Costco (Christmas) Shopping – August 21 & 27, 2011

I’ve been busy.  I’ve been putting a lot of hours at work lately.  I hope that means I will have a better paycheck next time.  I’ve been making very little money. I had to take out $5.000.00 from my savings account so I can survive.

I tell ya, times are tough. Frown

I went to Costco on August 21st and 27th (2011).

Costco stocked yet another kind of coffee grinder for $29.99.  This Krups burr coffee grinder easily goes for $60-70 elsewhere. 

Costco’s Krups Coffee Grinder has mixed online reviews.  It has overall 3 out of 5 stars.  I figured half of the negative reviews are written by mechanically challenged people.  This is is now my primary coffee grinder.  It works fine with me.

Costco LED Santa Claus

And I bought some other stuff.

But, what’s important is that it’s Christmas time at Costco.  If you like Christmas like I do, this may be the time to make a list.  The whole point is that you are enjoying sentimental Christmas feeling from now for next 4 months. 

I bought a toy helicopter for my nephew.  And I bought a small LED Santa figurine for my desk.  The figurines come in 4 designs; Santa, snowman, penguin, & angel.  3 AA batteries power 3 LED lights.  NiMH batteries last about 100 hours.

LED Snowman was equally cute.  I stood there for a few minutes, torn between Santa and snowman.  I took Santa home, but I may have to go back for snowman.  Penguin was cute but penguin didn’t look "Christmas" enough.  Angel was not even cute.  LED Santa was $9.99.   Batteries were not included.

I took the LED Santa home, turn off all the lights at my APT, and turned on the Santa.  That moment officially marked my Christmas season. 

Times are tough.  I am putting a lot of over time without any promise.  But, I am mentally relaxed and feel happy.  It’s Christmas time.  Nothing else matters.

This year, I would like to bring happy feelings to even more of my neighbors, not just one or two.

– To be continued –

Costco Bicycle – Northrock

Check this out, this is my new Costco bicycle.

  • I replaced the seat.
  • I installed a rear-view mirror.
  • I have iPod Touch speakers in front.  It also holds my camera & keys.
  • I put my Sunglasses under the seat.

I am having a lot of fun with my new bicycle.  I ride to local park and play backboard (tennis).  It gives me 45-50 minutes of light aerobic workout.  I sling tennis racquet on my back (like a guitar).  This is more entertaining then I imagined.  I just need to be very careful.

Also, as I ride around the town, I get to meet people. 

We have a really attractive neighbor.  She’s a lean blond, kind of a rock band groupie type.  She was surprised to see me on a bicycle. She gave me a hug, for the first time.  That hug paid for my bicycle. 🙂

Also, I met another neighbor (I haven’t talked to you about this girl. yet) – she also complimented my bicycle and my outfit.  NO, I do not wear tights.  I wear my regular running outfit I bought from Costco.   She invited me to visit her sometime.   She also gave me a hug.

I may be residentially challenged.  But, ah~!  the beauty of living in an apartment complex. Embarassed

Anyway, bicycle is fun and it’s good for me.  Money well spent.

I need to keep reminding myself to be very careful when I ride.  (fingers crossed).

So, everyone go out and buy Costco bicycle, hehe… 🙂

Curbing Cravings for Soda – Iced Tea Glasses

Generally speaking, any kind of soda pop is bad for you.  If you want to play safe, you should not drink any soda.   Diet sodas are just as bad, they say (or even worse).  I’m not an authority in this field.  So, don’t ask me why. 

I don’t drink soda every day.  Soda is a luxury item to me (I am poor).  I only drink diet cola on weekends or when I eat out.  As you know, I never eat out during the weekdays.

To curb my craving for soda, I drink water in these iced tea glasses, usually with a slice of lemon.   With these glasses, drinking water is more enjoyable.  I don’t miss soda much this way.  When I serve water to guests, water becomes a refreshing food item, rather than a utility item for hydration.

*I didn’t buy these glasses at Costco.  

Chocolates Of the World & European Cookies – Revisited

Remember this picture from last year?

I bought five jugs of Chocolates of the World and three cans of European cookies 10 months ago (October 14, 2010 blog)

from October 14, 2010 blog

On my blog I said something about my self control.   And I also said these chocolates would last a year.

Today is August 10, 2011.  I still have one and a half jugs of Chocolates of the World.  I have more than a half can of European cookies. Cookies are in the refrigerator. One jug of Chocolates of the World is in the freezer.  It’s been frozen for 10 months.

I have been enjoying these snacks for last 10 months.  I eat one or two Chocolates every week.  I enjoy cookies with or without coffee.  My friends freak out when I serve these for them.  Stocking up on these Christmas snacks was a good idea. 

I hope Costco will carry them again this season, so I can do the same for next year.  But, I don’t think I can spend $80.00 like the last time.  I am so poor this year.  I just thank God I still have a job.

These snacks are Costco’s Christmas tradition.  If you haven’t tried them, don’t miss out this year.


August 10, 2011 – 10 months later

I have a new Costco bicycle!!

Oh my God, I’m so tired.

I just bought a bicycle at Costco.
I rode around the block for about 5 minutes? Now I feel dizzy and nauseated. I don’t feel good. I had a strong urge for food. So, I ate a handful of M&M’s.

I plan to ride to the park and play tennis on the backboard (maybe I’ll meet girls, hehe…)

I think it will take a while until I will be fit enough to ride to the park.

I shall go easy for now, then I will increase distant and intensity. I remember 27-30 years ago, I was riding all day. I mean all day (8+ hours) just for fun.

I am worried that I am so out of shape. My cardio is zero.

I’m going to take a cold shower and grill a Steak.
I always eat a thick steak on Sunday night.

Bicycle seems good. I am happy so far.
(The seat must be replaced. Design on most common bicycle seats are wrong. They are too hard and narrow. It doesn’t make sense.)

Talk to you later.

(picture coming up)

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

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.

After Costco shopping, I went 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…

(vid) Neighbor’s Dogs

My friend tells me that only grandmothers and dogs like me (not young ladies). 

I was just chillin’ with an older dog until the little guy came along and knocked me on my butt.

The white dog likes me a lot.  She goes crazy when she sees me.  So her owner lets go of her leash when she sees me, and the dog will charge at me.  But, this time, there was another dog getting on the banwagon.  haha..

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