Hi. How Was Your Day?

11 Mar

SPUDS! (Photo credit: jiva)

I have had a busy day.  After a quick tidy of the house, I walked up to church.  After church I walked up to the art gallery (‘up’ is the correct word because Stockport is hilly) (‘walked’ is the correct word because that’s what I did), where I chaired a meeting of my writing group.

The Hub collected me just after one and we went to the pound shop in town, where we bought four boxes of 15 Finish dishwasher tablets (can’t miss them at that price) and a bottle of anti-dandruff shampoo (scaly little Spud).

Then it was on to Tesco to spend the third of our £10 off a £30 spend voucher.  We picked up quite a few bargains and then the Hub spotted a nice young lady doing further mark-downs by the marked-down shelf, so he asked her to further mark down the stuff in our trolley.  She cheerfully obliged.

I’m glad the Hub has a brass neck, even though I am so embarrassed by it that I have to walk away until the will-you-do-this-for-me-just-because-I-ask-it?/Yes-of-course/sorry-I-can’t transaction is over, because we spent £27.99 and saved £74.06.  We went a little over the £30 (can’t live without potatoes and a new shower curtain) and thus saved another £10 with our voucher.  I’m really warming to Tesco.

I paid it forward by telling a little old man who was scouring the marked-down shelf about the policy of taking stock that is expiring that day to a member of staff to be marked down, and I was rewarded by the nice young lady telling the Hub that the best bargains are to be found at ten a.m. every day…I think I’ve finally learned to enjoy shopping.

After Tesco we had to call in at Pet Smart because our fish are sitting, miserable, on the bottom of the tank, and the Hub thinks it’s too much something scientific-sounding in the water and needed to buy something equally scientific-sounding to cure it.

Once home, I snarfed down a £4 hot pot that cost me a £1 and was the most delicious ready meal I’ve ever tasted – not that I’ve tasted many: not at £4 a shot.  Then it was time to decant the pork, lamb, chicken, beef and other stuff into bags, so I could squeeze them into a freezer that’s beginning to make me look like a slum landlord, so crowded as it is (as they are: I have two).

One restorative cup of Earl Grey (decaffeinated) tea later and it was time to walk the dogs with Spud.  By this time I was Christmastired.  Christmastired is as tired as it’s possible to get without falling down.  It has its roots in six-year old Spud not falling asleep until four a.m.  on Christmas Eve and waking at five a.m. on Christmas morning, determined to make us share every moment of his hysteria despite the month-long shift we’d put in as Santa’s real little helpers.

I told the family to fend for themselves (dinner will be a large bowl of cereal each, I’m guessing – oh the irony); climbed into bed at a quarter-to-six, and I have been reading for an hour.  I thought I would just say ‘hi’ to my dear readers before I settle down to watch Dancing On Ice; and apologise for not posting today.



Bye xx

26 Responses to “Hi. How Was Your Day?”

  1. kofegeek March 11, 2012 at 20:06 #

    i love your SPUDS


  2. vivinfrance March 11, 2012 at 20:15 #

    If you keep on saving like this they’ll be paying you to stay away! Enjoy your wallow – I’m just off to watch DOI myself. Sweet dreams.


  3. slpmartin March 11, 2012 at 20:29 #

    Sounds like a busy but fruitful day shopping…have a great end of the weekend. 🙂


  4. judithatwood March 11, 2012 at 20:51 #

    You have nothing to apologize for, my friend. What a busy day — and you had the energy to write anything at all. And you walked, which is so good for you! Congrats, Tilly Bud –you deserve your show and a good night’s sleep. Enjoy it!


  5. kateshrewsday March 11, 2012 at 22:41 #

    I feel Christmastired just reading that, Tilly!


  6. Pseu March 11, 2012 at 22:53 #

    Good on you, Miss Tilly.

    Today I have mainly been gardening 🙂 while you, m’dear have mainly been bargaining.


  7. xtrekki March 12, 2012 at 00:06 #

    And here I am, thinking I have had a busy day, mustering supporters for our sponsored abseil! (I, myself, was not actually doing the abseil, but I felt obliged to encourage those I had persuaded to get sponsored for my pet charity!) And then home to collapse in front of the telly.


    • Tilly Bud March 12, 2012 at 11:39 #

      Apart from the shopping and the cleaning and the walking, it was all things I liked to do so it wasn’t so bad 😉

      Your day was more virtuous. Long live the pets!


  8. barb19 March 12, 2012 at 00:19 #

    Sounds like a very satisfying but tiring day Tilly!
    You are getting too good at this shopping lark!


  9. jmgoyder March 12, 2012 at 01:47 #

    Thanks for reminding me that I need to go shopping. There is, after all, no food left in the house! Love the post – how you write so well when you are ‘Christmastired’ is beyond me!!


  10. laurieanichols March 12, 2012 at 02:57 #

    Your tired is the kind that feels good because it is well deserved and your sleep is good and deep and rejuvenating. Shopping is fun when you can get deals like that.


    • Tilly Bud March 12, 2012 at 11:40 #

      That’s the ONLY time shopping is fun 🙂


  11. siggiofmaine March 12, 2012 at 04:17 #

    Thanks for sharing your day…thought I was Christmastime tired til I compared our days…and savings…you win !
    Hope you got your well deserved rest to rev up for another burst of energy.

    Siggi in Downeast Maine


    • Tilly Bud March 12, 2012 at 11:41 #

      I don’t know how people who work all day and pursue interests at night manage it; I was shattered.


  12. earlybird March 12, 2012 at 12:14 #

    I really enjoy reading about your Tesco outings. MOST impressive.


    • Tilly Bud March 12, 2012 at 12:15 #

      The last voucher expires this week, so we won’t be shopping there quite so often…and the freezers are moaning at me, anyway.


  13. SchmidleysScribbling March 12, 2012 at 16:38 #

    Might be a day late but never a penny short. Love the little plant and still worried about those fish. Did you check the PH? Aeration is good with some kinds of fish. Also, temperature is important for many of them.



    • Tilly Bud March 13, 2012 at 12:25 #

      Thanks Dianne. He’s checked all those things. He’s crazy about animals and never lets them suffer. It seems to be sorted now.


  14. ElizOF March 14, 2012 at 23:01 #

    Hectic and feeling swamped here… I haven’t forgotten you Tills! I’m working my way up and down the email alphabet. I don’t know how you do it. 🙂


  15. Perfecting Motherhood March 15, 2012 at 06:23 #

    I went to Fresh & Easy today (the US equivalent of Tesco) and I like how they put food that will expire in a couple of days at half price or more. I got bread and some pizza I baked tonight and it was yummy. And my coupon was only $5 out of $25, so you got a much better deal!


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