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And we’re off!!


Just a quickie post before we leave. My family and I are off to Ireland and Italy this morning. Our plane leaves in a few hours and I’m giddy with excitement.

My husband and I are trying to adjust our sleeping habits as best we can so I’m up at 3am making cinnamon rolls while squeezing in sets of jumping jacks to keep me awake. We’ll see if this works out.

I can’t tell you how WEIRD it is to not pack my trusty Bank of America credit card (long since shredded) to accompany me! We are funding this trip totally by CASH. When I come home, I won’t be dreading seeing my mailman! Yay!

So what are the final numbers for the trip?

Two and a half weeks, two countries, two multi-day tours, airfare, and hotel came out to…$1,800 per person. It’s not my best work but the darn open jaw airfare messed up the budget!

I will try my best to post along the way, my brother is taking his iPad, but don’t rely on it. I’ve scheduled posts to appear while I’m gone but if something terrible happens – like a nuclear war, a catastrophic natural disaster, or they renew America’s Got Talent for another season – and I’m posting about making cookies and eating bon bons, give me until I get home to respond.

See you at the end of October!

Garage Sale!!


My grandparents moved from Arkansas to California to live with my parents a few months ago. Since my parents live in a rural area and I live in the city, mom thought it would be a good idea to have a garage sale of her and my grandmother’s duplicated items at my house.

My mother flew in my sister, the family garage sale expert, from Kansas to help her assemble the wares. Yes, it was a pretty transparent excuse to get my sister to visit, but we didn’t mention it.

I haven’t hosted a garage sale at my home before and wasn’t sure if she would get the traffic she needed.

Judging from the stack of cash she had sitting on the kitchen counter…

My area is very garage sale friendly. Mom earned just over $1,000, my brother made $150, and I made $10.

Clearly, I didn’t keep a good eye on mom’s bookkeeping.

It was a learning experience and if I had anything to sell, I’d do it again in a heartbeat.