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January 16th, 2013 at 01:02 am

Capital One already credited my $100 cash back, which is now in the mail, so I decided to go for the next credit card in my queue, another $100 cash back deal from Bank Americard, a company I vowed I would never do business with, but since they won't make a dime off me (aside from the credit card transaction fee they charge the merchant each time I use the card), i figured what the heck.

I met with The Author today at Starbucks and she gave me another hundred dollars. She and her husband will likely be moving to Delaware (or maybe NC) in 2014 because it's too expensive here in CT. I will miss her and our regular coffee shop get-togethers, where she regales me with tales of all the characters in her books. I'm pretty sure I'll be getting book 3 to edit after I'm done with this one; it's the final one in a trilogy.

This is the second one hundred dollar bill she's given me; hate to break those things. I need to deposit them both at the bank...soon.

Shortly after arriving to meet me there, she spilled her coffee all over the table! It was partly the fault of the Starbucks guy, who was unpacking about 20 boxes of supplies that had just been delivered and were sitting on this big long table, where the only available seats were left.

After our morning tea/coffee, I headed for BJs to return some American-grown brown rice (organic, no less). I recently read the Consumer Reports story from last November about the high levels of arsenic found in American grown rice, due to the legacy of decades of pesticide use. The pesticides have been outlawed, but they remain in the soil, and rice, because it is grown in flooded rice paddies, absorbs a much higher amount of arsenic than other vegetables. It's actually safer to buy rice now from Thailand or India. Here's the article, if you're curious:

Sunday I did 24 pages of legal editing for a client and yesterday and today I worked on a real estate brochure. I just need to interview the builder and then write his bio.

I also managed to get 5 or so very heavy logs into my trunk and dumped them at the landfill. I have a pile in my driveway, compliments of Sandy.

I collected $100 cash from a focus group last week, which was nice. Back to work at the p/t job tomorrow.

Spent my recent Amazon gift cards on a mattress protector/cover, a book on the evils of sugar, a cat toy filled with catnip and a special cushioned seat for the cat that sits on top of and is made especially to fit The Ultimate Scratching Post, which I have. I think Luther will really like it. When I'm in the kitchen getting dinner ready, he likes to hang out with me as he always does (he's laying in front of the computer monitor now) but I walk around the kitchen so much i think he's afraid of getting stepped on, so he'll often lay down in the doorway at a safe distance. Having a place to lay on top of the scratching post would be really nice for him. Smile

3 Responses to “Random stuff”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Isn't funny how cats seem to get in front of the computer monitor - especially when one is trying to type something? That's what Kari was doing while I was typing my post. Smile

    Kari generally gets up on the counter or on top of the fridge when I'm in the kitchen doing anything. (Yes, I've tried to discourage being on the counters ... no luck.) I looked into that particular scratching post ... how heavy are your cats? Is it pretty stable?

  2. Says:

    Frugal Texan, it's a VERY stable post. Luther is a large, husky Maine Coon, and he regularly climb or jumps on top of it. It's the best scratching post money could buy, in my opinion. I've had it for several years now, and even though they use it daily, the sisal is in great shape. I'm pretty sure it will last a lifetime.

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Thanks! I need to see how much her update vacs cost, and if there's enough left. I'll get her a late Christmas gift. Smile

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