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It seems like every big purchase we have bought lately has had something to do with the apartment..

It’s somewhat of a rude awakening to me.. who, in the past, was a person that always bought stuff for myself.. like my papercrafts.. or clothes.. shoes.. purses!

It’s been awhile since I got a new outfit.. or even a pair of shoes.. everything is for our little place..

I know I had been warned of this phenomenon many, many times during the wedding planning..

Anyway.. this weekend’s goodies are a bookshelf AND a shoe rack.. all from Ikea.. so the hubby has to go and assemble it all.. AND the apartment is full of boxes and wood pieces..

The madness never ends..

Those State Farm insurance commercials are really getting to hubby and I..

We’ve found ourselves singing “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there!”

Sadly.. nothing changes after we sing it.. but who knows.. one day.. we may get lucky!

We’re almost done with January, folks!

We JUST started 2011.. and now the first month is almost done.. where did the month go?

Hubby and I spent our first full month in our humble abode.. it gets more and more exciting as time goes by.. there are lots of little adventures we are going through in this marriage.. and its all good fun..

I really can’t wait for what the future has in store.. it’s all good..

We need to all take advantage of 2011 because it’s going to fly by sooo fast.. just like every other year that has passed us by..

Me:  Hunny, do something funny so I can put it on the blog..
Hubby:  Ok.


Hubby wants to write his own blog.. about my behavior.. I don’t know what he’s talking about.. I’m always on my best behavior (hee hee)

Hubby:  That’s going on the blog!
Me:  What blog?  I don’t write stuff about myself..
Hubby:  I’m gonna start a blog.. “My crazy wife..”
Me:  You can’t keep up with a blog..
Hubby:  Uh huh. You’ll give me plenty to write about.. “Crazy Wife Logic..”
Me:  No you won’t..
Hubby:  “Crazy sh*it my wife pulls..”
Me:  Hey!




Ok.. so it’s either I’m putting WAAAAY too much thought into this grocery shopping thing.. or I really have no idea what I’m doing..

Last night.. I was on the floor of our living room with flyers from Ralphs, Vons, Albersons, Sprouts, and Henry’s spread out around me.. and I was going nuts trying to figure out where to go and what had the best value and when and why.. Grrrr..

My good friends and family on Facebook gave me wonderful answers to my blog questions from “Grocery gameplan..”

This is all new to me.. and I know I’m not going to get it all right away.. but I’m the impatient type that’s used to getting things right away.. and getting things done right immediately.. I usually pride myself on being a fast learner.. but this thing is ridiculous.. it’s really taking a toll of my patience level..

So.. do you grocery store hop for the best deal?  Or do you stick to just one store?

I know that eventually I’ll get the hang of all this “wife stuff..”

I just hope I keep my sanity during the process..

Since I started that whole “Things my hubby say/does.. ” I looked at every interaction as a potential blog entry.. so much so that every other time hubby say something remotely interesting.. my first response is “That’s going on the blog!”

Hubby has become a lot more interesting now that he has become the source of my blog entertainment..

Gotta love the guy!

This is our first full week in the apartment since we’ve moved in.. and we went to the grocery store.. A LOT! We are also still trying to figure out what our necessities are in the kitchen..

Hubby and I need to reconsider our grocery gameplan..

So.. we want to know what how everyone else handles their grocery shopping by answering a few questions… please leave your answers and advice in the comments..

1. Are you a visit the grocery store on an “as needed” basis, or do you wait for several items to become needed and do one big grocery store visit?

2.  What sort of items do you always have on hand in your kitchen, what foods/items/drinks are ALWAYS stocked in your home?  What are your necessities?

3.  What is your strategy with coupons?  Do you use them?  How do you know how and where to make the most out of them?  How do you organize them?

Please leave your answers as comments to this blog, or point me to some blogs that may have some more advice that I could look at..

So.. I’m off from work today.. but I totally feel like I’ve worked harder than I’ve ever worked before..

I woke up when Joe woke up.. no only because his alarm woke me up.. but because I had to get up early to tackle the DMV..

I had a bajillion things I wanted to get done today.. and I think I did a good majority of them.. so.. pat me on the back.. and let me take a nap!  I’m exhausted!!!

I drove around my new stomping grounds.. learned where some things were.. and got a lot of post-wedding tasks accomplished.. name changing being the main thing.. so exhausting!  Why do the women always have to go through the harder things in life.. planning the wedding.. carrying a baby.. then giving birth to a baby.. add to that list NAME CHANGING!!  It’s such a pain!  I’m still not 100% done.. and I bet there are a lot of other things I forget to do during this post-wedding era..

Oh ya.. and I also cleaned up the kitchen.. and am continuing to rearrange and clean things up in our place.. boxes still everywhere.. and we still have no idea where to put some stuff.. the clutter is driving me insane!!!

I really don’t feel like I had a day off.. boo.

And to top it off.. I broke my phone.. my lovely HTC Incredible.. it accidentally slipped through my hands while I was looking at the lower shelves at the Michaels today.. and my screen shattered.. I think the only thing keeping it together is the screen protector I have on.. needless to say.. my phone protector can’t protect anything.. that sucks.. good thing I have phone insurance.. I should be getting my new phone tomorrow.. I swear.. that phone fell from about 4-6 inches off the ground.. that screen shattered.. I’m so frustrated.. but at least it still works..

The lessons I learned today:

1.  I’m too clumsy for fancy phones
2.  A day off will never feel like a “day off” ever again..

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2010. That’s about 3 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 66 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 230 posts. There were 10 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 576kb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was January 5th with 50 views. The most popular post that day was Let the games begin!.

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