Crazy 8 Tag

tagged ….by candice expecting

8 shows i like to watch:
1. word world
2. super why
3. pillsbury bake off
4. beauty and the geek
5. big love
6. veronica mars
7. the wonder years
8. boston legal

8 restaurants i like to eat at:
1. sweet tomatoes
2. arby’s
3. macayo’s
4. subway
5. golden corral
6. olive garden
7. ho ho ho’s
8. pizza hut

8 things that happened today:
1. got out of bed for a crying baby
2. wondered how I would make oatmeal if the microwave didn’t work
3. added to the overflowing pile of dishes in the sink
4. opened a package for me
5. gave in and let my kiddo put in a dvd so I could get stuff done
6. called hubby at work to chat
7. emailed some ideas to a friend for our emergency preparedness faire planned for February
8. clipped and organized some coupons

8 things i am looking forward to:
1. november 5th- the election will be over!!
2. getting a group order together for food storage from a store in St. George
3. hubby finally graduating from college and not being as busy
4. Josh sitting up and starting to crawl
5. a full night of uninterupted sleep- really deep sleep
6. Disneyland over Thanksgiving hopefully
7. having a potty trained kiddo
8. winning a full year of free groceries at (insert ANY store name here) so I can really get a year’s supply of food storage up and going. Wouldn’t that be awesome?

8 things on my wish list:
1. a one story house complete with solar panels, ginormous pantry, and efficient water system for when disaster strikes
2. finding a store offering free groceries in 2009
3. screaming, “I’m debt free!” on Dave Ramsey’s radio show
4. personal chef
5. a 2 hour massage
6. new cell phone that can hold tight to its pieces and parts when it gets dropped
7. organzing my whole house, complete with labels, clear totes, space bags, and a full team of organizers
8. food storage

Tag, you’re it!

My Fresh and Easy Review

So we keep getting these coupons in the mail for $5 off of your $20 dollar purchase at the new Fresh and Easy grocery store that is right by our church.  What the heck, the boys will fall asleep in the car on the way home, and so we went there today to check it out and use our coupon =o) 

So my first dilemma was where to park- in the hybrid parking only space or the adult with children space??  Yeah, a special spot for people who drive hybrids AND a special spot if you have kids!?!?  I thought about double parking, but I picked the adult with kids spot because it was closer.


Note to self- you’re supposed get a shopping cart before you enter the store!!

Well the first thing I see caught my fancy and I had to make a desperation call to hubby during his LDS networking meeting today to tell him my excitement: “Honey, they have 24 packs of bottled water for only $1.99 which is a screaming deal!”  (The normal sale price anywhere I’ve ever seen is $2.99 for the same size and amount of bottled water). “And they have pretty packs of strawberries for only 94 cents too!” 

I could go on and on about their great organic food items, how they are really environmentally friendly with their special lighting that uses less energy than most places, and their friendly cashier person,  or tell you about their little recycling station where you can bring in your items from home to put in their recycling bins, or maybe about their great selection of produce and a really reasonable price, and lets not forget their trendy cloth reusable bags to put your groceries in, BUT I’m not into all that really.  I was actually pretty happy that their plastic grocery sacks were larger than my normal grocery chain, because they’ll be a great fit in my bathroom trash cans or for wrapping up poopy diapers, because that’s how we “go green” by reusing things at my house! 

The place has the best deal in town on bottled water!!!!  Is anyone else finding this ironic that the trendy green earth friendly store is selling bottled water way below their competitors???

Regardless, we are going back often (until the 22nd when their Grand Opening Specials are through) to buy our limit of 5 packs of bottled water to help our water storage.  Water for $1.99 people is a great deal!!  And the grocery store was a cute little place too, but definitely not replacing my normal store (Smith’s, in case you were wondering).

It’s all Inside

So last month our ward had an Emergency Preparedness Faire to get people informed and motivated to start with their family home storage (food, water, fuel, other supplies).  The lesson: It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark! 

Since I was on the planning committee, not only did I learn that delegating assignments is the only way to go and makes your life easier, but I had a blast with my specific topic of “where to store all that food!”  Disclaimer: I am not an expert at where to store food storage.  When I was a teacher the motto was “beg, borrow, and steal” which I applied while researching this topic- to get pictures, not the actual food!?!  What you’re about to see are ideas I have gathered from all over the place as to where people are storing their surplus. Click and open:

Parade of Homes (if you have PowerPoint) or use this: free PowerPoint Viewer

Food, Glorious Food!

I think I’ve used that title before, but I couldn’t think of any other songs related to food!  We are totally getting excited for food storage at my house- the MREs came via ground shipping today and so we can let the packing 72 hour kit games begin.  These things are awesome!!  1 MRE meal has like 1700 calories so if we pack 3 meals for each person each day, we’re determined to stay alive in a disaster and probably have left over food I think.  Did you know that the real MREs are property of the US government and not available for resale?  The ones we got are the real thing and somehow that little disclaimer wasn’t printed on the them, so the company could really sell them. 

 Well we have a long ways to go to get up to par with this whole idea of food and home storage for 1 year, but I’m feeling a step closer now that we have some MREs that don’t need inspecting until 2010!!!  How awesome is that?  All I got to say is “it wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark” so do a little every shopping trip to buy a little extra, or buy a bigger size to help in the goal of attaining 1 year of food.