The Behinder I Get

It’s been a busy week, y’all.  What makes it worse, every time I do something anymore, my poor old body needs a nap.  The week in brief:

Wednesday:  My very first venture into a casino.  I started out with my usual piss poor luck and zipped through a couple $5’s and a $20, while the little old ladies next to me were striking it rich.  At the Wheel of Fortune machine, I didn’t get one spin, but the guy next to me said I was bringing him luck.  He’d never hit so much.  Great.  After a great free lunch (cost us only the tip), I found a machine that liked me.  I had no idea what I was doing, but it kept flashing and dinging, and playing catchy little tunes.  I had started out with a spare penny voucher and $20 free play from the casino, and I cashed out at $54.

Thursday:  College starts on August 31 for Middle Son J.  While he was in Germany, I reminded him many times to set things up, like make sure he tries to get housing for the school year and to schedule his classes.  Obviously, he did nothing.  NADA.  So here it is, the middle of August and he has nowhere to live.  The housing office informed us there are no vacancies in the apartments he was hoping to live in, nor do they have anything in the dorms, which he really didn’t want to live in again.  He tried to schedule classes, but everything was closed.  Schnikey!  His advisor had the day off, so J e-mailed him of his plight and asked if somehow he could help him get in some of the classes he needs.  This was how I spent my Thursday:  making sure J was taking care of business (contacting the school and friends about getting housing), and catching up with the housework I didn’t do on Wednesday.

Friday:  I got a $10 coupon from JC Penney last week.  Ten dollars off anything, with no minimum purchase required.  Naturally, I had to cash it in before it expired.  I spent the day clothes shopping for me, and grocery shopping for the family.  I would have bought more at Penney’s, but unfortunately, they don’t seem to carry enough stock in my size.  There were plenty of size 6’s, though. Don’t they realize that anyone small enough to wear a 6 is probably shopping in Juniors?  They had a lot of bigger Misses sizes, too.  What about us women in the middle, with birthin’ hips and a little mommy pouch?

Saturday:  Big Daddy, Youngest Son, and I drove an hour away to Meyersdale to ride on the bike trail.  The two guys and a friend of Big Daddy’s had ridden it earlier this year, but they had done a 60 mile ride.  We planned a shorter version this time, and rode 25 miles.  I knew I could do this since I went 34 miles on another trail last year but what I didn’t realize was this ride was a steady 1% uphill grade.  Thank goodness it was downhill all the way back.  I’ll have to do this again sometime so I can get pictures.  It was an awesome mountain view at the end of our ride, but none of us had a working phone with us  to snap a photo.  When we finally got home, I slipped into a coma.

Upsides: I didn’t realize I actually came out ahead at the casino.  I missed counting a $20, so I actually WON about $12 by the end of the day!

Middle Son J’s advisor sent an e-mail back with his entire schedule made up.  No hassle.  No begging for classes.  All ready to go.  Tomorrow, we’re going to go look for an apartment for him.

I actually did find a few cute things at Penney’s.  Four items to be exact–and for only $29!shoppinggg

We were starving after our bike ride and stopped at a restaurant to eat.  I didn’t even worry about the calories.  I figured I’d burned enough.  On the way home, Big Daddy stopped at a bakery.  He can’t pass a bakery up without stopping.  I had a cherry-filled square and a peanut butter blossom with my coffee this morning.  That helped alleviate the muscle pain from yesterday’s cycling. 😀

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7 Responses to “The Behinder I Get”


  1. 1 Cyndi August 16, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Sounds like a great week! Well, besides the 25 mile bike ride….holy sh–, I AM impressed!

  2. 2 robinaltman August 16, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    I love to bike ride! I love to bike ride to food places! I bike rode to brunch today. If you ever want to shlep down to this part of PA I could take you on a really nice 15 mile ride to an Italian Restaurant. I make Adam do it all the time.

    Is Meyersdale towards Reading or another direction?

    I can’t believe you got all that stuff for 29 dollars. If we bike ride together, I’m pushing you into the street.

    • 3 les@mamaneeds2rant August 16, 2009 at 7:19 pm

      No, Robin. It’s actually south, towards Maryland. The guys actually rode into Maryland last time, but I wasn’t about to go that far. We met a crew that started in Pittsburgh and they were going all the way to Washington DC. They must be crazy! But at least they remembered their camera.

      That 15 mile bike ride would be awesome. Every bike ride should end at an Italian restaurant. : )

  3. 4 Chris August 16, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    My mom’s so hardcore. =)

    Also, next time I gamble, I’m totally taking after your example and ensuring I have no idea what I’m doing.

  4. 6 enchantedflutterby August 17, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    hey it actually only took the click of a button or two to move my blog over here. now i dont know know which is prettier… lol. but the new site is http://insidenicoleland.wordpress.com/


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