1. A cornucopia of items this week. Speaking of corn, I'm quite proud of myself for coming up with the term "slaughterhouse for peas" when it comes to Anderson's Pea Soup.
2. I have major issues with peas. I hate them. My entire family -- my mom, my siblings, my husband, my kids -- knows how much I hate peas. The kids have never had one because -- ewwwwww -- those things are never going to be in my house.
3. In my prior life, I was with three other people driving up from L.A. They forced a stop at Anderson's. You could smell it from miles and miles away. Not unlike a slaughterhouse.
4. Utterly unrelated -- can you tell I'm going through my notebook for observations -- is the noting of people at the Springsteen concert in vintage T-shirts. Which they had so clearly bought online and which were brand new.
5. Get with it enough to wash it at least once before pretending to be a long-time fan. Hell, my shirt was from 1980. Yeah, really.
6. Spam emails to the blog include one from someone with the last name Smelyanets. I'm sorry, Ms. Smelyanets, if you're Googling your last name and come here because I'm including your name only because I want to note how often I think of Smelly Pants when I see it. Forgive my childishness. And, no, it's not going to make me write about what you're pitching.
7. Down at the tide pools last weekend, I noticed it was a very dog-friendly place, which was a good thing as our friends had their blind dog Lucky with them. [Please save your comments for the need for a seeing-eye person for him.] So one guy walks by with his dog and one of the kids asks, "What's your dog's name?" "Benny," he says. "Benny the dog."
8. 'Cause we might have thought he was Benny the sea lion or Benny the armadillo.
9. If you have a Staples near you, I implore you to join their membership program immediately and start doing their printer cartridge recycling program. They give you $3 per cartridge, up to 10 cartridges per month, and you can spend that money on anything.
10. My first buy? My fourth (but surely not my final) MP3 player. It's a Philips. It regularly sells for $89.99. Its close-out price was $29.99. With my first month's reward, all I had to pay was the sales tax. Dude, I think I'm in love with Staples. I've signed up the kids' elementary school PTA for the program, too. That's like $360 worth of teacher's supplies annually. [This is so not a paid post. I'm just in those heady early days of love. With a store. Specifically, as I believe I've mentioned, Staples.]
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