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October 16, 2011

A Week in the Life, Day 7

Well, I did it!  Here we are at the final installment of A Week in the Life.  Sunday is traditionally a day of errands and catching up on what’s needed to be done, and hopefully some relaxing and making a good dinner.

My morning started out with flipping through magazines, hoping for inspiration for grocery shopping.  I try to plan at least 5 dinners at each weekly grocery shopping trip, leaving a night or two up in the air (usually because I just can’t think that far in advance!)


Grocery list and husband in tow ( I bring him along so that he can plan a couple meals too), I head to my local Stop & Shop.  Does your grocery store have these things? :

Stop & Shop calls them “Scan It,” I call them “boopers,” but whatever you call them, they are awesome! You use it to scan each item you are buying, then you place the item into bags already in your shopping cart.  The booper adds it all up and offers you special deals on the stuff you buy throughout the store.  When you get to the cash register, you scan a bar code & your grocery store card and your whole order pops up on the screen.  Pay and off you go!  No more unloading your stuff on to the belt and re-bagging and putting back in your cart.  I also love knowing exactly what I am spending as I go – no surprises at the register.  Okay, my testimonial for Scan It is done now! 😉 (Pssst… did you like that Stop & Shop?)

With a trunk full of groceries, (this is another time it is handy to have the hubs with me), I return home to put them away and clean out the fridge of unused leftovers. (Don’t you hate that?)

After lunch, it is back to sewing today.  I made over 300 inches of binding today!


That’s the material that goes around the edge of the quilt to enclose the raw edges.  I machine sewed the binding on one side of the quilts, but now comes the tedious part of hand-stitching the binding to the other side.   I’m a bit of a slob when I sew.  I have a tendency to flick odd pieces of fabric and bits of thread to the floor to get them out of the way.  Don’t worry – I pick them up; that is not what is clogging up my vacuum cleaner!


I did end up finding some recipes to try in those magazines this morning.  Tonight’s dinner came from the September issue of Cooking Light.

It is called “Savory Bread Pudding with Ham and Cheddar,” but I think that title is a bit misleading.

Of course, I used much more ham and cheese than the recipe called for.  The small amounts specified didn’t seem like they’d make a satisfying meal for hungry teenagers.  It was met with mixed reviews: it’s okay, it’s different, it’s filling.  Not sure it’s a keeper.

After dinner, we carried on with the tasks of getting ready for the new week.  The girls made their lunches for school tomorrow.

I changed the sheets on my bed with Cedric’s “help”

I wanted to get all the chores finished up in time for some good t.v. watching tonight.  At 9:00 is HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”

Starting tonight is season two of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” – which also happens to be on at 9:00.  Thank goodness for the DVR!

It used to be on at 10:00 last season, which was great because I either had “Boardwalk Empire” to watch before it, or I think AMC’s Mad Men might have been on before it at some point during its season.  I miss that show!  I can’t wait until the new season of that begins.

It is about time to wrap up this post so I can go get comfy on the couch.  I decided to end this week in my life with a selfie of sorts.  While I was changing the sheets, I decided to pose in my bedroom mirror with my pillow as I changed the case.  Side story: I always called pillow cases “pillow sheets” as a child and my mother never corrected me.  My husband was always amused by my saying that.  I’ve tried to change the habit to say pillow case, but they will always be pillow sheets to me!


I hope you’ve enjoyed this look into my life!  I hope that some of you will steal this idea and give me a little peek into yours!


  1. Love everyday posts! They have definitely made for good subject matter for my photos. I think my favorite shot is this very last one! Such a cute shot of you!

    Comment by plainmama — October 16, 2011 @ 9:11 pm | Reply

    • Thanks very much Amy; it was interesting actually paying attention to what I was up to for a week, LOL.

      Comment by Karma — October 17, 2011 @ 3:54 pm | Reply

  2. I have never used those devices at Stop and Shop because I refuse to shop there. My locked car was broken into in that parking lot while I had a 3-year-old in tow. The police wouldn’t come since they have bigger fish to fry in the lovely city of Springfield. The store manager said that it happened all the time. It was not a good scene.

    Loved your “Day in the Life” posts. It will be fun for you to look back on in a year or so.

    Comment by Becky Sue — October 16, 2011 @ 9:13 pm | Reply

    • Yes, I think you’ve mentioned that break in before. I do my weekly shopping on Sunday mornings, and luckily never encountered any issues.
      Glad you enjoyed the series – I imagine life will be similar a year from now; it will be quite different two years from now when Meghan is in college!

      Comment by Karma — October 17, 2011 @ 3:59 pm | Reply

  3. Aww, it’s been a week already? I really enjoyed these posts, too.
    One of the grocery stores in our area had scanners like this years ago, but they didn’t last very long. Not sure why they got rid of them. We never shop there anyway, because they’re a lot more expensive than “our” grocery store.
    Now, do you actually CHANGE the sheets? I hate folding sheets, so I always pull them off the bed, wash them, and put them right back on. LOL

    Comment by thedailyclick — October 17, 2011 @ 6:25 am | Reply

    • It went by fast, didn’t it?
      I suppose a store could decide to get rid of the scanners if they thought people weren’t being honest with them. My grocery store does random checks of scanned groceries – they come over and choose random items from the cart to see if people have scanned them.
      Sometime I do that with the sheets too Michaela! If I actually have to put sheets away I rarely fold them – “roll and stuff” is more like it, LOL.

      Comment by Karma — October 17, 2011 @ 4:10 pm | Reply

  4. I’ve never seen those scanners, but I love the idea. The worst part of grocery shopping is the frequent loading and unloading of items being purchased.
    I’ve enjoyed spending this week with you. Thank you for the hospitality.

    Comment by Carol — October 17, 2011 @ 9:59 am | Reply

    • I’m happy to have had you visiting Carol!

      Comment by Karma — October 17, 2011 @ 4:11 pm | Reply

  5. Those grocery store scanners are awesome! I’ve never heard of those, I don’t think we have them anywhere around here – but they sure would be handy (for my husband, he does the shopping)!! I’m addicted to “The Walking Dead”! My husband and I got the first season on Blu Ray, and re-watched all the episodes before the season premiere last night (which, I thought, was very good).

    I’ve enjoyed your series, and I will – eventually – get around to doing it! Maybe on a vacation week…. 😉

    Comment by Photo By Holly — October 17, 2011 @ 10:36 am | Reply

    • I haven’t watched the premiere of Walking Dead yet – I was too tired to start it once Boardwalk Empire was over. I’m going to watch it tonight.
      If you do the series on a vacation week, it will need to be a week at home – not on some wonderful exotic locale; that wouldn’t be a fair peek into your life! 😉

      Comment by Karma — October 17, 2011 @ 4:15 pm | Reply

  6. Wow the scanners sound neat. Don’t have that here that I know of!
    I also really love the last picture… great story behind it too. Great way to end it!

    Comment by Melissa {adventuroo} — October 17, 2011 @ 10:46 am | Reply

    • Thank you Melissa – and thanks again for hosting this blog challenge!

      Comment by Karma — October 17, 2011 @ 4:15 pm | Reply

  7. What fun! I love the chronicling of the day-to-day events in your life. I’ve never heard of those grocery store scanner thingies, but they sound pretty dang cool. And my husband is also in charge of purging the fridge weekly of any bad food/old leftovers. I always feel very guilty as this point and try to make myself scarce. =)

    Comment by Jenna — October 17, 2011 @ 11:44 am | Reply

    • Hi there Jenna – so glad you popped in to say hello. I took a quick peek at your site, and I will have to explore it further; it seems like we have similar ideas about blogging!

      Comment by Karma — October 17, 2011 @ 4:30 pm | Reply

  8. I’ve really liked this blog series!!! And no, I don’t use the scanners or self check-outs. I figure if I’m going to do the work of the cashiers then I should get a discount on my groceries. 😉

    Comment by Andrea L — October 17, 2011 @ 12:49 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Andrea – glad you liked checking out my life, LOL. I know what you are saying about the scanners and such, but for me, it is about getting out of there quicker; usually the scanners and self-check-outs mean no waiting in line.

      Comment by Karma — October 17, 2011 @ 4:32 pm | Reply

  9. Seems like your Sunday was much more productive than mine, but I’ll still stick with hunting down abandoned buildings over shopping and cooking… lol.. But at least I too was home in time to catch the new series of Boardwalk Empire too, so at least we match up on one thing… 😉

    Comment by FS Photography — October 17, 2011 @ 1:38 pm | Reply

    • Eh, the shopping and cooking are necessary evils you know! I’m not usually doing quite so much sewing over the course of a week, but those babies came along a bit earlier than originally expected!
      How are you liking Boardwalk Empire? I’m finding Jimmy’s mom to be a bit on the creepy side, no?

      Comment by Karma — October 17, 2011 @ 4:33 pm | Reply

      • Well it’s only episode 2 of the new series here (and I missed episode 1) so she’s not really played much of a part yet… To be honest I though series 1 lost it’s initial momentum, and I’m hoping this series recovers a bit, with a bit more action… We shall see.. 🙂

        Comment by FS Photography — October 18, 2011 @ 2:39 am

      • Oh I see! Well, there’s something she’s very involved in for episode 3, so I won’t spoil it for you!

        Comment by Karma — October 18, 2011 @ 3:36 pm

  10. What a cool series, Karma. No, we do not have those thing-a-ma-jigs at our grocery stores. They look very neat. Also liking that last pic of you…you look sleepy after recording all of this!

    Comment by Kathy — October 17, 2011 @ 6:31 pm | Reply

    • Glad you enjoyed it Kathy! Taking all the pictures wasn’t really tiring or anything, although I was on the computer a bit later than I might normally be in order to get the post done each day. By the time I took that picture of me, it had been a pretty full day!

      Comment by Karma — October 18, 2011 @ 3:25 pm | Reply

  11. We have those scanners at our Stop & Shop too! We watch a lot of the same shows it looks like. I miss Mad Men too! Great post and great week. This has been fun!

    Comment by Eve — October 18, 2011 @ 8:31 am | Reply

    • Thank you very much Eve – and thanks for stopping by and commenting! I’m still hoping to have the chance to get around and check out a lot of the other week in the life posts!

      Comment by Karma — October 18, 2011 @ 3:37 pm | Reply

  12. I thoroughly enjoyed your week (since I did not have to live it. LOL). Ah, those days of having teenage girls in the house having to be here and there, school, tests, horse lessons, horse shows, dance lessons, recitals….thanks for reminding me what all went through AND survived! 😀

    Thank you for opening up your life, your heart and your photography for all of us to enjoy.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — October 18, 2011 @ 3:41 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Scott. As crazy as it seems at times, I know when my girls are out of the house I will miss the craziness badly! I will be forced to figure out who I am when they are not around, and that seems daunting and sad.

      Comment by Karma — October 18, 2011 @ 10:17 pm | Reply

  13. Great end to the week!! Our S&S doesn’t have the Scan It thing-ys yet….I hope they do get them. Do you get Cook’s Illustrated?? I think you’d like that magazine. Really great recipes (from the folks at America’s Test Kitchen) and I love reading the process they go thru to achieve the final recipe. Anyways, I digress. 😉

    LOVE The Walking Dead! JUST caught up with the season premiere last night (yes, thank you DVR!) Should be a fantastic season.

    Cute selfie! and, of course, Cedric is adorable! Cleo also loves to hide under the blankets (we refer to her being in ‘Fort Cleo’). 😉

    Comment by milkayphoto — October 19, 2011 @ 11:19 am | Reply

    • The Scan-It’s are awesome. Maybe you should ask your store manager about them.
      Wasn’t the season premiere unbelievable??? I can’t believe how they left it until next week!
      When Cedric is chasing around under the blankets we say he is “slaying the bed monster”, LOL.
      Thank you Tracy.

      Comment by Karma — October 19, 2011 @ 12:30 pm | Reply

  14. How cool this has been! We don’t have anything like that booper beeper thing at our grocery. I would LOVE that! And the recipes too! AND having a husband who will go to the grocery store with me! LOL! 300 inches of binding? No way could I have done that.

    Comment by Dawn — October 19, 2011 @ 10:43 pm | Reply

    • Oops, hey there Dawn! Missed replying to this comment! Luckily hubby likes to cook when he is home (he works nights so it isn’t too often) so he does like to have a hand in choosing some of the groceries! The 300 inches of binding isn’t as impressive as it sounds! 😉

      Comment by Karma — October 26, 2011 @ 7:52 pm | Reply

  15. This was great fun, Karma, getting to know you a little better and on a daily basis. 🙂

    We don’t have those scanners here. I have mixed feelings about it. I don’t use self scanners because I figure the grocery store isn’t paying me to be a cashier (I’ve been a cashier in past jobs). They raise prices but expect me to do all the work for them. And it means someone else isn’t getting paid to work as a cashier either. That said, if I didn’t have to put all the groceries on the belt, bag ’em, and put ’em back in the cart… well… that would tempt me to do the cashier’s work. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — October 24, 2011 @ 8:03 pm | Reply

    • Well, those Stop&Shop scanners are different from the “self check” registers (which I also like). The scanners can be taken to a register with a human being working. My feelings are that the stores never open every cash register in the store anyway, so if one person manning 4 or 5 self-check registers gets me out of the store quicker, fine by me.

      It was a surprisingly interesting look at my week for me too! 😉

      Comment by Karma — October 25, 2011 @ 5:33 pm | Reply

  16. I love that you make your own binding! Do you have a particular “way” of making it? there are so many options. And I think, from the photo, that you and I have the same exact sewing machine. I’m not really a slob when I sew, but always wind up with threads pasted to my torso, legs and arms all over! Love your concept of “A Week in the Life”. I’m getting ready to post not only some more quilts, but gearing up for Christmas. Check out my “Exploring Photography” post. Constructive criticisms are always welcome.

    Comment by Tamara Eckstadt — November 28, 2012 @ 9:09 am | Reply

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