Category: Shopping

Late Night Snack Foods

What is your favorite late night snack? You know, the nights when you should be heading to bed, but you have a craving for something to eat and just want a quick snack so you can fall asleep easier?

Some people crave sweets just before bed. I remember my dad used want to bowl of ice cream every night while he watched the late night news. My little brother has that same habit. I know he loves ice cream and is very particular about the brand of the ice cream and the flavor that he wants. Most of the time he wants Breyer’s Ice Cream, Vanilla Bean, and then he pours a couple of squirts of Hershey’s chocolate syrup over the top.

I don’t crave sweets – hardly ever. I’m just not a dessert person. I like salty stuff – and don’t ask me why. I have no idea. I would want a small bag of chips or a handful of salted nuts for a snack. Sometimes, I like a cold slice of leftover pizza – but not often. In fact, most of the time I don’t keep leftover pizza around. To me it does not taste as good after the pizza sits in the refrigerator for a day or two. I try to order just enough pizza to feed me or me and a guest, and not go overboard with too much pizza. If there is any leftover, sometimes I throw it out and every once in a while I will put a couple slices into a Ziploc freezer bag and stick it in the freezer.

I used to eat popcorn at night, mostly because it was fast and easy and I though it was a little healthier than other snacks. But I found out that the hard kernels in a handful of popcorn can cause my teeth to crack and I don’t need that kinda of trouble. So I’ve given up on popcorn and sticking with a small bowl of tortilla or potato chips and some salsa or guacamole.

Selecting the Right Mother’s Day Card

Next weekend is Mother’s Day and in my family that means that you must shop for a Hallmark Mother’s Day card at least 10 days before the holiday to make sure it gets mailed and received on time. There is nothing worse than getting a late Mother’s Day card in the mail the following Monday or Tuesday morning. You will be shamed for that mistake for the rest of the year – or until her birthday when you do have a second chance to make it up to her with lavish overspending a nice Hallmark birthday card and extravagant gift.

I went to the grocery store a couple of days ago and found a huge selection of Hallmark cards for Mother’s Day. I spend over 20 minutes reading through all the poems and sentiments expressed on each card and critically examining the card designs to find the perfect one for my mother. Then I bought a nice gift card to her favorite restaurant and took them to the post office Friday night. Surely that is enough advance time to get the card in her hands before Mother’s Day? Last time I mailed a letter to her it only took 3 days to be delivered. So I am doubling that and allowing 6 days for delivery. I actually considered sending it priority mail, but that has gotten pretty expensive lately, so I decided to take a chance and go with regular first class mail instead.

Mom – if you are reading my blog – be on the lookout Wednesday and Thursday for my card to you!

All My Friends Are Doing Gardens

For some reason, this year all my friends seem to be planting gardens or putting container plants on their patios and balconies. I find that really odd. What has got everyone so interested in growing shit?

I grew having to work in the family garden and I will be totally fine if I never have to pull another weed or pick another yellow squash from the vine. I hate working in the hot sun, with all kinds of bugs around – both in the air and in the dirt and on the plants. I hate pulling weeds and getting my fingernails all messed – not to mention the $30 manicure ruined.

I think my friends growing gardens this year are doing it out of curiosity or some kind of nesting instinct. I doubt they have any idea of how much work a real garden entails. And after all is said and done, when they realize how much money they blew on containers, soils, fertilizer, stakes, water, gloves, shovels and rakes and all that other crap and then they compare that cost to how much they supposedly “saved” over buying vegetables from the roadside stand, the farmer’s market or even the frozen food section of the Kroger – they will get a big shock.

I’ll be surprised if any but the most dedicated to organic fresh food even try to do a garden again next year!

Shipping to Poland Was Weird

My friend Filip who started his own rock band, Exposure, lives in Poland and asked me to send him a few things from here that won’t ship to Poland by the sellers. I don’t have a problem with that as long is it is all legal. So I read up on the Post Office web site and saw that there is a list of things you cannot ship at all, even more things that you cannot ship out of the country, and that you have to fill out a bunch of forms so the item can go through U.S. and Poland’s Customs. It’s complicated!

Anyway, I put two shirts in a Tyvek enveloped and a printed catalog of guitar stuff that he can’t find online. I took it to the post office and filled out the forms and the postage was not too bad – it was under $20. I told the clerk that I was relieved because I really had no idea how much the postage was going to cost. He looked at me with a funny expressions and said, “So, I could have told you it would cost $100 to ship and you would have been OK with that?” So I laughed and said, for $100 I would expect you to personally carry these shirts to Poland and hand them to my friend. So we all got a good laugh.

But the real surprise was that because I shipped them the standard, cheapest rates, it will take anywhere for 2 weeks to 6 weeks for them to be delivered. Six weeks!?!? The clerk told me that because I’m not paying for the express premium service, my package would be shoved to the back of the line and only included on a plane that had plenty of extra room for it. So, my package could actually sit in a Post Office warehouse for up to 5 weeks before they get a plane with a small load for it to ship.

Well, Filip send to send it the cheapest way and he didn’t seem too concerned about how long it will take, so I sent it off. He will let me know when he gets it so we have a good idea of how long to allow for any future shipments to each other.

 

Surprise Gift in Today’s Mail

One of my Facebook buddies in England had asked me for my mailing address back in December. I thought she was going to mail a Christmas card to me, which is what I sent her when she gave me her address in return. Well, I got a big surprise today – a late Christmas gift from her!

I guess because it was coming from England that the shipments take a lot longer to arrive. She mailed it 2 weeks before Christmas and I am just now getting it. That was a long time in the mail – even though I admit it was a very long trip from England across the Atlantic to probably New York and then all the way down here.

I feel badly, though. I only sent her a Christmas card and did not send her a gift. I wish she had said something – I would have loved to pick out something uniquely American and send it to her as a gift. I guess I will have to find out when is her birthday and send her a birthday gift, instead.

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