On Monday Check-in

@ATF That sounds amazing.

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 10:06 am 0

On Monday Check-in

@ATF Ooh, what kind of pie?

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 9:47 am 0

On Monday Check-in

I estimated $50 and had already gone over that by Friday night, because we ended up ordering pizza ($21), plus I did some online shopping to take advantage of a Columbus Day sale ($33). Saturday I realized that our new bedroom set and mattress, which is a different size than our current one, is being delivered next week, so I should probably buy sheets/a mattress pad/pillows ($168). Also I bought window alarms ($45), because apparently someone tried to break into our house last week, which is great. (Note: window alarms are a compromise solution while we decide on whether to get a gun [my husband's preference; I am 100% against this] or a security system [my preference]). My husband also bought groceries ($48), beer ($60, because Ommegang), and enough wine to last for awhile (not sure, let's say $75). One of the wines he bought is truly terrible, so Sunday I bought more groceries for the purpose of making dishes that use wine in them so we don't have to drink it ($56), but more importantly we needed snacks to eat while we watched the Eagles trounce the Giants. Estimated total: $50 Actual Total: $506 (ugh) and the endless satisfaction of watching Eli Manning get sacked.

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 9:25 am 0

On Friday Estimate

@samburger Yeah seriously, it took me a year to own up to the fact that I'd gone up a size, and wearing pants that actually fit was a complete revelation. All of a sudden I didn't feel like a sausage all the time!

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 10:33 am 0

On Friday Estimate

Tonight: No plans except for laundry. Maybe I'll paint my nails! Tomorrow: Visiting my best friend, still recovering from surgery. :( Will not buy flowers this time, but I might pick her up something else. Probably we'll order takeout for dinner ($20). Sunday: No real plans except for watching football (Eagles vs. Giants!!). If we don't order takeout Saturday, we probably will Sunday. Total Estimate: Let's say $50.

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 9:13 am 0

On It Don’t Mean a Thing If You Don’t Do 1 Thing

I need to do laundry. I'm pretty sure this was also my 1 Thing last week, too.

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 1:21 pm 0

On Why Don't American Women Bike To Work?

I suspect that a lot of the reason American women don't bike/bike less has to do with (per the Guardian) a lack of "communities that everyone ... can navigate safely without a car." I don't bike myself, but the main reasons for that are 1) I never learned how, and 2) I can get a partially-subsidized transit pass through work.

Posted on October 6, 2014 at 2:59 pm 1

On Why I Had Kids

Basically, I had children because I wanted children ... I have always imagined myself raising children. This is really interesting to me, because I always imagined myself raising children - but I never gave a single thought to whether I wanted them or not. You get married, you have kids, end of story. "Wanting" wasn't even a factor in the equation. So when I actually started to consider the question of if I wanted to have kids, I realized I didn't know. Which was a weird thing to realize, considering my life-long assumption of my inevitable childbearing.

Posted on October 6, 2014 at 12:07 pm 0

On Monday Check-in

@samburger That sounds like a thoroughly awesome weekend.

Posted on October 6, 2014 at 9:18 am 0

On Monday Check-in

Friday: After work, my bus - which is supposed to come every minutes - had yet to show after almost 20, so I ended up taking a cab to dinner ($14). Luckily, my husband was able to buy wine ($7 for a 375ml). Then we went to dinner ($86) and then the opera (fantastic). Saturday: On my way to visit my best friend, who is recovering from surgery, I picked up a bouquet of flowers ($25 - my $10 estimate was clearly way off!). I was there for about two hours, but the first hour mostly involved me taking her four-year-old outside to run around, look at deer hoofprints, and "make soup" in a gigantic puddle. I wish I'd been able to visit longer, but when a family member who is an OR nurse, arrived to check on her incision...and show her husband the best way to empty the drainage bag...I hugged her goodbye and NOPE'd my way out of there. Once home, my husband and I ordered Thai for dinner ($26). Sunday: My brother-in-law and his wife were driving through town and stopped by our house for lunch. They picked up cheesesteaks at Pat's and Geno's, because apparently my brother-in-law really likes overpriced crappy cheesesteaks; we owe them about $17, but forgot to pay them back, so I'm not counting that in my total. Plus the Eagles managed to win! And I spent $0, so overall a good Sunday. Estimated total: $230 Actual total: $158. Yay!

Posted on October 6, 2014 at 9:17 am 0