Random Monday

In CategoryNavel Gazing, Random Monday

Well, we found the defendant….Guilty.


We deliberated all afternoon on Thursday and all morning on Friday. We almost had it worked out on Thursday, but the judge would not let us stay past 5:00. I laid awake all night worrying people would change their minds and we’d be at square one Friday morning.

It was hard work. Harder than I thought it would be. But I’m glad I did it. Several of the other jurors wanted to tell the judge we were hung and go home, but I wouldn’t let them. Turns out, bossing my kids around all day has made it easier to boss total strangers. I wonder if I can turn bossing into some kind of paying position…?

During jury duty, I had one burning question: When it gets hot, does the judge wear a Grateful Dead t-shirt and shorts under his robe?

I asked him about it when the trial was over.

I don’t know what came over me. He said he hadn’t so far, but had thought about it.

The other day, we hit the Starbucks drive-thru and got frappucinos and cake pops. My husband professed not to like the cake pops.

I don’t understand this.

We have been married 17 years. Now it’s like I don’t know him at all.

Hopefully, our mutual interest in brownies can sustain us.

Another thing I don’t understand is why ANYONE, never mind AMERICANS give a flying crap about the Royal Wedding. Why? Why? Why?

Plus also, I don’t get how to Extreme Coupon. I just saw a lady on teevee buy a ton of laundry soap for $4. How do they do this? One time I tried coupons, and there was a sale on barbeque sauce, and I tried to get, like 6 bottles. I had 6 coupons and everything. But the store would only let me use one coupon. I looked online and my Safeway does not allow “coupon stacking.” Still, I would like to get a year’s supply of laundry soap for $4. I don’t know if I am trying to spend 40 hours a week on couponing though… I saw another woman buy something like 64 bottles of Maalox. If I needed 64 bottles of Maalox, I might consider a gastroenterologist.


For this week’s Completely Random Randomness, a useful tip: if you have a door that is swinging closed, take out the bottom hinge pin and hit it with a hammer until it has a slight bend. Replace it in the hinge. Ta Da! The door will no longer swing closed so you walk into it trying to go potty in the middle of the night. If your door still moves, take out the middle pin and bend that one as well.

11 Responses to “Random Monday”

  1. Kristy Says:

    Reading your posts really makes me wish that I had cable tv. It seems like I am missing out on an awful lot.

    Glad your bossiness is working out. Can’t you boss your husband into liking Cake Pops?
    Kristy´s last blog post ..Happy Easter!

  2. Emma Says:

    Maybe you need to find a store that lets you combine coupons and just shop there no matter what?

    Also, I love that you actually asked the judge that. I always wondered if maybe judges would go judge-commando (nothing but the robe!)…maybe on a dare?
    Emma´s last blog post ..All Kinds of Updates!

  3. Tressa Says:

    Good for you not letting the jury give up! That impresses me.

    Extreme couponers kind of get on my nerves. If you want to buy 64 bottles of maalox, you need 64 coupons, or a bunch of coupons and some roll over Catalinas, or a bunch of coupons, catalinas and bonus money the store takes off your final total. There is a definite strategy to getting all that stuff for cheap and it takes a lot of work and a lot of planning. Every now and then I hear of a good deal and I will get enough breakfast cereal to last me 3 months for a few bucks, but I just don’t have the time to do it consistently. And who would want 64 bottles of Maalox?

    Royal wedding? I am going to pass.

    Good to see you back!
    Tressa´s last blog post ..Happy Easter

  4. hi kooky Says:

    I can’t believe he didn’t like the cake pops.
    hi kooky´s last blog post ..This is My Fathers World

  5. April@M3RH Says:

    A. Cake on a stick, what’s not to like?
    B. I’m guilty on wanting to watch the royal wedding. My 5yo daughter and I are planning to have a tea party. It’s a real princess wedding! I guess I’m just a hopeless romantic.
    C. Everytime I try to coupon, I forget to use the dadgum coupons at the register. Even if they are in my hand. Blah!
    April@M3RH´s last blog post ..Give Me the Bible

  6. Tracey - JustAnotherMommyBlog Says:

    The super coupon people are hoarders in disguise. Also, they are people who take all of the mustard so that no one else can buy mustard for a month. Honestly, how long does mustard last? 1 year? 2? Would you want to eat 64 bottles of mustard? Would I want to sit by you if you did?
    Tracey – JustAnotherMommyBlog´s last blog post ..A list for today

  7. Connie WeissSTEIN Says:

    This is how I know that I’m completely suited for my job. Yelling and bossing people have gotten me fired. But you can’t fire your mother.

    I’m going to get up at 2am to watch the Royal Wedding. I think I’m interested because my life is soooo mundane that watching this is exciting. I’m even going to make scones.

    I watched a preview of the coupon show on iTunes yesterday. I love to coupon but….I’m lazy. I don’t think I can watch that show.
    Connie WeissSTEIN´s last blog post ..A Hunting We Will Go

  8. J. Ho. Says:

    i miss reading you every single day. i think i just caught up from last week…i haven’t done any blogging in months…pregnancy is going very well i just stay busy & tired…kinda like a slow progression to how things go after birth, right? i’m still here. i still love you & i always catch up on what you say. maybe when i’m only (that’s not a take-away or minus only) a sahm i’ll be able to get back into blogging.
    J. Ho.´s last blog post ..OMG!!!

  9. Nicole Says:

    @ Tracey-actually mustard has no expiration date (doesn’t that sound like something you want to eat :))

    I’ve never done jury duty either, the one time I was called I was nursing, I called and asked what facilites would be availabe for me to pump. The judge sent me a beautiful plant and congratualtions on my son and they dismissed me as a juror. I don’t know if I got on the 2013 list.

    Extreme Couponing-I hate the show on TLC but I can’t stop watching it. It’s like a slow moving train wreck. I coupon and feel that I do pretty well I average 60-70% savings. I think the show highlights unethical behavior and portrays unrealistic expectations. I love couponing however and the benefits my family gets from it.

  10. Cathy Says:

    I figure on the coupon thing that it is not worth my time trying to figure it all out, that and the fact that I’d probably end up buying brands and products I did not want.

    I hear you on the mutual interest thing. I hope the brownies will sustain you. 😉
    Cathy´s last blog post ..Our Easter

  11. John Myste Says:

    Hey, I agree with you. I don’t give a cake pop about anything royal.

    Speaking of royalty, my wife has had me buy cake pops for her twice. I don’t get it. Either I want some cake or I don’t. I don’t want to be teased. I have not tried them, not even the day they came out, when they were free.

    At my wife’s urging, I tried extreme couponing this evening. I got my bill down to 46.00. I am very proud of myself. Without all my hard work, it would have been over 47.00 when you consider tax.

    As for the carpentry tips, thanks. I am going to take all the hinges off my doors and bend them out of shape. I reckon that will fix ‘em up better than they are now. Once I reinstall them, I will let you know how it went. Any tips on car parts I can mess up? My car is always breaking down.

    Funny you mentioned finding the defendant guilty. I wrote a post for MMA about that a few months back denouncing juries who do that: Jurors in Capital Case Caught Practicing without a License

    It is meant with respect, of course. I love your posts. They are about nothing. It is great.