Sunday, July 31, 2016

Makin' It And Savin' It Sunday

We aren't real big food wasters here. And that is because I am cheap and Den was a chef and knows food. It is shocking though how much food waste there is in the US. Jump over to the Penny Hoarder and check out the article, What Do Sell-by Dates Actually Mean for Food Safety? Turns out, Not Much.
I like that they posted the USDA-recommended food storage and handling chart. Hard to believe that government put something out that actually clarifies something instead of making it more complicated.
Anywho, are you a waster or a sniffer? The only thing that I won't use past the expiration date is milk.
Non-chunky milk,
Sonya Ann

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Our 2016 Mission and Our Favorite Person!!!!

Well, I didn't accomplish becoming independently wealthy this week. That is a bummer. How about you? You rich? But more importantly, if so, do you share?
I paid the $173 water bill and was not happy about that one. I know we used the water but still that is pretty high for 2 months. My besties bill was $160ish and they don't have a pool but have lots of visitors. I told her at least we can complain together. We always compete to see if we can get the bill lower than the other. They mostly win because their house is a bit smaller than ours and they have brand new windows. Lucky bastards.
The 0% interest is running out on August 3rd for the money that I borrowed for Den's car. I'll let you know what happens and what we do. I may need to run passed it by a few days. Maybe I'll win money before then and pay it off. LOL. I would probably need to gamble to do that and we have cut out all fun trips to the casino until its paid. And that was Den's idea.
DJ is going back to school on the 15th of August so we need to get everything together for that. Anna and I worked on everything that she needed for her first apartment the entire summer before she moved out. It was fun and we garage saled with the best of them. DJ is a slug and will get a wave of my middle finger as I drop him off with nothing. He is such a guy.
Did you accomplish anything this week? Did you pay off anything? Did you flip anyone off?
And stop over at That British Woman and read about all of her new house problems!!! I thought that it was only old house like the crap one that I live in that caused that many problems. I think that the ac problem would have ticked me off the most.
Have a happy and relaxing weekend! Do you have plans to save money? Do you have plans to spend money?
Sonya Ann

Friday, July 29, 2016

Fabulous Friday

How cute is this?!?!?!?! I love cute and inventive storage solutions. And I love old luggage, not like I love containers and glass bottles but they still do it for me. This gem is from Babble. Run over there and check out all of the wrapping solutions. 
I bought this about two years ago(I stored it for over 6 months because I had no idea what I was going to use it for but I needed it) just cuz I thought it was cute. I spent an entire $1 on it at a garage sale.
I store all of my card making supplies in it. The cat does not fit in there no matter how hard I shove the lid closed. ;p
What is your best storage solution? Do you craft? Do you have a very naughty cat?
Happy Fridaying,
Sonya Ann

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Sharp Drugs

I'm so full of it today! Good ideas just good ideas.
I broke down and ordered from was so fed up with the cost of razors and blades that I figured I would take a chance and try them. Hip2Save often times has discount codes for them. It was $10 shipped for 10 blades and a handle. Can't complain about that!!! And it works as well as the expensive store bought razors that we normally use. Money saved, people.
I'm back on Synthroid. No, yay on that one. But I am supposed to start feeling more energetic soon. Yeah, sure. Maybe its the exhaustion making me cynical.
I heard about GoodRx and gave them a try. I'm paying $10/month at CVS, come to find out the same pills are $4 at Walmart. I will be switching that script over asap.
And for some reason I can't kick my container saving addiction. Doesn't that look useful to you?
My free containers, 2 cake mixes and frosting purchased with coupons and I'm happy. I'm even happier when I'm eating cupcakes.
Spill, do you save containers? Do you eat frosting out of the container? Do you search for cheap drugs?
Razor sharp,
Sonya Ann

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wicked Wednesday

Maybe this should be angry Wednesday. I guess we all have those days years. Can't wait to lovingly throw the boy out the door at Ball State. Errrrrr, wish him well on his life journey.

How did I do this when the kids were little and never left? Wow, I have a lot of self control. The fact that they are alive is proof.
I'm not saying that I have something planned but................................ 
And as an added bonus, go here and read this!!! You think your job is BAD!!! How about adding drug mule to your resume!! No really, you have to read this so we have something to talk about in the comment section. Did you ever have a job this bad? I had a boss that wouldn't stop touching me, that is so tame next to this poor guys story.
Sonya Ann

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Drinking Teacher

This was one of the best weekends Den and I have had. It ranks in the top 5 of our marriage. Guess what we did? Barely anything.
I took a picture of one of my baskets because I don't have much for ya. Friday, we pool drank. And DJ went to his grandparent's house.
Lettuce decided to grow in the basket and I didn't even plant it. I wonder if money will just sprout up randomly. If I get the seeds, I will share with you.
Saturday, we lounged around a bit. Then Den redid my brakes again! What is this like 6 times? He bought the expensive brake pads when he redid the brakes the first time and that was the problem. It wore the rotor unevenly. I hope this is the last time that he has to fix them That said, he can do a brake job in no time flat. I ran a beer deal at Jewel(buy a certain beer get $.01 bacon. Really, you can't lose with that deal!) and came back and he was taking it for a test drive. It's so much better. I said, he should get a job on a pit crew. He was not interested.
In celebration of my van being up to snuff again, we decided to run the beer deal again and pick up lunchmeat. And while at the deli counter, Anna called. I always get a knot in my stomach. But for once, she hadn't hit anything with the car but had wonderful news. SHE GOT A TEACHING JOB!!!!!!She interviewed for an assistant teaching job and as soon as she left, another principal called her and said that she was over qualified for the assistant job and would she be interested in being a third grade teacher. The man that she interviewed with called the other principal and said hire her now. She went to the second interview and already had it. She is now a third grade teacher in AZ and she starts on Thursday!!!!! I am so proud of her. Who would have thought she would have turned out!!!!! Den said its a bit scary to think that she is molding the minds of the next generation. Kids are tough and Anna is proof. ;p
Sunday, Den, DJ, myself and my inlaws went to see the new Star Trek movie. And it was awesome!!!!! I loved it and can't wait to add the DVD to our collection. I give it two nerdy thumbs up.
We came home and swam a bit and had sandwiches for dinner. How is that for boring!?!?!?!
How was your weekend? Did you see Star Trek? Did you eat sandwiches?
Sonya Ann 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Clean Killer

I'm not the sort of gal that buys expensive stuff. And that would be because I don't have money to waste. I've been invited to a few Norwex parties but I don't do those sort of parties. Have a BBQ and I'm all in. Don't invite me over to buy stuff. Lovingly said but still, me be poor and I can't be tempted. My MIL is easily tempted though and generous. She bought me the cleaning towels for about $30. Good Lord, these are the best things that I have ever cleaned with. A little elbow grease and a smile and everything is better than its ever been. And I'm not getting a cent for this endorsement. Seriously, if you ever get the chance buy them!!!! Plus I love the fact that the company is trying to help everyone cut down on the toxic chemicals that we use. There is no down side!!!

What kind of bone is this? I mean, I think that it is a rib bone but from what? Yeah, cuz that is a question that everyone needs to ask from time to time. This is the third bone like this that we have found in the 20 years that we have lived here. We found 2 right after we moved in and one just a few days ago. The bothersome thing about this is every time Den digs up the garden we find one. It's probably a rib bone from a dog or something, right?!?!?!
Sonya Ann

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Makin' It And Savin' It Sunday

Have you ever been a part of a class action suit? Nope, not me. Check out this article by the Penny Hoarder on 6 Open-Class Action Settlements. 
Spill, have you ever gotten money back from a lawsuit? I got in a car accident as a teenager and they sent me a check for $1600. I was rich. LOL. Mind you, I lost my memory for a while but hey, money was money at that age. And are you thinking, "so yeah, that explains a lot about Sonya."
Have you ever gotten settlement money? Have you ever lost your memory? 
Memory loss,
Sonya Ann

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Our 2016 Mission and Our Favorite Person!!!!

Yay, I think that I am done with parties for a while!!!! We have none booked for this weekend. But check back on Monday to be sure. It's is supposed to be in the 90s this weekend and I bet the pool will sound real good to our friends. Which I am fine with a long as they bring liquor!
On the bill front, I got the craptastic electric bill. $130. That was actually quite a bit lower than I expected. But between the electric and the water bill, that is $300 spent. Ahhh what are you going to do but bend over and take it. I still haven't heard about the money that the state owes us. Yeah, IL is known for repaying their debts with speed. LOL. I'm hoping that we will have Den's car paid off soon. Pray to the debt fairies for me, will ya?
Den's car made it through a torrential downpour and no rain worked its way in the car. We are hoping that we won't have anymore problems with it.
Have you paid off anything lately? How's your electric/water bill? Does it rain in your car?
And our favorite person for the day is this adorable kitten!!! Run over to Our Little House in the Big Woods and look at this adorable kitty. Seriously, it's cuteness overload. I would have brought the little cutie home and let Den complain and then put her in his arms and walked off. I think a little kitten could win anyone over. Note to self-I do not need another cat.
What are you doing this weekend? Are you getting a new pet?
2 cat limit,
Sonya Ann

Friday, July 22, 2016

Fabulous Friday

I feel like all the fun summer stuff is passing me by, like old hubcaps. This little gem is from The Whoot! How much fun is this????? I think Den would love to put a bunch of these on the fence. I would love for him to do it too.
I haven't glued my head to my shoulder, yet. But I have glued a few of my fingers together and needed rescuing.
Tell me about your cutest project and make me ever so jealous! Do you have plans to make something cute this weekend? Are you going to glue yourself to yourself?(Name that movie?)
Pie lover,
Sonya Ann

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Diabolical Cusser

Ahhhhh, it is so cute when Den and DJ fight. Den is more diabolical about it than I am. I can't control my temper to think it out and hatch a plan. I yell cuss words. Hey, I'm honest about it.
We have a one car driveway and its a tight squeeze. The house is on one side of the driveway and the fence is on the other side. Plus its a raised cement driveway so only one car can get through, no driving on the grass for us. DJ comes home late every night and blocks Den in. We have been parking cars in the front yard because there is just no place to put them. DJ either doesn't want to do this or is trying to tick his dad off. Den decided that he has had enough of moving his car every morning and hunting for the spare key so he got even. He put DJ's car in the front yard but he cranked the radio, moved all the mirrors, and set the power seat so that it was up against the wheel. It worked for a while but DJ is back to his old tricks. Den said that he is going to drive it to the back of the neighborhood and park it. Bahahahaha! It's just a matter of time. But knowing DJ, he would just swipe my van and leave. I'll have to hide my keys. I'll keep you posted. I think Den is on count down til the kid leaves for school.
Are you diabolical? Are you a cusser? Do you swipe cars?
Sonya Ann

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wicked Wednesday

So how is your life? Between kids and cars, life is a bit not fun right now. When the kids were little, I used to look forward to the summers. Then I would get about 3 weeks in and think, fall isn't so bad. And then when they went away to college, I learned that there was an entire new world out there and Den and I got used to being alone and happy. Sigh, how is it we can love such frustrating creatures?
In about a month, I will be cussing and driving DJ back to college. Mind you, we have nothing for his apartment but a couple of spoons and a crock pot. I'm not stressing, well maybe a little but all I can do is ask him what he needs. He says, "nothing." And nothing you shall have!
I thinking that I am perfecting my condescending tone. We all need hobbies, right?
My favorite thing is having to pull once sticky and now dried cups off of shelves and furniture. It's a gift, really.
How is your summer going? Are you condescending? Are you sober? Are the people you live with shit?
Talking down to people,
Sonya Ann

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Hangover Plants

One of these days I would like to have a blog post that said, we did nothing all weekend. Haha. The only way for that to happen is if we were very sick. Never mind, busy and healthy isn't that bad.
On Friday, we went to a local produce stand. It's been around since I was a kid and it's being run by the 3rd generation of family members. Pretty cool. We needed some corn for a BBQ we were having on Saturday. You didn't think that we were going to go an entire weekend without a BBQ, did you?
Not only did they sell fruits and vegetables at the stand, you could also by a wooden penis. Who knew they came in crates?
Den and I rarely go out to eat. And that would be because we are normally hosting a BBQ. LOL. But we tried Anastasia's. It was a bit pricey, $33 for two wraps, a beer and a coke. Think we will just stick with our BBQs.
After our pricey but filling meal, we stopped by Menards for more pool chemicals and low and behold, they had plants on clearance. I mean really, how could you say no to $1.25 plants. I couldn't say no and Den couldn't say no.
We got up Saturday and realized that it had been raining and it was soaking wet in the trunk. Sigh, we thought the car was fixed but NOOOOOOOOO! We ran it back over and Den had another fit.
We then came home and Den decided that he would plant the plants. I said just set the pots in the garden and call it a day. Well, being the man that he is, one thing led to another and he had dug up a good portion of the garden. Because isn't that the thing to do when people are on the way over. Mind you, it looks wonderful now that its' done but it could have waited.
This is Uncle Dave. He is my besties uncle. You know how they are English, well he had never done a tequila shot. Whelp, we had to change that! Come to find out, he isn't a tequila sort of guy.
And here are the two reasons for the BBQ! My besties Aunt and daughter. Ann just turned 75 and Bek turned 17.
I had a blast and I think so did everyone else. I just wish that the weather would have cooperated more. It seems that its hot as hell here during the week and then on the weekend, its 65 and too cold to swim. Where do I submit a complaint form to Mother Nature?
Sunday, I slept off the tequila and cleaned ever so slowly. That seems to be my Sundays more and more. Life is good and so is our tequila.
Did you have a BBQ? Did you do shots?
No worm,
Sonya Ann

Monday, July 18, 2016

A Sticky Quicky

I read things and then forget where I read it. Someone somewhere said to roll your dusty lamp shades with a sticky roller. This is the SHIT!!! Before I would clean the shades with an old toothbrush, it took forever and got dust on the tables. Now I roll and go. Hmmmmm, what should I do with the extra time that I now have since I don't clean the lamp shades with an old toothbrush? Clean something else or drink?
The real question is, are you my other half? I say yes!
Are you cleaning? Do you have cleaning cheats? Are you sticky? Do you love quickies?
Whole idiot,
Sonya Ann

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Makin' It And Savin' It Sunday

This is the BEST JOB EVER!!! I would love to make money eating ice cream. Hell, I would do it for free. No LOL, I would do it for free. And I bet you would too. Skip over to Penny Hoarder and read about Getting Paid to Eat Ice Cream. Really, could life get any better?!?!?!
So spill, have you ever mystery shopped? If yes, what was the best thing you shopped for? Oh GOD, anyone gotten to shop at the liquor store? Wait, could we mystery shop at say a strip club? It's a dirty job but someone has to check up on them and their liquor!
Concocting a plan,
Sonya Ann

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Our 2016 Mission and Our Favorite Person!!!!

I'm still here! I survived Anna! Ha ha. I needed a shirt with that on it when she was a kid. Damn, she was bad. She even admits to it now. Funny thing is she is becoming more and more like me ever time that I see her. We still say the same things at the same time. I tell her there is no hope for her.
Anna and Scott are in AZ and are going to be staying with his mom until they have jobs and can get a place. I told them that they need to get a 6 bedroom apartment because I have had quite a few people say that they were crashing with her for the winter. LOL, I think my inlaws called it first.
On the bill front, it looks like we are going to have to transfer the debt from the credit card to another credit card. No way am I going to pay interest on it. It is still making me crazy to have debt. The good thing is Den should be getting a small bonus from work. And I almost have the cell phones paid for so that will free up almost $100 off of the bills. And we should be getting back $700 from IL since we got the homestead credit that had never been applied to our bill. I'm hoping that it all comes flooding in at once and I can pay that bill off.
We got our nasty water bill, $173.06! That is for 2 months. I'm still dreading the electric bill. Let's not talk about the food bill. And let's really not talk about the liquor bill!!!! I had to laugh, Anna, Scott and all of her friends drank all of Den's expensive beer and they left him Pabst. She thought she was being generous, he didn't see it the same way. He's grumbling as he is drinking the cheap swill.
We finally got Den's car back. He took off early on Monday and we went to get the car and return the rental. Den opened the trunk and there was water on the carpet and then the trunk wouldn't close. The guy kept telling Den that "it was like butter before." Ummmm no, that's not butter, that's shit with corn in it. So the guy starts slamming it and trying to tell Den that it will sort itself after some use. Den finally got ticked with the guy and said, "I've put 10s of thousands of miles on this car and I know what it feels like to close the trunk." After the guy played basketball with the trunk for a while and it refused to latch, he decided that maybe the guys in back should take another look at it. Den refused to take the car. Loud disgruntled sigh. Den had to take off early the next day and we went back. Knock on wood, it seems to be sorted. "It's like butter." Seriously, that's my new go to phrase when something is fucked up. I do feel the need to point out that we actually don't say butter here, we say budder. Read it right from now on.
The house is ready for another party. My besties daughter and Aunt are having a pool party here. We have all promised Bek(she is turning 17) that we will get shit-faced in front of all of her friends. I live by example.
I think that I have accomplished quite a bit this week. Maybe I should try to accomplish going to the spa or something like that next week.
And our favorite person for the day is Donna Freedman!!!! Run over there and say hi plus enter her giveaway!!!!!! Looks like a great book and it would be even better if you won it!!! If I wrote that book, the title would be "Rude Mom, Drunk Mom."
What have you accomplished lately? Has there been butter in your life?
Corn poop,
Sonya Ann

Friday, July 15, 2016

Fabulous Friday

I need to make these!! You need to make these!!! Everyone needs to make these!!! Run over to Bingo Bongo and check out all of the neat crafts for the summer. I remember canvas shoes from back in the day. Ahhhh, the good old days were I thought that I was fat but was really skinny. Now I'm fat and pretend I'm skinny.
Do you craft? Do you pretend?
Applying alcohol,
Sonya Ann

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Rolled Party

My Mother in law Donna had the best idea for our 4th of July party. She sent over DJ's little dorm frig to hold all of the side dishes. There is never enough room in our frig for everything and people always bring stuff that needs to be refrigerated so I have even less room. It was such an amazing idea and worked better than I could have imagined. Honestly, I may have to claim the frig as my own. Just use it when you need it and then unplug it and store it. This is much better than keeping an old, power sucking frig in the garage. Not that I would keep an old frig in the garage. A.-I am too cheap to run it. B.-There is no room cuz Den keeps everything.
Oh and ignore the blurry picture, I was in a hurry.
She also found a bunch of containers that fit in the frig. Bless her little heart. The only problem was that the bottom shelf was uneven. A couple of rolled up plastic bags and it was all good. She has some great ideas. She put together a party bin and that has been wonderful too. Its a massive gray plastic tote filled with everything that you would need for a party- paper plates, plastic utensils, napkins, containers, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, plastic table clothes, and every size of baggie you can think of. She should start a party business. Or a nursery, she can grow anything. Me, not so much.
What's your best party idea? Are you partied out?
Still tired,
Sonya Ann

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wicked Wednesday

Maybe I'm just cranky, maybe I have people making me cranky. The one thing I know is, it isn't my fault. LOL
Some of the thoughts in my head scare me at times. So am I the only one that is scared of themselves? Bahahaha, everyone should leave a comment and say, "yes Sonya, you are the only one that thinks that way." I would flip out a bit and then I would think that the voices in my head are being difficult again. You aren't real, are you? You are just one of the voices.
You know when you get a fortune cookie, you are supposed to read it and then add "in bed" to the end of it. It works every time. I add fucker to the end of almost every sentence I say. Most of the time the fucker is silent.
Have a great day,

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Harley Fight

I love my crazy life. I am so blessed. I have some of the most wonderful people in my life, and that includes you.
This weekend was typical of our house. We had another party. We had the 4th and then we had a party on the 8th. I told Den we need to have a party at least every other day. LOL. Since Anna and Scott are here and it was Scott's birthday, we decided to invite everyone over and have a get together and birthday party.
My nephews are here and Dalten(the little guy that I used to babysit for) so of course DJ and Jordan decided to have a chicken fight. Dalten and Jordan lost and then Dalten looked at Jordan and said, "You suck." That was funny.
We had about 30 people here, we sort of multiply here.
This is Scott getting sung Happy Birthday too. Notice the two beers, he's the shy sort.
My bestie has family in from England(Her side just left and now its her hubs side.) Aunt Anne had never been on a Harley. This was screaming funny. She was terrified and very drunk. We are having a party for her 75th party next weekend. We really can't stop having parties or getting people shit-faced.
My MIL, Donna had never been on a Harley either. She owned it. LOL.
Saturday, Den, Anna and Scott went to the family volleyball tournament. DJ went out with friends. And I stayed home to sleep it off clean up. I may or may not have fallen up the stairs Friday night.
Sunday, we really did nothing. It was wonderful. Every chore I did was half-assed. It was great. The good thing is the yard is ready and in party mode so all we have to do is bring out more chairs. Maybe we should just leave them out. Den said people don't really like us but we serve good food and that is why they keep coming back. Perhaps, I should cook.
Do you party? Are you half-assed? Did you fall up the stairs?
Sonya Ann