It occurred to me, as I sit here listening to my favorite pet, this robot vacuum, that I have not written a blog in almost a month. That’s not to say that I have not written at all. For a few weeks I was on quite the streak. I finished my second re-write of my book and then started adding to the story. I’m not sure what happened after that but I do intend to schedule some writing time tomorrow and next week.
As far as this new year goes, well it’s a tossup. It’s been better in ways and the same or worse in others. As is life, I suppose. I have a big girls trip coming up later this year to celebrate the 40th birthday of myself and one of my best friends. We’re also going to Disney so I’m trying to do a better job with the budget. That being said, I bought some things that have brought me great joy in the new year.
The first is the Instant Pot. I had been eyeing it for awhile and the expense kept me from pulling the trigger on it. But, most nights of the week it’s just me and the kids. If I’m working then I don’t feel like cooking and cleaning up. I bought it and haven’t looked back. On average I’m cooking 3-4 meals a week in this thing. Keep in mind, I meal plan and I do so to leave me with leftovers so that I’m not cooking every night. So far, I’ve only had one meal not turn out great. That was last night. The issue was I was supposed to let it natural release for 5 minutes and then quick release and pull it out. I was making mashed potatoes and let it natural release for 10 minutes, so then I ended up with dry pork. Lesson learned. Other than that screw up, I’ve loved it and cooked a bunch of different things in it. There’s a Facebook group where people will teach you all the overwhelming things, like what it means to natural release versus quick release.
The second thing that’s rocked my 2018 has been this crazy robot vacuum. We talked about getting one for Christmas but spending over $300-400 for another vacuum just seemed like an expense we didn’t need. Then I was looking at my Facebook feed and in one of the local groups I belong to a woman posted that she had seen a Roomba in the Bargain Hunt for $130. The next day my husband said he was going to go see if it was still there. Sure enough, it was! This thing is amazing. I hate vacuuming but I also hate dog hair and with wood floors, the dust bunnies. I honestly don’t know the model, I’m pretty sure it’s a retired one. But it’s a Roomba. I like how it sounds like there’s an old lady driving a scooter into all my furniture too.
Finally, the MoviePass has brought me an indescribable amount of joy. Here’s the deal, it’s $9.95 a month (right now looks like they have a special for $7.95 a month!). You pay whether you see a movie or not. For that monthly fee, you can see one movie a day in the theater. The catch? You can’t see the same movie twice. You install the movie pass app on your phone. When you are within 100 yards of the theater you go into the app, select the theater, movie and show time. Then you go into the theater and buy the ticket with the MoviePass card (looks like a regular credit card). That’s it. So far this month, I’ve seen maybe 4 movies? Since a night time movie costs $11+, if I go to one movie then I’ve saved money. Going to the movies is my favorite thing to do. I usually go with my bestie, so she got a MoviePass too! I think it will really save me some money when I’m going to the movie this summer with the kids with all the new kids movies coming out. **For those who will ask, each person has to have their own. So I can’t buy myself and both kids tickets on my movie pass. They’d need to each have one.