Yesterday I went to Barnes and Noble with the notion of getting a half off Audubon calendar. That is the site that gives the free digital calendars. You have to buy a wall calendar, then put in the code. But when I went there, they didn’t have any of those calendars. A couple days before Christmas (not smart, I know!) I had gone to Barnes and Noble and I did see a couple of those calendars, but didn’t buy them cuz I’d rather wait for half price. I didn’t think they’d all be gone. Well, I was so upset that I went home and didn’t buy anything at all. I checked the website to see if I could buy a wall calendar there or just buy the digital calendar. Well, by some luck, I don’t really understand, it said I had one free digital calendar I could use so I was able to choose, for the third consecutive year, “1,000 Places To See Before You Die” and had them e-mail them to me. I was able to see the past four days of photos and I got an e-mail right after midnight so it did work! I have no idea how, but I’m very happy I’m getting my Page-a-Day calendar!
So I went back to Barnes and Noble today and got my 50% off calendar. It’s called Cathedrals. Lots of European ones featured in this one! I also had sixty dollars from Christmas money to spend and wanted to buy a cookbook. The one I had previously been eyeing was gone (or at least I didn’t see it), but it was probably for the best because I bought a much better one. It’s called The Food Lab by Kenji Lopez-Alt. I had heard him on a couple of podcasts talking about it so I was familiar with it. It’s 900 plus pages and it’s awesome. Lots of recipes, tips for food preparation and what kinds of utensils to use....can’t wait to really dive in and read it.
My happiness was a bit short-lived today because I couldn’t find my damn $25 iTunes gift card. I bought it about a week ago and was PRETTY SURE I had put it on my counter next to my laundry detergent, but maybe not because I went to get it and it wasn’t there! I have looked everywhere: in drawers, in cabinets, in all my desk drawers, in my coat pockets, in all my purses, in my car, in books I may have used it as a bookmark, even trash. I am positive I didn’t throw it away be I’m not the type just to sweep everything off a counter into the trash. I pick up each thing individually, then toss. Plus the card was still attached to the cardboard it’s glued on to before you detach it. Ugh! Why didn’t I put it in my desk drawer (yep, checked that too!) or put in the damn code even though I didn’t know what I was going to buy yet? I am so fucking stupid. I have no idea where this damn card is. Now I’m starting to doubt myself and wonder if the cashier even gave it to me at Target. But I do have recollections of seeing it in my apartment, and like, I said, I am PRETTY SURE I had put it on the counter on the right side. I bought the gift card with a Target gift card, so it was a special treat. It just makes me so mad because my resolution this year was to be more careful with my money and already I’m fucking this up! And we’re only five days in! This is great! I do still have my ten dollar Wal-Mart gift card (why couldn’t I lose that instead??) so I’ll just buy a $15 iTunes gift card with that. Still pisses me the fuck off! I just wish I knew what happened to it. I feel like I’m going crazy!