Barnmouse Blitherings

Five-Finger Discount Store?
January 13, 2007, 4:43 am
Filed under: general wonderment, office supplies = crack, whineyness

I stole a pen. This pen.

From CVS.

I totally did not mean to. And didn’t even know about it until I got home and was unpacking my bag.

It isn’t one of the pens that they sell there, or at least it wasn’t still in the wrapping. Hell, it doesn’t even come with a cap!

And to make things even weirder (more weird? which is it?) I didn’t even sign anything. You know, sometimes, when you have to sign the credit card slip thingy, you kind of wander off with the pen? Like when you see something shiney in the distance? Just me? Okay then. But I didn’t sign anything there! So apparently the girl behind the desk was just tired of that pen….or she thought I looked pen-less? Or maybe she hoped it would leak all over my cough drops. Who knows.

But I love this pen. I luuuuurve this pen. It writes so smooth! Even with no cap to keep it from drying out.

I think I’ll keep it.

I’m such a rebel.

In other totally non-related news:

I keep trying to put this in the dishwasher. It is on my kitchen counter and I have no idea why. (And no that is not Oak or Walnut or whatever, it is plastic and sucky and I hate my counter tops. Fake wood is just the worst choice ever. And you can’t put anything hot on it because it will melt and knives cut it, and hate! Just HATE.)

And why is there a screwdriver on the counter? No clue. I also keep trying to put it in the little knife holder thingy. Am apparently retarded.

Just move the screwdriver already you moron!

But I didn’t put it there.

So? Does that mean you can’t put it back in the tool box?




Yeah, I thought so. Stop messing around with the computer and go put the screwdriver away before you try and slice a steak with it or something.

But what if it’s there for a reason?

Well how long has it been there?

I dunno….I think I took the picture about 3 days ago…and it had been there a few days before that too.

GO PUT THE DAMN SCREWDRIVER AWAY AND SHUT UP ABOUT IT ALREADY. Oh, and stop talking to yourself. Remember the woman in the grocery talking to herself? You wouldn’t even go down the same aisle she was on.

Oh yeah. She was weird.


Well now I’ve finally gone and done it
August 18, 2006, 2:14 am
Filed under: electronics are out to get me, office supplies = crack

Nope…nothing bad. I finally bought a digital camera! I can now stop relying on the fuzzy quality of my phone’s camera!

Hip Hip Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray!!!

CG told me that when I sold our old tv, I could use that money to buy my digital camera. We had a serveral year old Sony Wega Trinitron 32″ flat screen, which we bought new and paid $1000 for. Since that was serveral years ago and it’s not HighDef, CG thought that I could get maybe $200 for it. Well….I wasn’t having ANY of that! I thought NO WAY!!! We paid SO much for this and have taken extremely good care of it. I’m not taking 1/4 of what we paid! There’s nothing wrong with it! So….good ol’ craigslist to the rescue!!! To tell you the truth, I’ve only been to the site twice before I actually posted an ad! I really didn’t think I’d get any bites.

Shows how much I know!

Within 20 minutes (actually, about 18) I had already gotten an email asking if the tv was still for sale and when could they come look at it! WOW! Cool!

To sum things up…..within 2 hours, I posted the ad, gotten 5 people who were interested in buying it, sold the tv, and taken the ad down.

I am a Believer in craigslist now!!! They should send me a T-shirt or something and I’d wear it everywhere!

Fast Forward to today….I am not a person who spends money willy nilly. I hem and haw and make my pros and cons lists and get knots in my stomach and then consider not buying anything (which is usually what I end up doing…you should see the jug of change I have in my office! And no pennies in there either…I’m way too organized for that. They have their own jug.).

I looked and looked and looked at the cameras that I could afford and thought about getting a picture printer and then thought about not getting the printer. I finally narrowed it down to one. Then I looked some more and narrowed my list down to three.


I started reading more reviews and comparing and reading and comparing, etc…

Then I narrowed it down to two.

So I found where it was supposedly on sale. Drove the 30 minutes to get there and found out…from the non-helpful, sleepy, probably doped up, sales associate….or as I like to refer to him “the sales ass” that “uhh…it’s not coming up. which one was it again? when I type it in this is all that comes up. I don’t know” After about 10 minutes of that, I said (for the 4th time…and yes, I have witnesses) “It’s not the same item number”


So he finds it (immediately) and then stands there for an uncomfortable amount of time while he was “looking” for the box. I happen to glance to my left and VOILA! I pointed at it and said, “Is this it?”

He blinked a few times and then something seemed to register in his head. He picked up the box and we headed to the service desk because there were just too many things going on for him, apparently.

Turns out that the sale was for online purchases only.

Gee…..would have been helpful for them to…uhh….I dunno….MENTION that SOMEWHERE on the website or on the sale card thing?!

So….30 minute drive home.

Another hour on the computer.

I found it at another store, for even less! It wasn’t listed with the rest of the cameras because it was a “bundle” (i.e. camera and printer together). For some reason it wasn’t listed under “packages” either. Good thing I had the item number.

So….25 minute drive to that store.

Found the camera, but no “bundle”. Look around for “sales ass”. There’s only one. This is odd. Normally when we’re at “Store B” there are 20 sales people over by the cameras and camcorders and they’re at you like a pack of wolves if you so much as look at the camera rack to avoid walking into it.

I stood there for 20 minutes and couldn’t catch anyone’s eye. The only girl there was helping a “lady” and her “brood” that she deemed neccessary to haul with her to the electronics store. Gee…nothing there for kids to knock over and break.

I leave and drive 30 minutes home. Traffic has gotten worse.

I look again and find a place where you can buy it online for the sale price and then go pick it up. This kind of sucks because the college kid who bought my tv paid me in cash. I was hoping to be able to just hand it over and get my camera in exchange.

They are making it hard for me to give them my money!

So….I order online….wait for the confirmation email…..and wait……and wait some more…..then finally I get it. Uh oh. I have to print it out. We’re out of printer paper. Of course. So I ended up using matte photo paper….hehe….. Don’t tell CG.

The guy at the pick up counter thought it was funny that I had to use that paper. That made the trip back to “Store B” a little better. At least I didn’t have to drive all the way back to “Store A”.

I finally get back home with camera and photo printer in tow!


My very first electronics purchase!!!! I’ve never actually had to buy any of it. CG considers electronics “personal” gifts. I got my laptop for Christmas and my iPod mini for my birthday.

I’ve now read all the instructions, put everything together myself and now am desperately searching for something….ANYTHING to take pictures of!!!!!! The cats won’t sit still. CG just glares at the camera and Mr. Puppy would try to eat the camera. No Pupkis on the new camera thankyouverymuch.

Thank goodness for Stuff Portrait Friday!

This post is long enough, but I figured I’d better write something since I hadn’t in 3 days!

August 14, 2006, 1:46 pm
Filed under: dream for an insomniac, office supplies = crack

It’s okay! Calm down. Everything’s alright now.

I have FOUND the desk stuff!

I am STILL the Queen!

*pause for applause*

thank you….athankyouverymuch

The desk is now DONE and all put together. I was kind of planning on that part taking a little longer….I’m not too sure laundry and other chores of “the like” will keep me awake.

Oh wait….there’s the coffee!

How could I forget about the coffee?! It’s my very own recipe. I’ve taken several recipes and tweeked them all into one super fantastic frappuccinno!


August 12, 2006, 1:28 am
Filed under: office supplies = crack

Ahh…the smell of pencils in the morning…
August 8, 2006, 4:46 pm
Filed under: office supplies = crack

I love this time of year…, not the heat part….and Fall is still my favorite….buuut….this is the time of year that the school supplies go on sale! I’m a total office supply junkie! I read all the ciculars and drool over the “Buy one get one free” sales and the “buy 1 at full price get 1 for 1 cent” sales! If I could, I’d come home with 100 pens and pencils, tons of different notebooks and paper supplies and nearly everything else.

I don’t know what it is about new pens and pencils that totally attracts me. Computer Guy thinks that he should have just waved a freshly sharpened pencil in my face instead of trying to impress me when we first met. Hmmm….might have even worked!

But alas….we have a grocery budget…


We need an office supply budget.

I’m also a “list nut”. I make lists about everything! And then when I mark a lot of those things off, I make a new revised list. I have lists on everything. Even food stuff we’re supposed to keep stocked, with another list of spices and herbs and things like that. I can’t help it, it’s a disease! But at least all the list-making tends to shorten the life of my pens and pencils (meaning, I can buy more).

My mom made the mistake of giving me scrapbooking stuff for my birthday last year. It consumed me! I kept the craft store in business! HA! After I finished my first scrapbook, I decided that I was going to make one for her for Christmas (2005). So I enlisted my dad to “steal” a bunch of pictures that my mom had put into a cabinet and swore she would do something with some day. When he shows up at our house, he has a GYM BAG full of pictures! Took me a week just to go through and sort them all! I started it in October. I wanted to give myself enough time to finish it since I was also crocheting 3 blankets (for mom, grandmom, and MIL) and knitting a scarf for my dad. Also crocheted 4-5 other scarves for CG’s Aunts and Uncles. Yes, I was busy as a little bee!

Anyway, I wanted to give myself plenty of time to finish the scrapbook for my mom, but ended up finishing it in less than a month! I was a little too excited about it, I think!

So….Christmas morning, we all get up (we’re at my parent’s house) and open presents….and what do I open up? MORE scrapbooking stuff! I’m afraid a squealed like a little girl. Of course, that one is long finished and now I’m working on a “mini” one. It’s very small…only one pic per page, but it’s cute.

Why am I writing about this? Well…I’m not sure. I think we started talking about office supplies and I guess technically the pens, pencils, stickers, and whatnot all counts as office supplies.

I’m going to go drool over the CVS circular…..

*wipes off keyboard*