Saturday, June 25, 2022

Saturday, June 18, 2022

A Wonderful-ish Week in Vegas

Some wonderful happenings from this week...

  • The FedEx truck rolled up to our house and hubby said "what did you buy now??"  I had nothing in the pipeline that I was expecting so we were both very surprised when the driver handed us a package that contained a beautiful quilt (see photo below of the quilt folded at the end of our bed).  I called my friend and she said "I thought you would like a quilt" so she made one and sent it to me.  She hasn't been to our house in ages and she had no idea that we had changed the color theme of our room to blue but now we have an amazing quilt that looks like it was made for our bed!  It's nice to have amazingly thoughtful friends! 

  • A few days ago after cooking for the party (our food was a hit according to the texts from family and friends who enjoyed it at a party in San Francisco), we had lots of vegetables left over so I decided to make a vegie pot pie.  Yummy! 

  • Here is a huge birthday freebie list.
  • Here is a very creepy opportunity to earn some money.
  • Here is a great opportunity to get a cheap Sam's Club membership.
  • And this is a good list of money-saving tips (he has a lot of good videos on his channel).

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend and Happy Father's Day to you dads out there!

Friday, June 10, 2022

Everything is Going Up Up Up!

Among the things that are going up...

...the price of gas.  We drove by this local gas station and I swear the price goes up on a daily basis!

...and the price of food.  The cousins are having a party this weekend so we cooked for their party and the price of food keeps going up as well. This is one of a dozen Filipino dishes we cooked for them.  Thankfully they gave us the cash to buy the food!

...when you can find it!  This was the pasta aisle at one of our local grocery stores. eeekkk 

...even haircuts are going up now!  A couple days after I got my haircut I saw this new coupon which maybe some of you can use.

...On a happy note, here are some clever ways to reduce waste.  And some scams to watch out for.  Here are some funny pictures.  And this looks like a great scholarship opportunity!

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Well This is Concerning...

Gas prices now (see photo above) are so expensive!  Fortunately we don't commute to work so we have the choice to stay home or walk to do most errands but for the average person who has to drive a distance to work and take their kids to activities, this steep gas price increase in insane!  Even worse are the diesel prices because it impacts every single truck on the road that brings everything to the stores like groceries, clothes, consumables, etc.  Not sure how high gas prices will go although the folks in Washington State seem to think the price will go over $10 a gallon.  Eeekkk

In other news, our water situation here is looking pretty bleak, and this informative subreddit has info on upcoming disasters to prepare for.  On a happy note, this is an interesting list of pictures (I only knew what a few of these things were used for!).

Monday, May 30, 2022

Memorial Day and More!

Today is Memorial Day and as we have done for the last several years, hubby and I went to the free military buffet at the Southpoint Casino.  This is my favorite casino in Vegas and it is really nice of them to give so many military members (about 6900 people each Memorial Day) such a nice treat!

It was hot last week... this is how hubby drives.

In other news, our apricot tree is producing marvelously this year...

...but I can't say the same for our tomatoes.

For the last three days I have been 100% WFPB vegan (even at the buffet today)...yeah me!

Finally, here are some cool cooing charts.  I hope you are all enjoying the long holiday weekend!

Monday, May 23, 2022

Stocking Up

While we did our errands today, I made a special point to stock up on...everything.  If the front cover of the Economist says we are headed towards a global food catastrophe, I want to at least be a little proactive towards keeping us from going hungry.  Considering my gardening skills (we got exactly ONE tiny tomato from our gardening efforts this above) this will be no small feat!  

I heard that the price of stamps is going up again so I bought a couple of extra books of stamps today at the post office which should last us well over a year since I hardly mail anything these days.

This weekend was also the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas which brings hundreds of thousands of people to a huge music festival each year and where apparently bar bills can top what people would pay for a house!  eeekkk

Then I paid the annual registration for our car and instead of paying $235, we only paid $33 because hubby gets a veteran's tax exemption from the county.  They also exempt a chunk of our house property tax too.  Many counties do this and it is a great way to save a little extra money each year!

Finally, here are some interesting and useful cooking tips.

And one more is a $2 movie special that is running at several movie theaters this summer. 

And yet another can get three months of Hulu for $1 per month!

Friday, May 20, 2022

I Bought a Bidet!

And I love it!  I've seen people talking about bidets since the great toilet paper shortage of 2020 but I've always been kind of squeamish to try one.  Even in Japan where all of my friends have bidets in their homes, I never gave it a try because I was afraid I would hit the water button and the water would hit the ceiling or something!

A week ago I saw this one on sale on Amazon then after perusing this subreddit, I was finally convinced to buy one.  I figured if I hated it, at least I would only be out $25.  Hubby and I installed it earlier today and I tried it and it works great--all of your nether regions come out squeaky clean--but if you aren't sitting on the toilet and you turn the water on it definitely will shoot across the room!

I am now looking forward to using lots less toilet paper (maybe even none according to some people who posted about their bidets?) going into the future!