Never Say Never

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I am parked in a place I said I would never be…the pick-up lane at HyVee waiting for my online grocery order. Yes, I caved 3 weeks ago and tried shopping for our groceries with HyVee Aisles Online.  I normally don’t shop at HyVee because their prices tend to be higher than Wal-Mart, but I was at an all-time low in the energy/motivation department so I figured what the heck?  I just picked up my weekly groceries for the third time today.

One of my struggles with grocery shopping was getting the right kind of snacks/food for Audrey. It was torture for her to come to the store with me and I hated listening to her complain that I never brought home the right snacks for her. Now she shops online (something she loves to do) and picks out what she wants and everyone is happy!

To qualify for HyVee’s free pick-up or delivery service you need to spend a minimum of $100. I usually spend at LEAST that every week at Wal-Mart so I figured it’d be no sweat for my total at HyVee! The first time it wasn’t a problem. The last 2 weeks, however, my total has been less so I’ve had to pay a whopping $2.95 service fee. I still have groceries for 5 meals during the week but I’m thinking shopping online helps me stay more focused and throw less crap in the cart. On the fence about getting groceries online? Try it! You might like it!


Stitch Fix #7

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I subscribed to Stitch Fix last October looking for a little help in the fashion department. I can never decide on what to buy when I’m at the store and parting with my money is a little difficult sometimes, to say the least. With Stitch Fix, the clothes come to me every 6 weeks or so (based on the style profile I created with my account), I pick what I like, and send back the rest! Even though sometimes the prices are more than what I would pay at the store, once it’s actually in my house, it doesn’t seem like so much! Here are some of the things I received this month:


Winona Crystal Medallion Necklace by Romolo – KEEPING IT!



Forster Henley Top by Market & Spruce – KEEPING IT!



Landy Airy Knit Sweater Tank by RD Style – KEEPING IT!



Whitnee Button Neck Striped Shift Dress by Loveappella – Made me look like 10 lbs of potatoes in a 5 lb bag…sending it back

I also got a pair of cropped black pants. I would have kept them but since I was sending back the dress I decided to send the pants back, too.


Murphy’s Law at the Bunten’s

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Yesterday was a day proving Murphy’s Law is alive and well at our house!

Last Thursday, garbage day, our trash can and recycling bin both blew away. Where we live, you have to have purchase special stickers to put on your bag or can in order for it to be picked up. We had purchased stickers on our can which last the entire year. They were gone along with the can. With nowhere to put our garbage and no hope that our bins would be returned, Mike went out and bought a new can. Of course, when he got home, he found both across the street and down a few doors.

And last night, we didn’t have anything to make for dinner so Mike went out and bought a pizza to make. I had worked at the quilt shop all and didn’t feel like cooking. So…when he got home from the store (after rounding up our garbage/recycling bins) we had 2 pizza delivers that he had purchased from a local church’s fundraiser. Of course!

A Fun Time with the Class of ’89

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I drove up to Merrill this weekend for my 25th High School reunion. I pulled into town just in time for the ceremonial Friday Fish Fry & old fashioned. Saturday morning my grandpa drove us out to Council Grounds State Park. The fall colors on the trees were amazing!

Fall colors on the Wisconsin River at Council Grounds State Park

Fall colors on the Wisconsin River at Council Grounds State Park

About 30 people came to the reunion (out of the 300 in our class). I was able to recognize some right away. Others, however, I couldn’t place until I saw their name tag. It HAS been 25 years, after all! We all showed pictures of our kids and talked about doing the “pull away” when we’re trying to read!

Class of '89 - 30 people were brave enough to show up out of the 300 from our class!

Merrill Senior High Class of ’89!

On Sunday before driving home, my sister and I went to church service at the church we went to growing up. It was funny how I recognized some of our friend’s parents right away! Of course we were greeted with “Oh look! It’s the twins!” It’s been a long time since I heard that but it was a little comforting. The service was nice and afterwards, Andrea and I surprised the pastor who didn’t recognize us at first!

Good Luck!

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A customer at work came in to pick up her wedding programs today. I had designed her wedding invitations earlier in the year so we had been talking/emailing back and forth since January. Her wedding is this weekend so when she was on her way out the door I made the now-known etiquette blunder of wishing her good luck. Two coworkers immediately brought this mistake to my attention. Apparently, wishing a bride good luck is often seen as a sarcastic wish. It’s much better to say “best wishes” instead. So I started thinking about it and have to admit I’ve said “good luck” with a tone of sarcasm to people other than brides more than once. I’ve also said “congratulations,” “good job,” “thank you” and a long list of other phrases sarcastically. Apparently I tend to be a very sarcastic person. Who’s to say any or all of these phrases should no longer be said when sending someone well wishes?

This also got me thinking of other rules of etiquette people seem to have forgotten: holding the door open, being punctual, NOT driving through the “do not enter” entrance at the school’s parking lot, or parking in the crosswalk. Not to mention all of the new etiquette rules for Facebook, Twitter, texting, cell phones and emailing. While it seems some rules of etiquette have fallen by the wayside we’ve also picked up a few more for our changing society. Obviously I am no etiquette expert. It’s hard enough to get my daughter to remember to say “please” and “thank you” (rules of etiquette I don’t foresee ever going away). I believe you can take anything that anyone says to you as sarcasm if you want, or you can hope that people simply mean what they say and say what they mean. In the end, just try to be nice.

Stepping down from my soap box now…

Get Angry!

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While helping a friend start a blog of her very own (and trying to show her how to post a video in a post) I came across this T-Mobile commercial featuring the popular game “Angry Birds.” How cool would it be to see this in person?

The Story of My Life


Oh well. At least they said “sorry.” I’m going to go eat some Oreos now.

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