I would just eat my way across the country, trying all the local specialities, food trucks, and "fine dining" establishments that the state/county/city has to offer. Also scallops. And lobster. And blue crab. And filet mignon.
@CMD+click Congrats! Have fun!!!
@ronswansonluva Take them both out to dinner and let them know it's your treat? Gift basket with nice chocolates, teas/coffees, bottle of wine, treats?
@PicNic Those are wise words, thank you.
@BillfoldMonkey I feel you on both the "watching what I eat" and the "I was so good, I deserve X!" issue. One of the things that works for me is planning something both free and active, like a long hike with the dog. YMMV.
@ThatJenn oooh Lands End sale....
It's been a hard couple of weeks. I've been doing some emotional spending and I don't think the weekend is really going to improve things. I just cashed a check for $160 and I will feel zero guilt come Monday if that money is gone. I will also need to buy some groceries and gas. Total estimate: $250
"Also, re: teenagers: why shouldn’t they earn $15 an hour too? Why is there this assumption that teenagers don’t deserve decent wages? " And why the assumption that teenagers aren't supporting their families or supporting families of their own?
What a fun weekend! Friday was watching the Nats win, with my best friend (hot dog + beers + fries with cheese $33). Then more drinks after the fact, $15. Saturday, friend bought brunch, we wondered around an outdoor market, and I bought a beautiful old book, $8, and lemonade $3. Dropped friend at the airport, did a Target run, $27.75, and bought chicken wings for housemate and I, $12.61. Sunday was packing away my winter clothes, laundry, chores, and a movie with housemate (she paid). Great Weekend! Total: $99.36
@ATF The LS story had me gritting my teeth so hard - how stupid and oblivious the educators are. How did they not notice the difference between Indian rupees and Canadian dollars?! I'm going to grant the writer a little leeway/I'm trying not to be such a pessimist and posit that perhaps she meant "after LS has graduated HS and moved on" or "after I've died." But this might just be me, trying not to cry angry tears at my desk again this week.