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Marilee J. Layman

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07:54 pm: Preparation
I did lots of errands today and will pack tomorrow. I have a long list of things to do and things to take with me to Minicon.

Last night, I got offline early enough to not only do my taxes (both fed and state tax are negative -- don't you think they should pay me?) but to do my paperwork for not paying property tax (I'm disabled, don't make much money, don't own much -- the city has a program for people like me and similar for seniors) so my first stop today was to have my paperwork notarized at City Hall and turn it in to the Commissioner of Revenue's office. Then I stopped by the credit union and got two rolls of dollar coins to use as tips during my travel. As long as I was going, I put all the coins in the bowl by the door into a ziplock and had the clerk put it through the machine and that actually almost paid for the dollar coins.

Then I went to the post office and put in a hold on my mail while I'm gone and mailed the tax forms. On to get groceries and I was disappointed that something they theoretically had on sale, that I like, they don't even have on the shelf! My flier is for three stores, so I suppose I could try one of the other stores, but it's probably not worth it. I picked up the mail on the way in, and there was a box from one of my bead friends. I had offered her some microbeads (I swapped someone else for them back when I could see better) and she insisted on swapping, so she sent me some great blue and purple beads, plus a blue stuffed Peep, a doll display, and a bunny-ear Kit-Kat (which is already gone).

I'm washing and drying cat blankies, have brought in the suitcase and carry-on, and have started gathering things. A few errands tomorrow and then gathering and packing in earnest.

There's a site that links students to colleges and they're running an elimination contest for a $20K scholarship. My cousin's daughter has made the finals and we'd really appreciate it if any of you were motivated to vote for her:

http://www.zinch.com/Anonymous/SweetDiggityBracket.aspx

She's in the North tab and her name is Nawwal Moustafa. Nawi's really big on community service and sports.

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From:sraun
Date:March 18th, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
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FYI, I've got barbecued shredded pork in the freezer. Want some at Minicon?
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From:mjlayman
Date:March 18th, 2008 01:32 am (UTC)
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Oh, that would be great, if it's not too much trouble!
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From:sraun
Date:March 18th, 2008 02:54 am (UTC)
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Not at all! I'll try to remember to bring it Thursday if we come down then, otherwise when we move in on Friday.
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From:mjlayman
Date:March 18th, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)
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Thanks!
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From:davidgoldfarb
Date:March 18th, 2008 10:13 am (UTC)
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If the grocery store is out of something that's supposed to be on sale, you ought to be able to get a rain check so that you can get the sale price later when it's back in stock.
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From:mjlayman
Date:March 18th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
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Oh, they weren't out of it, they weren't carrying it. I'm not too surprised because they don't carry the store brand of tortilla chips, which I like, and is advertised on the flyers.

They had the Bertolli frozen dinners and pastas on sale, and I really prefer the pastas, but the space that had had them was filled with the dinners. I even moved rows aside a bit to make sure there weren't any pastas at the back of the freezer shelf. I can get them from Peapod, but they aren't always on sale at the time that I put in an order.
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From:davidgoldfarb
Date:March 18th, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
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I don't think I've seen Bertolli pastas. I've seen the dinners, but they seemed to be too expensive....Bertolli makes my very favorite jarred sauce, though (to wit: the Marinara with Burgundy Wine) and I make special trips to a grocery store I don't normally shop at to get it.
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From:mjlayman
Date:March 18th, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC)
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The dinners are designed for two people, but since it's usually all I eat in a day, I just eat all of it. I really like the pastas and sauces better, and they're two dollars cheaper. They're to serve two, as well, but I just eat it all.

Birdseye is making a 2.5 person frozen dinner (Voila!) that's slightly cheaper than the Bertolli pastas, and I've tried one so far (have another in the freezer) and while it's good, it's not as good as the Bertolli.
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From:davidgoldfarb
Date:March 18th, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC)
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I don't know if you have a Trader Joe's near you...I find that Trader Joe's has really good frozen pasta dishes, and quite inexpensive too. My favorite is the Red Pesto Farfalle, especially with an Italian sausage cut up into it.
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From:mjlayman
Date:March 19th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
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I'd have to make a special trip, but if theirs are that good, I'll try it.
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