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Project Food Budget: Week 6

So this week was a whirlwind week of emotional transition and lots of positive surprises.  And coupled with poor planning and the need for expensive items,  I was way over budget this week.  Whoa.

Budget Goal: $40
Budget Actual: $125.06

Trader Joe’s: $26.40
Market District: $48.90
Wine & Spirits: $13.00?  Lost the receipt
Pizza: $28.00
Lunch out: $8.76

I learned that these items are expensive:  Coffee ($13.99 – I’m tracking how long it lasts me.  My guess is three weeks), Dish Soap & Dishwasher Detergent ($9.99 – Knew these were expensive, but forgot that I’d have to buy them again someday), and take out pizza ($28.00 – Granted I bought 2 over the course of the week and there was much leftover which was nice), but yeah.  Wow, that was a bad week.

I also bought a lot of berries this week to entertain some girlfriends.  I’m not complaining about this one bit, because it was so wonderful to entertain!  I wish I’d have been a bit more selective about the amount of berries I purchased because I’m still swimming in berries, but oh well!  They are tasty and I had fun!

Week 7 Budget: $40

I learned a couple lessons as after living through this week.
One, I’ve got to make sure the things on my menu for the week actually sound interesting to me.  If they don’t, I won’t want to eat them/make them.
Two, life happens.  Some weeks you’ve got to punt and get through it, knowing that the awesome weeks in the past and the awesome ones to come will even out the extra costs from a bad week.  I’m also reminded that this used to be nearly every week’s expenditure — oh how far I’ve come.
Three, the freezer is my friend.  Having a few healthy meal options (not frozen jalapeno popper pretzel bites, Eryn) would have been a godsend this week.  I’m going to keep that in mind over the weekends when I’d have the option to make and freeze a few things.

This week will be great and I’m excited to jump back into a low budget, better planned week.

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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5 Things

I was feeling pretty low last night.  I was tired, was working when I would have rather been relaxing, and was pretty determined to do my own thing (anti-social).  But I wanted to set myself up for a good weekend by doing more than just going to bed early.  Here’s what I tried, and so far, the weekend if off to a pretty great start.

1. I went to the store with a shopping list that included 8 items.  Those 8 things will make 4 really yummy meals this weekend that will feel me well into next week.  I also splurged on a new mouthwash (never said I was a typical girl – seemingly insignificant things make me happy).  Getting my shopping out of the way was a great way to set up a more relaxing weekend.  (I won’t mention that I forgot to buy 1 thing that I’ll have to go back for… no, we won’t talk about that.)

2. I cleaned up the apartment before bed.  It didn’t take long, but after a week of busy days and rapid comings and goings, things get pretty out of place.  The hall closet becomes the dumping ground for socks, receipts, mail, movies, more socks, winter weather wear and other misfit toys.  Straightening that chaos closet made me feel a lot better.

3. I checked my birthday calendar on facebook.  As I read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, I keep picking up little tips and ideas that I may want to try.  Birthdays seem like a pretty easy way to stay connected with my friends, so I was excited to see that a few of my closer friends and a few of my mentorees have birthdays coming up soon that I can remember.

4. I bought wine.  I have determined that I drink just the right amount of wine.  A few nights a week, moderately priced bottles, when it will have the greatest impact, or when I have something to celebrate.  Having a glass of wine to take the edge off is one of my simple pleasures.  And I also decided that if I get this new job, I’m going to enjoy the special bottle of ice wine that I’ve been saving.

5. I bought myself flowers.  I didn’t intend to do so, but while picking up onions and lemons at Whole Foods, I spied my “happy flower” in a bouquet across the room.  Gerbera Daisies make me happy.  Their big, smiling faces often make me smile, and so once they were arranged last night, I made myself smile each time they caught my eye.  I put them on my dresser and they were the first thing I saw this morning.  And on this grey winter day, there is nothing better than colorful, cheerful flowers to brighten the day.  Here’s to a great weekend!

Gerbera Daisies - My Happy Flower

Red Wine and Inspiration

The new show, Oprah Presents Master Class, is truly fantastic.  I’m was so inspired after watching the episode with Diane Sawyer.  I think you’ll be really inspired too so check it out.

I had two good bottles of red wine over the last week.  The first, was a Syrah from Cline vineyards ($10.99).  The second, a Petite Syrah from Crane Lake in California ($6.99).  I think I enjoyed the Syrah from Crane Lake more.  I really like to drink wine, most especially moderately priced bottles that most anyone can find in their local Wine & Spirits.  I’m going to start making closer tasting notes and sharing them here.

Cline Syrah 2008

Crane Lake Petite Syrah 2008

And now, an update on my Paper Whites.  No blooms yet, but so much growth!