My friend and I went on a midweek thrift trip. We went to Reidsville. We ate at Camela's. It was delicious. We were going to Salvation Army as we had enough time, but they are closed on Wednesday. D'oh! We went to Goodwill and I found a few things. An old Tupperware divided plate (I have the plate but it's broken, so I was happy to find another one), a Halloween mug, a Seattle mug, a green plastic box (vintage check box), and a little souvenir 'horse' made of wood. The head is a clothespin! lol, It says "Straight from the horse's mouth" on it. It's cute! Since we didn't find a lot in there, we went to Mayodan to that Goodwill we just discovered last week. I found a lot of stuff in here. Two ceramic jack o lanterns (one small, one large), a pink zipper pouch (for small electronics, two grab bags of pencil and pens, (one had two Tombow brush pens in it! I didn't even see them when I picked it up), a SakRoots wallet, three desk bins (one long, one shorter, and a pencil cup), a pack of refills for a Zebra pen and a broken pen (I ordered a replacement pen on Amazon.), some Halloween string lights, and a secret message writing set. It had two invisible ink pens in it. Very cute. I think that is all. It was a good haul! We enjoyed this Goodwill much more this time. On the last trip, they were very busy, and it was hard to even look at stuff. This time, they weren't that busy and we were able to take our time.
That is basically what this is! I wanted to protect my desk to keep it from any issues so I looked up desk mats. I found one that would fit my desk. The writing surface isn't huge, so I had to measure it to get the right size. The only thing is, the smallest one height-wise is also the smallest one lengthwise! I wish I could get one that covered the majority of my desk. For now this will do.
It's nice, it's pink on one side and blue on the other. When I was looking these up and had ordered this one, I remembered I had an old Yoga mat that I didn't use anymore. It wasn't a real thick one and it was blue on one side and green on the other. I was thinking, I could cut this and make my own custom mat for my desk. There is only one problem. I can't find the Yoga mat! I moved it from the container I keep my other mats in. It only holds four and I took this one out to fit those in. Now, I can't remember what I did with the other mat. D'oh! I was thinking it would look pretty good on my desk and it would get used, but I can't find it. It's around here somewhere! :p
So, that came yesterday. Today I got another two packages from Amazon. I ordered a set of washi that has been on my wish list forever and I also ordered some coffee stickers! They had a set of 40 some (45 I think?) for $4 and some change. I looked and they had the same display box but it had twice as many stickers for $5 and change. I ordered that and I'm glad I did. It was two of the first one. So, an extra set of stickers for just a few dollars more. Good deal! Here are the stickers and the washi:
The stickers are neat. There are two of each design in the box so I have four of each with the two boxes. The washi is pretty and it's one of my favorite brands I've found on Amazon, it's Moleshine brand. Always nice quality and very pretty! As you can see on the bottom left of the washi box, they added a skinny roll, too!
Yesterday, my friend and I went to Reidsville and ate at Pete's and then went thrifting. At the Goodwill, he found a TomTom GPS and bought it and said it was for me! Yay! It's an older one, but it works well and it's got a nice size screen. He had bought me a tiny TomTom at the Goodwill in Longs SC on the way home from the last beach trip and I liked it, but it was hard to push the screen as it was so small. He saw this one and bought it. We set it up and it works fine. The maps may be a bit out of date, but they should be okay. It will still get us where we need to go, just maybe not to a specific restaurant or whatnot if we don't have the address. It will be nice to have a GPS in my car so I don't have to use my phone and Google Maps. I love my Google, but I don't want to run down my phone battery!
The day before that, when I forgot to post again, I went and got my car washed, filled up with gas, and got my oil changed They charged $10 more than last time and I wasn't very happy about that but I needed the oil change so I went ahead and got it. I like keeping on top of any maintenance on my Goontz!
My laptop bag came today and although it's lovely and sturdy, it's not wide enough. If I have my laptop in it alone, it's fine, but if I add my charger and Anything else, it's bulky and looks bad. I decided that I would look around town for something else. I found a few options on clearance on the Office Max website. I was debating on two. I decided to go over and see what I could find. The one I had looked at that I thought I was going to get was way too small. It was marked as a lot bigger on the website. It took forever for me to find it, too since I was looking for a bigger bag. I saw another bag that I REALLY liked while looking for that one. It was a bit more than the one I had been there to look at, and a few dollars more than the other one I had looked at, but it was perfect. It's grey and aqua and aqua is my color! It has several zipper pockets. The other bag had one on the outside and the inside had the laptop pocket on one side and two little pockets on the other. Not great for organization.
The new bag has a big section with the padded laptop 'sleeve' area. There is a zipper pocket in front of that with some organizer parts and the front has a slip pocket and a small zipper pocket. It also has two pockets on either side for a water bottle or coffee tumbler. :p It's very sturdy and I love it. It has a top handle which is a feature I love on backpacks and it's a sturdy handle, too. I really like this bag. I can load up everything I need to go to Starbucks! :p Or the beach, or wherever. I did think to take a picture of it in my car when I came out of Office Max. I knew I would probably be later getting home and wanted a picture in natural light. Here is that picture:
I love it! Now, after I got that, I went to grab some lunch since it was way past my lunchtime. I got a burger and ate in my car. I headed home and as SOON as I pulled down my street to pull into my driveway, I got a text message from Munzee. Their system has been down ALL day. There was a special Munzee that I had wanted to try and cap but Munzee was completely 'broken' all day. Of course, the minute I get home, it is up! I figured that the special Munzee would be gone, but I checked the app. It was going to be there for another hour. I backed up and went right back out and got it! lol. I got one more that I hadn't gotten on that side of town and headed home. That completed my Zeeops mission for today, too! I was quite happy that the special was still there. I just knew it was going to be gone by the time it came back up. I just checked and I got a badge for catching it. The "Over The Rainbow" badge. I LOVE the Wizard of Oz, so that made me doubly happy. :)
What am I babbling about? Well, I ordered a laptop bag today for the MBP since my laptop bag was too small, yes, I could use the sleeve and I might use that too at times, but I wanted an actual bag. I ordered one on Amazon and I also ordered a clear snap-on case for the MBP. It's blue and clear. This MBP is in such great shape so it will look so nice in that case. I looked at a lot of cases. The ones I really wanted were $20 and up. This one was $10 and it looked nice. I hope I like it. I am not a fan of the 'frosted' look and that is the case that is on it now. I could have gotten a pink one but my new laptop bag is pink. That is too much pink! :p. The laptop bag came in black (too basic), blue (not a good shade) and grey (I think). I liked the pink the best. It's pretty cool. It opens completely. If you pulled the zipper down, you can lay the bag out flat. The laptop goes in the big sleeve side and there are two smaller pockets on the other side and it has an outside pocket. I like it. I hope I picked right by getting the pink. I like pink in limited doses. :p
As for I'll be ready to go and I can't go. I can pack up my laptop to go out, but that is really not an option now. I miss going out and sitting in Starbucks on my laptop. I am getting the bag and case with the hope that a future time will be back to normal and I can go sit in Starbucks! I shouldn't have bought them both this month, I'm low on money because my personal property taxes were due and my post office box was due. I plan to go to the post office tomorrow and check my box, pay for my po box, and get any letters. Then I hope to write all my letters. Any that are at the post office and any at home. I need to buy stamps too. I haven't had any in a while. I want to get my letters caught up and sent out asap!
Here is the bag as shown on Amazon:
I finished my current read today and decided to give Kindle Unlimited a try. I already have four books downloaded from it. Two true crime, a new zombie book, and the second book of a series I read the first book of a week or so ago. Sadly the book I just finished and the one series before that are not on Kindle unlimited, but there seem to be a lot of interesting books. I might find some new authors and that is always a good thing. For now, I'm going to enjoy my free three month access to books!
So, I got up today and even though UPS doesn't usually get here until later in the day, I went and peeked out and saw a package! I went and got it and it was this small flat box. I thought that cannot be my Kindle! It was from Amazon though so I opened it. It was my Kindle! YAY! I like the.enviroental packaging. The Kindle comes in a slim box. It has the Kindle itself, a quick start guide, and a cord. I opened everything and turned the Kindle on. It turned on. YAY! I got to set it up and play with it today. I really like it. I sideloaded the books I have on my computer in Calibre and Amazon automatically downloaded the books I had on the old Kindle that I had purchased from them. I love that I can created collections like I did on my Kindle keyboard. I don't want just a bunch of book covers as organization. I put it on list view and then created a few collections. I still have several to go, but for now, I've already started a book!
As I was looking around on the Amazon site, I saw a true crime book that looked good and it was borrowable via Prime reads. I am seriously considering doing Kindle Unlimited again. I knew when I was looking up a lot of zombie fiction, some of the titles I wanted were available to read on Kindle Unlimited, so I might just do that. With the new Kindle, I got an offer for a three-month free trial, so I'm probably going to do that. I can decide at that time if I can find enough to read to warrant the expense. I'm thinking I probably will, but we'll see!
I got done writing just a few minutes ago and I was eight words from 25,000. I fixed that immediately! I added eight words and I hit the 25,000 mark. I'm very happy with myself! Go me!
In other news, I went to the recycle bins today, finally! I get to the parking lot where they are and there were THREE people there in THREE different cars recycling. I waited until they all left and was able to go to the bins and get mine done without anyone being there. People are so stupid! Not one of them had on a mask and they were all up on top of each other. UGH!
While I already out, I went to get some gas. It's so cheap now, I only got $12 worth but I should have just filled it as it was almost full when I got in the car! I like cheap gas. It should last me a while since I'm not really going anywhere.
When I got home, I realized that I needed to mow the back. The front was looking just a bit shaggy, but not too bad. I went ahead and did it anyway. I got a good part of the back yard done too. I still have a section that needs to be done, but it can wait. It's not visible from the street and it's not too bad back there just yet. It is supposed to rain tomorrow so that will give me an excuse to wait an extra day! lol!
My Kindle is supposed to be here tomorrow! Yay! The case JUST shipped today! LOL. I had a NookColor back in the day and I have a pink leather sleeve case for it, so I can use it for the Kindle until my hard case comes in. :)
Here it is, Monday again. I swear I don't know what day it is half the time anymore. Thanks, COVID- 19! I woke up a lot earlier than my alarm this morning. I got up to go to the bathroom and I was totally awake so there was no going back to bed. D'oh! Oh well, hopefully tonight I'll get to sleep early and crash until my alarm tomorrow.
I just finished writing for CampNaNoWriMo. I got a little over 1700 words today. It's going along pretty well! I was feeling sort of meh earlier and was going to just type a few words but I kept at it and got in what I did. That made me happy! I also had no nose bleeds today or overnight and that made me happy too! I was afraid I'd wake up with a mess but I didn't. I'm being very careful! I think the air purifier that my friend suggested it helping.
Oh! I mentioned yesterday that I was watching one of the earliest Starbucks cards on eBay. The seller offered me a deal today on it so I got it! :). I will be so happy to have that in my collection! It's in excellent condition and the pin is covered. Yay! The three that I won yesterday were shipped out today.
As for my Kindle, it is now saying it will be here Wednesday. Better than Friday! The only thing is the case for it hasn't shipped! lol. This is the reverse of last time. I got the case and then the Kindle. This time it looks like I'll get the Kindle and then the case. :p
I have something to keep it in for a few days so it will be okay. The case was supposed to be delivered on Wednesday so it may come the same day. I keep hoping that UPS will update and show the Kindle being delivered tomorrow. I can hope, right?!
Yes, as the title says, I have good news and bad news. My Kindle came today. I was so excited. I love the size of it, the feel of it in my hand. I charged it all up and ... it won't turn on. Noooooooo! I did all the troubleshooting and got on with Amazon support. It was a refurbished one so it might just have issues. I'm getting a refund for it and I've ordered a replacement. I had to get another version of this same Kindle as they had no more of this one. I also had to return the little case that I had for it and order a different one. Sadly, the new Kindle isn't supposed to be here until Friday. No, not tomorrow, next Friday. Oh well, as I said, everything has come quicker than they have said, so hopefully this will too!
Support was amazing. I got the Kindle and case both packaged up and printed out the labels and ran them to the UPS dropbox. I didn't even have to get out of my car. Yay! I am so anxious to set up the new Kindle and play with it. I was so disappointed when I couldn't even turn this one on. The one I am replacing it with is a newer model and brand new so I'll have support on it if anything happens. My old Kindle keyboard still works, but it's slowing down considerably. This will be a nice zippy upgrade!
After not feeling like writing at all tonight, I got 1729 words and I am now over the 15,000 mark. I am now going to go back to the book I started on my Kindle earlier. (the Kindle keyboard) It's good and I'm over half way done with it. I couldn't put it down!
OH! I forgot to mention my NaNoWriMo shirt came today. I'll post pictures tomorrow as my Starbucks card order is supposed to be here tomorrow so I'll just do pictures then.
I went to get a few things I needed today at the grocery store. I was able to get everything I needed except for toilet paper. I wore a homemade mask and got in and out as quickly as possible. After I loaded my groceries and carried the cart back. I drove to another part of the shopping center and parked and ran into a Dollar General. I went to the back wall where there is usually tp. Well, the shelves were completely empty. I was about to give up and leave, but I saw they had boxes out all over where they'd been stocking. I found an empty box that used to have tp in it, then I see another box and SCORE! I was able to get a pack. I didn't even look at the price. I just grabbed that bitch! LOL!
It was Charmin and it was a big package. I usually buy the good store brand at Food Lion. It's not the cheapo kind, but it's a lot less expensive than any of the other brands. This damn package rang up at right at $14 with tax. I was shocked, but I didn't care. It was so hard to find any, and this big pack will last me a long time and by the time I need more, I should be able to find some. By then, the tp panic will hopefully be over! :p
Remember how I said they didn't deliver my Kindle case yesterday? Well, when I was driving up the street to head to the store today I saw an Amazon envelope on my porch! I got it when I came home and sure enough, it was my case. The tracking STILL shows delivery attempted!!!! That is so weird. Now I'm wondering if it was out there all night! I like the little cover and I can't wait for the Kindle to come so I can try it out. I finally shipped today so yay! According to the tracking, it should be here Thursday so that makes me happy. That is two days earlier than the scheduled time.
I don't think I mentioned it, but I ordered myself another NaNoWriMo shirt. This one looked like the material from the one I got in 2018. I love that shirt and wear it A LOT. They had everything on the site on sale, too. They said it might take two weeks before it shipped. (Because of COVID) but it shipped already! Yay! It's going to be a good week for mail.
Speaking of NaNoWriMo, I just got in 1821 more words on Camp! It's going well! I'm now over the 12,000 mark. I am quite please with my progress so far. It looks like it's going to be more than 20,000 words.
Well, I was trying to figure out how when I take the bed apart again that I can fix it for the last time! I was thinking if I could find something to run across the bottom of the frame so that the box springs won't fall through. I was thinking wooden slats or something of that sort. I was hoping I could find something to use on m property. Well, I was working that out when my friend called.
He lives up the street. (His mom is my bestie). He wanted to bring back a book he borrowed back in the dark ages (lol) and I told him we could sit on the porch and for him to bring Cocoa! He agreed and I got to spoil and love on Cocoa and see my little stinky too! lol
He stayed until well after my usual lunchtime, so I just skipped lunch and went right to dinner. I had a snack in the afternoon, so it wasn't too bad. I ate my last two pieces of pizza for my dinner. I'm sad it's gone, but it sure was good while it lasted!
I received a package from Amazon today. I ordered some washi and some pens. The pens are blue ballpoints and they have a very nice size tip and the ink it dark and beautiful. It flows soooo well. I love them. They are Zebra Z grip Flight pens. Very nice and a definite new favorite! Now, let me tell you about the washi. This is a brand I have bought before. I have bought a LOT of washi from this brand. It's some damn good quality washi. It's usually a good value for the money, too. Well..... I opened the envelope my stuff came in today and I thought there had to be a mistake. The box that my washi came in was small enough to fit in my hand and it was a multi roll pack! I took a few pictures to share:
This picture does not show how small these are. I will now share another two pictures to give you an idea!
The roll on the left is a regular size roll of washi from the same brand. Look at the one on the right!
Here is the picture of the whole box of wash with two regular rolls on the outside.
The washi is absolutely gorgeous, I just wish there were more of it! There are ten rolls in all. Two really wide ones, four regular widths, two smaller widths, and two of the mini width.
In case you want to see the pens, here is the box with one of these smooth writing bois!
So, the inserts I purchased on Amazon came today. Sadly, they are too small for my Foxy Fix. I was disappointed. I didn't even open the plastic on them. I bundled them up and packaged them to mail back. They gave me a UPS slip so I ran out to drop it in the closest UPS box. Guess what? it's not there anymore! I remembered that there was one downtown in the parking lot of a law office. I drove down there and it was still there. Yay! I dropped in my return and headed home.
This box was located where I didn't even have to get out, so that was even better. Ha ha. I finished my puzzle today and there is a piece missing. AUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Since the pieces are so small, I'm hoping it just dropped near my bed and I'll find it soon. This is the first puzzle in a while that had a missing piece. I hate when that happens! This one isn't too noticeable, but it is noticeable. Oh well!
Sorry about not posting yesterday. I planned to, but you know how that goes! lol I didn't do much of anything yesterday except lay around and try to keep warm. I finally broke down and dragged my heater out and turned it on! Of course today, I got back into the 60's. That was nice because I had a few errands I needed to run and it was much nicer doing them in the warmer temperatures! I got the things done I needed and then headed back. I got an order today from Amazon! It just feels so weird to get a package on Sunday. I ordered a few things for my TN. A three-pack of inserts and a shitajiki. That is a pencil board if you didn't know! You put it behind the paper you are writing on to give you a smooth surface and so the impression of the pen doesn't come through. It also has a grid pattern on it and it's easy to see through the paper to draw lines and such.
I kept putting off today's NaNo writing session. I finally sat down this evening and I made it to 20,000 words! I had under that and then realized that I only needed about 800 to make it to 20,000 so I kept writing!
So, I had some gift cards on Amazon and last night I went looking for something on my wish list to buy. I also went looking at journals and stuff. I found the prettiest white leather journal on there. It's not set up as a TN, but I think I can convert it into one after I use the paper that is in it. It's so pretty!
I did buy something that was on my wish list. It's a Monopoly themed Moleskine journal! I love Monopoly and Moleskine, so it was a win/win. I have another Monopoly Moleskine on my wish list AND a Simpsons one! I could have gotten those too, but I saw this white leather journal and it was just so pretty. I'll share pictures tomorrow, of course!
Today has been pretty slow. I didn't really do much of anything. I didn't even leave the house! I didn't start a puzzle either. I am not sure why I didn't really do anything today. Oh well. Maybe I just needed a lazy day! Hopefully, tomorrow I'll get more done!
It was supposed to be all rainy and snowy and gross today. It did rain a little, but it wasn't that bad. I had already planned to skip my walk because I thought it was going to be nasty outside. It turned out that it wasn't that bad. I didn't walk though. I really should have. Oh well!
I'll walk tomorrow and get back on track. I ran out this evening to run an errand and to just get out of the house for a few minutes. If I had some money, I would have gone and had fun, but I'm broke. lol . Oh well. I looked up some tutorials and found out that I can create a digital planner in Keynote either on my iPad or on my Mac. I'm going to play around with that and see what I can come up with. I think it would be fun to create a planner. Of course, most people that do the planners have the larger iPad and the Apple pencil. Maybe someday, but I just can't afford that now.
My stylus that I ordered from Amazon is supposed to get here tomorrow. Technically, it should have come today. When I ordered it, it said if I ordered in the next 1 hour and 17 minutes, it would be here Tuesday. When I got it ordered, it said Wednesday. Phooey!
I ordered some Starbucks cards on eBay a few days ago. I'm hoping they come tomorrow. They are some holiday ones. I totally missed out on going in and getting the entire collection this year like I did last year. I got some of the holiday cards, but no where near all of them. This is a set of holiday cards. I'm not sure if it's the whole set, but it's got some of the multipacks and I wouldn't have been able to get them in any other case, so that is cool!
I found a black version of that nice smart stylus that I want on eBay for $25. I really love the light blue one, but I could save quite a bit with the black one. I will keep an eye on the one on eBay. It might come down in price or I could get a gift card from there. Who knows? :)
I guess I'll close for now. I want to play around with keynote for a bit and I also want to play some Board Kings. I'm so addicted to that game. It's fun!