Surprise, Surprise, Surprise

Monday, January 23, 2012
The birthday surprises continue!  Today I came home to an unexpected parcel from Amazon.  The always generous Alun sent me a couple of birthday books to start my year off right. 

Keeping me reading through February
Yeah, you read that right - The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse.  I don't remember how I came across the title but when I read the blurb about it, I added it right away to my Amazon Wishlist.  I don't tend to read a lot of fiction but it sounded fun.  I'm sure my brother and sister in law will enjoy it when I'm done.  Justinian's Flea?  This has been on my list since it came out a few years ago.  It combines two of my fave things in nonfiction:  history and death by pandemic.  Yeah I'm a bit freaky like that.  Its how I roll.

Frozen but Fabulous
I love brussels sprouts but frozen sprouts tend to be mushy and bland.  However, I'm a big fan of the Green Giant Simply Steam Brussels Sprouts with Butter Sauce.  I don't know how they do it and I don't really care.  All I know is that I love them.  And yeah, I eat the whole box.  Two servings of veggies - done!  Now, the butter sauce does have quite a bit of sodium in it but I try to to scoop the sprouts out of the sauce so there's just a thin coating of sauce on them when they hit my plate.

Yeah, I'll be gassy tomorrow
Once again, your eyesight isn't fading - that's fish on the far side of the plate.  Deep fried and battered but its there.

The mailbox surprises didn't end with the lovely present from Alun.  Amongst the junk and bills, there was my annual statement for my workplace savings plan.  I almost didn't open it because the amount I expected to see really wasn't anything to smile about.  However, while waiting for my sprouts to steam, I ripped open the envelope.  WTF?!  The amount I saw was more than double what I expected.  It's nowhere near enough to, say, retire but it is enough to make the equivalent of almost two payments on my student loan.  You see, I forgot that I had changed my payro mind was made upll deductions from once per month to once per paycheck - that means I went from 12 deductions a year to 26.  A BIG difference.  Woot! 

You know what it also means?  I'm buying a bicycle in the spring.  I had planned on buying one anyways but I was starting to think responsibly and felt like I should be putting the money towards a bill payment.  With the surprise I received in the mail today, my mind was made up.  I'm doing both.  The REALLY responsible Me would skip the bike and make two sets of extra payments but at this point in my life, I think the bike is important.  I need something to get me out of the house, a new form of activity, a new lease on the life I want to have.  Besides, I've been good about making extra payments every month so I feel justified.  Green Cruiser ... here I come.

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