Taking out the Trash: Olympics, Packers, saying goodbye to the Wingman and more
Time for another edition of Taking out the Trash, the semi-regular posts that may or may not have something to do with saving money but are not specific deals. I have a lot on my mind so I’m cleaning out the “garbage” in my head by Taking out the Trash.
Like many of you, I have been gluttonous when it comes to watching the Olympics. I even hosted an Olympic party for my kids. I found a great idea on Pinterest for Taco cupcakes that had been posted by Wholly Guacamole. So I followed the link and discovered this great site called Emily’s Bites. She uses won ton wrappers in cupcake pans to create mini-masterpieces. And she calculates Weight Watchers points for her recipes as well. So if you’re a foodie, you might want to check out her site. I made appetizers for many different countries using her recipes.
As for the Olympics themselves, I miss the days of old. You know, when the TV coverage concentrated on the event and those great personal stories of the athletes, and not so much of the constant chattering of multiple commentators?! I mean, really, do we need two color commentators to go with one announcer?
And do we really need Ryan Seacrest telling us what viewers are talking about through social media? I’d rather see the event, then talk about it with my friends. You know, like seeing more than three jumps in the women’s long jump, then announcing that the U.S. won the Gold and the Bronze?
But maybe that’s just me, getting old.
I also miss the news embargo that would happen with sporting events like this. You know, where results weren’t revealed until they had aired on TV? I know that’s not possible since every athlete has a Twitter account, but I still miss it. No matter how hard I tried to avoid it, somehow I found out a major result every single day.
I also hate how everything about the Olympics is sponsored yet the athletes can’t make any money until after the games are over. But that rant is for another day (and a different site).
Laura Ingalls Wilder Days at Heritage Hill was great this year. I think one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much was that the last time I went, I was very pregnant and “the hill” was not my friend. That and it was insanely crazy in the afternoon when autographs were being signed. This year, we went as soon as the park opened and my kids got to see and do a lot more. I was able to hear Allison Arngram speak but we did not stick around for the autograph sessions.
I thought it was great that the park honored the Living Social voucher. If you recall, when it was first available (and what made me mention it to readers) was that there was no exclusion for Laura Ingalls Wilder Days. So I bought it. Yet when I printed the voucher, I saw the exclusion. I fully expected the staff at Heritage Hill to deny the voucher, but brought it anyway. It never hurts to ask, right? Happily, the staff said they would honor it even though Living Social had made a mistake.
Packers Family Night was a blast, too. It was the first time we took the kids inside the “hallowed grounds”. But it was also a very hot night. In order to keep our family hydrated with bottled water (and give them a small snack because carry-ins weren’t allowed), I spent what I normally spend on a week’s worth of groceries! Ouch, that hurt! I think it will be a few more years before we take the kids back there.
I also want to thank my friend Steph, my Wingman, for helping with Aldi, Target and Fleet Farm match-ups the past few months. She’s been a great help, but she a) got herself a real job and b) wants her life back! This “blogging” thing is like a comet. Many burn hot and fast and then burn out!
I myself have suffered on the precipice a few times, then just realized that there is only so much one person can or should do. I think Green Bay Consumer has grown and evolved since the beginning. And it can be so much more, but I can’t do it by myself. So if live in Green Bay, like to write, like to help others, and like to get paid next to nothing, let me know. You could become a writer for Green Bay Consumer. Sounds very appealing, I know!
Which brings me to my final point. As I’ve mentioned before, this really is a labor of love and does not make me or the owners of the site a lot of money. But it doesn’t have to be that way! If you or someone you know owns a business in the Green Bay area, Contact us to find out how you can advertise your business on this all-local website, or in our very popular daily email blast which reaches thousands of readers. I love to support local businesses and I know many Green Bay Consumer readers feel the same way.
Hope you all have a great weekend!