Milk Puzzle, A55, Lazy Day Camping

DAY 6 -- I woke up early today. A Saturday. The Mister Rogers marathon isn't going to watch itself, you know.

The rain and clouds outside told me that it was going to be a pretty lazy day around our house. In an effort to not be completely unproductive this weekend, I headed to Lowe's to pick up some salt for the water softener. Of course, while I was out I stopped at Goodwill, the library sale, and the video game store, too. Despite the fact that used puzzles are rarely complete, I found one at Goodwill that I couldn't pass up.

Yes. Your eyes are working just fine. That a 350 piece puzzle and every last piece is the same shade of solid brown. Stupid, huh? Why was this so unique aside from the fact that it'd obviously be a giant pain in the butt to put together.

Packaging is everything.

And, yes, the completed puzzle looks like a puddle of spilled milk.

I tried to put it together but quit after five minutes and just counted the pieces instead.

There are three missing.

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I found a few Hardy Boys books...

...and some other books you'd expect to be brought home by a 40-year-old man.

I justify my collections of children's books to Amy by explaining that I love the artwork -- that late 70s / early 80s style. I realize this is a weird equivalent to a guy telling his wife that he reads Playboy for the articles.

And, as I've said before, when CDs are a buck, I lack self control.

I'd forgotten how good Beck is.

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Occasionally I see cars with license plates that starts with A55. They always make me laugh.


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I've talked before about my search for the old yellow cups from Mazzio's Pizza -- a restaurant we went to often when I was a kid. Of course, I'm counting on eBay to come through for me at some point and in my search, I recently came across this guy.

I didn't buy it, but something tells me that if the price had been right and I was still drinking beer, I'd be sipping out of this thing all summer.


What an amazingly stupid idea.

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As expected, this turned into a super lazy day around our house. I think Amy squeezed as many episodes of Gilmore Girls as possible out of the day while Mason is clearly grasping the concept of rainy days on summer break, as well.

Note to self: Put away laundry.

I found the girls under Charlotte's bed. I didn't ask questions. I just took their picture.

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There's a campout going on in Charlotte's room tonight. Girls only.

Except for Mason's buddy, Alex. He was allowed to join the girls' dolls who are sleeping in the tent -- but only as long as he's willing to brave the elements.

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I heard today that May is National Strawberry Month. With that, here's a look at my favorite item I've ever found while junk shopping.

To this day, I regret not buying it.


Brothermidnight said...

That Smashing Pumpkins Non Album Tracks is pretty rare.

Rob O'Hara said...

I worked for Mazzio's Pizza for a year and a half, from August 1990 through December 1991. I believe we had the yellow plastic cups in 1990. In 1991, we had white ones with black and white checkered stripe that said "Free Fill" on them ( By buying one of those cups (for a dollar) you got free drinks for an entire year, as long as you brought your cup with you. When customers forgot their cups, we just gave them more free ones.

At the end of the year the cups were no longer valid. In December of 1991, I brought home a giant cardboard box full of those cups that were destined for the trash. I don't remember how many there were in the box, but I essentially used them as disposable cups, and I remember I used them for years and years. I wish I had kept a few of them.

Judy said...

Tim, you're killing me with the Lucious Jackson CD turned a different way than all the others. The OCD in me is cringing......