Sour Milk

Yesterday, I swore I smelled sour milk in our living room. Joe didn’t smell anything, so I figured I was just imagining things.

But, when we got home from work, Joe said he could smell it, too. We moved the couch and pulled out all of Lucy’s toys. No sippy cup there. We couldn’t figure out where the smell was coming from.

Then, as I was sitting on the couch watching TV, Lucy went over to her kitchen, opened one of the doors, pulled out a sippy cup and brought it to me. And old sippy cup. And when I say old, I mean that when she spilled it on my arm, the milk was as clear as water.

Mystery solved, and now Lucy is down one sippy cup. Now, if we can just get rid of this smell!

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Doing my Civic Duty

So, last week I had jury duty. My service finished up today. Exhausting.

I ended up getting picked for a jury on Thursday to hear a case involving a man charged with four counts — habitual violator, habitual violator DUI less safe, DUI less safe and giving a false name. The background of the case was fairly simple: a sheriff’s deputy patrolling around 2 a.m. near a strip mall saw a car parked in front of a gas station, which was closed for the night. He went to check out the car, thinking someone might be trying to break into the store, and found the defendant in the car and smelled alcohol on his breath. He said the defendant slurred his speech and was belligerent, so he arrested the defendant.

However, in order to convict someone of DUI less safe, there has to be proof that the person was driving in a manner that was unsafe. There was no proof of any driving. Sure, the defendant testified to driving to the parking lot from his sister’s house, but that’s it. The deputy didn’t see him driving. He could have driven perfectly fine, or he could have been swerving all over the road, hitting dogs and cats.

There also was no proof as to WHEN the drinking occurred. The defendant said he had a beer at his sister’s house around 6 p.m. Even if he had had a couple of beers, the effects would have worn off by 2 a.m. And, some people can drive perfectly fine after having a few drinks. But, he also could have consumed alcohol in the parking lot after stopping for the night (he was homeless and sleeping in his car). There’s no way to know. The deputy didn’t search the car.

We were divided from the start. There were three of us who voted not guilty on the two DUI charges from the start because of the lack of evidence. The others were pretty adamant that he was guilty. However, after reading the charge again, the sentence stating that just the smell of alcohol on a person’s breath isn’t sufficient enough to convict them of DUI changed the minds of everyone except one person. And, that is why we deliberated over two days.

I don’t know if that person went into this with a closed mind or what, but she would not think logically. We have to convict based on evidence. She wanted to convict based on her assumptions. That’s not how the justice system works. She said that since the defendant refused to take field sobriety tests or blow in an alchosensor that he is guilty. Not quite. It’s his right to refuse. That doesn’t prove that he drove drunk.

The only way to prove drunk driving is to have both the drinking and the driving. We didn’t have the driving. Even the woman holding out said she didn’t know what happened. EXACTLY! At that point, one person through up his arms and said, “See! You don’t know, so you can’t convict!” And, that is when the woman burst into tears, told us we were being mean and said she would go ahead and vote not guilty so she could go home.

Sigh. Mentally exhausting. In the end, she did change her vote. We convicted him of the habitual violator and giving a false name charges but found him not guilty on the habitual violator DUI less safe and DUI less safe charges.

Jury duty was a really interesting experience, but it was much, much harder than I thought it would be. I really feel now for juries on more serious cases. It’s tough.

Pre-paid Cell Phones

This post brought to you by TracFone. All opinions are 100% mine.

Joe is an avid runner. He does several short-to-medium-length runs a week, and on the weekends, he does his long run. 

And, when he runs, he definitely needs to take a cell phone with him. He’s been chased by dogs and has to deal with people driving on these country roads in the dark, and it’s necessary for him to be able to get a hold of me and for me to be able to get a hold of him.

However, we don’t really like him running with his Android phone. I would hate for anything to happen to it with the sweat from his run or if it accidentally got dropped. We’re thinking about getting something like a TracFone that you can use and pay as you go. We don’t need a monthly plan. We just need something that we can prepay for a certain number of minutes and then go. And, something that won’t really upset us if he drops it. I’d like to know if there are any real TracFone customers who use their phones like we are planning to.

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What I didn’t realize is that there are so many features with the TracFone, like being able to have Internet access and a full QWERTY keyboard. We definitely don’t need those features for what we want to use it for, but for other customers, it’s great. There are some great testimonials from real TracFone customers

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Deals Outside the Grocery Store

This post brought to you by Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine.

Most of you know about some of the great deals I get when I grocery shop. However, there are tons of deals to be had at stores other than grocery stores and even besides drug stores.

One store I tend to frequent is the Dollar General. I’ve been able to get some killer deals there before, like $1 Airwick air fresheners. That is my kind of deal. One other thing I like about Dollar General is that they put out a ton of $5 off a $25 purchase of 20 percent off your order coupons. Those come in super handy, especially when you have other store and/or manufacturer coupons to use.

My daughter isn’t in school yet, but that doesn’t mean I don’t shop for school supplies. There are plenty of school supply items that we use regularly here at home, and I’m not about to pay full price for any of them. The $3 workbooks and crayons, and $4 markers are definitely my kind of things to purchase. And, when you add in manufacturer’s coupons, you can get yourself a great deal. And, in addition to their already great prices, they’ve put out some 20 percent off your school supply purchase Dollar General Back to School coupons, which will come in super handy. Get more of your Back to School needs for less at Dollar General.

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