Friday, October 29, 2010

All Hail Sluggy!


A huge thank you to sluggy! I won the boring box and I must say that it is far from boring. What you can't see is that DJ's hand was just off to the left. I had to yell at him to stop for one second before snagging all the chocolate! You did good, slugs.
Thanks for stopping over,
SonyaAnn

Friend's Friday!

And my booger for the day is Marilyn from Marilyn's Money. She always has something going on and it is always about getting things for cheap! I love that!
Have a great weekend,
SonyaAnn

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween Ideas!

Thanks to the fun and slightly twisted Donna Freedman, I have a new site to scour for Halloween. The site has all kinds of foods for a Halloween Party.


Believe it or not, that is not kitty litter, it's cake. I'm not quite sure if I'll make that one for the party we are going to this weekend. I'll probably just stick with cookies.
Thanks for stopping over,
SonyaAnn

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

An Update!

I usually don't post jokes that I get off of the Internet but this one ties in so well that you need to read it first and then what is happening here. In the end, it is always perspective.

Here is the joke, most of you have already read it but.......................................
Subject: What pets write in their diary


Excerpts from a Dog's Diary......


8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!


9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!


9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!


10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!


12:00 pm - Lunch! My favorite thing!


1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!


3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!


5:00 pm - Milk Bones! My favorite thing!


7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!


8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!


11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!




Excerpts from a Cat's Daily Diary...




Day 983 of my captivity..


My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects.


They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets.


Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.


The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.


Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a 'good little hunter' I am.


Bastards.


There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of 'allergies.' I must learn what this means and how to use it to my advantage.


Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around her feet as she was walking. I must try this again tomorrow -- but at the top of the stairs.


I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released - and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded.


The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicating with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now................


We have not had satellite for 42 days. Den is OK with it most of the time. But on occasion, he points an invisible remote at the TV and tries to press buttons when I'm in the room. DJ whimpers a lot and complains that there is nothing to do in the house. And that is where I remind him that there are always chores to be done and homework.
I, on the other hand, think its great. There is less noise in the house and we are saving $25 a month.
I feel the stirs of a rebellion coming, though. I have been sleeping with the light on and one eye open for some time now.
Thanks for stopping by,
SonyaAnn

Monday, October 25, 2010

Trust Me Baby I'm Clean



I have a few things going on here. First off a reminder, back up your shit! I had a trojan and while the girl on girl porn was great for a few moments, it meant that I had to have a dear friend wipe my computer. Hi Steve! Luckily, I had saved everything to disk, online, and flash drive. Thank God! I had it wiped pretty quickly because with my luck it was only a matter of time before the child porn started popping up. Illinois is cracking down on it, which is a good thing but you know my luck.
Secondly, I retract my statement! I have never had to do this before but here we are. I have NO car skills whatsoever. Wiping the car's computer only meant that we went to Gurnee and got into some really fierce traffic and then broke down. It was one of the scariest rides in my life. And wouldn't you know, when we got back in Antioch the damn thing worked perfect. The F***us is now going for scrap!
And last but not least, DJ's Xbox 360 got the rings of death for the third time. They tried to charge him a minimum of $120 to fix it. That's where I got involved and he is getting another refurbished one for free. Hmmmm, I wonder how long this one will work.
So that's my three electronic problems. If I don't get back to you anytime soon, you know why.
I'm off to drink,
SonyaAnn

Friday, October 22, 2010

Friend's Friday


So my pick for the day is little Brase! I just couldn't call him a booger. He is getting so big and I love to check and see what he is up to. Stop over at Daddy Times Two and say Hi!
Have a great weekend and thank you for coming to see me,
SonyaAnn

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Say My Name!

All together now, chant my name, SONYA, SONYA, SONYA!
Guess who fixed the Focus? No, guess? Yup, it was me. And you would think that Den would have been cheering me on. I think that I may have bruised his pride a bit and it really didn't help that I was boasting! He got over it fast but I could still see it in his eyes. And I really didn't care.
And you want to know the funny thing about it, every time we thought we had a way to get rid of the car something came up that made us keep it. It has been really weird around here lately. We were going to take a loss and just donate it. Not long after we decided that, the insurance guy called and said that if we kept the car our insurance would go down. Hmmm, that's odd. So we held on to it every time and just decided that when it snowed we would donate it because we didn't want to shovel around it. 
We had a spark plug go out on the Kia. So Den changed it and the check engine light stayed on. He brought it to Auto Zone and they hooked it up to a scanned(pulls the codes from the computer to see what is wrong) then cleared the codes. Sometimes if the codes haven't been cleared and it is fixed, it won't run right. Den talked to the guy a while and decided to buy a scanner. They were on sale for $80(ish) and since he works on our cars and a lot of other peoples, he thought it would be a good idea. He even looked worried that he had spent that much. LOL, I agreed that it was a good purchase because sometimes you can't get the car to Auto Zone so they could run the codes.
So whenever I let the dog out, I see the Focus and on occasion even cuss at it. We spent what, $1300+ on it and it is worse. So I started thinking about how it spits out codes on so many different systems, anything from the engine to the fuel system. And they just keep piling up. Just when he thought that he had one thing fixed more things would come up. I thought about how it sounded like a computer problem and then it dawned on me, it's the computer. So I begged Den to hook it up and clear the codes. And he wasn't a happy camper, he has had it with the car and I don't blame him. He was the one always working on it. So he hooked it up and cleared the codes and it runs like a champ! Grrrrrrr! We may need to get a new Mother board(car computer) if the problem comes back. But at least, now we know what is wrong with it. But since it sat for months the back wheel is making a God awful noise and the muffler had a hole in it. We are going to go with cheap fixes and get it going again. It will save us $20-$25 a week in gas and that money will go right back in the car fund.
Didn't I say it had to be something stupid? So why didn't I figure this out say $1300 ago?
Thanks for stopping over,
SonyaAnn

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Coffee Drink!


Den actually came up with this one and it was soooo good. I have to have coffee in the morning or else I'm not such a nice person. Who am I kidding, I'm never a nice person. ;)
Anyways, when we went down to EIU for family weekend I forgot to pack/buy an instant mocha coffee drink for the morning. I usually make my own drink every morning but I figured that I would just make a cup in the room or grab one from the free breakfast buffet. And then something wonderful(well, wonderful in my book) Den came back with half a cup of coffee for me, a little carton of milk and a hot cocoa packet. I mixed them all together and it was good. He has his moments!
Thanks for stopping by,
SonyaAnn

Monday, October 18, 2010

Full of Helpful Hints




I'm sure that some of you already know this but it was new to me. I knew that when you printed coupons from My Points you got points for using them. But Inbox Dollars pays you $.10 for each coupon you use. This I didn't know. So I have been getting my coupons from them lately.



Same goes for SendEarings, $.10!
Just thought that I would let you know. I'm sure that some won't agree but when I have a printed coupon that is about to expire I give it to a family member or I just leave it with the product at the store. Yes, yes, I know some stores don't like that or somehow someone is going to take the coupon and hack all of my personal information and I'll be homeless. But I still do it.
Thanks for stopping over,
SonyaAnn




Friday, October 15, 2010

Friend's Friday

And my Friday Friend and beloved booger for the day is babe from Frugal Babe! I love seeing what she is up to and I love the fact that she is turning into a minimalist. I would love that! But I don't think that I could get the rest of the people here on board!
Have a great weekend,
SonyaAnn

Thursday, October 14, 2010

YAY!


I love Halloween! It is way better than Christmas. This is a plate of cookies that I made last year to bring to a party. I made crinkles and I used the Pecan Sandy recipe(minus the nuts) to make fingers and round cookies I could draw eyes on. To make a finger just roll the ball into a finger shape making sure to make indentation so it looks like there is a knuckle and then press the almond in. After you bake them, you may need to let them cool on the cookie sheet, they are delicate until room temperature. The Walmart by us sells food color pens. I used them to color the cookies.
Just a thought,
SonyaAnn

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Only Here

It's our 16th Anniversary today and what did I find outside? A dead raccoon on the stoop. Hmmmm, its a sign I tell you. I thought it was the Silver Holloware year.
We found a gift card in the drawer and we are going to T.G.I.Fridays for dinner. Den said we could just save money and eat the raccoon. I'm good.
Thanks for stopping over,
SonyaAnn

I Almost Forgot!

This is an Emergency Service Message! Now is the time to cash in all of your points for Christmas. I just got 2, yes 2, free gift cards($25 each) from My Points and a $500 check for cashing in the points from our credit card. So I have two more gifts and my total is still $293.25.
It can take up to eight weeks to get your gift cards/checks so now is the time to cash it in.
Happy shopping,
SonyaAnn

Monday, October 11, 2010

Looky, Looky!


My brother and his fiancee bought Den and I this magnet. I just love it and it works perfect with our little problem. Hey, have I ever said that we have money problems? LOL. Well, not the lose your house kind of problems but still.
Part of the problem is all the money we are spending on gas. Having to go get Anna quite a bit is tacking on anywhere from $100 to $200 a month. The bus only runs on certain weekends and the train takes her downtown Chicago and she won't get in until midnight. Walking around Union station on a Friday at midnight isn't my idea of fun! So we are way overspending in that category. My hope is that she will either get used to being down there or find someone to get a ride with. She did meet one girl from Gurnee so there is hope for the gas category yet.
Another problem is the "food fund" we were going way over there. So Den and I talked and he came up with a plan. That was the first time he ever took charge of a bill problem(hate to say but he usually was the bill problem). We have to write down ever thing we spend with no exceptions. I think the problem was both of us in this category, I would run a deal or two and he would pick up a few extra ingredients to "make" the meal.
I really hope this helps us. This is the hardest budget I have ever had. It's almost exactly like the old one and yet, I can't seem to make it work. It's got to work by January or we are sunk. I've got to get everything paid for on Den's check because I stop cleaning in December. At least, I figured this out before January and have a few months to get it to work. Fingers crossed.
Thanks for stopping over,
SonyaAnn

Friday, October 8, 2010

Friend's Friday!


I'm out of boogers again! That is soooo disgusting, not the booger part, the not having any new friends! So I'm just going to wish everyone a great weekend and I hope that you meet a booger or two!
Thanks for stopping over,
SonyaAnn

Thursday, October 7, 2010

I Have an Idea

Most people have an epiphany and it is a huge bang when I have one it's more like a slow fart.  And without further ado, here is my poot!
Everyone has heard of Match.com and while I have often wondered if Den and I signed up would we be matched. Wouldn't it be great if they used a program like this to match kids in the dorm? Why not use technology that we already have to make finding a roommate easier? Why not use it when you are looking to find a roommate in the "real" world? Hmmmm, maybe I should start a business? Do you think that Match.com would give me their program?
Just a thought,
SonyaAnn

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Poor Thing!

I just got an email from A.Marie that her blog has been hacked. So she wanted me to let everyone know that she will be down for a few days. And that she loves us all. Well ok, she didn't say that she loved us all but I added that cuz I'm sure she does. She is just that nice!
Thanks for stopping over and pray for her blog(LOL),
SonyaAnn

I'm Not Going To Brag........


I'm a Northern girl. I've lived in Illinois my entire life. My dad was from Alabama, Mobile to be exact. I've been told that that is as southern as you can git. My mother in law, Donna, is from the south too. She mostly grew up in Lebanon, Tennessee. Have I ever mentioned that it was her family that started Cracker Barrel? How cool is that?
Anywho, even though I'm a northern girl, my mother in law says all the time that southern is just in the blood. And I can make iced tea(which believe it or not most people up here can't make it) or as some down south call it sweet tea. And I can make corn bread and sausage gravy with the best of them. I don't know why I'm able to do this but I'm quite pleased that I'm able to please a southern palette. My only down fall is that I can't make biscuits. I've tried and tried.
Donna went to TN to visit some family. They had a long conversation about biscuits. She also, brought me back some flour. I'm pretty sure this is a hint. I found a recipe on the bag but it didn't seem like much of a recipe. So does anyone out there have a killer biscuit recipe? And it needs to be somewhat easy.
Thanks for helping a northern girl,
SonyaAnn

Monday, October 4, 2010

Shouldn't Have Said Anything

This is the inside of the 1999 Lumina. So far, this is my favorite car. It keeps going and going with minimal upkeep. This is the car that Den painted and I'm not even going to mention that it is rusting again and needs to be painted again.
This car started out as mine, then went to Anna, came back to me when the Focus died and Den took my car, and will go to DJ if it lives that long. And what does all of this have to do with the picture? The interior is gray. I know the floor board looks kind of dingy but trust me it's clean just old.
One night when Anna still lived here, she was driving herself and DJ to their grandmother's house.(Sounds like this story should have a wolf) If you have ever driven just north of Chicago, you know what hell is. It was also, a Friday night and there was a ton of construction. Throw in a little brother and Anna had a huge mess! DJ decided he was bored and started yanking the cup holder in and out. She later said that she wanted to smack him but the traffic was too fierce to take her hand off of the wheel. So here is what I was told the conversation went like(my guess is Anna cussed at him too but left that out)-
Cup holder being yank back and forth as fast as humanly possible
Anna-Knock it OFF!
DJ-Haha, you can't stop me
Anna-I'M GOING TO CALL MOM!
DJ-No you aren't, you have to drive.(Can't you just hear the smug little brother tone?)
The cup holder is still being pulled back and forth with increasing speed
Anna-YOU ARE GOING TO BREAK IT! AND IT'S MY CAR!
DJ-You can't stop me!
SNAP!
So we didn't have a cup holder for a while. And every time I had to drive around with a coffee mug in my lap and it spilled, I wanted to kick the boy. I went to my in laws one time and it looked like I had pissed myself cuz I had to slam on the breaks and I dumped water all over myself.
Since poor Den has spent so much time trying to get parts for the cars, he found another cup holder at the junk yard and replaced. And this little fix only cost $2.73! After I thanked him, he apologized for the color seeing as that was the only one he could get.  Have I mentioned that I'm color blind? I would never known!
Thanks for stopping over,
SonyaAnn

Friday, October 1, 2010

Friend's Friday

She's an old booger and a loved booger that could use our love.....it's Dawna from A Kiss and a Peck. I just love the name of her blog. My grandmother would say a kiss and a peck and a hug around the neck to me all of the time.
Stop by and give some love to Dawna, she needs us.
Have a great weekend,
SonyaAnn
PS-We are off to parent's weekend. Wish us luck!