Monthly Archives: September 2008

CVS didn’t like me tonight

Had a bad CVS run tonight (which is why I’m sitting here typing when I should be sleeping).  I had three transactions planned out.  The first one was messed up right off the bat because one of the items on my list was out of stock.  So, I found a replacement item on my list (body wash) which would get me one ECB less, but I was okay with that.  Well, it turned out that I messed up.  I had to get two body washes to get the 2 ECB’s.  I only spent $1.19, but I only earned back $2 instead of the $4 I was expecting.  So, I changed my second transaction to add another body wash with some other stuff on my list to get that $2.  I ended up spending $4.54 on that one, expecting 4ECB’s back.  Well, the body wash ECB’s didn’t print!  The cashier and assistant manager looked at my reciepts and couldn’t figure out why it didn’t work.  So, they gave me $2 from the register.  Then, as the store was technically closed, I rushed to do my final transaction for the night.  I wanted to try out the Neutrogena Wave.  One of the monthly specials is if you spend $15 on Neutrogena you get $5 back.  I got $5 in coupons online, had a $4off$20 coupon I got in an email from CVS, and used my 2 ECB’s and $2 in cash, which brought my total down to $10.91.  Not bad considering the original total that rang up was $24.24.  And my 5 ECB’s did print for my next trip.  HOWEVER, when I got home I realized I was overcharged!  The Wave was supposed to be $13.99, but rang up at $14.99.  So, now I have to get a price adjustment!  Oh, AND when I gave the gal my $4off$20 coupon, she told me the computer said I’d already used it today and couldn’t use it again.  What???  I just printed it today, only ONE copy, and that was it.  She typed something and made it go through.  So, as the title states, CVS did NOT like me tonight.  Oh well.  I guess this deal making stuff is not for the faint of heart!

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A carnival at home

We celebrated Emily’s 4th birthday yesterday.  Overall the party was a success, but it sure did take a lot out of me.  We worked very hard the last several days, cleaning the house, cleaning up the yard, making carnival games and signs, and preparing lots of food.  Muscles were sore, sleep was lost, but in the end it was worth it.  I should be sleeping now, but I’m a bit wired at the moment.  Anyway, one of the big projects was the cake.  I got the idea for the whole carnival theme from Parents magazine.  In it they had ideas for games, prizes, food, and the cutest cake I’d ever seen.  It was a ferris wheel, made of rice crispies, perched on a cake base.  I read the instructions and it really didn’t seem too bad, so I figured, why not give it a shot?  I had my mom lend a hand to speed up the process and Emily even got to help with some of the decorating.  It turned out beautifully!  It should have had two additional “passenger buckets” but we were afraid of disturbing the integrity of the structure.  Here is the end result:

The glorious cake

The glorious cake

I was so proud!  A few of our guests got to see the cake when they arrived.  I ran down to the patio to frantically finish setting up the games, ran back to the kitchen to fetch batteries for our bubble machine, and found a terrible sight.  My beautiful ferris wheel had tipped over, breaking the base cake completely in half.  My mother-in-law came to the rescue saying we could fix it and get some frosting, but after quite a bit of struggle, there was nothing to be done.  We managed to prop the wheel up to standing again, surrounded by a crumbled cake.  I couldn’t hold back the tears any more.  I had a short cry to mourn my cake that we’d worked on all morning.  Thank goodness I’d taken the picture right away.  At least it still tasted good.  On a later trip back to the kitchen I found the wheel had fallen again as the crispy treat was starting to split apart from all the skewers stuck in it.  So, I laid it to rest on a plate and it officially was no longer a ferris wheel.  Oh well…  Emily got to blow out a candle on one of the cupcakes (which I missed getting a picture of!) and everyone still enjoyed the yummy treat.  The carnival games were also a success.  The kids had a lot of fun playing games, winning tickets and turning in their tickets for prizes.  We had a clothespin drop, bean bag toss, squirt gallery, bucket toss, hoop shot, and kissing booth (guess how many hershey kisses).  We also had a craft table with paper, crayons and carnival stickers.  The bubble machine was also running periodically which is always fun.  Emily got a ton of fun presents and the food was great.  It seemed like everyone had a good time, so I guess that is what matters most.  Now, if I can just catch up on some sleep…

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