Dave and I have had a busy day already. After our morning coffee and computer time, we decided to do some spring cleaning. Our apartment has been looking a little grungy lately and really needed a deep clean. Dave tackled the living room first while I worked on the kitchen, then we teamed up to clean the bathroom. All the blankets and pillowcases went in the wash while we worked.
The kitties hid while we vacuumed.
After cleaning and showering, I made myself a quick smoothie before we left. Dave considered having one as well until he found out I was putting spinach in it, then declined.
This one had tangerine juice, orange juice, cherries, mangoes, bananas, ice, and a big handful of spinach. Deeeelicious. I had Dave try it, and he admitted that it “wasn’t that bad.” Soon, young padawan….
I drank my smoothie in the car while we drove to the bank to do something we’ve planned for a looooong time: set up a savings account. At long last, we cashed in our Ireland fund, a jar we’ve been filling up with our loose change for the last five years.
$297.54! Looks like we’re all set to go. Errr…
We also put a big chunk of our tax refund into the savings account, and then I applied for a credit card. I have never owned a credit card, but Dave and I want to build our credit so we can apply for a home loan someday, and this seemed like a good way to start.
I hate the idea of using money I don’t have, which is why I’ve never had a credit card before, but it does make sense now. There’s no way I’m going to be able to save up enough money to pay for a house all at once. The lady who helped us was incredibly nice and helpful. I switched over to Chase for my banking several years ago, and I absolutely love it–the customer service is always great and the perks they offer are pretty cool.
When we left the bank, we headed to Target. We gave ourselves a little “fun money” from our tax refund–some for a nice dinner and some for a couple new kitchen gadgets.
Bye bye, annoyingly loud and super messy coffee grinder! We got a slick new one (on the left) with a removable and washable cup that is a lot quieter. I really wanted a hand crank grinder, especially if if it was a cool old wooden one like my parents have.
Unfortunately, I saw some of these in an antique store in Steven’s Point and they were a little pricey; that and Dave wasn’t sold on the idea of a hand-crank grinder. Oh, well. It’s all about compromise! I’m happy with our new grinder.
We also got a new electric tea kettle.
Our old one has served us well, but the feature of it turning off after the water comes to a boil has been broken as long as I’ve known Dave, so it was nice to get a new one. We use the tea kettle quite a bit–for tea, ramen, and vegetable broth to name a few, so it’s definitely an important appliance.
I was feeling a bit hungry when we came home and in the mood for something warm, hot, and salty. Miso it is!
Too bad Miso has so much sodium because I love it. It’s so satisfying.
Now, onto a completely random topic. I have no idea how I happened upon this, but last night I was cracking up over the reviews for this banana slicer on Amazon.
Instead of taking the product seriously, most of the reviews (the best ones) are extremely sportive and hilarious, like this one by Uncle Pookie: “Once I figured out I had to peel the banana before using – it works much better. Ordering one for my nephew who’s in the air force in California. He’s been using an old slinky to slice his banana’s. He should really enjoy this product!”
I was laughing non-stop for about five minutes reading the reviews. And what do you think Dave and I happened upon at Target today in the clearance area?
The banana slicer! I didn’t buy it, but I had to take a picture. It was clearly a sign.
Of what, I don’t know yet.