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Free Christmas Cheer!!!

It’s that time of year!!!!  Time for nativity scenes, and cookies, and love, and poetry:

Let me share a christmas poem i wrote, just about this time last year:

There’s one thing I like more than fries.
A tale, with three men who are wise,
And shephards galore,
And Mary, and more…
Santa! Jesus! My two favorite guys!

Oh, it’s also the time of year for Christmas Music!!!  And the itunes store is giving away some FREE Christmas tunes!  Just a great sampler of many artists singing some great classics (and some songs that are new to me, but still full of magic and cheer).  It’s mostly super cheestactic (barry manilow, anyone?) but that’s only the best type of christmas music there is, right?

enjoy! enjoy! enjoy!

(that link right there, it’ll take you to the tunes)
i’m sure this free goodness won’t be around for ever, so get it while it’s hot!

ho ho ho, merry christmas, everyone!

(got your own christmas poem to share? comment, y’all)!

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Couch Surfing!

Summer is here!  Time to start planning a fabulous vacation!  Of course, a great getaway can be super spendy, but it doesn’t have to be.  And that is where couchsurfing.org comes in.  On couchsurfing.org you can find free lodging just about anywhere in the the world.  Woah, yeah, i said it… FREE LODGING ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD!  That’s a huge chunk of the vacay budget that you can just knock out of the equation.  It sounds too good to be true, but it is absolutely true.

This is how it works:  Friendly folks all over the world offer up their couches and fill out profiles that you can browse to find the perfect place to stay.  Couchsurfing.org currently lists 834,377 couches in 232 countries!  Just shoot off an email and if the host is free during the days you’re looking to stay with them, and they like the looks of your profile, you’ve got a free place to rest your head.

Now, you can check their website for more specifics, but I want to just share my super experiences with couchsurfing/hosting:

One weekend two friends and I decided to make the drive from Portland (where we lived, at the time) to Seattle.  It was Thursday night and we decided to drive up the next day!  We browsed around couchsurfing.org and found some friendly looking hosts that had been recommended highly by other couchsurfers, and sent out a few emails.  We received a quick reply from Robin, who was not too busy in the coming days and happy to have us.  A few emails later and we had the logistics all worked out, Robin’s phone number in hand, and we headed off toward the great wet north.  As we drove closer to Robin’s house we called to report our ETA and mentioned our plans to head into downtown for the evening.  When we arrived at Robin’s place she had a map showing the route from her house to downtown all printed out for us, with points of interest circled.  Couchsurfing hosts are super at making recommendations for awesome things to see and do (and eat) in their home-cities!  That’s just how sweet couchsurfing hosts are.  For little more than gas money and the price of a beautiful flower bouquet we picked out at Pike’s Place Market to show our gratitude to Robin, we had a fantastic weekend (of course we spent money on food, but we would have had to eat if we sat at home all weekend too).

A free place to stay is stellar, but if you don’t have the time for a getaway, consider hosting couchsurfers!  It’s loads of fun.

After our great couchsurfing experience in Seattle,  my roommates and I listed our apartment and our lovely gold velvet couch on couchsurfing.org.  In the next couple months we hosted a several couchsurfers, and always had a blast.  It’s always fun to meet new folks and travelers tend to come with a lot of fascinating tales of where they’ve been and where they’re going.  It’s also fun to be the expert on your hometown, ready to recommend your favorite restaurant or park.  And here’s a BONUS: on more than one occasion, we had couchsurfers offer to cook a meal for our apartment to repay our hospitality!  A lovely canadian couple cooked us a top notch curry.  One dude, got in our apartment’s fancy start-of-autumn dinner and contributed a delicious veggy/cheesy dish that knocked our socks off.

I think I’ve set a new record for gratuitous use of the exclamation point with this post, but that’s just how enthusiatic I am about couchsurfing!  Check it out.  No, seriously, check it out.

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more fricken! (that’s free chicken)

welcome back to the all free chicken, all the time blog.  i mean the photos of lokate holding food blog.  only kidding, this is still ReceshBreak!  I just have to let you know that today’s free chicken deal at el pollo loco is more than just free chicken.  It’s free tortillas (your choice of flour or corn) and unfettered access to their salsa bar!

that’s a whole meal people!  yesterdays kfc free piece of chicken was good, but today’s free meal was amazing.  i’m not normally into eating chicken with the bones and all, but i found it kind of fun to assemble my little chicken tacos.  yum, yum.  this offer is good until 8pm tonight (4.28.9), it’s not too late!

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dinner plans tonight?

free chicken.i know this is last minute, but i had to do some research before i brought you this news.  KFC is giving out a free piece of chicken to everone who walks through their doors, TODAY ONLY!

by “research” i mean, i walked down to my local KFC and tried it out.  sure enough, they will give you a piece of their new grilled chicken just for being there.  it’s that kind of chicken that’s on the bones and you get all dirty trying to eat it… but it was pretty tasty.

so, if you have no dinner plans tonight… pick up a piece, just don’t forget to grab a napkin or two (or more, take them home, use them later…)

if you’re reading this post april 28th or later, don’t worry i can still help you out with those dinner plans… mmm.

UPDATE: word on the street (actually, on my facebook page, thanks mom!) is that El Pollo Loco is giving out free chicken tomorrow! and according to their website you get free tortillas with your free chicken!  Holy smokes!  I am so there!

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Podcasts (the internet’s greatest secret treasure)

i’m here! i know i haven’t blogged in a while, and honestly, i was letting this silly recesh get me down… and me down = lazy.  lame right?  So, i’m here to tell you about something i really truly love, and it’s FREE and it’s entertaining and it’s gettin’ me through this recesh, and it’s podcasts!

i called them a secret treasure (up there in the title) because some people just don’t seem to know how truely super they are.  if you’re already down with the p-casts, you can skip this p-graph.  i’m about to get all explainy.  what‘s a podcast?  podcasts are mp3s (sound files) that you can download for free and listen to on your computer or on your ipod and they generally feature people talking.  who? anyone! can make a podcast and put it up online for you to download for free.  most of my favorite podcasts are radio shows that they record and put online.  why not just listen to the radio? because if i have the shows on my ipod i can listen to them whenever i want to.  they are great entertainment for when you are walking to the store, sitting on the bus, getting ready in the morning… i even like to do the dishes after dinner (i know, right…) because it gives me a few minutes to listen to my podcasts.  so, lastly how do you get these magical gems?  if you use itunes it’s super easy, just go to the itunes store and look under the audio podcasts section and you can search around for something that strikes your fancy.  you can also usually download a p-cast straight from its coresponding website.   there are approximately one bafillion podcasts in the world.

to help you find the very best, i would like to recommend my personal faves:

Long-time producer Jen Flash Andrews, Sean DeTore (Japans #1 mixer) and your host Luke Burbank.

Long-time producer Jen "Flash" Andrews, Sean DeTore (Japan's #1 mixer) and your host Luke Burbank.

tbtl (the show that is possibly Too Beautiful To Live) is a nighttime radio show from seattle that i just can’t get enough of.  Jen, Luke, and Sean talk about anything and everything.  From waterbeds (what happened to them?), to what music they want played at their funerals, and even baby ninjas.  Every night they go through the news events of the day and declare them awesome (rawr!) or not awesome (come on!).

this american life is a public radio show where every week they choose a theme, and bring you a variety of stories on that theme… (are you hearing ira‘s voice yet)?  It’s great story telling!  Some weeks it’s so funny, sometimes dramatic, always tons of fun.  itunes will only let you download the most recent episode, but their website lets you stream every episode they’ve ever had!

wait, wait, don’t tell me is a news quiz where panelists and call-in listeners answer questions about the week’s news.  Paula Poundstone is sometimes one of the panelists, so pretty much it’s a news quiz and a laugh riot.

raul and jerry enjoyed this dinner party at apt. #81

raul and jerry enjoyed this dinner party at apt. #81

the dinner party download is “the show that helps you win your next dinner party.”  Every week they give you a joke to break the ice, hints about interesting news stories to bring up, a few history facts to make you sound smart, cocktail ideas and more!  I don’t go to many dinner parties, but i always listen to this p-cast.

the relevant podcast is made by the folks who make relevant magazine.  they talk about funny news stories and have musical guest come in and play songs.  They are the reason i know about Pigeon John.

and now: a note about gratitude (also free, also awesome).  Maria/Julie Andrews isn’t lying.  When you feel down, cause i don’t know, maybe you find yourself in the middle of some sort of recesh maybe… simply remember your favorite things and then you won’t feel so bad.  Thanks for letting me share my favorite podcasts with you!  What are your faves?

✩tbtl photo used by permission from the lovely Jen Andrews (no relation to Julie…), thanks lady!

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doesn’t get much better than FREE

During a recesh you can’t get a better deal than free.  today, i’ll tell you about two free things (frings).

Right now at Kashi.com you can sign up to be mailed a coupon for a FREE frozen dinner.  I just requested mine, so i can’t make any claims about the quality of the food, but it’s from kashi so i have high hopes.  Also, did i mention it is free, which is super.  I am mostly certain that they will just send you the coupon and not fill your mailbox (electronic or otherwise) with junk mail.  I am basing this on the fact that a while back they had a sign up on they’re website to get a sample of granola, which i got, and they didn’t spam me after that, so hooray for kashi!  FREE meal! (i feel that FREE is so super it should always be in caps, but i’ll cool it for now).

And now, a free (ugh, too boring FREE!) tip for my fellow bay-area-ites.  FREE chocolate.  no lie.  Ghirardelli Square, a total tourist trap, but the tourists aren’t stupid!  They give a free sample (which happens to be an entire ghirardelli square) to every single person who walks into their store.

Ghirardelli square happens to be in a lovely area, so you can make a really fun activity out of this free chocolate tip.  Take a walk (free) down by the water, enjoy a nap (free) in beautiful fort mason park (free admission),  then head up to ghirardelli square for a chocolate treat (FREE!).

thanks to wasabicube for cc licensing (free) their great foto of ghirardelli square!

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