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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Free Berries!

Did I mention I won free Discoll's berries for a year? Yay me!

Awhile ago I saw a flyer by the Driscoll's berry display at my local grocer advertising a contest to win free berries for a year. I took one and the next time I had internet access, I signed myself up.

Just recently I came home, probably a little more than depressed, to find an envelope from Discoll's berries in my mailbox. I was thinking "great. now i'm getting junk mail from them too." The envelope sat on my counter for two days. When I opened it (along with the other mail I had been ignoring), I found 52 $5 coupons for Driscoll's berries.

Holy crap! The letter said that I was one of the winners of the Free Berries for a Year contest. I literally cannot remember the last time I won something. I definitely needed the emotional boost from my win.

Now as I sit enjoying my very first free raspberries (and walnuts), I'm so grateful. There are so many times I pass up fresh fruit because of the cost. I'm so excited to be able to buy fresh berries even if I don't have a cent to my name.

How lucky am I?

Sunday, September 26, 2010


I survived the Annual Sales Conference in Wisconsin Dells. I even got a little exercise in. When we had a break for football, I hit the River Road for a walk. It was serene.  I had a great time out on a little Wisconsin Adventure.

Tuesday I picked up my pup from the kennel. I was deeply dissatisfied with his care in my absence. Starting with the fact that he was so incredibly dirty that they felt the need to give him a bath without my permission. He has been licking a lot since then and still smells like old lady perfume, which irritates both of our allergies.  He was whimpering for a few days like he had been injured and I noticed a sore on his leg. Oddly, they did not mention that anything happened to him. Of course, they also did not give him his meds while I was gone and I don't believe he ate all his food and drank enough water because he had very dark urine when I picked him up and he was more ravenous than usual. I can't believe the people at Rysher Farms had nothing to say to me when I picked him up, considering his unusual condition. Then I arrived home to find that they had removed his collar and tags and had not put them back on. I called to have it sent to me, but they have not responded and I have not received them yet. I have stopped payment of my check for motivation. Let's hope that works. I really don't want to have to get rabies tags replaced. Ugh. What a nightmare.

Considering I'm back in Wisconsin not even a week later, I wish I had left Peanut in the loving care of his grandparents. He is thoroughly enjoying his time with them now. He had a whole day yesterday to hang out while I hit to the streets of La Crosse for the big Oktoberfest parade and festivities. Kohlrabi came down to celebrate with me and we had a pretty good time until about 9pm when we needed to put ourselves to bed. It was a long, fun-filled day. The only photo I really got was this choice one. And this pretty much sums up our 2010 Oktoberfest experience.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Annual Angst

It's time for our annual sales conference.

I'm excited to have a car full of co-workers. We have the chance to make some fantastic memories here. I'm used to doing the trek to Wisconsin alone, so I'm really looking forward to the company.

The store clerk made me cry last night when I was out shopping for a dress...because she told me the store was closing. Apparently I should not have been out in public. Tonight I will be trying on old dresses at home and probably feeling crappy about myself and I may end up wearing what I wore last year. I bought a new pair of shoes over my lunch hour to make me feel better. It helped a little.

I may end up venturing out to look for a dress again tonight, but time will tell. I was released from work about 3ish, but will have to stay until 4:30. Then I've got two groups trying to drag me to the bars. Then I have packing for me and Peanut and probably some getting the car ready crapshit. Not to mention getting up at the crack of dawn to drive Peanut to the kennel and then driving halfway to the north pole.

I can't wait to see if my usual social anxiety of the annual sales conference will break my will to live. Did I mention I was crabalicious? Supa-crabba.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

It's Rough

I'm having a particularly rough time this week. There is a lot of horrible things coming down and I'm just trying to make it through.

I made a reservation at a kennel for Peanut during our Annual Sale Conference. Considering I have never boarded him before, I feel as though that is going to be really hard too.

Here's hoping I learn how to float.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Big Day For Peanut

After an evening out last night, Peanut and I slept in this morning. When we finally got out for some back yard time, Peanut didn't want to come back in. He parked it in the yard and wouldn't budge (except to roll around in the grass). And that is where he stayed all afternoon. He finally decided in a flurry that he would come in for suppertime. He wolfed down his food, drank all his water, and then started tossing one of his toys around. Once he hit the floor for a nap, he was out. He has been a super-pass-out Peanut all evening.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Two Weekends In One

I feel as though I had two complete weekends. I had a whole weekend of fun under the Springfield sun with Sherman and then I had a whole weekend of project time (some of which under the Springfield sun).

Left to my own devices on Sunday, I decided to paint my back entryway hall. I embarked on a lengthy mission to gather supplies. I searched high and low for an extension rod for my paint roller and feel as though it is not at my current residence. In the process of scouring my basement, though, I cleaned off and organized my work bench, sorted my collection of random screws, installed a shelf in my storage room, got all the boxes off the floor, unpacked three boxes, and watched Shag on VHS. So I never did get that painting done, but got a lot of other random organization done. My evening plans fell through, so I mixed myself a sidecar and kicked up my heels. (NOTE: I am in the market for a new cocktail shaker. The old one is seriously a piece of crap and is headed out to the curb tonight.)

Monday I was even more productive. I started the day with a work out and my Kitchenaid stand mixer made me crepes for breakfast. Peanut and I enjoyed some magazine reading time on the porch and then I got motivated to mow the lawn, weed whack, edge, and trim the gigantor shrub in my front yard. Before the sun set I also got that back hall painted with the help of a vacuum tube and some duct tape. It is glorious and I can't wait to varnish and install those shelves that have been sitting in the basement for the last year.

I rounded out my extended holiday weekend grilling a steak and veggies and enjoying dinner on the patio while Peanut rolled around in the grass. After all of that I only had enough energy left to wash the mountain of dishes on the counter. And then, once again, I slept furiously.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Little Bugger

Peanut jumped up on the bed last night while I was in the other room. Apart from a few attempts at Grandma and Grandpa's, he hasn't even tried to jump up since his injury. I suppose that is a good thing, but of course I worry about the strain of hopping down. I planned to get his ramp out to try easing him down, but he wouldn't wait. I miss him when he curls up on the rug next to my bed at night, but I feel as though it is probably safer.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Lincoln Park

Sherman and I had a beautiful morning that began with breakfast on the porch followed by a walk in the park. How lucky am I to live so close to this pretty park and get to share it with my out of town friends?

A Visitor

After a few drinks out after work on Friday, Sherman made it to town and we headed off to see Chicago at the Hoogland. We really enjoyed the show apart from the perfume assault I suffered. We topped it off with a late night dinner at Darcy's Pint. We got an order in just in the nick of time!

With all of Saturday stretching before us, we hit the Springfield Boot Camp for a light morning work out. By the time we got ready for the day we were starved and had to check out the Charlie Parkers for a good old breakfast shoe (always a high light of having out of town guests)!

We got to the Dana Thomas House just in time for an early afternoon tour and then cruised on out to Lincoln Memorial Gardens for a walk along the lake path (pic). We managed to do a big loop without ever crashing that wedding, but we did encounter a lost wedding guest who missed the ceremony from the sounds of it.
Since we were way down south already, we cruised Route 66 to Chatham and sampled some treats from the Apple Barn before taking to the mall for some light shopping.

We closed out Saturday with a little homemade pizza 101 lesson, a candlelit dinner on the porch, and movie night in comfy clothes.

I slept furiously after all the gloriousness of the day.
Berries at the Lincoln Memorial Gardens.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

End of Summer?

While doing some shopping up north in Wisconsin, I was upset to find fall clothes and fall shoes. It occurred to me that some people were heading back to school and stocking up for FALL. I just wasn't ready for it. I didn't find any new shoes and despite my despising clearance racks, scanned them until I found something more summery.

And so I returned to Illinois with my summery scavenged goods in hand only to be faced with rain this week. RAIN. Driving through the dark and gloominess yesterday I couldn't recall the last time it rained. I am so grateful for that long stretch of good weather, but can't help but think of last fall. Remember how it started raining and didn't stop until Christmas? I'm just not ready for that!

Luckily, the forecast for the last unofficial weekend of summer looks summery. I couldn't be happier. I have a friend coming to town and I may just finally get that fire pit I've been fantasizing about for months. I have plans to prepare a homemade pizza too. It is looking to be a glorious weekend--end of summer or not.


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