I was up before 6 this morning; breakfast was biscuits and sausage gravy, and then I cleaned out the sink and ran the dishwasher. Once it was done, I hit the shower, then went out into the snow.
First stop: bank. Had a bucket of change to deposit to my checking account ($34 worth) and a Christmas check besides. Did that, then got back in the Jeep and headed for PetSmart.
PetSmart had a deal on cat litter and cat food; and it was only after I was in the store that I learned that sure you could buy a 24-can flat of cat food for $10...if you bought all one flavor.
Pass. At least they had the cat litter I wanted; and I had a coupon for $1 off, so I got a $12 (regular price) bucket of cat litter for $9 rather than the sale price of $10.
So I bought a regular assortment of canned food that--at least--did not cost more than what I normally pay for it; I also grabbed a bag of one kind of dry food because the cats have been eating it a lot of late. $2 for a box or $6 for a bag that has four times as much as the box--that's not hard to figure. $30 later I was out the door.
I was originally planning to stop at Wendy's for a couple of burgers; but on my way out of the pet store I decided I'd have tacos and finish off the taco meat left over from Saturday's dinner. I've been working on it here and there in the meantime, but there was still plenty left.
Then I went to the grocery store, and scored another six pounds of ham chunks. WIN! Three packages, and I could easily have bought more. They also had whole hams in there, $0.99 per pound, but I didn't feel like cutting bones up.
I also picked up hamburger and round steak, both of which were on sale; with bagels, cheese, Twinkies, and a couple of other things, I got out of there for about $40.
Got home, got the groceries in and put away; then I took the chunk of round steak, cut it up, and tossed it into the crock pot with some other stuff. That's going to be pepper steak in about 4-5 hours. (The cats got the little shredlets of meat left over after I'd pared off the fat and suet.)
Two things left on today's agenda: therapy at 3:30, and getting the trash out tonight. Other than that, there's nothing left that I have to do other than eat dinner and put the leftovers in the fridge once they cool down.
Tomorrow, of course, I'll have to get the snowblower out, gas it up, and clear the driveway--but that's tomorrow, and it can take care of itself.
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Victor Davis Hanson discusses the narrowing gap between rich and poor. Certainly the rich are making more money than ever; but what does all that money do for you, anyway?
VDH's point: it lets you buy expensive stuff that's really not any better than the cheap stuff. In other words, Bill Gates is not living high on the hog while I starve; sure Bill Gates can afford a Lamborghini but he has to go the speed limit same as I do. WTF.
I've always felt that paying more for snob appeal is a bad investment, anyway, so I don't give a rat's ass what the label on my clothing says. Does it fit? Does it look good? Fuck the rest; the person who sneers at me because I'm wearing a $300 suit instead of a $3,000 suit is the one who has the problem, not me, and he can perform an anatomically unlikely act upon himself if he thinks otherwise.
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I heard, on the radio, that both major airports have cancelled flights during certain afternoon/evening hours today. Airlines don't like to cancel flights, so there must be some serious bad juju on its way, weather-wise.
They say "four to eight inches", though, which really is not all that much. Well, it doesn't really matter all that much to me, so F it.
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I've now gotten through 200 chapters of Hayate no Gotoku, out of 351 extant. *whew*
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Just an hour and a half before my appointment, and I'd prefer just to go back to bed.