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Weekly Tidbits and Favorites – May 28, 2016 – Airbag Recall and No More Rain!

I’m doing these roundups and updates to push myself to read other blogs and to stay connected. Hope you can find some new-to-you awesome people too! Weekly Personal Note from Crystal Thanks to an official recall notice and a personal note from Mitch at Getting My Money’s Worth, I finally went in to see what all of this airbag recall stuff was about.  Well, apparently Takata airbags can maim or kill you spontaneously, so they kept my Honda Fit and put me in a rental car for the next 1-3 months while they wait for the new parts.  UGH.  I miss my car for its storage and pep and worry about it in the dealer’s lot.  Oh well, at least I won’t have a faulty airbag blow up in my face.  🙂 Also, I live in the suburbs to the north of Houston, TX.  We were on a cruise when this area flooded very badly in mid-April 2016.  Yesterday, I was right here.  It’s scary to see how much water accumulates in no time at all.  And getting around for the Memorial Day Weekend pet sitting has NOT been fun.  People are crazy and they are crazier when there’s flooding.  Some have … Read more…

Weekly Tidbits and Favorites – May 21, 2016 – 11th Wedding Anniversary!

I’m doing these roundups and updates to push myself to read other blogs and to stay connected. Hope you can find some new-to-you awesome people too! Weekly Personal Note from Crystal Today is my 11th Year Wedding Anniversary with Mr. BFS!  We started dating in October 2001, got engaged in 2002, and got hitched a week after I graduated from college in May 2005.  That means that we’ve been together since we were 18 years old.  We made it through college, through becoming adults, through career changes, and have successfully never killed each other through it all.  Now we’re trying to have a baby. He doesn’t read my blog very often, so I can be really, really honest – I’ve always loved my husband, he’s been my best friend for 15 years, and I like him more now than I ever have before.  Our ups have been awesome and our downs haven’t been nearly as bad as those stupid dramas on tv.  I feel like I’ve known him forever, and that is in a good way, lol.  Watching my grandparents go through their end-of-life part while going through the earlier part of my own married life (hopefully…guess it depends on when I … Read more…

BFS Favorites and Updates – November 7, 2015

I’m doing these roundups and updates to push myself to read other blogs and to connect with everyone again. Hope you can find some new-to-you awesome people too! Weekly Personal Note from Crystal Halloween party cleanup, more pet sitting, and a crappy cold slowed me down this week.  I have only been keeping up with the have-to-do’s instead of staying ahead.  But I’m feeling better and have a week or so before we take a 6 day trip to Dallas for the Board Game Geek Convention once again.  This will be my fourth BGG Con and the second one on Team Geek! My sixth vlog is up, Don’t Let Fear Mongering Cast Your Vote. I’m aiming to publish one a week and I am hoping they are all entertaining and informative! My Weekly Favorite Posts Beating Broke with Are Good Deals Putting You in Debt?  I cringe when I notice I just bought something I don’t really need just because it was on super sale.  I am trying to consciously spend every $1 from here on out, but sometimes you go off track… Surviving and Thriving with Adventures in (good) customer service  It’s nice when it works out.  Discover Card waived my only late … Read more…

BFS Favorites and Updates – October 31, 2015 – Happy Halloween!!!

I’m doing these roundups and updates to push myself to read other blogs and to connect with everyone again. Hope you can find some new-to-you awesome people too! Weekly Personal Note from Crystal Big Brothers Big Sisters Final Update – I was officially dumped by my “Little” from Big Brothers Big Sisters about three weeks ago, and I was supposed to be called to do an interview to get matched again 2 weeks ago.  That didn’t happen so I called this past week.  Since we are thinking about trying to have a baby in 2016, they nicely let me know that I shouldn’t try for another match right now.  The “Littles” get overlooked when people are pregnant and having babies.  So I am done with BBBS for at least the next few years. On a positive note, IT’S HALLOWEEN!!!  WOOT!!!  I LOVE HALLOWEEN!!! I’m all post-apocalyptic today and will be posting pics and a cost breakdown next week (I have yet a different shade of purple hair again).  Our big annual Halloween potluck is today too, so I’ll be eating and talking and doing jello shots all day.  Then I’ll hand out candy to all the little ghosties and goblins rain … Read more…

BFS Favorites and Updates – October 24, 2015 – A Great Week!

I’m doing these roundups and updates to push myself to read other blogs and to connect with everyone again. Hope you can find some new-to-you awesome people too! Weekly Personal Note from Crystal I was officially dumped by my “Little” from Big Brothers Big Sisters about two weeks ago, and I was supposed to be called to do an interview to get matched again this past week.  Absolutely nothing ever happens on time with this group though, so I’ll call early next week and see if I can push this along. On a more positive note, I baked some homemade beer bread and took some to a neighbor who I’ve been on bad terms with.  My roommates hit their car when we first moved in (insurance covered their damage but it’s stressful none-the-less) and things just went down hill from there.  I didn’t want any further drama and was hoping we could just be happy neighbors.  I think my peace offering was well received, it seemed to go well, so I am taking this as a great sign.  If nothing else, I think more people in this neighborhood realize that I might not be their cup of tea, but I’m not … Read more…

BFS Favorites and Updates – October 17, 2015

I’m doing these roundups and updates to push myself to read other blogs and to connect with everyone again. Hope you can find some new-to-you awesome people too! Weekly Personal Note from Crystal My third vlog, No Cat For You! is up!  I’m aiming to publish one a week and I am hoping they are all entertaining and informative! This past week has been slower than the previous ones, which is both good and bad.  I’ve had more time to veg out, which means I really have to personally motivate myself more to accomplish the things I do want done.  On the good side, it’s nice to have time to breathe.  I mean, I still had online work and pet sitting to do, but it was like 8-10 hour days instead of 14-16 hour days.  This lighter schedule was just for 5-6 days though. If you’ve been reading, you noticed that I also got dumped by my “Little” from Big Brothers Big Sisters this past week, but I’m looking forward to my next match.  Excited to see if it’s a great fit.  I’ll admit that I didn’t feel very awesome about it for a day or two though.  I’m feeling a … Read more…

BFS Favorites and Updates – October 10, 2015

I’m doing these roundups and updates to push myself to read other blogs and to connect with everyone again. Hope you can find some new-to-you awesome people too! Weekly Personal Note from Crystal My second-ever blog, I’m Not Your Financial Problem – Change or Shut Up! was a success!  I’m aiming to publish one a week and I am hoping they are all entertaining and informative! I spent money this past week.  $1700 went to the rent home’s flood and home insurance.  Necessary poop.  Another $40 or so went to the post-apocalyptic costume that I’m putting together.  Fun!  And $20-$30 has gone to early Christmas shopping.  More fun!  I’m happy with every order so far and hope they all arrive by the end of the month!  I’ll do a post with my post-apocalypse costume and cost breakdown when I have all of the pieces.  🙂 My Weekly Favorite Posts Mutant Supermodel with Mutanty  Hahahaha!  I think we’ve all had those moments where we realize we always thought we were a fill-in-the-blank person and realize belatedly that we aren’t anymore.  I thought of myself as a tomboy for most of my life.  But I’m not really.  I don’t like getting sweaty or … Read more…