Tuesday Top Ten

It’s not Letterman’s Top Ten, but welcome to Ten on Tuesday!

Ten Things I’m Loving Right Now

1. Il Moscato

A delicious, budget friendly version of my fave sparkling moscato. Trader Joe’s has it for $9.99 a bottle. Yum-O! An odd little quirk with this brand, which also has Il Prosecco, if you’re so inclined, is that it doesn’t have a cork. Rather, it must be opened with a bottle opener, so if you’re the only one enjoying a bit of the bubbly, be sure to pick up one of these vacuum stoppers to keep it fizzy for next time.

Or you could just finish off the bottle. However, then next morning, you might need this.

2. Home Depot

While I’m not usually a big fan of superstores in general, I don’t mind going to Home Depot to pick up the random item for Diva Husband. Last week, Homer and the gang ran this fabulous deal for $3 off LED Christmas Lights. Since DH does light duty in our home, he sent me to pick up lights for our new tree (See below).

3. Ginormous Christmas Trees

Our family room ceiling is 18′ tall. For five years, DH has lamented the fact that our Christmas Tree, in all of it’s 8′ glory, was lost in the height of the room. Thanks to Craigslist, we are the proud owners of an almost-new 12′ tree. And our pocketbook is $50 lighter.

Not a bad deal. Pics to follow.

4. Patient (If a wee bit dumb) Dogs

If you’ve read my musings for any length of time, you’ll be familiar with Princess (the Wonder Dog)and her archnemesis, The Manimal. I had really hoped that, with Christmas coming, we could use the age-old threat: “Santa only visits good little boys.”

It’s not working. Poor pup.

5. Fall Weather

I love Autumn. It’s my favorite season of the year. The gorgeous fall colors, crisp air, Friday night bonfires. The whole package. I enjoy the occasional Indian Summer weekend, but I especially love Autumn.

Particularly when Mother Nature remembers that Autumn weather should occur in October/November.

6. A Nine Year-Old Boy

I love SS#1 with all my heart. He’s my first, my baby, my little Squirtle. I’m not loving this “I’m always right” stage. But I do love my boy. I love my boy. I love my sweet stubborn boy.

7. Finding the Perfect Gift

I found the absolute perfect gift for my parents. Unfortunately, I can’t even give you a clue, since BOTH of them read my blog. I also found the perfect gifts for The Lawyer and my Wonderful SIL, and my nephews, Tex, Sir Falls-a-Lot and Baby Bean. Well, I haven’t really found the one for Baby Bean yet, but I’m hoping my luck holds out.

I can give you a leetle clue on my gift for The Lawyer and Wonderful SIL. She actually introduced me to this company. Prices are reasonable and I found a 35% discount code which made my personalization and shipping FREE! šŸ™‚

And that leads me to…

8. Online Discount Codes

I’m late to the party on this one, I’m sure, but did you know that you can Google to find discount codes for online shopping? They don’t always work, and sometimes they bring up expired codes, but it’s SO worth trying! I just enter the business name and “discount code” or “coupon” and it brings up the results.

Saving money AND finding great gifts. Merry Christmas to me!

9. Good Books

I’ve recently finished reading the Mitford books, by Jan Karon. When I was 7, I received the Little House on the Prairie Boxed Set for my birthday. I read them so many times that my mom had to put them away for awhile so I’d read other books.

Last year, she gave them back to me.

I’ve re-read them twice since then.

I’m pretty sure Mitford is becoming my grown-up version of the Little House books.

10. Vacation

I have exactly four days of work left before I’m off for A WHOLE WEEK. Three days if you don’t count today. Then I work for fourteen days and I’m off for TWO MORE WEEKS.

Vacation/PTO days are one of the few best perks of my job! šŸ™‚

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