It's been an expensive week what with life insurance premium due (it's outrageous!) and a swarming ant invasion making an exterminator treatment a necessity rather than an option. I gave in to the lure of an online sale for some clothes, and I went to The Container Store for a birthday present and succumbed to their display of organization tools (some of which I have set aside with the receipt to return on my next trip to the city). My successes this week were not stellar, but, hey...
1. Worked on Wednesday. Wasn't hungry, so I skipped lunch and read my library book for the entire lunch hour instead.
2. I listed a used book for sale on Amazon. It is one I bought years ago for $1 to use for a craft project. (As per my usual I never got around to making the craft.) When I was whittling down books recently, I checked Amazon for the going price of used copies of this book. It was enough to make it worth a try...but I don't think I'll hold my breath.
3. I used leftover chili from our Frito Pie on Tuesday to make an Easy Enchilada Casserole on Thursday. I was short of cheddar, so I combined some shredded mozzarella for the layers instead of running to the store. It was a little lasagna-esque, but it wasn't bad.
4. I did not buy any fireworks for the 4th of July (that is for people who have money, quite literally, to burn). I didn't drive to any festivities. I stayed home and put Rudy to bed early so the sounds wouldn't get him wound up. And I tried to ignore the concussion of the neighbors' fireworks (which went on past 2 a.m.) This neighborhood makes me crazy sometimes. I like fireworks, but I prefer the organized, professional displays rather than the too-often careless individuals spreading sparks in our dry brush growth. The county instituted a burn ban yesterday. We should have been under a burn ban BEFORE the holiday. Talk about low-level political backscratching.
5. I'm not the manicure type; I used clippers to trim my nails uniformly short when I broke two very close to the quick.
Bonus: I didn't rush toward a quick fix for the appearance of the blog. Yesterday it had a really obtrusive and annoying Photobucket ad/warning placed all over my page. I went to Photobucket to read more about whether or not I needed to pay for their service (that used to be free, but now they want anywhere from $5.99 to $39.99 a month for a package to keep the blog like you want it. Oh, and it's billed annually, so that's a nice chunk paid up front.) Thank goodness I didn't pay, because you know how many images they have been hosting that affected my blog? Two. The background and my signature, and the background wasn't even in my account, it was in the designer's account. So I will be doing without those two things. I will work on the layout as I have time to make it pretty again, but I'm not going to throw money at it. OH, and DEFINITELY won't be throwing any money in Photobucket's direction...their website was SO ANNOYING AND HARD TO NAVIGATE because of all the pop ups you had to keep closing in order to read their new rules. It was so frustrating I literally screamed at the computer more than once before I could get things figured out and delete my account! It was like they didn't want you to be able to get out of their grasp. I closed the account which had one photo...ONE...and I left a comment letting them know how unnecessarily difficult they were making things. I realize that they are in business to make money, and giving things away for free was not working out for them, but to be so obnoxiously difficult!? Great business strategy.
Sorry. I needed to vent.
Frugal From the Kitchen This Week:
Saturday: *Chinese takeout
Sunday: sushi (son's treat)
Tuesday: Frito Pie
Thursday: Easy Enchilada Casserole
Friday: Bow-tie Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken
(*not-frugal takeout or dinner out)