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  1. Blastmaster

    Groovy, If you become friendly with your letter carrier they can slip you an extra “junk mail coupon” bundle. Hundreds of bulk rate extra DQ coupons just wind up being recycled at the Post Office anyway

  2. You’re so boring….you’re awesome!

    Seriously, this was the best “I’m laughing out loud and nodding in agreement because I do all the same things” type of post! Well done!

    So many memories you made me think of in each “I’m so boring” example….we LOVE DQ. Back in the good ol’ college days, my friends and I used to walk or rollerblade across the city (3 miles there and back) just to get our DQ fix!

    Annnd Banquet Chicken was a main food group growing up!

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Thank you Mrs. DS. You’re pretty awesome, too. I’m still thinking of those wild stories you told in your recent post.

      I don’t remember eating Banquet TV dinners growing up. But I remember eating Swanson TV dinners on little snack tables. Come to think of it, though, when I ate lunch at a friend’s house, her mom use to make those Banquet boil-in-a-bag thingies. I think it was turkey? Sort of?

  3. I am so glad it’s not just me! Especially with reading the first chapter or two of a book before realizing…I’ve read it! I do the same thing with watching movies….10 minutes in, I’ve seen it! Haha, it keeps my husband in a state of perpetual eye-rolling.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Hah! At least you realize it within the first chapter or two. I’ve read 50-60 pages in a hardcover book before wondering why the story sounds familiar.

      Is your husband like mine in that he enjoys watching some of the same movies over and over again? Mr. G kills me with “Jaws” and “Road House”.

      • Jaws, YESSSSSS! You can take the guys out of Long Island, but there’s still some nostalgia lurking in there, hahahha. And seriously, I have seen “Road House” one too many times myself! What is it with that one??

        • Mrs. Groovy

          I don’t get the Road House fascination at all. But if I have to hear that drunken sailor song from Jaws, or that line starting with “for fifteen years…” I may pull my hair out.

  4. There’s a big difference between being boring and being bored.

    If you’re content in your own space, then that’s great.

    Being able to enjoy what you have, and not feeling discontented / always looking for something better is just amazing.

    I love this retirement club!

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Truthfully Erith, I’m probably a bit of both. But I do feel content and I love this retirement club too! Thanks for your comment.

  5. Jacq

    Boring? This all sounds like a lot of fun. I want to retire early!! Library books, walks, blizzards and mid day frog visits!

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Thanks, Jacq! You just reminded me I have a library book to return. But actually I don’t mind if I have to pay late fees. That’s my small way of supporting our county and library. I’m guessing they do some very interesting children’s programs because the parking lot is often filled.

      • Jacq

        I am envious of some of the children’s programs. They get to have a party for Harry Potter’s Birthday and do other cool crafts. And here I sit at my 9-5! Even if they’d want the craft supplies for the kids, I’d 100% help run the fun stuff.
        A big reason to “FIRE” is I want to not have to commute in traffic.

        • Mrs. Groovy

          Do you listen to podcasts when you commute? Podcasts weren’t very popular yet when I commuted. No excuses though, I could have at least listened to an audio book. Meh. I took the Long Island Railroad and just wanted to shut my eyes and make the world go away. I hated every minute of it.

  6. Melissa Osborn

    Thanks for a great post!! You had me at the BOGO Blizzard coupon and had my mouth watering at Pumpkin.

    My husband and I love the simple (aka boring) things in life, especially if they are free or inexpensive! You don’t have to spend a lot to enjoy the finer things in life. Your list is evidence of this. 🙂

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Thanks, Melissa! The finer things in life can be so simple.

      Yesterday it was like 60 degrees here when it had been 20 earlier in the week. So where did we go? To DQ, of course. Mr. Groovy thought I had a coupon but I didn’t. We both got a mini Triple Truffle, the Blizzard of the Month. When we left I asked him if he liked it and he said “Yes, but I would have liked it even more with a coupon.”

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Thank you so much, Mr. DS! Then I’m in good company if you’re boring, too. Boring is the new exciting — that there is funny.

      G

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Thanks, TFR! I’m so impressed with your AMAZING move to India and I’m looking forward to reading about your adventures.

  7. I love it. I am boring too. Boring is a great way to live. The highs are not too high and the lows are not too low. Along with being boring, I am also consistent. I have found the correct way to live. Why deviate from what works?
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    • Mrs. Groovy

      You’re comment about the highs and lows hits the nail right on the head, Dave. I think it’s a sign of maturity to want and expect consistency and a peaceful lifestyle, rather than all the drama. At least it was for me.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      That sounds lovely, Mrs. FF. I haven’t been to the Catskills in years. We’ve been discussing our next trip to NY and perhaps visiting my nephew at his new home in Saratoga. It’s just a few hours away, right?

  8. I’m repeating what everyone else in the comments are saying…but I’m just as “boring” as you too!

    Getting the notifications for library books is totally me in a nutshell!

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Thanks, Miss SaraBee. I didn’t realize how many other boring people there are out there. I’m in good company! Maybe we should start a Boring Buddies club?

  9. “I’m so boring that I let out a “Yessss” when I receive an email notification that the library book I put on hold is now on the shelf waiting for me.” –> SAME!

    But this is my favorite part: pumpkin ice cream. I used to get a pumpkin pie Blizzard weekly from Dairy Queen when it was in season — I think it’s their best flavor. YUM!

    I found frozen veg for a dollar a pound at a grocery store, which gets me excited every time I buy a bag. I must be boring, too. 😉

    • Mrs. Groovy

      It takes one (one boring person) to know one! Another favorite not on the DQ “regular” menu is the mint cookie Blizzard. And I still love the dipped cones as they remind me of my childhood walks with my brother and father to Carvel for a “Brown Bonnet”.

      You’ve given me an opening to preach about Aldi again. Most of their frozen veggies are a buck. Their own brand is just as good as Green Giant and they also now carry the Pictsweet brand which is excellent.

  10. What is boring to you, sounds super interesting to me. I love it! Although, your tree frog is my monarch butterfly caterpillar, your TGIF is coffee and mine is Mexican food, your mac & cheese is well, my mac & cheese. We can agree to agree on the last one, love me some mac & cheese!!
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    • Mrs. Groovy

      I don’t think I’ve ever seen a monarch butterfly.

      Come on over! I just bought a few more boxes of frozen Mac N Cheese. (What are you doing commenting when you’re supposed to be relaxing. You guys are rockstars!)

      • We have tons in our garden so when you make it to LA, I’ll show you. And yes save a box for when we make it there. You know my favorite part of frozen mac and cheese, when it gets crispy on the edge!

        Relaxing? What’s that?
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  11. You paint such a vivid picture of your ‘boring’ life that I feel like I’m there with you … and it’s all great!

    I especially love how you saved the spider web and can totally relate to being mesmerized by a frog. For me, it was a newt at the nature park by my office last week. I didn’t want to go back to work!

    Wish I could see that goat on your neighbor’s jeep. :o)

    Can’t wait until I’m out enjoying similar ‘boring’ activities every day. :o)

    • Mrs. Groovy

      It would be great if you were here with me frog-watching! Although it’s too cold and snowy today for tree frogs, I’m afraid.

      I had to look up what a newt looks like. Cute! I can understand the why you didn’t want to go back to work.

      Over the summer we saw these wiggly things in the park with iridescent blue tails. I believe they were skinks. They moved too quickly to watch for any length of time.

  12. I am so boring my TGIF is Sunday, when I take my hubs out for a coffee date – where he drinks Mocha, and I have plain coffee! I am so boring, a couple of days ago we had a “blizzard” (in Texas terms) and no other therapist showed up to my work place but management and myself – because I had nothing better to do (and I didn’t think it was “blizzardy” at all). I am so boring, when my our management gave us a “Snap Kicthen” gift certificate for Christmas, I didn’t know what to do with it, because I always bring my own lunch – and not interested to get food out even for free! Yeah, that and more. I do love travel though:)

    • Mrs. Groovy

      I love your Sunday coffee date, Olga!

      I had to Google Snap Kitchen. Do you know what came up in the description? Bison, quinoa hash. That sounds gross.

      You reminded me of all the Christmas lunches at my former job. Our boss would take us out to a restaurant which made some of my co-workers ecstatic. But our department was small and everyone sat at one table, competing for my boss’s attention. Not my idea of fun. Except for the wine.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Thanks, Matt. The simple things in life are free, too. Reminds me of a song called “The Best Things in Life are Free” from the musical, Good News.

  13. Reading this while eating a snicky-snack🤣

    Your “boring” things sound nice. Simple, comfortable, satisfying. I sometimes think other people might look at what I do and say it’s boring. But even if they do, as long as we enjoy it, what does it matter.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      I’m laughing out loud at your snicky-snack. Thanks for that!

      Simple, comfortable, and satisfying sums it up. And I’m pretty sure others find what I do and say boring but you’re right, it doesn’t matter.

  14. I was nodding along with you on so many of these but you lost me on the spider one. I am terrified of spiders and wouldn’t leave my house until my bf went outside and killed it. I just can’t!

    But other than that…the library, the blizzard coupon (full disclosure, I may have eaten a not 2 for 1 blizzard this very evening), the goats (I would have a goat for a pet in a heartbeat), and the dog best friends. I’m proud to be boring right along with you because of all these things 🙂

    • Mrs. Groovy

      This very evening? How funny!

      I fully disclose that I, too, have paid full price for a Blizzard every now and then. We pass a DQ frequently when we visit my aunt, but fortunately we usually go early in the day when I’m not thinking about ice cream.

      Mr. Groovy thinks I’d be happy with chickens, but I fear I’ll put diapers on them and let them in the house to sit on my lap.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      I give Mr. Groovy the credit for coming up with the rituals. Seriously, sometimes I’m too boring to think of them. But I am satisfied and grateful, yes.

      I’d love to hear about any special days you set up for you and Suzanne.

  15. You are weird! But then again so am I, and so is the mrs. Thats what makes everyone Great! Enjoying the little things in life are what make it all worthwhile.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Ummm…. I could have guessed you were weird when you suggested picking up garbage on the beach for Talking Trash With Mr Groovy! Thanks again, for that.

      An appreciation for the little things sometimes takes cultivation but it is so worthwhile.

  16. Whymances

    Enjoyed reading this one. Enjoying the little things in life!

    I got excited when our annual mortgage statement came in today. Now I can compare the approximate net worth I did over the holidays. What’s even better? Seeing I was only off by $200

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Being off by $200 is like being off by zero with that kind of calculation. Good job! Happy to hear you’re enjoying the little things too. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Mrs. Groovy

      You continue to amaze me with that $200 food budget! I need to go back and re-read some of your posts. Thanks, Penny!

  17. Lol this sounds so fun!

    Maybe we’re the same kind of person. People have asked me, “Why are you always so amused?” Well, people are weird and abnormal and people watching is some hysterical stuff.

    I’m so boring that going to Costco and trying to memorize all the prices to compare to normal grocery shopping is one of my favorite things to do.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Thanks, Olivia. It is fun!

      I don’t suppose you would write down the prices at Costco but nahhh, that would defeat the purpose. I’m like that when I shop at Aldi.

      • Haha I take pictures of the cool stuff with prices so I can refer to it later if needed. My phone is overloaded with pics. Thank goodness for dropbox!

        I wish we had an Aldi here. I keep hearing so many amazing things about it. Think someone in pf blogging posted an article about how prices drop 10% every time aldi comes into play.

        **I just googled and found an aldi about an hour away. Being in NYC though, we’d have to lug all the groceries on the subway and Costco is about a 5 minute bike ride. So factoring in time and lugging groceries in a suitcase, going to have to stick with Costco.

        Though if they decide to build an Aldi near us (which they should! I bet it would be so profitable!) I would absolutely go!

        • Mrs. Groovy

          I think Costco arrived in NYC a few years before I moved to Long Island. We don’t have a Costco close enough to make the membership worthwhile. We have several Aldis and one is only 10 minutes away. When we relocate, the nearest one will be around 40 minutes away but close to Mr. G’s family, so we’ll still get there often.

          Lugging groceries in a suitcase, too funny! What New Yorkers do! Wen I first lived in Manhattan in a walkup with no laundry room (and a horrible laundromat nearby on 9th Ave when it was NOT fashionable) I lugged it to my brother’s building.

  18. Lol did you tag this ‘boring’?! Nothing wrong with loving Walmart mac and cheese. It’s yums! Some people want to mix more zesty cheese in there and I’m like…ho boy, slow down, it’s fine the way it is.

  19. I’m so boring that I got great pleasure out of reading this awesome list – though for me it’s the 20% off coupon for our local sushi restaurant instead of ice cream 😉 And I got so darn excited just now finding out our library has the option to check out digital downloads of movies – a big deal since our tv broke a few months ago so our only screen is an iPad (and likely will stay that way for a while because it’s not been important to replace it).

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Good for you for not replacing the TV, Angela!

      20% off sushi is a big savings. I didn’t even mention the mac daddy of all coupons — my World Market free coffee coupons. And my $10 off coupons. I used the $10 one to purchase Torani peppermint syrup for making peppermint mocha coffee at home. I also rave for days when I score a sale for coffee at under $4/pound. Their brand is excellent, with many choices.

  20. Do you still get actual real copies of books? That’s awesome. I have an old Kindle and discovered our library has a great selection of e-books. There’s a waiting list for most of them so I’ll put several on hold and typically a new one is available by the time I am ready to start a new book. I get excited when I get a notification about a new book, too!

    • Mrs. Groovy

      I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who gets excited by that notification, JP!

      Yes, I do get real copies of books. I also have a Kindle PaperWhite and the Kindle app on my iPad. I use both. The Kindle is lighter but the iPad screen is larger.

      Our library automatically checks them out to me and then I get the notification. Their digital collection isn’t huge, which is another reason why I still take out real books fairly often.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Thanks, DDD! You’re right, I’m not chasing the latest and greatest. Heck, I don’t even know what the latest and greatest is most of the time.

  21. Taking pleasure in the mundane and everyday is a great gift, and I think it is also a skill. I’m sure it’s something you can learn and develop. I do worry that my kids, with their ever attachment to phones etc won’t have that skill.

      • Mrs. Groovy

        Thanks AOF.

        Funny thing but to this day I can remember being a little girl complaining “Mommy I’m bored”. And my mother would say “Go bang your head against the wall.” I think that was a Brooklyn Jewish thing because it was translated from Yiddish. Anyway, as I got older and became more of a wise-ass, when she gave me that reply, I’d go and bang my head against the wall repeatedly until she started yelling at me.

  22. Mrs. Groovy, this was great! I love your boring-ness. I’m going to see if you’re on Instagram so I can see when you post a picture of that goat, and spider, and cool tree frog. And your comment about pleasing your husband with handfuls of coins made me LOL. What a good wife you are. You should add a link to his Chris Matthews Leg Tingle post. Take care!

    • Mr. Groovy

      Some of the best CMLTs of my life have been when I eyed the strategically placed coins placed atop my dresser by Mrs. G. She’s truly knows how to inflame my passions!

      • Mrs. Groovy

        Thanks, Carol.

        Wait until next week’s post. I haven’t been such a good wife this week. But my loving husband has already forgiven me.

        I’m not on Instagram. I could kick myself, though. I had great photos of both the tree frog and the web, but deleted them.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Thanks Ms 99to1percent. I think I’m going to call you “Agent 99” from now on. It’s shorter. But I bet you don’t know the reference. It’s from an old TV show called Get Smart. Her famous line was “Oh Max…”

    • Mr. Groovy

      This is one of the reasons I married Mrs. G. She’s not a food snob. Yes, we appreciate fine food. But we’re not above fried pickles, White Castle, and cheap TV dinners.

      • Mrs. Groovy

        We’re also not above hush puppies, barbecue, and food trucks (although we haven’t found any great ones here in Charlotte. It’s not a huge thing here yet).

        Thanks, Lisa!

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Thanks, Sidney! There’s so much beauty if we just pay attention. You’re right though. Sometimes you need more time to take notice.

  23. John and I often turn to each other on Friday or Saturday nights and one of us will say “we’re so boring.” Yet, we wouldn’t have it any other way.
    Cherish the little things, right? I’ll take your kind of boring any day, Mrs. G., well except maybe the spider saving…

    • Mr. Groovy

      Haha! Your sentiments about the spider is spot on. But it was one of the most remarkable spider and spider webs I’ve ever seen. It really looked like something out of National Geographic. I couldn’t begrudge Mrs. G desire to protect that spider and its handiwork.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      It really was quite remarkable.

      I’m surprised Mr. Groovy didn’t mention all the spider webs we walk through around here. Like just going for the mail. They seem to appear out of nowhere, not even attached to anything.

      A few years ago I received a bad sting above my eyebrow and the mark it left took months to disappear. Of course we had our niece’s wedding to go to when it was still very obvious.

    • Mr. Groovy

      It’s amazing what the little things can do. When I commuted to work, I used to get so aggravated. But then as I got off the highway and saw the cows grazing in the field as I approached my subdivision, all the anguish of the commute went away.

      • Mrs. Groovy

        Thank, Nick. It’s the little things that keep me peaceful.

        A few weeks ago I was keeping watch on a rabbit in our back yard. I think it was guarding a litter of bunnies nearby. Funny how she sat still for hours during broad daylight, staring. She disappeared and reappeared a few times but now she’s gone. I hope they’re all underground somewhere staying warm.

  24. I agree with Joe – not boring at all! You know what you like, you’re satisfied, you’re financially independent, you’re building a new home, you’re retired and you don’t have an alarm clock. I’d take your boring love all day long Mrs G!

  25. You don’t sound boring at all. You’re keeping yourself entertained with everyday life. That’s great.
    I need to do more of that. Lately, it’s been a bit monotonous, but that’s winter for ya. When the weather improves, we’ll go out and have more fun. So lazy this winter.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Thanks, Joe. We’ve pushed ourselves to get out and walk in the frigid temperatures we’ve been getting here recently. But today we’ve had a few inches of snow. Even the schools are closed. We didn’t venture out but there’s always tomorrow.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      I’m sure we’d all get along, especially after reading your latest post.

      I think with me, boring is boring. As long as Mr. Groovy can handle it then I’m OK with it.

  26. One of the most bizarre and funny things I’ve ever seen was a goat standing on the roof of a very nice BMW on the side of the highway in Arkansas. This was over twenty years ago but can’t shake the image, goat on BMW!

  27. Mrs G on the keyboard!!! You may lead a boring life, but you’re one helluva writer! And, boring is good!! BTW, we used to have 3 Pygmy goats!! Maddi raised them for 4H. We had a pen for them, but we’d let them out and they’d wander all over our yard. The dogs would play with them. We’d watch for hours. We’re boring, too!

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Thanks, Fritz. That means a lot coming from you.

      Just when I think I know you…pygmy goats? Seriously? That’s awesome.

      No, you’re not boring. Anyone who crashes drones, does cartwheels off of roof tops, and swims the cold waters of Lake Zurich is not boring. A bit nuts, maybe, but certainly not boring. 😉

  28. Doesn’t sound boring at all to me but the wife and I are considered boring by our friends. We are excited about library books being ready and god forbid we drive by a sheep farm and the wife sees…
    “Sheep! Sheep! Sheep! AHHHH look at ‘oes baby SHEEEEEP!!!”

    I like that we don’t need extravagant things to be happy.

    ps The wife got me saying “snicky-snack” when we started dating.
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    • Mrs. Groovy

      And I thought my father-in-law was so original. But I won’t tell him he’s not.

      I think I might have to hug your wife….What about baby cows? Do you have any nearby? I point and go AHHHH look at the babies!!!

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Thanks for the inspiration, Liz.

      Oooh I just love deals, especially when they’re for things I normally consume anyway. Occasionally I’m tempted by some new product but since we gave up TV, without all the advertising, my head is not turned very much.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Awww, thanks Vicki. It’s all that city and apartment living in my childhood and early adulthood that makes me appreciate nature.

  29. I’m as boring as it gets Mrs. Groovy. Maybe we are distant cousins. It helps to have a spouse that is just as boring. I will leave you with this thought…I am really boring, but for some reason I am never bored. I will ponder that the rest of the day. 🙂 Tom
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    • Mrs. Groovy

      So true about spouses. Mr. Groovy is almost as boring as me. As he says, we’re pathetic.

      Some people might find it boring that you’ll ponder for the rest of the day why you’re not bored, but I find that interesting. Definitely distant cousins!

  30. Laurie Blank

    Laughing out loud right now – no wonder we get along so well!! With the exception of the spider web thing (spiders are YUCKY, dontcha know?) I can identify with every single one of these! Boring? I think not! You just know what really matters in life. 🙂 Speaking of strangers’ dogs, I just met with a couple listing their house and I cannot wait to go back and see their dogs! I think I like the dogs as much as I like their owners. 🙂

    • Mrs. Groovy

      I’m learning more about what matters in life from you, my friend!

      That would be me, going back to see the dogs. I’d be finding any excuse.

  31. PLEASE get a picture of that goat and post it! Me and the fiancée were actually randomly watching funny animal videos the other day on YouTube and I had no idea how hilarious goats are!

    We also have a similar strange go-to in regards to the movies…We sometimes go to the theatre just to get a large bucket of popcorn and then bring it home and watch Netflix…I don’t know what it is about movie theatre popcorn, but it might be my favorite snack in the entire world!

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Oh gosh, I thought it was just me. Goats ARE funny!

      Brilliant idea on the popcorn, Sean. I buy the microwave kind but it would be so worth it to just stop by the movie theater and get a bucket. I can just see Mr. Groovy with it perched on his lap, happy as a clam.