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Project Food Budget: Week 5

The budget for this week was $30.

Budget: $30
Actual: $0

Most people would ask why I didn’t eat anything!  But it was a fun week full of a lot of food based events that I wasn’t responsible for paying for.  A cook-out with my best friend’s in-laws and family.  A work event where my boss paid for dinner.  An outing with a girlfriend where I drove and she bought lunch.

I also made a lot of meals with food I had on hand.  (Some of it, especially Monday night’s fajitas, was getting a little sketchy.  But hey, I’m not dead.)  My favorite moment was when I was attempting linguine with clam sauce on Tuesday night only to find that I didn’t have a lot of the ingredients I needed/thought I did.  So I improvised, tomato sauce for crushed tomato, shallot for onion, white wine for red wine.  It tasted good and felt great to use up so many random ingredients!

So for this week, the budget is $40.  I have to buy coffee.  I can’t remember what that costs, and since I’ve never purchased it for one person (albeit a person who does drink 6 cups a day), I’m not sure how long it will last.  I’m also having some girlfriends over on Saturday, and well, sketchy might be ok for me — but not for them.  And I might try to buy a bottle or two of wine too.  I don’t count entertainment eating out into my budget, but I do count buying wine.

Week 5 Budget: $40

Want to jump in where you are and get started with Project Food Budget?  Check out this link for all the details: http://emilylevenson.com/blog/project-food-budget/details.  There are some really great people participating in the challenge, so to learn more about the project, check out their efforts:

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My “Feeling Mostly” Meter

I love the writing program 750words.com.  A few of my writer friends use it, so I thought that I’d give it a try.  It’s such a freeing program because its meant to be private writing space.  I don’t edit what I write and I don’t share it with anyone beyond my “word count report” at the end via facebook.  The process of typing out 750 words allows me freedom to vent, brainstorm, explore, posture, worry, rant, and express my deepest emotions.  And at the end this little program puts how I’m feeling into a pie chart.  The chart is labeled “Feeling Mostly. . .” and then the pie is broken down into pieces.  Today, my large piece was easily a 65% Happy chunk.  I love how this program can accurately represent my feelings with a pie chart.

This month’s blog theme was intended to be “Things I Love.”  I was planning to continue exploring my One Little Word (#olw) abundance through this lens.  ButI didn’t post about that or about anything else.  And that was because I was busy being happy.  I wasn’t writing about it or reflecting on it, I was spending my time just “being it.”

I booked a trip to Paris.  I started doing Yoga with intention.  I made lasagna.  I drank good wine.  I stayed up late.  I read for pleasure.  I brainstormed on a new business idea.  I put down my iPhone.  I rested on a sick day.  I drank lots of water.  I ate lots of Greek yogurt.  I went to the ballet.  I went to a lecture.  I went out on a few wonderful dates.  I started a new sci-fi series on DVD with a great TV/movie partner.  I bought some pretty stationary, wrote on it, and mailed it to some special people.  I played a video game (yes, I love Angry Birds).  I listened to music.  And did I mention I booked a trip to Paris?

I’m exploring the concept of abundance and its leading me toward the idea of “creating a holistic life.”  I had a lot of fun over the last two weeks.  I paid attention to my health and my body.  I paid attention to my mind and spirit.  I did things I love.  I spent time with people I care about.  And I still went to work.  But I didn’t think about it too much outside of 9-5.  I tried not to talk about it too much or let it seep into my consciousness when I was away.

The last two weeks were the happiest I’ve experienced in a long time.  And while everything in life ebbs and flows, and while there are truly no guarantees, I’m embracing now.  I’m going to have fun.  I’m going to do things I love.  I’m going to spend time with people I care about.  And I’m going to blog about it for the rest of this month without fail, because this kind of happy is worth remembering.

Haircut, Thai Food, and True Grit

Tonight I was lucky enough to have my hair cut with an amazing artist, Leigh Crepe, owner of Salon Boheme.  I was fortunate enough to find her salon back in 2004 and when I returned to Pittsburgh in spring of 2009, I was immediately her client again.  The thing about Leigh is that no matter what your hair looks like going in, she always gives you the right cut to help it look good for days to come.  Call her: 412-362-8585.  You won’t be sorry.

And from Leigh’s I headed to girl’s night with A.  It was so awesome to see her after the weeks she spent traveling around the country.  We had fantastic Thai food at Bangkok Balcony.  Then we headed over to the adorable little Manor Theatre in Squirrel Hill to see True Grit.  I was pretty skeptical about the movie prior to seeing it, and I wasn’t crazy about the ending, but it was a pretty great story and incredibly well done.  I won’t be sorry to see it get some attention come Oscar time.

And because I’m a little link happy, here are a few things I read over the last few days.

How To Be Yourself | via The Art of Non-Comformity

How to REALLY Get Things Done | via Foolish Adventure Podcast

Mika the Old English Sheepdog | via DailyPuppy.com

One More Thing…

I had a pretty terrific weekend.  Caught up on sleep, had a great time with friends, laughed enthusiastically at the Pittsburgh Cabaret Theater’s production of Triple Espresso, and worked on my first layout for my Yesterday & Today scrapbooking class.  I’m really looking forward to another great week in English.  Definitely an abundant weekend.

The first part of my Abundance Collage