Yesterday I made my way over to Chinook Mall to check out the new Anthropologie store and catch Country Strong, which came out Friday and stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw. I enjoyed the movie and ended up purchasing the soundtrack on iTunes, which I am listening to as I write this.
Anyway, more importantly, while I was waiting for the theater to open I killed time in Chapters, dangerous I know, and saw they had %50 off all the books on clearance!! Woo hoo! I was as happy as a pig in mud. I got 2 books from the clearance which ended up being just $4.oo each!
Elle Style the 1980’s was still in plastic! It’s full of big pictures, big clothes and bright colors. It’s divided by year and designer. This book reminds me of some of the trends from the 80’s that we love to hate, but it presents them in more of a fashion context. Great inspiration for $4!
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I usually don’t like to make a New Years resolution. I don’t want to put pressure on myself to keep it and then feel like a failure when i don’t, but after seeing this show I think I will give this one a try.
Last night I watched Extreme Couponing on TLC. It’ s about:
Four of the country’s most coupon-obsessed savers who will do anything for a deal. Their game is simple – get as MUCH as possible for as LITTLE as possible.
And their not saving just a couple dollars here and there but crazy amounts of money. They pretty much get all their groceries for pennies! Here is an example of how much Joanie Demer from McKinleyville, CA saved on one trip to the grocery store.
Retail value: $638.64. Joanie’s cost after utilizing her coupons: $2.64 – 98% savings
“What?! WHAT! That is freakin nuts! What the F@#K!!!!” Is what I said as I simultaneously screamed at the t.v. and fell off the couch. Here is a picture of Joanie with her son and pregnant friend digging in a recycling dumpster for coupons:
If I was saving that kind of money I would probably jump in too! The other 3 peoples stories’ are just as amazing. I’m not talking about going to this extreme for my resolution but rather just to be more aware and on the look out for coupons. I never use them and after seeing this show it seems silly not too. If these folks can walk out of the store with that big of a savings maybe I can do that too, on a smaller scale, of course. One woman got 150 chocolate bars for free! Free I say! And even though I don’t need that many I wouldn’t say no to 5 or maybe 20.
Most of these people look online for their coupons and I found 2 sites in Canada where you can order coupons for free. save.ca and brandsaver.ca. If online shopping is more your thing there’s a great site that gives you codes for discounts on your online purchases, which is just like using a coupon. promotionalcode.ca. That’s where I learned about the sale at Soia & Kyo and I got my winter coat 40% off!
If you want to see this jaw dropping dedication to saving money it’s on TLC again January 15th at 6:00pm.
Conclusion: there’s nothing wrong with using a little coupon every now and then.
So after a loooong ride on the Greyhound, where we were detained in Edmonton for an hour and a half waiting for a connecting bus, I made it home to my family in Slave Lake. Yea! It was crazy cold there, so unfortunately outdoor activities were out of the question, and I had to find other ways to entertain myself.
Of course I ate lots of chow. It was the holidays after all:
I bought my brother a pack of novelty moustache’s for Christmas, which proved to be very entertaining and looked quite dapper on both humans and animals:
$10 couldn’t have been better spent!
Played some Just Dance 2 on the wii. No pictures but if you imagine some grown women flailing their limbs erratically, bumping into each other, and laughing hysterically I’m sure you’ll have some idea of what went on. It’s a really fun game and quite a workout if you do a bunch of songs in a row. Rasputin by Boney M is very challenging. Only the limber of knee should attempt this!
After a week I was ready to head back to the city, just in time for New Years Eve!
Ever since I saw the youtube video of the Keyboard Cat and his commercial for Wonderful Pistachios I knew that one of my parent’s pets would just love to make its own version, and Christmas gave me the perfect opportunity to do so. After a failed attempt with Cleo the cat, My sister Halie and I decided Lulu, the shar-pei mix,would be a much more compliant actress. Here is the original Keyboard Cat in action:
And here is our awesome homage!
Thank you Keyboard Cat for being our inspiration and making me laugh every time your around.
Conclusion: putting any animal in a shirt always leads to good times!