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jjdm

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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2010 11:52:20 AM

Welcome to my home!!!!!

Have a nice visit!

Thanks for visiting!!!
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2014 11:00:40 AM

Hi again Justin,
All I can say is I thank you for the 2 cups of tea and cookies you left me in TL that I carried here with me. One cup wouldn't have been enough to read all of your latest update.

Over time pay can't hurt, okay! :-)
How are your mom's hours? I see that she worked, but unless I looked away while munching on a cookie I don't think you gave us her hours.

Good to read that you were able to have some fun time for you besides all that work.

That would be something, going to Macedonia.

Have a Great Day!
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jjdm
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2014 10:29:59 AM

Good morning, everyone!

Today’s Picture:
Fireplace Decoration

On Saturday, I worked 8 am - 4 pm. For the first part of my shift, I worked on U-Scan. However, since we had many people scheduled, the Front-End manager took over for me and I helped out in grocery. While in grocery, I filled sale items and went through paper backstock. During the busy times, I was called up front to help.

After work, I quickly got ready for church. Mom worked a 10 am - 4 pm shift, at Karwick. So as soon as she got home, we went to 4:30 pm Mass, which was said by our Associate Pastor. I served as an Eucharistic Minister.

After church, I took care of a few tasks around the house and then ran a quick errand. Then it was off to Crown Point (I thought Marija’s house was in was Merrillville, but it’s actually in the boundaries of Crown Point). This time around, there was no homework done. Instead, there was a party that Marija and Ana invited Aaron and me to!

Saturday was Marija and Ana’s parent’s Slava (read about Saints Blessing). When Aaron and I got there, all of the seats were taken since 30 people were there (it started at 3 pm). About 10 minutes later, some seats opened up. Aaron and I were able to eat some delicious food. We also chatted with a few others and all of us watched the video from Ana’s wedding.

Gradually, everyone started leaving. That’s when Aaron and I were able to do our talking with Ana and Marija. Soon, Ana and her husband left and it was just Marija, Aaron, the parents, and me. So all three of us helped them clean up. The parents greatly appreciated it and we said that we appreciated being invited over.

The Dad showed Aaron and me some Macedonia dancing and we practiced that. Marija put together nice, big to-go plates for us to take home to our parents. All of us talked about going to Macedonia when Marija gets married in a couple of years. Marija said that her boyfriend has relatives in Macedonia. The relatives have several apartments, so Aaron and I can stay in one of the apartments. So we won’t have to pay for any hotel expenses during our one-two week stay! Lastly, Marija, Aaron, and I watched a movie on the TV.

I got home around 2:30 am, so I only got about 5 hours of sleep. I woke up around 8 am, and got ready. Later on, I worked 10 am - 6 pm in grocery. Thankfully, the Dairy Manager was asked to come in to work 5 hours. So he took care of filling Dairy. So I took care of filling sale items in Frozen and Grocery. I also went through some backstock. Then I pulled expired temporary price reduction tags. Jan and I went on our usual break together and chatted. The last thing I did was fill sale items in Dairy.

When I got off of work, I went to Holly’s for Jeff’s goodbye party. As you know, he will be working for the Sheriff’s Department. He only has 6 more days left at Al’s Karwick. There was lots of family there for Jeff. Right next to their long table was another table for friends. I saw Ryan and Katie and sat down next to them. We enjoyed some food, though it was pricey!

After the restaurant, Jeff and friends were suppose to go to Buffalo Wild Wings. However, Katie didn’t want to go, so many others opted not to go either. So it was just Jeff, his girlfriend, and me at Buffalo Wild Wings, which was fine. We got to chit chat and share some laughs.

I got about 8 hours of sleep last night. I got called into work to work 10 am - 6 pm, in grocery since we have a 1,100 piece load (which is huge). So that means for this week since I get holiday pay (8 hours of extra pay) and I have this 8 hours of OT, next week’s paycheck will have 56 hours worth of pay. :-)

KHF, thanks for keeping your fingers crossed! It helped tremendously having the Dairy Manager there. It made sense to have extra help since it was the Sunday before a holiday and there were many good ad items.

MadDog, yes, that way they can have data to use for marketing. All about that $$$. Wish they would understand that some want privacy! Weekend was very fun!

Midnight, I think the most I spent during our weekly shopping trip was around $75. I remember the week after that, it was only $30. Mom and I usually spend about $50. Thank you for your advice on my health! Thoughts and prayers go out to you for a successful surgery.

Claudie, thanks for checking out their work!

attitash, that seasonal section you saw a few pics back is actually the biggest we’ve ever had for Christmas stuff. Never had Christmas lights before. Maybe one year we will have trees. Best of luck; looking forward to seeing who wins!

TUrtLE, it was a very busy Thursday and Saturday. Friday and Sunday were a little slower. I can only expect that it will be busy Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday we should be VERY busy. I agree with your point regarding the rewards not helping small families. At Al’s, without a $15 purchase, the butter is $2.50. No limit for that $2.50 price. Our egg prices just soared through the roof. A couple of weeks ago they were on sale for 99 cents for a dozen of large eggs. Today they are $2.99 (our cost is in the $2.20s). Supplier says that there is too much demand and not enough supply. “Thank you” for this movie. Good reflection. I always find ways to keep busy. At least I got some fun in this weekend.

Silverhand, thanks for the funnies!

pinkelefant, hello!

trugasCA, practice makes perfect!

Good day!
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attitash
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2014 9:03:04 AM

Good morning Justin...cloudy day with light rain. High of 14°C/57.2°F. Seasonal temps return tomorrow.....happy as this is not good for the little snow remaining! Have a great day.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2014 8:23:37 AM

You are getting to be quite the cook!
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2014 7:56:13 AM

Good Morning Justin,
Came home yesterday with 4 lbs of the limit 2 butter. Hope to get 2 more one day this week.

Are you managing to keep your head above water? You know what I mean.

It's not long now until Thanksgiving.

Q: Why was the Thanksgiving soup so expensive?
A: It had 24 carrots.

Q: What happened when the turkey got into a fight?
A: He got the stuffing knocked out of him!

Q: Who doesn't eat on Thanksgiving?
A: A turkey because it is always stuffed.

Q: Why do pilgrims pants keep falling down?
A: Because their belt buckles are on their hats!

Happy Monday!
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pinkelefant
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2014 1:56:06 AM

hi justin
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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2014 1:37:15 AM

Have a great week Justin!
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Silverhand
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2014 10:57:39 PM

Hello, Justin!

Sunday funnies:
For Better or For Worse
Pearls Before Swine
Bizarro

Have a great week!
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attitash
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2014 11:49:28 AM

Good morning Justin...cloudy with light rain through the day & tomorrow. 20-30mm/.75-1.25" expected-worried about my snow! High of 7°C/44.6°F-more snow issues! Glad to see you got an ugly sweater entry Inn! Have a great day.
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2014 8:15:32 AM

Good Morning Justin,
How is the traffic at Al's now? It can only get busier here on out.
Trouble with the rewards at all the stores is that they don't help small families or single folks.
After the Thanksgiving dinner I will be going to today it's off to Fred's for butter at $2.50 with a coupon, limit 2.

Your Sunday movie is Be Thankful, author, unk.

This movie is a good one for Thanksgiving or for ANY time of the year.
I know I have used it before so it may be familiar to you.

Also, you will see that it says 5:23 minutes, but it's NOT. It is repeated so when you get to the frame that says "Give Thanks," at about 2:38 minutes you have seen it all.

May you be blessed as Thanksgiving approaches.
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Claudie
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2014 7:56:27 AM

Good morning, jjdm,

Have a great day!
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2014 3:53:25 AM

Good morning Justin!

    --- > My last post until back home from hip replacement surgery. Should be on Friday. Staying at a friends tonight to sleep as long as possible for Monday's pre op at 6 AM.

Was just like Déjà vu from two Saturdays ago. Went to the Recycling Center to rid glass, tin cans, paper, cardboard, and plastic. Must say the attendant is keeping the place clean and the floor well sweep.

Saw the town gas remains at $3.04 while Littleton, for example, has gas as low as $2.87. Got may mail at the P.O., then headed to Subway for a light lunch. My first time eating out in three months.

Cold Cut combo's and meatballs are $2 for a 6" and $4 for a footlong, now thru Christmas. Got a footlong meatball, w/all the veggies at 11 AM. Only 2 customers in the place.

Read the free paper. Headlines were "Runaway Mom Turns Herself In, Lawyer Says Daughter Is Safe." Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution and Non-Custodial Kidnapping is a Big headline, even for the NH North Country.

Original US Marshall Wanted Poster'.

The former female doctor faces 3½ to 7 years in prison for fleeing the state w/her daughter late 2004. Genevieve Kelley took her daughter, then an 8 y/o to Central America to live. They lived local, in Whitefield, NH.

They first moved to Guatemala, then to Honduras where they both disappeared for 10 years. The story made People Magazine on Nov 18. It is found here. This is quite a sensational story!

Drove to the hospital for another blood type test. Seems they all expire in 3 days. Had the same Filipino phlebotomist as two weeks ago. He was very good at finding the vein and not allowing the drawing to hurt.

Was outfitted w/a new wrist tag w/the blood type and my id number. The test is to ensure my blood will be stocked come Monday morning. It is A negative. All set to get the hip replacement surgery. Just passing the hours until it is 6 AM Monday.

Civil twilight is 6:20 AM EST. Night is 4:44 PM.

Sunrise: 6:52 AM. Set: 4:12 PM.

Length of day: 9h 19m. Length of visible light: 10h 23m. Tomorrow will be 1m 55s shorter.

The temp is 38° (3°C) w/the high to be 42° (6°C). A 50% chance of rain on the way.

Have a splendid day!

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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2014 12:26:00 AM

Justin...hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
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attitash
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Message Posted: Nov 22, 2014 9:55:07 AM

Good morning Justin...temp on the rise to 4°C/39.2°F. Along with the warmer air comes light scattered showers.....dang! Not good for the snow. All local grocery stores here sell Christmas trees. Have a great day.
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Claudie
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Message Posted: Nov 22, 2014 8:37:49 AM

Good morning, jjdm,

Nice window paintings! The high school kids did a good job.

Have a great day!
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Nov 22, 2014 4:02:33 AM

Good morning Justin!

The avg price of a Butterball is in the $.99 to $1.29 range according to a Bing search. A 20 pounder is not cheap @ $1.29 a lb.$25.80 for it. May buy a duck this year.

Charging enough to make a profit is fine. Not one for ever gorging ones customers. Know some mark up in produce is up to 5x the contract w/sale cost.

Great that Al's remembers to take care of their steady customers. Am eating well w/ the best food. Have never spent $80 a week. Some months that might be my entire monthly cost.

Always eat expensive fish, lobster and shrimp. Also am very thrifty. Try some crock pot dinners over those MSG laced fast food places. Your young life is building its foundation to the future.

In 40 years food and chemical intake will make a diff on your health and in blood test and the like. You sure do build your foundation for the future today. Have fun, eat well, and stay healthy. Some begin to show ill health at 30 y/o via of the bad choices of food. Your choices, your health.

Nov 22nd, 1963: President John F. Kennedy is assassinated when he is shot by a sniper while riding in a motorcade through downtown Dallas.

Woke up a little early, it was just after midnight yesterday and this morning. Felt rested and not sleepy. Had a desire to pan fry in evoo red and orange bell peppers, onions, crimini, turkey bacon, and ham.

Stirred in 3 large well beaten eggs w/a few tbsps of 1% milk. Evoo around the OrGREENIc 12" ceramic coated frying pan does the non stick magic. Sliced lots of pepper jack cheese and melted it on the slow cooked omelet.

A side of no fat cottage cheese really filled me up for 6 hours. Played Starcraft to my heart's content,then watched a epi of Bonanza, The Twilight Zone, and Sons of Anarchy.

Nuked half of a butternut squash, skin on, in a 2 qt Pyrex dish, just past al dente. Then boiled (nuked) some all wheat farfalle in the same water. Scoop put the flesh after cooked, then discard the squash skin, which is soft and tasty.

Nuked some broccoli florets, added some homemade BBQ sauce w/honey, thickened it w/milled flax seed. One should not be able to distinctly taste the honey or BBQ sauce. Each taste should be equal.

Added some evoo and garlic to the bowties, then the rest of the mix. Melt some 6 Italian shredded cheese on top, then had a feast.

Civil twilight is 6:19 AM EST. Night is 4:44 PM.

Sunrise: 6:51 AM. Set: 4:12 PM.

Length of day: 9h 21m. Length of visible light: 10h 25m. Tomorrow will be 2m 01s shorter.

The temp now is 16° (-9°C). Lows around 7° (-14°C). Wind chill values as low as 6° below 0 (-21°C). The high will be 34° (1°C) in mostly cloudy skies.

Have a tremendous day!

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[Edited by: MidnightSun at 11/22/2014 4:03:13 AM EST]
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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Nov 22, 2014 12:52:08 AM

Justin...nice windows! You stay busy! I think a lot of companies are busy data mining from all of us! I hate it!
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KHF
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2014 10:48:55 PM

Hi Justin - That was nice for the HS kids as well as your store to have them decorate your windows. They look nice.

I will keep my fingers crossed that you do not get run to death on Sunday, but I know you will do just fine. You always do..
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jjdm
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2014 9:55:42 PM

Good evening, everyone!

Today’s Picture:
Window Paintings

On Thursday, I was able to work and complete my Memo Project for Info Systems. Before heading into work, I joined David at Oriental Pearl for lunch. It was good to catch up with him and enjoy the tasty the food (I had Shrimp Fried Rice).

Later on, I worked 3:30 pm - 11:30 pm, in the office. It was a busier day since customers were starting their Thanksgiving shopping. For the most part, everything went smooth.

When I got off of work, I made chicken parmesan with buttered noodles for dinner. Mom and I enjoyed it very much!

This morning, I worked a 10:30 am - 6:30 pm, in the office. Since it is busier before Thanksgiving, there are mid-shifts now scheduled for the office. I was able to help out Crystal (the opening office person) and Katie (the closing office person). We had a busy lunch and dinner rush.

When I got home, Mom and I had breakfast for dinner (sausage and scrambled eggs). Since then, I’ve been taking care of tasks around the house.

TUrtLE, I’m glad KHF was able to help you find the price for butter! Compared to our places in town, we have the highest turkey price. Though, one thing that returned this year to Al’s was the “Free turkey.” Our most loyal shoppers (shoppers who spent $80 a week for 7 weeks straight) got a certificate for a free turkey (no limit on cost). Mom and I didn’t make it, but that’s fine since David is having us over for Thanksgiving again. ‘

attitash, I bet the birds are very happy with you! To answer your pic question, Al’s does not sell any Christmas trees.

KHF, yes, plenty of space in our aisles. The one thing I didn’t like about Barney’s was how cramped it was. Add the busy summer crowd and it is a nightmare. Thanks for answering TUrtLE’s question! I’m going to have fun on Sunday. I’ll be the only one in Dairy, Frozen, and Grocery for about 4 hours. That means I’ll be in charge of filling the sale items in those departments. Hopefully I can keep up!!

Dino72, thanks for this edition of Jukebox. Al’s plays that song all the time.

MadDog, I didn’t know either!

Midnight, thanks for answering my question! Compared to our places in town, we have the highest turkey price. Though, one thing that returned this year to Al’s was the “Free turkey.” Our most loyal shoppers (shoppers who spent $80 a week for 7 weeks straight) got a certificate for a free turkey (no limit on cost). Remembered that site, took another look at it. Nestle,
Campbells, and Frito-Lay….oh geeze, that’s a lot of products that customers would have to avoid. Gas is in the lower 2.70s here. Sounds like you had a super busy day.

Claudie, thanks for stopping by!

trugasCA, Mom and I will probably put up the Christmas tree sometime between Thanksgiving and December 7th.

Good night!
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attitash
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2014 6:34:34 PM

Good evening Justin...very busy day at work...no GB time! Morning sun, afternoon cloud with a high of -3°C/26.6°F feeling like -9°C/15.8°F. 2 hours to go at work...dang! Have a good night.
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2014 10:01:40 AM

Justin, I see it. KHF told me lower left hand corner, and there it is, $1.79...wow!
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2014 8:56:09 AM

Pretty tree. Hadn't thought much about decorating yet. Won't do much. Little tree in picture window l guess and wreath on door.
No shopping to do as paying off son's debt instead.
Part for dishwasher arrived early so Saturday they will come put it in and hopefully the fuses will stop blowing. Glad l will have use of it for Thanksgiving mess l will make.
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2014 8:25:46 AM

Good Morning Justin,
Sounds like KHF found butter in your ad. I need to look again.
Nope, still no butter. I'll ask her where she found it.

Concluding the week with another blonde smile.

Job Opening

A blonde walks into the police department looking for a job. The officer wants to ask her a few questions....

Officer: What's 2+2?

Blonde: Ummmmm... 4!

Officer: What's the square root of 100?

Blonde: Ummmm... 10!

Officer: Good! Now, who killed Abraham Lincoln?

Blonde: Ummmm... I dunno.

Officer: Well, you can go home and think about it. Come back tomorrow.

The blonde goes home and calls up one of her friends, who asks her if she got the job. The blonde says, excitedly, "Not only did I get the job, I'm already working on a murder case!"

TGIF


[Edited by: TUrtLE1625 at 11/21/2014 8:28:48 AM EST]
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Claudie
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2014 7:41:47 AM

Good morning, jjdm,

Have a great day!
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2014 4:31:12 AM

Good morning Justin!

Will know Tues/Wed how my hip feels. Looking to be able to climb the steps going upstairs in my home. If not, then will stay w/a friend fora a day or two until the hop, skip, and jump returns in my gait.

Like the Christmas and deco's very much in your neat as new store. Glad to see the wonderful display. Somehow our Shaws has turkeys as a loss leader for 49 & cent; a lb this week, frozen of course.

Shaws will have a sale say on bell peppers for $1.99. Then they ring up at$3.99. Have to watch everyting.It is so easy for mistakes to happen.

Hope you find that crock pot and put it to good use. Meat and veggies cooked all day waiting for your arrival home is so much healthier than the King of MSG... KFC. They even add MSG to their green beans. Proof of what is out there. Btw, It is Worse than one can imagine.

GB servers went done at 2:58 AM. Returned by 3:07. Out again at 3:11. Took a nap at 3:18.

Had a wonderful sleep last night, also this morning as well. Went to bed earlier than usual and slept later than normal, until 2:30 AM last night. Begin to post my rounds, then found pages were loading forever.

Phoned Fairpoint, my phone and internet provider, to ask what was the problem. All the LED lights were lit yet dialog boxes of "Unable to connect" were seen repeatedly.

This happened on and off 3x. A Ping test at the command prompt told the story. 4 packets of info sent, 100% loss. It was my Ethernet cable. juggled it in the back of my desktop and then it worked fine. Still does.

Getting the car ready was a cinch w/the vinegar/isopropyl alcohol mix sprayed on the windshield the night before. Have a plastic tub built in under the windshield wipers to catch any runoff. Did not need to scrape at all.

My road was freshly sanded. Liked that a lot. Gas finally dropped to a reasonable $2.89 for far northern NH. This is the Smart Pay Card price, or 10¢ higher w.o.

Traveled to Littleton and saw the Yankee fan that is there every week at the same time as me. Wore my fire Red Sox winter jacket and made sure to stand where it could see. Asked him where is his cap today. He said no cap today.

Bought a few items x2 to last me two weeks. The mkt is closed all next week. Giant heads of leaf lettuce is $1.68 ea, avocadoes 3/$2, butternut squash 48¢a lb, crimini 10 oz for $2.25, broccoli crowns $1.28 a lb,

Yellow and orange bell peppers are $1.58 a lb (Passed on the red that was a whopping $2.95), black and blueberries 3/$5, cukes 67¢ ea, 5 lbs carrots $2.38 and a 1 lb bag of spinach for $3.

Big Papa's specials this week. Click on See more

Stopped at Rite Aid before 8:30 AM (They open at 8 AM) and saw a trail of shoe soil on the shiny tile floor from the front door to the pharmacy. Asked the cashier to mention it to the ast mgr.

Stopped at WM for a few items, then on to Shaw for the last day of pork country ribs for $2.19 a lb. Bought a 2.5 lb pkg to get me thru the w/e.

Returned to Rite Aid mainly to see if the cashier told the ast store mgr that the floor was dirty. She did not, said she forgot. :o

Trimmed the fat off the ribs at home, poured the remaining cooked ones in the 6 qt crock pot, then added my homemade BBQ sauce, sliced carrots and the ribs in the 1.5 qt size.

Poured 6 oz of honey on top of the ribs, plus 4 cloves of diced garlic. Slow cooked for 3.5 hours, then sampled the fresh made ribs. Tried a small amount of ketchup with the sauce and honey. Was a good experiment. A 'Small amount' of ketchup is the key.

Will be leaving early for the hospital on Monday for my hip replacement surgery. Friday looks to be the return home date. May convalesce at a friend's home, depending on my stair climbing ability. Sure would prefer to be home.

Civil twilight is 6:18 AM EST. Night is 4:45 PM.

Sunrise: 6:50 AM. Set: 4:13 PM.

Length of day: 9h 23m. Length of visible light: 10h 27m. Tomorrow will be 2m 01s shorter.

The temp is 17° (-8°C), the high will be 23° (-5°C), in clear skies.

Have a delightful day!

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MadDogUSMC
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2014 12:12:20 AM

Justin....Nice tree! Didn't realize they can still track us even with our phones off!
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Dino72
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 11:44:07 PM

Good evening Justin

Thanks on the GB ride. Emily's updates will be all over FB.

We just put our tree up last night. We figured it was the best time to do it due to our crazy schedules.


Dino's Jukebox tonight. Tonight's band formed in Dublin, Ireland in 1976. They are ranked #22 in Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest artists of all time. They have sold over 150 million records in their existence. A bit of controversy was raised when their newest album, Songs of Innocence was released on to I Tunes accounts everywhere in 2014. The album at that point could be obtained by Apple customers free of charge.

The song tonight peaked at #33 in 1983 and was the first commercial success for the band in the United States. It has been covered several times from various artists including C & C Music Factory and Dierks Bentley.

U - U2 - "Pride (In The Name Of Love)"
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KHF
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 9:04:02 PM

Hi Justin - Your decorations at Al's are very festive. I love how spacious the aisles look. It makes one enjoy being in the store. I hate the stores that are so tight and cramped.

I am with TUrtLE on your ad prices. Wow! Ours are SO much higher, even on the sales. I especially marveled at the cheese, sweet potatoes and butter.

Good to hear that all continues to go well with Grandma, your mom and school.
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attitash
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 2:11:29 PM

Good afternoon Justin...a bright sunny day after receiving 5cm/2" of fresh snow overnight. High of -3°C/26.6°F feeling like -10°C/14°F with the wind chill. Busy day of errands, clearing snow & filling the bird feeders....birds very happy about that task! Have a great day.
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 11:50:18 AM

Good Morning Again Justin.
I was most interested in your ad, once again, compared to our prices. I Don't see butter, which is now outrageously expensive, the "cheapest" here being $3.99. Do you now what Al's charges for it. Sweet potatoes here are $1.29 lb and up. I had my son buy some for me in the Valley at $.50. No telling when I will see him, but they will keep in his garage.
I also compared turkey prices. Most stores require you to spend $100 or $150 to get a deal on a turkey. I only see one that that is priced at $1.29 a lb without an adtl purchase. I do not buy a turkey.

I imagine it will take your grandma time to get used to the changes at her table. The ol*er one gets the less one likes change.

Keep up your good work at school.
I'll check out the tree in TL.
:-)

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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 11:19:15 AM

Good morning, everyone!

Today’s Picture:
Al’s Christmas Tree

On Tuesday, I took care of more tasks around the house and started planning a couple of new projects I wanted to complete during my next “true” day off. I also made a batch of chili. Later on, I worked 3 pm - 11 pm. When I first got there, Stacie showed Jan and me the new lotto machine (the one customers can use without having to go to the customer service desk). It’s pretty nifty as now customers can get lotto tickets in addition to just the scratch offs at this machine.

From there, I went back to grocery and changed two endcaps. There were a couple of times Isaac and I were called up front due to it being busy. We started facing the store around 5:30 pm. Since Jan was closing in the office, I got to go on my second break with her. At 9:30 pm, I left Isaac so I could pull the expired sale tags and hang up the new window ad signs.

For dinner, Mom and I had the chili that I made earlier. Then I worked on my Ecommerce Project. I only got about 6 hours of sleep that night.

On Wednesday, the four of us got to school early (10 am) since there was a speaker broadcast for the National Leadership Society. In Accounting, we did some practice stock market problems. For our lunch break, we went to a Mexican restaurant. I can’t remember the name, but I do remember the food. I had two burritos, rice, and beans. Oh, and of course the complimentary chips and salsa. Everything tasted great! Even better was the conversation with friends.

In Info Systems, we had our last Ecommerce lesson, which was about mobile devices. Amazing to learn that companies can track your cell phone, even if it is off. The only way you can “disappear” is by taking out the battery. The professor says it’s an advantage for us since companies can send our phones advertisements with localized deals.. At the end of class, we took a quiz on the lesson and I got a 7 out of 10.

In Criminal Justice, we reviewed for our test. After class, the four of went to the library so we could take the test online. I ended up getting a 28 out of 28. Since there was no Business Speech class (the presentations were all done), we decided to stay and take our Chapter 7 quiz for Info Systems. I ended up getting a 20 out of 20 on it.

When I got home, Mom and I stopped at KFC for a quick dinner. Then we went to visit Grandma. She was doing well. Though, Grandma is still getting accustomed to the new people at her dinner table. After chatting a bit, we pushed her around the Nursing Home. Once we got home, I relaxed for a bit and watched some TV.

I got about 8 hours of sleep last night. This morning, Mom and I got up early so we could do our weekly grocery shopping. At Al’s, I got $108 dollars worth of groceries for $64. This Week’s Ad When we got back, Mom left to work since she worked 9 am - 3 pm. Since then, I’ve been taking care of some tasks around the house.

Dino72, congrats on your new GB ride! We’ve all been getting bonus points more often, so we get to trade the cars in sooner. ;) Best of luck to Emily as she starts this new basketball season! Nice of your company to do a catered dinner!

MadDog, yes I did. But I’m still keeping busy. lol Sending the cold away didn’t work as we are also still cold!

Midnight, Mom said that we might have a crock pot somewhere in the basement. Will find out once we start cleaning up the basement. Yes, companies should charge the prices they “advertise” for. Mom taught me well and I always double check my receipts (even at Al’s). I’m sure your area does look beautiful in the winter. Great to hear that the hip replacement will be next Monday. Will you still be staying at your one friend’s house?

TUrtLE, thank you for the advice. :-) I know there are times that I am sleep deprived. I fall asleep within one minute of laying down and then sleep for hours without waking up. Thank you for the blonde jokes!

attitash, I know you are excited for ski season to be starting soon! It’s not right that you get poor service.

trugasCA, I enjoyed reading your update. Got to find out what you were up to. :)

Farful, thanks for the congrats! The food is good at Red Robin. If you like fries, you would love the place since you can get free refills for fries.

Good day!
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TUrtLE1625
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 7:51:22 AM

Good Morning Justin,

A Blonde's Year In Review concludes;

October - Hates M &M's because they are so hard to peel.

November - Baked a turkey for 4 days because the instructions said 1 hour per pound and she weighed 120.

December - Couldn't call 911 because there was no "11" on any of the phone buttons.

Happy Thursday!
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MidnightSun
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 5:58:59 AM

Good morning Justin!

More snow to greet first light. Only about a half inch fell. Forecast is for ambient snow each morning the rest of the week. All those minor amounts add up by the end of the week.

Could be a sleet storm on Sunday w/scattered rain showers overnight into Monday. Plan on leaving early Monday in the wee hours for the hospital. Will inch down the mtn if the town does not sand.

Enjoyed watching the Twilight Zone on Netflix, them another epi of Bonanza. Like The Zone for its unusual themed stories. Like Bonanza for its wholesomeness w/always the theme good triumphs over bad.

Played Starcraft to my hearts content. Had no time to play the day before. Got in a 3 hour nap, then decide to cook.

Sliced the last hearty thick chicken cutlet ½ inch thick, soaked them into a well beaten egg, battered it with Italian spices, parmesan and breadcrumbs w/oyster crackers broken up in thick chunks.

Topped them w/a six cheese Italian blend of cheeses and enjoyed a late lunch which will also be dinner. Was still hungry so a half pound of butterfly shrimp was prepared.

Much tastier than say pumpkin pie and icecream. Have planned the fresh food to last until entering the hospital on Monday. Will still shop at Big Papa's Market for fresh produce to last two weesk. They will not be open at all next week.

Civil twilight is 6:17 AM EST. Night is 4:46 PM.

Sunrise: 6:49 AM. Set: 4:14 PM.

Length of day: 9h 25m. Length of visible light: 10h 29m. Tomorrow will be 2m 04s shorter.

The temp is 18° (-7°C), the high will be 28 (-2°C).

Have a fantastic day!

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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 2:53:37 AM

Good evening Justin

Mad Dog I'm on consecutive day #270. My best ever in the almost 10 years on GB.

Listening to some tunes from what will be the "U" artist for Dino's Jukebox tomorrow night. One week before Thanksgiving Eve here and my company did a catered dinner for us last night. Turkey, Ham, Sweet Potatoes, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. Hungry yet? It does hit the spot when your lunch is at 3 AM. Staying awake until 7 AM with a full stomach. Well, that's a different story.

The extreme cold has left us for now. 40F/4C feels a lot better than the mid teens we've had the last couple of nights. Prayers out to the residents in the Buffalo, NY area who have gotten about 8 feet of the white stuff. Now if we could only melt it and send it to California. Until we figure it out, see you tomorrow.
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 1:24:14 AM

Justin...hope you are well buddy! Stay warm!
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 11:27:50 AM

Good morning jjdm and All!
 
jj, Congrats on your raise at work! That is wonderful.
 
Mrs. Farful mentioned that she would like to visit Red Robin. We have a Red Robin in our town. Glad that you were able to get the price adjustment on your order.
 
HHD!
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 9:23:11 AM

Good morning Justin....lots of sun this morning with 20cm/7.75" of fresh snow! Was surprised to see how much we got. A lake effect event. High today of -3°C/26.6°F feeling like -9°C/15.8°F with the wind chill. More snow expect this evening & overnight. Had the driveway cleared by 6AM(easy with the snowblower) & drove my wife to work....only main roads cleared even to this time of the day. Pay lots of taxes but get poor service! Have a great day.
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 8:21:10 AM

Good Morning Justin,
More smiles for you.

A Blonde's Year in Review continues;

July - After losing in a breast stroke swimming competition,
complained to the judges that the other swimmers were using their arms.

August - Told her blonde friend to hurry when trying to get into their locked car using a coat hanger because it was starting to rain and the top was down.

September - When asked what the capital of California was: answered "C."

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 4:57:25 AM

Good morning Justin!

Woke up to a tad bit more than ambient snow. Big sized chunks. Glad that it did not last long. Enjoyed an early finish of my rounds, then got in a 2.5 hour nap. Felt refreshed when awake.

Got ready early for my 9:45 surgeon's appointment. Was not sure if the end of the driveway had a berm, if the town plowed the mtn road, or if the road was icy.

Had made a fresh spray bottle of 1 part water, 1 pt 91% isopropyl alcohol, and 3 pts white vinegar to take out to the car. Started the car w/a defrost on in the front side and rear windows.

Limped to the road to check it out. The town did plow over the past several days leaving softball sized snow/ice balls at the foot of the driveway. Traffic (use) of the road made it look safe to drive down the mtn.

Scrapped off an inch of frozen slush w/an inch or more of fresh snow on the windows. eased down the mtn at 10 mph in high first to use the gear as a brake. Did not see any sand or pebbles spread on the road.

Arrives 15 min early for my appointment and was taken into a private examining room. The Dr's Ast took my vitals. Loved seeing my BP 120 over 74.

The Dr entered had me lift up my blue jeans to look at the former infected area. As the cuff was lifted up my index finger tore into the shin flesh and it started to bleed.

Some gauze, a bit of triple antibiotic, and a bandaid stopped the bleeding. The Dr was happy the redness left and the cephalexin was working nicely to prevent any infection/cellulitis.

He gave me appointment in three weeks. Told him that sooner was good for me and time was of the essence. Any time soon is good for me.

He left the room for 10 minutes and returned to ask me. "How about this Monday, the 24th at 6:30 AM?" "Yes, that'll be just perfect."

Stayed later for the nurse to listen to my strong heart and give the okay for this Monday for the hip replacement. So it is now all set for Monday. Hurray!

Civil twilight is 6:15 AM EST. Night is 4:46 PM.

Sunrise: 6:47 AM. Set: 4:15 PM.

Length of day: 9h 27m. Length of visible light: 10h 30m. Tomorrow will be 2m 07s shorter.

The temp is 19° (-7°C), the high will be 27 (-3°C).

Have a fabulous day!

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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 1:05:12 AM

Justin...you sent the cold here? It's going to be in the 20s! I like it though! LOL

Dino...you are welcome! Keep up the good work!

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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2014 11:24:44 PM

Good evening Justin

Mad Dog thanks


A lot of "new" things going on this 2's day night. Talked to Emily earlier. The first game for the new season of Lady Bobcat basketball will be Friday December 5th. Being a 7th grader, this will be a new team with a new coach. The previous coaching staff retired at the end of last season.

As I've mentioned before, for the last 3 1/2 years, Emily has wore #24 in honor of her late Sister, Madeline's birthday. This year, the 24 jersey was missing. So along with all the other "news" comes a new number. I'll be following #11 this year. She sent me a picture of the uniforms and they look nice. This number seems fitting as well as Emily was born in the 11th month of the year. So, December 5th, I'll be cheering on #11.

Sn*w off and on tonight temp sitting at 19 with a wind chill of +6.
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2014 10:55:21 AM

I seldom write much here, but today l am copy and paste:
Stayed home and baked a walnut, raisin "bread" which is more like cake. Turned out well. I was going to use the breadmaker, but it took 4 to 6 hours and using my oven took 45 minutes. I wanted it for breakfast.
Same with crock pot. It took forever to start cooking the soup Zuppa l made recently and l decided it is much quicker and comes out the same to make soup in large pot on the stove.
Crock pots take too much time for me when l am hungry, but are great if l want to start food and leave for the morning to shop or whatever.
The breadmaker also leaves a hole on the bottom of bread from the two paddles when you remove the bread.
My walnut cinnamon raisin bread was delish and great breakfast, hot with lots of butter.
Scootered to store to buy a loaf of .99c sour dough to go with my Italian sausage, kale, potato soup. Clerk rang it up at $1.99 and l said no and gave her my phone # and she entered it and brought the price down to .99c. That is the good thing about "Just for You" program at Safeway. I use it and save money. That is all l bought there this week. I have a $5. off reward check from Raleys and didn't use it when l shopped there the other day. l did use their card and got my turkey for $7 tho, with another $3.50 off the pork chops l bought. Had to spend $25 to get the $17 turkey for $7.
I have eaten out three times this month, and that comes out of my food allowance and so far l Haven't spent near my allowed amount this month. Only spent around $100. of food money thanks to the freezers. Smile. So l am happy with that, especially since l have most of my Thanksgiving needs. Just need celery( tho l have some frozen) and maybe will get more broth, just coz it is on sale. 46c a can. Fresh mushrooms. Have everything else.
As l scootered home, l saw a cute little bright lemon yellow volkswagen with hood up and lady standing by and said "OH did the baby break down?" She laughed and referring to my scooter, said "that's what I need". Precisely why l bought mine. When l can no longer drive for whatever reason, waiting to get car repaired.
After housekeeper left yesterday, l got a phone call and it had a bad hum and she kept calling and finally l called her on my cell and found out it was MY phone malfunctioning and l went and got the book and finally got it going and fixed the message part as well which stopped functioning, because the button was pressed to off. Then l turned on the TV and it just flashed so l thought "OH great, now all my appliances are going out and l am tied up financially" but l turned it on and off manually,a few times til l got it to respond.
Then l sat here and thought about it and figure it is the heavy handed dusting my housekeeper does. She once turned on my power chair by dusting the controls. I tell her to lighten up but she has her habitual ways. Soon it will all be over, as l am joining a plan which costs less thus losing my IHSS program. They said l could pay the co-pay of $700 a month, for 20 hours housework?? No thanks.
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2014 9:48:57 AM

Good morning Justin...mix of sun & cloud with a cold -3°C/26.6°F feeling like -11°C/12.2°F....like this temp on ski days(without the wind) but not climatized to it yet! No snow melting today with another 5cm/2" expected tomorrow. Starting to think the ski season might get an early start...fingers crossed. have a good day.
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2014 8:16:28 AM

Good Morning Justin,
Bringing my tea with me from last night. Thank you.

Please, please do not post here or on FB when you will be closing up alone. I'm thinking of your safety which you must have figured out.

Good for the three of you checking your receipts.
I can't imagine sleeping 11 hours. I can't even imagine sleeping 8 hours.

A Blonde's Year in Review continues:

April - Was trapped on an escalator for hours when the power went out.

May - Couldn't make Kool-Aid because 8 cups of water won't fit into those little packets.

June - Couldn't learn to water ski because she couldn't find a lake with a slope.

Have a Totally Terrific Tuesday!
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2014 4:30:09 AM

Good morning Justin!

Just checked my link. The price increased 10% in 1 day.

All printed advertized prices such as a menu, paper, etc must be the price paid for,otherwize it is the well known completely illegal 'bait and switch' scam (technique).

If the sign at Al's says 39¢s; for chicken legs, one package (only) must be sold to the customer. In the late '50's, a women saw the car dealership sign that read, "We sell cars for peanuts." She brought in a bag of peanuts. That state Supreme Court ruled in her favor. Any and all bait and switch is highly illegal.

It snowed just like it was winter at first light yesterday. Ten cent and penny size chunks floating down from the clouds fast. It was good that it stopped two hours later.

The world in this area is a winter wonderland. It always looks so dreamy the first few snowfalls. Then the work to clear and clean it begins to take away some of the postcard perfect wonderment.

Played lots of Starcraft while it snowed. Also watched Bonanza and Criminal Minds. Did not even step outdoors. No need to.

Trimmed the fat off the $2.19 a pound country spare ribs bought on Saturday. Thawed out half of a 16 oz frozen container of homemade BBQ sauce made in October.

Added some evoo to my 1.5 qt crock pot, added some of the thawed sauce, ribs, red potatoes, some 3" sliced lengths of carrots, and 4 diced cloves of garlic. 3.5 hours on high and lunch was ribs and veggies, on a bed of brown rice.

The rest of the week will not see day temps above freezing. There is a possibility of Sunday being in the mid 30's. Winter arrived 5 weeks early this year. Hope spring is early as well.

My doc's appointment is at 9:45 AM today.

Civil twilight is 6:14 AM EST. Night is 4:47 PM.

Sunrise: 6:46 AM. Set: 4:15 PM.

Length of day: 9h 29m. Length of visible light: 10h 32m. Tomorrow will be 2m 10s shorter.

The temp is 28° (-2°C), the high,w/ a 30% chance of snow.

Have a wonderful day!

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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2014 1:20:21 AM

Justin....sounds like you got some rest! LOL

Dino...congrats on the new GB ride!
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2014 11:19:12 PM

Good evening Justin

Red Robin Yummmmmmm!

Had to be said.

Better late than never.

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Ironic, this GB ride looks a lot like my real car. Hope this one handles the sn*w well. We got a dusting here, but it is super cold. Temps currently 19 with a wind chill of 4. Not a good night to be outside pumping gas like I just did. Stay warm out there buddies.
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2014 9:25:43 PM

Good evening, everyone!

Today’s Picture:
Christmas Section

Last night was wonderful since I got 11 hours of sleep. Actually didn’t wake up once during that whole 11 hours. I know tonight will be another night that I don’t need to set my alarm clock, so I will catch up on more sleep.

Today in Accounting, we learned about stocks. Then Marija, Ana, Aaron, and I went out to eat at Red Robins. As an appetizer, I had a cup of the Tortilla soup. For my lunch I had fish and fries. The food was tasty, however there was a problem once we all got our bills. We were overcharged for our items!

So when I saw the waitress, I asked her for a menu. We compared our prices on the receipt to the ones on the menu and there was a higher price on our receipt. So the waitress went to her manager and told him about it. He gave us a “promo” discount so it brought it back down to the menu price. The reason for being charged incorrectly was they updated the new, higher prices in their systems but they did not have menus that reflected the change.

In Info Systems, we learned about specialized info systems. In Criminal Justice, we had a guest professor lecture on private prisons. In Business Speech, we finished up with the business presentations. Marija was the last to go and did a great job closing us out.

After I got home from school, Mom and I had breakfast for dinner. Then I caught up with some tasks around the house.

Dino72, we’ve been seeing some of that white stuff here. I’m looking forward to your Christmas countdown!

KHF, thank you much for the congratulations!

MadDog, thanks for the congrats! I understand, hopefully you will get a chance to rest up soon.

Midnight, thanks for the congratulations! ha, nice of mother nature to be a help in providing a 2nd freezer! Will be ready to read your doctor update. Thanks for your second post with the link. I will look into it.

trugasCA, thanks for the congrats! I bought two dozen myself!

TUrtLE, thanks for the congrats! To answer your question in short, there will usually be another person that will leave with me. On three of the nights during the week, there are two grocery people scheduled to the end. On the other four nights, the 2nd to last grocery person leaves at either 9, 10, or 11 (depends on the day). So I’d be myself in grocery on those days if I were to be the one locking things up. As for the front-end, the closing office person usually leaves with the person locking up the store. However, Jan and Katie usually leave 15 minutes early. In summary, there could be some nights that 3 people are leaving the store together, 2 people are leaving together, or I could be leaving by myself. Phew, that was a wordy answer. :-)

attitash, thanks for the congrats!

Good night!
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2014 1:06:38 PM

 
 
P.S.
Justin,

Found a good deal for crock pots online. A 6.5 quart oval for cooking a full size chicken, duck, ham, etc, w/plenty of room for tons of veggies. Plus inc is a 1.5 qt warmer/cooker for gravy or what have you. (Like making a mini 4 servings of lasagna, or rice, squash, yams, etc.

At the online WalMart store, a 40% discount for just $25.59 for both sets. Free shipping over $50. Buy two sets, give one as a Christmas present.

One needs a minimum of a 6 qt cookers 7, or 8 qts is good for 8-9 people.(Also a second serving Think of the future. Prepare a dinner in the morning, come to it fully cooked and ready. It is a fabulous entry level combo set. This is the link. Leftovers stay well in the pot in the fridge.

 



[Edited by: MidnightSun at 11/17/2014 1:08:32 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2014 11:01:32 AM

Good morning Justin...high of 1°C/33.8°F with cloud & light flurries through the day. Received about 3cm/1.2 inches overnight. Cleared the driveway before I went to work. Congrats on your raise...nice to have a few extra dollars in your pocket! Have a great day.
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