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A Busy Weekend

September 23rd, 2013 at 06:45 am

A busy weekend, spending-wise, and just busy in general. On Saturday I took the train downtown and met a friend for a visit to the Art Institute. They were having a fabulous show called "Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity" which featured impressionist art that focused on the fashions of the times. Real dresses that either resembled the paintings, or had been worn by the models in the paintings, were displayed in showcases. Really exquisite. I enjoyed myself enormously, especially since I got in free on my friend's member pass. We had lunch at Pret A Manger across the street ($14) and then went back to look at the museum shops. They were having a 20% discount for members, so once again my friend loaned me the advantage of her membership. I bought an umbrella and a bracelet for my DIL, spending $40. The umbrella was a bit of a splurge, but I lost my last one on the train, so I needed it. This one is a Frank Lloyd Wright design. I love it! I cannot lose it on the train! Luckily it is collapsible and fits into my train bag.

On Sunday I paid my son $10 toward a lunch he had bought me earlier in the month, and I also spent $36 at the grocery store, once again mistakenly getting 11 items. Am I losing my ability to count? Here they are:

Tortillas
Walnuts
Granola Bars
Chocolate Syrup
Creamer
Ice Cream
Wine
Bacon
Raspberries
Mushrooms
Onion

Sunday was also my grandson's birthday. He had a donut party, with a stack of donuts for a cake, and donut-themed games. My gifts were a bag of art supplies and a Ninjago figure and watch. Of course, they paled beside all the other stuff he got, but I've learned to expect that, unfortunately.

My meal plan this week: I'm going to make chicken enchiladas tonight, and also fry some bacon for BLT's. I have carrot soup, sloppy joes, and lasagna in the freezer, and plenty of cheese and crackers.

Tomorrow my Florida son and his family are coming into town. There will be a gathering tomorrow night - plans not set yet - but I will get my real time with them on Saturday morning, when we go out to breakfast before taking them to the airport. They are staying with DIL's mom.

On Thursday I am going to another conference which I have helped to plan. I am hoping all goes well - it is always a little nerve-wracking. It will be downtown, so while I will get a free breakfast and lunch, I will have to pay for parking. I have too much to carry to take the train.

So that is how the week ahead is shaping up! Now I have to refigure my budget, since the Art Institute day cost more than I estimated, but I don't think I am too very far off track!

4 Responses to “A Busy Weekend”

  1. rachel021406 Says:

    Glad you had a good time at the Art Institute. $14 for art and lunch sounds pretty good to me!

  2. laura Says:


    My parents are down at the AI today to see that exhibit! And my oldest son and I are "listening to and reading" "Chasing Vermier" by Blue Balliett and some of it is set at the Art Institute!

  3. CB in the City Says:

    Yeah, the $14 was well within the budget; it was gift store-shopping that threw it off!

    Laura, I might have to track down that book!

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Being able to go to museums at the drop of a hat ... that is one thing I really do miss about living in a big city. Sigh. Glad you had a good time at the Art museum!

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