Friday, March 04, 2011
Today is the DS Pokemon Black and White release day here in the UK, and Tara is a big Pokemon fan, so naturally she was really keen to be first in line for the new game. The joy of the shop called Game is that they do trade-ins on old games, or we just couldn't do this with our meagre finances.
So, Tara went through all her old DS games to see what she didn't play anymore, and then persuaded me to part with a couple of games I don't play much either, and we headed into town today, hoping that what we were parting with would mean the most money she would have to pay towards the Pokemon Black game (£35) and the legendary Case Kit (£15) she also craved would be a fiver, which was all she had in the cash department. So she needed £45 from the trade-ins. Hmmm...
So, on the way in I fooolishly *hee hee* suggested we pop into the RSPCA shop to see if I missed anything in the CD department, and it turned out I missed four things:
S Club 7 and their '7' album
Chillout Winter Collection
Liberty X and their Being Somebody album
Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - The Oliver Northcott as Joseph version (we already have Donny Osmond's version on DVD) Tara played the Narrator in primary school and still loves the show. :-)
We walked the rest of the way into town, pausing to take photos of the latest gadgetry being used by the local council to prevent mindless vandals from stealing the councils car park A-Boards...
Honestly, we are so short of cash in this country, you really would hope they wouldn't have to be spending their meagre reserves padlocking A-boards to lampposts! Damn thieves...
...could the A-boards themselves be trying to escape? Looks like the struggle to get away was too much for this one...
Anyway, I digress... We then walked through the Friday street market. The Game store was in sight when I was distracted by aubergines - two for a pound - which takes care of the dinner tonight - ratatouille yum! Whether it will be with fish, with chicken, or on its own over pasta, I haven't decided yet. :-)
A few steps nearer to the store and I spotted Wilburs (Shopping bags on wheels - mine is called Wilbur). :-) I bought Wilbur from this guy a couple of years ago, and he is rather the worse for wear, sadly. His frame is still good and strong, but the bag has been patched in a few places with duct tape, due to accidentally scraping him against walls and so forth. You know how it is, fighting for space in supermarkets. It can get quite rough sometimes. LOL
I asked the guy if I could buy just a replacement bag without a frame and he quoted me £6, so I told him I'd be back after a trip to the cash machine, and we walked off, right past the only cash machine in the area because I forgot one was there, and straight into Game. LOL
So, we are finally in the store (thank heavens Tara has more patience than me, LOL) and the place is practically empty! I was expecting long queues, but I guess that will be more likely tomorrow, as we were there during school hours today. The joy of home schooling, hee hee.
Tara went to grab the game and kit she wanted and was really excited when she came back because both were £5 cheaper than advertised! So that meant she only needed £35 out of her trade-ins tops! There was no queue, so we went up to the checkout and Tara tipped the collection of trade-ins onto the counter. The guy checked them all, and them scanned them through the machine. The total amount she was offered...*drumroll please*... £57!!! (we take good care of our games. :-))
So, with £17 spare, I asked her if she wanted to keep one of the games back, seeing as she didn't need to trade all of them, and you know what she said? "No Mum, it's OK, you have the £17 and get yourself a new game."
Well, I wasn't expecting that! :-) So we had a wee mooch around the store and came back with a new DS game - Jewel Quest Mysteries: Curse of the Emerald Tear, and a playstation 2 secondhand game of Tetris. :-) I have two lovely daughters!
Yes, I know I've used this pic before but it is my official happy face for now! LOL
We left Game, and were heading towards the park and home when I remembered about Wilbur, spotted the cash machine, got out a tenner, and went back to the market stall. It turned out that the basic black bag, which was what I had before, when I was a little embarrassed at having to use a wheelie shopping bag and wanted to blend into the background was £6, but the bag I had my eye on - a little bolder and snazzier in design and perfect for someone who is happy to be a wheelie-bagger ;-) - was a pound dearer. Oh well, we won't quibble over that, considering how well we've done this week bandit-wise, so I coughed up my £7, and he undressed the Wilbur (cos the display one was the only one of that design he had) and handed over my new Wilbur bag. :-)
Again, we were heading for the park, excitedly discussing our goodies, when Tara remembered that she still had her £5 pocketmoney intact and could we go to HMV to see what she could get? Well, what can you do? So around we turned, past the veg stall, past the Wilbur stall, past Game, and round the corner to HMV. We walk in, me expecting again to have a long wait while Tara ummed and aahed over her choices, and what happens? She comes face to face with a Duffy album Endlessly for £5 in the HMV sale, literally right inside the door. Shortest trip to HMV EVER!!! LOL
For the third time we headed to the park, adding up what we spent versus what we actually got, and realised we spent £15 between us, and came away with £72 worth of goods!!!
And it still wasn't quite over. The park was beautiful today, with a lot of manic bird activity on the pond. No money changed hands here, but I took lots of photos, like these ones:
We reached the other side of the park and I remembered I needed a notebook, so as The Range was just across the road, we popped in there for a last spend before finally heading home for a well-earned cuppa! I got the notebook I wanted, and Tara spent 17p on a Freddo choc bar using her debit card, much to the amusement of the cashier. LOL Probably one of the smallest card transactions he'll see today. *grin*
So that was our Bandit-raid to town on Pokemon Black and White release day (Or Pokemon Magpie Day as I prefer to call it). :-) It is appropriate to note, as I have a definite connection to the Magpie, that I had something of a black and white day today too. LOL
Pukka pad Black, white and grey with green trim. Well, Magpies do nest in trees, so green is allowed! LOL
And Wilbur's makeover? Well, he has gone from plain black to a more floral black/grey/white motif:
I hope Sophie approves. :-)
Only sad note? I can't take revamped Wilbur shopping cos I'm broke! :-( LOL
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend to look forward to. :-)
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
First, thanks for all the positive comments and suggestions about my v-log. Mental note to self (thanks JHADZHIA) to make sure that next time the TV and/or music is silent before I start. LOL. I had no idea how well the webcam mike would pick up sound from across the room until I heard the playback, and by then Sophie had had enough of the thigh-slapping ups and gone off to the sofa for a snooze, so no chance of a repeat performance. :-) Oh, and if anyone has Skype and a webcam and wants a video chat (or whatever it's called) sometime, do let me know. I downloaded Skype yesterday. :-)
Thanks everyone also for all your comments on my recent blogs, sparkpage and for my goodies. I'm still trying to catch up with you all individually, but I wanted you to know that your comments and support are always appreciated. :-)
Hey, check this out! These guys spent all day installing these bollards to prevent people from parking right on the pavement in front of the club, and now they're cleaning up, ready to go home. How long do you think it'll take before they realise where they parked their van? LOLOLOL
February No Scales Month didn't go according to plan. I gained a pound and a half, lost an inch around my thigh but gained an inch on my hips!!! Good grief! Waist and upper arm were no change, so all in all not quite the successful month I'd hoped it would be. C'est la vie! :-) Am feeding the tape measure to Sophie!
It didn't help, of course, succumbing to that cold/chest/sinus infection for the last ten days of so of the challenge, because I felt like I was doing quite well until that point. Still, that is all better now, apart from a slight residue of sinus issues, for which I have nasal spray, so I'm back on form for March (please don't let me saying that be a jinx! LOL).
Monthly figures for Feb are:
Strength trained for 30 mins 8 out of 12 times
Walked/Cardio 86.76 miles, and the target was 84 over the month.
Fruit and veg minimum 5 daily - 28/28
Water minimum 8 daily - 20/28
When my sinuses are really bad, cold water can make it worse, so had to cut down for a week, as I can't stand hot water without milk and a teabag in it. LOL
Calories in range 21/28.
Went under a few times while ill, and over twice, due to mini melton mowbray pork pies on one day and due to an attack of the munchies last night. LOL
Carbs in range 26/28
Under on both occasions that I missed the target, and both times were while poorly.
Fat in range 22/28
Went over, but only by teeny amounts most of the time. Went under twice while poorly.
Protein in range 23/28
Failed to make the minimum due to illness on those days.
Now for the Made Out Like A Bandit Retail Therapy... *grin*
In these days of up-to-my-eyes-in-bills, any retail therapy is strictly on-a-budget therapy, but you can still have fun. Today I raided the local RSPCA charity shop and came away with 5 CDs and a DVD for a total of £2.10!!! Yeehar!!! *grin*
Three CDs were 50p each:
Gabrielle's Rise album
Lighthouse Family Greatest Hits special edition
Everly Brothers Hits
The other 2, and the DVD were all newspaper freebies, so you get asked for a donation for those, so I gave 20p each for them:
Then film was the old classic Journey to the Centre of the Earth. The one with Treat Williams in it. *sighs with happy*
Exercise is back to normal. Today I walked Sophie, and did a run to Waitrose, then did 30 mins strength training. :-)
Hope you are all having a great start to March!
Monday, February 28, 2011
Introducing Sophie. :-) I got a web cam today, and this is my first attempt at using it. The quality is a bit iffy, but here goes. I hope this works! :-)
Saturday, February 26, 2011
I do love beautiful buildings, especially when they have been lovingly restored. This is a beauty!
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