The long and winding road to fitness, day 114

A day off work, how pleasant.  I slept in until, oh I don’t know, a few minutes after 6.  Got up, fed the cats, made breakfast for myself, then got online for a bit.  Am I the only person who can’t keep up on her emails?  Where do they all come from?  Of course, I delete the ones telling me that I’ve been selected to help the person in Nigeria with their inheritance, or the ones that offer me too good to be true money-making opportunities, or the credit card offers, etc, etc…But I still end up with an awful lot of emails to try to go through every day.  Oh well…stop complaining, right?

I did some shopping this morning, went to CVS, Goodwill, and Wal Mart.  What fun!  I did find the cutest little long sleeve t-shirt at Goodwill (along with a lot of books).  The shirt is perfect for fall since it has little fall leaves all over it.  Wal Mart was Wal Mart…you know how that goes.  I did find a cute little loaf of multigrain bread in their bakery…

The package says it’s the perfect size for two people.  Well, it’s just me here, but I’m sure it’ll last a few days.

This was tonight’s dinner, two slices of that yummy bread with some pumpkin butter.  Do you find yourself wanting pumpkin everything at this time of the year?

I found this pumpkin pie spice creamer at Wal Mart too.  I’ve got tea in the fridge.  All I need to do in the morning is add some creamer to it and I’ve got myself a tasty pumpkin pie spice chai latte to take to work.  Mine will be just as good as the one you can get at Starbucks, but it’ll be a lot less expensive.

I walked for 30 minutes today, did strength training, range of motion exercises and stretches.  Not bad.  I also cleaned my patio garden up.  That was a chore, but now it looks like it’s ready for winter…and you know that’ll be here one of these old days.

Oh, speaking of old…when I was at Goodwill today, there was a new guy training on register.  When I went to check out, he informed me that today was the day for the senior citizen’s discount.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t quite old enough to qualify for that.  The girl who was training him apologized and said they had to tell everyone about that.  And she said she hoped I wasn’t offended.  Heck no, I wasn’t offended, I just wish I qualified for that darn discount!!  But it did explain why there were so many old folks there today.

If you’ve ever been asked about whether or not you’d like your senior citizen’s discount, did it bother you?

Coffee, anyone?

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It’s funny, my mom drank coffee every day, black.  Several cups.  I tried it a few times but just didn’t care for it.  So, for several years, I just assumed I didn’t like coffee.  Then a customer brought me a flavored coffee from Starbucks…oh my…how could I not have known how delicious this was?  Of course, it wasn’t calorie free like the black coffee my mom drank.  But it sure did taste worlds better.  Being the frugal gal I am, I wasn’t going to pay for coffee from Starbucks every day. Then I saw the little tins of Maxwell House International blends…when I tasted those, I knew I could have coffee-house coffee without the coffee-house price.  Yum!!  One cup most mornings.

I didn’t have a coffee maker, so I didn’t try any of the ground coffees on the market, just the instant.  But this week, someone gave me a brand new coffee maker that they didn’t need (yes, I could have bought a coffee maker myself, I just never got around to it.  I mean, how do you decide which one to buy?).  Oh my, I’m afraid this may be the beginning of a new addiction.  Today I stopped at Wal Mart after work and decided to look at all of the coffee and try to find something that I thought I just might like.  Wow!! Who knew there were so many options?  Then I saw one that caught my eye…

How could this not be good?  Do you see those words?  Chocolate truffle…oh my word.  I haven’t actually tried it yet.  I hate to admit this, but I’m not really sure how to use a coffee maker so I’m going to have to read the instructions (what’s up with that, right?) and maybe experiment a little.  But with a name like chocolate truffle, how can I go wrong?  So who has suggestions about what kind I should try next?  I’m excited about coffee…is that wrong?

Giveaways

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I love entering giveaways and have had some success with actually winning quite a few (a case of Better Oats, a case of Celestial Seasonings tea, EOS hand lotion, Soft Scrub,  Starbucks gift card, Coffee Mate, Purex Crystals, Avon Anew skin care kit, Mission tortilla chips, Oscar Meyer carving board meat, Clinique mascara, and lots of coupons for free products).  I’m always surprised when I receive the notification that I’ve won something.  It’s such a thrill to get something useful for nothing (except for the little bit of time invested in actually completing the entry process).

Today I want to let everyone know about a giveaway that one of my Bloomington blogging buddies is hosting.  If you haven’t read Back to Her Roots, I highly recommend it…Cassie always has great photos, some of the best recipes around, and now even giveaways!  Check out her latest giveaway as well as her wonderful blog…

http://backtoherroots.com/2011/04/18/ive-got-a-lovely-bunch-of-coconuts-giveaway/#comment-3254

And good luck with the giveaway should you decide to enter…although I have to tell you, I’d really, REALLY like to win this one myself!!