Yeah, I know, exciting title, huh? It's been a boring day. I overslept this morning. I don't know if I turned off my Fitbit alarm and just forgot or it didn't go off, or I just slept through it. LOL! Luckily, I was only about half an hour late, so that wasn't too bad. It threw me off all day though. I did write, but not as much as I usually do. I didn't leave the house either. I was naughty and ordered from DoorDash. It was extremely fast and very delicious! I ordered from a local Chinese place that I love called Long River. My food was so delicious! I was going to order from the Mexican restaurant on UberEats, but the delivery fee went up so I checked on DoorDash. They don't have that restaurant, but I was able to get Chinese, so I was happy with that. My friend doesn't like a lot of different foods, so I get these when I'm on my own. I know, this is a very exciting post, isn't it? :p
Yeah, you read that right! So, I had to mow my front lawn today. BOO! I needed gas for my mower, so I had to go out and get some. I got a happy meal at McDonald's while I was out. I paid extra for the six-piece one and they gave me a cheeseburger. ~_~; They were very busy and lined up around the building so I just ate it. That was bad enough, but then, later, I was going to get UberEats from the local Mexican restaurant that I like. They were on there last week and today they weren't listed. So, I went looking for something else. I decided to do an online order at Firehouse Subs and just go get it myself. I ordered the steak and cheese which is delicious. I get it without the peppers, onions, and condiments. I only get steak and cheese and add extra provolone. Well, I picked it up, brought it home, opened it up and it had onions and peppers. BOOOOO! I had to pick them out. Luckily there was no mustard or mayo on there. That would have totally ruined the whole experience. I don't like mustard and I actively HATE mayo. UGH!
At least I had some leftover pizza for dinner. At the end of our thrifting trip last night, we stopped back in Reidsville and ate at Carmela's and split a pizza. I had three slices left of mine and that was dinner. It was yummy! In other news, a friend of mine has Covid and has been having a bad reaction to something she is taking and broke out in hives and had to go to the hospital. Luckily, they medicated her and sent her home. That was a relief. Another horrible thing happened. One of my longtime online friends lost their son in a car crash. I feel so bad for the family and my friend. I wish I could do something for them. It's a very sad situation. It's been on my mind all day.
I wrote a little today but not too much. Only 1118 words, but that isn't too bad. It was just not a good day for writing. I had so much on me with worrying about my friends and then the food fails that happened to me. It was just not the best day. Hopefully, tomorrow will be better! One good thing did happen today. I received an order from eBay of some Starbucks cards and I ordered several more that I need for my collection. Now I'm going to post this and then re-read what I wrote for today and then relax until bedtime. Goodnight from me!
Today was the first day of February in this new year of 2021. I did my usual thing. I went to Starbucks! The line was pretty crazy, but I got my drink I think I could have gone in, but I wasn't sure so I just hit the drive-thru. I got my drink (the blond almond milk honey flat white). It is pretty good. I think I really like it. I got that and went to do some Zeeops in Munzee since I didn't leave the house yesterday. I got my daily Zeeops and then headed home. I stayed in the rest of the day.
I got a nice bit of writing done just before I came here to post. I stayed up too late last night and did not want to get up today, so I'm going to try to go to bed at a reasonable hour. If I actually do is up in the air! :p I'd like to as I was so tired this morning. I don't know if I mentioned this, but when I was setting up this year's bullet journal, I added a two-page spread to the end of the month for 'memories'. This one had some things I downloaded and printed off the internet. I had a Biden / Harris 'sticker' for the inauguration. I also had the picture of Bernie and his mittens because that was so funny and it was such fun seeing all the places people put him after President Biden's inauguration. I also cut out a few other things to paste in including some coffee things and I cut the little 'fry man' from a package of Pete's Burgers and More fries. They don't have branding on their stuff, but the small fry bag has a little potato man surrounded by fries. We ate FIVE times at Pete's in January so I added him! :p I think I'm going to like the memories page. It will be fun to add things to it.
As for now, I'm going to post this, and then I'm going to relax for a bit before bed. I want to re-read what I wrote and see all the things I need to change! LOL!
Guess where I went today? Yes, the grocery store. I got so much good stuff. It was a successful trip. I was actually able to get everything I was looking for. Well, there was one thing I might have bought if it had been there, but it really wasn't a big deal. I did buy something new to try. I got this package of three thin crusts for pizza. They are small, about personal pizza size. I also got some pepperoni and cheese and sauce. I'm going to make one and see how I like it. I'm sure it will be good. I am glad they had the little crusts as my toaster oven isn't big enough for a regular pizza.
I wrote a good bit tonight and I was happy to do it. I had a scene in my head of another story I want to write. The scene is so clear in my mind. I wrote notes for myself on it and put it in Evernote. I will write this scene someday. It won't really fit in my current story. I had another story I started many years ago. This would go with that if I pick it back up.
I heard from my disk support peeps. I got the drive wrapped and ready to go. I dropped it in a UPS box tonight. It will be picked up by them tomorrow and be on its way. I don't know if they'll send a replacement with the files (if they are able to recover them) or ahead of time. They gave me a number to keep track of everything on the website so that is good. I hope they can get my files back. I'll be happy to have a new drive to back up my stuff. I don't want this to happen again!
So, I went thrifting yesterday with my friend. We did our usual circuit. Reidsville, Eden, and Martinsville. I didn't get a lot of stuff, but I got a few fun things. I found three different jack o' lanterns, (one was a stack and it was still in the box!), I got a cute Hallmark branded snowman dish, a snowman soap, he was so strange looking I felt sorry for him and felt he needed a home. I got a coupon organizer pouch thing, a pouch with a galaxy print (an Ipsy pouch), a cupcake mug, a wireless keyboard, etc. I found a vintage puzzle still in the box sealed! I also got this little snowman thing. It's a snowman that sits in a glass and it's supposed to have a floating thing that you float on top after filling it with water and a layer of oil and light a wick. The floaty thing and the winks are missing, but the snowman in the glass is cute and it came in its original box from 1979. Nifty! I think that is everything except a little organizer box for Zip disks. Now that is a blast from the past! It was new with the plastic still on it. I didn't need it, but I got it anyway. I feel like I'm forgetting something.
When I got home, I checked online to see if I could get some blue lights somewhere while they are having after the holiday sales. Target was out as I had already seen. I checked Lowes and they had some and they were half price! They weren't available to pick up in-store, but they were available for shipping. I went ahead and got six strands. I'll have an extra just in case. Also, these are a different brand than the ones I always get at Target. I hope they last longer, but we'll see!
As of now, I've done all my regular Sunday things. The only thing left is to put the bed linen back on the bed. I went to the grocery store to pick up a few things that they were out of when I went last week. I also needed a few other things. I got the other things, but they were still out of the two things I needed. D'oh! That is so weird. They are either not getting stock because of Covid, or the stockers just aren't filling the shelves. Hopefully I'll get the things I need soon.
For now, I am going to put the linens back on the bed and then write. I wrote a good bit two days ago. I didn't write last night and I am really wanting to get some writing done tonight. Bed linen and then writing! One more thing. I took a picture of my 'new' Fossil bag in my car the other day. It's so pretty in natural light. My Fossil bag sitting in my Goontz. :p
I might run over there later, but I might not. As for now, I'm drying my hair. I went out earlier to Munzee and then decided that since I was right near the grocery store, I would get some much-needed groceries. I got myself plenty of good things to eat, some extra coffee (just in case!) and they actually had my creamer. One bottle that is now mine! :p. I got all the things to make a hash brown casserole but one. They were out of shredded hash browns! Store brand and Ore-Ida. I would have gotten the Ore-Ida if they had them, but alas, no hash browns. I do have all the other stuff now, so I just need those. I also got two boxes of cheesy hashbrowns Hamburger helper. I like it for something different every now and then. I don't use hamburger, I use Morningstar Farms veggie crumbles in it. It's very tasty! Guess what they were out of? Yes, MSF veggie crumbles. Ahhh! They were out the last time I looked for them too. I will check another store and hopefully get those and the hashbrowns. The funny thing about the stuff for HBC, the one thing they are usually out of is the cream of potato soup. They had tons of that today so I stocked up and got enough for two casseroles (four cans). I also got the sour cream and cheese. The sour cream is good until February and I'll have long since made and ate both casseroles before then! :p
I was happy to get a bag of coffee. I didn't get any the last time I went to the store and although I'm not out, I'm getting low. I do not want to run out of coffee! It's getting harder and harder to find whole bean coffee in my store. They have plenty of ground. I also bought a box of K-cups for times when I don't have my re-usable filters clean or I just want a quick cup without grinding, filling, etc. It's Green Mountain coffee which I've had many varieties of and have liked. I don't think I've tried this particular one before, but I'm sure it's good. It's the Nantucket medium roast. I usually can't go wrong with a medium roast. Plus, as I said, everything I have ever tried from Green Mountain coffee, I've liked so I think I'll like this too!
I had to wash dishes so I could have room to wash my hair. I put a pot of water on to heat up on the little hotplate I bought and it warmed up while I washed dishes. I then washed my hair and it's drying now. I wish it would hurry up because I'm ready to fix lunch! :p. I did pick up a ham and cheese sandwich in the deli while at the store, so I'll have something good to eat with no prep. I just don't want to go to the kitchen while my hair is still wet at the rest of the house if pretty damn cold! The funny thing is, it's in the 40's today and when I left the grocery store I had my air on coming home! lol. That was weird. I didn't need the air once I got home and got my stuff put away. My kitchen is too cold for that. :p
So, my friend texted me today and asked if I'd like to go to Reidsville and eat at Carmela's or Pete's. I said, YES! He came over and we went and we ate at Carmela's. They are an Italian place that is great. I got fettuccine alfredo. I have been wanting some good alfredo for quite a while now, so I was so happy to get this. It was delicious. Just look at it:
Makes me hungry all over again! :p. After we ate, we went to the Salvation Army store and the Goodwill over there. We didn't go to Eden and on to Martinsville, this was a Reidsville only trip. I found a 16 oz Starbucks holiday mug from 2013 in the SA store. I also got a case for my iPad Mini for $1 and I got a little scrapbook 'kit'. It's the scrapbook and inside it has stickers and papers to use in it. I looked it up online and found the same thing at Amazon for $24. I paid $2 so I think that is a great score! I think I'll save it and use it after the next beach trip.
At Goodwill, I found a Kate Spade wallet! It's in perfect condition. It's only missing the clip-on wrist strap which I wouldn't use in any case. It's nice and I was happy to find it. I only have one Kate Spade thing and this just made my day. I also got two mugs. One with a penguin and one that is a jack o lantern! :) Both are adorable and for display, not drinking. The Starbucks mug I found at SA is for drinking. It's in excellent condition. It was a small thrift run and a small thrift haul, but it was a good one. I enjoyed getting out for a bit and I love the things I found. I tried my phone in the Kate Spade wallet and it fits fine! I love that I can just toss my debit card, license, and phone in it and go. Good for when I don't want to carry a purse.
By the way, Big Sur is no longer laggy. In fact, it's pretty damn fast! I love it. Everything is so neat. I have read some sites and watched a few videos on it to get tips and tricks. I want to do more of that tomorrow. While we were in Reidsville, I was capturing a lot of virtual Munzees as we came to them. That was fun! I was able to get some unique stuff that isn't around here so that was even better. There are a LOT of virtual over there. A zillion times more than are here in Danville.
Guess who went to the grocery store today? Yes, me! I spent a LOT of money but I got a LOT of groceries. I tried to get a nice variety of things. I have been tired of eating the same old things so I trie to mix it up. I only bought three frozen dinners this time. I got a lot of other stuff that needs to be prepared and some heat and eat things. I also got some staples. I'm pretty much set for groceries for a while. It was a lot of work. Shopping, loading, unloading and putting all that away, but it will be worth it for sure.
It stopped raining sometime overnight, so I didn't have to worry about that while shopping. I still can't believe all the stuff I got. It saved a ton on deals and I also have $9.00 to spend later. My store has a shop and earn program. I earned enough in three departments to get $3 back in each. I love that program! It helps out a lot! One of my purchases also gave me a $1.o0 coupon for my next visit.
I went to one of my favorite local places today. I haven't been since the whole Covid thing started. They have opened and started using their drive-thru (they took over the building from a burger joint). They never used the drive-thru but due to COVID, they have been using it. This was my first trip there since it all began. Backstory finished! LOL! I got what I always get and it was quite a bit more than usual. I knew they had gone up on prices, so I wasn't shocked at the window. They did give me a lot more food than usual too. That part was good since it was so much more. The problem? It tasted off. It didn't taste like it was bad, it just had this weird taste. I ate a lot and I still have also more for later. They loaded that box! I just hope it was okay and I don't get sick. I think they might have used something different in there, I don't think anything was bad. We'll see how my stomach feels in a few hours! LOL!
I called and ordered it an I was close by the restaurant so I went to the parking lot to sit and wait to go through the drive-thru. While I was waiting, I opened the Munzee app to see if there were any Munzees close by, there was one but I wasn't sure exactly where it was and I didn't want to go all over. I did find out that it was far enough way for me to deploy one of my own. :)
I have gotten my second wind and I'm a little more with it now. I wanted to post about the interesting thing that happened on my way to Myrtle Beach! My friend and I usually do this trip from Monday - Sunday. He had this planned well before Covid-19 and all that mess. When he found out that we would actually be allowed to go, he also found out that he would be off Friday, Saturday, and Sunday before the day we'd usually leave. What does this nut do? He books us a room at a different hotel for those two nights! LOL! Yes, we are here until Monday morning and then we change hotels. Fun, eh? Two extra days for having to move twice? I'm not complaining!
So, we were getting close to getting to Myrtle and his battery light comes on. Uh oh! Not good. He pulls over on a busy highway and risks life and limb to check under the hood. Everything looked okay, so he said since we were less than 10 miles from the hotel, we'd try our best to make it. Well, when we get in Mrytle, they have Ocean Boulevard only going ONE WAY. You have to get on a certain cross streets and go to your hotel. We didn't know this at first and we below ours and we were going to just drive up. NOPE. You can only go right onto Ocean Blvd. So, we had to go eight streets above our hotel and go through there. The car was struggling.
We get to the hotel and he sees a few parking spots near the front and he goes for it. The car dies right there. Luckily he was almost in the spot so he was able to maneuver it and park it. We went to hopefully check in. This was just before noon and check in is at 4pm! Of course the room wasn't ready but she said she'd call.
So, we can't go anywhere because of the car. This first hotel is right next to the beginning of the Beach Boardwalk so we go sit on a bench in the shade there. He does some looking online and calls around and finds an autoshop store that will deliver the parts here to the hotel. Score! They do and he hs been out working on putting the two parts on. Hopefully this will fix the problem. It's been a very long day and we are both tired to death.
We stopped at a Goodwill in Longs SC. My first thrift store in almost two months! I got really 'weird' in there. The only thing I could describe it was I felt like I was going to fall over in the floor. I actually stumbled into a clothing rack and was swaying badly. We checked out and then got on the road. It wasn't long after that the car issues started up so I was freaking out about feeling like I was dying and the car was trying to die too! I think the car and I are both better now. I hope he is coming back in soon with good news.
As for me, I felt better once I sat down in a cool environment. We ordered pizza and I ate three slices of that on the balcony with some of my beloved Mountain Dew (I AM NOT A NECKBEARD!) I just happen to love their drink of choice. D'oh! Anyway, I felt a lot better after eating and I've been just sitting and relaxing since. I am starting to feel like myself again but damn I'm hungry again. LOL
That pizza was almost six hours ago now so it's okay that I'm hungry. I want to wait for my friend to get done with the car and hope that was a success. I can eat leftover pizza or if the car is running we can risk it and go out in this insane traffic. AHHHH!
So, that was my day so far. I wanted to share with you. I didn't realise I would be writing my next novel right here in the blog. :P Here are a few more -pictures including that fabulous Hungry Howie's pizza!
I finally put together the ingredients to make a hash brown casserole. It's in the oven right now and I'm anxiously awaiting it being done so I can devour it. They are so delicious. This one looked really good going in the oven. I actually was able to make two dishes. I have another one in the fridge and I can cook it tomorrow. That way it's fresh. Yum. (insert Homer drooling sounds here)
I'm down to the last 14 minutes. I kept getting distracted. I started this post about ten minutes ago! I will get this finished and then I'll have to wait just a little longer and then I can eat some delicious hash brown casserole. Boy, this is the most boring post ever. Hopefully, I'll have some interesting things to show you tomorrow. I have a few packages headed my way. Sorry for rambling along about hbc, but that stuff is so good!
Yes, I'm now within 635 words of 50,000 for this year's CampNaNoWriMo! I still can't believe it. I could have finished tonight, but I got to a good point and stopped. I'm sure it will end up being over 50,000. I've decided NOT to kill off my main character. I love him too much and so does my main leading lady! We both would be devastated. He still may have some health problems but not fatal ones. I'm not sure if I'll get to that before I finish. There might be a longer book in the works or I may go for two. We'll see.
I went to get groceries today and stock up before the beginning of the month when a lot of things are sold out. The shelves were a lot fuller than the last time I went. There were empty spots though. A lot of canned goods were gone and I had wanted to get a few boxes of Hamberger Helper. I like to make it with Morningstar Farms veggie crumbles. It's delicious that way. Sadly, they were out of most of the HH and they didn't have the ones I wanted so I passed on that. I did get all the things to make a hashbrown casserole but I forgot the sour cream! D'oh! I'm hoping to go to the other location of this store in a day or two and see if I can get a certain frozen dinner that I love and I'll pick up the sour cream then. I hate going into crowded stores in good times, with all the COVID-19 worries, I hate it even more! I am glad I have a lot of good food though. I actually got myself a few 'treats' that I normally don't get. Food, but fun food. :P
Speaking of food, I need to go fix some now! I finished my book last night and it left it on sort of a cliffhanger so I had to start the next book! I did today and it's pretty good so far. I am pretty sure at this point I'll finish the trilogy. Right now though, I'm fixing food and eating everything on my plate, or bowl, or whatever it is that I eat off of. I haven't decided what I'm fixing yet. lol
I am now only 557 words from 20,000 words. That was my goal for CampNaNoWriMo but I will not be even close to being done by the 20,000-word mark. Looks like this might end up being a full 50,000 words. It's fun writing a whole different story and genre from my Zombie books. Don't get me wrong, I love my Zombie series and characters and I will go back to them again. This is fun.
I am currently waiting for my dinner to finish up. I'm making my favorite hash brown casserole and I cannot wait to devour it all! LOL! It's going to be so good and I have plenty for a few days. Well, if I don't eat it all tonight! :P
Oh boy! Guess what? Well, today I realized my debit card wasn't in my purse. Uh oh! I looked through every pocket and place that I never put anything into and still no card. Oh dear. So, I go look in my car and didn't see it. I thought back and realized the last time I used it I was at the drive-thru at CVS. I went back by there when I ran out for groceries and stopped. They didn't have it. I had an idea where it might be at home, so I went and got my groceries. I lucked out and was able to get almost everything I wanted! Only a couple of things I wanted were out of stock so I was lucky!
I came home and looked in the place I thought of, no card. Then I said to myself, it HAS to be in my car, It's fallen under the seat or in between the seats. I go out and look in the front and look, nothing. I have a little drawer under the passenger seat, I pull it out and look in it, nothing, Then I look through and see it on the floor in the back. YAY!!!!!!! I got it and carried it in and felt a whole lot of relief.
So happy to get some groceries. Now if we have a stay in place order here, I'll be okay. I have enough food to get me through. I'm quite happy about that. Well, in between all the debit card stuff, I am looking under my bed. I was thinking it might have fallen off the bed and slipped under there. Guess what? Remember me taking it apart to fix it when it didn't need to be fixed the other night? Well, it needed to be fixed today! LOL. I did that, cooled down, and then sat down to finish my puzzle. I finally finished that damn thing. I'm glad it is done. :p
My friend and I haven't gone to eat in a while, so today he said we'd go eat. We ate and then he asked if I would like to go to Goodwill. I did, but I'm down to $1 in my checking account! I asked if I found some things could he spot me and he agreed so we went. I was able to get a puzzle, a jack o' lantern mug, a little solid jack o' lantern, a package of jack o lantern paper cups, and three packages of envelopes. It was a good haul. I always need envelopes with pen pals. I like to get ones that aren't just plain white, so these were cool. One set is white with a red ribbon, one is red with strips and polka dots on the flap, and the other pack has blue envelopes. I only picked up one and then I went and picked up the other and then I just said, what the hell and got all three! LOL! I organized all my envelopes by size in the box I have them in and I added these to them. I also worked last night making a little divider system for stationery. This way I can store more stationery in the little pen pal container and they are neat and organized, too! I just need to put tabs on them so I can grab whatever I need easily.
So, here is the puzzle I finished today and my small haul from thrifting. The puzzle was fun. It wasn't too bad near the end, but it did take me a bit to finish. I like the picture. I'm either going to do the door one I mentioned before tomorrow or I'll do the one I got today. It's really pretty.