Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day!

As you know, we occasionally look at the Days of the Year website to see if there is a “Day” we want to celebrate.

Today is “Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day“!  Now how can anyone question this???

This day was started as a way to raise awareness for childhood cancers.

“Life’s short, eat Dessert First” is a phrase that has been bandied about by a lot of people for reasons both flippant and serious.  Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day is one of the more serious, serving to increase awareness about childhood cancer.  For children for whom every day is a blessing, it only makes sense to indulge in life’s little pleasures, and Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast day brings that opportunity to everyone.  Here is the link to their website.

So about 9 am we saw this; about 10 am John went to the store to get ice cream, bananas, and whipped cream; about 10:45, we are sitting down to breakfast!  (there is ice cream under the whipped cream!)

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Guess we really need no-spend months now!

So you know those stupid postcards places will send you in hopes you are an impulse purchaser???  Well, they got to us!

Last Friday we received a postcard from Winnebago Motorhomes.  All it said was “Look at our new models”.   We are were not in the market to replace Winnie (so we thought!), but what the hey, let’s look on the website and see what’s new.

They have our current motorhome floorplan!  It is new and updated!  I happens to be a foot longer with an extra slide-out in the living area.  WOW!  We both said “I wonder how much different it is?”

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The Old floorplan

 

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The New floorplan – we have the table and chairs option with a buffet and retractable TV as well as the overhead loft bed.

So we search the RV sites and (unfortunately?) there are 2 at the RV place about 10 miles away.  What the heck, let’s go look!

Saturday we wander over and look.  The first one (2018 model) is really dark on the inside and while basically our floorplan, it didn’t really wow us.  Then the salesman says he has one on the lot that is on sale (about $50,000 cheaper)  because it is a 2017 edition.

OH MY GOSH!  It was love at first sight!!  We can’t believe someone hasn’t purchased this one!   We gush over it and then say goodbye.

When we got home, we measured the front driveway and (unfortunately??) the new one would fit in the driveway.  Now the real dilemma begins.  Do we want to trade up??

Our old motor home is a 2006 with 65,000 miles on it.  Any vehicle 12 years old will undoubtedly will begin to have problems at some time when we least expect it.  We have seen that some RV parks only allow vehicles under 10 years old.  Some also only allow class A.  Our old one is a class C.

After weighing the pros and cons of the purchase, we decide to go back for another look.  This time we are leaning towards purchasing.  As we approach it, someone is looking at it and acting like they really like it.  My gut does a flop and says “you can’t have it.  It’s ours!”

In case you can’t tell yet, we bought it on Sunday!  We were convinced to start this entire endeavor by a 20 cent postcard!  Can’t wait to pick it up!!

Digital Decluttering – Part 3

So this week I’ve removed 1705 emails and 2 folders in email.

Total removed since I began this challenge:  2948 digital emails, contacts, and folders!!

This exceeds my goal of 2018! (and to think I thought I wouldn’t have 2018 emails to remove hahahaha)

Now to finish cleaning the email without counting.

This week’s summary:
1/25 – 1 email folder and 199 emails.

1/26 – 100 emails

1/27 – 1 email folder, 203 emails

1/28 – 1203 emails

Credit Cards Decluttered

We have made a concerted effort over the last 5 years to minimize the use of credit cards.  We do have one that earns us mile/points for the airline that transports us to visit kiddo #1.  Unfortunately, we don’t use it enough to keep up with our visits.  Since we would be paying for the flight and hotel, we have been driving instead of flying to help keep the costs down.

I received an email update today from Credit Karma with the question “did you close an account?”   I knew we hadn’t closed anything.  When I went to their website and looked at our closed account activity, JC Penney closed us!  I know we haven’t used it in about 10 years.  I also noticed that Lane Bryant closed recently too!

I went to the credit card pile (that seems much smaller than it did a few years ago) and decluttered those closed account cards!   You know they haven’t been used in a while since they still have the stickers on them!

Feeling lighter every time I check off a box!

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Game of Thrones Book #5 finally finished

So I finally finished reading the currently published series “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R. R. Martin, better known as the Game of Thrones books.  It has taken me right about 2 years to read these 5 books.  If you were contemplating reading the series, be ready for a long haul.  It was hard to stay with this last one.

It really seemed like this last book was more forced with little plot movement or character development.  Could it be due to the release of the HBO series?  Was he “forced” to write this “new” book because of the series?  If so, the next two books may not be read by me.   I think I’ll watch the HBO Series instead.

Book #1 – A Game of Thrones – 848 pages
Book #2 – A Clash of Kings – 761 pages
Book #3 – A Storm of Swords – 1177 pages
Book #4 – A Feast for Crows – 1061 pages
Book #5 – A Dance with Dragons – 1113 pages

Total number of pages in series so far = 4960 pages

Digital Decluttering -Part 2

I’ve been trying to declutter email a little bit each evening.  Here are the numbers since the last report.

contacts removed: 17 + 2 = 19

emails removed:  78 + 308 + 78 + 391 + 195 = 1050

files removed:  4

account removed from devices:  2

Removed this week:  1075

GRAND TOTAL REMOVED:  1241 items!!

Daily summary:
1/17 closed an old email account and removed it from 2 devices, removed 78 emails

1/18 declutter dropbox account – removed 4 files, declutter email account for dropbox – remove 308 emails

1/20 continue contact decluttering – 17 contacts removed and 78 emails removed. (weird, it was 78 a couple of days ago!)

1/21 different email account contacts decluttered – 2 contacts removed and 391 emails removed (working from oldest to newest, currently at Jan 2015)

1/22 finished email decluttering of one account – 195 emails removed

NEXT UP – declutter my primary email account, why do I have so many different email accounts????