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Birthday Dinner a Smash Hit!

July 11th, 2015 at 03:43 pm

The birthday dinner went great! Thank goodness, since we delayed it so long. I spent most of the day prepping -- food and housework. So I was tired, and the kitchen was WRECKED at the end, but the meal turned out really good, kudos all round. And she loved the gift of the sports bra and sent me a text afterwards to let me know it fit perfectly.

So, I have lots of leftovers. I have a whole head of lettuce I didn't even get into. What do you do with iceberg lettuce? There's really no way to preserve it, is there? I'll be eating salad and pizza for a while. And I have a lot of diced ham and turkey left, but that will be good for omelets and quiches, and is easy to freeze.

I haven't spent any more, aside from $1.50 for laundry, but my AAA fee hit the credit card, so that adds $58 to the variables budget. This puts me at 48% spent -- not a good position when only 35% of the month is gone.

I really think I'll be able to lay low financially for a while, but I do have to go downtown next week for a board meeting, and there may be a transit cost. One of my fellow board members will ride the "L" with me and help me learn the ropes. I know as a senior I get a reduced fee, and I have the ID card to prove it, but I'm not sure how it works. She thought I would have to put money on the card, and I would be charged each ride at a reduced rate. My son thought I would ride free, but I would have to use my card to get a daily ticket. We'll see! (I've read the website over and over, but it's not helpful about the actual procedures.)

On Monday I'm going to get a wellness visit from UnitedHealthcare, which underwrites my Medicare Advantage plan. I will get a $25 Walmart gift card for answering health questions, getting my blood pressure taken, etc. I don't really need a medical visit, as I am pretty good about going to the doctor, but I suppose this is their way of heading off problems that may lead to expensive procedures.

Another snowflake!

5 Responses to “Birthday Dinner a Smash Hit!”

  1. VS_ozgirl Says:

    If you wash the lettuce, dry it completely and then wrap it tightly in cling wrap, it will preserve it. I read this before I went camping earlier this year, did it, and it lasted the long weekend.

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    I find iceberg lettuce lasts at least a week or two. If the outer leaves get wilted, peel them off and the next layer is usually crisp and fresh.

    They're good for Asian lettuce wraps, where you do some kind of ground or minced meat or fake meat or tofu in a gingery garlic soy treatment and use the lettuce as a kind of tortilla. Also for taco salad and tacos in general. Not much flavor but great crunch, so you just have to make sure you pair it with something flavorful.

  3. scottish girl Says:

    $25 gift card is good Smile

  4. CB in the City Says:

    Thanks, guys! Tacos are a good idea -- I have chicken taco meat in the freezer.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That's cool that you're getting a home doc visit Big Grin

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