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Nielsen Homescan Group

I am now a member of the Neilsen Homescan Group. This means I scan my purchases every week and send them to the Neilsen Group. I can win cool prizes by doing this, so I thought - why not? I just got my scanner over the weekend, and I will submit my first purchases tomorrow. We'll see how it goes. I would love to win a big screen TV!

I had lunch today with my good friends, Joyce and Paula - both friends from high school. Yes, we've known each other for over 35 years! Paula and I were best friends sophomore year through senior year, and Joyce and I were good friends too. In fact, Joyce, my sister, Rhonda, and I lived together for a couple of years in the early to mid 80's. It's always great to get together and catch up on each others lives!

I also visited mom today. I helped her organize her new clothes so hopefully she will know what blouse to wear with what pair of pants!

Thank goodness Kaitlin's truck is fixed now! It was a minor problem - a bad connection with the battery cables. Corby had checked them out before she headed back to Manhattan on the 5th, but for some reason, something went wrong. Apparently it was hidden from his view when we went to Manhattan on Saturday. But hey - I'm glad it was something inexpensive - PLUS we got a visit with the kids out of it!

Kaleb will be coming home this weekend. He will visit with friends and hopefully spend some time with mom and dad!

I don't think I've discussed my obsession with all things OSMOND lately on my blog. As you're probably aware, Donny is on this season's Dancing With The Stars! He has been doing a great job! I'm not much of a TV watcher, but I am watching the competition on Monday nights and the results show on Tuesday nights each week. I think Donny will make it to the final 4 or 5. GO DONNY GO! It's always good to see a 51 (almost 52) year old compete with the youngsters!

I'm enjoying my "furlough" so far. I've actually had a busy Monday and Tuesday, and hopefully I'll get to do some scrapbooking and "fun" stuff the rest of my time off. Kaitlin and I are going to see DAUGHTRY in Topeka next Monday night. I'll be heading to Manhattan on Monday, we'll go to the concert, driving back to Manhattan where I will spend the night with the kids, and I'll come home on Tuesday. Looking forward to a great concert! And - I have a designated driver if I need one!

Today's music was PINK! At this point I love ANYTHING by her!

Today's quote: "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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