Saturday, January 31, 2009
free coffee coupon emailed to you for scooter's coffee house for joining their eclub http://www.scooterscoffeehouse.com/eclub/
free pantene sample for start sampling members(if you are not a member, just join at the top right of the screen; and they send you a member id number to take the quick survey to get the sample) http://www.startsampling.com/quickQuestion.iphtml?item=30196
free virgin mobile minutes http://www.virginmobileusa.com/stuff/sugarmama.do and you can also earn minutes on their facebook page at http://web.virginmobileusa.com/stuff/fund-my-phone
free federal tax filing with turbo tax http://turbotax.intuit.com/microsite/home.jsp;jsessionid=Y3Yz7qk-oF2pUco4WtdDQA**.g49-2?priorityCode=3468341816&cid=all_cjtto-3133584_int_3468341816&_requestid=75588 its super simple. i've used it in the past and plan on using it today now that i have my w-2.
Friday, January 30, 2009
well, i tried it. while i think it will take a while to tell if this really works, much like storebought product i felt a slight tingling not burning and could feel my skin tightening. after, i cleansed my face, my skin did feel smoother since it is supposed to act as a mild exfoilant as well.
free decaf coffee at caribou coffee today noon-close http://view.cariboucoffee-email.com/?j=fe8e13767065037f70&m=fef010797c640d&ls=fdfe15797163027d75177076
Free pill tote that can be attached to a key chain or lanyard http://bayer.apfco.com/w1320/index.cfm
free sample of aquaphor lotion by eucerin http://www.activetrainer.com/page2068.aspx
free sample of ibunex topical cream for joint and muscle pain http://www.coreproducts.com/core_labs/sample_request.asp
free sample meow mixx cat food http://www.startsampling.com/sm/100628/captureAddress.iphtml?item=100628
Thursday, January 29, 2009
free subscription to woman's day magazine http://www.mercurymagazines.com/pr1/114/11450 i did this last time this came around and have gotten the subscription.
free model rocket kit http://www.questaerospace.com/challenge.asp
free horoscope pendant http://www.horoscopessite.com/
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
this reminded me of my favorite winter party drink where i take apple cider put it in the crock pot adding cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg to taste. i recommend starting this at least an hour before the party. the whole smell will permeate your home, and you have a tasty beverage to boot. i've even brought this to work when i worked in an office for a food day. if you have any leftovers which i doubt you will, funnel into the original cider bottle. then, you can pour in individual mugs and microwave for about a minute for individual servings.
free antibiotics with prescription at giant from 1/2/09-3/21/09 http://www.giantfood.com/antibiotics also since giant made this announcement several other pharmacies have added this including wegman's and stop n shop just go to their website and check their lists to see if your antibiotic is on the list. or to really be sure you can save as your doctor to write your prescription for an antibiotic on the list if he or she can.
free sample of playtex tampons and a coupon http://www.playtexsport.com/Demand-It.aspx
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
first, i found this recipe for making homemade laundry detergent http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2007/03/15/how-to-make-your-own-laundry-detergent-and-save-big-money/. i found lots of variations on this, but this was the first one i found, so i'll give credit to it. we do about 2 loads of laundry a day with work clothes having to be washed every day. i want to try it but i hitting some hangups. you need a 5 gallon bucket and in a attempt to being uber cheap, i am looking to score a free bucket. even though i work at a restaurant, we don't get any product in 5 gallon buckets. so, i thought if i tweeted that i was looking for one i might get a response from a helpful friend. people gave me suggestions for where to buy one, but only one person told me they could definitely hook me up with one and he lives in another state. so, i am going to keep talking to friends in restaurants and construction hoping i can score a free one, and i do have about 30 loads before i run out which should last me about 2 weeks. second, i haven't been able to locate washing soda. i'm planning on trying tomorrow at walmart and hopefully will have some luck there. if i can get the supplies, i will definitely try this one and post the results. there are several sites that have recipes for making powder detergent, but i don't use powder detergent.
when i was looking up info on dry skin since mine has become painfully dry and itchy with the extremely cold winter we've been having this year, i came across this recipe for making homemade baby wipes. it sounds super easy. since i don't have kids, i doubt i'll try making now. http://www.diylife.com/2007/07/18/make-your-own-baby-wipes/07/18/make-your-own-baby-wipes/
here's a list of how to make a bunch of different cleaning products like soft scrub and windex http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2007/03/06/spring-cleaning-time-here-are-some-tips-for-cleaning-supplies-on-the-cheap/
4 super simple lip gloss recipes http://www.allfreecrafts.com/bath-and-body/vaseline-lip-balm.shtml i really want to try the chocolate one, and i bet a few drops of peppermint essential oil would turn it into mint chocolate lip gloss. now, i just need to figure out where to find small tins for the lip gloss. any suggestions?
free coffee and samples at panera tomorrow morning http://www.panerabread.com/breakfast/index2.php?pf=coffeeflash
free dora the explorer potty training kit from pampers with stickers, sample of easy ups, coupon, free dora or diego trophy, potty progress chart, and tips
free sample of quaker oats Dark Chocolate Raspberry Almond True Delights https://smartsource.wufoo.com/forms/x7x0k1/
free sample of cream of wheat( my fave as a kid was apple and cinnamon as a kid, and i can never find that at any grocery stores around here.) http://cow.promotionassociates.net/
free sample of dunkin donuts new dark blend https://dunkinathome.safeprocessing.com/
free sample of dole fruit dish http://thedish.icmodus.com/Default2.aspx?type=Fruit%20Buffet&bhcp=1
free tape measure http://www.helpudiet.com/
free mini mr clean magic eraser http://www.mrclean.com/en_US/sharethelove/freesignup.do
free dove hair therapy -be sure to regularly check back at dove.com as they quite frequently offer new free samples http://www.dove.us/#/haircare/free_sample.aspx/?source=doves
free sample of ob tampons and nifty carrying case https://www.obtampons.com/mightysmall/en/register.jsp;jsessionid=V8ycAfUyWK7dIpmXjOIEzaeohBo
free sippy cup http://www.juicyjuice.com/SpecialOffers/Default.aspx
free kid's toothbrush http://www.colgate.com/app/HealthyHabits/US/EN_v2/SignUp.wsp
Monday, January 26, 2009
free surf laundry detergent sample http://www.surf.com/laundry_tips/send_tips.php
free printable coupon good thru end of april for a color sample of benjamin moore paint great for crafters http://www.clubs4women.com/coupons/benjmoore-043009/coup.pdf
free sample of total cranberry crunch cereal http://freesample.totalcereal.com/TotalCranCrunch/Default.aspx?source=454
free printable coupon for a parfait from bob evans good thru mid february(please still tip your server as if you are paying for this) http://www.bobevans.com/WebSite/Homepage.nsf/Download/Jan09_YogurtParfaitCoupon.pdf/$File/Jan09_YogurtParfaitCoupon.pdf?open
free sample of crest whitestrips http://instoresnow.walmart.com/enhancedrendercontent_ektid65100.aspx
6 free photo valentines cards (i did this really cute)http://stories.scrapbooksetc.com/landings/valentine0209.php and free shipping is included.
free sample of orville reddenbacher's new lime flavored popcorn and con agra coupons http://www.startmakingchoices.com/promotions/walmart.jsp?src=Walmart_SMC_1208
before i turned on the show, we wanted to guess what some of the places both restaurants and locations anthony bourdain would visit. we both insisted he had to feature ben's chili bowl and were pleased the coverage it got during the inaguration on almost every tv station and many newspapers(i know i still read newspapers old school style as a paper not online a joy that waitressing during the day at a joint that is known for breakfast food has brought back to me. and who wants to do a crossword puzzle online.) dan is a fanatic for ben's chili bowl, and everytime we are near dc he always begs that we go there. as a vegetarian since my junior year in college, i have never eaten at ben's chili bowl. but, i am in awe of its history and importance to the city. who wouldn't want to root for a mom and pop joint that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year in a day and age where corporate monstrosities like walmart and mcdonalds seem to be making all cities and towns look like they were created from the same blueprint. i appreciate that bourdain went into the history of ben's chili bowl giving those viewer's not from around here a taste of why its so special.
i hate to say that haven't had a chance to make it to the spy museum his second stop since it opened. i've been interested in checking it out on one of my tourist trips to dc as my friend kelly and call them. even though i've lived in the fredericksburg area since college, most of my visits to dc were either for work or recreation and i've missed out on a lot of the tourist stops mainly musuems. so, kelly and try to have our tourist trips up there to take advantage of all the city has to offer. this is actually a really provocative looking musuem that i think i could even drag dan into. and having a former operative there to tell some stories, wow is anthony bourdain lucky. as a child living in the hampton roads area where he had been stationed, i remember the rick ames incident making all the news channels.
even having worked in georgetown my first job out of college, i ate at many of the area restaurants and bars. but, sadly i never even remember hearing of chadwick's bar. ergo, i agree with bourdain's description of it as being known as rather unremarkable.
the beltway, something anyone from this area knows and often complains about. so glad that he only mentions it if only for just a minute.
el pollo rico is a joint neither dan nor i had heard of here to for but he's a sucker for peruvian chicken places. we never go to any cause they truly are restaurants that have nothing for me as a vegetarian to eat. so, probably won't be a stop on our next trip to dc. this section of the show is one of the many that i feel anthony bourdain captures how many cultures are represented in dc and dc restaurants. dc is just now it seems getting buzz in the food scene as having a burgeoning food scene where i see it has long had some excellent eateries.
i almost jumped off the couch with joy when he stopped at abay an ethipian restaurant. now, there is dc. when i think of ethnic cuisine in dc i think ethiopian food. before living in this area, i had never even heard of an ethiopian restaurant much less multiple ones. as an adult, when i would go to dc my friends would always suggest going to an ethipian restaurant as it is something one rarely finds outside of the city. and maybe it is just the crowd i hang with, but people go gaga for ethipian cuisine in this area. i want to head to dc right now with a group of friends and eat now after seeing this section of the show.
speaking of textural preferences, i must say "spongy bread" was an odd thing for me to get used to the first time had it. i'm glad he did a closeup for viewers who haven't had the pleasure of trying it. it really has a lot of bubbles in it and the eye to mouth problem i had with it was that it reminded me too much of a sponge and was a bit apprehensive when i put it in my mouth. if i could get beyond the newness of the texture to me and taste the bread it is yummy like mushy bread. personally one of the few things i dislike is my food being dry. i cannot even begin to state how much i love bread but many breads especially rustic breads call for loads of beverage to wash them down. not spongy bread which almost melts in your mouth when done well.
jose andres, now this is why i watch anthony bourdain. i truly understand the meaning of food porn watching him eat chasing the dragon. this is one of the beauties of the burgeoning respect for the food scene in dc. i was inspired to check out the web page for cafe atlantico http://www.cafeatlantico.com/ and they have entrees for as little as $20. what a bargain for this quality of food and innovation. those are prices on par with what one would pay for entrees at a quality restaurant here and only a few bucks more than most corporate restaurants. oh, how lucky we are to be in the dc area unlike other cities where such food would run you 2-3xs that minimum. if i weren't a vegetarian, i would love to check out the valentine's day chef's tasting menu and at only $85 per person for valentine's day what a steal.
now, the fish market was a place i remember from working in dc. having already become a vegetarian, i didn't partake. but, oh the smell reminded me of growing up on the water and eating crabs we had just caught during the summertime on our picnic table in the backyard. the smell of old bay always makes me sentimental. i can't imagine having a spice rack without some old bay. it really is good for more than crabs and seafood. if you don't think so, go get your hands on some utz crab chips. mmm yummy.
anthony bourdain gave those viewers not living in or from dc a small glimpse into our great food, but i'm sure that's how everyone feels when he visits their city. and he missed the big slice, a slice of pizza as big as your head unique to dc. and he missed, oh well i could go on but he got a good amount in for only a one hour show.
one of drew's insights on the first episode really struck me. when i was going through rehab like many people, there was so much information coming at me at once that i am sure only 1/3 of it truly sunk in. drew said addicts have a real problem with rules and routines so living in a sober house and being forced into mundane routines and chores is good for recovery. to this day, i struggle with routines and rules. i have run away from office jobs for this reason. i am always afraid that routines mean that i am somehow missing out and becoming boring or a normie like my parents. for instance, i bought a treadmill a 2 years ago as a christmas present to myself; and it has become a glorified clothes hanger. in fact, my "going out" routines are some of the few i have been able to keep. i need to apply the diligence that i put into always have my night out with friends on tuesdays to other aspects of my life and stop making excuses. i also know that i am not one who can handle too many changes at once. if i try to change too many things at once when i begin failing at keeping up with one, i give up on them all. so, instead of making a slew of "new year's resolutions"(happy chinese new year's all!), i'll start with one and when i think i've got that down i'll move on to another. even though i feel that my weight is one of the biggest issues i want to tackle, i know me well enough to know that this cold weather makes it easy for me to make rationalizations to not workout and the economy allows easy outs to not spend money on healthier food(damn increased costs of produce during the winter).
so, i think i want to start with housekeeping. i hate cleaning. i truly cannot emphasis how much i will do to avoid it. but, unfortunately, so does dan. i will need to start with a good floor to ceiling cleaning of my house. then, create a system of maintenance. wednesdays and thursdays are my days off, but i already have plans for wedesday with trav. so, i need to live up my wednesday and stick to plans on thursday. so, wish me luck and hopefully y'all can bug me to keep up with my goal.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
so, i decided i wanted to invested in a digital slr camera. i am blessed that my parents decided to buy me one for christmas. i still need to get a camera bag(hopefully, i have a friend who can hook me up with an old one of his.), because lugging around a the whole box to use the camera is beyond impractical. i also need to get at least one additional lens to take the pics i want. right now, all i have is the 18-55mm vr lens i got with the kit. i really want a 70-300mm but at a grand it is way out of my price range while i am starting up. so, i'm hoping to get a 55-200mm vr lens which runs approxiamately $250. here's a pic of the box for my new baby with what else but a shoe in the pic too.
so, now, i have a camera and the basic tools to get started. and, it is finally warming up enough for me to safely go out and take pics at least during the day without having to worry about my camera and the effects of the weather. woo is me though i seem to have no inspiration. nothing is jumping out to me. i had been hoping to submit at least one photo by a january 20th deadline for possible selection for a gallery show but nothing seems to be coming to me. i need something to get my juices flowing but nothing is coming. i am quite frustrated and dissapointed in myself.
btw, all photos are by me.