Thursday, September 30, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
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Friday, September 24, 2010
We took $400 to gamble with, so even with my bad luck he doubled our money and paid for our entire trip. Yeah for birthday luck! Here he is with his winnings.
We really had a great time and it is even better that it was all paid for by the casino. Yeah!
Monday, September 20, 2010
It's not really that bad. I am really kidding. Really, I am. We are having a great vacation. We drove to DeRidder, LA yesterday, checked in to our hotel, then met Chance for lunch. He had a great Mexican food restaurant he thought we would like and we DID. It was so delicious! And then ihe offered to buy. I was so impressed at our little boy offering to buy us lunch. But, of course, I didn't let him.
He then took us on a tour of Fort Polk and took us out in the areas where they do pre-deployment training and told us all about it. They have little towns that feel like you were in the Middle East. Well, except there were no people there, since there was no training going on right then. We could not have gone if there had been. It was totally interesting. Here is a picture of Bob and Chance in front of an amazing memorial wall he showed us. He had driven by it many times, but never got out and explored it until he took us. It has so much history on it.
Then we went back to our hotel and hung out for several hours, since Chance has moved out of his apartment and is living in the barracks. We hung out and had a wonderful time, as always. We got to hear a lot of what Chance has been training to do and some of his accomplishments and we are even prouder of him than we were. Later, we went to a steakhouse for dinner where I had the most delicious cheeseburger. Yum! Then back to our room for more hijinks. Chance headed back to base around 8:30 and Bob and I just watched some tv, then read for a while and then to bed.
This morning, Chance joined us for free breakfast at the hotel. Apparently, soldiers are welcome to join their families, who are staying at the hotel, for breakfast. Then we went back to our room and visited some more. Chance had to leave around 10. He was on a pass today, but had to go take care of some personal business, so we said our goodbyes and he headed of. We had loaded the car before going to breakfast, so we headed out too.
It took us about 45 minutes to get to the casino and we were able to check into our "chalet" early. So unloaded the car and unpacked. The kitchen looks like we live here. LOL! We will eat most of our meals here, except for any comped meals we get at the casino.
We headed over for some gambling and played for a while. I started getting hungry, so headed back to eat some lunch and Bob came back a little while later. He was thinking about taking a nap and I told him to go for it. We are on vacation after all!
Now, I think I will watch a movie that is on and clip my coupons. Yes, I brought my coupons with me. LOL!
Hope you are all having a wonderful day. I am!
Friday, September 17, 2010
About a month ago, Hubby asked if we could go visit our son, Chance, for Hubby's birthday, then spend a couple of days at a casino in Louisiana. Yes, sir! I had no problem honoring that request. So we are going on a birthday trip.
We will go first to spend some time with Chance, since he deploys to Afghanistan next month. We are hoping to have a family farewell party for him before he goes here in town, but Hubby and I want a visit with him to ourselves, so we are going. We will stay in a hotel in the town Chance lives in. He said we could stay at his apartment, but Hubby said we could not run around nekkid there, so we got a hotel. I got a discounted room through AARP and it even has free breakfast. Yeah for discounts and free! Then to the casino for a couple of days.
Since I am such a high roller, NOT, the casino comped our room, so it is FREE!(And the regular rate is $95 night!) My favorite. We are staying in what they call a "chalet", which is a little trailer. A little bigger than travel trailers, though. They have a separate bedroom and living space and a full kitchen, stocked with dishes, pots and pans and cutlery.
There is also a nice deck with picnic table and grill. So all we have to take is food to make there. (When we go on trips, we always take food and dishes, utensils, pans and a hotplate to make it. LOL!) We will eat out some, since I am sure I have some food comps at the casino just waiting to be used up, but we prefer not to eat out for every meal. We like to use most of our money for gambling. Yes, gambling.
I know some people have a problem with gambling, but I do not. I consider it entertainment and do not go to win. I just enjoy playing. And we never take more money than we are willing to leave there. We still spend less than we would if we just went on a vacation somewhere else and had to pay for hotels and all our meals.
I plan to spend some time just relaxing in the chalet and not as much time at the casino as I usually do, since I want to get the inflammation in my knee healed up and figure a week off work is the perfect opportunity. I will be taking my netbook, since the room has free wifi, and plenty of reading material. And of course there is a big tv in the living room for a couple of season premieres next week.
We will be home on Wednesday and I plan to spend Thursday and Friday staying off my knee as much as I can.
I am such a good wife to give Hubby a trip for his birthday. A cheap trip, but it is still a trip. LOL!
Hubby's birthday, last year.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
It did not.
So, yesterday, I went to an Orthopedic to have it checked out. He asked a lot of questions.
He took an XRay.
He informed me that I have osteoarthritis in my left knee, as well as bone spurs. And I have indications of OA in my right knee, though it is much better than my left. Then he put 2 cortisone shots in my knee, told me to take large doses of Aleve or Advil and come back in a month if it isn't better.
He was really nice, but I am sure hoping my knee feels better soon, so I won't need to go back. It feels a lot better today, though not 100% better.
I told him my mom has bad knees and has no cartilege in the joints, he informed me that mine will be like that eventually, as it is hereditary. Thanks, Mom.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Anyway, once I found this out, I decided that ours certainly needed to be changed as we had never changed them. I have had my car 2 years, but we have had Hubby's car for 6 1/2 years. So even if they were both changed by Honda before we bought them, it had been a while for both. So, I went on an internet search about how to get this done. When I read that it can cost $100-$150 to have it done by Honda, I of course, decided to figure out if we could do it ourselves.
Then last week, I got a flyer from the dealer where we bought my car and they had a coupon for a cabin air filter change for $64.95. How weird is that that I got this right after I found out these existed?
I went to some DIY car repair forums. Yes, I am either that cheap, or that talented. You decide. LOL! I found instructions and even found that there are how to videos on Youtube. I have no problem following instructions, but a video was just awesome! He and I both figured that I could do this easily. Notice I said I. LOL! He will assist on car maintenance, but he is not as comfortable with tearing apart something in a car as I am. (Please note, I do not do much work on cars. But occasionally, I am happy to jump in and get dirty.)
Last week, Hubby stopped by the auto parts store and got the filters for my car ($16.23), but they did not have his. I told him we would just order on-line instead of him checking stores all over town. Then we jumped on to ebay and there they were for only $9.50 shipped. So he ordered them.
After reviewing the instructions for my car, a CRV, I changed mine on Friday. It was pretty easy and only took about 25 minutes. I was totally impressed with myself. Of course, it only involved pulling out 2 stops on the glove box and the filters are right behind there. Still, I did it and saved. $54.
Hubby's car was another story. We went out Saturday evening after it had cooled off a bit, though it was still in the upper 80s, I think, and really humid. Hubby has a 2000 Accord and it took a little...no a lot more dimantling than mine did. I started unscrewing things. Hubby was my assistant. We worked at it for a good 45 minutes and though I had removed all the screws according to the instructions, I could not get the glove box out. I was hot. I was sweating. Sweat was stinging my eyes. I was getting cranky.
So, I said, maybe I needed to go rewatch the video on this, since I had not seen it in a week and a half. (I was working off paper instructions that I had found.) Hubby thought that was a good idea. (I think I was getting REALLY cranky.)
So in I went and watched the video and cooled off, both physically and mentally. LOL! It showed more screws to be removed than my paper did, so I was ready to proceed. However, by this time, it was really dark, so Hubby said we could wait until the next day.
Yesterday evening, I went out, took out the rest of the screws and it was easy breezy. I finished up in about 30 minutes and saved $61.
I am so macho!
Friday, September 10, 2010
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Tuesday, September 7, 2010
While I was checking out, Hubby went and got the car. When I got outside, he motioned me to a spot near one of the doors, then backed up under the overhang to let me load groceries into the trunk without getting wet. Several ladies huddled there commented on how sweet it was that Hubby did that. One of them then sent her son to get the car. LOL! And another backed up under the overhang near us. Hubby started a trend of nice gentlemen helping their wives or moms stay a little dry.
By the time we got home, the rain had tapered off to a drizzle, but I checked the weather on line and saw that there was a freaking tropical storm hitting Texas! Here is what it looks like right now....(See Houston? That is where I am.)
Thank goodness I am inside today.
We had a lovely holiday weekend, spending most of the time just relaxing at home. I ran out to Walgreens on Saturday to get some deals. I came home with:
2 Nice & Easy Haircolor
Total out of pocket was $34, which was a little steep, but I didn't have any RRs to use. (I only had coupons for the haircolor, one BW and the Visine), but I earned $22. So, I was really happy.
On Monday, Hubby and I went and ate pizza for lunch, then stopped by Kroger. He did really well and only got what we came for. LOL! We really only needed bread and some diet sodas, but I had read of a deal on Ronzoni pasta and had printed out coupons, so got 10 packs of Ronzoni for $4.45!! What a great price. I may print out coupons at home and get more if the sale goes on through next week. Darn, I should have checked the shelf tags. Well, I will check HotCouponWorld. I am sure someone there will know.
We had a really nice weekend. Hope you all did, too!