My Real Life

April 27, 2012

Five Question Friday

Filed under: Five Question Friday — Amy @ 6:00 am
1. Groceries are high right now what is easiest way you have found to cut back?
I used to be the Queen of grocery shopping.
However, we are eating much healthier these days and there are many more of us, and it’s really, really hard to cut back.
I’m making a play for us joining Costco, in an effort to make less trips to the grocery store for paper products, etc., thus saving money because I go in for one thing and come out with thirty.
So, I still cut coupons and shop sales, but it’s getting harder and harder.
2. What are the top 3 things on your “bucket list”?
(in no particular order)
1.  Go skydiving.  I am absolutely dying to do this.  (Pardon the possible pun since this is on my bucket list…”dying” to do it…get it?  Huh?  Huh?  Crickets.)
2.  I want to get to Europe…specifically, I want to go to Scotland.  Then, I want to go to Ireland.  I’d like to hit the English countryside.  I’d love to get to Denmark and see where my Grandpa was born.  Other places, too.  Just gotta hop across the pond.
3.  Get published.  Whether it’s the novel that I have already written or one of the many that I have started.
3. Would you rather give up AC or heat?
I’m going to say I’d rather give up heat.
You can always pile on more layers and blankets.
Once you’re naked, there’s not much further you can go to beat the heat without the AC.
So, I’m going with giving up the heat.
4. What’s your favorite cocktail??
I’m not really a drinker, so I don’t have a wide range of cocktails to choose from.
I guess I’ll have to go with a Strawberry Daquiri because it doesn’t have much of an alcohol-y taste.

5. What was your first job & how old were you?

My first job was at a little store called The Town Mouse in Headquarters Plaza Mall.

I was 14.

My boss was a man named Houston and they would often leave me alone, in charge of the store.

Not really the safest mall.

It wasn’t the Murder Mall (which we do have where we live) but not really a place where a 14 year old should be left in charge of the store.

We sold gifty type things, costume jewelry, cards, candy, etc.

I loved that store.

I worked there for almost a year, then moved across the mall to International Coffee where Michaela and I made coffee and hot chocolate for people.

I hate coffee, but wow…do I love the smell.

Then, I moved across the Green to Epstein’s where I worked the rest of my way through high school and into college breaks.  Loved that job.

So, that’s more than just my first job, but I was on a roll.


  1. I would never give up heat either! 😉

    Comment by the domestic fringe — April 27, 2012 @ 10:22 am | Reply

    • 🙂 Probably regional…I’m guessing people in the south would never give up their AC!

      Comment by abozza — April 27, 2012 @ 10:29 am | Reply

      • lol. You’re probably right. If you find any great money saving tips for groceries, let me know. I’m starting to believe you can’t make anything inexpensively anymore. That’s our craziest expense, I think, and I don’t make extravagant meals.

        Comment by the domestic fringe — April 27, 2012 @ 10:42 am

  2. In my experience…stores like Costco end up costing more…with unnecessary purchases. You need some serious impulse control. I recommend Aldi shopping. I have really put a huge dent in my grocery budget by doing my shopping here. Don’t have a bucket list…probably should. Margs all the way…a regular on the rocks…salted rim…with green olives. yummy 🙂

    Stop by for a visit

    Comment by JennO — April 27, 2012 @ 10:28 am | Reply

    • Will definitely check out your blog! Thanks for the link!

      Comment by abozza — April 27, 2012 @ 10:28 am | Reply

  3. Your first job sounds pretty wild. I don’t know if I would have been able to do that at 14. 🙂

    Comment by This Bewitching Life — April 27, 2012 @ 12:22 pm | Reply

    • I’m sure I made a LOT of mistakes…not sure if anyone ever noticed, though!

      Comment by abozza — April 27, 2012 @ 12:29 pm | Reply

  4. Hi Amy – I’ve found it’s easier to adapt to the heat than the extreme cold. I love sleeping in the cold, but doing things like typing when my fingers are cold is very hard. However, if I had to choose between heat and AC I’d give up AC in a heartbeat. I hate the smell of it, the sound of it and most of all I HATE having the windows closed in the summer. I can’t hear the birds and other sounds outside. Plus it makes things more difficult when I go from ac to outside to ac again. Deep Peace

    Comment by ouractsofkindness — April 28, 2012 @ 12:04 am | Reply

  5. In all fairness I should also add that I hike in the winter in shorts (down to 20 to 25). I’m defiintely not the best judge of this. As I’ve gotten older I’ve found I have less tolerance and abilty to adapt to summer conditions (AC inside and heat outside). Ahhhh – life after 40!

    Comment by ouractsofkindness — April 28, 2012 @ 12:06 am | Reply

    • LOL…Rob wears shorts all winter and I never have been able to understand that. I get chilled to the bone. However, I absolutely cannot sleep in the heat. In the winter, when we finally do break down and turn on the heat, we’ll sleep with our window open.

      I also think my aversion to extreme heat is more about humid heat than a dry heat. Went to Arizona one spring and it was 100 every day and I had no problem. Mix in the humidity and my asthma goes nuts, so that probably is part of my issue.

      Comment by abozza — April 28, 2012 @ 7:34 am | Reply

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