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A Day in the Life – 2013

I canNOT believe tomorrow is February.

In February of 2012, I had fun participating in Simply Rebekah’s “Day in the Life” link-up.  (Here’s my post from last year.)

Last night, at exactly 6:45, it hit me that if I was going to take 24 hours worth of pictures AND get the post written in time to link it up again this year, I needed to get started.

Like . . . right then. 

So I did.

I took a picture every hour for 24 hours, except while I was sleeping.  (Since that would just be creepy.)

At 6:45 p.m. last night, I was at choir practice:

At 7:45, I was at praise team practice:

Those are my fellow singers.  They were more than willing to pose for my pictures.

And yes, Mother, I dyed my hair.  It’s supposed to fade . . . but for now it’s basically black.  And I’m having an identity crisis over it. 

And yes, I really need to re-apply make-up before taking pictures at the end of a long day . . .

At 8:45, we were still rehearsing:

This was actually right BEFORE we were supposed to come in, so we were  only pretending to sing.  Debbie’s pretty believable, Karina . . . not so much. Me?  Not at all.

At 9:45, I was just getting home. The dishwasher and dryer were both running when I walked into the house.  What a man!

At 10:45, I was heading to bed.  I stopped by the linen closet to grab a clean, not-yet-slobbered-on pillowcase for my wake-up picture.

At 6:45 this morning, I was pretending that it wasn’t really time to get up yet.

At 7:45, I was drinking my one cup of coffee for the day, and doing my Bible Study lesson (after having dropped the kids at school).

At 8:45, I was emptying the dishwasher.  (Usually this is a 6:45 job, but this morning I was still pretending I had time to sleep  . . .)

At 9:45, I was getting into my “Nony” costume:

At 10:45, I was in the middle of shooting the finale to the Master Bedroom Saga:

Why yes.  That is my fancy equipment.  It’s my iPhone attached to my tripod with rubber bands.

At 11:45/12ish, I was washing two avocados to make guacamole for my lunch.

You don’t wash yours with soap?  That’s weird.

At 12:45/1ish (the every-single-hour thing was starting to get a bit muddy at this point), I had just started back to work in the master bedroom when I remembered what I had meant to search for online while eating my lunch.  So of course, I went back to find it, and proceeded to cry the entire time I watched this video.

At 2ish, I was vacuuming the Master Bedroom:

At 3ish, the picking up and driving all around began:

At 4ish, we were heading back out to pick up the brothers, after my 6yo had made them a snack:

At 5ish, I was browning 10 lbs of ground beef and my 6yo was making the meatballs for tonight’s supper.  (She was on a cooking kick today!)

At 6ish, after taking my 11yo to basketball practice, we had Family Kitchen Clean-Up Time.

(That’s my 9yo making Daddy’s lunch for tomorrow.)

And at 7ish (24 hours after I started), I was heading back out to pick up the basketball practice-er.


And that . . . is one random day in the life of a Slob Blogger.  2013.

Go check out more “Day in the Life” posts at Simply Rebekah!

How to Keep Up with Emailed Coupons

I love my iPhone.

I knew I would, I just didn’t know how much.  It hasn’t solved all my problems, but it sure does help with a lot of things!

One of the things I love is that I don’t have to print out (and then lose or forget) emailed coupons. 

(Just to be clear, I’m not talking about printable grocery coupons.  I haven’t used those in a while, but I don’t know of any option other than printing them.)

I’m talking about the kind you get from restaurants and retailers when you’re on their email lists.  Did you know that most companies will let you show them the coupon on your phone?  They can even scan a barcode on it!

I get so excited when I get an email with a buy-one-get-one or kids-eat-free coupon.

I’m so happy when I remember that coupon while we’re out.

I get so frustrated when it takes me forever to pull up the email by searching on my phone.

I get a lot of email.  I’m not very good about deleting.  An iPhone only initially searches through the most recent emails.  So . . . sometimes it takes me a while to search for a specific email I got three weeks ago.

I made a folder for “Coupons” and when I remember, I file the email right away in that folder so it’s ultra-easy to find when we need it.

Yay for avoiding paper waste!  Yay for one less thing to lose!!!


Do you have a smartphone?  What’s your favorite thing about it?


One last plug for the January intro price on my new e-book, Drowning in Clutter? (Don’t Grab a Floatie . . . Drain the Ocean!)




Should I Keep the Old One? Just in case?


Note #1: I’m sure I’ve written this same post with different objects at least once. Probably six times. 

Note #2: Yes.  I’m aware I have issues. 

The only thing I wanted for my birthday was a new can opener. 


I’m pretty sure I received my old one (on the bottom) as a by-request birthday present several years ago.  I loved it.  It was the kind that cut the lid from the side so there were no sharp edges.  It was also the kind that guests could never figure out how to use. 

Lately, though, it wasn’t working well.  I’d go all the way around the can only to have to go around again.

And sometimes again.

(Because it wasn’t the traditional can-opener, you couldn’t easily see if it had cut through the metal all the way around.)

I was happy to get my new can-opener.  It works great.  One time around the top, and I can dump out beans or corn or spinach or whatever.

And yet . . . I immediately put my old one back in the drawer with the new one. 

I mean, I might need it when the new one stops working.  Y’know, in another three years.

Then I’ll dig the old one out of the overly cluttered (because I’ve kept the old AND new versions of everything) drawer.  And I’ll remember how it doesn’t work either.

And then I’ll not only experience the frustration of one non-working can opener, but of TWO non-working can openers.

AND the frustration of having kept a non-working can opener for three whole years.

Don’t worry.  I threw it away.

Oh.  And lest you feel sorry for me, here’s what else I got for my birthday:

Cute and funny t-shirt, and my very own set of earbuds.

So I’ll stop borrowing Hubby’s . . .



The Amazon link to the can opener?  It’s my affiliate link. 



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