Monday, January 30, 2006

For the thrifty (actually, for everyone - who wouldn't want to turn down this deal?)

One of my co-workers discovered a wonderful website that offers discounted gift certificates for restaurants. When she first talked about it, I thought it was a scam, but she used the certificate and it worked, and I've used two since then that worked fine.

It's Normally, you can get a $25 gift certificate (you print it off the site after purchasing) for $10. There are often restrictions - the most common being that your bill has to be at least $35. I've also gotten a $10 certificate that required I spend $15.

Now, these aren't nationally known restaurants on the site; they are local places that are trying to drum up business. And, there aren't restaurants for every area. My mom tried this and came up with nothing within 15 miles of her house.

But, if you sign up for email updates, they regularly send discount codes. Last week, with my trusty 60% off coupon code, I got a $25 certificate for $4! Not bad, eh?

P.S. The 60% code is 89500 (expires 1/31/06) - enter it at checkout.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

3 failed sweaters

You may have noticed that I haven't posted anything much about knitting lately. That's because, although I have been knitting, usually while I watch TV on evenings and on weekends, and finding it very relaxing and enjoyable, things just haven't been turning out right.

Actually, things have been turning out really wrong. The last three sweaters I've been working on all came out funny. I've just finished one (or come close enough to finishing to try it on), discovered it will not work at ALL, and tossed it aside. See?

But Thursday night, when I finished the beige-y hourglass sweater, I couldn't take it anymore. I cried. I woke Matt up from cold medicine induced sleep and cried. Then I decided I'm taking action. These babies are getting ripped back into usable yarn.

I am currently working on a scarf and a sock. I am thinking of another sweater to make with that red wool. But I've learned some lessons. I have to be more careful about gauge (how many stitches per inch) to make sure that it's not too small or too big. And I'm going to remind myself that taking the time to put all the stitches on scrap yarn to try it on is a good thing.

Hopefully I'll have something better to report soon.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

I made a pot roast!

I had yesterday off work and decided to be productive around the house. I had stayed up until after 1 am to greet Matt when he arrived home from the airport, but I got up at 7:30 anyway. I cleaned windows and knit a lot and organized the hall closet and made tuna salad and saved $10 with coupons at the grocery store. I also cooked a pot roast that turned out pretty well. Sometimes when I am adventurous with fancy recipes (although I'm not sure that pot roast counts as fancy - it just seemed intimidating) Matt is less than enthusiastic. Nice, but sometimes I think he'd rather be eating spaghetti. Not last night though. He said he would definitely eat it again.

The bad news in all this accomplishment - it's rainy and cold (not a bad thing in itself, just not today), I have a headache, and no one came to my storytime today.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Snow, Snow, Snow!

Look what we woke up to this morning!

Matt's in New York at a conference and my mom is here keeping me company (and making some yummy chicken dishes). We southern girls were very excited to see the snow. There were also three deer in the woods next to the house, but I wasn't able to get a good picture of them.

Isn't it beautiful? Perfect for a Saturday in January.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

So far, 2006 is not that different from 2005

We did go on a bit of a shopping spree on Monday with giftcards we had. That was fun.

And I've read two books - very girly-girl teen novels - Alice Alone by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and Princess in Love by Meg Cabot.

I've got to start doing some more interesting things so I have something to write about here.