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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

What is it with Treklet and reptiles lately?

Saturday Treklet and I went up to the Ramona Grasslands to check out the Hawkwatch program, which is ongoing every Saturday from 9a.m.-noon through February. There was a reptile table there, and that's all she was interested in!
I will admit that the program was a bit long on talk for a 7 year old. By the time the captive/rehab birds were brought out for us to see up close her attention span had been used up.
She got to hold a couple of snakes, and she giggled and giggled, saying that they tickled her. We left around 11 and that was fine with me. My feet couldn't take standing that long anyway.

On Valentines Day we enjoyed our blueberry pancakes and sausage with mixed berries and whipped cream on the side. In the afternoon The Alien and Treklet visited Barnes & Noble with an extra 15% off coupon, and a couple of gift cards we got at Christmas. They each left happy. While they browsed books I went to Michaels and got a lovely frame for the free collage photo I made last week. It was originally $12.99, but 40% off and I was able to use a coupon for an additional 25% off, so I paid only $5.84. I also got some Easter rubber stamps for $1 ea. and spongebrushes 14/$1. After that we went to DQ and got BOGO Blizzards.

On Monday we went to the zoo. I was looking forward to elephants and giraffes, but Treklet had other ideas. After the first 1-1/2 hours, we still hadn't laid eyes on a mammal! We looked at every slithery snake and lizard in the reptile house, then walked the path behind it to find tortoises, lizards and turtles and a gharial. By the time we made it to the opposite end of the park to Elephant Oddysey we were both pooped! We enjoyed a nice lunch, walked through Elephant Oddysey, then made our back to the front on the skyfari. She insisted on seeing gorillas, so I trekked unhappily through the primates and back. All I could think of on the way home was plunging my feet into a bucket of ice water to numb the pain, but when we got back what I really did was have a nap!

I really don't know how I'm going to handle Comic Con. I have an appointment with the surgeon (my skin is still not 100% healed and my ankle is bothering me) in March and the Rheumatologist in April. Hopefully they can come up with some kind of plan to get me on my feet again! and the rest for
As far as shopping goes, I'm pretty well stocked up for the month on food. I bought a few things as moneymakers, and some cheap shoes for Treklet at Target (also had a 10% shopping day) and that's about it.

At Walgreens I did the Venus/Olay coupon deals and submitted my receipt for a $15 Olay rebate, which makes it free. It's not quite a moneymaker, because of tax and the fact that the price wasn't what I expected, but I did it anyway. In the end I'll have 3 GIANT bottles of bodywash and 3 fancy razors for Katie all for $4.

At Vons I got 8 pkgs of Betty Crocker Cookie mix on sale for .99 minus .40 coupons. Vons only doubles the first coupon on like items, and only up to $1. So I got the first package for .19 and the rest for .59 each...and they have boxtops. Other than the cookie mix, all I bought was some sale-priced round steak (2.49 lb) for crock pot Swiss steak and some sale priced produce.

Ohhh..and I discovered the Bread Outlet! Yahoo! I spent $7 for 2 loaves of Milton's a 2 lb loaf of sourdough bread, 2 packages of Orowheat Sandwich Thins &2 pkgs of gravy mix! Just the Milton's would have been $5 at Costco or on sale at the grocer!

I made more money at Target on Glade. They had Plug-Ins and Scented Oil Candle tins for $1.66 on sale. I had some $1.50 coupons from the paper. Then when I was opening the tins to smell them each tin had a $1.50 coupon inside! So I got 6 items for .16 each! I submitted 2 rebate forms for $5 each. In the end I got 4 candles and 2 plug ins and I made $7.84 (including the cost of stamps).

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