Another quick check-in. It's been family-intensive over here: my aunt visited on Tuesday, and tomorrow we're heading out for a family reunion at Guntersville State Park. Good times! Some other things we're enjoying:
Cheap Movie Tickets
Living Social has another 2 tickets for $9 deal up, so click on over. I actually squealed when I saw the deal on a friend's Facebook post; summer's my main movie-going season, and sweet mother is it expensive. The fine print says it doesn't apply to IMAX or 3-D movies, but I used the last coupon for the 3-D IMAX version of Thor (blergh), so…maybe?
Oh, I love Trader Joe's. It was love at second sight, but that doesn't make it any less sweet. Recent successes (above):
- Frozen croissants (both plain & chocolate)
- Bagged salad (mache & the spinach/cranberry/pecan salad kit)
- Sweet & spicy pecans
- Kerry Gold unsalted butter
- Frozen pear tarte
- Frozen garlic naan
The croissants are probably my favorite find; I've heard them compared favorably to Williams-Sonoma's frozen croissants, which are about 3 times more expensive.
I recommend all of these! Top row: Gideon Defoe's The Pirates!, Nick Hornby's Housekeeping Vs. The Dirt, Georgette Heyer's The Unfinished Clue, Winifred Watson's Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day. Bottom row: Dorothy L. Sayers' Strong Poison, Guy Delisle's Burma Chronicles, Barbara Pym's A Glass of Blessings, Elizabeth Von Arnim's The Enchanted April.
They recently closed the biggest Borders in the Atlanta area. Towards the end, as the sales got better and better, my mom and I went every Friday to leisurely pick over the store's carcass, making intense decisions over whether or not to buy X book now, or risk losing it by waiting for a deeper discount.
The above pile cost $39.32, with individual discounts of 60% to 70% off. I bought a comparable stack every week, even though I couldn't afford it and certainly don't need more books. I now understand the manic helplessness of gamblers and other compulsives. It is not pretty.
Have a great weekend (and drop me a line if you have any book or Trader Joe's recommendations)!