@cawcawphony - yes! I don't often post my one thing, but I will read everyones and be like OH SHIT I HAVE TO DO THAT TOO! My one thing this week is to send in my passport name change application. It's such bunk I have to pay another $110 just to change my name, but I last renewed my passport like three years ago, last time I went to Europe! And I have to do it soon, because my husband finally sent in his application (BOO's FIRST PASSPORT! can't believe it) and so I have no excuses.
Last weekend was so spendy!! Trying to keep it a little tighter this weekend, but I do have to pick up /stock up on some things. Friday - I'm picking up my mom to come over and hang out so we can talk about vacation - my husband and I are going to Paris in May for our 1 year wedding anniversary, and at the same time, my mom and dad are going to Vienna to visit some old friends and then meeting us for the last half of our trip (which was planned so she can go see her favorite aging Brit-pop star Cliff Richard). I need to pick up stuff to make dinner ($15) - I am at a loss on what to make tho my fall back is a roasted chicken and potatoes. We might also buy the Naomi Watts Princess Diana movie on demand, but I might fall asleep. Also need to pick up my birth control (free) and order my night cream, vacuum filter, and some hair product I ran out of ($40). Saturday - Run at the gym in the morning. Then I'm FINALLY going for a hair cut. My split ends have split ends. It is really gross and I haven't gone since September. I was on accutane all last year and it made my hair super dry. It's pretty long, so I'm going to get like four inches lobbed off the ends (i like wearing it long) and decided I'm going to grow out what bangs my stylist gave me last time. She's at a new salon and since I'm a first time client they have a $20 off special, so it'll be $24, and then I'll tip my girl $20. It's a steal compared to where she used to work. I'm also going to get threaded ($10 for everything). I plan the rest of my day to reading library books, trip planning, and studying. Maybe laundry ($5) if it's not too cold. Sunday - grocery stock up day. I have a long list. Our freezer has a bunch of frozen bananas and chicken breasts. $75. I also want to go to Michael's and get some craft supplies ($10) for my coworkers baby shower we are throwing for her. I want to make a cute little bunting/banner, and considering that Monday might be a snow day, I'll have an activity. Finish Sunday off with the Oscars and True Detective, of course. est total - $197 - lets say $200.
@ThatJenn - My original thinking was that our 3 tall bookcases were excessive, but then I scrolled up to read your comment again and the 17 tall bookcases! I think I would faint or insist that we make some sort of permanent book fort out of the excess books if we were at 17. We have our bookshelves lined up against the hallway so it's almost like another room. I can't even begin to think where we would put 17 bookshelves in our little apartment if we needed to!
I've taken about a 1/2 of a ream of printer paper because we bought a printer and needed paper and I was too cheap to buy an entire thing of it. We rarely print anything so we have not gotten anywhere with my stolen paper. I've taken a black and red flair pen for crafting purposes. I buy my own pens since I'm a pen snob and only like writing with particular ones (Zebra pens by Sarasa). After catered meetings at my job, they usually leave all the food/drinks in there and since me and my one coworker have a sixth sense about these things, we go in for the kill for afternoon snacks. When I worked at B&N, I think the year before I started a couple of coworkers stole like 25 dvds from the music department. They simply filled up a bag with the dvds, deactivated them and walked them out to their car. This was all during their opening shift, first thing in the morning!
I got a check too! But mine was only for $7.18. Actually, I need to find it because I think I stuck it in my coat pocket but took it out before our travels. I hope I didn't throw it out! My mom also found while going through old mail at her house a check for me from HSBC about another settlement for a credit protection program and it was $54.00!
My husband is OBSESSED...Logan, he is right there at your ten and won't shut up about all his theories and things he reads. He is intense and will email me links to websites I can't view at work of these TD memes, and then will try to describe them to my via gchat. This past weekend we had dinner and drinks with two of our couple friends, and who are all also fans of TD. We talked about it to death, but after dinner on our way home, my husband was in a way disappointed that they were "rookies" in their theories because he knew so much more than him. He is out of control. I love researching on movies and tv shows, I like finding out the true story behind the fiction, background on the time period etc. Yesterday I was stuck in a Dan Brown novel -movie adaptation marathon (Angels and Demons and Da Vinci Code) so I went to look up information on the Papal Enclave, but I was more interested in the logistical standpoint, like if there are snacks available and the bathroom situation since they are all just locked up in there until they decide who is the next pope. They're all dudes, so I assume it's just like a chamber pot behind some privacy screen, but like snacks?
So I estimated a figure in the low hundreds, and we totally overspent by A LOT but this weekend was fun (although tiring) and we are being saints for a while. Friday - I decided that I wanted to pull the trigger on buying our plane tickets to Paris for our first anniversary. I had to call our Chase card in order to get them to put the purchase through on XL airlines. I have been tracking the air fare and it wasn't going up or down, and if anything I thought it might have because I was reading Euros vs. US dollars - $1700. We ate dinner before heading off to CT for husband's race - $50 at this sushi place we do not like very much but it's on the way, so purchases like this make me :( because it's a lot of money for food that it meh meh meh. $5.00 for Dunkin Donuts, and then we made a stop at his parents to say hi in North Jers, but then it turned into an hour (but my MIL got me this really cute stuffed owl out of the blue because she knows how much I like owls!) and then we got to CT at like 12:30 to our little motel room, which we paid for - a reasonable $55.00 for a clean space to lie our heads. Saturday - $7.00 for breakfast at Panera next door. Race time. husband ran his personal best, even though he felt like he was struggling the last two miles - less than two hours, and by sub two I mean 1 hr, 59 minutes, 39 seconds! Still counts! Ate a delicious lunch prepared by students at the school that hosted the 1/2. Drove home and had to buy overpriced gas on the Merritt - $50 and Gatorade and iced tea - $5.00. While husband ran, I made plans with friends for that evening since I realized I didn't defrost anything before we left and we were too tired from running and driving to do anything. This dinner made up for our subpar dinner the night prior at our favorite Indian restaurant-sports bar, discussing True Detective to DEATH with our friends on a triple date - $60.00. We also were in bed and out by 10 pm so it was a good end to a busy day. Sunday - laid low and I went for a run since the weather was so nice, I would get scolded by my coworker I'm training with if I told her I did not. Went for groceries and spent more than budgeted because my husband is ravenous all the time and I need to alot that into our budget - $60. I watched Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons and drank Bailey's spiked hot chocolate all afternoon, until we made dinner from our groceries and then tucked in to True Detective, which I let him watch live vs. the Downton Abbey season finale, because that is what true love is. =$1942 but we're going to FRANCE! I can't wait. I've been planning this in my head for years. My parents are meeting us too for our second half as they are visiting friends in Austria, so it'll be a nice little 'family' trip too.
My husband and I hoard books - we have three very tall bookcases full of books, with overflow. We're getting better, and with the advent of ebooks, I tend to buy those one off bestsellers I'm not necessarily interested in adding to our library. I used to hoard cookbooks, but that I've actually whittled down a bit, to two cubes in our Ikea expedite (which they are discontinuing, btW!!). If I see a new cookbook/baking book that looks interesting, I flip through it - if most of the recipes are ones or similar to those I can find online, Pinterest, or get in food magazines (which I get a fair amount of , it's not worth buying. The last two cookbooks I bought, which were int he past two years were the Milk Bar momofuku book and Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones, which is the Bi-Rite Creamery's book on how to make ice cream. Both are really fantastic to flip through on a rainy day, and with the latter it has all the steps and tips for making ice cream, so its a resource on its own. I also tend to hoard candles, cos I like to light them a lot and they make me happy. I've gotten better - I got a boat load of them as part of my bridal shower (my MOH and Bmaids organized a 'wishing well' but instead of little household goods, they requested guests bring candles since they know what a whore I am for them), so I am getting through that batch, and I've put off buying any others until I am down to like one or two.
@LookUponMyWorks - YES TJ MAXX for workout clothes! I get lots of good stuff there. And also - might I endorse the Target Champion line of clothes - I got a pair of compression tights from there for a crazy deal (I had a Cartwheel coupon - their discount app - and the clothes were already on sale, so I got the pair for like $18) and I LOVE THEM. they are super warm and are probably as good as those crazy ass expensive Under Armour ones I covet.
@LookUponMyWorks - I really hope there is bacon. I have not had bacon in months. The annoying running person inside me would try to get a run in while my husband runs, but I know that isn't happening. I highly suggest the Couch Potato to 5K program if you're looking to run a race - super easy, and if you are already an active person you can skip ahead in the program. Good luck - running! My husband buys all the fancy gear, so he is truly an annoying person, but all you need are good sneakers and pants that don't fall while you run!