Excitement = Canvases [on Demand]

A couple weeks months ago, there was a groupon deal for canvases from Canvas on Demand.  For $45, we could get one free 16×20 canvas with our own photo on it.  The Hunk was in Chicago; I texted him, confirmed he was up for it, and paid for the groupon.  I actually purchased two.  Immediately, we got busy and had to wait two or three weeks before we even had time to get together and order the canvases; we ordered them a couple weeks ago.  We got them just yesterday and I am pumped!  Follow the progression for me, will you?

I watched the FedEx tracking religiously: before leaving for work, during my lunch break, while my students were doing seat work, as soon as I got home from work, before bed… you get the point.

Finally, they arrived!  I came home to find them, and brought them into the house.

I, of course, took pictures.

And had a snack while waiting on The Hunk to get home from being not home.  I requested he not be home all day since I was also expecting a portion of his birthday gift to arrive.

Then, I waited some more.  And talked to my mamma.

When The Hunk arrived, he had work to do.  He took five minutes to open the packages (at my request) before we jetted off to run errands and meet with students.

This was The Hunk’s first attempt at opening the first box.  I shot some action before jumping in to help get in the way.  (Oh, strike-throughs, why am I obsessed with you, today?)

This is the first canvas we opened.  The colors are incredibly rich.  I love photoshop!  AND my wonderful camera!

When we returned from campus meetings and errands, we had to go fill up my car’s gas tank.  What fun that is, these days, eh?

We made it home for the evening and got to hang them up.  Final-freakin’-ly!  Here is how they look.

Finally, I immediately sat in bed and looked at the artwork; and, well, cried.  I didn’t expect them to be so special to me.  What a fabulous and glorious honeymoon we had; we will forever remember the lovely sunset of the Mediterranean Sea in Greece.

How does The Hunk feel about the new additions?

Well, he loves them, of course.

And I love him!

With more of me than I ever thought I would…

…or could.

He’s such a handsome hunk.

And he’s mine.



I’m Feeling Left Out

I just got the May/June issue of Relevant Magazine in the mail.  I love Relevant.  It’s hip without being blatantly liberal.  I’m not sure if I’ll renew my subscription whenever it’s time, but, for now, I like it.

However, I’m starting to feel left out of the reading experience.  Apparently, smart phones can scan these square bar code things and find content online.  I don’t have a smart phone.  I’m not likely to get one any time soon, either.  Here’s why:

Without apologies, I am a conservative spender.  I don’t want to spend, like, any money.  When the desire for an item–or, um, the need for an item–is greater than the hope to spend no money, I wilt and spend.  This happens regularly for things I need: electricity, car fuel, loan payments, and food.  For entertainment purposes, The Hunk and I have an internet subscription and Netflix.  I already pay for unlimited internet at home; why the heck should I pay for it on my phone, too?  AND on his phone?  That’s way too pricey.

I guess, for now, I’ll stick to being left out of the loop.

I’ll go read a book, or something…

I’m all alone; there’s no one there beside me…

Summer Goal/New Skill

The Husband and I have talked about this a few times.  I’ve decided that my goal for the summer is to learn how to be an expert couponer.  I know that some fabulous ladies from CUMC have been experts at this and participate in effective (not wasteful) couponing regularly.  I’ve started a bit of my own research and am looking forward to some practice in money-saving.  :)

Here are some really good resources I’ve discovered so far:

  • Cellfire.com: This website requires an account set-up.  Users save coupons to the grocery perks cards using the card number and when the card is scanned at the grocery, the savings are automatically applied.  How cool is that?  There aren’t a ton of coupons, but it is definitely enough to help.  The site even allows users to have the list of coupons saved emailed (or texted) to them so they can see the list of coupons.  Yes, there’s an app for this, too.
  • midwestcouponchick.com: This blog regularly lists deals she’s discovered.  A very useful follow, it seems.
  • coupons.com: This site is the home of many printable coupons.  It’s probably the most popular one out there.

Be on the lookout for more attempts at couponing this summer.  My summer break starts at 3:30pm on May 20, 2011! :)

Happy saving,