Visit from the parents

April 30th, 2007

My folks were up in Seattle visiting this past week…. and while they make up about half of my regular readership, I’ll still provide a few details on their recent visit. They mostly came up to see my house and do a few odd fixes that needed attention. Fixing loose plumbing fixtures, electrical boxes and door locks were typical changes needed for this 23 year old house. Besides getting the house in order, we also got a good helping of home-cooked food…mmm, quiche was good. We made a Costco run while they were here and added a highly anticipated device to my kitchen arsenal…. a deep fryer. With this new equipment, I’m looking forward to having a deep-fry party, where everyone brings something to fry up…. whether it’s something normal, like meat or veggies, or weird like twinkies and sushi, there’s gonna be some good ol’ frying happening in this house. If you have interesting ideas on what I can drop into the fryer, let me know.

Spring brings sports & addictive television

April 11th, 2007

With April’s arrival comes another season of Mariner baseball. The team ain’t so bad this year, so far. They’re 3-2 and well rested after the snowstorm postponed games last weekend. I’m planning to go to Friday & Saturday’s games, so I’ll post pictures afterwards. Softball season is once again starting up, this time in a different community league. Apparently, the softball league we played in last year (where we were champions) didn’t have room for us this year…. so we have to play elsewhere. This isn’t the first time I haven’t been invited back after winning the previous year. Oh well.

April also bring some new addictive television. New seasons of The Deadliest Catch and Dog the Bounty Hunter just started and i just added it to the record list. The Deadliest Catch follows the Alaskan crab fishermen and is full of drama and dangerous activities. Dog the Bounty Hunter follows an unsophisticated family of bounty hunters tracking fugitives in my hometown of Hawaii. Their intentions are good, even though their methods may be a little “whiskey-tango”. Both shows have grown cult followings and I’m guessing this won’t be the last season of either one. Thank goodness for springtime and all it brings.

Get a $25 Safeway gift card

April 1st, 2007

Every once in awhile, there’s a weird sale.  I stumbled upon one this past week here at the Seattle Safeway.  They offered a free $25 gift card just for buying 10 “qualifying” items in one purchase.  Now, depending on what the items are, it may be good or bad.  Lucky for me, the qualifying items included 12-packs of coke and Hebrew National hot dogs.  Armed with my strategy to buy 10 items, I loaded up my shopping cart with eight 12-packs of Coke Zero (stuff actually does taste very close to the real Coke) and two packages of Hebrew National Franks.  10 items, check.  The hot dogs were $2.50 each and the coke was $3.50 each.  Doing the math, that’s a total of $33.00.  Factoring in the $25 gift card brings the total down to $8.  Not bad…. if the qualifying items were jars of mayonaise or bottles of prune juice, I may not have gone for it.  But since it was stuff that’s useful, sode and hot dogs, it made sense.  I’m not a 25-cent coupon-clipping fanatic, but if the discount can be calculated in dollars, or tens-of-dollars, then I’m all over it.