So, … Funny Math Pharmacy & Grocery Store Edition + #QQ4U

As I live and breathe

Why I never

Well I ought to

LOL!  This is random musings of the manic kind. And I can call myself manic for anyone who thinks I’m not PC. J-Dub is wired right now.

So, … the new insurance kicked in January 1.  Same carrier, moved to HSA but that didn’t change the coverage.  Or so I thought.  Here’s the funny math story y’all.  I was picking up an RX for B.  Same one he has taken the last 3 or so years.

Pharm Tech: Oh, did they tell you how much this would be?

Me: It’s about 2 bucks right?

Pharm Tech: It’s $140 with no insurance.

Me: But we have insurance.

Pharm Tech: Ugh! Oh sorry.  Not you.  The system did it again.  Do you have your card?

Me: As luck would have it, why yes! Yes I do.

This kind kid … rocking the beard … looking so much like my Pony went through all the steps to find and re-add my insurance.  Me I listened to the car radio while taking deep breaths.

Pharm Tech: Okay we’re good but it’ll be @ 45 minutes.  Can you come inside?  I have to re-run this as insurance.

Me: Uh nope.  I’ll be back mañana.  He has 10 pills left to tide him over.


Up next, funny math grocery edition.  I rarely shop HEB though I should because they give back to this community directly but the one nearest me is the biggest in the city y’all.  And today on a Sunday after my Hone Depot run, I knew I was playing all loosey goosey.

Anyhow.  I have a list and was not going to deviate.  But ya see, the selections are different.  That means in addition to named brand, I have store brand.  AND store brand as the higher end HEB along side the bargain barrel Hill County Fair.

Well you can’t fool me twice.  I am not buying name brand.  Why would I? As my Econ teacher from my 1st year at SAC reminded us students, Old Panther generic brand milk is the SAME milk as Borden.  He swore to us … do the math, he said.  Oh Hey that might be the start of my affliction.  Now my fuzzy mind cannot remember why the non-brand was cheaper but at the time, Dr. K explained it well and I thought those bastards!!!

I did not.

Or maybe I did?

Who knows?

Only the Shadow knows.


Anyhow, I got the Hill County Fair don’cha know. And our weekly receipt was under 100 smackaroos.  That’s for six dinners and five lunches.  We still had fixings for breakfast. Man cheap stuff sets off my OCD.  Again, don’t call the PC goon squad. They’ve got more important things to do.   And I am talking about ME!!!!!

Now to wrap this up, I have a #QQ4U.  I forgot my coupons y’all.  While I don’t frequent HEB often, I did go to get coffee recently.  I have two coupons that expire today.  One for $2 off produce if you spend more than $2 and $3 off a basket of $30 or more.  That’s 5 smackroos left sitting on the table.  I have already called the store and if I go back receipt in hand, they will credit me.  I am jonesing y’all.  Should I go back?  Inquiring minds want to know … asking for a friend.

As always, more to come.

So, … There’s a term for this …

Yesterday 1/19/19, was our 19th anniversary of being in this house. We closed in 2000 right after the Y2K that never happened. Does anyone else remember that? How people were stocking up on canned goods and bottled water for Armageddon. B and I didn’t do that. We were like bring it. In fact, I think B was hoping he could become a survivalist. He’s a natural hunter/gatherer. But I digress.

Our closing on January 19, 2000 had to be lucky or something right?!??

And celebrating 🥳 19 years on the 19th … well there’s a term for that. I think 🤔 but Google is not my friend. Does anyone know? And I’m burning 🥵 daylight. I need to get to Home Depot to snag a new dishwasher.

You see we’ve had awful luck with appliances. This will be our 5th dishwasher in 19 years. B is a mister fixit. He makes most repairs DIY. He just put in new top rack and made some other repairs to keep this machine going. But alas after last nights’ water 💦 everywhere, he’s cried uncle.

You may also remember my post about the shower leak. Well that’s still pending til we find a drywall firm that can build a cabinet. That way if leaks again, we have easy access. Cheaper to go from behind through the bedroom wall than to tear out tile. But even that is more costly than we’d hoped. Though I’m getting excited since while the sheet rockers are here, we’ll get a bid for repairs to these cracks.

Settlement cracks caused during a drought several summers ago

To prove he’s still got it, B repaired the front door lock 🔐. Now we can open our front door again. Fire 🔥 hazard averted. He also repaired both bathroom sinks. He was damn sure not going to let me add that to the shower repair 🚿 bid. My bathroom remodel will have to be in the form of new tooth brush holder 😂.

Happy Sunday folks. Hope it’s a good one.

As always more to come.

For 1/20/19 ~ “Sad Songs (Say So Much)”

Jim is hosting this fantastic #SLS challenge, keeping the beat alive.  Today I picked an Elton John classic even though I thought others might do the same.  I’ll check after this and see if Elton is climbing up for #SLS charts now same as he topped the charts in his heyday.  I missed his farewell tour when it came through the Alamo City.  I could just kick myself.  Anywho, without further ado, here is Sad Songs (Say So Much). Writer(s): ELTON JOHN, BERNIE TAUPIN.

Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

Guess there are times when we all need to share a little pain
And ironing out the rough spots
Is the hardest part when memories remain
And it’s times like these when we all need to hear the radio
`Cause from the lips of some old singer
We can share the troubles we already know

Turn them on, turn them on
Turn on those sad songs
When all hope is gone
Why don’t you tune in and turn them on

They reach into your room
Just feel their gentle touch
When all hope is gone
Sad songs say so much

If someone else is suffering enough to write it down
When every single word makes sense
Then it’s easier to have those songs around
The kick inside is in the line that finally gets to you
and it feels so good to hurt so bad
And suffer just enough to sing the blues

Sad songs, they say
Sad songs, they say
Sad songs, they say
Sad songs, they say so much

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3rds a charm … maybe

As always, more to come.

#JusJoJan ~ 1/20/19 – Serendipity

Hello friends!  Time for #JusJoJan.  My word was picked for today.  Woo to the Hoo!!! I feel just like I won the lottery!!  Muchos Gracias Linda!!!  How’s that for serendipity?

Well, … the actual winning part of the lottery is serendipity.  Though the jury is out on whether winning is really such a good thing.  The aftermath can be brutal.  Tis true, money changes people and not always for the better.  My current read “Nine Perfect Strangers” by Lianne Moriarty has a married couple struggling with that exact issue.  No spoilers but highly recommended read.  This book is being made into a TV series, just like “Big Little Lies”

But my word being chosen is not a good example of serendipity because the chance element is missing.  You see we got a hint that the post for prompts part 2 would go up 1/16/19 @ 1 pm EST.  I set a timer y’all.  Am I shameless or what?

Hmm, what’s another example of the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way?

Oh ya.  Here you go.  I used to attend monthly Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) meetings which always had a door prize.  I was committee chair and part of my duties were getting those door prizes and arranging the raffle/drawing.  I’d put a ticket in the hopper for each attendee.  I always dropped in the name of the speaker as well.

After one particularly inspiring speech from Dr. Reyna, we had the drawing and he won.  As he was given the prize,  without even opening it, he handed the gift to the person sitting nearest to him and exclaimed “Serendipity!!!”  People cheered!!  And of course I had to go home and look up that word.  You see this was pre-cell phone days.  Mr. Google was yet to be my friend.  And  I didn’t carry around a dictionary with me.

Ever since then I try to find opportunities to be a part of serendipity.  I want to be just like Dr. Reyna.  He is perpetually happy and gracious.  He is living proof that a positive attitude is powerful.  Now go out there and take some chances. Serendipity!!!!!

As always, more to come.

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