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Yesterday, my mom left for Chicago. I hated to see her go, but also was glad to get a little time for myself (and Harlee is very pleased to get "her" futon back). I finally finished assembling the spinner rack for my rock CDs. Allelula. I also clipped some more coupons while watching part 1 of a set of DVDs on the Appalachian Trail.

Today, I finally got my blood test done, so it will get my doctor off my case. There's a lab just down the street from me, which was convenient. However, I got there when it was closed for lunch, so I killed some time in the local garden shop, and found a downright scary overgrown striped spider plant that I liked. However, I didn't get it because I didn't want it to fry in the car. When I went back to the lab, it took a while to draw my blood because they were confused by my doctor's orders, but when they did draw my blood, they got it on the first try (which unfortunately is unusual--it often takes multiple tries). I told the woman drawing my blood that I was impressed that she got it on the first try, and she was very pleased to hear that.

Then I ate blackberry stuffed french toast at Wild Berries, which was very good, but almost too rich. I felt a little queasy, so I went home without buying the spider plant. I tried to take a nap, but couldn't fall asleep.

I drafted my first blog post for my gardening blog. I want to work on developing content that isn't time-sensitive now, but I'll wait to promote the site until after the first seed catalogs are published next year. I also need to set up the Web site for the blog. I also am looking at garden-related things on Clickbank that I could promote. I'm intrigued about plans to build a waist-high planter; those sell for hundreds of dollars in garden supply places. I might try building one and making a video of its construction. I also am intrigued by plans for vertical gardens. But that's putting the cart before the horse; first, I need to create content for the blog.

My plan for tonight is to do my research on what's on sale at Meijer and sort through my coupons, make a grocery list, and then go to Meijer. I also am planning to go hiking tomorrow, so I need to print out directions and get organized.
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It's 27 degrees F out (I put the hyacinth in the basement), overcast, and very windy, so I made an executive decision not to go out to get the Sunday paper for coupons today. (I still am not getting the paper delivered, and I subscribed a month ago, so I need to find out what's going on.) I slept for 14 hours (must have needed it), and am still feeling shaky and headachy, so I think that I've made the right decision.

I have plenty of stuff to do here, most notably homework and cleaning and organizing my wreck of a kitchen. I also need to soak the berry plants so that I can plant them tomorrow.

The girls have gotten some cuddle time with me, so they're happy. They crack me up. I was sitting on the futon last night, talking on the phone to my mom, and Harlee was snuggled next to me. Harlee went away, and I stretched out on the futon. She came back, and was circling the futon complaining. I moved my legs, and told her that she could jump on next to me, but no, she was circling and complaining until I sat up. Then she jumped up and snuggled with me again. Whenever I turn my back to leave the bedroom, Zara has been rushing up and tagging my ankles. I tell her that yes, she is a mighty huntress.
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I've decided to get into couponing. I've read a book about it and bought a binder for the coupons. Now all I need to do is clip coupons. To do this properly will be a lot of work, however. I'll need to keep track of what's on sale at Meijer, Kroger, CVS, Walgreen's, and possibly Jewel. We'll see how I do.

Because I was out so much last week, I missed watching the ice dancing and women's figure skating competitions on TV. I just watched the ice dancing on demand. I don't know the fine points of ice dancing, but I thought that everyone was awesome and perfect. I clipped some coupons during the show, but stopped when the gold medal winners (Davis and White of the US) were skating. I was wondering where they have ice dancing competitions in the US because I'd love to see one live sometime. I think that it's my favorite Olympic competition.

I didn't quite finish the coupons, so I'll clip more later when I watch the women's figure skating.

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