The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

Ready for football!

With the NFL season set to open on Thursday night, I spent some time getting my living room ready for game day. That meant moving my recliner into a more prominent position, bringing two end tables up from the basement to accommodate all the snacks and drinks I plan on consuming, and just generally arranging the tv furniture so that my friends and I can get a better view of the game from every seat in the room.

I was thinking of putting up some Bears flags and banners as well, but decided against it at the last minute. After all, it’s not the Super Bowl and it’s not as though Chicago actually has a chance of making it to the post-season with Kyle Orton running the offense!

I also went out and bought a mini-fridge to hold drinks and dip, and can’t wait to set that up right next to my recliner.

Can you tell that I love football?!

Shoplifter Busted!

I was at the drug store picking up a few things today when I watched some young woman get busted for shoplifting by store security. The guy who nabbed her was dressed in plain clothes, and I think what happened was he was watching her on the security monitors in the office area, saw her trying to steal stuff, and then came tearing out to confront her in the store.

I’m not sure what the woman stole, but she was in the acne treatment aisle when she was busted. The security guard asked to look in her bag, and then brought her back to the office area so I didn’t see what happened next.

The whole thing was pretty wild because it happened right in front of me. I never would have pegged that woman as a shoplifter. She was neatly dressed, didn’t look shifty or anything, and just seemed like a regular shopper. I guess you never can tell about people!

Grandparents Day

This is just a reminder to all of you that Grandparents Day is next Sunday, September 7, so if you’re planning on purchasing a present for the occasion, you’ve only got one week left to shop.

I don’t think I’ve ever remembered this “holiday” before, but this time I might go ahead and get something for my mom to celebrate the fact that she’s a grandmother. A greeting card for sure, and then perhaps a fun photo product with my son’s picture on it.

Or maybe I can get a free day for myself by dropping my son off with enough money to take grandma to the zoo. They would both enjoy that and I could get a lot of work done with the boy gone all day. Now that sounds like a great plan!

Time for a treat

I haven’t been shopping nearly as much as I usually do, and even after all the back-to-school and new wardrobe purchases I’ve made recently, I noticed that our savings accounts are still at a very good level. That means we’ve got a bit of breathing room and can afford to treat ourselves to something fun.

Jerry wants an rc helicopter to play around with in the industrial park behind our house, while I want some a few new DVD box sets — including Season 4 of House, which is currently on sale. Neither of those items is very expensive and we both deserve to let loose a bit after working so hard all summer, so why not?

Two New Suits

I previously mentioned that I need to replace a significant part of my wardrobe because of some recent weight loss. I dropped nine pounds thanks to a good workout routine and some help from a few top diet pills, and while that may not seem like a lot of weight, it’s definitely enough to require new clothes.

So today I went out and bought two new business suits today. I found one at Banana Republic, which is a store I rarely shop at anymore since I don’t often like their styles (or prices). But I loved the “microstripe” suit pictured above, thought it looked good when I tried it on, and decided to get it.

I bought my other suit from J. Crew. That’s where I usually go for my work outfits since their clothes usually fit me very well.

Anyway, I’m scheduled to go into the office on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, so I’ll be able to wear my new suits then. I can’t wait!

Bagel Bites

Although I’ve been trying to cut down on the amount of processed and/or frozen foods that I eat, one product that I simply cannot give up is Ore Ida’s Bagel Bites.

These are tiny bagels covered with pizza sauce and toppings such as cheese, sausage, and pepperoni. They are definitely one of my favorite snacks all year round, but especially when summer gives way to fall and warmer foods are called for.

Bagel Bites are currently available in the following flavor varieties:

  • Three Cheese
  • Cheese & Pepperoni
  • Cheese, Sausage & Pepperoni
  • Supreme
  • Mozzarella

Though all of the flavors are great, my favorite ones are Three Cheese and Cheese & Pepperoni. I absolutely love these things and could probably live on them if I had to!

The only downside to Bagel Bites is that they contain a lot of calories — 210 for one serving of Three Cheese Bagel Bites. A serving is just four pieces which is not enough for me, so I usually double up and go with 8 (or 9 depending on which package I’ve purchased).

Overall, however, these things are great! If you’ve never tried Bagel Bites, you are totally missing out. They’re cheap, easy to make, and taste delicious, so pick some up today!

A note about NFL Game Pass

Last week I wrote a post about how NFL Game Pass from Yahoo! Sports is now accepting sign-ups for the 2008 season. What I neglected to mention, but which several readers have pointed out, is that you need to make sure you’ve got one of the latest video cards installed in your computer in order to be able to enjoy the broadcasts.

There’s a demo video available on the Yahoo! site where you can test your connection and picture quality. I highly recommend that you do this before plunking down $209 for Game Pass. A good video card isn’t all that expensive these days, so be sure you have one capable of handling all the streaming NFL games that you want to watch this year!

Tech Junkies

We’re going on a bit of a road trip tomorrow (just to La Crosse, WI to visit some friends), so I’m starting to pack a bag for the journey. After all, we need our entertainment!

Anyway, this is what I’ve got in my backpack so far: three MP3 players, three cell phones, two Nintendo DS Lites, a digital camera, a PDA, and a book reader. All for a 4 1/2 hour car ride!

I guess I never really thought of us as being tech junkies before. I mean, of course we love gadgets and toys, but I didn’t realize we had all this stuff — and that we’d “need” it just for a day trip!