Five Question Friday

1. What is your current favorite tv show?

Currently, it’s The Voice. Of course Covert Affairs and Burn Notice is also on the top ranks for this season.

2. What’s the worst haircut you ever got?

I have kinky curly hair and when I moved out here, I had to find a new hairdresser. The woman I went to could not cut curly hair. In fact, she butchered it. It took me almost a year before I found a hairdresser I could trust.

3. What was something that you did as a child that you thought you were so cool for doing?

It took me a few days to think about this one. I would have to say being chosen to play Princess Leia in a Star Wars skit we performed in elementary school. Yes, real cool!

4. Do you have any GREAT frugal family fun tips?

Having a family of five can get pretty expensive for those days we want to go out and about. We are big movie buffs and take full advantage of matinees – the free refills help, too. We take random day trips with no major destination in mind. We use the time to be silly and have fun while exploring places we wouldn’t have otherwise visited. Of course, we take along our GPS in the event we really do lose our way!

5. Would you drive across country if you had the money to fly?

ABSOLUTELY!! We drive everywhere, regardless of the funding. In fact, my husband and I flip a coin to decide who drives first. Yea, we both love to drive, it’s crazy. But we both agree it’s a great feeling to be on the open road, sharing some mega quality time with the people in the car. We’ve found some real “treasures” by driving the interstates of America. From birth places of previous presidents to natural bridges and even battlefields. There is always something interesting to see from the highways, things you can’t see when you’re sitting in a bird high in the sky. 


Day Planner Blues

Back in December, I started looking for the 2011 refills for my day planner. I couldn’t find any. So I waited until January, thinking maybe they didn’t stock the shelves with the updates yet. January came and went, but no luck finding the size required for my particular day planner. I have a strong case of OCD when it comes to times and schedules. I had the nickname “Timex” in junior high because of my obsession.

As I started getting heart palpitations, February peeked around the corner and entered quietly. Now I really needed a planner because there are a ton of things occurring in the everyday life of my family. Three kids–two of which are teens–and a husband; also doctor appointments, concerts, “snow” days for school, Bible studies I attend, youth group the boys attend, vacation time, plus various meetings for work and pleasure. I know if I wait longer, I will become the basket case my husband thinks I am.

By the 10th of February I knew I had to start the search of a new planner as the refills I needed were still not available. I have even searched online for the planner–directly at the manufacturers site. Guess what? They aren’t available online! Ugh! Now what am I going to do? Take a deep breath and count to ten slowly. One…two…three…4,5,6,7,8,9,10. What am I going to do?! I had the perfect planner. It has my tabs for lists and ideas and sketches. I don’t want to buy another one. It took me 3 years to get this one to where it worked best. Now I have to start all over. But of course, I have to go looking for one first. This is not good…

The thought of starting over does not appeal to me. As I go out comparing sizes, prices, functionality, a part of me is still on the look out for the refills of my old planner. Denial is everything and that is where I am at. Do you realize how many planners are out there? Day planners, Franklin Convey, Day-to-Day, not to mention the generic store brands. They come in various sizes and have zippers, snaps, or even a shoulder harness. Not to mention you have a choice of 3-hole, 5-hole, 7-hole or an 8-hole punch. This was going to take me a while. Some one, quick! Please pass me the Tylenol!