This cold weather has me craving a warm mug with some type of comforting beverage in it. I want a nice mug of coffee with some flavored creamer, or maybe a nice cup of hot tea – green tea with Mandarin orange bits – or maybe some hot chocolate with real milk and real chocolate melted in it and some marshmallows floating on the top until they melt.
The only other hot beverage that I can think of for a cold winter night might be some hot mulled cider. I found a recipe online that calls for cider and orange juice and some spices that you put into a gauze pocket and let it steep in a crock pot for a couple of hours on low. It sounds delicious but I don’t have any cider, so that will have to come later after I get to the store.
One of my new electronic joys is Spotify – the free music service. I love this site! I get to play all the free music that I like – all day and all night. They have all kinds of music, I was able to find 98% of the songs that I like and want to hear.
The way Spotify works is that you make playlists of all the songs that you want to hear. If you don’t want to make your own playlists, you can browse through playlists that other people made and listen to their favorite songs.
I made a playlist called (boringly enough) Adult Contemporary. I couldn’t think of any other way to describe the music that I like and wanted to listen to during the day while I’m working or driving. So I started adding songs and exploring around the site and making note of songs that I hear on the radio and next thing you know I have this huge playlist of really kick ass songs. And other people somehow started finding my playlist and listening to it, too. Spotify has a way to subscribe to the playlist so that if I add an y new songs you automatically get to hear the new songs, too.
So now I have about 14 hours worth of hand picked songs that I like and I have this huge list of people subscribing to my playlist. I’ve never met or talked to any of these people, but i think it is pretty damn cool that so many people like my music enough that they subscribed to my list. Woot!
Well, my dentist has told me that my teeth are in bad shape and he is blaming all the sodas that I drink. So now I am going to have to cut back on the sodas and drink something with less sugar. I guess I don’t need the calories from the sodas, either. So it’s for the best, healthwise.
So, what else is there to drink. I have to find something that has some flavor to it. I don’t like milk, but I guess I have to start drinking a couple of glasses of milk in the mornings. Maybe if I add some chocolate syrup or even strawberry syrup to the milk that it will go down a little easier?
One thing I do like to drink is water with a little sprinkle of Crystal Lite lemonade or other fruit flavors. I tried the lemonade with raspberry and it was delicious. They also have a green tea line of flavors, so maybe I can find enough variety to keep this new resolve going strong and get my teeth back to good shape – and a smaller waistline, too!
When I have a an extra half hour at night I turn on one of the late night talk shows. I have never really liked Jay Leno, so I almost never watch his show. I loved Johnny Carson. Hate Jay Leno – especially after he fucked over Conan for that time slot.
Years ago I used to watch the David Letterman show but he has had his scandals and I lost respect for him as a person. I feel dirty watching his show – like I am supporting old white men who take advantage of their power and money and fuck over the people who work for them. So I was looking for an alternative to Leno and Letterman and I am so glad that I fond the Jimmy Gallon show.
You might remember Fallon from his gigs on Saturday Night Live. I think he is funny as hell, but more than that, his show has fun segments and tops stars. It really is entertainment on his show. So I try to tune in to Jimmy Fallon when I have the chance. I like the guy and out of the late night shows on TV, I think he is the best.
So I wanted to order some flowers to send to my brother’s house. He was throwing a huge party for my mom’s birthday and since I couldn’t make it up there for the party I wanted to send her some flowers. I figured I would call an FTD florist or maybe a Teleflora shop or 1-800-FLOWERS and see if I could get a nice arrangement for about $50-$60.
I went online and checked the different sites and what their arrangements looked like and decided to get an FTD floral centerpiece with a hurricane lamp. I know I can get those glass hurricane lamps here at the Pottery barn for like $4, but the arrangements that had the hurricane glas started at $100.
That’s a pretty big difference between what they are charging and what I wanted to spend, so I decided to check online for any discount coupon codes or special deals and I did find a good one for 20% off site wide. I clicked on that puppy and sure enough they marked the price of the arrangement I wanted down to $80. But then when they added the delivery charge and service fee and tax to the order, it went right back up to $100. It was like they were determined to get $100 out of my ass one way or the other.
Using the online shopping cart was a bit of a pain in the ass but I got through it. I spent more money that I wanted and I can’t help but think that if I had been able to talk to the florist at the shop in person instead of ordering it online from their limited selection that I could have saved some money and stayed closer to my budget.
But, all in all, its for my mom and I really wish I could have been there at her party to wish her a happy birthday in person and give her a big hug. But I hope she and the other party guests enjoyed the flowers that I sent.