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Mar 5, 2013 -

Walmart Scavenger Hunt

My latest Walmart list was very eclectic, so I knew it would take a lot of time to fill. I decided to wait until I had both the time in an afternoon to go and wander and the need to get out of the rig. This afternoon was the day; the pantry was very bare!

I spent over an hour wandering the aisles trying to figure out where things might be. Hardware? Toys? Electronics? Cleaning Supplies? I found all but two things, a little cabinet for the office and matches, which were not in the camping supplies. So I’m stumped and wonder if Walmart carries any. I don’t mean the flimsy cardboard kind smokers use, but sturdy wooden ones for lighting fires.

One thing I did find surprised me, a three-drawer cabinet that was almost exactly the right size to put in an overhead cabinet in the study to hold paper supplies:


I wish it was just a little wider to hold the legal sized file folders, but this was a nice find, and was just $12.

I decided to head to ACE Hardware to see if they might have a hardware cabinet for my office. Office desktop drawers are not the right dimensions for what I had in mind and crazy pricy, hence my thought to look at a hardware store. I’ve been storing my supplies like pens, Post-It notes, and highlighters in my desk drawers, which is a really poor use of space. I never know what I have, so I tend to overbuy.

I had a vision of a desktop shallow, long, and low cabinet with tons and tons of drawers exactly the right size for all my supplies.

Kind of like this:


The drawers are about an inch too short for writing implements, but I can store those things diagonally. Everything else fits perfectly. There wasn’t a single thing I wanted to store in it that doesn’t fit and I even have room for things that I didn’t think would fit (like my stapler). I screwed it to the wall. On a less windy day (ha ha ha ha) I am going to remove all the drawers, take the casing outside, and give it a couple of coats of dark brown paint.

(Thank you Mr. ACE Hardware guy who got the dang thing off a very high shelf and provided a variety of office supplies to test the dimensions while making me feel like a valued customer.)

Now, I have room in my desk drawers for my headset, label maker, scanner, and a bunch of other stuff. This little cabinet was $20 very well spent and is a good use of desktop real estate space!

While at ACE, I remembered to have the truck key copied so that I have a spare… but I forgot the matches. Dang!

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Mar 1, 2013 -

Guacamole For Breakfast

I was thinking of slacking off the avocados for a bit, but Caroline, darling woman that she is, brought me FOUR from town the other day! Do I have the most awesome blog readers or what?!

This morning, I decided to do a little nutritional comparison between a whole avocado and the two tablespoons of peanut butter or shredded cheese that I normally put on my tortilla (or English muffin) in the morning. In terms of fat and calories, the three were neck and neck, but the avocado has tons of fiber and vitamin C. Add in the fresh lime juice and minced garlic, and guacamole ends up being a much more nutritious (and filling) breakfast than I usually have.


As my best friend would say, NOM NOM NOM!

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Feb 28, 2013 -

Sunset On the Beach

As for the last picture, I had a eureka moment as I put water on to heat for washing up after dinner. I was having leftover pasta and that stuff is a bitch to reheat as it sticks and dries out. I simply put my meal in a bowl that I set in the pot of hot water, put on the lid, and turned the flame to medium-low. Ten minutes (and a bunch of sunset pictures later), I had a hot meal waiting for me that was a breeze to clean up after!

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