@Derbel McDillet It's my favorite book too, and I think maybe one of my other friends likes it as well. None of the others made it past the first couple of chapters.
@ThatJenn Happy birthday!
@sariberry Best of luck with the move!
@PicNic Hurrah! Have a great celebratory weekend. :)
American Gods is my favorite! That sounds like a great way to spend a weekend. :) Tonight: John Scalzi's doing a reading/signing tonight here in Philly which I am very excited to go to! That part is free, unless I happen to buy another book while I'm there. I'll probably also have to spend money on dinner, which I'll try to keep in the $15-20 range. Tomorrow: I need to go to the post office to pickup a package, because our front stairs are in the middle of being torn down and repaired, which is a distinct hindrance to mail delivery. I should probably find out which post office location it's actually at, too, but either way I'm hoping for a $0 day. Sunday: My dad's first book was just published, and he's doing a signing in the afternoon at our church (he's a pastor, so this makes sense). He already gave me a signed copy but I might buy another one ($10) just so I can loan it out and not worry about people losing it. Since I have to be back at church at 5pm for choir rehearsal, I might just find a bar to eat lunch and watch the Eagles game in ($25?). Total estimate: $75 or less, which I desperately need after the spendyness of the last few weekends.
@andnowlights Parts of it were definitely good! But the rest of it was really stressful, which are the parts that I tend to dwell on.
@andnowlights Are you in Philly too, or is there somewhere else getting a Nordstrom Rack in October? :)
@pterodactylish Oh no! What happened? :(
@Stina Everything? I mean, no, but it feels like it. We're basically having the entire exterior of our house redone, plus some less-extensive interior stuff. It all needs doing, and we were hoping to do it gradually, but we got some major water damage a couple of months ago that necessitated the exterior repairs, so we decided to just get everything done at once.
So on Friday afternoon our contractor - who we'd been trying to get to set a date to start work on our house for the last month - called us and said they'd be starting work Monday (today) at 7:30am. Which meant I had to call our vet and see if they could take our cat for a week or so of boarding ASAP (they could, thank God). In the meantime, groceries ended up being $70, and wine was $87, because even when I tell my husband "I just need one bottle of white wine," he still picks up as much as he can carry. Saturday we dropped off the cat at the vet ($100 down payment). Then we were apparently hosting my husband's fantasy football draft, which I had known about but had somehow assumed would not involve buying pizza (spoiler alert: it did; $37). As hostess, I did get to partake in my share of pizza-eating, and at least got to eat the leftovers on Sunday. Sunday was mostly spent cleaning in preparation for the contractors, who very helpfully did not tell us which rooms they would be working in on which days, so all of them had to be made ready on short notice. But also I realized Sunday morning that we were supposed to take a meal to friends of ours who had recently had a baby, so we had to buy more groceries in order to actually have anything to bring them ($47ish). So we watched the Eagles game - which ended a lot better than I'd expected it to - and then I made baked ziti and did three loads of laundry in case the contractor incapacitated our washer and drier. My husband went for drinks with mutual friend of ours at 9:30pm on a Sunday ($35), but I couldn't handle leaving the house by that point. Estimated total: $50 for groceries and wine. Actual total: $376 :(