Posted in Around Town, Blog, Finance, Self

Well, That Didn’t Go As Planned

Lies, just all lies.  I can’t do anything on a regular basis apparently, as here it is 4 months later!!  Everything that I enjoy online is hit or miss, wordpress, Instagram, even streaks on Snapchat with my own children, just one failure at follow through after another.  It’s actually kinda …sad?  …comical?  I suppose I’m lucky to make my bed, catch up on laundry, shower and eat on somewhat of a regular schedule.  I should be happy my life doesn’t revolve around social media, but man, I spend an awful lot of time on the computer and my phone for me not to be able to keep up with SOME TYPE of social networking?!?  Maybe I just don’t feel like there’s enough to share, or it’s too personal to share.  Who knows.  I’d like to keep up, but it’s not looking like it’s in the cards.  Just sayin’.

There has been a lot going on and we are in the process of planning our wedding.  We’re down to weeks now.

We’re going the cheap route.  I’m doing our flowers and our cake, we have an officiant and a photographer and a free venue.  I am completely convinced (unless you look at this from a religious aspect, which I don’t) that weddings are simply commercialism at it’s best.  But this time, I’m not playing along.

I called Garfield Park in Indy to ask how much they would charge us to have our wedding (of 6 people) in the sunken garden.  They told me it would be the same for a wedding of 100+.  I was floored.  I don’t understand how a PUBLIC PARK gets away with charging people that kind of money.  Needless to say, I won’t ever go back there.  I think it’s shameful and the girl that I spoke to really pissed me off when she basically called me a liar over the phone, because “well you could show up with any number of people after saying there will only be six people!”.  Yes, because you know me and I’m a known liar.  Well I don’t know you but I certainly can bet I know more about you than you do about me!  I think anyone that would show up and pay that kind of money to have their wedding there in a PUBLIC PARK in a dangerous neighborhood is an … well, let’s just say I think it’s a rip off if they’re charging you the same amount of money as a car payment.  A donation to the park itself would be sufficient.  But ya’ll go ‘head.  You won’t get any more of my money either way.

I walked into a florist in town the other day, I’d like to buy a bucket of flowers…loose flowers. That’ll be $3.95 per stem, “A-haha!  Bye!”.  So I’d like 4 dozen roses…that’s almost $200!  That’s insanity.  Here I come Kroger…$20 per dozen roses that’s $80, I wrap the stems in ribbon, push in pearl topped pins and viola.  Flowers that a florist would sell.  Yeah, ya’ll are nuttier than fruitcakes.

I’m really trying to go against the grain here and figure out ways to spend my money on what I want and not what someone else convinces me that I want.  I’m sure I won’t ever be a minimalist but allowing a company to just go balls to the wall to break me isn’t something I’m taking too lightly these days.  Enough complaining.  Save your money.  Refuse to surrender.


Posted in Around Town, Food

Living on the Edge

I’m not a follower – at all.  Never cared to be and still don’t.  I don’t follow trends, I don’t form the same “popular” opinions many do, I have my own way of interpreting things and I’m ok with that.  Never been one to run with the popular, trendy or even the up and coming.  I’m more into the tried and true group.  I like to take my time forming my opinions, preferably once all the kinks have been worked out and the initial popularity was waned.  Let’s take Aldi for example.  The first time I ever went to Aldi’s was about 8 years ago when I moved to Indiana and let’s just say I wasn’t impressed.  In 8 years, I’ve only been to Aldi’s a handful of times and truthfully I’m still not yet “that” impressed, but I’m working on it.

I went grocery shopping at Aldi’s a couple weeks ago and I made a long searched for discovery!


Frozen, wild caught ahi tuna steaks!  I have hunted and searched and looked for frozen tuna or salmon that I can eat raw for a few years now and low and behold, I finally found it – on the bottom shelf of a freezer in our local Aldi’s!  Who woulda thunk?

I drive out of my way to buy a container or two of the Spicy & Mild Tuna Poke from Fresh Thyme, our local organic market.  It’s expensive so I don’t shop there too often but I love their poke for a quick, delicious, good for me lunch.  But since I found the ahi at Aldi’s and grabbed 3 bags of it, I can now make my own!

Here was my first experience making my own Ahi Tuna Poke (pronounced poh-kay not poke).


Ahi Tuna Poke

2 T. soy sauce
1 t. rice vinegar
1 t. sesame oil
1/2 t. red pepper flakes
12 oz. ahi tuna, cut into cubes
1-2 spring onions, sliced thin
1-2 T. sweet yellow onion, diced small
2 T. Mae Ploy Sweet “Chilli” Sauce


Cut tuna into chunks and slice and dice onions.  Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and allow to sit in refrigerator for 30 to 60 minutes for flavors to meld (although I couldn’t wait that long!).  The original recipe calls for 1 t. of sesame seeds but I omitted them from my recipe as they do add calories.

I thought this was “almost” as good as Fresh Thyme’s poke.  I think if I had let it sit for a while and the flavors blend, it would have been just as good, but I’ll be making it again soon so I’ll try to remember to report back any changes and discoveries!  If you enjoy tuna poke as much as I do.  I think this recipe is very good!  Give it a shot!