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Holiday ruminations

November 30th, 2009 at 05:46 am

I've re-entered my world after a great Thanksgiving trip up in Michigan. Lots of games, food, and general merriment -- a wonderful trip and family gathering.

This morning I'm calculating the financial damage. Looks like I spent $76 on gas & parking, $28 on groceries, $67 on eating out & takeout, $11 at the thrift store. Also, I broke a wiper and had to replace it for $13.

Just before I left, I paid $23 to various people at work for charities, group gifts etc.

So the bottom line is, I spent way more than I should have, and it will show up on my Discover card next month.

The good news is I brought home a cooler full of food that should last me a long time with careful management.

My sister is still with me -- tomorrow morning I will take her to the airport, and then the holiday is officially OVER!!

I'll be spending Christmas at home this year -- first time in a long time. The airline prices were just too high to consider travel. But I'm looking forward to a little down time.

I'm debating whether to get a tree. I shouldn't -- since I'm already over budget. But I am really in the Christmas mood, and I want one! I haven't been able to use my own decorations for several years, and I want to see them again. Well, I won't decide today. I'll see how I feel tomorrow.

3 Responses to “Holiday ruminations”

  1. momcents Says:


    I, for one, would not worry about spending money to get a tree - it is the Holiday season and I had a pang as I read that you miss your decorations. Every year I LOVE decorating our "fun" tree because it has ornaments from all phases of life - my childhood, dating life, early married life, vacations, then the kid phase. See if your local Boy Scout Troop has any live trees for sale - you can usually find them in church parking lots and they are reasonably priced. Maybe Home Depot has the $15 trees again.

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Sometimes we find a deciduous tree branch on the ground, hang it horizontally over the sofa and decorate it.

  3. Ima saver Says:

    Glad you had such a good time!

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