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Five Link Friday!

So I’ve been slacky on the posting this week. We were sans internet for a couple of days. The dog? The black lab puppy? Yeah, she ATE my internet. (Well, the cable that brings internets & cable tv to your house.) (Seriously? Why don’t you just cut off my arm while you’re at it.) So I have a couple of things I’ve been meaning to post, but the holidays are definitely upon us and we had no internets for a couple of days! 😦 I’ll try to get better!

Yesterday, which should have been the Friday in the aforementioned Five Link Friday, just got eaten up with cleaning and fixing and doing around the house. Have you ever just had one of those days where you just could not tolerate for ONE MORE MOMENT the clutter and junk in your house? I totally had that. I am SO bad about just throwing things out. I know I would be better off to sell or donate things that I don’t want (not to mention better for the environment!), but sometimes I just have to get stuff out of my sight right. this. moment. So I put away about 3 loads of laundry, wrapped ALL my Christmas presents & cleaned up the ensuing mess, and just tried to round up the clutter & mess and get it away from me.

And also? Our thermostat has been flashing the word “FILTER” at me for like weeks. Embarrassing confession — we’ve lived here for about 18 months and have never changed the filter in our HVAC unit! That’s turrible, huh?? (Somewhere, my father has died and is rolling over in his grave.) In my defense, I really did try to change the filter, but I swear I didn’t know where the filter was! It was not, as the owner’s manual suggested, near the blower unit. (I even got a screwdriver out and unscrewed the main panel to check!) So I went on a mission to identify where these mystery filters were kept. Using the (newly fixed) internets & my own keen sense of intuition, I discovered the filters were IN THE CEILING. IN the return air vents. How could I have possibly known that?? So anyway, the filters were disgusting, as you can imagine, and warranted a quick trip to the Wal-Mart to buy new ones. (Please note that in the South, it is referred to as “THE Wal-Mart,” not just “Wal-Mart.”) So naturally that took up a big chunk of my day.

Anywho! Moving on to the links!! Have a great weekend everyone!
Food: Smitten Kitchen – They have some really gorgeous and yummy recipes here!
Alkie:  New Year’s Partying in Las Vegas – (if that doesn’t count as an alcohol-related entry, I’m not sure what does!) We may not have the cash to spend New Year’s Eve in Sin City, but is fun to read about it!
House & Home:  The Hooked on Houses Holiday House Tour – some great ideas for holiday decorating, if you haven’t already thrown up your hands in exasperation at the whole mess.
Frugal:  Five Dollar Dinners – What a FABULOUS idea! I just started reading this blog, and I’m already a big fan. Great meals for a reasonable price — that’s what I’m talkin’ about!
Fabulous:  The World’s 10 Weirdest Hotels – Again, we may be too poor financially challenged to go on a fabulous vacation, but I think it’s always FABULOUS to read & learn about where we could go. If, you know, we had a well-paying job and not one that tries to save the world. Just sayin.

Happy weekend, y’all!

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