I'm kinda wondering what's going on. It's December 30. This is supposed to be the dead of winter. Just last month we had cool temperatures, enough to only open the windows halfway in the middle of the day so that all the cold air wouldn't come inside the house. That was in the fall. Why is it now that it's winter our temps are so high?! It's 82 degrees outside!! Something just ain't right.
After my simple breakfast of cereal and toast, I decided it was time to work on the donate pile. I've had clothes ready for donation for months, and I have been putting off going through it and dropping it off at the Goodwill. Seeing as today is December 30 I figured I couldn't keep putting it off any longer. I gathered up the pile and separated it on my bed. There was a lot of clothes. Then I went through my boy's closets. There was a whole lot of clothes. Then I went through shoes. I'm not buying anymore shoes. This is ridiculous. Going through my clothes reminds me that: 1 - I am a very blessed woman, and 2 - I need to stop misspending my blessing. I mean, I do try to spend wisely, but there's times when I miss the mark. Like, why did I buy those cream colored shoes when I have a pair already that work perfectly fine? I got them at Payless because they were reduced to $10, that's why. I thought I was getting a bargain so I bought them. Truth be told, they've never been outside my house. I would put them on, be ready to leave, and I'd go change them because they squeak. I'm not even kidding, they sound like a pair of worn out old shoes and they are brand new. I added clothes to the pile that no longer fit me and they are like new as well, but at least I got some use out of them. I have to pay better attention to what is a bargain; spending $10 on a pair of shoes that I'm never gonna wear isn't saving money. All in all I filled 3 kitchen trash bags with clothes and a large box with shoes. My daughter also packed 2 bags full of clothes and accessories into the car. We are all done donating for the year.
I took fish out for lunch but my youngest son invited us to have sushi. For some reason he has been on this "I want to try sushi again" kick. We had it once before at a buffet style place for R's birthday and he didn't care for it. For some reason the soy sauce that was on the table was making him sick. He was wheezing and having an allergic reaction to it. I use soy sauce for cooking and he's never had a problem with it, but the one at this particular restaurant irritated his bronchial passages. That was almost 3 years ago, and he didn't want sushi again for a long time, but now something peaked his interest and he's been begging to have sushi for weeks. We went to the same buffet style restaurant because for $11.95 you can have all the sushi you can eat, and let's be honest, you won't find deals like that anywhere, plus the food is prepared right in front of you so you know it was just made and not sitting there for who knows how long. I confess I didn't expect he would eat any of it. I figured he'd try one or two pieces and decide he still didn't like it. He proved me wrong. That boy ate a bunch of different rolls, and even had sashimi! I guess my baby boy is growing up. These are things he never would have eaten before, but not only was he willing to try them, he was open-minded about trying new things and really enjoyed his meal. We all did. It was really good.
After lunch we drove to the outlet mall, where my son purchased his first longboard. He convinced his sister to take him with the sushi meal :-). The longboard is made of bamboo, is very sturdy and a nice design. He was so thrilled to finally have his longboard that he has been wanting for months. He's even happier that he still has money left over after spending $200 on it. Yeah, I didn't realize those things were so expensive. Glad he paid for it out of his money!
I went ahead and made the fish for dinner. It was kind of weird; I typically don't cook late in the day. We eat leftovers from lunch or something quick like a sandwich, but I wasn't going to let that fish go to waste. Afterwards we took Molly out for a walk. She's been limping lately, and we aren't sure if the problem is her hip or her leg. American bulldogs need lots of exercise or they can have hip problems. Taking Molly out is a mission. She is a powerful 70 pounds of muscle, and she can yank a person's arms off. I have my own issues with arthritis; walking her causes my joints to ache because of all her pulling and sudden stops. No one else likes walking her for the same reason. Today my daughter decided we'd all go out, so out we went. Molly could not be more excited. She loves going out and exploring, but she pulls so hard on her leash she starts wheezing, which gets her tuckered out fast. Good thing too: it was humid out, so none of us wanted to be out there longer than we had to! We did enjoy seeing the houses with all their Christmas lights. Might as well take advantage of it, since the lights will be going down soon.
I'm gonna clean up the kitchen now, then take a shower and hop into bed. I think I might read tonight, or watch something on TV. Not quite sure yet. I hope everyone has a pleasant evening. Good night ya'll.
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