...We're celebrating our birthdays.
Which reminds me of a conversation I had on Friday with the hairstylist. I was telling her of my lovely Bess' baby shower at her church and how nicely they were gifted even though it is their second child. We laughed together when I told her I'd never seen so much food for a baby shower. Then she shared with me how crazily extravagant reveal parties (where the sex of the baby is revealed to friends and family) have become among her set. We are kindred frugal souls, she and I. We laughed a little over this new trend but then I said to her worriedly, "But isn't it wrong don't you think? I mean, to so extravagantly celebrate something like a reveal? What do you do for the really big events in your life if you've gone way over the top for all the small events?" Chastity nodded in agreement. "You're right.... It's all part of that drive to keep getting more and building up more and more debt."
Well there's no debt building with our quiet enjoyment of our birthdays. I ordered John's gifts last month and gave them to him shortly after they arrived. It was some audio CDs to listen to on his way to work. I presented him with a short list of wants: inexpensive silver earrings (all the good silver ones he's bought me have broken, so I just wanted el cheapo nickel free sort this time), and a digital thermometer to use in the kitchen. I also asked for some underthings. He purchased those for me a couple of weeks ago and I have used them all already.
He wants cheeseburgers and fries and the usual cake: yellow (or white) with chocolate frosting. I will make a meal from leftovers that I consider a comfort meal. I purchased some of the Breyer's Gelato which is luxuriously rich. I have tiny 3 ounce cups to portion it into so I don't over indulge.
Mostly we'll be alone and quietly enjoy ourselves while we sit back and wait on a decision to be made about our lives. Powers outside ourselves have tossed things up in the air and we wait to see how all the pieces come down and fall into place. But it's a new year...and new years are meant to be about change in some way, right?
...I plan meals:
Cheeseburgers, Fries, Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting
I do have two meals planned for the challenge post and I'll share those here and again there:
Roast Chicken, Roasted Potatoes, Green Beans with Garlic
Chicken Pot Pie, Green Salad, Gelato
(that gelato doesn't count in my budget girls....)
...I plan my work week:
Oh the things I didn't get done last week! Partly not feeling well, partly distracted by life things, partly distracted by a husband who is on an 11 day off stretch. Here's hoping this week is more productive than last...though I will say the house is back in order after carpet installation. And looking back, I see I wisely kept my list to just what I thought I would actually accomplish. All of those tasks were done!
This week I hope to: Get items back to safety deposit box for safe storage.
Move that dishwasher from my shed to John's.
Get back in the home cleaning routines that have worked so well for me in the past.
Start the current decluttering calendar tasks.
Work on my challenge food budget post.
Take a load of books to the library for donation to Women's Club.
Replant the peas.
Sow lettuce seeds in some of the other pots where the pansies aren't doing so well. And just a quick note about those pansies: I bought these at a discount grocery. The ones I've gotten from big name diy garden centers in the past have performed better. I'll spend the extra next time and get the better plants.
Set up several more outfits for quick and easy dressing. I went through the last set in a single week! I wasn't expecting to be out and about so much. It's really a huge help to me and I feel so polished when I go out the door. Well worth the time it takes to do this task!
...I plan my leisure:
I don't know...this picture truly does appeal to me. Probably because I've never been the type to loll in bed (not judging those of you who can and enjoy it)...But after getting my hair washed this week at the salon, I am definitely going for the luxury sorts of things this week. I need to pamper me a little bit. So...
Spa morning this week. I'll shave, polish, moisturize, scrub, soak until I feel positively pampered.
Choose one of my favorite books and spend time each day reading a few chapters.
Continue to work my way through my genealogy notebook. Taking just a few minutes each day to organize and copy a page or two has gotten me nearly half finished with this big project. And I enjoy getting lost in those pages for an hour.
Proper tea time each afternoon. A little snack, a hot cuppa. I'll take on the porch if it's nice. If not I'll sit near a window and relax. I'll make it a proper break.
Out with Mama two days...yes, two. And I'm determined to enjoy it and not think of all I might be doing if I weren't away from home.