Saturday, November 24, 2012


Why is it so hard to get back in the groove of doing something once you get out?  I can't seem to get back in the swing of blogging ever since my laptop has been on the fritts!  And yes, it still won't connect to the Internet and Gregg has promised he will call technical support.  But as you can see, he hasn't done it yet.  I have considered buying a new laptop, as mine is 3-4 years old but dang, I am a tightwad... sometimes... and I just hate dropping that much money! 

How was your Thanksgiving?  Ours was good; a little different, but good.  We opted to stay home in Brownwood instead of going "home to Missouri" this year.  I'm not much of a fan of that but in the eye of cost savings - remember the tightwad I am... sometimes, I thought it was a good idea.  William said if we were going to stay here, there better be some good food prepared.  So, for the first time in my 52 young years of life, I fixed a turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, broccoli rice casserole, homemade noodles, rolls, rhubarb pie, and angel food cake.  Gregg asked me if I had ever cooked a turkey and my response was no but I've watched mom.  I had also never made dressing or noodles.  And I had only fixed gravy about 2 times in my life.  All turned out great, except I didn't get the dressing done when the rest of the meal was done so we have lots of leftover dressing.  We also have lots of leftover turkey as the smallest one Kroger had was 20#.  Now that's a big turkey for 3 people.

Yesterday we did a little Black Friday shopping and the biggest bargain I came home with was a $5 wreath from Home Depot.  We didn't venture to Walmart but the parking lot didn't look full at all.  In fact, I think I've seen more cars in the parking lot on a regular basis than I did on Black Friday.  We went to Bealle's, Staples, Big Lots, Tractor Supply, Hibbetts Sports, Burke's Outlet and Hastings.  We decided everyone else in Brownwood must have gone out of town to do their shopping.  It was not crowded or crazy at all!!! 

One think I just hate is buying something one day and the next day, get an ad for that very item to be on sale.  That happened to me on Wed.  I went to Hastings and bought Gregg a tablet.  Hastings had them on sale for $179.99.  Then they have them on sale on Black Friday for $149.99.   Urgh that ticks me off.  Could the sales clerk that helped me on Wednesday say, hey, you might want to consider waiting till Friday when they will be on sale for $30 less.  So guess what I did?  I become my mother's daughter and I took it back on Friday.  The young smart-@$$ sales man told me he couldn't refund the difference as "that would be cheating the system and I should have done a better job researching the prices"!  Really, did he just tell me that?  Yep, he did.  I said very well, I would like my money back on this item then.  After calling 2 other managers to the service desk, they agreed to refund me the difference. Yes, I have officially become Marianna Cotten the second! 


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