Spare Change

Yesterday I spent the whole day cleaning and moving us out of our summer house sit, then went with to Walmart with Paul on his nightly craft-services run for his current film at school. (Craft services is the snacks table on a film set.) Per the list he was given, we bought probably twenty-five 2-liter jugs of cola and Gatorade. That’s a liter of high-fructose flavored liquid for every person on set.
After that, we stopped at Albertsons to visit the Coinstar machine. This is a machinge that guzzles all your change, counts it for you, and gives you cash. Normally the fee for this counting service is around 7%, which is almost enough to make me take my mom’s advice and go get the little paper rolls from the bank and count it up myself. But NOW they’ve got this deal where they don’t take any fee, if you are willing to take your cash in the form of an Amazon gift voucher. No problem–for students, ’tis the season to buy lots of books. Paul empties his pockets every night on whatever flat surface is nearest, so my bag-o-change was hefty. Going to the Coinstar is like opening up my piggy bank when I was a kid–it’s a complete mystery how much you’ll have. In this case, when all the clicking noises stopped, the screen showed $110! Definitely the most exciting part of my day.

Vacation Ending

My little vacation is coming to an end…butI’ve had a great time. In addition to my family and girlfriends, I have seen my friend Tom M and met his wife and their new baby. I’ve visited Jenny and Dennis at their new venture–an art gallery and yoga store, and seen my friends Troy and Rosie.

AND I’ve done some excellent back to school shopping–the most I’ve bought since returning from Australia! A department store here had a sale with 70% off their marked down racks, and I got three pants, two tops, 3 hoodie sweatshirts, a skirt and a couple pairs of earrings, all for under a hundred dollars–and I’m quite happy about the quality to boot.

Also today my mom and I toured the Clabber Girl Museum–the man who founded the company lived in Terre Haute. It’s much more interesting than it sounds…really well designed and informative, and they sponsor cooking demonstrations on Saturdays, so that was fun…I have a few recipes I might try in the near future. Here’s something I learned today: A pine nut actually comes from a pine cone! I never knew this.