The Daily EO: March 21st, 2013

I’ve never really got into the Groupon, Wagjag and other social savings things.  I am not sure what it is, perhaps I don’t like being part of a crowd.  And really, when you live in a small town, the offerings are pretty slim.  Emile convinced me to sign up for Groupon, and every day I get some mostly ignored email telling me about Indian food or fitness classes or facials.  Which usually goes right into garbage.

It had not been one of my best weeks, or best days for that matter, so I decided to read my “exclusive” Groupon mail to distract me from the fact that it was 5:15 pm – on a day I was planning to sneak out early – waiting for the customs broker to find the FDA import number for a critical shipment.  It was “spend $5 to get a $10 gift certificate at Starbucks”.  Now, I go to Starbucks.   I also go to Tim Horton’s.  The difference to me is that Starbucks is for when I am trying to aspire to something (what, I don’t know yet) and Tim Horton’s is for when I realize I don’t need to aspire.

And I am also Starbuck’s worst customer – never buy food, always insist on saying large (not Starbucks made up language), and always buy the cheapest item – a tea for $2.18.

So, when I read the fine print and all seemed on the up and up, I decided that this purchase would probably be the most satisfying thing I do all week.  Saving my $5 and topping up my Starbucks card. So I went for it.

Over the weekend I went into a Starbucks to buy one of my cheap – and 50% off – tea.  I was then asked to do a survey.  If I went home and completed the survey, I would get a drink code good for one tall small beverage.  Okay.  So I did.

But I am not a dummy – no no!  I gave the coupon to my husband to spend on a more premium item  – like a hot chocolate – because don’t waste it on tea!

March 21st, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  Converted $1.09 into $5.00.  And I was right, it was one of the few satisfying items from that weekend.

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The Daily EO: May 24th, 2012

I’m a list maker.  I make lists for everything – what needs to be done, what needs to be purchased, when all of this has to happen, etc.  I usually have about 4 or 5 lists floating around on my desk.  Most of which are half done and then I eventually consolidate them into a new list.   I love my life being clearly defined and it is so satisfying when you check something off the list.   (note – in my list vernacular,  I check off completed items and cross out items no longer needed to be completed.  Just so you know).  When working, I usually have a running list that would take 5 days of straight work to complete.  It keeps me focused.

Today’s list was extensive:

Paint Cabinets
Make Grocery List (this is my favorite – a task on my list to make a list)
Iron
Wash Car
Strip Beds
Return Old Navy Items
Drop off Mail
Blog Entry
Pick Up Asparagus
Laundry
Food Prep:
Make Spring Roll Dip
Make Vegan Rice Crispy Squares
Buy:
Entry mat
White Frame
Carafe/Pitcher

May 24th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  Getting everything on my list completed.  Really, I did! (even the ironing).

Maintenance May Day 24:
Got a call from my grandma who received the printed copy of this blog.  Explained the difference between Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, blogs and letters in a long, twisty conversation.  So glad I sent it to her – she was so happy to read it and wants me to keep mailing to her.  (Family)  That really isn’t something I did, but it made my day, and so I am counting it.