Monday, September 15, 2008

He's NOT my boyfriend

I realize I haven't been posting much lately.  It's partially because I've been uninspired and partially because I've had other things clouding my brain.  I really haven't been myself lately.  When I have found a few minutes of clarity, I've spent it working on SAHM Reviews, my review site.  I've been getting some really great stuff to review along with some fun extras to give away to my readers.  I didn't realize how addicting and overwhelming it would become.

Before I go any further, let me tell you something about my personality.  I put a great deal of value on a person's name.  If I say "Hello" to someone, I like to be able to address them by name.  It's more personal and more inviting.  When someone new starts taking the same class as me at the gym, I'm the first one to ask her name.  Whether it be the top executive or the janitors, at work or a social location, I try to learn their names.   It's something I've always done and I think it makes people feel important.  And it makes me smile to know that they care enough to address me by name, too. 

I've known my mail lady's name since we moved here.  Each time we relocated, I would wait by the mailbox on one of the first days so that I could introduce myself.  But it wasn't until I started getting stuff several times a week that I realized I didn't know the name of the UPS driver yet, the Fedex driver or the DHL driver.

But the other day, UPS showed up with a package I've been anxiously awaiting.  The truck pulled up outside and DH jokingly yelled "Honey, your boyfriend is here."  Followed immediately by both my girls yelling "Mom, your boyfriend is here!"

Yes, he brings me stuff.  Yes, I look forward to his arrival.  But good grief, he ISN'T my boyfriend.  I don't even know his name!


Thank goodness for 15 wonderful years of marriage and a husband that can joke about the UPS guy being my boyfriend.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Hole in the Wall or in my Head

After seeing some really cute commercials for Fox's new reality game show "Hole in the Wall", I added it to my DVR list.  Apparently, it's based on a Japanese game show that's a huge hit.  I was really excited about it because it appeared it was going to be a type of puzzle game show and not only do I love game shows but I also really love puzzles. 

Contestants stand in a designated area in front of a pool.  A moving wall with various cutouts moves toward them and they need to figure out how to get through it.  If they are successful, they earn points.  If unsuccessful, they get knocked into the pool.  Puzzle plus game show for me is a TV match made in heaven. 

DH and I watched the premiere episode of it a few nights ago.  Two teams of three people compete for $25,000.  The show's host is a loud mouth with his lovely assistant equally not-interesting.  Certainly more show in this than game.

The contestants wear what I can only describe as the collision between Devo suits and a vacuum sealer.  (Or as DH says "This show is sponsored by Jiffy Pop.)

The holes were impossible to maneuver through in most of the cases which made it more a show of "lets watch people get smacked by a wall and fall into the water"... and less of a game show where they were trying to realistically make it through to the other side.

The eye-candy male and female lifeguards are probably the best thing showing up on camera - even though they only get a tiny bit of air time.

We figured it was the preview and said to each other "It can only get better."  So we left it on the DVR and figured we would give it another shot.

We were wrong.  It didn't get any better.  It is no longer on our DVR list and I pray that Fox comes up with something better to fill the time slot.  Quickly.  But don't take my word for it, go watch a few minutes of "Hole in the Wall" and come to your own conclusion.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Overheard in the bathroom

A week or so ago, I was in the restroom at Target.  As I'm inside the stall doing my thing, this is a little of what I heard...

Woman walks in talking on her cell phone.  "I'm going to need to take out a loan to pay off my cell phone bill."
Woman uses the toilet while still talking. "I have to call during the day because at night it's too late."
Woman flushes while still talking.  "I don't know. I don't use text or anything. I just go over on minutes and it costs a ton.  I need to switch to..."
She washes her hands and walks out, all the time still talking.

Me (grumbling under my breath after she left):  "Maybe if you didn't talk on the phone while going to the bathroom you would save some minutes." 

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Who Doesn't Love Free Drugs

If you're here for anything other than legal prescriptions, move along please. This is just for honest people looking for a way to save some money on their prescriptions. In this case, nothing tops getting them free.

I've talked before about how we don't have insurance. I'm constantly on the lookout for ways to save money on bloodwork or prescriptions. Although I haven't posted about it, several pharmacies have gotten on the $4 generic prescription bandwagon. Even better, $4 for a 30 day prescription or $10 if you get a 90 day prescription. When we lived in California, I surfed my prescriptions. In other words, I moved from pharmacy to pharmacy based on who had the best prescription transfer coupon floating around. My copay was $10 so I ended up either even or $10 up since most transfer coupons were either $10 or $20 (with an occasional $25).

But I stopped surfing my prescriptions when I found out that Sam's Club had awesome prices. They were one of the first to have discount pricing for non-insurance prescriptions. But now that there are so many companies doing that, the transfer coupons are back in play. Last month, I transferred my prescription to Target using a $10 transfer coupon. I received a 90 day supply for $10 then received a $10 gift card to use on a future purchase. I essentially walked out with 90 days of prescription for free.

But I didn't bother to mention it since the transfer coupon was expiring... Until now. In today's Target ad (at least our local one), there was another $10 prescription transfer coupon! If you have a regular prescription or even have a non-regular one that needs to be filled, it's worth finding out if it's on the $4/30 day or $10/90 day list. Take advantage of the coupon, transfer your prescription to Target and net yourself some free drugs. When you're ready for another refill, you can always transfer it back to wherever you had it before or somewhere else if another coupon shows up. Nothing better than getting something you need for free.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

When Karma Fights for You

I hate to admit that it's been a rough month for me.  I'm out of my regular routine. Little things here and there, DH sick, kids sick, chaos with the kids starting two new schools. Just life in general. It's been getting me a bit down and I haven't put in the blog time I like to.

I have spent a few minutes each day entering blog contests though. Not the most productive way to spend the few minutes, but it makes me smile.

With all the things that haven't been perfect lately, Karma decided that I needed a little help...
This is what arrived in the mail the other day.  Two T-Mobile cell phones thanks to a contest at Tech Savvy Mama.  A Blackberry Pearl and a Nokia 5310 Music Phone.  I entered it thanks to my friend, Nyssa, and couldn't believe that I actually won! If you have kids that have cell phones or you are thinking of giving cell phones, be sure to check out T-Mobile's Family Allowance plan. It's a slick service that allows you some controls on what they are using their phone for and when.

To top it off, I also won a Laurie Berkner CD from Mommy Goggles and Snacktrition nuts and fruits from One Book Two Book.

Maybe things are looking up.  Thanks Karma!

Update - I just received an email this morning (9/3/08) that I won a set of Matchmaster Soccer games from Mommy Daddy Blog!