Tuesday, December 5, 2023

It's been that kinda week!

... and it's only Tuesday. I feel like I  don't have my shit together all my ducks in a row. I'm behind with Christmas shopping. I'm so frigging behind, it's not even funny and it's causing me stress. I normally have all gifts wrapped by this time. 

Yesterday I had to go grocery shopping - again.  Halfway to the store, I realised that I forgot my glasses at home. Those same glasses I left on the kitchen counter, next to my phone, so I wouldn't forget it šŸ¤¦ There was no way I was turning around to get it. I was already stuck in too much traffic. So I decided to take my chances. Between the shopping list being a blur and my chicken scratch handwriting, I managed to get almost everything on my list. Phew!! I did forget one of the important things, so I need to make another trip. Ugh.  What's up with all the high prices? I haven't been to Walmart in ages and was shocked, just plain shocked by how expensive food has become. A store brand can of mixed veg is now 98c. What happened to that 50c price tag? This isn't even a name brand. Sigh. Sure, I can mix my own veggies, but it's not worth my time. The price tag is actually better than me having to spend time making my own, but I hate that prices have doubled. Yikes, I've seen lots of high prices on things I use regularly. My pantry is empty. I haven't done any food stockpiling, because I was waiting to move. Well, I still need to move, but we need to eat too. There were only 6 boxes of my favorite cereal on the shelf, so I grabbed 4. I need this cereal for my health. I wanted to get bacon, but I'm the only one who eats it, so I decided to just skip it. Saving myself $9. I caved and bought $5 blueberries at Aldi. Ouch! There goes the $9 savings šŸ˜‚ Yeah, we pay $1.50 for blueberries during summer. Then I reminded myself that $130 a week on groceries for 2 people is not bad at all. I did buy some baking stuff too, so I actually think I did pretty well. 

DS started unpacking the groceries as soon as I brought it inside, so that was one less thing to do. I love it when he volunteers to do chores. Then cooked dinner and made taco meat too. Ugh, I need to get back to Sunday cooking. I hate having to cook every night, especially after I've been out. 

I was so excited about a custom made surprise I ordered BF for Christmas. Well, that excitement was short lived once I opened the package. The item looked horrible. Not half as good as I expected and it can't be returned. I was so mad. This was something I was hoping he'd like, because he'll understand the significance once I explain it to him. So I took a deep breath and decided to give myself an hour after dinner to just take care of Christmas things (I'm going to take an hour every day to get some holiday things done). Well, that turned into me going to sleep at 11pm (I normally go to bed at 9 and watch tv - at least I try to, cause I sometimes fall asleep shortly after getting into bed - until 10), but I got that Christmas gift done. Now let's hope it arrives in time and that he likes it. šŸ¤ž

I have more gifts that I ordered that won't be arriving in time. I can already tell it's not gonna arrive in time, so it's on to Plan B. No use stressing about it, because it's not going to change the shipping speed.  I've always said that if you want things done right, do it yourself, but I sometimes have to depend on other people. Unfortunately, they don't get things done ASAP like I do.  Now you all know why I like to shop early. 

Well, guess who woke up at the butt crack of dawn again? What was I supposed to do up at 5am? I didn't want to get up, but by 6:30 I knew that I was just wasting time laying in bed. So I brewed coffee (and darn it's mostly decaf, so no caffeine jolt. I need to add more regular coffee to my mix), started a load of laundry, back to Plan B Christmas shopping, checked in with BF. Then showered, mixed dough for a double batch of bread rolls (wheat rolls and cinnamon raisin rolls), started dinner and had breakfast. Then cleaning and finished all the cooking. My back hurts from all the stress, so I'm going to take an aromatherapy bath and have dinner. That always helps me to relax. I'd like to go to bed early,but I can tell it's going to be a late night again. Too much to do. 

I still need to contact Macy's because they totally messed up my gc order. They undercharged me for a  gc purchase. Now I have to waste my time with CS, because I'm all about doing the right thing. There's no way I would just chalk it up to it being their mistake. 

I need some help please. So I've been working on BF's stocking. I need ideas on what to add to it. I already have a few items, but I've never done this before so I'm not sure what goes into a stocking. Any ideas would help. Also, do I need to fill the whole stocking or just add whatever I feel is enough? I want to get this right. 

Well, the cooking's done for the week, the laundry's done (just need to fold and iron, but the ironing's not happening today) and my Christmas shopping's practically done. I just need to get gcs for school (I'm still a little ticked off at school over what happened to DS, but I won't hold it against them. I'm more upset about the situation we're still in) & buy a card for BF. 

I'm going to try my best to make some time to read everyone's blogs this week. 

Have a wonderful week peeps!


  1. When I was a kid, back in the Stone Age, stocking items were small and inexpensive.....like candy, nuts in the shell, even oranges(yes, I am dating myself). When I got to be teen-ish, I got cheap makeup or a small purse. I know this doesn't help you with your DS but just remember his interests and go with it! You will be fine. 8-)

  2. I am behind as well. Usually by now I have my feet up and relaxing with perhaps a few things left to accomplish. This year I am still baking and have a few small things to finish decor wise and gift wise.

    God bless.

  3. Put candy, apple,and orange, and nuts and the little cheap nutcrackers. Well, if his like peanuts, put those in. Put things that are a surprise like a PEZ dispenser filled. Put in things that relate to him. For instance, if he is a smoker, give him a lighter, cheap or nice, you decide. So, if none of this sounds right to you, maybe you can play off these ideas and come up with something else. Socks will fill it nicely. And, you did not say the size. We always got the largest apple and orange in our stocking even though we had them all the time. I like Kisses and Hershey's Miniatures, but you could go for whole bars or bags.You get to decide. Practical Parsimony

  4. Sorry to hear you're feeling stressed out but I can relate. Between work and TBG's health it's been hard. As far as stockings for Christmas there really aren't any rules. I usually put in small things that he enjoys like certain candy, a cute pair of socks or gloves, a new deck of cards (we play a lot), a bottle of cologne...stuff like that. Have fun with it. I hope things settle down for you soon and that you find time to just relax a bit. Hugs to you my friend!!

  5. I think I have all my Christmas shopping done, although not all of it has arrived in the mail yet. I'm waiting on two more things.

    We are having a scaled back Christmas this year, but I think it's for the best as some things I bought last year didn't get used. I even scaled back on the food I'm making as you say, groceries have gotten expensive. I'm with you on the mixed vegetables. What the heck? Ugh.

    Leaving your glasses at home is frustrating because you can't see anything. So frustrating! BTDT and it stinks.

    We are having BBQ Ribs for dinner, but I need to get them in the crockpot soon. Hope you have a great day!

  6. Things really seem to be going up in price all over. We are having a sugar shortage due to the sugar refinery here being on strike. It just never ends.

    God bless.


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