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January 5, 2008

UFTW (Update from the Wife)

Filed under: dumpster diving,Just for fun — theburts @ 6:11 pm

Quick Update from the Wife!


We got to go to my parent’s last weekend. I went home Friday, then Daniel came Saturday. We had dinner with my dad Saturday night, then went bowling. Last time we all went bowling, Daniel scored a 253 or something crazy like that. So, my dad had to redeem himself this time! They ended up close to even after 4 games. On Sunday, Daniel and I cooked dinner for my mom & John for their Christmas present. We cooked for 3 hours! The menu was: chicken stuffed with ricotta, mozzarella, & proscuitto ham, bacon wrapped green beans, and stuffed tomatoes. It was yummy!


For New Year’s, we had dinner with some friends’ of Josh’s, then went over to another couple’s house for the rest of the night. They had a nice fire going outside, though it was quite windy! We stayed there til a little after 12, then went to Heather & Jonathan’s for some card playing. Fun times.


This week, we’ve been complete lazy bums. We got Lost Season 3 for Christmas, and have watched an average of 4 episodes per day since Tuesday. While I don’t ever want to become addicted to watching TV, it is pretty nice every once and awhile to just sit and relax at home.. especially when it’s freezing outside. (Oh, it SNOWED New Year’s Day.. enough to give the cars a slight dusting. I was excited)


On the dumpstering side… we quickly hit up a “store” on the way home last night.. and ended up having some good finds. There are some things in life that you don’t really need, but would be fun to have, especially if they are free. One is long-range walkie talkies. We got one set brand new in the package, and then one more handset… so I’m sure we’ll come up with reasons to use these! Also, an electronic pepper grinder. Fancy Shmancy. Then, in an obvious voice from the universe that I need to start getting back into shape… a brand new ab-roller thing. It was in the sale paper this week for $20. Don’t know why it was in the dumpster since it was still in the plastic. And the other goodies… a nice knife block with one knife (Daniel is going to look for the others tonight), a transformer toy, 6-7 packages of dog treats, and the ever popular mystery cans. Maybe we’ll post some pics of us using the new toys.


And that’s the report from the Burt household.



  1. awesome.
    on the jealous note, guess who is playing in my living room?

    Their names start with A and R
    (and end in ‘very’ and ‘oman’)

    Comment by ariahfine — January 5, 2008 @ 7:02 pm | Reply

  2. Saw you on Oprah today…it’s a very interesting phenomenon. I do wonder though, is there ever a concern about what you are eating, healthwise, when you consume these “mystery” cans, among other things? I mean, do you ever open cans and just say, “uh-uh, I’m not eating this”? Or would you feel too guilty that you were wasting it?

    Comment by jones — February 27, 2008 @ 9:24 pm | Reply

  3. Of course there is concern about what we find. That is why we use our common sense… the same that you use when you decide whether or not to eat something that has been in your refrigerator longer than a few days – or something that has been hidden in the cabinet for months. Most of the produce we find is packaged – three peppers or squash or tomatoes wrapped in a package. Canned foods are mainly thrown away because they are slightly dented or missing a label. One time, after opening a mystery can, we couldn’t tell what it was (something like enchilada sauce)… so we didn’t eat it! We simply discard of the contents and recycle the can. And no, we don’t feel guilty about that at all – still saves the can from the landfill. After diving, we’ll bring everything home and go through it. What is bad gets tossed – it’s that simple. We definitely need to start composting that stuff, though. It’s our next goal. Thanks for commenting.

    Comment by theburts — February 27, 2008 @ 9:30 pm | Reply

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