What did I do this weekend? (April 28-29, 2018)

Hello everybody! I once again apologize for not saving my receipts again. I have been really bad about that, I know. THIS WEEKEND THOUGH, I will save ALL OF THEM, dang it! Anyway, did a lot of fun stuff this weekend! Come and see what I did!

Saturday

On Saturday, LOCMom saw in an ad somewhere that a local spay and neuter group was holding their storage locker sale again and as someone who likes to look through junk for good stuff, I couldn’t miss it! Well, I got there and didn’t find anything unfortunately. 😦 But thinking back, I am kicking myself for not buying a wrapping paper storage bucket that had a handle on it. Mine at home doesn’t have a handle on it I recently found out, so I am so regretful. 😥 Oh well…

Then in the same place (Palo Cedro, CA), I went in a kitty rescue thrift store where I bought a bunch of brand new headbands for 5 cents each since the store was having a sale or something. Those hats will be going to Operation Christmas Child for all the kids. 🙂 I also recently used a 10 bucks off of 10 dollars coupon from JC Penney to buy a bag of gloves that were ringing up for 40 cents each on clearance and because I bought 10 dollars worth with the coupon, they were all FREE! SCOOOOOOOOORE! I felt like one of those extreme couponers at the grocery store using all of their coupons. 😛 Made it out of there like a bandit you could say! 😀

After shopping, LOCCousinS came over and tried to fix our bathroom door that keeps locking us in every time we close it. He couldn’t figure out how to fix it, but he said he was still going to bring over a part for the lock part of the door to try and see if that will work. I don’t know what we’re going to do if he can’t fix it guys… *shrugs* 😦

In the evening, LOCMom made soup and I had a little bit of it since I ate a bunch of protein that day.

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Pretty tasty! 😀

Then after everything, I relaxed all night! 🙂

Sunday

On Sunday, LOCMom and I went shopping! LOCMom wanted to go to her favorite antique store, so we went there and everything I liked was like 845893579584 dollars. 😦 Guys, some things in antiques are not antiques, I must tell you now. Some of the stuff they sell are from super ritzy companies that charges a lot for their stuff like clothing, soaps, and delicately made chicken figurines. All from Europe, btw. So yeah, for a lack of better words, my broke ass can’t afford that nice kind of stuff. 😦 But hey, at least I have good taste in stuff! At least, I think so. 😉

Then after the antique store, I went to the mall and got my free sample of See’s Candy and then I went to American Eagle to try on some of their pants. And AT LAST! I can squeeze into their size 14’s! But it was bitter sweet because all of stuff was soooooooooo expensive. I’m too smart to pay 34 bucks for a thin sweater just to wear the American Eagle brand. Or even 30 bucks for a pair of their jeans. Thrift stores have spoiled me, haha. 🙂 Someday, I will luck out and find the perfect pair of jeans or shirt from American Eagle at a thrift store and it will all fit me perfectly, darn it! I can wait for that day though, haha. 😉

And last night, I purchased a new minimalism book that is called, ‘Goodbye Things’. It’s about a Japanese man who got rid of all of his stuff once he realized he discovered that his stuff was making his  life miserable. Btw, this guy is an extreme minimalist though.  He keeps like all of his rooms empty in his apartment and even got rid of his Tempurpedic mattress. I mean, he could gave it to me! D: /jokingjoking 😛 But I am at the beginning of his book right now and so far, it is very good. Probably one of the better minimalism books I have read on the subject most recently. A lot of stuff he talsk about I already know since I am about as minimalist as you can get, but not extreme. And one of the reasons I didn’t get around to posting the Weekend Update on Sunday was because this new book of mine inspired me to declutter and clean! During the evening/night, I was going through everything, putting stuff in the donation pile I didn’t need and all of that. 🙂 FEELS GOOD! 😀

Someday, I may do a blog post about my living space to show everyone how minimally I live. 🙂 And still the laundry piles up! Can’t always keep my minimalist space clean without effort. Constant maintenance is key!

And I couldn’t have a cheat meal on Saturday, so I had one on Sunday. Funnel cakes were on the menu as my cheat meal, but LOCMom didn’t want to eat them with me, so we opted for Chinese food instead. 🙂

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MMMMMM… GOOD STUFF! 😀 ❤ Had the leftovers on Monday and it was all so awesome still!

So yup, that was my weekend. 🙂 Also, it rained this weekend, so check out this cool rainbow outside of my house!

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Sorry for the reflection of the room in the picture; I tried. 😦 But still, pretty huh? 😀

How was your weekend?

Punishing the poor – A rich person in power’s favorite past time

Hey everybody! So we’re going to take a different direction today. We’re going to be talking about the poor. You know, people who live in poverty like me that can’t have over $2000 ever. Ever. I figured that I can talk about this since I live it every day, so get ready, ya’ll!

So… Today it was announced that this particular rich person in power, Ben Carson, who is like, in charge of HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, aka the affordable housing program for the very poor in the United States) wants to raise the rent poor people pay on their affordable housing from 50 bucks to 150 bucks. It may not sound like a lot to your average joe who is not poor, but for people like me living on SSI, paying up $100 more for anything is a big difference that affects your low income by A LOT. Even better, old Carson wants to tack on work requirements for the poor who are not over 65 and are not disabled. Because those poor people deserve to obviously toil for the life of poverty they are trapped in already and is hard and impossible to get out of except by lottery winning luck, am I right? Obviously, I am being sarcastic. I mean, it’s all good to work, but working a minimum wage job at $7.25 an hour almost every day is not going to get someone out of poverty.

Why is this a problem? Well, it should be obvious. For those of us living in poverty, haven’t we suffered enough? Or aren’t we suffering enough already? For example, me being on SSI. People like me living on SSI and are disabled mentally and/or physically are not given enough to live on by Social Security. Can you live on under $1000 a month alone? Obviously, in this economy, you cannot. With everything going up and with wages stagnant, it is not just people on SSI or who are retired and live off Social Security alone who are suffering. Working people are suffering as well! Unfortunately, another not so well known fact is that SSI and regular Social Security payments for retirement have not kept up with inflation. Yup, you read that right. It has been YEARS since Social Security has been updated and it is no wonder that the people who rely on it alone are poor. It does not help that people on SSI cannot have over 2000 bucks in order to lift themselves out of poverty. It is wrong, enough said. I’m sure people who are well off financially can see why this would be a problem financially.

And for Ben Carson’s “poverty is a state of mind” comment, if you know anyone who is in poverty or are familiar with poverty, this is not the case. People who live in poverty are not poor or are a “leech” to society by choice, if at all. They live in poverty because they were born into it and were not able to get out of it or they were not fortunate enough to find a job that offers a living wage to lift themselves out of their circumstances and still cannot and in thus, live in poverty. They then have no choice but to accept help from the government for food stamps, SSI, HUD, WIC, or whatever else to get by so they can live a somewhat decent life that does not make them and their children suffer 24/7. The economy is not like the 50’s where you can just get a good paying job because you have a high school degree or walk into a business and ask for a job and you get it. And no matter how a certain someone who blabs on and on about it, coal mining jobs are disappearing and are not coming back. Ever. So you can forget that and the black lung that comes with it.

Also in the news annoucned earlier in the year, but still relevant, they mention that our president has a proposal to cut back on SNAP money. And that is by offering SNAP recipients what they call an “America’s Harvest Box” aka, The Slop Box. Ooooh, what’s going to be in this particular America’s Harvest Box you ask? Probably fresh fruits, fresh veggies, fresh meats, and fresh dairy products, you say? Well, I hate to be the THAT person, but you’d be wrong! Let’s break down what is going to be in this here box:

Shelf Stable Milk: Oh boy, dried milk! Yup, because I want to prepare dried milk every night just to get some protein instead of just buying the liquid stuff! Hooray for more work that I have to do in the kitchen! /sarcasm

Juice: Ah yes, SUGAR! YES, I will drink all of the sugar, or juice, that has had the fruit it was made out of nutrient’s and vitamins ripped out of them and put in a drinkable form! I’m sure nobody will get fat from drinking said juice from a can or in an already liquid form! /sarcasmagain

Grains: Quinoa or bust. Or maybe even brown rice. And you can bet they won’t offer this grain they are going to give us in bulk either. It will also probably be in a processed food box or boxes with artificial seasonings to go with it or in a small baggy that you can probably buy for a buck at the dollar store. In all honesty, this grain will probably be white rice. Guarantee it.

Ready-eat-cereals: Oh boy, more sugar! Also starch if the cereal is posing as something “healthy”. Because as an adult who cares about my health, this is the last crap that I would ever eat. Heck, some cereals, if not all, have vitamins sprayed onto them because they lack that much nutritional value. Just no. UGGH.

Peanut Butter: You can bet it will shatty peanut butter like Skippy. Gotta’ keep those processed foods companies in business, dontcha’ know? Heaven forbid the peanut butter they would ever give us would be something that is not filled with sugar or just made from, y’know, just peanuts?

Canned Meat: Because nothing says health food like a can o’ meat full of salt and the bad kind of fat for your body! Maybe even some sugar mixed in to keep you addicted. Heaven forbid we would even be offered canned salmon or tuna in a can! Can’t have those poors eating something that may be good for them! /yetagainsarcasm

Poultry or Fish: Now, here is something I approve of… if it’s fresh. We would probably just receive this stuff already canned, but I’m hoping for it to be something that people could prepare in their own kitchen. But this “luxury” fresh food offered to us could be, like, the worst cuts of a chicken or fish ever. Like chicken legs or wings, or un-deboned fish. Uggggh…

Canned Fruits and Veggies: Oh boy, look! More salt and sugar in your diet than you need from each can of fruits and veggies that you and your family consumes! Heaven forbid poor people should eat fresh fruits and veggies because they deserve to! I mean, what is the world coming to?!! /sarcasm No, as a fellow poor, I do not want any canned fruits and vegetables that obviously have preservatives and excess salt and sugar in them. Frozen veggies and fruit would be a healthier bet because they are both freezed at peak freshness in this manner. But still, nothing beats fresh fruits and veggies. I would be miserable each day if I had to eat frozen or canned fruits and veggies all of the time. 😦

And that’s it for this list. So… MMMMMM! Sounds appetizing, does it all not? And they want to slash SNAP money from your SNAP budget just to give you this wonderful Slop Box! although, I would probably qualify for Food Stamps, I do not get them as of yet and probably never will because of the work requirements or sooon-to-be work requirements that are required to have them in a lot of states. Plus, if I sign up for them, it would cut into my SSI for sure. So even though I do not have any SNAP benefits, I feel for the people who do and are going to be affected by this nonsense that the president’s budget proposal offers. What this Slop Box idea does not understand is that by giving American’s money for buying their own food instead of giving them some random food they are forced to eat or they will starve, they are giving them the power to buy their own food and make their own choices. For example, some people have food allergies and if somebody getting this Slop Box is allergic to peanut butter, what are they going to do with said peanut butter? If it were me, I would obviously throw it in the garbage. Can’t eat it, so why keep it around? That goes for the other foods offered in the box as well. If people don’t like the food they get in the Slop Box, heck, they can just donate it to the food banks so someone else can eat it. Key words: if they want to. But they will have no choice if they don’t want to starve, so I guess they may eat it? My best bet is that they will probably give it away or just not take it home with them at all.

So yeah, you can see I am a little peeved about all of this. To close, I believe that no one deserves to live in poverty. NO ONE. The United States is one of the richest countries in the world, yet we cannot provide adequate help to our poorer fellow American’s, but have billions to throw at the military and corporations and their CEO’s? It’s insanity and it will always be wrong. I dream of a day when our poorest of citizens like myself will no longer have to suffer financially or in any other form and live a happy life in the “greatest country in the world”, so they say America is. Ergo, there are better countries out there, but that’s what they say, right? I just hope it happens someday. That is one of my dearest wishes.

What do you think about these latest poltical developments affecting the poor?

News Sources:

Washington Post

Politico

Forbes

What did I do this weekend? (April 21-22, 2018)

Hello everybody! I am very sorry again for no blog post this week. 😦 I’ve been a very bad blogger I will admit, but I hope to have weekly blog posts again starting this week! I’ve got a few topics I have been wanting to blog about! 🙂

But come and see what I did this weekend!

Saturday

On Saturday, LOCMom and I went yard saling! It was a beautiful morning and a great time to hit up some sales! We went to a few garage sales and even one where we donated our stuff to to donate to their cause their garage sale was for and unfortunately, I didn’t find anything… 😦 But I found this cool bean bag chair which I sat in and was super comfy! It was HUUUUUGE though! Like a third of the size of one of those HUGE teddy bears they sell at Costco sometimes! Wouldn’t even fit in our car. 😛

After yard saling, I went to the mall and tried on some clothes! So far, I am medium/small in shirts and 12/14 in pants! Well, a 12W if they even make that size. 😛 Just wanted to check where I was at… 🙂

After shopping, I went home to eat my cheat meal… In-N-Out! 😀

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YES, that meal tasted as good as it looks! Guys, I haven’t had a hamburger in months or maybe even a year. I’m not your stereotypical American, haha. 😛 To me, I think hamburgers are quite fattening and are a rare indulgence! Especially with a side of French Fries and a strawberry milkshake! ^ u^ Oh man, looking at the picture of my cheat makes me want to have it again! But I cannot, haha. Special occasions only!

During my Saturday night, I read my Salt Sugar Fat book, which I am almost done with by the way. 😉 Then I watched a new episode of My Hero Academia! The third season is starting off a little slow, but now that the villains have shown up, I predict things will start picking up plot wise now. 🙂 Then at around 10:00PM, I boiled some eggs for my usual salads, but there has been a recall on romaine lettuce which is what I normally eat as a leafy veggie. 😦 Grrrrr… I will have to make do with quinoa bowls instead now, which are fine, but I have to start cooking my veggies in the oven again. 😦 I basically roast brussels sprouts and broccoli for my veggies in general, but salads have just been so convenient lately. Plus, I pack my salads with lots of protein and well portioned dressing, so they are always perfect tasting! I absolutely love them! ❤

And you must forgive me again because I did not keep my receipts from this weekend. 😦 So no spending records for this weekend. Sorry everybody… I will definitely remember them for next weekend’s Weekend Update though! 😀

Sunday

On Sunday, I did a few things! In the morning, I read my Salt Sugar Fat book first thing! The internet is basically dead on Sunday’s when it comes to new content to read and look at, so I went and read my book. Almost done with it! I have a feeling that I will be keeping this book since it brings me joy and was such a great read! It is rare that a “regular” book stays upon my bookshelf forever or until I get a digital copy of it to replace the physical copy, but it is definitely a wonderful thing!

After hanging out during the morning at home, I went out shopping to a few stores! I went to Bed Bath and Beyond for a lazy susan for my spices that I had my eye on for a while, but sadly, it was too big for my cupboard. Have to return it some time this week. 😦 Then I went to Target and Sally’s for a stupid nail buffer that is rectangular and wouldn’t you know it, none of them had the one I was looking for. I even checked Wal-Mart and they had the one I was looking for, except they were inside of individual nail kits with stuff I didn’t need from them. Boooooooo. It’s either Amazon or Wal-Mart for my nail buffer needs and I will check Wal-Mart one more time to see if the right buffer I am looking for are in the kits. They under 3 bucks and Amazon wants 6 bucks for the buffer I ordered from them last time… *sighs*

Then at some point in my shopping trip, I went to Dollar Tree and bought some clothes pins for keeping fruits and veggies fresh and also two file sets for my self customized cook book binder! After I got home from shopping, I labeled the folder tabs according to my categories of recipes in my cookbook and it looks great now! Btw, I give a A+ grade on Dollar Tree’s see-through folder tabs for organizing documents in sheet protectors in binders! The reason why I love them so much is because the labeled tabs stick out over the sheet protectors in each of my binders that I have making it easier to find contents in binders unlike regular pricier folder tabs sold in other stores. Here they are! Love these little guys! 😀

After organizing my cookbook, I basically relaxed all evening. ^ _^

So that was my weekend! Pretty fun, especially my In-N-Out meal! 😀 Next weekend’s cheat meal will be a deep fried dessert though! 😀

How was your weekend?