Saturday Scavenger Shots: Broke

Today’s SSS word, “broke”, was chosen by Ms. NoR from the blog, “Woman with No Regrets”! So let’s get to it, shall we?

I wanted to go to the library today to drop off the books I took out a few weeks ago, and take out a few more; maybe relax in the library and spend the afternoon reading. Since it’s almost a straight shot from my apartment to the local branch, I thought I’d put in some training and walk there. There’s an overpass on the way, and underneath that overpass is one of our popular highways. It was disorienting for me to see the traffic below and then see the traffic zooming by on my other side. It broke my concentration, so I had to focus on the ground until I was over it.

When I reached the library, I noticed that the parking lot was vacant. Did I show up too early? Then I looked at the sign and found out that, since it’s a holiday weekend, the library was closed from Saturday through Monday. Gah! Oh well. There was a Target close by, and I had brought my Starbucks giftcard that still had money on it from my birthday. Thankfully they were open, so I bought myself a lemon square and a tall, chai tea latte and sat down to people-watch. I took my time; I didn’t have to do anything else.

On my way back to the main street, I noticed there was a public swingset set back amongst some trees next to the walking path. I can’t resist swings if nobody else is using them, so I hopped on one and swung out. There were some guys playing tennis nearby and a baseball game was going on across the way. It was such a nice afternoon.

I headed home but wanted to stop for some lunch, so I went to Dairy Queen. I did not expect them to be so expensive, and quite frankly the meal I had wasn’t worth it. Anyone who’s almost broke like I am shouldn’t have to pay that much plus have to pay diningroom tax on top of it. Lesson learned. That’s one less restaurant I have to check out in the future.

Anyway, here’s a photo of my giftcard that still has money on it. Giftcards like this are excellent gifts for people who are broke.

I hope everyone is having a fun weekend! Who will NoR pick for next week’s word chooser person? Hmm! We shall see.

Set the Mood

Why, it’s Friday already! I’m glad, because I have an honest-to-goodness, three-day weekend. Many people do, I know, but sometimes our school is still open on other holidays and a few of us have had to volunteer to sit at the desk and answer phones. Nobody else would volunteer, so my friend and I would do it and just split up the day shift. This time, even if they said someone would have to stay, we both decided we wouldn’t volunteer. They would have to ask someone else. Well, that wasn’t necessary this time. Yay! Anyway, here’s the Friday5 thingy. Play along!

1. What puts you in a creative mood?
– Sometimes it just happens – like if I’m sick of being glued to the computer or I need something to do on a weekend. Other times going to the craft store will trigger me. Usually that’s what really gets me going.

2. What puts you in a silly mood?
– My friends at work and sometimes my family; especially my brothers and nephews. Sometimes they also trigger my creative mood!

3. What puts you in a contemplative mood?
– Walking, definitely. Then at the end of the walk there are benches in front of a little lake. I sit there and do more contemplating. Both the walking and the meditating in nature have helped me sort out things and calm down a great deal. Even had a spiritual experience at that lake.

4. What puts you in a competitive mood?
– Confidence in a particular sport and the thrill of victory. Not so much the agony of defeat. I’d like to avoid that part.

5. If you’d call yourself a talkative person, what puts you in a quiet mood? If you’d call yourself a quiet person, what puts you in a talkative mood?
– If I’m around the friends and family who make me comfortable, or if I’m online and chatting with my good friends, I will feel more encouraged to talk. Movies put me in the mood to talk, too. People talking politics, however, puts me right back into the quiet mood.

Stay tuned for Scavenger Shot Saturday where we make a delicious, affordable recipe out of the word “broke”, chosen by NoR of Woman With No Regrets!

Saturday Scavenger Shots: Vegetable

Why hello there! How art thou? So I guess the world will carry on just a little bit longer. Yay! Okay, let’s move on.

Oh but first, I have to tell you that my mom has a new cell phone now! Double yay! It’s really nice, actually. I’m envious now. My cellphone is a bit of an antique. I can’t even download ringtones for the thing. She can, but she doesn’t care about that kind of thing! The nerve! Anyway, I nagged her about keeping her phone charged. Our numbers are plugged in too, so she’s set, I’d say.

Onward! The dedicated and fun blogger by the name of Laura B. from “What Fresh Hell is This?” chose me to choose this week’s word! I picked the word: “vegetable”.

The Cans Festival

This is my friend F during her birthday party one year. She wanted all of her guests to do a skit, sing a song or anything else that was creative. The hostess and her family didn’t get away without entertaining, either. Here she is doing a puppet show using a can of what looks like Dole pineapple. But she was singing to a song she heard on an episode of “Veggie Tales”.


Here is my plate of food at my friend’s wedding reception back in 2008. Veggie-wise, we have potatoes and green beans! Yummy! I don’t remember if the flower was edible.

The Most Comfortable Couch in the World

This was where I let myself veg out this morning. It was awesome. I should really veg out on this couch more often, because it is super comfortable. I stretched out and watched last night’s episode of “The Soup” first, and then I found out that another channel was airing an edited version of “Rise of the Lycans”. I vegged out and watched that one as well, all while drinking some coffee.

For next week’s word chooser I pick: NoRegrets! Are ya up for it, NoR?

All Those Opposed, Say “Nay”

I meant to post the “Friday 5” on Friday, but didn’t realize it’s been sitting in my draft folder all night! Oops. Oh well. This week’s “Friday 5” fun-a-thon has to do with horses! Let’s ride.

1. What are your feelings about horses?
They’re beautiful animals, but I don’t think much about them unless I get to see them up close.

2. How far would you have to go if you wanted to ride a merry-go-round?
The county fairgrounds is just 15 minutes away, and there’s always a merry-go-round available when the fair or other events roll around this time of year. I can smell the funnelcakes!

3. When did you last eat something containing pinto beans?
Well I was going to say that some were in a soup my mom made for me a few weeks back, but those were navy beans. I think pinto beans were in a soup my mom’s neighbor made. Good stuff – both soups!

4. How’s your mane?
It’s behaving today with a limited amount of frizz. It helps when we have a few, sunny days without rain.

5. When did you last go hoarse?
The last time I remember going hoarse was after our choir’s dress rehearsal. A few of us were like that, but thankfully it didn’t last long! Cake helps.

Well that does it for this week’s meme thingy! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Saturday Scavenger Shots! The word is “vegetable”. Have a great, great weekend!

Goodwill Hunting

I had my first review as a receptionist the other day, and it was a good review. Yay! My raise will kick in next month. Party at my place!

Our UPS guy was under the impression that my last name was Mahoney. I don’t know how that happened. I sign off on the packages we get at work, and although I put my middle initial, M, in the signature, my last name doesn’t add up to a Mahoney. The guy just made assumptions of my name. We joked with him about it, and today he said, “Thanks, Ms. Mahoney!” Actually, Tara Mahoney has a nice ring to it! My manager joked and said we should send a name change request to our head office since I have a new name now. My coworker said that it might be the last name of my soul mate. Hmm! Okay, Mr. Mahoney, where are you?

My mom and I went to the nearby town on Saturday to buy some stuff at their street sale. We set up to sell stuff a few years ago, but it’s more fun to buy things and then leave once we’ve exhausted our financial resources. By that of course I mean we shop until we don’t have anymore money on us.

Anyway, even though we got there an hour before the thing was supposed to start, people were already set up and the parking was limited. My mom said, “Drop me off at this curb and I’ll wait here so that you can find a parking place.” Now whenever my mom says, “I’ll wait right here”, I know I’m hoping for a lot. If there is stuff to look at, she will wander off, and even though her hips are arthritic, she can really get around.

I couldn’t find a parking spot behind the bank where we usually park, so I went down the street nearby and parked near the church I go to for choir practice. When I walked back to the spot where my mom was allegedly waiting, she was gone. She wasn’t nearby, either. Operation Mom Hunt was on. I can joke about this now, but I was more than just a little irritated at that moment. A few of her friends were set up at a table not far from where she said she’d “wait”, so I headed down that way to see if she was chatting with them. Nope. Then I looked for tables that sold antiques, because that’s usually a mom hot spot. Not there, either. Then I started to worry and my thoughts were getting carried away. I heard sirens, so that didn’t help matters. I also thought she had ventured into the dollar store nearby, but realized she would’ve asked me to go with her, so I scratched that idea.

I looked around for her for an hour. I couldn’t enjoy myself and look at stuff people were selling until I found my mah. Finally, I headed back over to more tables where I had searched before (two times). My mom was standing by a van, talking to a fellow antiquing friend. She saw me and I heard her say, “Oh there she is!” Then she saw my expression and her tone changed, “Oh. I think I’m in trouble.” She re-introduced me to her friend, who I greeted with as much enthusiasm as I could muster, and then my mom joked to her friend about my being mad at her, so I walked away. I love her more than anything, but sometimes she still treats me like a toddler. I didn’t want to show her at first how relieved I was that I found her, but eventually I was able to relax and we could joke about things. She apologized for wandering off, so that helped too. We’re going to work out a better plan for the next time we go to something like this.

I did laugh at her when she said she was worried about me too, because when I did find her, she had already bought some stuff. My being Worrying Wanda, I couldn’t focus on buying stuff until I could track her down.

Anyway, I did begin to have fun at the sale, and managed to buy some cool things. My mom bought me a funny coffee mug for the office and a really pretty, violet bracelet.

“What the fruit!?”

Laura B. of “What Fresh Hell is This” chose this week’s word to be “fruit”! I’m late, but here are my photos:

I took this one a few years ago. Watermelon is an underrated fruit. It’s juicy, beautiful and awesome, yet we only think about it during the Summer months.

I made this drink awhile back. It’s lemon-flavored club soda with a twist o’lemon. I love experimenting with refreshments, and this one turned out tasting awesome.

Have I used the word “awesome” enough in this post? I hope so, because I just noticed how much I need to expand my vocabulary!

Oo! It looks like I’ve been tagged! Thank you, LB! Let me get back to you about the word I’m going to choose, but I will get back to you today, I swear!