Monday, September 13, 2010

Retail Me NOT!!!

Once again, I was blessed with a wonderful weekend! Friday night, we had a sweet visitor (Grandma Gail) who was kind enough to watch the kids while Chandler and I went out to eat. That NEVER happens, and we were a little weirded out when we started driving with no kids in the backseat. Chandler proceeded to make work phone calls for the first few minutes of our drive. Lovely. He quickly put the phone away, though. :) We ate at Zack Garvin's in Newton, and it was sooooo yummy! I had spicy grilled catfish, one of my favorite dishes, and it was very tasty. I won't even tell you about the dessert because you would be SO jealous! When we left the restaurant, we were planning to go to Lowe's and pick up a few things (exciting date, huh?). On the way, we passed by Hudson's Treasure Hunt. Now, let me just give you a little background of me and this place. I went in one time when we first moved here and literally had to wait in the checkout line for 20 minutes before they moved my line to another checkout line because the register froze. The line they shuffled us into was even longer than the first I had waited in. The things I was planning on buying were pretty good deals, but I was so frustrated, furious, and pregnant that I put my items back and said, "To heck with it!" I vowed to never enter the store again. I mean, I like good deals and all, but that was SO NOT worth the trouble! For some strange reason, as we passed by Friday night I asked Chandler if we could go see what they had. We hit the motherload of a treasure! Ha! I have been wanting a BOB jogging stroller. Well, they had them. For CHEAP! I've also been waiting to find a Britax carseat on sale for Barrett. Well, they had those too. For CHEAP! It was by far the BEST deal we've ever gotten on anything, and it was the two items I've been wanting to buy. You can't beat that! Maybe it sounds ignorant, maybe not, but I really felt like it was a gift from God. I mean, how else would I have ever gone in that store on that night and found the two things I wanted. The carseat was even the pattern I wanted! I am still amazed!!!

By the way ~ my blog post title comes from one of my favorite websites. You can find coupon codes for all kinds of online stores. Just type in the website (,, whatever) and it will pull up a list of recent coupon codes and their reliability. Awesome.

5k update. Prairie Arts 5k came.....and went. I had every intention of at least trying to run even though I wasn't up to more than 2.5 miles yet, but Barrett had others plans for me. The weekend before, he and I went to Houston where we had a fabulous time other than the fact that he didn't sleep much at all. When we got home, much like any other time he's been away from home, he was not all about the sleep either. Finally, the last few nights he has slept through the night for the most part. Only took two weeks to get him back on schedule! So, the week before Prairie Arts, he was waking up at least every 2 1/2 hours throughout the night. I was EXHAUSTED and there was no prayer of me making it even a mile I was afraid. Chandler wasn't ready for the race either, so we decided we will run our first 5k on October 2nd here in Meridian. I've got lots of work to do before then! I haven't run much in the last two weeks because of the exhaustion. My ankle did finally stop hurting, though, so that was a plus for the break I took. Today, I took out the ole (new) Bob and went after it once I dropped Charlee off at school. I haven't run in a week, and man oh man could I tell! Also, running with a jogging stroller is a whole other beast that I have not yet become familiar with. Hopefully it will get a little easier! Barrett had a good time, I think. I ran at Bonita Lakes. It is definitely a nice change from running around my block eighteen (okay, only 5) times.

I haven't updated you on my RAOGLs (Random Acts of God's Love) lately. I have put out several baggies with quarters and my RAOGL cards on vending machines. The first ones I placed were at Winn Dixie right down from my house. I put two out and the next day we went for groceries and one was still there. I was a little shocked that they didn't go fast, but then after thinking about it I realized that I wouldn't take the quarters ~ I'd leave them for someone else ~ so maybe that's what everyone else was doing. The next set I placed at Wal-Mart. My guess is that those didn't last long. ;) I've paid for several meals behind me in drive-thrus, but I've found that I'm not very comfortable with paying for someone if it's a man. I have only paid for ladies. I think it has to do with the fact that I really don't want them thinking I'm trying to hit on them or something. Ha! Also, the whole two-window system at most drive-thrus makes it a little more uncomfortable. I like to get out of there before they realize what has happened, but the two-windows don't really accommodate that! Today I paid for a lady behind me at McDonald's. She must've only gotten a drink because her total was a dollar and some change. I looked back as the lady at the window was handing her the card and she had the biggest smile on her face. I was glad I got to see that because it truly made my day! As I drove off, I realized they didn't give me a straw, but it didn't bother me at all. Giving to others truly makes my attitude better and helps me to not sweat the small stuff. I'm not saying I never sweat the small stuff.....believe me, I have my days, but the more I give to others the more I feel happiness abounding. THAT's a gift from God, too. You better believe it!!!

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