My lunch yesterday was relatively high in calories, but I skipped dinner. My grandson and I ended up going to Red Lobster, because the cajun seafood place he wanted to go to didn't open till 4 pm. He ordered snow crab from the children's menu. I had a Caesar salad with shrimp, and crab cakes. We both ate two cheddar bay biscuits, and he had chocolate cake (and I had a few bites). It was a good time! But more expensive than I anticipated - $52 after tip. My date with with my other grandson -- at IHOP -- will be much cheaper. That has been rescheduled for tomorrow, due to his busy social schedule.
Today I'm registered to go to a dinner/discussion group in the city. Since parking will be out-of-this-world expensive, I'm going to figure out how to get there on the El. Unfortunately, it's still hot and steamy, so I hope there isn't a lot of walking involved.
I finally got word that window-washing will occur on July 25-26. Yay! After that I can finally install the air conditioners! There will be a cost for the interior washing -- last year it was $160. Unfortunately, that cost will fall within this month's budget, just barely. So I will probably not meet my monthly variables goal. I'm at 70% already. Nevertheless, I will get my windows washed. It will make me happier all year long.
There was another baseball game last night -- an hour away, and it didn't start till 7:30. So it was 10:30 by the time I got home. I filled up the gas tank because gas is always cheaper in the outlying suburbs. $21.
Yesterday I finished filing my papers. But I'm not done. I have several file boxes in my closet; papers I have not looked at since I moved back to the Midwest 7 years ago. I am assuming I will be able to throw away/shred most of them. So working on those will be today's chore. Also, I have to read a couple of articles for tonight's discussion.
My son bought a "new" car yesterday -- a 2011 Toyota Prius. I told him to take good care of it -- I may buy it off of him in a few years if he is hankering to trade in again!
Editing to add a couple of things. Yesterday was my first opportunity to reduce my electrical usage during peak hours, thus earning a credit on my bill. I turned off everything and took a nap. Unfortunately, I realized later that I had turned one fan to low, rather than turning it off; I don't know how much effect that will have.
The other thing -- I just found a dime in the laundry room!
Day One Hundred Forty-Two