What I’ve been up to! (as of November 25, 2018)

Hey everybody! I am SO SORRY that I have been absent lately. I haven’t forgotten about the blog, I swear! I have just been feeling awful lately and I have scheduled a therapy appointment to have someone to talk to about the troubles in my life I am currently facing.

But today, I am going to tell all of you what I have been up to!

Started My Art Blog

Yup! Just started my art blog! It is called My Wandering Mind!

I have two posts on it currently and would have a few more, but like I said, I have been feeling awful lately and haven’t updated it lately… But I am hoping to keep it going! I will be posting art sketch dumps next, so please stayed tune if you would like to see them! : )

Until then, here is my first piece of artwork up on my blog! It is of Deku from the series, My Hero Academia. Hoping you guys will enjoy it. ❤

Shopped Goodwill Black Friday Sale

So I did manage to go to the Goodwil 50% Off Everything Black Friday Sale and this is my haul!

goodwill haul
The stuff that looks like a giant blob is my haul, haha… xD

I mainly bought exercise clothing for the winter since I did not have any for this time of year for about $2.50-$3.00 a pop! I’m always on the lookout for long exercise leggings as well, so I bought two pairs of them! And the rest of the stuff were wants basically, haha. : )

But I did have a lot of fun being my “natural environment” you could say. ;D

Made Green Bean Casserole

I don’t have the picture or recipe on hand, but I did make a green bean casserole for Thanksgiving! And oh my god… It was SOOOOOO tasty! ^ o^

I also went to LOCAunt’s and LOCUncle’s house for Thnaksgiving dinner and that was a lot of fun! It was fun spending time with them on Turkey Day. 🙂

Signed Up to Volunteer

So I have basically put in an application to volunteer at a local Retirement Home! Crossing my fingers that I will get accepted! It has been awhile since I have heard from them, but I am hoping everything is going okay with my application! 😀

And that’s about it…

So yeah, I have not been doing a lot lately. Just like luandry and stuff. *shrug* \ (‘ u’) / I wish my life were a bit more exciting, but it is what it is.

I am very sorry about the short blog post today! 😥 Just wanted to let everyone know that I stil care about updating the blog and haven’t forgotten about it. I’ve just been feeling too crummy to write is all and now matter how many “sunshine pills” AKA Extra Strength Vitamin D pills I take (one serving of them a day), I still feel awful. Hoping the therapy appointment will help a lot for me. ❤

What have you been up to lately?

What did I do/buy this Weekend? (November 3-4, 2018)

Hey, everybody! This weekend was pretty busy, but also a lot of fun!

Also, because my finances are a little wonky this month as well, I am going to probably change the setup of my mini weekend spending logs. Instead of listing everything I bought during a weekend, I am just going to highlight a few items that I really liked that I purchased! This is going to be an experiment for this month, but if I happen to like it, I’ll change the mini spending log format to just featured items and what I paid for them instead! Plus, you guys will get to see what the stuff I buy looks like! 😀

Also, I will be omitting my $5 Friday section in my Weekend Updates because I just don’t go to Safeway much anymore to keep featuring it. \ (‘ u’) / It will make a return when I do get something fun at Safeway though during a week though! 😀

Anyway, come and see what I did this weekend! 

Saturday

It was the day of LOCCousinJ’s birthday party and LOCMom and I had to drive to a neighboring town in order to attend! But while LOCMom went to the casino to gamble a bit, she dropped my off at the town’s Snowline Thrift Store and you betcha’ I shopped til’ I dropped! 😀 All of the Snowlines in our area were having their big Christmas Sale and at this particular Snowline, it’s as if the thrift store threw up all of their Xmas stuff! O _O I mean, who needs to buy retail when you can just go to a thrift store for all of your Christmas needs? 😉

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Gently used fake Christmas tree’s anyone? xD

So I perused the store for about 2 hours and bought a lot of fun stuff! I even bought some UGG slippers, but to my utter shock and surprise, I looked to see if there were any fake UGGs on the market and ya’ll… The market for fake UGGs is ABSOLUTELY SATURATED. I think it’s just as bad if not worse than the fake coach purse problem. And not surprisingly, the “UGGs” I bought were fakes. That’s $5 I will never see again… V _v But now, at least I am armed with knowledge with spotting real and fake UGGs! > _<;

After shopping at Snowline, LOCMom and I went to LOCCousinJ’s birthday party! LOCCousinJ was celebrating his second birthday and when we got to the party, he was having a really fun time playing with his bubble making machine! It was great to see most of my family members in one place since we do not get together too often all in one place since everyone lives so far away from each other. 🙂 For the main meal at the party, LOCCousinM cooked Costco hamburgers which tasted awesome! 😀 And when LOCCousinJ was opening his presents, when he got to ours, we had given him a dump truck that was Made in the USA and I think was made out of compostable plastic! Hooray for green toys! ^ _^

After the party, LOCMom and I went home to this BEAUTIFUL sunset overlooking Sacramento County! ^ _^

sunset
I will never get tired of this! 😀

However, the sunset looked better in real life to me, haha… ^ _^;

Sunday

On Sunday, LOCMom and I started the day by going to Hop Sing Palace in Folsom, CA! And ya’ll… That restaurant was ON FIRE with the food making! Everything was so fresh and tasty! Looking forward to going back! 😀

After lunch, we went to the mall in the town over since I needed to buy a few things. Our first stop was at See’s Candy for a free sample and then I went to Christopher&Banks to spend a very generous coupon! With that coupon, I was able to score two winter shirts that were 100% cotton for $14.00 even! Not bad! 😀 The coupon was the main reason I went to the mall, so I was happy to be able to use it!

After the mall, I then had to go and get some new night anti-aging facial cream at TJMAXX and I found some that was perfect! I also picked up some Bar Keeper’s Friend while I was there as well!

After TJMAXX, we then headed home. 🙂

Stuff I Bought This Weekend

So here is the new column! Let’s begin!

Pencils!

pencils

So I am always on the lookout for things I can use in Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes and these pencils I can definitely use! I am hoping they will definitely be a hit with the kids! However, some of the erasers on the pencils do suck, so what I usually do when I find out that the erasers are bad on wooden pencils like these is that I rip the matal part of the pencil with some metal plyers and replace the old crappy eraser with a rubber eraser cap instead that actually erases pencil lines well. 😀 I’m REALLY crossing my fingers that the people inspecting my boxes won’t take out these “damaged” pencils when I made my best efforts to “fix” them, but if they do, I hope they give the pencils to a good home. 😥

Glow in the Dark Race Track!

race

So ever since seeing this on QVC, I have always wanted my own and it is miiiiiiiiine finally! 😀 After this blog post, I may go play with this, haha. xP The great thing about this particular buy is that everything was new in the box unopened! It’s going to be fun setting up this toy, haha… ^ _^

Macaroons!

macaroons

So these little guys I just bought at Costco today! I know, it’s not a weekend purchase, but I just had to share them! x3 These macaroons are Made in France and there was like 30-40 of them in one box! And for these at this size going for $2.00-$2.50 each at any old fancypants bakery, I got a screamin’ deal on em’! They’re also very tasty and I froze them all for future snacking! x3

The reason why there doesn’t seem to be 30-40 macaroons here is because I was snacking on them today xD;

Kitchen Mat!

mat

So the other kitchen mat we had was thin and was not the most comfortable kitchen mat ever that was Made in the USA. 😦 So I bought another kitchen mat at Costco today and it is much better comfort wise! Again, not a weekend find, but a great find! LOCMom and I love it! 🙂 But now that we have two of these same type of mats (one for the stove and one for the sink), we’re golden! 😀

Dirt Rug!

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Last not-weekend find would be a dirt rug I found at Costco today as well! Basically, when the rainy season arrives and even now, whenever you come inside, you just wipe your feet off on this big rug and the bottom of your shoes get cleaned off!

I also bought an outdoor rug Made in the USA that is used to wipe the muck off of your shoes from outside as well! I have been wanting this particular outdoor rug for a while now and when I finally found it at Costco again in literally at the BACK CORNER OF THE STORE, I was ecstatic that they still had a few left to buy! And snatched them up I did! 😀 A young women also came up to my basket in Costco asking where I got the outdoor rug and I told where it was located in Costco, so I’m really hoping she found it in the store. 😀

Voting

So on Saturday before LOCCousinJ’s birthday party, I went out to vote early at my local polling place! WOOT WOOT! There was NO WAY I was going out to vote during this particular Election Day tomorrow since everything would be CRAZY. So I voted early! ^ _^

And to everyone else in the United States, go out and vote tomorrow and vote often! This Election Day may be the most important Election Day in the history of our country and I would hate for any of you guys to miss out on participating in where our country’s leadership will go from here. Get out and vote tomorrow and have fun! Stay safe as well! 😀

What did you do this weekend?

Go out and VOTE on November 6, 2018

Hey, everybody! I am planning on putting up a Weekend Update this week, but I did type up this blog post beforehand and it is just a little public service announcement for my United States readers about Election Day next week. I know this blog is not a political blog, but as a person who cares about the United States so much and is a citizen of the country, I just had to say something. Please skip this post or disregard it if you do not wish to read it. Anyway, read and enjoy, everyone! 😀

 

Hey, everybody! For all of my readers located in the United States, I have somewhat of a public service announcement that I wish to write today.

GO OUT AND VOTE ON NOVEMBER 6, 2018.

I know my blog is not about politics, so I’m not going to tell you who to vote for. All I want you do is go out and JUST VOTE. This election is too important not to miss this time around and you would be crazy not to cast your vote in this particular election.

For too long, our current politicians who control the House and the Senate have done NOTHING but close their ears and hum away whether there is yet another mass shooting, locking more innocent immigrant children and adults in cages for just seeking asylum in the United States, licking the boots of the lobbyists of – insert whatever corporation hurting our country’s people and environment here -, and are CONSTANTLY trying cut and take away our Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. It seems like each day that this country and even countries around the world are getting more hateful toward their fellow person who happens to not be the majority in – insert country here – and they take their anger out on these poor people who did nothing wrong to the majority of people who are pointing fingers at them with blame and electing fascist-like leaders in the process (see Brazil’s election most recently). It absolutely disgusts me that this is what the world and the people of our world are coming to these days. After all, a democracy is easily destroyed by voting for “strong man” leaders that say they will fix a country’s problems, but instead destroy the lives of the people who voted for said strong man in it along with the souls who voted against them.

In the United States, we have already followed the same path as Brazil’s election and yes I am going to talk about our current president and his administration now. Trump and his administration, promising to bring back those manufacturing jobs and “Make America Great Again” (or his followers’ favorite acronym for it, ‘MAGA’), have yet to have done this. Where are these great paying factory jobs Trump promised to bring back? I keep looking and I cannot find them being praised anywhere on the internet. Surely a successful man that claims he would bring back these jobs would not hide them from his fans or the public in general. Why would he want to keep them a secret if these jobs are the key to Making America Great Again? But yet, here we are. Or maybe, just maybe… Trump didn’t bring these jobs back. Because these jobs simply do not exist anymore and are never coming back. EVER. A person like our president can claim that you can bring these jobs back, but after two years of nothing to show for your promise of bring said jobs back, one may as well throw in the towel. But yet here are his fans still hoping he will bring these jobs back and sadly, they will be forever waiting for those roosters who will never come home to roost.

We also have a president and the ilk politicians who love him that do not care about the poor in this country. I mean, these politicians control the House and the Senate and may as well be in cahoots with the presidency by not being concerned about where this country’s leadership is currently taking us. I’m more than convinced at this point. : / Honestly, if these politicians currently in power even cared about the poor, wouldn’t they have fixed the poor’s problems by now? And I am one of these poor citizens. Wouldn’t these politicians currently in power have worked with the other side and expanded Social Security so people like me wouldn’t have to live in forced poverty and can’t even save for retirement? Wouldn’t they have increased the amount of food stamp money a poor family gets each month to buy groceries? Wouldn’t more affordable housing be built by now for those being kicked out of their homes who cannot afford to pay their mortgages or rent? Wouldn’t more homeless shelters be built? What the heck happened with healthcare in this country? Wouldn’t we have free healthcare just like the rest if the world at this point?  Why? Why? WHY? WHAT HAPPENED?!!

Instead we have the current people in power like Mitch McConnell saying if his political party stays in power after the elections that they will be trying to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid again. We will all have to call in again to our congressman and senators to fight against the evil perpetrators like Mitch McConnell and his loyal henchmen that try to take away all of these Safety Nets programs that keeps people on SSI like me and the elderly out of poverty. They pull this stunt time and time again and after we call all of our political leaders and tell them to vote NO to the atrocities Mitch McConnell and his flunkies try to pull off and do, they then fail miserably. Thank goodness. BUT THEY DON’T GIVE UP. That’s what’s really crazy. They pull this crap again and again and after we all call in to all of our senators, the Safety Net cutting gets dropped again. And again and again and again.

I could go on all about this forever, but I won’t. If you read this far and I will bold it just to catch anyone’s attention I have lost at this point, PLEASE GOT OUT AND VOTE ON NOVEMBER 6, 2018. We cannot afford to keep the madness that is currently happening dealing with this country’s leadership and the politicians in our Congress and Senate who enable it any longer. I am tired of our current politicians always trying to cut our Social Security and other Safety Net programs so they can spit on the poor even further and give their millionaire and billionaire friends they are beholden to more tax breaks and even more money in some way or another. It makes me sick and IT NEEDS TO END.

To all of my United States readers, please go out and vote on November 6, 2018. Please do your civic duty and GO VOTE. If you are a woman, please go out and vote this election because all of the women who fought and died for your right to vote didn’t die for your voice to remain silent all of your life in our country’s political process. They fought and died for your voice to be heard so you can have a say who runs this country. Please do not let all that they fought for be in vain.

Whether if you are a man or a woman, if you care about Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, VOTE. If you care about people getting food stamps so their family can eat, VOTE. If you care about people having a roof over their heads thanks to affordable housing, VOTE. If you are tired of gun violence being ignored in our country, VOTE. If you care about immigrants’ lives in this country, VOTE. If you care about finally having free healthcare in this country, VOTE. If you care about replacing uncaring politicians who turn a blind eye to the poor like me and to your fellow American citizen who is also poor and your fellow American citizens who are not poor, then VOTE. If you believe all Americans’ lives in the United States matter, then VOTE VOTE VOTE! The power of voting is our power and revolution to change the direction we want our country to go and how it is governed. And if you do not vote, I’m afraid you do not get to have a say of where our country goes from here during this incredibly important election. Also, you don’t get to complain. I realy don’t want to hear anoyone complain about our current leadership after Election Day when they did not even vote this Election Day.

So PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, to all who are able in the United States, please got out and vote on November 6, 2018! Our country is counting on you and says thank you!