Monday, September 5, 2016

Dollar Tree Haul

3:34 p.m. I woke up sometime after 12 p.m. and had a plate of that tyson chicken, not very healthy, a banana, and OJ. THEN I set about getting ready for a lengthy walk to the thrift store.

It took an hour, swollen fingers, blazing Florida heat, 3/4 a gallon of water, and some desert-like straggling to get there..only to find it closed for Labor Day. SO! I already had a Plan B. The Dollar Tree was a single block over so I went there and thus, here is the haul, spending a total of $7.49.

Also, Grandpa called as I was headed there and we talked for a few minutes, but this was also while I was out of breath.

The first thing I saw was this AWESOME skull pitcher. That's one thing I love about people getting ready for Halloween so early, because us older millennials who are not quite out of the goth phase love finding things like this! I know my roommates are gonna love it, too. Only one dollar, just like everything else in the post!

It also happens to match the goblet Mom recently bought me last week, also from the dollar tree, except mine is like a black translucent plastic. It's in Rob's room though, so I'm not really in the mood to get it right now. *.*

Next up:
I need to admit, I wasn't too optimistic about what I would find in the Dollar Tree book section, but I have to admit, this was a real prize!

'Mistress Of My Fate - Book One of the Confessions of Henrietta Lightfoot' by Hallie Rubenhold. The name of the woman this book is about seems very vaguely familiar, perhaps she was mentioned in a passing story from other historical novels I've read in the past.

I'm a sucker for historical novels, or even historical fiction, and if you slap some eighteenth-century noblewoman on your book cover, my interest is already peaked. It looks like a good addition to a Fall reading list, too. :D There was no way I would pass this up!

Not only that, but they didn't even bother removing the actual sticker which means I saved $13.99. Win win situation.
The next few items are small and wouldn't require much explanation.

The handheld fan was an obvious need, given what I wrote in the first paragraph. I zombied my way through this store and the Dollar General before it (where I didn't buy anything, just stumbled around longing for a place to sit.)

It's not pictured but I had to buy a ten pack of super cheap quality batteries to go with the fan (only an extra dollar.) I then loaded the fan before purchasing. The associate also directed me to a water fountain in back where I refilled my water bottle (which can hold about a gallon in it's small size, also from the Dollar Tree)

I only needed the fan to last me the trip home so I wasn't overthinking about quality or hoping it would last long. It turned out to be exactly what lifted me up on the way home, Praise Jesus!!

The index cards are for April. We use them for our weekly grocery lists and shockingly she made the last pack last from Christmas of last year before we pretty much ran out.

Next is a very interesting little item that caught my eye, which is a wide angle lens for smartphones. For a dollar it didn't hurt to give it a try and I tested it out on my walk back home.

Last but not least, I seriously decided to buy the cats a cat toy, especially since we bought a new bag of cat nip when we went grocery shopping yesterday. I originally considered a traditional one, a wand with a stuffed mouse dangling from it. But then I saw this long loofah and the idea came to me.

The use was unconventional, but I saw no complaint from the cats, especially after sprinkling cat nip in it to give them some extra playtime fun! Below are a couple videos of Minxy getting a kick out of it, meanwhile Carlo meows in the background to be let back outside.

After all the shopping was done, the clouds darkened. Typical Florida weather requires going from blazing heat one moment to sudden rain the next, then back to heat again, lol. Anyway, of course at this point, I readily welcomed it.

I made it as far as the bridge on the way home before a good Samaritian couple saved me from the rain, picked me up, and drove me down the road to my house. I thanked them profusely and I came in, took, pictures, played with the cats, and now here I am blogging it to you. 

I'm still exhausted and need to change my sweaty clothes. More soon. God bless, Jesus loves, lives, and saves, homies! Mwuah! Bye~

4:46 p.m. I very much want to find the other two books in the Henrietta Lightfoot trilogy but I'm finding it rather difficult. :/

6:47 p.m. I am watching The Paradise, and had hot pockets and a small amount of Rolos ice cream. -don't judge me- Looking forward to finished the edit of The Dream Doctor. Words cannot describe the joy of being so close to being done!

9:05 p.m. I've edited up to page 180 of 198. I really do have to take a break though, even though only two chapters are left. I only have a couple more chapters before the editing is once again, completed. Editing has been completed time and time again, and I am hoping this will be the last time.

10:44 p.m. I FINALLY completed editing. Now is the task of migrating it to the better book program and then formatting it to suit THAT book...and possibly get a lower price and ISBN out of it, of course.

11:53 p.m. Next, the book had to formatted for the Bookwright program and now crossing my fingers, that less than seven dollars is enough to afford it during the new 40 percent off sale Blurb is having...for only a couple more days! :3

Once I have it purchased, I can get started redoing the Dream Doctor Blog COMPLETELY and set it up for sale there....and possibly here. I will also need a domain name for the site somewhere down the line (I have a great one available but who knows if it will last) but all things in good time.

IF I CAN afford to order the book tonight, I'll still be broke afterward. Someone has had a little too much with shopping and fast food this past week. Now I wait for Secondlife funds to pick up and I can cash out again...and go broke again on a new domain....

P.S. Rob is cooking steak and fries...a WONDERFUL treat!!! Praise the Lord folks! Night for now!

1:15 a.m. Good news, I can afford the book, just barely. Bad news? It took over an hour to upload and I just now noticed some text was cut off the first pages. Not fun. -_- Have to go through it again, sigh. Steak was delicious though, on a more positive note.

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