Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Criminal Minds...

Last Saturday I went to balance the checkbook before a happy trip to Target. Well lo and behold, in our pending transactions list online, existed a random and bizarre cash withdrawal of $500 which occurred in Hollywood, CA! In case you are not aware, I do not live anywhere remotely near Hollywood (if I did, believe me, I would be waitressing tables while I waited to break into show business). I asked my Husband if for some odd reason in the night, he flew to Hollywood to withdraw cash and came home before I noticed. He did not.

We immediately called the bank and reported the THIEF who somehow withdrew cash from an ATM even though my ATM card was in my possession at the time. We had to file a police report, attempted to file another one with Hollywood (who was not at all nice or helpful), checked our credit reports, put a fraud alert out there to whoever checks our credit reports, and transferred money from our emergency fund (praise Jesus for that!) so that our now not-so-happy-but-still-need-the-break Target trip could still happen.

Monday my sicko self (I have the worst cold in the history of all cold-dom. Feel sad for me.) went down to 'dispute the transaction' with the nice bank lady. The bank is being very helpful and extremely kind in the face of this criminal insanity, for those of you wondering.

The crazy thing to me is not just that this could even happen (stupid smart criminals!), but how much time and energy and effort it's taken on our part to resolve this. The thief stole much more than just our money.

We have seen blessings throughout which is a wonderful thing. Our friends had the same thing happen to them on the same day (same bank), except their money was stolen in Vegas. Go figure. We are thankful nothing bounced, we caught it right away, we still had our emergency fund, despite the thief trying multiple times to get more money out (yay for a daily limit of cash you can get from the ATM- which is $500 people).

Craziness. Moral of the story? Check your bank accounts on a regular basis. I typically balance our accounts at least twice a week, but you can better believe we've been checking every day so far. Also, it is hard to go shopping without a debit card. I am waiting for my new one to arrive.

So there you go. Bizarre, right?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Got Milk?

Last night I was craving a brownie. To be specific, a chewy, fudgy, not boring brownie that required a giant cold glass of milk. Well, I only had a very plain boring box of brownie mix, which wasn't going to satisfy the craving I had. I decided to use the creative part of my brain and mix in some additional things. I added a whole bag of milk chocolate chips, as well as the leftover Rice Krispies cereal I had (I made Rice Krispy treats last weekend and didn't want to just toss the remaining cereal.). I wish I'd had mini marshmallows or caramel for the brownies, but I didn't.

Well we waited and waited for them to bake and then cool down before tasting them. They were SO GOOD! The cereal added a really fun and delicious crunch, and the chocolate chips added extra gooeyness! I definitely got what I was hoping for, including the giant glass of milk. So delicious!

I had to get the rest of the pan out of the house before we ate them all, so I brought them into work this morning. The entire rest of the pan was gone in less than half an hour. Yay for a successful experiment! Do you do anything different with your plain ol' boring brownie mix? I'd love to know your ideas!

Monday, June 20, 2011


I have a confession to make. Yes, I'm going to confess my deep, dark, not-so-secret addiction here... in public.

I am addicted to Starbucks! There! Whew, I said it!

I am shamefully addicted to their mochas-- hot in winter, iced in summer. I have been trying to come up with (cheaper) solutions at home, but so far nothing has satisfied my addiction. I really think I need a Starbucks Anonymous group. I swear these groups must exist now (Do you think they meet at Starbucks to discuss their Starbucks addiction? Oh the irony that would be.).

It's really quite sad. I do the math in my head all the time of the money we could be saving if I could stop the madness, but my foot keeps hitting the gas pedal to get me there that much faster. I can't quit you, Starbucks! Oh the insanity!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Update Schmupdate

Since I am trying to update more often, here you go. I honestly don't think I have much to say. Oh, here's one thing. I have a huge pet peeve.

I want to put this on facebook but it might insult some folks who do this, and that's the last thing I want to do. So I'm putting it here (yes, I know, no less private, but at least it's not as in-your-face as facebook).

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people are talking about God and don't capitalize. It bugs the snot out of me. "god" is not respectful in my opinion. Little "he"s aren't respectful. It bugs me too when people don't capitalize the Bible either. At the very very least, if you don't believe in God, that's the name of a person. We capitalize my name; how much more vital is it to capitalize God's name? The Bible at the very least is a book. The Bible is the title of said book. Capitalize people. Show some respect.

Off my soapbox now... aren't you glad you stopped by for the update? :-P

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

My Bloggie Wants To Be Like These When It Grows Up!

I follow many blogs, but these are some of my faves: Joy's Hope, Pioneer Woman, and A Cuppa Kim.

I wish my blog could be half as awesome as these are. Beautiful photos, yummy (and easy!) recipes, SO MUCH personality! I think I have personality, but nothing like these fun ladies, especially when they write! Happy sigh whenever I go here to find they've been updated!

One day I hope to have a fun blog that people like to read. (I think for now I have two readers, one of whom is my sweet hubby.) For now I'll just enjoy visiting all my other fun blog 'friends!'

Thursday, June 09, 2011

What Would You Do?

I just read this article about a teenage girl with terminal cancer. She started a blog that includes her bucket list of things she wants to do before her cancer gets the better of her. I think this is pretty neat of her to do, but what struck me is her question, "What would you do if you knew today was your last day on Earth?"

It got me thinking, and since I just read the article, I haven't come up with much. I do know my favorite life moments always include my husband, and usually also some great friends. I would probably want to do that for my last day. I'm not sure I'd even want them to know it was our last day together-- just have one more fun day being in each other's company.

What do you think? What would you want to do on your last day if you could choose? Or, what's on your bucket list?