Three things I’m loving this week

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Extended warranties. The old adage was to never waste money on extended warranties as you almost never used them. Times have changed and I’d argue that most electronics are definitely not made to last, so if you’re investing some money in a new iPod or pricey phone, or TV, I’d strongly suggest you buy an extended warranty or opt for the product with the longer warranty. It’s saved our butt more than a couple of times lately — on a desktop pc, a laptop pc, and even our $2K sliding door with the blinds between the glass that broke (they’re sending a new panel).

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My heating pad. I brought it to work for my back, but I’ve had it sitting on my lap sandwiched between two layers of the blanket I wrap around myself every day and it makes me happy…and warm.

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The interspecies bromance in my house. My big cat Oliver is indifferent (and occasionally hostile) to the other cats in the house, but he likes Sam…really, really likes him. It’s pretty fun to see him try to love on Sam, who just barely tolerates it, though he seems to be enjoying more and more every day. In the photo above, the cat is resting his head on Sam’s snout as they both lay on the kitchen floor.

Things I’m not loving this week

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Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell. I actually enjoyed this book and ripped through it pretty quickly, despite the hillbilly dialect, but the ending was awful….how do you not reveal the one thing everyone wants to know? I don’t like it when books answer all my questions and tie things up with a neat little bow, but ….this one left one big unanswered question, which made me feel cheated.

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Cold, wind rain. You don’t have to shovel it and it’s not hard to drive on, but cold, windy rain is miserable to walk or go anywhere in.

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Dollar store binders. In the category of you get what you pay for….the girls needed binders for the start of a new semester at school and I thought I was smart by scoring them at the dollar store. Not so much. The pockets broke on the first day. Sigh.