Saturday, February 28, 2009


OK....if you are just now checking this blog for the first time in a few, I have posted two related entries to this one. Just scroll down and you can read the others.

I was going to put the results of my last big shop. It was big enough, in fact, that I have only really gone out for milk and bread and a few fruits since...and this shop was on the 17th. I will not go into detail because the 5 receipts have a total of over 170 items. I will give the break down for the money....I will go into detail on the CVS receipts as that is where I made a decent score.

Our first stop is Kroger. (for this and other receipts, I will put the shelf cost (what it should be), my OOP (what I actually spent), the dollar amount of what I saved, and the % of savings.)

I got a total of 52 items. These include: meat, pizza rolls (that I actually got for free), biscuits, jelly, 3 dozen eggs (only Eggland) and some veggies.

Shelf cost: $132.02
OOP : $ 88.95
Saved : $ 42.07
% saved : 32%

Next stop: HEB. Here, I got 42 items including: fresh berries, $20 worth of NY Strip, juice, milk, cheese, and a brisket.

Shelf cost: $118.84
OOP : $ 93.11
Saved : $ 25.73
% saved : 21%

Next stop: Walgreens. I like to use their rebate booklet (though I didn't get anything this month.) You can do the rebates online and load a mailing, no envelope stuffing...and they send an email when your card has been loaded. AND you get an extra 10% for using the gift card. Sweet!

My Walgreens shop included: 4 Lysol products, 4 boxes cereal (Kellogg's Frosted Flakes) and a few other items.

Shelf cost: $62.93
OOP : $33.12
Saved : $29.81
% saved : 47%

Finally, CVS. (Here is where the blog gets long....sorry) I will not put each individual price, for the sake of time.

  • 2 Gilette deoderants
  • 4 muligrain cheerios
  • 2 dole fruit bowls (with 4 little bowls per)
  • 5 Kraft Mac/cheese (individual)
  • 3 Suave bodywash
  • 3 pkgs 8-count paper towels
  • 3 pkg 4-count double A batteries
  • 2 ponds facial wipes
  • 3 Simply Asia noodle bowls
  • 1 Colgate toothpaste
  • 1 9-roll Charmin TP
  • 2 Herbal Essence Shampoo
  • 12 cans soup (Campbells select and/or chunky)
  • 2 bottles Purex detergent
  • 2 bags chex snack mix
  • 2 stayfree (24 count)
  • 1 crest with scope (2 pack)

Shelf price: $200.46
OOP : $108.39
Saved : $ 92.07
% saved : 45%

AND, I got $19 in Extra Care Bucks...which is a coupon to be used as money at a subsequent CVS shop. Since I wasn't sure about a few items, I checked it out and decided to go back the next is my trip.

  • 6 bottles Suave shampoos/conditioners
  • 2 Charmin TP (9 roll pks)
  • 1 Herbal Essence shampoo
  • 2 stayfree (24-cnt)
  • 2 stayfree (18-cnt)....LOL I'm set until menopause ;)
  • 1 green tea (for me right then)
  • 1 Ped Egg for a "spa themed" Pokeno party
Shelf price: $61.79
OOP : $20.48
Saved : $41.31
% saved : 66%

AND, I earned $11 in ECBs

OK - so for me, it is worth my while.

I saved:

$25.73.....that is one music lesson (of which we have 12 per month) with a few pennies leftover
$29.81......that is a McDonald's drive through for me and the kids, should we need it
$41.31.......that is almost a tank of gas for the silver FTU
$43.07.......that is a manicure, with with tip, AND a snack on the way home
$92.07........WOW! That is getting my hair done and a pedicure and a Chipotle burrito bowl

Let's break it down more....

I have $600 per 2 weeks for my grocery needs. My shelf total was: $576.04. That is good. I stuck below (not by much) my grocery budget. Who gets ahead that way? I want vacations! I want toys! I want to go play!

SO....for just one shopping period, I took my $600 and ONLY spent $344.05. I saved, for the 2 weeks, $241.99. Assuming I did that for the next 2 week period, that would be a savings of almost $500. My total percent of savings was 42%.

Now, let's be realistic....I get lazy or in a hurry and don't usually save quite that much. So, cutting myself a bit of slack, let's take half that....only $120 for a 2 week period. That is still a savings of almost $250 per month.....are you thinking with me? That is $3,000/year!

Wow....I'm going to start saving for a vacation!

Friday, February 27, 2009


I just posted an entry on coupons. You can scroll down to read that one first - though it won't really change how you read this information.

The first thing I want to do is tell HOW I coupon. It won't take it is not really a long process.

Below, you will see a bit of what I do:

First, I get my newspapers. I buy one double edition on Saturday, then have one paper delivered to me. Yep, that's right. I get 3 of each coupon per week. I know some that get many more than that, but this is very manageable for me. On average, I get a SmartSource pack and a Red Plum pack. That's 6 inserts per week. Once a month, there is a Proctor and Gamble insert. Sometimes, there is a SmartSource bonus insert. Sometimes, I get as many as 4 inserts in one paper, giving me a total of 12 inserts to clip.

On holiday weekends, coupons are not sent out. That is usually a time I play catch-up. I also use this time to go through my binder and clear out any expired Qs if I didn't go through them at the end of the month.

When I sit to clip, I first separate all the pages. I stack them, by page - meaning I will have all 3 of one page together. If I will use a coupon, I keep it. If I will not use anything on that page, I toss it. I do not get anything I wouldn't possibly use; though I do know that I won't use everything I clip. Does that make sense? I might clip Qs for 3 different bathroom cleaners. I have to have the cleaner, but don't really care if it is Lysol, Clorox or Scrubbing Bubbles. I just keep the Qs and wait and see what is on sale. The beauty of stockpiling like I do is in this: if there aren't any good deals, I have the time, and supplies, to wait around for a bargain.

Wow...that was a rabbit trail.

So, I sit at the table - used to sit on the floor, but being 29 for so long, it is becoming increasingly difficult to get up and get the numbing pins and needles out of my butt. LOL!

Anyway, I go through my stack and clip all 3 Qs at one time. I will get a decent stack before I file them. I put them in this binder. It is a regular binder I got at WM with a zipper around the edges. I keep scissors, the CVS and WG flyers, and the WG rebate booklet in the pockets. I also keep a few of my "better than normal victories" as shown on the receipt....OK, 1....I keep 1, but I'm REALLY proud of it. :)

Above is the binder. I currently have 27 dividers in it. I have the groceries in the front and everything else behind it. I break down my groceries by type: drinks, breakfasts, pastas..a lot like how a grocery store might have it's aisle labels. Behind that, I have paper goods, household cleaners, dental, get the idea.

Behind each divider, I have the baseball card protectors. Each page has 9 pockets. I put one of each coupon in a pocket. So, if I have 3 Qs for Crest toothpaste at $.50 off 2 of them, they will be separated from the Qs for Crest toothpaste at $.25 off. How many of these clear pages do I have? 77....AND, they are usually about 95% filled.

On Sunday I like to look at my list (I use Grocery Game) and plan my menu for the week. I will also replenish my stockpile if there are good deals on certain things. Monday, I pull the coupons that I will actually need, then I hit the stores.
Once you get a good Q-run under your belt, you realize that it is really fun and you actually try to do even better next time. I have a circle of friends who coupon also. We are often texting each other with our wins. We actually think of it as a game. About a year ago, I would sit with this circle of friends and we would just talk and clip...what fun. Maybe I can get a group together again....any takers? I actually did on my last run. It is I'll put this up tomorrow.


In the middle of January, I had this brilliant idea to get my crap together and be diligent in my clipping and list making. I was going to keep up with this for a month. I was going to do this for the month of February.

Well, February came and brought all sorts of unpleasantness....I have been couponing, but not as diligently as I like to. Sometimes, I have to run by the store when it happens to be there, in front of me, without making a list. I do try to keep my coupons clipped and sorted, that way, when I do have to run out quickly, I can still save a bit here and there.

Two weeks ago, I had an excellent coupon run. So, I thought I would share as I go. The thing I personally like about couponing is that it is forgiving. They are always out there...waiting to be used. If you don't use them one week, then you can just pick up and save another day.

Personally, I like to keep my clipped and sorted in my binder and be able to just grab it and go. Now, when not attending funerals and hospital gatherings, I like to make my menu and list on Sunday. I sit with my BF and clip Qs on Monday. We either go to the store on Monday or Tuesday. I know that this is the end of the sales cycle and that a lot of people don't like to go to the store at the beginning of the week, however, that is when you have a lot of 72 hours and unadvertised sales.

Yes, I go to 2 different grocery stores and 2 pharmacies (Walgreens and CVS). Three of these are in a town I'm in daily and the other is only 15 minutes away. This is the store that will double or triple...that is why I go there.

Someone, during my last coupon blog, said they only had a Brookshires, David's and CVS. (Is that correct?) I had to go to Brookshires today for some much needed items. I grabbed coupons for as many items as I could. I took my total from $92 to $75. That ain't too bad, y'all! This is without doubles or triples....just buying what I need.

I know a few ladies that have INSANE savings....INSANE!!! I don't look to be insane....(I hear the chuckles from a few of you), I just look to save a bit. If I can save enough for a tank or 2 of gas, or music lessons, then that is bonus. My hubby is very supportive. He has given me a generous budget, but has asked that I save where I can. Anything I save is good.

So, that being said, I will come back with another post. When I have a decent coupon run, I'll post about it. Sometimes, I might get specific with items purchased. Others, I might just tell you my shelf price and then my OOP (or out of pocket) spending.

Hope y'all come back.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


You guys have been so patient with me....thank you.

So, after Papa died, I was happily trying to reclaim some semblance of normalcy. I got in KIND OF good shape with coupons. I got laundry caught up. The house was cleaned. I went to a party, had a party and was supposed to go to another.

And then......

I got a phone call from my mother saying that HER mother (my grandmother who is 101 years young) was in the hospital and not doing well. Not doing well to the point that family is being called in to see her.

So, yesterday, I got up a 5:00 a.m. (not early for some, but I get up at 7) to make the drive to Oklahoma and sit with my Mam-ma. I saw quite a bit of family.

She doesn't really look well....she IS 101. Some people keep expecting her to pull through. "She's strong," they say.

SHE'S 101!!!

Oh, well. Only time will tell. She might make it another week, month, or even year. Or, she might be gone tonight. I'll keep you updated.

Again, I appreciate your patience, your loyalty and your prayers.


Hey, y'all. My friend, Lisa and her twin sister Lana, host this blog carnival. It is a lot of fun. Pop on over and you can see so many recipes, kitchen tips and other fun things on this carnival. I hope you will join us.

For my contribution to this carnival, I have chosen to post on rice...PERFECT rice.

For years, I would cook rice and it would end up a bit sticky. It didn't matter what I did.

I tried so much. I tried drying out the cooked rice in the oven. I tried frying it first. I tried more time to make sure everything was soaked up. I made sure to follow the manufacturers' directions to a "T." Only now do I know that the manufacturers do not know how to fix their own product.

Nope...I found this out from my Martha. She has a wonderful new book out that gave me this lovely tip. I tried it once and the rice was PERFECT! I'll never cook rice any other way.


1 cup long-grain white rice
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 tsp salt

In a saucepan, bring the water to a boil.

Stir in rice and salt.

Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 16-18 minutes. (It takes mine 16 minutes)

Remove lid to check. You should see craters in the rice where the steam is releasing.

Remove from heat and cover for 10 minutes.

Fluff with a fork.

It is great. It is cooked through and NOT gummy.

Hope this helps someone :)

Sunday, February 22, 2009


So I missed last week. Between the flu and the funeral my house was in horrible shape. It's really not that much better, but I'm trying.

This post I have for Making a Happy Home Monday was actually done BEFORE last Monday, but I never got it up.

I started this blog carnival with the hopes of encouraging and inspiring others to make their homes a happy place. If you are in a dirty, cluttered house, you won't be happy. I'm not saying your house has to be spotless, but it needs to be something that works for you.

The point of this is to take an area of your home that needs some "fixin' up." Make it happier by cleaning it, organizing it, fixing it....whatever you need to do to make it nicer to look at and more functional.

With that being said, it IS a to anyone who would care to share some of their projects. Just link up on Mr. Linky. Describe the work you are doing and even post some pictures.

I can't wait to see them!

For my last project, I tackled my son's closet. I'm really embarrassed to post these, but the goal is to "encourage and inspire" so here is my attempt.

This was one of the bigger projects....not a little 15 minute perk up. Nope....this took my hubby and I THREE HOURS of working together to get this.

We went through clothes (of which we donated 3 of the large lawn and garbage bags FULL).

We went through shoes.

We emptied the shelves.

We organized.

You should be able to see, from the first few pictures, how it would take 2 of us three hours to get this done.

Baby afghans. School uniforms. A basket of shoes (some with mates, some without). A box of gift bags. A poster. Other things I can't even describe....'cause I don't know.


Doesn't it look better?

The top shelf holds a big box of pictures, a Smart Saver bag of the baby afghans, rocket stuff and other keep sake items that aren't needed often.

The top bar, to the left has my 3rd son's church clothes that really need to hang. The bottom bar contains my 4th son's church clothes. The shelves (from top to bottom): games, DS #2 shoes, DS #3 shoes, DS #4 shoes.

The bar to the right has DS #2 school uniforms and some church clothes. The dresser is his. (My oldest has a dresser in his room and my other 2 share a large dresser in the bedroom.) Oh....and the plastic box on top of the dresser? DS #2's treasures. These are items that do NOT have to be shared with anybody else.

The box on the floor (the one in the very back that you can't see) contain gift bags, gift wrap and tissue paper. The big blue box that you can see contains a lot of outgrown school uniforms. The shoe hanger thing-a-ma-bog has shoes that the some of the boys will grow into.

Well, there you have it. I hope you join me.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


My papa died this last Thursday. It was very sad, but expected.....kind of.

My papa was not in the best of health toward the end, but he was still home. For that we are all thankful.

Papa was my daddy's daddy. I saw him often.....he lived just 2 blocks away during the first 18 years of my life.

My papa was a war hero. He received the Purple Heart for an injury he received during WWII. He was a paratrooper and was shot in the back while jumping behind enemy lines.

That's a neat story.

A story we never needed to be reminded of.....the bullet in his back, the one that couldn't be removed, shifted one night and paralyzed him on one side of his body. He was in his 30s when that happened.

He, in my memory, was always crippled.

I'm certain he was always in pain, but he never complained about it. He continued with life.


I was very sad when I found out he had died. I was happy, though, that he seemed to die on his own terms. He was afraid that he would know when he was dying and that he would be aware of what was about to happen. He was afraid of being put into a nursing home. Neither of those happened. It was so quick that his doctor told my granny, "When I die, I hope it's as easy."

A friend of mine commented on my demeanor when she found out that I was getting ready to leave town to attend his funeral. She said that I was a lot calmer than a lot of people in the same situation. She then said, "I guess that is how it is with Christians...they don't have the same sadness....there is that hope...a celebration."

That is so true. I was sad, and AM sad that I won't see Papa again during my lifetime. But I will see him again. He was saved.

That man is now doing things that he couldn't do for over 50 years of his life.

He is no longer in pain.

He can walk.

How exciting it will be to see him again.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Be back soon

Just so you know...

I will be back with a post soon. I need another day or 2.

My grandfather died last week. My family and I went out to West Texas for the funeral. We are just getting back today, but my house is in complete chaos. See you soon.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


Today is my sweet hubby's birthday.

There are NO WORDS that can tell you what he means to me.

He is my best soul mate. I know that God had him in mind for me. And, I'm so thankful for him.

I love you, Honey. I hope you have a wonderful day. I'm so glad you are in my life.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


My cyber-friend Lisa and her twin sister Lana, host this blog carnival. It is loads of fun. MANY bloggers get together and share recipes, kitchen tips, product reviews and other fun things. There are so many great recipes out there. You might just discover a new favorite among them. Won't you join us?

For my contribution, I'm going to post a recipe for meatloaf.

Meatloaf sometimes gets a bad rap. In reality, if it is made properly, it can be tasty and can feed a large group of people. This is comfort food...wonderful with mashed potatoes, corn, and biscuits....which is exactly what we had last night. :)

Let me put out a few pointers about meatloaf.

First, you really need to add a 2nd kind of meat. It enhances the flavor and helps it not taste too dark and sit too heavily.

Second, you don't want to over mix the meatloaf mixture, as it will yield a tough meatloaf.

Third, do NOT bake while it is covered with foil. The fat will render quite quickly and cause the meat to steam. Steaming beef causes a livery flavor...and that is just wrong.

I do a different meatloaf every time, but last nights seemed to be really good...even the kids liked it.

MEATLOAF....OK...not THAT Meatloaf, but the food.

1 - 1/2 pounds ground beef. (I use 85/15 because the fat really does help the flavor)
1 pound ground pork
1 can beans (I used Bush's Grillin' Beans Steakhouse recipe...I don't like them as a side dish, they are too sweet....but they were really good in the meatloaf)
2 slices wheat bread, crusts removed
about 2 TBSP milk
1 egg, beaten
1 envelope onion soup mix
salt and pepper, too taste
minced onion (either fresh or dried)
garlic powder, to taste

First, tear bread into pieces and add the milk to it. You want the bread to be mushy.

Mash beans. They don't have to be smooth, but I did this to incorporate its own juices into the beans.

Put the 2 meats on top of beans.

Add your egg to the bread and beat the egg slightly. Pour that over the meat.

Add your seasonings, including the onion soup mix

With your hands (I know....wear a rubber glove, if you must), fold all ingredients together. You want things incorporated nicely, but don't overwork.

Put into a 9 x 13 casserole. Bake at 350 for about 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Remove from oven and let it set for a bit....about 15 minutes. Juices will be drawn back up into the meatloaf. (It is not all fat that the meatloaf will redistribute, so don't worry. A lot of the fat will still remain on the edges.) After about 10 minutes, go ahead and remove the meat to a serving platter so that it doesn't continue to sit in the fat.


Sunday, February 08, 2009


Those of you who read know that this has been quite a week for me. I got a lot done....the laundry was a HUGE thing. But, there is still so much to do.

My next big focus is my coupons. Various things we have been working on have made things tight. I don't mind, necessarily, but the transition from one budget to another has been a bit stressful for me.

With that in mind, I'm having to really work my menu from my stockpile and keep costs down, as much as possible, until things get settled into place.

All of that brings me to Making a Happy Home Monday.

This is a carnival that I host every Monday. In this carnival, I post about something that I have worked on in the house...something to make my home a happier home. It can be anything. It can be a big project that takes a few days, or a quick little item that only takes a few minutes. Just do SOMETHING. If you are like me, you can easily be incapacitated by what needs to be done....and it doesn't get done.

My hope, with this carnival, is that some of you lovely ladies will work on a project and post about it. Just link up down below, on Mr. Linky, and tell us what you do. These links will certainly be encouraging and inspiring. I hope you will join me.

Since I have been a little blah in my attitude, and since my hubby is home...since I have sick kidlets AND it is a staple in my life, I have decided to use chocolate to make my home a happy home.

HOMEMADE BROWNIES (plus guests!)

Who doesn't like a chocolate brownie sundae?

Saturday, February 07, 2009


Well, kind of.....

This week has been busy. And it needed to be.

I feel really good about all that I have accomplished. I did get on the computer some, but not near as long as normal....sad, huh? I have trouble controlling that.

That being said, I think I'm going to limit my time on the computer, from now on, and only blog on certain days. I won't set anything in stone as to what days, but something flexible. I will still do Making a Happy Home Monday and really hope that you wonderful people will join me.

I plan on continuing Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.

AND, I would like to do at LEAST one other post per goal is 3-5 posts per long as I get my other stuff done.

So, what all have I done? Well, mainly, I did laundry. It was at an embarrassing state....I can't even begin to tell you how long it took me. I'm too ashamed of that fact. Suffice to say that I averaged 2 hours every night on it. It's not totally done....'cause really, when is it ever TOTALLY done? BUT, it is to where I don't have to dig for anything. Drawers are wonderfully stuffed and closets are magnificently jammed....Now to maintain...THAT is the big issue.

I also started working out....trying to go 4-5 times a week. I got in two. More about that in a bit.

I have been working a lot on JBQ with my kids. We had a meet last Saturday and another, for my 2nd, today. He did really good. And my oldest....he is impressive. I thought it would be fun to do a youtube on it. I'll think about that. I could show you what all they have to learn, then let each kid show off a little bit. Our church is really good. I won't get into a lot of details as it would be too identifying. However, MOST teams worry about us. ;)

Yesterday started off as a good, but busy day. I had to take my youngest to the doctor. He had been running fever for a few days. And, though the fever had broken, I didn't want to risk an ear infection over the weekend without meds. That is NO FUN!!!

So, we went in and got weighed, swabbed, prodded, nudged, listened to and all that. Everything sounded and looked great. Thank goodness, no infection.


Just the flu.


None of us have EVER had the flu. And now, my sweet baby tested positive for flu.

As his fever was already down and nobody else in the family is even showing signs of problems, the doctor isn't treating anyone. However, we aren't going to the Y until we are all perfectly well....and SHAME on you mommies who take sick kids and put them in with other children....I know the Y is where we got it.......stepping down.....

We are just waiting it out. My son is tired, (voluntarily naps) and hasn't been eating, but the poor baby has THE FLU!

I have started giving my 3rd son breathing treatments (he is the one who tends to be asthmatic) as a precaution. The meds don't hurt if he doesn't need them. SO, we'll see what the rest of the weekend brings for us.

Other than that, I'm in a happy place. It's amazing to me how laundry can make, or break, my attitude. It is just so taxing to have to dig through mounds and mounds just to find matching socks. And undies....OH MY....we have SO MANY UNDIES!!!

For those of you who grabbed my button, thanks. The lady who did it is at this site. These buttons are SO CUTE! What a fun way to link to other blogs! Go check it out and get one designed. If I don't have your button yet, don't panic...I'm getting there. I'm slow....but I should have everything done within this next week.

Alright...that's it. I can think of so much more, but I've already been on here for the allowed time. I need to go do something else. Thank you all for your prayers and thoughts. It truly means a lot to me. Know that I'm praying for you all, too.

I'll see you Monday!

Thursday, February 05, 2009

ok....couldn't resist..... (in my defense...I'm eating lunch right now.)

I got a button created, too. It's over there ---------->>>>

I would LOVE for you to grab it and add it to your sidebar. I will be (in the next few weeks) snagging buttons to put on my sidebar. Thanks, Tara!!!

Wednesday, February 04, 2009


OK...I know I'm not supposed to be on here, but I was too excited about these. I just got them today. I got a CD with over 200 shots. The photographer printed her favorite 65....some in black and white. They are PRECIOUS!

anyway, this is just a very small sampling of my can I narrow it down? They are ALL my faves.....

Tuesday, February 03, 2009


Last week was not a very good one. Nothing truly bad happened, but I just had issues of my I am prone to do, from time to time.

On Friday, maybe? I had a breakdown...not a rush to the hospital, put her in the looney-bin breakdown, but the overwhelmed, can't breathe, don't know where to start, cry and blubber like an idiot, breakdown. And I feel better.

So, because of all this, there are a few changes I need to make. Changes that should allow me to continue all the things I love, but get all the things I DON'T love, done in a timely fashion.

I need about a week.....I might not be on here very much. I need to get some things in order. And if I'm not going to be on the computer very much, I won't be checking YOUR stuff as much. Though I WILL sit down sometime during the week to check stuff...just not daily. I WILL check email daily, due to other responsibilities and things that I need. If you NEED to get hold of me, you know how to do so. :)

Here are some things I must accomplish:

laundry (yuck)
coupons...I'm WAY behind on it
schedule stuff (between all the music lessons, JBQ meets, coaching and practice and other things, I'm not using my time efficiently.)
Valentine's Day parties....2 of them.

I know this probably doesn't seem like a whole lot to you, but you are a better person than me, this is huge.

So don't be offended if you don't "see" me for a few days.

Pray for me....I need it :)

I'll be back soon. Love you all.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Hey, y'all! Today is Making a Happy Home Monday. This is the day to pick a project...ANY project...big or small, to tackle and get into better shape. Make it prettier, cleaner or more functional...whatever you do, make it HAPPIER!

Link up on Mr. Linky and share with us what you did to make Happy Home!

For MY day, I did....


That's right! Today is my birthday. I woke up to a Happy Home.....

Kids running in to give me hugs and kisses

A hubby who is going to take me out to lunch (and buy me the new Martha Stewart book...WOOHOO!)

Text messages from loved ones

Facebook postings from friends

I am 29 again and I love it. I love this age!

Y'all have a good one. I'll be back in the next day or lots to talk about. :)