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Days 172, 173, & 174: A Wilderness Wonderland Celebration of Lights

Day 172, Day 173, & Day 174.

Once again here in the home stretch I’m stringing Every Days with Chick-fil-A together. Trying to push through to the end, and in this busy season, it has been a challenge. But I have to tell you, even though I have nothing to gain from blogging about eating CFA every day, it’s pretty freaking cool that I’ve been able to do it.

New Year’s is around the corner and if you’re like me, you’ll be making a resolution or two, even if you don’t tell anyone about it. But let’s be honest – we rarely do them more than a couple of months, or, if you’re like me, a couple of weeks.  Changing something in your life – anything – is difficult, even when it’s something fun like eating Chick-fil-a. Factor in the blogging part, and it makes the difficulty factor increase by a factor of 10. So I’m glad I’ve stuck it out, even if I am putting multiple days in one post.

So, on Tuesday, it was Day 172, and I don’t have a picture for it. I know I went in and ordered a #11 with a Chicken Tortilla Soup, tried to take a pic of the server (new gal, forget her name), and my iPhone wouldn’t cooperate.

Day 173 was a Spicy Chicken sandwich meal on the way home from a church business meeting. I was starving, and figured the Spicy would be my best shot at a hearty piece of poultry. And, I was right. Theory still holds true.

Thanks to my fellas in the drive-thru (and Alysa too, who sneaked into the boys club picture):

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We wrapped up day 174 at the great Pasco County Wilderness Wonderland
Celebration of Lights, which, I am sorry to say, was a Parks & Recreation episode just waiting to happen.

I give you, Exhibit A:

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Exhibit B. Mr and Mrs Claus were very friendly:

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Exhibit C (that’s real “snow” in case you were wondering):

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And finally, Exhibit D. It was nice to see that a nativity scene representing the Incarnation – you know, what Christmas is all about – was present.

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Asher did splendidly through all of this, and after eating his dinner, seemed to want to delay bath time. And I have proof (this has been edited from its original format):


Hilarious. Nothing like seeing a naked 14 month old run around the house trying to avoid whatever it is you want him to do.  Ah, the memories.

Oh yes, and I had a 12-ct Chicken Nuggets this evening after Ash went to bed, with a Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake to top it off. Here’s the boys club – love these guys!

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Okay, less than a week until Christmas, and closing in on the end of my Every Day with Chick-fil-A. Hard to believe.

Day 170 & Day 171: Miscellaneous

Day 170 & Day 171.

Between Saturday and Monday, there isn’t a whole lot to report. On day 170 (Saturday), we went to some friends’ to celebrate their little girl’s 1-yr old birthday; she’s adopted just like Asher, and we semi-formally prearranged their marriage – they’d make beautiful kids, no doubt.

The party was pretty cool, complete with real snow (well, ice rink leftovers) and “snow ladders” which, consequently, fell on my wife’s head. But she’s okay, and it was good to get Asher out with other children. We’re still working on attachment, so going out still makes us a little nervous – he needs to know unequivocally that mamma and dadda are the primary caregivers. Whenever we introduce a lot of other grownups with a propensity to dote on such a stinkin’ cute kid, it runs the risk of setting us back.  He’s definitely close, though, and we feel we’ve made a lot of strides in the last month. A lot of people probably wonder why we don’t put him in nursery or take him out more for play-dates, but the bonding between mother, father and son must “take,” and take solidly at that. We don’t want to have to rewind time because we thrust him into situations that, to his orphanged mind, are confusing. The good news is, we’re almost there.

I really wish I would’ve grabbed a picture of the party, but I’m a guy, and the last thing we usually think about is taking pictures. Of course, having a son and have a blog will change that somewhat, which is why I have a picture of my guys Justin and Evan at Chick-fil-A serving us up some soup and salad for Liza and my old faithful, an Asian Salad with extra crispies. I love these guys:

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Day 171 was a normal Monday – scrambling in the morning to get the Publix ad up, and then coming apart at the seams later in the day from loss of blog-numbing brain cells. Good news is we did get up the Christmas tree finally, this year with all decorations starting halfway up the tree, as I’m sure you can guess why:

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Big thanks to Kim Kinney for our personalized Asher’s First Christmas ornament – so awesome!

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Tonight’s CFA run was all about the soup.  It’s been crisp all day, and the I was really ready for some Chicken Tortilla Soup. HOWEVER, much to my chagrin, when I got home, I discovered Chicken Noodle Soup instead. Sigh. Double sigh.  I think this is only the second wrong order in 171 tries, however, so not bad.  Don’t get me wrong, the chicken noodle soup is good too, and I had some extra tortillas from the other day sitting on the counter just waiting to be consumed.  It’s all good Ryan #2, and the new girl and Alexis who fooled me with the Alyssa name tag; I’m not madatcha:


Today is also a memorable day for this reason – my brother and sister (yes, they’re twins) turn 26, I believe. Mike is in St. Louis with his wife, son, and daughter-to-be, and Kari is in Africa with her husband. Love you both!

Day 171 down – only a few more to go. Hard to believe I’m really on the home stretch.

P.S. Since drafting today’s blog, I have found out that a very good friend of mind is in the hospital with a pretty bad heart. If you’re the praying type, please intercede on his behalf when you read this, as I believe we serve a God who hears and answers prayer, and uses men and women doctors as His instruments.

Day 155 – Short & Sweet (Literally – I Had the Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake….Again)

Day 155.

Today it rained a lot. I worked a lot.  Then I drove to Chick-fil-A and got the Chicken Tortilla Soup. I had a great crew waiting on me this evening, and my Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake was delicious.

photoNow I’m posting a video of Asher, just because I can. Yes, I put zero thought into this blog. It’s Black Friday week, it’s only Tuesday, and I’m already feeling a little cuckoo for cocoa puffs.

Day 150 – A Chick-fil-A “Secret”

Day 150.

Today I had lunch with a friend at Chick-fil-A and ordered a #11 – Chick-fil-A Chicken Tortilla Soup and a large Coke. I had the pleasure of providing lunch for my buddy with one of my FREE lunch combo gift certificates I received from the VIP Luncheon (he enjoyed a #1 with no pickles – I like his style).   Thanks to my gals at Chick-fil-A for taking the order:

photoTwo things I learned today:

1) Open your lid for your Chick-fil-A server when he asks you if you want a refill. You would think I would do that on instinct by now, having been there 150 days in a row, but I’ve only actually sat in a Chick-fil-A for no more than 10 of those days. Cut me some slack okay?

2) There are 13 restaurants in the Atlanta area – old Dwarf House restaurants – that serve (wait for it)…….cows. That’s right. Those lovable cows you see in every commercial – their brothers and sisters might end up in your belly one day!

So now you know the inside scoop. And since it’s late, this blog post is done.

Day 145 & Day 146 – Cookies & Soup & A Photo Show & Tell

Day 145 & Day 146.

Since I don’t have anything earth-shattering to convey in these last two days, I thought I’d post a picture of what it is we do for a living. We help people save money on their grocery bills.

I went shopping on Day 146 right before I headed out to get my Chicken Tortilla Soup for the second time in three days, and loved seeing my good Chick-fil-A buddies Ryan #1 and Jessica, with a sneaky Austin in the back. Truly I love these guys!

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But back to what we do. We blog about saving money. Then each Friday we take a trip to our local Publix, shop, save money, then come home and take a picture of what we bought and how we did it. You never think this is what your college degree will do for you.

At any rate, here’s today’s trip. We paid $34 for everything below, and saved $150; that comes out to about 81% savings.  Granted, it’s not the 100% savings I get at Chick-fil-A with my VIP Black Card, but it’s pretty good.

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The Asher photo bomb is a free bonus for your viewing pleasure. He had just finished up lunch and was really taking in the moment.

So that’s what we do in a nutshell. It’s amazing that you can make a full-time living off of it, but then again, not really. People love getting deals, and people need to eat. Bringing the desire to save and the desire to eat is a fairly natural fit.

Backtracking to day 145, it was just a 6-pk of Cookies kind of day, and they are, for the record, now completely annihilated less than 24 hours later. Before you start judging me, see if your family can let those cookies sit around the house for more than 24 hours.  A free Chick-fil-A meal on me says you can’t do it.

Thanks to my server “John” for her service, and for the back of the head shot of my cashier who shall remain nameless (Hint: it rhymes with Jolly).

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I got nothing else for you. It’s the end of the week and I’m gassed. A month and a half to go before my Every Day with Chick-fil-A ends. I’m ambivalently happy and sad to see that day come.

Day 144 – Asher at the Doc, A Chilly Florida Night, & Some Warm Chicken Tortilla Soup!

Day 144.

Wednesdays are always a long day because I have a weekly project that requires me to get up about 5:00/5:30 a.m.  By the end of the day, quite frankly, I don’t like to ignore the bed’s beckoning whispers.

Thankfully we were pretty organized today, and I’m also thankful because we have a new gal doing great work on the website for us, and a mother (in-law, for me) who helps us out tremendously at night with Asher and the house.

Hence, I’m able to get this up at a reasonable hour. Today was all about Asher, as we had our second doctor’s appointment with him. We’re not sure if it’s because of a new environment making him nervous or if he’s just acting in character, but this kid is crazy squirmy at the doctor’s office! So of course when I was taking a pic to document the moment, he was literally climbing the walls:

everydaywithchickfilaThis kiddo, I tell ya. Doesn’t sit still for a minute. It’s pretty exhausting actually when you’re trying to hear important things about his health while hanging onto him for his dear little life.  How was the update? Well, he needs to eat more. Apparently he’s still pretty tiny compared to his peers. In all fairness though, shouldn’t we have an Ethiopian chart out?  #ithoughtso

We popped into Chick-fil-A on the way home and I’m happy to say that I had my first Chick-fil-A Chicken Tortilla Soup of the year.  The large portion (which of course I ordered) comes in at only 550 calories for a whopping and filling treat.  It’s hearty, flavorful, and has just the right amount of kick.  Much like the Asian Salad, you will not be disappointed.  Get it now while you can!

Since it’s difficult to eat on the road, I waited til home, heated it up over the stove, and threw on some cheddar cheese because really, who doesn’t love more cheese?

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On a chilly evening like tonight (yes, it’s in the 50’s), this hit the spot. Thanks to the crew at CFA for their service. Jessica and Sandy are in the foreground, Seritta (sp?) is the blur, and I forget the dude in the back, but he’s cool.

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Finally, I took Asher on a cold walk right before din-din and just thought the facial expressions from #1 to #2 were funny, thus, blog-worthy:


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Hahaha – love this kid!

If you’re wondering who dressed him, btw, it was all me. Mismatched? Yes.  Warm? Absolutely.