Monday, June 30, 2014

Mixed Up Monday

So what's going on here you ask? Not much and everything. Same as usual!
I have not gotten the Sunday paper in weeks. Yes, weeks. I'm still alive and not going through withdrawals. I'm just as shocked as you are. But I have ran through a lot of our supplies. We shall see if I spend a lot on shampoo and stuff.
It has been a liberating experience. Clipping was a huge Sunday time suck. So I like having the time to just drink my coffee. And it doesn't feel like we are spending a lot more. I have also given up my beloved CVS.
I feel free, I wonder if you get the same sensation if you burn your bra. Don't worry, I won't let that kind of wrath loose on the world.
Ahhhh, Spirit airlines messed with their miles program. They aren't charging more for their cheap flights but it now seems that there is a layover on most of the super cheap flights. I'm choosing to look at it as a chance to stretch my legs. I hate sitting on the flight for hours. Den is grumbling and wants to find a new airline and new airline credit card. I'm using the miles and he can grumble all he wants. I try to keep him happy and calm but my cheap ways override his misery. We will see how I feel about being cheap after my 200+lb husband has a tantrum in an airport.
I can't believe I forgot to tell you this but I hit for $480 when we went to IN for DJ's orientation. That should tell you how crazy it has been here if I forget about money.
The orientation was a time suck for the family members. We drove in the night before and went to bed at about 2am. I drove through the worst storms of my life. And it went on for 5+ hours. Just when I thought that I had gotten us ahead of the storm, someone had to pee and we would stop just long enough for the storms to catch up. Next time, I say piss yourself. It was also great when a road worker was trying to take down a sign in the terrible storm and the wind blew the sign and the man out in front of me. I managed to stop but shook for half an hour after.
The next day we were so tired that we ditched DJ and orientation and we all slept in my van like homeless people. I love my van. We were just refreshed enough to hit the casino. We have this silly game that we normally play. We each put in a $20 before we are leaving a casino, each person gets to pick a machine, we max it out and then we each get a spin. Donna picked the machine and I hit for $480, Den cashed it in. That is the largest amount I have ever hit for. I used the money to pay for the rest of the trip. I had money set aside for the trip but I told DJ that if I went over, he had to pay for some of it out of his account. He is lucky like I have never seen. I won only so he didn't have to pay.
A massive $3 from Pinecone puts me at...........................
$100.49     Google(blog writing)
$84            Pinecone research
$179.09     BP
$25            Amazon gift code that I won from Donna Freedman at Surviving and Thriving!!!!!
Total $388.58 for our 2014 Christmas!
I would love to get a bit more for this fund say another $1000 or so. Maybe I can win it! Giggle. I'll just tell DJ that I'm paying for Christmas out of his money.

Another thing I forgot to tell you about...............................
Remember how Guido ate my best pair of flip-flops? Well I bought an adorable replacement pair which lasted all of three wearings and then the strap between the toe gave. You know how I have said before that setting shoes on the table is bad luck. I know that you have bad luck when you break a shoe string. Well, having a dog chew your shoes and then breaking the toe strap of a flippy is a terrible curse on your feet. I broke my swear toe. The corner of Anna's dresser is a fucker.
I need a vacation but one where I don't have to drag a husband behind me having a fit and one where I don't wear flip-flops.
Leaving and behind,
Sonya Ann

Friday, June 27, 2014

Fabulous Friday

This is a camping hack but this would also make a great gift, I'm thinking Christmas morning pancakes.
If you do like to go camping check out Buzz Feed, they have tons of awesome tips.
Not a happy camper,
Sonya Ann

Thursday, June 26, 2014

My New "Used" Chair

This is our new addition. Not the damned cat but the chair. I tried to get a picture but someone kept trying to steal the show.
This is what I'm dealing with. I SO SO SO glad that we had him declawed.
I've been wanting to redo the house/furniture/carpet/never ending list but we have been broke and waiting until a certain boy leaves. Love him but he destroys everything.
I knew that I wanted a winged back chair but I wasn't willing to pay $680 for ONE CHAIR!
This picture is a little better, ignore the tail on the bottom.
I'm not sure what direction I'm going to take with the entire house(Don't tell Den that I want to redo everything, he breaks out in a sweat.) but this is a good test chair. It's a broyhill and it doesn't look like anyone has ever sat in it. It was $20, so I think we got a good deal. Now if I could only get all new furniture for that cheap for the rest of the house. I'm still looking for a new kitchen set.
Something like this would work. I doubt I will get it for $20 though.
So have you found any good garage sale deals?
Sittin' pretty,
Sonya Ann

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

I Sort Of Did?

What happens when you combine this lovely Fabulous Friday project with...................................
this lovely Fabulous Friday project and...................

Add alcohol and Sonya and you get................................
Bahahahaha! I so missed on this one.
But Den and I had a nice time talking and watching the candles melt, oh and having a drinky.
I'm going to try and find a cute container and some grandma candles at a garage sale and "fix" this.
Sonya Ann

Monday, June 23, 2014

Moshi Moshi Monday

Moshi Moshi, my friends! That sounds better than mish mosh. Well, it sounds better today.
So what is going on in your world? Anything new and exciting?
Here's whats up around here...................
Den's tent is up. He wanted one for Father's day. Den did invite me to go camping with him but it was more of a polite gesture, I'm not the outdoors sort of gal. If you drag me out to the middle of nowhere, you might as well kill me. I'm not fun in the wilderness or in crisis mode. And I consider camping, a crisis. Shit in a bucket, yeah that is a major crisis. Never going to happen.
Remember all of our water problems? Den cemented the bottom of the birdbath back together.
He spray painted it with some old paint and Voila, it looks better than it did before.
He was on a roll and stained the bench too. Never mind the holes in the siding, that was a DJ stunt. Airsoft guns vs. siding. Siding is the loser. Another project.
I've been super lax about weeding. I'm just not interested. But I have been keeping up with the pool so it looks like I have been doing something around here. Den isn't the only one that does projects.
It did work out in my advantage not to weed. Last year, I threw the rotten tomatoes on the ground around the other tomato plants. That worked and they seeded themselves. They seeded themselves in clusters but hey, its free plants.
Another free plant is the dill. It's gone crazy. I'm thinking pickles are in our future. YUM!
My Christmas fund is super slow going! I got another $3 from Pinecone Research so I'm at.............

$100.49     Google(blog writing)
$81           Pinecone research
$179.09     BP
$25            Amazon gift code that I won from Donna Freedman at Surviving and Thriving!!!!!
Total $385.58 for our 2014 Christmas!
And that's all I've got. Do you feel all caught up? You should!
Sonya Ann

Friday, June 20, 2014

Fabulous Friday

This lovely little idea is from Recipe Sweet! They are Campfire Cinnamon Rolls. But I'm thinking that Den would love to make these on the grill while I sipped an alcoholic beverage in our backyard. Yes, I'm thinking that would make him happy.
People Pleaser,
Sonya Ann

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Good and Bad Hints

This is Den's favorite shirt. I don't know why, maybe it is because he doesn't have a lot of friends, oh wait, that's me. Anywho, he likes to slop food on it with the best of them. Dish soap is the cure. I grind some in and let it set for a few days. He is welcome.
Hydrogen peroxide is another of my fav cleaning products. It is great for cleaning carpets. I use one part hydrogen peroxide, 3 parts water and a squirt of dish soap.
It also takes blood out of anything. Trying to hide a body and drug it across the carpet-I GOT THIS!
Remember Sun-In? Yeah, that crap is just watered down hydrogen peroxide. So if you want to lighten your hair just water down some hydrogen peroxide and spray. Yeah, I don't think that any of us want to relive that orange poof and banana clip phase EVER AGAIN!
Not in the 80's,
Sonya Ann

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tomato and Basil Pasta

I found a recipe online and have tweaked it a bit. Not twirked it, ewww. I may have ruined your meal.
The next time I make this I may add an extra can of tomatoes and cook it down longer. I thought it needed more tomatoes, DJ said that it was perfect the way it was. Maybe this recipe is more of a jumping off point. You decide. Oh and it does have some kick to it. Yay, for kick!

12 oz of pasta
14.5 oz can of zesty diced tomatoes
1 lg onion
1 teaspoon of minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper
2 teaspoons dried oregano
8 fresh basil leaves, chopped
4 cups veg broth
2 tablespoons olive oil

Dump it all in a pot bring to a boil and then simmer for 15-20 minutes. Stir this a lot! The noodles clump but other than that, super easy. I'm sending this recipe off to Anna. I think she will love it.
Woo Hoo, carb overload.
Bon Appétit,
Sonya-not French-Ann

Monday, June 16, 2014

Mishy Moshy

I'm done with pets. No more pet boarding for a while.
So to recap what I have been doing. That lovely cat is Hairy. He peed all over the bed so he was banished to the laundry room for more than 10 days.
Sue, the lovely idiot, kept attacking.................
Guido. And Guido kept attacking...................................
Ozzie. And Ozzie attacked........................
Den and........................
Den's elbow fought back.
Ok the last two pictures were not as they seemed. I was trying to take a picture of Ozzie to send to my bestie and he was jumping all over and I couldn't get a clear shot so I held the camera out and just kept snapping. In the end, it looked like a brawl but trust me, only slobbering kisses were recieved.
The cats lived in the laundry room and game room, Guido upstairs and Ozzie had the rec room and the main floor. Feeding and letting animals out were a chore. So I think I'm done for a while with dogs and the cats love having the run of the house again. But I have to say it was quite funny to watch the bigger animals get their butts handed to them by smaller animals. Sick and twisted as always.
How messed up is this? I like it.

I got $3 from Pinecone so I'm at..........
$100.49     Google(blog writing)
$78           Pinecone research
$179.09     BP
$25            Amazon gift code that I won from Donna Freedman at Surviving and Thriving!!!!!
Total $382.58 for our 2014 Christmas!
I made another basket for the house. I got the basket for $2 at a garage sale and then filled it with $4(ish) of flowers. Den said that he LOVES putting more holes in the siding for my baskets. I tend to ignore him and just tell him where to put the nail.
I found a couple of things for on top of the cabinets in the kitchen. We will call this one at about $5. We bought a few things at one moving sale.
How much do you want to bet that I will get a bunch of crap on top of the cabinets again and then complain about dusting? I pick on me.
Biting and dusty,
Sonya Ann

Friday, June 13, 2014

Fabulous Friday

This is from Family Spice. She made these while camping. I'm not a camper. Just ask Den about the fit that I had while we were at a rundown cabin.
BUT I would love to make these while we were hosting a party. These would be awesome to throw on the grill and eat with a scoop of ice cream. YUM!
Not Yogi,
Sonya Ann

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Water Problems

toilets photo: Coolest Toilets Toilet23.jpg 
Did you ever have water problems? We live at the top of the hill and yet we have flooded before. We just seem to have something stupid happen every so often and it normally revolves around water or cars. But I'm sticking with water for this post.
Den was lovingly asleep on the couch downstairs, not from being banished but cuz he gets to cuddle the remote all night. I was enjoying have the bed to myself. And then it happened, I heard the toilet running and running. Well, I couldn't let that happen so I went in there and took the back off of the toilet. I poked around a bit and realized that I wasn't a plumber. I tried to shut the water off to the toilet but NO. The water gods weren't having it. It felt like the knob for the shut off valve was going to snap off. That was out of the question so I went back to fiddling around with the stopper at the bottom of the tank. Did you know that if you bump the old water hose with your arm, it will crack and spray water all over the walls? Well, now you know and so do I!
So Den happily got up and shut the water off. Who knew that it wouldn't snap?
The next day he put all new guts in the toilet. Yay, husband. Then he wondered aloud, what was our next two water problems. Sigh.
Later, I went to get water from the water dispenser from the frig and holy hell man. It spit and sputtered and made some evil noise. So I went running to Den again and said, "I found number 2!" Ok, I could have phrased that a bit better. But he should know that I'm an idiot after 20 years.
This one was an easy fix, he thought that air was in the line from when he shut off the water. He let it run for a while and it seemed to clear up. But the water has an odd smell and taste to it. Den and DJ can drink it, I'm back to tap water.
And on to number three. We have been trying to catch up on all of the yard work. I sent DJ to reposition the bird bath. He did it and added water. Good boy! So Den and I walked over by it to see what else we wanted to do up there and I shit you not, the damned thing fell over at our feet and cracked in half. That was the last straw for poor Den and he kicked it. Pelé would be proud.
Mind you, none of these things were terrible but we just can't stay away from water problems. I'm not even going to think about the pool because it seems to be going strong!
Water logged,
Sonya Ann

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Helpful Hint From An Idiot

I'm a bad cook and I'm stupid. It soooooo isn't a good combination. EVER!
My dumb self was making potato salad for yet another party and I grabbed the handle of our new pots. Let's just say that I'm not used to the metal handles yet. Remember this post about Anna soaking in tea? Yeah, that was a blast from the past! Well, I'm still here to say that ice cubes and tea bags take the sting out of any burn.
Maybe I will even get around to DRINKING tea this summer. Yay, its summer.
Crispy phalanges,
Sonya Ann

Monday, June 9, 2014

Smashup Monday

This is my latest problem good deed. This little guy is Guido. Yes, his dad is Italian. He's a friendly little guy but....................
Remember how I lovingly hot glued my favorite flip-flops back together?
Hot glue obviously made my flip-flops taste better.
Little bastard! He's not as cute as he was in the first picture, now is he?
He also spilled Den's beer which upset Den more than the flip-flops. Guido also wanted to play with the cats. Sue is a natural-born killer and went after him. Guido backed down like no other. Harry the old and fat cat decided to piss on my bed(we pitched the topper and the actual mattress was fine. The fucking water proof cover did not do its job!) and hide. Oh joy. The cats got to spend some time in the laundry room.
The best news is that I got a hypoallergenic cover for the mattress and my eyes aren't as swollen in the morning and I now know that I want no more animals.
I'm dog sitting for my bestie in a few days too. I'm sure it will be fine. What else can go wrong?
I got $3 from Pinecone and $26.54 from BP.
$100.49     Google(blog writing)
$75           Pinecone research
$179.09     BP
$25            Amazon gift code that I won from Donna Freedman at Surviving and Thriving!!!!!
Total $379.58 for our 2014 Christmas!

I have also learned the editing and doing rewrites on my books are pure misery. I wrote the book and have read it 5 times, oh joy. Did you know that I have been writing for 10 years? And for what? I must like it, right, right?
Den and I have decided to try and be grownups. Shocking. Not shocker.
Den bought an Aflac policy from work. You know its one of those policies where if he gets hurt he gets his check for so many months. My FIL thinks this is a waste but for $10 a week, I'll gamble. One shove down the stairs, coming up.
And that's my life in a post,
Sonya Ann

Friday, June 6, 2014

Fabulous Friday

This is from Finding Home! This would be awesome in a little nook, off to the side in the yard. Well, I would have to plant weeds and mold since that is the thing I grow best. Hey wait, I could "plant" fake flowers. Ok, problem solved.
Wishing for green thumbs,
Sonya Ann

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Complete College List

Ahhhh, the lovely packed van from moving dear Anna back to college. Poor van, poor Sonya. It's always a rough trip on both of us.
I just wanted to do an update on the "what to buy list" and what has changed since we moved Anna to EIU in 2010! Wow, they grow up quick and spend money even quicker. Well, my kids don't spend quite as much just cuz I'm cheap. It's good for them, that's what I tell them and then their eyes roll around in their heads for a while.
While the price of just about everything has gone up, I'm still doing tricks to save money. Somethings will never change.
These tips will help you ship off your mouthy child and still have enough money left for you to go out and celebrate getting your kid out of the house. 
  1. Ask around! See if anyone has anything off of the list to help out your college bound student. Grandparents, Aunts, and neighbors would love to dejunk a bit for you. Also, if you know anyone that has a child that is graduating from college see if they would be willing to sell you what they have.
  2. Have a university near you? Call the school and ask if there is a way for you to post an ad to buy some of the supplies(think frig and microwaves) off of the outgoing students.
  3. Hang around the dorms on move out day. Ask the students if they have anything to sell.
  4. When Anna moved out of the dorms, it is sad to say but there were piles of perfectly good supplies being tossed in the dumpster. I would poke around there too.
  5. See what you have around the house. Extra towels, paper and pens,cleaning supplies-yup, they go to college. Start a pile off to the side of gathered supplies and watch it grow. 
  6. Carry the list of things that you need with you and whenever you see a good deal, pick it up. This way you aren't having to pay for everything all at once.
  7. Check freecycle, local ads, Goodwill, and garage sales for things that you need.
  8.  Look on Ebay and Amazon for cheap supplies.
  9. After you have done everything that you can to glean what you need for free or super cheap, then (gulp) go to an actual store. I would suggest shopping with coupons and going on tax-free days.
  10. I do know that Bed, Bath and Beyond has a free service called Pack and Hold. You can shop in a local store and they will hold everything for you in a store nearest your child's college. 
  11. You could also order things on-line from Walmart and pick them up at a local store. 
The main goal is to spend as little as possible. Preplanning and time will really help. This is something that you can't leave until the last minute. I have actually seen people move a few personal things in to their child's dorm room and then head to the store to pick up the rest. I can't even imagine what that bill looks like. Other people make a bunch of trips. I can honestly say that when we moved Anna in, we didn't make one trip to the store, not even for food. Get in and get out, that will save your sanity on move in day. Trust me, you are walking into a war zone. Oh and if they offer your child an early move in day for a few extra bucks, PAY IT! Anna moved in a day early because she was a good student and it cost only $20. Best money I ever parted ways with.
Here's the complete list(And to brag a bit, I checked it against some other places lists and this one is more complete)

Pens/pencil/mechanical pencils 
Pencil sharpener
Black marker
Red pens
Paper clips
Mini stapler
Paper (loose leaf & computer)
Index cards
Scratch paper
Stationary and envelops
Duct tape/electrical tape
Sticky dots (gummy)
Book covers
Trunk w/lock!
Head phones
Extra Ink Cartridges
Flash drive
Computer bag
Bed risers
Bed topper
Mattress pad/plastic
Small lamp for reading
3 way pole light
Light bulb
2 Surge protectors
2 Extension cord(one 3 foot, one 6 foot)
Coaxial/HDMI/Ethernet cord(s)
Memo board/bulletin board
Trash can/bags
Room decorations
Chip closure or clips
Lunch bag
Can opener
Space bags
Alarm clock
Storage bin/s for closet and under bed
Deck of cards
Water bottle
Disinfectant wipes/Hand sanitizer
paper towels
Dish soap (small)
Laundry detergent
Stain stick
Laundry bag
Sewing Kit & safety pins (small)
Tool Kit/sm nails, hooks (small)
Flash light (small)
Mace (key chain)
First Aid Kit/Cold or flu supplies
Suntan lotion
Mosquito Repellent
Shower Caddy
Dental Floss
Hair gel/ mousse 
Rubber bands/scrunchies
Hair dryer
Hair spray
Contact case
Contact solution
Glasses and case
O.B./girl stuff
Nail polish
Nail polish remover
Nail clippers/manicure kit
Phone Charger
Tennis Racket or racquet ball racket/balls
Nice Outfit
Shoes/gym, sandals, flip flop for shower, boots
Undies & bras
Shirt/long and short sleeve
Jacket/ light weight, one winter
Purse/wallet(drivers and credit/bank cards/insurance cards)
And that's about all that I can come up with. I hope this lists helps you to save money and get your little devil angel out on their own!
Happy packing,
Sonya Ann