliterative! I only like popcorn when it is drown in butter or caramel…so really it’s just a place holder food for me (like potatoes, crackers, and rice). I do love potato chips though! I really could have stopped at Pi Day but why when potato chips are on the table :)

Crunchy! My favorite type of snackie!!!

Crunchy! My favorite type of snackie!!!

 

 

 

January 30 Day Challenge

30 Days of Non-Spending and Living Well

January 2014

ImageI got this idea from the blog, Living Well and Spending Less. Essentially 30 days of spending no money except on previously committed to amounts (bills) and essential items (gas, limited food). I just read an article about how if you put your goals out there in public then you are more likely to follow through because of peer accountability. This is a list that she made about things that qualify as non-essentials. 

There are a few expenses that should definitely be cut out for the month:

  • Eating at restaurants
  • Starbucks
  • Clothing
  • Hobbies–crafts, golf, etc.
  • Entertainment
  • Toys
  • Toiletries
  • Alcohol & other vices
  • Lottery Tickets
  • Furniture/Home Decor

I love to spend money on some of these things but I am committing to not to until February. I’m expecting that in a month of not spending that I the things that I “needed” I will find out that I don’t “need” those things anyway. I’m tired of cutting it close at the end of the month. I’m tired of not having money to travel to amazing places. I’m tired of feeling weighed down by junk that I don’t need and don’t necessarily even want. I’m tired of eating poorly on convenience food instead of eating whole foods that can be recognized as food. I’m tired of not really knowing where my money is going. I’m also tired of not having accessible cash in case of emergencies. I have done a great job of retirement planning but between now and 55 my saving habits are poor. I guess if I get bored I can always go for a walk…that’s absolutely free :) 

Here are my answers to the ground rules page: 

Grocery or Toiletry Items I MAY buy: 

toilet paper

fresh fruits or vegetables

chicken, beef, pork

butter, eggs

gasolina

Things I Have Already Committed To Paying For: 

rent

403b 

bootcamp/wellness coach

insurance

car payment

internet/netflix/hulu

water/electricity

Things I Absolutely CANNOT Purchase: 

-eating out 

-processed food

-entertainment (ie. movies, red box, bingo, bowling, mini-golf, iTunes, etc.)

-alcohol, going out, happy hour, etc. 

-anything from Target, Wal-mart or Costco (except aforementioned items)

-coffee/soda :(

Other Rules/Notes: 

I will buy or make Catherine a birthday present (any going out expense also counts as part of this)

I will buy stamps to send thank you notes and late Christmas cards to those important to me…spending money on relationships is a long time goal and stamped letters is something that helps build relationships. (..And I HAVE to send Christmas cards out before February or I might as well send Valentine’s Day Cards). 

Food/supplies for the animals will be an exception,( I did just buy Dubia beetles to start a colony so that this expense will be less in the future)…but no new fish even to replace the ones that I killed by accident. 

If you want to do this project with me then start here at this website, Living Well and Spending Less, How to do a Spending Freeze. 

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By organizing and controlling my finances and my environment,I will be able to enjoy what I have and what I do more and more; because those worries of not having enough money and too much clutter will be diminished.

 

Thirty Day Challenge

e505c5ad3ad4949ae6fed0889c6afd33Well, thanks to you who have spent the last year with me. Thinking about what I wanted to accomplish this year I realized that I don’t want to commit to a year of something. I am going to do things for 30 days instead! You can read about these things on this blog (I also plan to go back and hit the days that I didn’t get to document last year). This idea is inspired from a TED Talk by Matt Cutts. It’s a really short clip about changing one thing in your life for 30 days! Awesome! WATCH IT!!!!

Here’s some more inspirational videos!

My favorite YouTube crush ZeFrank1, An Invocation for Beginnings. 

And what inspirational go get ‘em YouTube binge isn’t complete without Kid President’s Pep Talk. 

If you were lame and didn’t watch those videos then you can get some inspiration from these quotes!

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Goodbye 2013

I have learned so much over this last year. About me, about my what makes me excited, about how I react to the world around me, about what I want and what I do not want out of this adventure called life. I can’t say that 2013 has been my greatest year to date but there were some great moments, a lot of those I shared with you all on this blog. So dear reader, thanks for being a part of my year and my life. Thanks for teaching me things and being willing to be a little silly with me. Thanks for reading my ramblings even when they were late or weren’t proof-read.

I wish I knew how my journey ended, or at least what was next. There are a lot of unknowns out there. Whatever comes or goes, I know that I will remember this year as the year that I lived every day a little more than usual. Thanks for sharing that with me. Cheers!

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National Egg Nog Day!

December 24, 2013

Happy National Egg Nog Day!

Cheers!

Cheers!

Egg nog is like Cadbury Creme Eggs. I try it every other year or so. I think that I’ll like it. I don’t. I keep trying though…maybe one day my taste buds will mature. Maybe it would be better if their were liquor it in…like the cranberry juice I had earlier. :)

Egg Nog Mustache (and teeth socks? eww)

Egg Nog Mustache (and teeth socks? eww)

 

Mudd Day!

December 20, 2013

Happy Mudd Day!

Here’s a little story about a man whose name was dragged through the mud and his last name happened to be Mudd.

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Samuel Mudd! Happy Birthday!

Samuel Mudd! Happy Birthday!

Once upon a time there was a guy named Samuel Mudd and he was born on this day a long, long time ago. He grew up and became a doctor. Then he was at his house south of Washington D.C. in April of 1865. A fellow that he had met previously rode up and asked to spend the night while he recovered from an injury. Mudd agreed and this might have been a poor choice on his part because he was later found guilty of being a conspirator in the Lincoln assassination. This guy made was apparently kind of a butt-face and not very nice to his slaves, but the proof of his role in the assignation of Lincoln has been disputed…especially by his relations. He eventually was released 4 years later and went back to his farm to live with his herd of kids and his wife.

The History Channel show that I watched a few President’s Days ago claimed that this might be where the term “Your name is mud” came from but it turns out that phrase was used before Sam Mudd was born. Apparently not all the neighbors were thrilled to have him back after his stint in prison.

I think this looks like a nice house...apparently so did John W. Booth as he fled south to escape capture.

I think this looks like a nice house…apparently so did John W. Booth as he fled south to escape capture.

Here’s a website with more information about the conspirators and what happened to them. I would also recommend watching Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and The Conspirators….both interesting, one more historically accurate.

National Re-gifting Day!

December 19, 2013

Merry National Re-gifting Day!

This is a picture I'm re-gfting to you...it's a portrait by an aspiring 7 year old artist.

This is a picture I’m re-gfting to you…it’s a portrait by an aspiring 7 year old artist.

I love re-gifting! If you’ve ever gotten a present from me chances are it has be re-gifted from someone else…if you give me a present I will do the world a favor and recycle the joy that came along with the present-receiving. Why? Because I don’t need things and it’s fun to give stuff to other people… as well as cathartic to get rid of stuff that I don’t want. I re-gifted a lot of things at school today. All of the teacher mugs and other teacher paraphernalia that I could find I lovingly re-gifted to other people at my school site. I didn’t leave my name on it. I also snuck about 20 mugs into the teacher’s lounge cabinet. You’re welcome, Co-workers! I’m sure they appreciated the gesture.

I also re-gifted some jelly beans to my students from a teacher white-elephant gift exchange. It’s really the only way I’ve gotten through this week. They will do anything for a chance at a jelly bean.

The jar of jelly beans that saved my sanity.

The jar of jelly beans that saved my sanity.

The teacher did her best today so she got a jelly bean too!

The teacher did her best today so she got a jelly bean too!

The most awesome things I have “re-gifted” or really white-elephant gifted this month was a giant dog bone. I took it to a friend’s party. The person who got it was not thrilled and I ask you why not?

Giant meat-bone gift.

Giant meat-bone gift.

National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

December 16, 2013

Feliz National Chocolate Covered Anything Day!

Well, this day could be horrifying. I can imagine a lot of awful things that could be covered in chocolate. I don’t think there are a lot of limitations on what can be dipped in chocolate…of course what can be done and what should be done are probably two different things. I can wear leggings in public but I probably shouldn’t.

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Little squids covered in chocolate. I don’t condone eating cephalopods even when dipped in chocolate.

Here are a few things that I found online covered in chocolate:

-Bacon

-Onions

-Scorpions

-Squid

-Potato Chips

-Pickles

-Roses

-Mashed Potatoes

-Carrots

-Slim Jims

-Seaweed

-Chile Peppers

-Beef Jerky

-Bugs

-Sea Salt and Spices

-Mushrooms

-Beer (flavored at least)

-Cheese

-Cheese curls

-Chicken

-Sunflower Seeds

-Corn Dogs

-Broccoli

-Cherry Tomatoes

-Green Tea

I didn’t have anything like that. I just had Peppermint Crunch Junior Mints. I don’t like Junior Mints but I’m a sucker for holiday themed candies. They weren’t good. You shouldn’t try them, they are basically gritty Junior Mints…I had envisioned more of a Trader Joe’s Holiday Peppermint Joe-Joe. If you haven’t tried those go quickly to a Trader Joe’s near you! You won’t regret it.

Gritty Junior Mints...less than holiday cheer-filled.

Gritty Junior Mints…less than holiday cheer-filled.

I look so enraged about this chocolate covered anything.

I look so enraged about this chocolate covered anything.

Cat Herder’s Day

December 15, 2013

Merry Cat Herder’s Day

I don’t like cats. However, I feel like I herd cats everyday when I’m trying to get my 2nd graders to clean up. At least 2nd graders don’t get hairballs or make my eyes itchy.

A herd of cats is called a clowder. Interesting and useless…exactly how trivia should be. There’s also a wikihow dedicated to herding cats…funny. I wish I had a grand story about how I herded cats, or was herded by cats, or something related to herding and cats.

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This is by far my favorite video about cats online, Kittens Inspired by Kittens. 

This is my other favorite video, Sad Cat Diaries by ZeFrank1

You should watch this video, it’s a commercial about cat herding. 

The last video is about when someone thought it was an excellent idea to put 100 cats into IKEA.  Why? I have no idea, but it’s funny.