not ME monday... an abyss, a neglected boyfriend, and other tales of adventure and woe

Believe it or not, I did NOT fall off the face of the planet. No, it was more like being sucked into a black hole while cruising through deep space... I've had to learn all kinds of cool anti-gravity maneuvers to emerge again...

I did NOT discover the Full Cup coupon forums, and proceed to become deeply enmeshed in a web of complicated coupon trades and other obsessive compulsiveness. I've decided couponing is basically stamp collecting taken to a whole new level of frugal adult geekery.

I did NOT take the aforementioned obsessive compulsiveness to such a level that one evening my boyfriend turned me and plaintively asked, "Love... why do you only take me to grocery stores?" I doubled over laughed for about five minutes before responding, "And drugstores!!!" like that would make it all better.. (it didn't).

I did NOT get accepted into grad school. WOOHOO!!! Masters of Teaching, here I come!!!

I did NOT instantly begin to obsess about how I would pay for that grad school. My poor porcelain bank is indeed broken into a zillion pieces, but I swear it was an accident... Remember?

I did NOT procrastinate on filling out the FAFSA for a full week, and then when I finally forced myself to sit down and do it, I did NOT finish it in a mere 25 minutes. I think basically the fewer funds you have to report, the quicker it goes...

I did NOT discover that a laser pointer is basically kitty CRACK. My cats would find that mysterious little red dot wholly absorbing for hours on end. Dare we suggest that my days of leaping over furniture danging their fishing pole toy might be at an end??
That, my friends, is a little sampler of various things that did NOT happen (who are we kidding) in the past month or so... Hopefully one or two made you chuckle. And I hope you're excited about grad school for me!!! 'Cuz I'm a little distracted right now searching my couch for lost change... ;)

This post is part of not ME Monday over at My Charming Kids. Check it out!!

There's a Partay in Mah Mailbox!! (and you're invited... ;P)

Ok, be honest... since reading Melissa's Massive Big Daddy List of Freebies the other day, has anybody been curious to know what a week in the life of my mailbox might look like??? Well lucky day, it just so happens that I can oblige you... ;)

Ta da!!!

I was a little disorganized this week so this might not be everything, but its a close approximation. No, that blue vase in the background isn't one of the featured items, and why yes, I did decoupage that dresser myself! But now back to the freebies...

Last week I received:
A coupon for a free 4 pack of Smuckers Uncrustables
A sample of Nestle's Abuelita cocoa mix
A P&G brand sampler that included the Olay body wash and the coupons in the background, among other things
A Kashi TLC Bar
A Nature Valley sampler including a trail mix bar & a cute little Nut Clusters pack

And (drumroll please!!!) 3 prizes from Allure Magazine giveaways! I was so psyched, since before last weekend I had never won anything from them... it never rains but it pours I guess. I won:

A full-sized bottle of Philosophy Gingerbread Man body wash (I've decided Philosophy is basically Bath & Body Works for hippies -- in a totally awesome way)
a mineral foundation with an SPF (I love me some SPF)
a purple eyeliner from Almay (*bats my eyes with newfound drama*).

Sweet huh? It was a really fun week, and needless to say I'm going to be eagerly awaiting the next round of Allure giveaways at the begining of December. I say this string of good luck totally needs to continue.

What about you?? Was your mailbox partying last week??

This post is part of Mailbox Monday, over at A Frugal Friend. Check out other people's mailbox adventures there!

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