Thursday, April 7, 2011

Random Ramblings

It has not been the most stellar of weeks. I managed to escape illness the entire winter...which is saying a lot because I generally fight a cold the entire length of the winter. Of course I'm used to much shorter winters, but maybe there is something in the air here--or absent in the air here--which has made me healthier. Or maybe it's all of the vitamins I have been taking since my doc in GA told me he thought I have fibromyalgia and might feel better with a lot of vitamins in my system. At any rate, the crud did hit me this week, albeit not as powerfully as is typical, but I've still felt pretty lousy.

So that means there has been no glitz, glamour, fun, or creativity in school. The kids have done a fabulous job completing their assignments almost entirely independently, but there have been no "extras" thrown in there, so I know it's been boring for them.


Any of you catch the new TLC show, Extreme Couponing? While I found those highlighted on the show to be, well, extreme, I was motivated again to start couponing. I was a pretty avid couponer in GA, and I kept my supply of coupons stocked mostly by buying the 2-for-1 AJC Sunday paper. Unfortunately, I haven't found that the Hartford paper offers that deal. That kinda took the fun out of it for me; it's impossible to effectively coupon without at least 2 of each coupon. But through this show I came to realize that more and more is done on the web now. In fact, I discovered Shop at Home, which offers a lot of printable coupons, and then there is also Coupons and Things by Dede, which is a coupon clipping service. When I heard them mention this type of service on the show last night, I thought it was ridiculous, but through investigating this site, I see that I can purchase from Dede the same flyers I would get in the AJC and pay her just about the same price as I paid for 2 AJCs. And I don't even have to rush to Super Wal-Mart to get one before they're gone; she'll send it right to me. Haven't given it a try yet, but it looks promising. Of course I do not have time to be an extreme couponer--and I was a bit disgusted with some of the couponer's greedy stockpiles--but it sure doesn't hurt to save a little money!


Though I never put it in blog writing to do so, at the beginning of the year when I decided to become a better photographer, I vowed to myself that I would not create a post on here without a photo to go along with it. Well, because of my crud, I haven't picked up my camera in a few days. It just so happens, though, that my kids went for a walk this afternoon, and my oldest took her camera. I think she did a great job:


Alex has been so helpful this week - taking care of me, preparing meals.
She's growing up too fast. Last weekend we went to the Revolve Tour together - a Christian conference-type thing for teenage girls. She fit right in...right down to all the dancing around to the very loud music (do I sound like I'm almost 40??).


Guess where I'm going this weekend? To the Christian Book Distributor's warehouse sale in MA! If you know me well, you know I will be in heaven! I'm knocking out most of my 2011-12 Curriculum Shopping List. I'll hit the homeschool discount table. And all the other discount tables. AND I'll enjoy a kid-free day with a friend!

Here is that list of curriculum I'm whittling down: H.E.A.R.T.S. Homeschool Curriculum.

Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers


Queen Wifey said...

I don't have television - but I can only imagine the couponers - from what I hear from others. Coupons are a great thing - I use them too, but to no extreme. Your oldest's photo of the flower creeping through is lovely. Hope you feel better soon.

CrossView said...

Feel better SOON! =/

So glad that the kids are still making progress, though. A little less guilt for you....

Great job on the photos, Alex! :O)

And I'm so jealous of the warehouse sale! I know you'll find lots of goodies. And maybe change the curriculum a few more times??!! ;O)

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

Love the included photos! And, I sure hope you're feeling much better today. Enjoy that warehouse! So, so cool.

Cynthia@RunningWithLetters said...

One of the great things about having older kids is that they can "sub" for you when you're down...whether with a simple meal or as guest photographer on the blog :)Feel better, Kathleen!

Mama Zen said...

I saw part of Extreme Couponing and wondered the same thing; why do they need all of that stuff?

Hope that you feel better soon!

cahanbury said...

I hope you feel better soon. Your daughter's pictures are very nice.

Brownie said...

Every once in awhile I think I should use coupons - and I do sometimes. But I'm not nearly fanatical about it. I do follow a couponer on FB and she lets us all know the deals in the area which is very helpful.

Hope you feel better soon! I personally thing that the longer colder winters freeze out the germs and we're just healthier around here :)

Chef Penny said...

Hope you feel better soon! Kudos to the kids for doing their independedent work even when you were sick. Mine think if I have a sick day then they do too making 5xs more work for me when I get well. lol

Michelle DeRusha@Graceful said...

I wondered the same thing about the Extreme Couponers (didn't see the show itself, but I saw the commerical for it more than once) -- I was curious if they bought items just because they would get them for free, or if they were really going to use them.

I hope you feel better soon -- I hate the crud!

P.S. Your daughter's photos came out great!

Courtney said...

Wow- a CBD warehouse sale? Now that seems to make the Scholastic sale quite pale in comparison.

Amy @ Cheeky Cocoa Beans said...

CBD warehouse???? JEALOUS!! Hope you are feeling 100% better now. :)