Weekend Wrap-up...And A Cinematic-Super-Special GIVEAWAY!

This was the most productive weekend EVAH!!!

I had a volunteer event - Love Letters. This is my normal monthly event where we make cards for terminally ill children across the U.S., three kids a month. I expected a crowd of 50, though only about 30 showed up, which is fine...though it's a pain to set up and bring enough supplies for 50 when they don't all show. Regardless, I appreciate the 30 people who did show up because we got a lot of cards made, and it was nice of them to show on such a beautiful day...the weather was great!

So great in fact that I couldn't resist the urge to get the gutters cleaned.
Do I look up a handymans number and see if they are free?

Pay for a special landscaping company to come out?

Hire a local boy?

Oh no......I stop by the store and buy a ladder (the Hercules Pro, which I highly recommend as one of the greatest ladders EVER....is it wrong to love a ladder? Well if so, then I don't want to be right). And then I very nervously climb up the ladder and find that the gutters are packed and the water and icky dirty leaves in there smell like rotten eggs. Ew...and I have to reach my gloved hand into it and pull stuff out? Ew. There should be a tool for this. Or a magic wand. Oh, and cleaning gutters---is hard work!!!

I did enlist the help of little Andrew to climb up on the roof and get some of the pine needles swept down, and he cleaned the section of the gutter that isn't easily accessible. Yay for teenagers who help without being threatened first!

cleaning the roofI got all the gutters cleaned out except for the front of the house, which is a small section and I'm thinking I may need to have a handyman come treat the roof for moss anyway (or something like that), so I'll just save that...unless it's really nice again another day.

And I did an ultra-good job cleaning my kitchen later that night, in-between feeding the local children who came begging for candy.

Today was bingo day with Nancy, no winnings, but hours of fun anyway.

Then I cleaned up some more in the backyard and applied some caulking type stuff around the bathtub and then patted myself on the back for being such a good homeowner. Good Job, Me!!

It was a productive weekend - but oh my effing god do my hands hurt!!!

Some of you might know that I have bad wrists, like a carpul tunnel type issue. Apparently cleaning gutters and sweeping and raking are horrible for wrists. So noted.

I don't want to go to work tomorrow. I don't want to wake up and have to get dressed and leave my house. I want to stay in my house forever. Except to go to the movies.....

Because General Mills, via MyBlogSpark, sent me some free movie tickets, along with a certificate for a free box of cereal!

I love free stuff!!!

And I rarely go to the movies anymore because it's expensive!!! How did movies get to be so much?? And by the time you buy popcorn and drinks, it's almost as if you should now own part of the theater. HOWEVER -- General Mills is offering up free movies--you just need to buy two boxes of specially marked cereals and go to their website and enter the codes and then blamo-instant-presto-chango-kazaam.....they will email you a free coupon for a movie ticket!!!

general mills cereal movie giveaway FREE stuff!! I personally really enjoy honey nut cheerios and the kid loves Lucky Charms (ick), so this works great for us (especially since he now has a girlfriend and needs to pay for her movie ticket-best to get as many as we can free!).

AND - one lucky visitor to my blog will win the same prize pack I received, with four movie passes and a free box of GM cereal!
You know you want this.....sooooooo........read the info below and enter to win--it just takes a minute. Who doesn't want free stuff????
movie giveaway General Mills

To enter the contest:

1. Leave a comment saying what upcoming movie you are excited to see. I'm looking forward to the new movie with Cameron Diaz (who I don't aboslutely love, but I enjoy somewhat) where you have to push a button or someone dies or something...

2. For an extra entry: Follow my blog or subscribe via email - please leave an extra comment so I don't miss your extra entry.

3. For a special bonus extra entry: Blog or facebook or tweet about this contest -- please leave an extra comment with the link to your blog or fb or tweet. Only one extra entry for any of these, not one for each-to be more fair to those who don't tweet/fb/blog.

THREE chances to win!!

Good luck everyone!!! Contest will end on Tuesday, November 1oth at midnight PST.


  1. Nat said...:

    I want to win this one! I always eat Honey Nut Cheerios, I love movies, and I hate spending money on going to them- how perfect! Anywho, I'm looking forward to the new Sandra Bullock movie called "The Blind Side." I'm a big Bullock fan and this movie just looks good to begin with.

  1. Nat said...:

    Oh and I also follow your blog!

  1. stoppin by from SItS!!! Funny post! you are cool!!! I would love to win 'cause your right, movies cost waay too much!!

  1. Aunt Juicebox said...:

    Oh there's a never ending list for me! I can't wait to see the Vampire's Assistant though, and I may actually go see it at the theater. And maybe Pirate Radio cuz I'm in lurve with Bill Nighy.

    One of the small advantages of living in a condo is that somebody else does all the maintenance like cleaning gutters. Very small advantage at that.

  1. I will tell my peeps about your giveaway and come back and leave you the link!!

  1. krista said...:

    i just gotta say, you make me want to be a homeowner. i want to worry about pine needles in drains. is that weird?
    and, hell, at this point, i would go see anything. we don't go to the movies anymore, considering, you know, the price.

  1. Jay said...:

    I see commercials for all kinds of hose attachments where you can power wash the leaves out of your gutters while standing on the ground. They look cool. Or you could install covers over your gutters that allow water through, but the leaves supposedly slide off. I don't know if they work or not, but I see them on This Old House all the time. ;-)

    I don't go to the theaters, but I think the "Sherlock Holmes" movie looks like it will be good. I'm sure I'll wait until it comes out on DVD though. So, I won't enter your contest this time.

  1. Jessica said...:

    I have to get these tickets to see TWILIGHT. Oh yea, baby! I like honey nut cheerios, but rarely eat breakfast food for breakfast. The other day I had a pork chop for breakfast, mmmmmm :)

  1. Portland Rose said...:

    I want to see Where the Wild Things Are still. I don't know of any other movies...oh the christmas one with Jim Carey. I don't know how many versions of a Christmas Carol they can make, but that one looks fun!

  1. carma said...:

    I'm out of the loop on upcoming movies but I hear there is a new Bond one in the works with Daniel Craig - I'm all over that one :D

    congrats on getting so much accomplished!!

  1. Are people of the far north eligible? If so, I can't wait for 2012. I love me some natural disaster movies. The bigger the budget the better.

    Oh, and can you come to my place this weekend? My gutters need cleaning. I'll put some frozen peas on your wrists afterwards.

  1. Unknown Mami said...:

    How impressed am I that you got so much done? Very! I have wrist issues and it's a bummer.

    I'm excited to see "Where The Wild Things Are?" It's already out I know, but that's what I'm excited to see.

  1. TQ said...:

    1 - Valentine's Day (I'm a sucker for the romantic comedy - this has Sandra Bullock, Ashton Kutcher, Bradley Cooper (enough said :)) and others in it... and then any holiday movie coming out

    2 - I follow you already :)

    3 - And here's my tweet: http://twitter.com/toriallison

    Check out this post by a fellow blogger and get a chance to win 4 free movie tix!! everyone can use 4 free movie tix! http://bit.ly/5JLMB

  1. Amanda said...:

    Hi, I just saw a post you commented on about pharmacists and your comment"….because they want to make their job seem harder than it ever possibly could be" really offended me as a pharmacist so I thought I'd just stand up for pharmacists a little. I'm sorry if you have a bad one, but for the most part we really and truly care about our patients and get your Rxs filled as quickly as we can. We don't want angry grumpy customers that had to wait any longer than necessary. Our jobs ARE hard, and stressful, we can KILL people if we are slack on the job. It's not just about pouring out pills like a lot of people think. We have doctorate degrees that we worked hard for so that we can help take care of you, and make sure that you're not getting an meds that can hurt you or interact with anything else you may be on. Did you know that a huge percentage of pharmacists work 10-12 hour shifts with NO lunch break and very minimal bathroom breaks. It's true. Even in pharmacies that close for half an hour for lunch, the pharmacist often works that half-hour trying to get caught up. Just please don't make such hurtful comments about people who went into a profession because they want to help other people. There's a lot wrong with healthcare and pharmacies, but most of it does not lie with the pharmacist.

  1. Kaylen said...:

    Hi Amanda - I was being slightly snarky in that comment, the next line in my comment referred to how 24Hour Fitness needs 30 days to cancel your membership.
    I work full-time and I know that sometimes things get busy and sometimes things are slow, but even in the slow periods of work, when someone asks for something, we give them the biggest estimate of time it would possibly take to fill the job, regardless of whether we are in a downtime or not. It covers our ass for when we are very busy...and I really believe that the post in question had to do with this issue. She was told it would take an hour, but she came back in 20 min and it was ready. I don't think the pharmacist lied to her. I think he covered his ass in case it was going to take him 60 minutes, not the 15 he probably knew it would take.
    Even at 24HF, I would guess that they can actually cancel your membership in 48 hrs if there was some emergent reason that they needed to but they will never tell you that.

    I meant no disrespect to your profession, or any other. My point was that people do make things out to be harder than they seem at many times and the phramacist at that time probably knew that it would not take him an hour to get that one script ready, but why would he admit that to anyone? Then there would be false expectations in the future.
    I'll cross-post this to that blog as well, seeing as you did the same.

  1. ♥georgie♥ said...:

    without a doubt i so want to see Blind Side with sandra Bullock

  1. ♥georgie♥ said...:

    I follow...

    I forgot to say what an incrediably awesome thing you are doing with making cards...you ROCK!

  1. Krissy said...:

    I want to see Where The Wild Things Are! It looks amazing!

  1. MKB said...:

    I want to see the new scrooge movie. Kbroderi@msn.com

  1. Nicole said...:

    I really want to see New Moon

  1. JC said...:

    I'm looking forward to see New Moon!

  1. JC said...:

    Blog follower and subscriber!

  1. JC said...:

    Posted ans shared on Facebook.

  1. Mrsbear said...:

    The Box looks interesting, so does Paranormal Activity and The Fourth Kind, but I so rarely get a chance to see something scary. Neat giveaway. Also, I like cereal. ;)

  1. Nat said...:

    Three more hours! I want to win! :)


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