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Costco Shopping - August 3, 2011 / Christmas~!!

Aug
05

I had a busy day.

I woke up so late I went to work without taking a shower.

On my lunch time, I came home to take a shower and did three loads of laundry.  Yes, it was a long lunch.

I went to Costco after work.  I didn't buy anything fancy.  I am so poor.  I am trying to be careful with money.  But, look!  Christmas time is here.  I saw a lot of toys and Christmas ribbons at Costco.  "Here we go..." one lady said.

I ate a hotdog and filled the gas tank.

After Costco shopping, I drove to Bed Bath and Beyond for some bargain hunting.   I bought a Yankee Candle (Christmas scent).

I came home past 9pm.

2 minutes after I got home, I got a phone call from The Marijuana Girl. She was putting her hamster cage together.  She wanted some help.  I was at her apartment for 1 hour. 

I came home and ate dinner.  Now it's 1:30AM Friday.

I will be happy if I get good 5 hours sleep. ZZzzz...

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Christmas Hangover

Jan
14

Today is January 13th but I still cannot let go of Christmas.

I had such a good time during the season. 

Last weekend, I bought some last chance Christmas stuff at a local store.

Everything had to go, they said.

At work, I still turn on my Christmas lights.  I still listen to Christmas music.

It's so sad that the season went by so fast.

I put on my Santa Hat on Thanksgiving Day.  Some folks greeted me with "Merry Christmas" - On Thanksgiving Day

My 10 days vacation was a magic.  I really enjoyed my vacation.  I spent 6 days all alone, including Christmas day.  And I loved it.

I bought myself a nice Christmas gift (below)

I love this 13" notebook computer.  Of course I bought a factory re-certified unit for a deep discount.  The battery lasts 7-9 hours.  I plan to get out of the town and take care of my business with my computer once in a while.

I still turn on Christmas lights at my work.  I listen to Christmas music.  My apartment smells like cinnamon sticks.

I have gained 4 solid pounds during the season.

I ate a lot. Look at my snack shack (photographed December 2010).
This is why some people hate Americans.
Don't try this at home, unless you have super strong will power.
I have a friend with almost no self-control.   She goes crazy whenever she visits me.

I should snap out from Christmas hangover and start enjoying 2011.

I can't wait to Christmas 2011.  But that would be wishing away 1 year of my life.  I shall re-focus and enjoy 2011.   I would like to be productive this year.

Christmas season is only 10 month away.  That's scary.

 

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Bed Bath and Beyond - Cinnamon Stick Yankee Candle

Jan
03

These are stuff I bought from Bed Bath and Beyond during this Christmas season.

I love Cinnamon Stick scented Yankee Candle.  To me, Cinnamon Stick is the best holiday smell.  You light this up... and it's Christmas.

The big jar was about $15 with the sale & coupon.

Remember, Bed Bath and Beyond takes expired coupons.  Maybe not all stores practice that policy, but all stores I went honored expired coupons so far.

So, I clip and hold on to all coupons from Bed Bath and Beyond.  When I have a coupon in the mail box, I look through the trash bin next to our mail box to look for more coupons.

Coupons are nothing to laugh at.  I saved $5 on a large jar of Yankee Candle.  I have a great respect for coupons.

I would never buy Yankee Candle at full price.  Because, I cannot afford it.  Coupons make it possible for me.

Yankee Candle, olive oil dispenser, olive oil sprayer, straws...  from Bed Bath and Beyond.

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Vacation Update - December 2010

Jan
01

I am on my 10 days vacation (4 days off, 2 days holidays, 4 days weekend).

8 days flew by like a rocket ship.  I still have 2 days to enjoy.  I shall make most out of it.

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When I was a boy, I used to love scale modeling.  I spent many days making tanks, sports cars, and fighter planes.  Back then, I had to save money for months to buy a cheap box of a tank.  Kit models were such a treat back then, that's why I relate kit models with Christmas.

I wanted re-live that olden days.  I bought 2 boxes of kit models.  I was very happy to find this truck.  I remember this truck from my childhood.  I looked at this truck on store window for hours and hoped to buy it.

On the night before Christmas, I put the truck together as I watched Polar Express.  I had a good sentimental moment alone.

It took several hours (a few days) to put this together. 

After this truck, I got fed up with scale modeling.  That was enough.  Maybe I will get to the tank next year (?).  We'll see.

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My neighbor "S" paid a visit on Christmas day.  She said she found the coins at the laundry room.  "I thought It had to be you" she said.

She said, after using washers and dryers, she put the coins and Christmas card back up there.  She wanted somebody else to have that good feeling.

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I did a lot of shopping.
I ate a lot of treats.
I met my parents twice.

This vacation was so very sweet.

Cool

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Merry Christmas - 10 Days Vacation Begins

Dec
25

Merry Christmas everyone.

I started 10 days vacation yesterday (Christmas Eve).  I will go back to work Jan 3rd 2011.

I am super excited about this vacation.

Here's a quick run-down on how it started.  It's been very fun so far.

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Dec 23, 2010

1 day before the vacation. But my vacation unofficially started today.  We had a short day.  Also, my boss bought pizza and beer for us.  We felt so festive, nobody really worked today. 

My boss should have bought more pizza.   I only ate 2 slices of pizza and pretended I was full and happy.  In fact, I was a little irritated that all pizzas were gone when I still wanted a couple more slices.

Officially I am thankful for pizza.  I enjoyed it.  But, I would have enjoyed it a lot more if there were enough amount of food for everyone to fully stuff ourselves.  When buying treats, the goal is to have left-overs.  Having left overs is the only indication that everyone fully enjoyed the meal.

I came home and did 3 loads of laundry.  I felt good that I am starting the vacation with empty laundry hampers.

I put out the work table at my living room.  I used the table to wrap Christmas gifts.  I listened to Christmas music all night.

Dec 24, 2010

We had a family gathering at my sister's house.   We had a good meal.  My nephews and a niece liked my gifts.  The oldest nephew seemed as if he was expecting me to buy him a new car.  I guess I raised the bar too high in the past (before I got my salary reduced).

Everyone stayed for the night.  The party will continue to tomorrow.  But I apologized to my family and headed back home.

I would like to stay home alone for Christmas and enjoy this vacation.

I came back home 10:30pm.  It's good to be home. 

Dec 25, 2010

I did "Coins in the Laundry Room" again this morning.  I guess this is becoming an annual event.  I feel good when I do this.

A lot of basketball games going on today.

I will brew coffee right now.  I will glaze the ham later.

talk to you later.

Merry Christmas~!!

 

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Chocolates Of the World & European Cookies

Oct
15

I went to Costco tonight. (Blog coming up.)

These Christmas candies are not available after holiday season.  So, I had to stock them up.

Chocolates of the World expires on June 1, 2011.  So, I put one jug in the freezer and the second jug in the refrigerator.  This way, I will enjoy fresh chocolate until the next holiday season.  I'll make the cookies to last several months.  I couldn't find experation date on the cookies.  I may have to buy a few more cans of cookies.  My guests love those cookies.  They eat 'em up.

I am not rich.  I am not trying to show off how much money I spend on candy. $80.00 for candy sounds extreme, but they will last long time.  If you look at the entire year, I definitely spend less money on candy than most people.  I don't even drink soda too often (to save money). 

I would like to stress that I am not trying to show off.  Mm... I guess I am showing off my self control.  Because, I can look at the mountain of candies and not go crazy.

* The chocolates will last 12 months - I guarantee you that.

Please excuse my bad photography, I took the short cut (the easy way)

This is what I did last year.  I bought 4 jugs of Chocolates of the World and put "opening dates" on them.  I still haven't finished the last jug.

Chocolates of the World

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Definite Sign of Christmas - Rudolph~!!

Aug
26

I'm still very busy... :(

Took this picture on August 25, 2010 - Exactly 4 months before Christmas. 

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First Sign (hint) of Christmas - Costco July, 24 2010

Jul
25

This is what I saw today at Costco (July 24, 2010)

They don't say "Christmas" in writing, but these designs are clearly for Christmas.

There were ribbons with snow flake designs also.

More coming...

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Costco Towels - Charisma

Mar
08

In this month's Costco coupon book, there is a coupon for towels.  I thought that was interesting.  I don't remember the last time I saw a coupon for towels.  Costco towels are very good value.  I can vouch for that, because I've been checking on towels for over a year.

On thanksgiving 2008, I bought a bunch of towels (picture below, related blog).  I still use those towels. These towels were made by "Grandeur".  I paid around $8.00 each.  As you can see, towels have sophisticated color (wasabi green).  And they feel amazing.  Since then, I've been checking prices on towels whenever I go to Linens and Things.  Towels of these quality will easily cost you $25+.

Sometime last year, Costco switched the brand to "Charisma".  The new towels now have inferior texture and somewhat "Cheap" looking color.  (picture at bottom).  They are definitely good value.  But, I like the older brand "Grandeur" much, much better.  Actually, I was very disappointed that Grandeur towels were no longer available.

Anyway, I thought it was interesting that Costco is now carrying inferior towels (still very good), and offer discount on top of it.


After Thanksgiving shopping 2008 - Older brand "Grandeur" Shown


New Towels by Charisma.
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Story I wasn't suppose to share - Christmas 2009

Feb
27

This story was never supposed to be shared.  This is something I did in secret.

On December 25, 2009, I woke up 6am and went to the public laundry room at my APT.  We have 3 washers and 3 driers there.  There, I put quarters on all the machines.  And I left a Christmas card.  So, the first person to use the laundry room on Christmas day would get wash and dry on me.

Of course, that card in the picture was from Costco.

A week went by.  And it was my turn to use the laundry room.
There, I saw this note.

I felt very good.  This happy feeling was definitely worth of money.  Actually, I spent so little money to have this much satisfaction.

I didn't even know who wrote that note, but that was the point, doing something to people I don't even know...

I don't believe the other person knew who I was also.  Because I just wrote "John".  I didn't give my last name or my APT number.

Merry Christmas~!  (2 months late, but...)

 

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