This morning, Team McJohnson went in for their mole checkup, as a family. A family that takes preventative skin cancer measures together, stays together.

We now go to Josh’s dermatologist because in 2013, I had Josh’s health insurance. In 2014, I have health insurance via my employer. This was a financial decision, since economically it does not make sense for us to be on a family plan at either employer. As we checked in at the receptionist, I was told that I needed a referral. This was news to me, but I handled it well. I handled it like how we always handle things in this family: I threw money at it.

Instead of trying to get my primary care physician, who I had only seen once last July, to date a referral for today, I just decided to pay for the appointment out of pocket. We were quoted $80. A big fat SELF label was now adhered to my file. The doctor was concerned that I was paying out of pocket while my husband had health insurance. I explained the situation and literally motioned like the baby throwing money out the window. He said he understood and would not do any procedures that day and wait until I had my referral. I did not need any procedures so he, again, mentioned today should not cost more than $85.

When I checked out the total was $110. All paid for via a combo of my remaining FSA money and $5 from Josh’s HSA.

I recently lost $7.36 and I am mad as hell about it. I also recently spent $1000 to fly across the country last minute and go to a wedding and consider that one of the best decisions I have made recently. What’s the difference? Well, the $7.36 was on a gift card that I earned via a very specific grocery discount program. The trip was paid for from the travel savings account that grows via an automatic deduction from our bank account each month. That money is only used on travel, not touched for anything else.

I am very weird about coupons and gift cards. A gift card you are given can only be used to treat yourself. Don’t buy a gift with it or something that is a necessity. Coupons should always be used. If you let a coupon expire, you are throwing away money. I just sent an e-mail to my entire family this weekend telling them not to use my $7 ExtraBucks on my CVS card. I have something special in mind for that!

I will stand outside a restaurant and make an OpenTable reservation via the app, then walk in and eat. A coworker, older, more established, once claimed OpenTable dining points useless. Every 100 points is only $1 in rewards, she said. EXACTLY! That is a $1 I didn’t have before. Our anniversary dinner will be (partially) paid for with a nice $100 OpenTable Dining Cheque.

But yet, when it comes to services, sometimes Team McJohnson is just ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. We have to go to a car wash to wash the Volvo, since we live in an apartment complex. And for some reason, Northern Virginia doesn’t have very many self serve car washes. We have to pay people to wash the car. This last time, there was still bird poop on the window shield as we drove away. I asked Josh if we should mention it. He started to, then thought better of it. You just don’t want to be that guy who complains when you can take Windex to it at home. They did the hard part! Washing and vacuuming!

This brings us back to today. Josh didn’t want to go through the hassle of contacting insurance when we had the money to just pay for the appointment. But that just irks me, especially since the same thing happened to me earlier this year at our dental office. I feel like our health insurance is only for a catastrophe. If you couldn’t tell, one part of this relationship is quicker to the window with piles of cash than the other. Perhaps you would say we balance each other out.

But I, of course, will still be fuming about that $7.36.

What it is like when you are in a relationship that is at its weakest point in nine years, but biologically, your body is ready to have a baby.

On Mother’s Day, I called home to discuss buying a new point-and-shoot camera for Bradley’s graduation trip with Dad. We chatted for a few minutes, and before saying goodbye, Dad said:

I thought you were calling to tell me you were going to be a mother yourself.

I laughed, really hard. I think it hid my pain pretty well.

* * *

Bradley and I are discussing adopting dogs. A reminder: the McMahon’s never had a dog when we were children. Bradley agrees that everyone would be excited if a puppy were to enter our lives now, everyone except mom. Dad would especially enjoy it. Bradley lists Dad’s wants in life:

1. M&Ms
2. Grandchild
3. Dog

* * *

Josh came home at his normal time, 9:30pm with groceries. He kissed me hello. I bought new sandals that night because I needed new sandals. I had just taken them off from breaking them in on the carpet. I was barefoot.

Josh said he had something to tell me, and like a Bandaid, he should just rip it off. I thought of the limited possibilities that this could be, and due to his facial expression, I knew it wasn’t any of his current family drama bubbling up. I thought he was going to tell me that he had to work on Fourth of July, when we have tickets for the Nationals game. He then told me his co-clerk from last year is pregnant. Then he followed up with his other female co-clerk from last year is pregnant. There was an e-mail chain that he saw on his way home from work.

I stand up from the couch. I have to leave here for a bit, I said out loud. Then I remembered I didn’t have on shoes. I took three steps towards the bedroom and realized my shoes weren’t in there, they were by the dining table. I turned towards my shoes and broke in half. I doubled over and started to cry. Sob. Wail.

That’s probably the hardest thing Josh has ever had to tell me in the nine years of our relationship.

* * *

People who have announced their pregnancies or had children in the last twelve months:

Seven OT12 clerks or spouses (that we know of)
A guy I dated in college
Chelsea Clinton

This summer, I have decided to embrace my youth. I’m going gray really fast, and I’ve always had dark circles under my eyes. I feel like the summer of my 30th year will be the last that I can get away with wearing a little less on the face and spacing coloring appointments a little further. In addition to wearing less product, I’m spending less on it too by saddling up with my Extrabucks at the local CVS and not Sephora.

Below is my current, three-step, routine:

DR. JART+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25: That link is for the PA++ version, and mine is not that. I don’t know what PA stands for, unless Matt Pond PA is somehow involved with the product (early Aughts indie rock humor!). Also, this didn’t come from a drugstore! Lemme explain. I read a few reviews for this on some non-beauty related sites I read. I had two Sephora gift cards (thanks Dad!), so I decided to give this a try when my Bobbi Brown BB cream was out. It doesn’t have a shade; it blends to your skintone. That being said, you need to blend it in, and it goes on a bit white at first. It takes a moment to settle into your skin. Rub a small pea sized amount with clean fingers onto moisturized skin. (I always moisturize before adding a BB cream. It is kinda redundant right? Like ATM machine?) Honestly, I don’t know if I am going to purchase this again after the bottle is empty. I haven’t been amazed, but will say that I haven’t had a single breakout. Every few months, I get one stubborn and nasty pimple on my face. None since using the Doctor’s elixir.

Maybelline Dream Lumi™ Touch Highlighting Concealor In Radiant: I also read about this online as a good dupe for the YSL Touche Eclat. If you’ve known me for anytime, you know I was a Touche Eclat devotee for many years. That was until Katie McKatie pointed out that if you have dark circles (raises hand!) you don’t need to highlight them, you need to cover them up. (She read that online somewhere; it wasn’t like she was trying to tell me I was doing it wrong. Wait, she was probably telling me that!) So I stopped purchasing a $40 spotlight for my dark eye circles.

I usually attack the circles with a two prong defense: Bobbi Brown Corrector and Bobbi Brown Concealer. I need both to try to at least look normal. I had my makeup done professionally for the V&E Prom, and it took two make-up artists 3 tries to cover my circles. I also “transfer” makeup from my lashes/lids to my undereye verrrrry easily. (This is why I don’t wear mascara daily. It ends up under my eyes.) They literally wiped all the eye makeup off twice and started over until the third time worked. They both asked me what I used at home. I explained the $48 Bobbi Brown combo, but closed by saying “It doesn’t look perfect!”

Now that it is summertime, I’m finished wearing that many products to just make eyes look more awake. I purchased the Maybelline highlighting concealer for $8 or $9 at CVS. It works fine. Do I still have circles? Yes. Did I still have them with all the Bobbi Brown products? Yes. This time, the product wears more evenly and is so cheap and conveniently packaged, I can carry it with me this summer!

Revlon Highlighting Palette in Bronze: I already blogged about this purchase in my CVS haul. I got into bronzer last summer, after abandoning my old favorite, NARS Orgasm, years ago. Now, I just apply this with the occasional addition of some pink blush from a Stila palette Katie gifted me at Christmas. (I just really like blush, you guys.) I think this product was the reason why I was described as being “glowing”. Again, blend this. A lot of bronzers can look “dirty” if you don’t blend correctly. I will say, I am not perfect at this, but I try.

I work out three times a week at work, and don’t reapply makeup after my sessions. I will say that bronzer stays on very well!

I would also like to give a shout out to exercise, eating right, staying hydrated and good genes for making my minimalist makeup routine a success.

Professional make-up artist who prepped attorneys for headshots at my office: What make-up are you wearing? You have looked glowing all day!

J. Crew manager (who you may remember for the tuxedo adventure), while trying to find pants to wear to Bradley’s Chicago graduation: You two (Josh and I) are adorable, by the way!

Bavette’s manager, after our party of 6 sat down for dinner at a more dinner appropriate hour of 6pm and not 9:30pm: (To Bradley, the graduate) Your sister is just. . . awesome!

Background #1: At the Nationals Opening day, a lot of women had cute little tote bags with Nationals fabric on the trim. On closer inspection, I saw it was this tote from Vineyard Vines for $95 US dollars. I need another tote bag like I need a hole in the head (I actually ordered another one last week from J. Crew. For use as my gym bag! So practical!), but I had free time on Saturday and popped into the VV store in Georgetown for the first time ever. IT WAS AN EXPERIENCE. Men with Kennedy hair and pastels on everywhere, shoppers and customers! I actually think they just employee people to sit in the Adirondack chairs at the front of the store wearing the VV look. But part of me loves that experience. It’s very 90s East Coast prep, as though the economy never really tanked. In my head, everyone drives a Jeep Wagoneer. And if you know me at all, you know that is my secret desire.

Setting: Saturday evening
Scenario: I’m telling Josh about my trip to the Vineyard Vines store. He kinda knows the brand, but I realize he would understand it even better after watching their official history Emoji video.

Me: *while queuing up the video* Ok, so their whole thing is “Every day should feel this good”, but they abbreviate it: E D F T G. It’s like the letters they give you for the bonus round on Wheel of Fortune.
Josh: You left out the S.
Me: Right! Because every time I see that hashtag on Instagram, I have to google it to come up with the words it represents. I can never remember it! AND! Usually when I see it, it looks like someone had a hashtag stroke while posting to Instagram. #edsftg
Josh: *laughing pretty hard* You think someone got the #-sign down before falling ill and then their fingers just rubbed on the screen to display EDSFTG, and they were still able to press post?
Me: It’s what it looks like to me!

We finished watching the video (it’s 48 seconds and you need to watch it to understand the next bit) and no $95 totebags were purchased.

Background #2: There was a semi-serious work situation happening. Like actually serious, and not in the way that I can sometimes make a paper jam seem like the end of the world. Of course, Josh’s solution was for me to quit my job.

Setting: Last night before bed
Scenario: Josh actually came home early from work (8:30pm!) to coach me on how to respond to this work situation. Right before going to bed, he kisses me goodnight.

Josh: And remember, quit before they can fire you*. Always. And I’ll come pick you up from the train station afterwards.
Me: *laughing ridiculously hard* You can’t! Someone has to keep working, and you won’t be able to get off work!
Josh: True. You are lucky we live within walking distance of the train station.

I am really lucky I have him in my life for two reasons: 1. I’m pretty sure my own parents would have made me walk home from the train station if I quit my job and 2. I am pretty sure he is buying me that totebag. Just because he loves me.

 

* Josh was being slightly dramatic, so please don’t worry. During the night’s pep talk he also used the Eliot Spitzer edition of that classic discretion motto: Never talk when you can nod and never nod when you can wink and never write an e-mail.

Setting: a bar on H Street, the Monday after the Grammy’s
Scenario: We are waiting for Josh’s friend’s to join us for happy hour/dinner. The TV over the bar is showing highlights of the Grammy winners. Daft Punk is shown behind Pharrell accepting their award.

Josh: Wow. Is that the Stig at the Grammy’s?!
Me: *Just stares at him and blinks*

Setting: Before going to bed one night
Scenario: Someone at work was acting a bit crazy, and I said it should be blamed on Mercury retrograde. I begin to explain this process to Josh.

Me: So, you know how everyone has an astrological sign? And with that, you have various houses and moons? Do you understand anything I am saying?
Josh: *sleepy and with a slight hint of Ralph from the Simpsons* I’m a Leo!

Setting: Before going to bed one night during the third week of March 2014

Me: Hey, when’s Hobby Lobby?
Josh: I . . . I don’t know!
*pause*
Me: That’s the first time I have felt like we have put your clerkship behind us.
Josh: Yeah, that feels really good.

How to outfit your handsome, but slender, husband in a tuxedo in less than 4,000 infuriating steps:

1. Look at a calendar and realize that Sir Fancy Pants has invites to two formal events in 2014.
2. Remember that the last time your husband wore a rented tux, it looked like this:

Wedding
Far right. Even though he is jumping in that photo, that’s where the sleeves hit him while at his sides.

3. Commence tux buying in late December for late February event. First option, order custom from Indochino, the same place he purchased his wedding suit.
4. While trying to decide the correct lapel type and other jacket details from the Indochino website, read Put This On’s Black Tie Guide. Take their recommendation and order the Tommy Hilfiger slim fit tuxedo from Macy’s with peak lapels. It’s worth giving it a shot at that price.
5. It arrives and the pants fit great! The jacket is a little less than desirable but serviceable for the occasion.
6. Macy’s discounts the price of the jacket by about $30. Re-order it, plus the notched lapel to see if that looks better.
7. In the meantime, order a custom tuxedo shirt from Indochino.
8. Purchase a cummerbund and self-tie bowtie set from Geoffrey Lewis near my office.
9. Realize that the shoes purchased at the same time as the first Macy’s tuxedo have not arrived even though UPS said they were delivered to our door.
10. Lose it about the shoes, but calmly place an online inquiry as to the package’s whereabouts with UPS and write a note for the UPS man about it AND chat with him about it.
11. The Indochino shirt arrives, and it is a disaster. The sleeves are too short.
12. Panic, because Indochino has never failed before so now where can we order a custom tuxedo and shirt from?
13. Send Indochino an e-mail with copious photos of the subpar tuxedo shirt.
14. Return the Macy’s double order, keeping the pants that still fit great and the not so great jacket. Something is better than nothing.
15. Forget about this for a few days. Regain strength to finish.
16. Call Macy’s, which is a labyrinth of phone menu options that necessitate various hangups and redials after hitting deadends, and ask for another pair of shoes. Have the shoes shipped to your office this time.
17. Go on a mini-date day in Georgetown with you husband and swing by J. Crew. Try on their Ludlow tuxedo. Even though it is $300+ more than you wanted to spend, ignore that and buy the J. Crew tux online, so you can use Ebates.
19. Don’t like any of the tuxedo shirt options in the J. Crew store.
20. Buy a tuexdo shirt and another bowtie from Charles Tyrwhyt. (Plus a dress shirt that was on sale for him to wear to work!)
21. Hear back from Indchino, who offers to remake the shirt. Tell them thanks, but no thanks, we would like to return the shirt for a refund. Mail the shirt to Canada.
22. J. Crew tuxedo arrives. Angels sing.
23. Charles Tyrwhit tuxedo shirt is too big under the J. Crew tuxedo.
24. Order two more options from J.Crew.com that are not in stores.
25. Second set of shoes are not delivered to your office because of some sort of label failure. Husband calls to sort that out with UPS.
26. On Saturday morning, wake up to find the ORIGINAL pair of shoes at your apartment doorstep. Do not question this.
27. Be awoken on MLK Day at 10am by your UPS man, Ben, knocking on the door to say “Yes, I delivered the shoes to the wrong apartment weeks ago.” Fill out some UPS paperwork.
28. Decide that a cummerbund is not the way to go and return the set for a pair of formal suspenders.
29. Second set of Macy’s shoes are delivered to your office. Lose it again while trying to figure out how to return the extra pair to Macy’s.
30. Husband returns the original Macy’s tux and the extra pair of shoes.
31. Go back to Geoffrey Lewis to have a custom tuxedo shirt made. Have them also mark the J. Crew tux for alterations, but take the tux to J. Crew for alterations since J. Crew card holders get free alterations.
32. Go to J. Crew to drop off the tux for alterations, only to have the hipster manager wearing a shawl collar sweater seem inconvenienced by your desire to have their clothing fit properly. Listen to his spiel on not taking advantage of the FREE ALTERATIONS. Contemplate shoving that shawl collar up his ass. Or just writing an e-mail to Mickey Drexler like everyone else.
33. Take J. Crew tux back to Geoffrey Lewis for alterations and button swapping, because of course the buttons on the J. Crew pants are not the right shape for the suspender button holes.
34. Return Charles Tyrwhytt shirt.
35. Receive a refund credit for Indochino shirt.
36. Check in with Geoffrey Lewis about delivery of custom tuxedo shirt. ETA is now Tuesday before the Friday event . . . an event that is in Houston, not Washington, DC.
37. Laugh and resist returning the other $200 worth of tuxedo shirts to J. Crew. Gotta have a Plan Z.
38. Receive an e-mail from Macy’s asking why you returned the shoes that were sent to you twice. Shake fist.
39. Geoffrey Lewis shirt arrives on Wednesday before the Friday event. Josh leaves work early, on a day he really can’t leave work early, and tries on both the shirt and tuxedo. They look great. Angels sing Handel’s Hallelujah chorus.
40. The new tuxedo shirt needs laundered, professionally, before the event because they build in 1/16 inch of room in the collar area that shrinks during the first wash.
41. Josh takes the shirt to be laundered before running to get his eyes dilated, because we are awesome at scheduling our lives.
42. Take Thursday off of work to prepare for the trip (and see Robin Thicke). Run by the cleaners to pick up the shirt after getting nails done.
43. Pack more luggage than for our European trip, grab a cab at 5am on less than 4 hours, and head to Houston for less than 30 hours.

At about 8pm on the night of the event, we looked a little something like this:

Clean up nicely

44. Return the extra J. Crew shirts.
45. Tell Macy’s that, yes, they do need to charge you for the price of one pair of shoes. That would be great!

Consider yourselves lucky I didn’t outline my process in finding a dress.

This post is dedicated to Alicia Pappas.

The worst time to start a spending moratorium is when your cupboards are bare, specifically your personal care cupboard. We were out of soap, toothpaste and shampoo, just to name a few. So, I spent $171 at CVS.

My kindred spirit in cost cutting measures, Alicia, recently explained her methods for using CVS ExtraCare Bucks to get toilet paper for free. I am not an expert with Alicia’s system, but you can earn ExtraCare Bucks a variety of ways. There are quarterly returns based on the amount of money you spend. But the easiest way to earn ExtraCare Bucks is by purchasing items that are on promotion for ExtraCare bucks that week. You get about a month to use your bucks before they expire and only one “buck” coupon can be used per transaction.

All of this works only if you have an ExtraCare rewards card/account. To be honest, the families Mc/Johnson have not been big CVS shoppers in the past. Rite Aid was always the closer pharmacy in our neighborhood until a CVS opened right outside the Metro station. But my office is sandwiched between two CVS stores that my coworkers and I enjoy popping into for candy or a new nail polish. At home in Texas, the preferred store is Walgreens. I noticed myself spending more time inside a CVS shopping, especially when visitors were in town. Mum, Dad and I went to the CVS on Connecticut Avenue in Cleveland Park twice when they visited last spring.

I spent Monday, Presidents Day, looking for coupons and setting up a CVS account that uses the FloMo home phone number. Then I set out to shop.

CVS haul

If you click on the photo, I old school Flickr’d it. You can read notes about the items on Flickr.

Missing in that shot:
Josh’s shampoo & conditioner (2/$12; had to go to a second CVS to purchase that)
2 Neutrogena SPF 55 Sunscreens (Still on BOGO; buy one get one half off)
Revlon Highlighting palette in bronze (I’m almost out of my standard bronzer and doesn’t this Revlon look like a Bobbi Brown shimmer brick?)
Jug of CVS brand hand soap
Eucerin lip balm
Josh’s razor blades
Jillian’s disposable razors

Total of all that: $171.80

Number of CVS stores visited: 2

Number of ExtraCare bucks earned:
1 – $4
1 – $8
3 – $10

Number of ExtraCare bucks left to use by the end of March:
1 – $8
1 – $10

This is where I failed in the Alicia Pappas system: she would have used all the ExtraCare Bucks in one shopping trip by making multiple, strategic purchases. I know there are more items we need, like soap which is on sale this week and wasn’t last week. So I was ok with stretching my Bucks out.

It should be noted that everything above would have been purchased at Target previously. I felt like Target has the best prices on household items. I would just walk into Target and buy whatever was the best price on their shelves. But now, I’m avoiding Target. (Not necessarily boycotting, though with the recent security scandal, it would be understandable.) I never looked for coupons in the past, because I like throwing away money, apparently. I know I have thrown away CVS ExtraCare Bucks before. THAT IS LITERALLY THROWING AWAY MONEY!!!

Now, we should be good for the next few months. Except, I am all out of my hair care products that are NOT sold at CVS. BUT, I just found out that you can purchase DevaCurl at Nordstrom, and it’s gift with purchase time! Plus Ebates! Just like using ExtraCare Bucks!

$52.97 @ The Vitamin Shoppe
$10.24 @ Macy’s
$110 @ Josh’s Valentine gift
$125 @ my dentist
$200 @ District Court of Maryland
$31.97 @ Nine West
$156.51 @ Rizik’s
$9.60 @ Red Top Cab

I’m on a sort of health kick, in conjunction with my plan to not be a fatty in 2014. So I purchased 2 Dr. Oz recommendations for weight loss: Relora and tart cherry juice. I also threw in some cranberry pills for the lady bits, you know. The tart cherry juice can also be purchased at Harris Teeter, but I didn’t even finish one bottle of the concentrate before it expired. I am just not a juice fan. I am taking the pills with regularity. Plus one!

Also, the Vitamin Shoppe smells like poo.

We ended up doing a Secret Valentine at work, and my Valentine wanted Frango mints, sold exclusively at Macy’s. Thank goodness there was a Valentine promo. My true Valentine got two tickets to see Richard III at the Folger Theatre next month. Wonder who he was take as his plus one?

The dentist and District Court charges will be reimbursed by MetLife (let’s hope) and my work, respectively. Finally we have my formalwear charges for Josh’s black tie work event at the end of the month. I searched every store between Dallas and DC that sold long formal dresses. I ended up with a $60 dress from Nordstrom Rack, in blue. It fit like a glove, but just skewed matronly. I purchased it because one long dress was better than no long dress. But once I read the online reviews and saw that the number one admirer of this design was MOB/MOGs trying to look their best at their children’s weddings, I quickly began to hate the dress.

American clothing manufacturers, I am JUST 20 pounds overweight (down 8lbs since January 1). And you LITERALLY made me feel like I should be shopping at Georgia Tent and Awning. Eff oh.


I understand your plight, Suzanne. I UNDERSAND. We do share a name, after all.

By the grace of God, and Tiffany’s faith, I found something suitable at Rizik’s, a real old school ladies clothier downtown. It needs alterations, which cost me a cab ride to drop off at the tailor. The shoes I purchased are even further on sale now. I’m going to see if they do price adjustments.

Now would be the time to mention Josh was NOT a fan of those shoes and wanted me to just purchase these instead. Pretty sure thousands of women in America would want to slap me if they overheard our conversation in the Nordstrom make-up department last Saturday where I talked Josh out of the purchase.

I take my spending moratoriums seriously.

Do you guys remember when I did these challenges yearly? When I was trying to stay under the Discover Card Threshold?

Well, that was all before planning a wedding, cohabiting, surviving a Supreme Court clerkship and Josh’s Funemployment post-the Court. We are now being back to being a two income household . . . who is still paying their monthly bills out of their savings account.

Say what, karaoke?!

Josh only gets paid once a month, the last day of the month. Except for December, when checks are given out on the 15th of the month so everyone can buy Christmas gifts? I don’t know, I’m not an economist. So Josh has been at work since December 2 and has received one paycheck. One of my goals for 2014 was to save more money, because we would be a normal two income household again. Those plans have failed spectacularly since all the money I attempted to save had to jump out of the savings boat and onto the credit card payment cruise ship.

This is ridiculous, and I’ve had enough. It’s time to get back under the Threshold or attempt to establish a new realistic threshold.

From January 24, 2014 until February 28, 2014, I will curb the spending. Here are purchases outlined as being approved during the Spending Moratorium:

Groceries (duh)
Super Bowl 2014 White Elephant gifts for Josh & myself: $20 (total)
Josh’s Valentine’s Day gift: ~$50
My Junior League dues for 2014-2015 (payment deadline is March 1): $278
Mani/pedi at the end of February prior to our trip to Houston for Josh’s work event: ~$50
My personal trainer (who I write a check to, so technically not a credit card expense)
Therapy (paid for with my FSA, so again, not a technical expense)
Anything work related that will be DIRECTLY reimbursed (this is different than when I buy everyone at work food and cover part of the cost because I am an overly generous and nice person who spends like that baby throwing money out the window)

Sidenote: This might get dicey if/when they announce the lineup for Sweetlife 2014 and if tickets go on sale before February 28. Last year we went, and had a really good time in our VIP seats. Tickets went on sale February 25 last year, so let’s just hope the lineup includes O.A.R. or someone else I don’t love

That’s it. Shut the rest down. No trips to Target, no clothing, or home accessories. We have enough stuff. So much stuff that I bought a new bookcase to house some of that stuff. I’ll be pinning the “stuff” that I like over on Pinterest if you want to click over to my boards and see what I like but haven’t bought.

Related: I seem to be shopping like a grandma these days because I already have the following gifts for 2014 in my possession, along with accompanying greeting cards:

Valentines for the office/friends (some will need postage)
Valentine for Josh (the card, not the gift)
Bradley’s graduation gift
May wedding gift
My mother’s birthday gift

Enough.

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Missed you, little guy


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