Friday, August 20, 2010

31 days of fun - days sixteen, seventeen, eighteen and nineteen

Day Sixteen
You may positvely think I'm a freak, but on Monday my fun was working the Safeway and Albertsons deals to get all this food for pennies on the dollar...
It required multiple trips to the store and about 8 different transactions, but in the end it was totally worth it.
I'm totally stocked up for school lunches...

Here's the breakdown: I got 31 boxes of granola bars, 2 boxes of bisquick, 2 boxes of cereal, 2 bags of chex mix, 5 frozen pizzas, 15 boxes of fruit snackies, 2 bags of granola nut clusters (so yummy!) and 1 microwave dessert for $32.60. If you figure an average normal price of $2.50 for each one of these (and that's being extremely conservative) this would normally have cost around $150. Not too shabby.

And yes - that counts as fun.

Day Seventeen
I got together that evening with two girlfriends from church for the last installment of a three part series of cooking classes. We named it "Slice, Dice, Thrice" and invited young people who wanted to learn some techniques for cooking and enjoy a meal with us.
The first month, we did italian food. In July, it was grilled food. And this month was mediterranean. Yum.
We had tzatziki, hummus, mediterranean stew, tabbouleh, lemon phyllo tarts, pita, rosemary skewers... oh - it was a feast of garlicky, olive-y goodness.
I'm so proud of us for pulling off these classes... it could easily have been something we talked about doing and never actually pulled together. Instead, we got together, made a plan, organized our menus and took the risk of nobody showing up. And wow - did we have some amazing food.
That's REALLY fun in my book.
Day Eighteen
Okay - I'll admit it. This one is kind of embarrassing to admit. Because it's really self indulgent and lazy.
My kids are gone this week, staying at my parents house on the coast. So while I've been extrememly busy with work, on Wednesday, I had a good four hour stretch in the afternoon between meetings. I was tempted to make my fun for the day a trip to the new Farm Chicks store downtown.
But I'd had a really lousy night's sleep the night before and all I wanted to do was rest. So I came home from my morning meeting, ate some lunch and laid down. I got in a good hour long nap, then got up and spent the majority of the rest of the afternoon in my chair by the window with my laptop. I can't remember a time when I've sat for HOURS, perusing blogs and recipes and etsy and facebook totally guilt free. There were no kids who needed me, no chores to be done (my housekeeper came that morning while I was at work so the house was spotless...). It was really lazy. And self-indulgent. And fun.
Day Nineteen
We got a new Hobby Lobby store in town recently. I've only once been to a Hobby Lobby, when we were in Colorado Springs in 2004...
So my fun on day nineteen was a trip to this mecca of crafting and home decor goodness...
Lots to see... lots to buy (although I spent less than $25), lots of fun.

1 comment:

  1. I was grocery shopping this morning and I was thinking about your post and all the effort you made to save money and stock up on snack items for the kids. I was tired just handing over the three coupons I managed to find in the store- so I give you kudos, girl. That's awesome to save so much and gain so much!

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