I didn't have a solid weekend in place when I estimated Friday so I only had a guestimate as a number. Happily it all went swimmingly. Friday: went over to my friend's house for take out and a movie as they could not get a baby sitter. Spent $22 on cupcakes/cookies from Flour and then an additional $10 on my share of the takeout. Saturday: took Little sister's cat to the clinic to see about spaying. Got a distemper shot and orders to come back in 3-4 weeks for a booster. Shot cost $20 and I may well see about going elsewhere for the rest of it. The clinic was great and the staff lovely but it was also completely mobbed and it took 3 solid hours to get seen. I did give them a $10 donation. I also spent $33 on a tank of gas. Then I spent $6 at Dunks and went to drinks/tots with the boyfriend (he paid because it was the Depths which is cash only and I had none). After that we went to watch the Revs season opener with a supporter club (boyfriend bought my beer as he is the Revs fan not me) and to Tasty Burger for late night drunk food ($10). Sunday - never made it out of my pjs. Had pizza brought to me but boyfriend paid. Spent $0. So I spent $134. Not too bad.
I haven't the foggiest how this weekend is actually going to go down. All plans are tentative and will probably change a zillion times. Tonight: probably going out with a friend and her husband to do ??? I have no idea. We'd wanted to go to the Symphony but the all Mozart program is playing tomorrow night and not tonight. So now I have no idea what we're doing. Or even if we're doing something. This is predicated on them getting a babysitter for their 2yr old and I do not know if she's done that yet. SO I could be spending money eating and drinking out or I could wind up watching netflix and eating take out. We'll estimate $35. Tomorrow: Bringing Little Sister's cat to the vet for a pre-spay appointment. I don't know what that will entail or cost. I'll say $100. Then I don't know what we're doing. Possibly going to the Baseball Tavern to watch the Rev's opener because my boyfriend is way into soccer and his fan club is throwing an opening party thing there. But he may not want to go. Sunday: possibly seeing about a dog. CLEANING. And baking. And running out of doors. Hope to spend no monies on Sunday. So we'll say $150 for the weekend.
@ThatJenn Sounds like a lovely time!
@PicNic Right?? The green line expansion to Cambridge and east Somerville is going to be the best and worst things to happen to that area. Already the girls I'm a Big Sister to are getting evicted from their house (they're section 8) in east Somerville (right by Broadway) because the landlord that bought the building last summer wants to gut it and rent out for tons more than he currently gets. They'd like to stay in Somerville but it's impossible to afford on a budget now. It pains me deeply.
"He admits that the city cab companies should have had their act together long before Uber and Lyft came in to provide a quality of service they weren’t offering." I mean basically. The cab situation in Boston is the WORST. There aren't enough cabs, the cab medallion system is completely corrupt, and the drivers are treated like shit by the cab owners but they have little to no recourse. The Globe did a huge expose on it last spring. It was always a system ripe for new and better coming along.
@kentuckygal EXACTLY. The special Reese's are all good but the pb eggs have the absolute perfect ratio of chocolate to peanut butter. Plus cadbury mini eggs! I eat those by the bagful this time of year.
On Friday I had a very up in the air weekend due to family in town unexpectedly so I had estimated a budget of just hoping not to go over $200 and I was basically successful, thankfully. Friday: Chez Henri popup at Mariposa Bakery was as amazing as I'd hoped. I had an amazing onion soup with tons of gruyere and garlic croutons, the famous cuban (so big I only ate half), and then a blood orange chocolate bread pudding. My boyfriend had the most perfectly cooked medium rare steak I think I've ever seen. Total came to $130 for the both of us and it was worth it. I paid for it all as he'd gotten dinners out Wednesday and Thursday. Saturday: didn't do much during the day then went to my brother's for dinner with my parents. Spent $26 at a bakery for cookies and a ricotta pie (only $16 was mine, boyfriend chipped in $10). Also spent $32 at Target on various things (mostly easter candy because easter is the best candy season of them all). Sunday: breakfast at Whiskey's, which might just have the best cheap breakfast in the city. Three giant chocolate chip banana pancakes and a side of bacon will only set you back $9. Add in a boozey mixed drink and coffee plus covering the tip means I spent $23 at breakfast. Then we met his sister/brother-in-law/baby at the Harpoon Beer Hall for some drinking but they covered it, so $0. Then we went home, ordered chinese (he paid) and watched the Oscars. So all in all I spent $201.
@kentuckygal Congratulations! That is indeed a good reason to go over budget. :)
@PicNic I have not. I've only ever eaten dinner at Tremont 647 before. I think the only place I've done brunch in the South End is Gaslight and it was divine, as you would expect from that place. I live in the Back Bay at the moment, so my brunching tends to be done in that 'hood. I went to Forum for brunch weekend before last for the first time and found the food to be excellent but the drinks subpar. North St Grille in the North End (near the Paul Revere house) does an amaaaaaaazing brunch as well if you're ever in that hood. I suggest checking it out on a nice day as it's a tiny place so there will be a line for sure. But the food is great and the portions are huge. But most of my closest friends have come from the internet (true but long story involving the circa 2003-2004 Red Sox blogsphere), so I tend to think internets are good people, not murderous people. :)
@PicNic I am pro-brunch and pro-bacon/chive/goat cheese omelets. Where is this brunch occurring since I have just learned that you must live close to where I live?