Out Damn Rock!

Tina posted this lesson as  a comment but it deserves a day of its own:

My nurse practioner’s office displays a photo of words scrolled on a sandy beach :
“Remove the rock from your shoe
Rather than learning to limp comfortably”
-reminds me again to let go of a way of thinking or a situation that just isn’t working for me anymore. BE the change…

I find this to be very profound!

Plus it gives me an opportunity to post a picture of my favorite beach and a favorite beachcomber:


Targeted Shopping

Dannie learned all the secrets of Target sales at this great link: Code Red: How to Read Target Clearance Tags

Here are some highlights:

  • The last digit of the price tells you where it is in the clearance cycle.  See the  blog at the link above for the gory details.  Most of us are just going to buy the thing when we see it on sale, not come back later for a lower price, but it’s still interesting coding.

These are excerpted from this entry on The Krazy Coupon Lady blog:

  • Gift Card Bonus Price Endings: This has nothing to do with clearance items, but since we are talking about price tag endings, anything that ends with $0.49, $0.79, and $0.99 indicate a Target Gift Card promotion is in effect. The Gift Card offer details will be listed at the very top in red, and the amount of the gift card will be listed on the card or offer.
  • Use the scanner. Sometimes the clearance team members miss an item that should have been re-stickered with a lower price. Take the time to check the price with a scanner. Also, scan things that are one of a kind to see if the price is even lower than listed.
  • Look for repackaged items. These items could be something that was purchased online and returned to the store, a return without a box, or two-piece clothing items missing a top or bottom. While they may not be the prettiest item in the store, you can often snag a great deal!
  • Watch for “As Is” items. Merchandise with tags labeled “AS IS” are typically items Target doesn’t carry anymore, and in an effort to move those products out of the store, they are sold at clearance prices.
  • Use Your Target REDcard. Cardholders making purchases with Target’s REDcard receive 5% off, or 5% cash back.
  • Keep your receipts. Target has a strict return policy that limits the number of returns you can make without a receipt ($75 per year). However, Target tracks every credit card purchase, so if you lose your receipt, have customer service scan the returned item and your credit card. If they find the transaction, they will let you return the item without the physical receipt. If you do have your receipt, Target will adjust the prices on items that go on sale within 14 days of the purchase. (Note: They do not adjust clearance prices.)
  • Take advantage of Target’s price matching policy. If you find an item in a competitor’s ad, bring it to Target and they’ll match the advertised price. The competitor’s ad must be local and current, and the product must be the identical item (brand name, quantity and model number).
  • Sign up for mobile coupons. Sign up to receive coupons via text message on your mobile phone. To redeem, simply show the cashier the barcode.
  • BYOB (bring your own bag). For each reusable bag used at checkout, Target gives back $0.05. It’s a great way to keep plastic bags out of landfills while putting a little money back in your pocket.
  • Use coupons. Not only does Target accept manufacturer coupons, they also can be stacked with their store coupons.

Emergency Kit / Entertainment Edition

It’s winter in New England and anything can happen with the weather and therefore the electricity.  Most of us have the basics on hand.  The Red Cross provides a list of things, included below. Let me know if you learn anything new from this list!

But Kelly learned something not on the list, for smaller “emergencies” and I told her I would share it here:

“Having survived the 2.5 hour power outage of 2013 I realized some tips. Have some books/movies downloaded randomly on your fully charged ipad.”


Get a Kit

Be Red Cross Ready!

 Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.

At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below:

  • Water—one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit – Anatomy of a First Aid Kit
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area

Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit. Suggested items to help meet additional needs are:

  • Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc)
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Games and activities for children
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Two-way radios
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Manual can opener

Additional supplies to keep at home or in your kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:

  • Whistle
  • N95 or surgical masks
  • Matches
  • Rain gear
  • Towels
  • Work gloves
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Household liquid bleach
  • Entertainment items
  • Blankets or sleeping bags

Baking towards Starboard

OK you never know when this Lesson is going to come in handy… you just never know!

Sharon lives on this gorgeous boat:

Belle of TopSail

She baked a special cake and learned that since the boat is not level, as it leans towards the side with the bird cages (that’s another story!), the cake batter knew what level was even if the oven didn’t, and the cake came out lopsided!

When’s the last time you worried about whether your oven was level?

If you want to sail with Sharon and her birds (I know I plan to some day!), you can learn more here:  The Belle of Topsail


The Big Stuff

This is what I’ve learned from Kat, who learned this, looking back at the year.  I am taking each of these to heart!

“Here are some big lessons of 2012!
1) You’ll never regret hanging out with friends and family, whether you’re walking around NYC, watching a movie, or getting a meal together.
2) It’s ok to NOT do something every second of the weekend. Spending time on the couch in your PJs watching bad TV is a perfectly legitimate use of time.
3.) Every work problem that is ever worried about gets resolved somehow, even if it seems monumentally bad at first.
4.) Worry less, enjoy life more.”

The Point of the Internet

I think I have learned why the internet was invented.  It was so we could get to this point of evolution in our technology.

I know you are busy, really really busy, but go ahead and take a minute to click below and follow along.  I learned that you can make it elaborate (mine had a good face – I could have done more) but anything will do.

Draw a Stickman!

Then let me know what you think.


Blurry and Ill-Defined

Every (and I mean every) time I hear the word “blurry” I think of a Saturday Night Live skit with in which everything John Belushi  talks/complains about is “blurry and ill-defined.”  I’d like to find the clip for you.  Maybe that’s not even the line.  It was, after all, 25 years (!) ago.  But all I can find you is this image:

which almost implies the entire silly script.  And yes, I’m sure that it is no-longer politically correct to make fun of the vision-impaired, like say for example, this dude:

But anyway… I learned today, from Susan, that you should not print address labels for important packages with an ink-jet printer, without other precautions such as sealing the address with clear tape.  Susan says go for the Sharpie or the Bic!

With ink-jet only, the address got wet, then became blurry and ill-defined (see how it works?) and I never got Susan’s home-made Christmas cookies!

But we got a lesson out it, at least that’s clear to see!

Go to the Actual Gate. Or Not. Or Do.

Years ago, I learned (the hard way) to always find your actual gate at the airport before you settle down to wait for your flight.  I was 22 and on my first business trip.  I was heading out of Gate 23 and had some postcards to write, so I sat down by the mailbox (There used to be such a thing within the terminal.  Really!) at Gate 22 and waited for them to call my flight.  They called, I popped up, and found out that Gate 23 was a tram ride away from Gate 22.  It was sad.

Since then, I’ve always made it a point to get to the actual gate first, then eat, shop, whatever.  This has paid off many times. (OK, once in Orlando I told this story while not following the same advice (how ironic!) and missed the concept of a monorail to the gate and almost blew it but I almost always made a point of this..)

Sally tried to follow this advice, when she was early for her flight.  She went through security with more than an hour to spare, planning on buying dinner for the flight, and then found out that the area had pretty much nothing.   All the food was somewhere else.  So sad!

So the modified lesson is: Find out where your gate is.  Find out if there are the services you need.  Make an informed decision based on the sum of these parts.  But still please leave some extra time in case there is an unmapped monorail in your future.