It has been a hectic 24 hours for me. Last night I did a write-in for NaNoWriMo and that was fun! My computer was slowing down terribly so I went to restart it. I was smart enough to back up the day's writing in Evernote. Good thing I did because my hard drive failed quite spectacularly! I went to Target and bought an external hard drive and I was able to re-install Lion (SO OLD) and then I was able to upgrade to... I think it was El Capitan and from that, I was able to install Catalina. I currently have Scrivener, Chrome, and Evernote on here. I am going to try to save my files from the bad hard drive, but for now I'm satisfied. I have my first two days of NaNo writing and I can keep on. I haven't written today because I was trying to get my MacBook Pro back to a working laptop. It is and I hope tomorrow to get the files from the dead drive. It's there, but I'm going to have to do so work to get my files back. I'm just happy to have a working laptop for now. The other stuff will come later. I'm going to get my daily word count for NaNo and I'll feel so much better. Wish me luck in getting all my files back!
I needed a few things at Target tonight so I went over there. They weren't busy at all and it was so nice to be able to wander around without people everywhere. I got the item I needed and several other goodies. I found a really cool huge pack of Post-it notes for $10. I bought them. I won't have to buy Post-its for a loooong time unless I find more really good sales. lol Here is the pack:
I checked the Starbucks in Target before leaving and I found two cards I didn't have AND they have the new Halloween card. It's glow in the dark, too! I was so glad to get one. I wanted it. before I knew it was glow in the dark. I wanted it even more after finding that out. It's cute too! Here are the three cards I was able to get:
I'm happy with my finds. Before going to Target, my friend and I went to an auto parts store to get an air filter for Goontz. When I was getting my oil changed, they told me that I had no air filter! I don't know how the hell that happened, but I have one now.
So, my floor lamp has been blinking on and off lately. I thought the bulb was about to go. I checked the bulb and it was okay. It didn't do it for a while and then today, it was flashing off and on and I couldn't take it. It was making me sick so I turned it off. I figured that my lamp must have a short in it. I look at Target.com and find they have a lamp that looks a lot like the one I have. It was only $8.99 so I drove over to get it. I got it and one other item I needed, did self-checkout and headed out. I was right there near Starbucks, so I went to the drive-thru there. I decided to try something new since they don't have my cascara any more. I gave the smoked butterscotch latte a try. OMG, It was delicious! It was sweet without being overly sweet. This is what I loved so much about the cascara latte. This is definitely a new favorite. I only got a tall to make sure I liked it. I did! Delicious!
It was after 4 am when I finally laid down and tried to sleep last night so I've been pretty tired and out of it all day. I did get a puzzle done though. It's a pretty scene, too! I enjoyed working it. While I was in the process of working it, my shoes came. I tried them on and they fit fine. I was distracted then, so I didn't really walk around in them much. I'll try them out soon and see how they are. I think they'll be okay. They come with a spare set of insoles and a pair set of laces. Pretty nice for $10. Now that I see them in person, they are more red than pink. I think I'll like them, but that all depends on how they feel when I wear them.
My friend had plans tonight, so I knew he wouldn't want to walk. I hope he wants to go tomorrow. I'd like to give them a try. Ah! I got distracted by Starbucks earlier and forgot to finish my thoughts about the lamp. So, I get it put together and plugged in and guess what? It is doing the same thing as the old one! I noticed when I bought this one that it is supposed to take a three-way bulb. The old lamp did too, but I never had an issue. Well, I turned it off and ran up to Family Dollar and bought a three-way bulb and put it in the lamp. No blinking! So, I didn't need a new lamp, just the correct bulb. That is okay, I can definitely use the old lamp in another room. I just need another 3-way bulb. I only bought one to make sure that is what the problem is.
At Family Dollar, I also got a small table lamp. It was marked down to $4. I have two just like it. I put it away for a backup. Couldn't pass it up at that price. I also got a few other things I needed and I got a couple of bags of Cheez Doodles. :p I
love my Cheez Doodles!
So, there is a novel for you. Here is the pretty puzzle:
It has been a very long day and I'm glad to be able to just sit down and type up this post! I have needed a haircut for a very long time now. I had a coupon last month for Great Clips, but it ran out the day before I decided to use it. D'oh! I did NOT want to go to the beach for a week with my hair the way it was. It was totally out of control. I had so many 'messy hair, don't care' days! I just put it in a scruncie and went with it. It was getting where it wouldn't stay in the scruncie so I got a nice cut today. The process just started my long day!
I decided to go over there this afternoon and get my hair cut. I looked up their hours and got in my car. It was doing that thing where it would NOT go over 25 miles an hour. ~_~; I drove all over trying to get it to start running right . A lot of times it will kick in and go, this time, not so much! So, I drove home and i was so frustrated. I knew it would probably be futile to ask my one friend . She had to get back to me. I finally called HER back and guess what? She would take me! Whee!
So, I walk up to her house ready to go, go, go! She wasn't ready just yet. So, I walk the mini Doxie whom I love to pieces and then we are ready to go. Her mom(she lives next door) asked where we were going and she tells her. She decides that she wants to go too. ^^; So, we have to wait for her to go change and get ready. We finally got there and checked in. I got to go back as soon as they were checked in. They BOTH decided to get hair cuts. ~_~:
I get mine done and it's so cute! She cut about 25 pounds of hair off. It feels and looks SO much better now. We left there and went to Target. I had heard that they had the new Mildliner brush pens on clearance at some Targets. I decided to check just in case. I went to the school clearance section as that is where I heard they would be. I didn't see any, but I got three cute one subject notebooks, two single packs of Post it notes, and some magnetic pencil thingees (for lockers or such) . I went to the regular stationery secton and looked on the pen aisle. They had actual Mildliners which was new. I'd looked several times before. I walked around a bit and then spotted some on the endcap. They had the 10 pack of Mildliner brush pens for $5.96! SCORE!!!!! I grabbed a pack and added them to my stuff. I was so happy to find them!
So, I go and checkout and then I'm looking in the Starbucks at their drinkware. I call my friend and they are at the back of the store looking for something they don't even have in Target. I told her so, but she didn't listen! LOL I decided to sit in the Starbucks and wait for them. I got a frappuccino and drank it and they still hadn't come up front! I called my friend again and she was on the soap aisle. I went to where she was and teased her that she needed soap for her ass. lol . We finally corralled her mom and headed for the checkouts.
By then, it was past my usual lunch time and i was hungry! They were too. They decided to order pizza and pick it up on the way home. This would have caused my lunch to be even later, so I asked them to run me through a drive-thru on the way to pick up the pizza. They did and I ate while we rode. I was done by the time we got back to their house, but I stayed a bit.
I then came home and washed my hair. I put the bed linen in the dryer and started another load of laundry. I washed an enormous amount of dishes and then relaxed a bit. I just put the linens back on the bed and I plan to relax for the rest of the evening. I'll probably put away my other laundry tomorrow.
I want to read a bit. I'm currently reading a really interesting book about The Black Dahlia murder. I had to make myself put it down last night and go to bed as it was after 3am! Oops! By the way, here is the pack of Mildliner brush pens. I love them!
There you go! Now, another installment of How I'm Using Evernote today: My bluetooth on my MBP is wonky. It doesn't always connect and it's so frustrating. After trying it a few times and it still being bitchy, I just save the picture in Evernote on my phone and I retrieve it from Evernote on my laptop!
I forgot to mention that I was able to pick up one of the new Fall Starbucks cards for my collection. Yay!
I didn't walk today. It was sunny, but it was also pretty cold. I just did not feel like going out and walking in the cold, so I skipped my walk. I went out in my car in the late afternoon to Target. I got the whiteboard and it's perfect! I had written down the exact one I wanted from the Target website and even the aisle they were on. :P . I got that and then went to the toy section to look at puzzles. I found a few I liked and picked out a 500 piece one that has vintage stamps on it. It's pretty cool. I've already started on it. The pieces are huge! It's so much easier to work when I can see the pieces. The puzzle, has the stamps in order by color. I've done the green stamps and I'm working on the blue ones. I went through the box and pulled out all the green pieces and filled those in and then I got out the blue ones. I have done part of that, but I'm done for the night. I took a picture of the board, the puzzle, and the puzzle in progress. (I've done more since I took that picture.) Here are those pictures:
This puzzle is an unusual size. It's 20x20. I like it though. When I had checked out at Target, I looked over at Starbucks and saw the spring mug on display. I had to have it. LOL . I love mugs and this one is so pretty! It's all pretty pastels colors. It was double star day, so that made it even better! Luckily, my car did fine and started right up when I left. My gas light came on, so I stopped on the way home and got gas. I did not turn it off for that. I don't like running the engine when I'm pumping gas, but I didn't want to have it not start. I was happy to get out and get the things done. I was almost about to come home when I realized that I meant to go by a Pokestop while out as I was on a streak and this was day seven. I did that and came home. I worked on the puzzle and it's pretty cool. I really love the bigger pieces. Also, the puzzle is pretty thick. I don't have any other puzzle that is this thick. Puzzles are so expensive now, though! I am able to get the ones at the dollar store sometimes and they are pretty nice for $1.00. Next time I go, I'm going to see if they have any. I like to do puzzles of actual pictures. I am not fond of illustration puzzles. The ones I usually get at the dollar store are pictures. I prefer those. I just think they are nicer to look at.
Oh! In case you wanted to see the mug, here is a picture of that:
The lighting in my house sucks. It looks much better in person. :P Let me see if I can find a picture online....Nope! lol I guess my poorly lit picture will have to do!
What a day. I actually got to walk today and that was nice. I came home and did some things around the house while waiting on a package. The package was a Logitech wireless keyboard that I've wanted since last year's NaNo! I ordered it two days ago on Amazon and it came today. It's nice and I'm actually typing on it now. I will use it mainly for my phone and tablet, but it's working grewat with my MacBook Pro. it isn't working at all with my tablet at the moment. I am going to work on that and see if I can't get it to work later.
When I was at Target the other week, I saw some laptop sleeves. They were marked down to less than $5 and they were for a 11" size laptop. My MBP is 13 inch, so it wouldn't do me any good. The keyboard is about that size though and I thought it would make a good case to keep it in when I'm not using it. It's a snug fit, but it fits. It will be good to have protection for it when not in use. So, I go back to my car and try to start it to drive home. No go. I try a few more times and still nothing. I waited awhile and tried again. Nope. Also, all of my attempts at trying to start it ran the battery down. ~_~; Luckily, I had a friend come and give me a jump. It started right up and I was able to get home. While I was waiting for all this, I went back in Target and got a Cascara latte! I was going to get one when I was in there but there was a line. I decided I'd stop at the regular one on my way home. I knew I wasn't going to stop again or not go straight home after I got my car started, so I just went in Target and got my latte. They were out of almond milk and it wasn't as good as it usually is. Oh well, it was something good and hot to drink. It was a bit chilly outside sitting in a car that wouldn't start!
So, I'm home now. I have to do NaNo. I haven't done that yet. I will work on that after I eat dinner. I have no idea what I'm going to fix for dinner. I guess I'll find out when I fix it. LOL . I did some more on my 2019 bullet journal. I drew in lines on the rest of the trackers that needed them. I also filled in my board game tracker. It looks so good! I love it! I hope to do a video and take some pictures of all the work I did on it soon. Oh, I also fell in love with the blue Stabilo pen that I used to set up a lot of it. It was also the pen I used to set up this year's NaNo tracker. I looked online to see if I could order some of just this color of pens. I found a site that had them for .60 each! I got five. LOL . I plan to use that color throughout the year in 2019 in that bujo. I'll keep using the pen I have and put one of the new ones in my Stabilo roll that I got earlier this year. The other three are backups. :P
Now, I need to start thinking about dinner and then getting prepared for NaNo. I am really liking the feel of this keyboard. I might be using it tonight!–
So, I bought a frozen dinner at the grocery store yesterday that I thought would be really good. It wasn't! I LOVE PF Chang's. They have hat 'at home' meals for several years now, but they just started making an at home version of my favorite thing in their restaurant. Their chicken lo mein is the BEST ever! I saw that my grocery store had a frozen dinner version of that a week or so ago. I finally got one last night. The picture of the food on the box didn't look like it does at the restaurant, but I figured if it tasted like it, yay! So, I decided to make it for dinner tonight. Big mistake. It's horrible. It tastes exactly like EVER OTHER frozen Asian dish I've ever tried. GROSS. I've tried every teriyaki chicken and every fried rice I can find and they all taste the same. They are not good. I was very disappointed in this and I'm so glad I only bought one!
I actually have had one dish that was an Asian inspired dish that was pretty good. It was from Lean Cuisine of all people! Their sesame chicken is delicious. It's a really small portion though. Still, it's the only frozen Asian meal I've ever had that was good. I'll stick with my local Chinese and Japanese restaurants for good food. I so wanted this dinner from PF Chang's to be good. We don't have a PF Chang's here, so I'm only able to eat there out of town.
Oh well! Live and learn! I didn't walk today. I decided to take a rare day off and just relax. I did just that. After lunch though, I felt the need to get out for a little bit. I drove to Target and hit the Dollar Spot. I got seven cute Halloween items! I got a notepad, a caution tape, pumpkin washi, a little Hallloween sign, a wooden? jack o lantern, a jack light up necklace, and a jack bucket. All cute things. I then noticed that the Starbucks in Target HAD the acorn / fall gift cards. WHEE! I went and got what I thought were two sets. I got home and realized I had one complete set and I was missing one from the other. Boo! I was going to wait and go back tomorrow but the power in my house went out! My friend who lives less than a mile away said his was out too. It was an big outage from what I learned later.
I decided to run back to Target Starbucks and get the card I missed. I'm glad I did, because I saw some other cards that I didn't have so I was able to grab a few of those. I was going to get a drink in there, but they were out of an ingredient, so I just went to my regular Starbucks and hit the drive thru. I got a Frappuccino since I was hot and I didn't have air at home! I came home and the power was still out. It was starting to get dark outside, so I lit some candles and just drank my Frappuccino and relaxed. The power came on not too long after that.
Still no word on my Nano shirt being shipped. Boo! lol I want to see it. Oh! I did run a milkshake by a friend's house on my way home from the first trip to Target. He is the one that does a lot for me and carries me out to eat all the time. He tried to give me the money for his shake and I wouldn't let him. I like to treat when I can.
I have my notebook out that I used to NanoWriMo last year and I plan to write some ideas and notes for this years book. I have a idea of the majority of the book, but I want to have other stuff to lead up to that point. I want to get my notes down. I also want to re-read the first two books before this year's so I can make notes and remember things I might have forgotten. This one is going to be mainly centered around my two main characters and their Corgis on a dangerous road trip, but the other characters will be there in the beginning. I want to re-familiarize myself with everyone.
So, today, I got up and got in my regular walk. I was hoping my friend would want to walk again, but he didn't. I went to Target and got some money! How you ask? Well, the Fitbit that I bought earlier went on sale and was $30 less. I got the difference. I had to go twice because I thought they would just be able to do the price difference, and I didn't take the box. I only took the receipts. I had to come home and get the box and go back. This was stressful as my car is acting up horribly. I got it done though. Good thing too, today was the last day to get the difference! Twenty of that will go to bill for this Fitbit. The other ten was for fun! I have been eating very well lately and I'm seeing progress. I decided to treat myself to some comfort food. I went to McDonald's. I shouldn't have gotten it, but it was so delicious! :P
I ate in the park and PoGo'd while I was there. I had almost hatched a 10k egg on today's walk and I finished the rest in the park. I got a Snorlax. :D It's been a loooong time since I have gotten one! I also hit a few Pokestops. There were some people that took over a Valor gym. They were Instinct and I was tempted to go take it for Mystic, but I was nice and didn't. :p
We had local elections today so I went to vote. I got an I voted sticker. It is already in my bullet journal. ^_^ I meant to ask the ladies at Target for a Spot the dog sticker but didn't. I know they give them out to kids, but I wanted one myself. lol I'm such a silly!
After all the Target stuff and before McDonald's, I went out and mowed the front lawn. It was starting to look shabby again. The back is okay. I did a big portion of it a few days ago. The other part should be okay for a few days.
So, I mentioned that it rained on my walk yesterday. Well, that was nothing compared to today! It rained a lot on today's walk and I had to use the umbrella for the entire walk. It wasn't the kind of rain that fell straight either! lol My arm, my belt bag, my back pack, and my shoes were wet when I got home. I was so tired and my right knee was really hurting when I got here so I didn't do my workouts. I was lying on the bed trying to get comfy and take a nap. My knee was against this idea! I read and just played some Pocket Camp. My friend had mentioned us going to eat, so I agreed to that.
We went to a place we haven't tried before. It's a local restaurant that was very good. They have 'country cooking'. I got a pork tenderloin with gravy and mashed potatoes. Delicious! My friend got spaghetti and he said it was great, too. They have good coffee. :p I rode with him after that to get a hard drive. We went to Office Max and then to Target at my suggestion. He found what he needed and then ran to get himself a shake. He took me by McDonald's and got me a Frappe. I haven't had one in forever. It was good!
I came home and did my workouts, finally. I finished those and relaxed a bit before fixing dinner. I am now typing this up and getting ready to get on my bed and read and play more Pocket Camp. I started on one of the true crime books last night and it's very good. I was up until after 3am reading. Oops!
Since I was interrupted on my trip to Target the other night, I went again today. I got two cute Halloween washi tapes. One of pumpkins and one of little ghosties! So cute! I also got a stand up pencil case, a pink 'make up' bag, a cute little milk bottle witha jack o lantern on it and a marked down lunch bag. I thought it would be a cute bag to carry my bujo in. It doesn't look all that big, but it is! Here is the inside with my stuff:
I have my bujo in there, the new stand up pencil case, and a few other things and there is still plenty of room! Here is a picture of the outside. I am using the picture from the Target site as mine was too dark.
Here is my horrible dark picture!
It's really cute and handy. I can also use it as a lunch bag if I want. It was originally $9.99 but it was marked down to $2.98. I couldn't pass it up!
I also got a latte in the Target Starbucks while I was there. :P
Earlier today I had to go to Kmart to pick up a prescription. I saw this cutie when I was walking out. I put my prescription in my car and went back to purchase him. I had $4 in points that I didn't know I had, so instead of $4.99 he was only $1.99. I love his little curly stem!
That was my day in pictures. I hope you enjoyed. ^_^