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Wending my way through the weekend

September 30th, 2012 at 05:09 am

My husband and I have a wedding to attend next weekend. At this point in my life, I live in jeans and tops/sweaters, and I've been doing Weight Watchers successfully. What dressier outfits I have are too baggy and/or seriously out-of-date. Since I'm mid-way to my final weight yet, I didn't want to spend too much. I lucked out at Target though. I ended up buying a darling fitted black dress and a cocoon sweater for a coverup - perfect for cheap!

Next weekend also, my oldest and her boyfriend are heading south to visit his parents in southern MN, then they'll stop at our place on Sunday on the way back north. Usually we would take them out to eat, but we'll host a bbq here instead. It'll be more relaxed, as well as better priced.

We're keeping the spending reigned in as our two youngest are heading to Italy next spring for their band trip, and my husband and I will be joining them! It still seems a little unreal yet....but so exciting! We got the girls their passports this summer, and husband and I will later this month. Italy vs. spending frivolously - a very easy choice Smile

Scrutiny on the groceries - did pretty well. My husband likes to tag along, and is slowly understanding the budgeted amount IS what we're spending. I do better shopping alone, but I like it when he comes along, so it's a work in progress. I just try to spend that much less on the weeks when it's just me!

Not eating out is going good. Also reigned in the coffee/ hot chocolate treats - even the cheaper versions at the local Holiday gas station. As the weather started to cool - warm beverages seem such a fine treat, but we have travel mugs and the makings at home - we can do it!

Tough week emotionally at work.....a graduate from our school district was killed. He was with a couple of friends, when an suv pulled up and a group of people got out. While trying to protect the two girls he was with, he was punched once and fell back and sustained a fatal head injury. He was only 20. A 17 yr old was charged with his murder, and the attorneys want him tried as an adult. So senseless and tragic... he graduated the year between my two oldest, and well, it hits a bit close to home.

On the agenda for today - I'll take a look at finances and make an online payment to oldest's school. And will see what else needs to get sent out this week.

Will putter around outside - put away a few more garden items (pots, stakes) and pull the chairs into the garage (not too deep, as we still use them for backyard campfires.) Still lots of green tomatoes - will they turn red in time?? Crazy tomato year...

I washed and line-dried another duvet yesterday, as well as regular laundry.

Need to go through the bathroom cupboard, as it's driving me crazy with its disorderliness!

And bake - I need to bake...some for us and the girls' lunches and some to send back with oldest next weekend. Pumpkin bread for sure and maybe chocolate chip cookies (or bars, if it gets late.)

I also need to get out for a nice, long walk. I did one yesterday morning at the local county park, and it couldn't have been more perfect. So definitely planning another one today - maybe through a nearby old-growth forest. It has been a beautiful autumn here!

Enjoy your Sunday - take care!!

5 Responses to “Wending my way through the weekend”

  1. NJDebbie Says:

    Things are great with you and I'm so happy. Congrats with your WW success. I'm going to attempt to get back on track as of tomorrow. I really have to get this weight thing under control. I have plans to visit my friend in Ireland this spring and in June, I will be chaperoning a trip to France/Spain with the school district I work for. I'm so excited also! If you need a pumpkin chocolate chip muffins recipe that freezes well and taste delicious, go to www.moneysavingmom.com. She has a great recipe for those. Sorry about the young man killed; so tragic.

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    An upcoming trip to Italy definitely helps to reign in the frivolous spending! Big Grin
    I'm sorry to hear about what happened to your former student. Frown

  3. littlegopher Says:

    Thank you, Debbie - I've got a batch of those muffins in the oven as I type. They smell delicious! And what exciting travel you have upcoming!!

    And Laura, yes, I guess that IS a funny way to 'spend less' Smile
    Thank you both for the condolences - our community and school are really so small that when something this horrifying happens, we all feel the loss.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Way to go on your weight loss...glad you scored at Target!

  5. Jerry Says:

    Italy sounds amazing, and what a great opportunity for your kids to experience that part of Europe. I hope it leads to a memorable and enjoyable time for all of you.
    That is terrible about your young friend... there is just no insurance of a tomorrow, and I hope that the community is helping to bear that family up in their tragedy. It sounds like you are.

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