We're going to bike-o-rama (annual bike sale) tonight so bf can spend his carefully saved money on a nice new bike. I might check out a basket for mine and we're in talks about getting a small burley-type thing to pull the dog in, but I don't think that'll happen today. Possibly $50 on a bike basket or bag, $10 for munchies on the way home. And I paid for summer softball today, $25. Tomorrow I have a sewing class, already paid for, and I have a gift certificate to the shop which will cover fabric and interfacing. Trader Joe's run since it's across the street, $15. I want to stay in and watch a movie on Saturday, $2. Sunday we're heading over to REI to pick up a North Face I ordered on deal of the day $47, originally $110 and had shipped to store, but I already paid for it. I also might check out wind/rain pants to wear while biking this spring so I can get back to it a little sooner than usual. I saw a pair online that I want to see in real life. $45 if I get those. Finally, groceries, $25 my share. So it could be from about $60 all the way to $150. Fun.
I didn't estimate because my Friday got derailed in a happy and anxious way because I found out that I landed an interview for a new job this week. So I spent much of Friday freaking out because I haven't had a real interview in about 7 years and I didn't have anything super appropriate to wear. I made an appointment for that afternoon to get my bangs trimmed ($5 tip) and then met my bf at Five Guys for dinner ($9) before we headed home to the pup. After a morning Y visit I went shopping on Saturday for a suit. and shoes. and pantyhose, ugh. I live for comfort and once I find something I like I get three and I have been able to skate on "professional casual" dress for far too long. After three hours and 5 stores and a stress-induced Fazoli's run ($5.50 and shockingly no post-meal regret) I got all of the above for about $150, which my parents paid for as an early birthday present. I then went home and crashed for 2 hours. Snugged with the pup and watched movies and had grilled cheese and tomato soup for dinner while the bf went skiing. Sunday I spent $30 on groceries and $30 at Target for a new sweater and yoga pants. And $15 at the bookstore on one of those portfolio folders with a notepad to take to said interview. So about $85?, outside of the clothes my parents paid for? Not too bad.
After making about a dozen recipes from the site and loving all of them I bought the book. LOVE the pasta e fagoli recipe. Anything that starts with cooking bacon for a base is a winner with me.
In my 30 years on this planet, this is the first winter that I haven't lost or misplaced a pair of gloves or mittens. Of course there's still a month of winter left so maybe I just jinxed myself. Now my scarf on the other hand, is at home when I need it at work and vice versa.
@Stina I really like the Avenue! We go there when Grandma is in town because they take reservations and it's more low key. I think our favorite is Tipsy Cow. Wilson's is good and cheap too. We've tried a bunch "for science". I'll have to keep Bismarck's in mind!
@Stina We haven't had fish fry in so long! Where's your favorite? We would have maybe gone for it tonight but we ordered chili cheese fry pizza from Glass Nickel last night :)
I made last week's recipe and LOVED it. Thank you for the suggestion Mike! We already had all the ingredients on hand except for the harissa, which I could only find in a jar for $8. More than I'd like to pay but it was the only "new" cost to making it. It'll keep long enough for us to come back around to making it again in a month or so.
@Stina I think I've had that at Ian's - it has a little bit of ranch ribboned on it? SO good.
@Stina omfg Ian's I can never turn down mac n cheese pizza. they have a lemony shrimp lunch special this week and i just may have to break down and go. Also, we live two blocks from the east side Glass Nickel and that is downright dangerous. They've been having $10 16 inch one toppings on football playoff days and last week we got peanut sauce and pineapple. The week before that was hot marinara and wedge fries. IMHO, pizza dough is just a blank canvas.