Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Hodgepodge Number 356

It's Hodgepodge time. Head on over to Joyce's blog at From this Side of the pond to see other people's responses.

1. Summer is upon us this week in the Northern hemisphere. Tell us three things on your summer bucket list. 
1. St. Louis, I will be there over my birthday
2. Central Iowa Junk Jaunt, that's actually this weekend, I'll be going with my aunt, uncle and mom.
3. I don't have a third item, sorry world. Honestly, I haven't really planned anything past my vacation next week. I want to do something exciting for my birthday, but we're going on this trip, so that's taken care of.
2. Something fun you used to do as a kid in the summertime? This was actually an end of the summer hurrah, but going to our time share at Lake Okoboji, some of my favorite childhood memories are from there.

3. Rooftop or backyard? Why? Rooftop. When I was a kid, we lived in this 3 story house with a porch on the second floor. I used to go out on the porch, climb over the safety railing and sit on the porch ceiling and watch the world. I didn't have much of a backyard.

4. Do you read food labels? Place importance on them? Make an effort to find out/care about where your food comes from? I should, but I don't. Sometimes I'll look at how much of something is in a container and decide if I want to spend my money on it, but that's all.

5. A song you'll have on repeat this summer?
I love this song, the chorus really gives me great memories:
And it's two bare feet on the dashboard
Young love and an old Ford
Cheap shades and a tattoo
And a Yoo-Hoo bottle on the floorboard

This song popped up on my MP3 player when my ex and I were coming back from a weekend at Lake Okoboji our first summer as girlfriend boyfriend, my barefeet were on the dashboard of his Ford truck (not old), I had sunglasses on (not old), and tattoos. I don't drink YooHoo, though.

6. Insert your own random thought here.Like I said, I'm rather excited about the weekend. I actually have a four day weekend, after working more hours than normal the last three weeks. I kinda want to just ignore the world and read all weekend. My family and I are going on a rather long vacation next weekend and I want to return some things to my library before then. 
This Central Iowa Junk Jaunt is a bunch of antique places around central Iowa that are open for this special event. My aunt and uncle are coming down for it, I'm more excited to hang out with them than to really shop for anything, I haven't seen them since Easter.

Friday, June 15, 2018


Tuesday: I realized I had a book due Friday and actually read it in one day. I was pretty impressed with myself.
Wednesday: mailed a bunch of swaps.
Time for me:
 July calendar tag:
 Spring ATCs:
 ATC tag:
 SMS loveable:
 I had the hardest time with this tag. I was going to send a stuffed animal, but didn't really know what to send, and then I was going to send a Snoopy book I just bought, but realized it would be heavy to send, and then I remembered these cute animal prints I had, so I sent them.
Happy mail:
 The person I had liked religious stuff (the card), used postage stamps (the stamp envelope), photography (the postcard) and retro stuff (the calendar card), and I figured, who doesn't love stickers?
Dollar Store tag:
Also had a hard time with this one, finally decided on this coin purse and stamp set.
I also mailed a J tag: jokes, jacket (a piece of stationery), Jonathan (some card I had). SMS prickly: I stamped some images of cacti and hedgehogs.
I have an issue with mice in my ceiling and Tuesday night this little guy appeared:
 He came back Wednesday night and I realized the trap had been tripped and there was a larger dead brown mouse.
Thursday this happened:
 tons of rain and flash floods. A bunch of our streets were flooded due to the torrential rainfall.
I couldn't figure out if the mail was delivered really late Wednesday or really early on Thursday. I'm leaning to late on Wednesday since the mail was barely wet after I went out about 10AM to check it and that was shortly after the huge rainstorm.
I don't have pictures, but I got my H happy mail of Hershey's and hand sanitizer I totally ate all the Hershey's, a birthday card I kinda wish I knew it was a birthday card before I opened it so I could save it until my birthday and a penpal letter. The person who sent the birthday card didn't say she was sending it, so I didn't have her on my list, if I had, I would've known to not open it.
I worked on sorting and cleaning my crafty stuff and finishing a book on Thursday.
As I was heading to bed Thursday night, my little friend came out again and I caught him.
 He's so cute!! I wish I could have kept him, he's very tiny:
I took him out to the trash can and dumped him in there, he had a fighting chance, I just didn't want him back in the house, so gave him a way to travel to get back.
Friday: I got up to go garage saleing. There was a heat advisory, so I just hit a few. This was the first one:
I loved the show Medium and have missed it dearly. I'm not sure how many seasons there were, this sale only had season one, but I picked it up for $2, Mrs. Doubtfire was $1.
I used to just go to sales that had interesting sounding ads, but started going to sales that are close to me a few years ago, because there's always something that doesn't get in the ad, and it could be that thing I'm looking for.
The next two sales I didn't find anything. I had planned to hit TJ Maxx at the mall since one of the sales was right next to it, but I didn't factor in the fact that the mall doesn't open until 10, and I left about 20 of 9. I also didn't factor in how long it would take me to get there. Unfortunately, TJ Maxx was not open when I got there, so I decided to kill time at Walmart and then hit TJ Maxx on my way home.
I found a few interesting things:
 Ren and Stimpy, blast from my childhood.
 Another blast from the past.
Ren and Stimpy were $10, and the Gremlins were $12, but I certainly don't need toys. I found something better to spend my money on:
 Earrings, Dot-to-Dot book, sticky notes, horchata drink mix, tape, washi, gummies, chocolate.
I was doing really good not picking stuff up, until I wandered down the stationery aisle.
First I found the washi:
 They are five rolls at 5 yards each.
Here's the side:
 Which doesn't look like five yards, but they must be washi thickness, like tissue paper. It's amazing what's considered washi, but I think if it's thicker than tissue paper, it's not actually washi, which is the whole reason I'm not buying the Dollar Tree stuff anymore.
The sticky notes:
 They were 3 pads of 90 sheets each.
Here are the packs open:
The first was mermaid, unicorn, and rainbow. The next was sloth, raccoon, and fox. The last was flamingo, pineapple and cactus. That second pack is kinda weird, the raccoon and fox look kinda mean, but sloth.
The washi and sticky note packs were $1.88 each.
As I was leaving Walmart, I saw my local buses showing up at the mall, so I decided to just catch the bus home, as I was almost home, my dad got on the bus and we went to campus to get lunch.
When I got home, I realized I only walked about 2 miles, if I had realized that before I would have walked home. Oh well, I got a free lunch out of it.

Monday, June 11, 2018

I bought an octopus

Sunday: work, very busy, but it's Sunday, that's normal. I finally finished watching all the seasons of ER. It was pretty cool that they brought all the original cast back for the last season. I recall growing up watching ER and Third Watch and loving the camaraderie in their workplaces, I always wished I could work somewhere that people cared about their co-workers like they did in those shows. I keep hoping that will happen at my workplace.
Monday: I had to open, I feel we are just busier in the summer, and much busier in the mornings than I'm used to. We had a lost child, two dogs in the library (one a working dog, the other the owner left in the vestibule because we don't allow dogs in the library), and way too busy.
I went to lunch with a friend and then went shopping.
Dollar Tree:
 How cute is that sign and the flamingo pens? The sign is metal, I kinda wanna keep it, but I feel I'll pass it on to someone else. Also, the flamingo pens, there was a pink one, but I didn't really like it. I picked up the nail art to use on art.
 Food, I was looking for sugar-free chocolate for a swap. The Hershey's are for my dad.
 I keep hoping to find cool paper pads, but I don't. I'll probably use most of this for happy mail. I couldn't pass up the butterfly and lemon notepads.
Hobby Lobby:
 They have a lot of the home decor for 75% off, so I bought the octopus for $4.50. I'm surprised the unicorn tags were still in clearance, they're missing the stamps, but we all know we only want the tags. I was surprised to find the blades I need for my paper cutter, guess I won't need a new one after all. And I really liked the flowers, they were 50% off.
When I got home I found some happy mail.
Anything unicorn:
 Something sparkly:
I kinda set myself up for the fallout. I really wanted to see what someone would send.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Italian Dressing

Sunday: I had to work, and I got laundry done.
Monday: I started a new schedule at the library, I'll be opening on Mondays. I decided to try some tea I got in a swap to help wake me up in the morning, it was pretty good. I had woken up at 3AM, so was basically exhausted all day. I got back to sleep but rather fitfully and kept waking up a lot. I gave in and bought a Mountain Dew to help. It was really busy at work, I don't usually work Monday mornings, so I don't know if it's usually really busy, but it's officially summer (because school's out), we started our summer reading program on Friday as well as our free meals for kids, but I didn't work on Friday. I also learned some more things in our Interlibrary loan department, that was fun. We were slammed over the weekend, we finally got caught up enough to where we only have carts of stuff from Sunday, had a lot of hold requests come through as well. I stayed a bit late talking about something and as I was leaving we had a lost child call, thankfully we found them right away. As I was walking home, this couple was walking in front of me and commenting about how the item they wanted was checked out, and then this guy illegally parked really badly to pick up a stroller that he left behind. I stopped at the grocery store on the way home to get some more tea, some donuts and cereal. As I was leaving, I unfortunately got behind a retirement home group and we had this traffic jam getting out the door. My grocery store has one in door and one out door, both automated so you can't go out the in door unless someone coming in has tripped it. They wouldn't move out of the way so anyone else could leave. Found some happy mail waiting for me when I got home.
Junk journal supplies:
 An altered clipboard:
I also found some cactus/tropical address labels from St. Jude's.
I got some swaps ready to mail.
Destash wish:
 Cactus tag:
 Pocket letter tag:
 I was exhausted all day, but by the time 10PM rolled around I didn't want to go to bed.
Tuesday: I had to make a pocket letter for a group and couldn't get motivated so I looked through ones I had received. I started to make it and and then realized there were specifics I had to have on it.
A flower, a bicycle and a spring sentiment.
I put together some more tags/swaps.
Butterfly wish:
 Birthday happy mail:
I'm glad I set my alarms last week, it was weird going to work on a Tuesday night. I have to adjust my thinking because I can't slack off all day and then get my swaps ready to mail at night.
Work was interesting. Had an issue with our automated handling system that took my boss a long time to fix. We had a bunch of interlibrary loans come in and since no one had any time and one of the people that does contacting left, I got to do them all. I was pretty proud of myself for getting about 95% of them done.
Wednesday: Just a regular day at the library. Went to mail my stuff and the postal lady decided the three envelopes that I sent that were pretty much the same as that above photo with a card were parcels because they didn't bend. I've never run into that before. I've always been told not thicker than 1/4" inch, not heavier than 1 ounce. I barely skated through with three note cards and envelopes in another envelope. I'm a bit annoyed at her for that. I also had another package that I sent basically the same thing through last week as a large envelope and she told me it was a parcel. I'll try to get my regular people next week. We had a pretty big thunderstorm Wednesday night and the power went out for about an hour, and then the internet took awhile to come back up. I was worried I'd wake up to a puddle on my floor again, but I don't think we got that much rain.
Received some happy mail:
Summer stickers, even though the package at the bottom are not stickers.
Thursday: This is my new day off. I basically watched movies and read all day. I did find some happy mail in my mailbox.
 So they are cute, but I'm a little disappointed because you're not supposed to send handmade items.
pocket letter:
 Rainbow happy mail:
 Not quite seeing the rainbow
die cuts:
Love these, especially that pacman ghost in the middle of the bottom
Friday: Got up sorta early for a garage sale. Found a bunch of cute tea sets:
 But, the prices were outrageous. The tiny ones were $15 each, the large one in the back was $35, though the lady running the sale told me that anything with a red slash was half of that. I'm still not spending $7.50 for one of those. I will not pay antique store prices at a garage sale. You could tell that's where they were from.
Went to lunch with a friend and then went to talk with my parents about my birthday present. I wasn't excited. After going over our schedule for the trip, we went into money. My parents are giving my brother their time share, because they never use it. The value dad told me it would be if they sold it was kinda big (for me) and he said since they're giving my brother that, they would also give me the same amount in money. They're depositing some in a retirement fund and some CD's. And then another amount will be left over that dad will give to me in increments, X amount for extra spending money for our trip. But, he also said that I was required to spend X for the transportation. Also, if you're giving me money, why don't you just give it to me and let me decide what to do with it? I don't really think of it as a gift if I don't get to use it for 30 years.
We went to a couple newish grocery stores and I spent about $12 on chocolate. Found some happy mail when I got home.
Letter I:
I'm never going to use these. I like the creativity in the letter I, but I wish she had sent me something crafty/pen pal useful, cause that's what the group is about. As I get more mail from this group, I'm not as interested. I guess that will help with me saving money on postage.
We went to Texas Roadhouse for supper. I'm giving up on Texas Roadhouse. The food doesn't taste as good as when it was brand new and different for me.
Saturday: I planned to get up and go to a couple garage sales, but couldn't talk myself into it. I find it hard to go out garage saleing when I have to work in the afternoon, especially when there aren't any sales that sound interesting. Work was busy, normal Saturday.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Hodgepodge vol 354

It's Hodgepodge time:

1.Describe your 30's in one sentence. If you're not yet 30 tell us one thing you hope to accomplish once you hit that particular decade. Halfway through. I turn 35 this year, so better things to come, maybe?

2. Is it harder for you to exercise or eat healthy? Eat healthy, but it's also hard to entice me to get out and exercise. I do arm curls with a gallon of milk every time I buy one, but that's getting light. Most of my exercise is going garage saleing, or when I go shopping since i don't have a car and I don't want to pay to ride the bus.

3. June 7th is National VCR Day. Huh? Anyway this reminded me of something I saw on Facebook listing household items we no longer have and the VCR was on it. I couldn't put my hands on that list, but found another list here of 21 items we all had ten years ago, but which are now obsolete-bookshelves (WHAT!!???), drip coffee makers, alarm clocks, file cabinets, desktop computers, printers, printed phone books, answering machines, fax machines, paper shredders, a Rolodex, CD racks, CD burners, china cabinets, home phones, entertainment consoles, DVD players, calculators, takeout menus, incandescent light bulbs, and cable TV Your thoughts? How many on the list do you still have? Still use? I still have bookshelves (why would those be obsolete), a filing cabinet, (though it holds crafting supplies and not files), a desktop computer (I don't use it, it's sitting in a corner), a printer (also don't use, but mainly because I don't want to buy paper or ink since I rarely use it when I have them). I still have video tapes, but not a VCR, I can't quite part with a few things I taped off TV.

4. What's something you see disappearing in the next ten years? I don't know.

5. How did you celebrate your birthday this past year? Is that typical? My birthday is actually in about a month, we're going to St. Louis for the week. Last year I went to brunch with my friends and then to a historical house in a neighboring town and shopping with my family. It's typical that I get together with family and that people give me presents, but I don't always get to hang out with my friends.

6. Insert your own random thought here. Like I said, we're going to St. Louis for my birthday, I'm excited, but not as much as I was when my parents first invited me. They led me to believe I wouldn't have to pay transportation or hotel fare and then later they told me it would cost so much for transportation. My dad has a convention he's going to, so we signed up for some things for that and those are a bit expensive. Now I remember why I don't go on vacation. I'm working a bit extra at my job, but still.

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Lots of Stamps

Sunday: I had to work a local graduation. It was pretty uneventful except for the lady pounding on the doors right before we opened because "it's hot" We all knew that, if she had started pounding earlier I feel she would have been very disappointed. Do people not realize that we can't open until everyone inside is ready? Also that most of the time, doors will open an hour before the event started? I also had a lady try to bring a big bag of food in. There was a concession stand open (which doesn't usually happen for non-athletic events) so we weren't letting in food. She told me "she didn't know" and "don't you let food in at the fames?" Yes, we have stricter rules for things that people don't pay for.
I left at 2:30 and it was 97 degrees when I left. I believe we hit 100 degrees. May is not even over yet and we've hit the triple digits.
I felt very unaccomplished. I got my laundry done, but that was about it.
Monday: I didn't go out of the house. I just didn't see the need to go out in the heat. I put together a few swaps to mail out.
I made this card for a co-worker:
 She's leaving us to go chase butterflies.
A sticker tag:
 A surprise tag:
A soft tag:
 I also watched We Are Soldiers and wasted time doing other things.
Tuesday: I had to go to the Dollar Tree to pick up some essentials and Walmart for a few things. I may have pushed myself a bit, going out in 80+ heat without water, oh well
Dollar Tree:
 The essentials, body wash, sun block, toothpaste, snack bags, ibuprofen, air fresheners, loofahs, deodorant. The body wash was the main reason I had to go, mine was pretty much empty. Sunblock, ibuprofen, a loofah and a body wash for my upcoming trip. I decided to just buy a loofah and take it with me for the trip, it's easier when taking a shower. I didn't see the point of having small travel size stuff, it's not like we're flying. My apartment smells a little stale some times, there's not a lot of air movement, so I picked up some air fresheners, one is especially for my coat closet. The snack bags are to keep goodies together when I get them in swaps.
 stickers, mug, toothbrush holder, magnet, list pad, pens
I don't think I have these stickers, but I might. I had to pick up the mug because it has owls, plus it's huge. I love picking up the frog toothbrush holders at Dollar Tree, they work great for wand and pen holders, too. The list pad is for the clipboard above. I've seen people hauling these pens and I could not pass them up. I did pass up the unicorn keychains and a few other things.
Next I stopped by Target, I didn't find anything to buy. that might be a first for me. I needed some pajamas for the trip, the lowest they went was $12, and that was a clearance pair. I knew Walmart had separates for $5 each, I almost bought some cards just to buy something, but I put them back.
Last up was Walmart.
chocolate, keys
I probably picked up too much food, but most of it (except the Reese's) was under $2. The Reese's was not worth the money, sadly. I picked up the keys for a future tag.
 Here's my pajamas, I also picked up a bralette, some fiskars trimmer blades and tape.
This pair was on clearance for $9 and then rang up at $7, so much better deal than Target. I need to replace some of my bralettes that I've had for years, this version is only about $5 at Walmart, I find them extremely comfortable. I actually prefer bralettes over bras. I noticed my trimmer blade wasn't working very good yesterday and price checked between Walmart and Hobby Lobby, Walmart was $4, Hobby Lobby was $5.99, I keep finding more of my basic supplies cheaper at Walmart, which is fine, every time I go to Hobby Lobby I buy a bunch of stuff that I'm slow at using. I'm also trying to pick up a pack of tape every time I got to Walmart, I can't run out that way.
I was supposed to pick up some more bus tickets and milk on my way home, but I was so exhausted that I skipped those. There's always Wednesday.
I found some happy mail waiting for me.
50 stickers:
 Bugs and blossoms:
 a personal destash swap:
 red, white and blue pocket letter:
I spent the rest of the day getting more swaps ready to mail.
Altered clipboard:
Rainbow happy mail:
 Letter I tag:
 Surprise tag:
As I was settling down and eating my supper we got this fun hailstorm:
The hail was falling every which way, I could hear it slamming into my door. You can see all the tiny leaves and branches it took out of the tree. I totally believe if you got hit by any of it, you could have been seriously hurt.
Wednesday: Went to work, post office and grocery store, nothing special there. Finished two movies, started a book.
Thursday: I woke up pissed at the world. The last dream I was having, I was at a buffet restaurant and nothing was going my way, first they ran out of food and when they got more, they didn't have any clean plates, I was with my family and they wanted to leave and I just wanted more food.
Wednesday while I was at work, one of my coworkers invited another one out to lunch, and then I see pictures of three of them out doing a painting class today, and I saw pictures of others having a birthday get together on facebook a few weeks ago. I want that. I want that many good friendships at my work that we can go out and do things, I wish I knew how to get it.
I got a few more swaps ready to mail.
Igrab religious notecards:
 Igrab coloring sheets:
 Winner takes all, stamped images:
 Thursday night, I saw all these launchpads just waiting for us to put them on the shelf:
 I received some happy mail,
50 loose stickers:
 There are so many cute ones in there.
SMS bright:
 I love that notebook.
Youtube produced Thunderstruck by AC/DC to me and it made my heart sing, it really touched me. I think I need more of AC/DC in my life.
Friday: I had off because I worked Saturday, I had to leave late for sales, as one I wanted to go to, didn't start until 10.
 First sale, i didn't find anything, the second sale was the one that started at 10. It was so hard to see that it was a garage sale, there was a really long driveway, but everything was in the garage, you'd think it was raining, they way they had it all arranged in there.
 2 vintage calendars, a pom pom pig, and a keychain, total spent was 20 cents.
Saw this cool trunk at the third sale:

a couple scotcheroos, a mushroom, a bookmark and there was a bottle of water, but I drank it, total spent here $4.25
 Fourth sale, there was a bunch of stamps and I only picked them up for my new group on facebook, I'm hoping to trade them out. There were two bundles, she wanted $7.50 for all of them, I didn't want to spend that much, so she gave me the larger one for $5, it had 72 packets of stamps in it.
 a book and stamps, total spent $5.50
Fifth sale:
Apparently I'm into cupcakes, now. This one is a box as well, again thinking about filling it up with gifts for someone's birthday, also a tiny dragon, total spent here 50 cents.
The last two sales didn't have anything interesting. One was just one I saw a sign for and as I was walking in to the garage, the guy was sitting there smoking a cigarette, nope. The last one, the lady was talking to a couple when I came in and when they left, she totally ignored me and got on her phone. I think that's rude. You want me to buy something, pay attention to me.
After taking a long afternoon break, my friend and I headed downtown to the local artwalk. I saw this beautiful Mustang:
 Also found a cute snail flower pot:
 And this cute hedgehog and mushroom:
 Here's what I picked up:
 The sloth is a card, that was my first purchase, it was in our chocolate shop. I love the style of it. I really wanted something earlier in the week for a sloth tag on my facebook group, but couldn't find anything, I'll just hold on to this. The black/blue print was from a studio where anyone could take their artwork, there was a pile that said take one that speaks to you. And our last stop had this beautiful Easy Rider print. It's airbrushed, they guy had a lot of neat prints, I wanted a couple of skeletons as well, but I don't need an art print, let alone three and I don't have a place for them. The two 'waffles' are from a local grocery store, my friend needed to go there, so I tagged along.
Saturday: I opened at the library, it was fine. I had a couple pieces of happy mail when I came home
Pocket letter:
 How beautiful is this? She said in her note she knew I liked mermaids so she went that route. I LOVE IT. I wanna just keep staring at it.
50 Loose stickers:
 I'm not sure this person was supposed to send to me, but oh well. Very cute stickers.
I finished the day tackling some swaps I needed to get done.
Red, White and Blue pocket letter:
 And a birthday card for my boss:
It's an envelope one, she likes elephants, so I put a few in it.