Tip #1: More Ice Cream For Less $
I get ice cream several times a month at local chain JP Licks. This week I accidentally discovered how to get a lot more ice cream for less: order a Chipwich, which is a serving of ice cream between two chocolate chip (or other type) cookies.
While exact quantity probably depends on the server, I discovered:
– The single Chipwich is prepared when you order, so you may request any ice cream flavor (not just vanilla).
– The amount of ice cream is at least equal to their “small scoop” which in a cup or cone costs $3.99, and is much more than their “kiddie scoop” costing $3.09
– A Chipwich = a “small scoop” + 2 three-inch-diameter cookies, all for $3.29!
Bonus JP Licks tip: Join their Cow Card loyalty program and get points for every purchase (either by swiping the keytag or using the iPhone or Android app code). 50 points gets you a $5 credit for free food!
Grab Bag O’ Books
It’s sad when a bookstore has to close, but Once Sold Tales in Kent WA has an additional problem: a warehouse full of 500,000 used books on which they can no longer afford to pay rent! Rather than just sending all of that linear media to be pulped they are having a Grab Bag sale:
Now through May 30th you can order a grab bag of paperback books (8 for $10, 16 for $18, which includes shipping) or children’s books (“small” for $12 or “large” for $20, number of books will vary since kid’s books come in many sizes). You can give some guidance as to the books’ genre, but they can make no guarantees. See their Facebook post for all details – note that this offer is available for direct Paypal payment only, not though their main website.
Etsy Stores of Note
My West Coast musician friend Sharon Knight has been building additional ways to have income when she is not on the road touring with her band. Her latest effort is an Etsy store – please check it out.
While attending a recent Steampunk fair I ran across an awesome local leather worker: Emporium Custom Leathers. In addition to selling at the New York Ren Faire, she also has an Etsy store here. I can attest to the high quality of her work, and intend to indulge in some garment soon :-)
Last Friday got even weirder after I posted! Fortunately the Boston area can now focus on recovering from being shoved into a real-life “Die Hard” movie. Here are a number of links to resources and ways to help yourself and Boston:
Here in Boston it’s been a weird, sad week that is still ongoing – I’m writing this from my home bedroom while I monitor services at work,since that work is in part of the area currently locked down while authorities attempt to find the remaining Boston Marathon bomber after late-night gunfights and more casualties.
I’m not really in the state of mind to post random links or write today, so here are a couple of items I’ve posted elsewhere this week:
The city and state have set up The One Fund to accept donations to help all of the victims of Monday’s bombing. But if you would like some music with your donation you can download 130 music tracks donated by Boston bands (including my band Ginger Ibex) for whatever you wish to donate – all proceeds going to The One Fund:
And here’s a post I wrote this week for Ginger Ibex’s blog, about the special stringed instrument I play in the band:
Finally – have a sleeping cat, and stay safe!