Tuesday, March 31, 2009

No more snow please.

My favorite snow picture of the season, 2/21/09

Who on earth would bury their own child in snow, against their loud protestations? And then photograph it?!

Monday, March 30, 2009

So it's been a while... again :)

I just wanted to "brag" to everyone (all 4 of you now? No wait, Jesse doesn't read this, lol) that since I've been following couponing blogs and started practicing what they preach (about 20 days), I have saved 66% on our purchases.
On the one hand, I am saving lots of money by really searching out coupons on products we always buy. On the other hand, I am purchasing products that I never would have looked at before -- in order to EARN money (on overages) or to stockpile different branded products if they are free (or very close to it).
My hunter-gatherer instinct likes this. It's really a lot of fun for me. My personality is (apparently) well-suited to lists and clipping and searching etc. Things many people find tedious.
If you think this would be worth it to you, see: . This lady has got some great tutorials and advice. But, like I said, only if you've got the drive, personality, and a little time for it. (If anyone's REALLY interested, I've got a bunch more in my google blog reader).

This is for anyone who says you can't save LOTS of money clipping coupons.
Bottom line:
Full priced would've been:



**Normal budget is less than this, but this included some unusual purchases (new work clothes and shoes for Jesse, among other things) and a learning curve to the new techniques. I anticipate more success in April! :)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Getting bunnies sometime soon.

Jesse spent a good amount of time working on making a couple of hutches for our future bunnies this last weekend. It's not done yet, but that's because I made Jesse quit to watch a movie. Savannah and I drank juice and sat in the window sill watching from the warm house. I'm sure that Jesse would agree with me that it's not pretty. But why would you want to make something pretty if it's just going to get pooped on all the time? This pictures is of the bottom hutch (holds two adults) and the legs for the top hutch. You can barely see the chicken wire and we're adding a tray under the top hutch for reasons that will be most obvious to the bunnies in the bottom hutch.

Also, in case anyone reading is wondering... I have used the library bookmarklet more times than I can remember to count already. That means somewhere around 20-40 times. Yea!

Monday, March 2, 2009


I am excited beyond words about my new web find. My nerdiness is exhibited most clearly by my shaking hands as I type. No joke, I think this is COOL.

Jon Udell's LibraryLookup Bookmarklet

Long story short, you can make a bookmarklet for your local library and when you are shopping on amazon or barnes and noble or other bookstores that use ISBNs (I'd venture a guess that most do), you click your new bookmarklet and up pops your library catalog and the book you were looking at. How much easier does it get to add new books to your library wishlist or request a copy to a location nearest you?
If you can't figure out his website or how to use your bookmarklets, let me know and I'll try to help.

You have NO idea how often I am going to use this.