Our team won again, and advanced in the tournament. The next game is on Saturday.
The park was crowded, which was concerning. Also, there were so many people not wearing masks, even though there was a big sign requiring it. Every time I go to a game, I just hope I have been careful enough, and lucky enough, not to pick up the virus.
Today will be a stay-at-home day. I'm planning two meals -- blueberry pancakes for brunch, and sloppy chicks for dinner, along with a side, probably corn. I cooked a chicken breast in the Instant Pot to make the sloppy chicks. After it was done, I shredded it and mixed it with some barbecue sauce and a little broth. It was delicious! There is quite a bit left over, and I have three mini French rolls to use up, so I'll be having sloppy chicks for the next three days. I am quite used to having the same meal several days in a row, so that is no big deal.
I am pretty well stocked, and I think I may be able to avoid the grocery store for quite a while! In the freezer I have the makings for spaghetti, a pizza, and several containers of leftovers. Also, there are two more good-sized chicken breasts. At some point I will have to buy produce.
It's a nice day, and I will get out for a walk. It is good for the spirit, as well as the body!
Our team won again, and advanced in the tournament. The next game is on Saturday.
It was another thrilling game last night. Our team did their signature come-from-behind moves for a victory in the last inning. There is another game tonight as they move forward in the tournament.
However, I feel so lousy today I'm not sure I'll be able to go. I couldn't sleep last night, and when I did, I had nightmares. I'm going to try to nap today, and not do any more than I have to. This insomnia/fatigue is a recurring problem for me, and I don't think this pandemic stress is making it any better.
I realized this morning that my Fitbit hasn't synced since July 26. I've gone through all the troubleshooting but I can't get it to sync. I think it has gotten too old. It is a Charge 2 device. The face is cracked. I don't think I'll replace it, since I really haven't paid much attention to it since I started sheltering at home in March. It was a gift, not something I ever thought I had to have.
Grocery challenge is going well! I haven't had the need yet to buy anything (other than the pet supplies, which I don't count in groceries). News reports say that grocery prices are shooting up; good time to cut back.
My spending at PetSmart yesterday came to $54. In addition to cat food, I bought fish food, aquarium filters, and Nature's Miracle. Variables are at 7%.
I had four books ready for me at the library! I was only expecting one, so that was a nice surprise.
As for taking my coins to the bank, I learned that they did not have a counting machine, but they gave me wrappers. I came home and wrapped up $9 worth, which I will deposit next time I go. It was mostly pennies. I was able to "buy" 2 rolls of quarters -- that was the limit. I still have a partial roll, so I have enough to get me through more than a month of laundry.
Nothing is going on today except that there will be a tournament game tonight. If the boys lose, that will be the last game for the season, and there will be no fall season. For baseball, that is -- there will still be a fall!
In a few minutes I'll be heading out to run some errands. My first stop will be to pick up books at the library, then I will take coins to the bank, and, hopefully, take away some quarters. Then I'm going to PetSmart to buy cat food.
I tried to give myself beach waves yesterday, following some online directions to twist strands and then twist two together. I secured them with clothespins and let my hair dry naturally. Well, it turned out to be something, but not beach waves. It looked pretty crazy yesterday, but it looks better today.
My home exercises are making me sore. Maybe I'm not supposed to do them every day. The website I'm using doesn't say. I am at the beginner level and doing the least amount of reps, so I don't think I'm overdoing it.
Our cool weather continues and I am loving it!
Thanks for your comments on haircuts! I have decided to let my hair go for a while after all. I'm just not ready for an interaction that close. A haircut isn't an emergency; it's something I can definitely put off.
I stayed in all day yesterday and I will do so today, too. So there won't be any spending.
I signed up this morning to take part in a study of COVID-19 run by my healthcare provider. I will check in on an app every morning, reporting how I am feeling, possible symptoms, whether I am following guidelines, etc. It does not provide any direct benefit to me; it is rather a tool for healthcare professionals to learn more about the transmission and spread of the disease.
Plans for today: vacuuming soft furniture, making smoothies (plural, because I will freeze some), cooking chicken for future recipes, doing my exercises, reading, and more episodes of Breaking Bad! Very hooked on that show, though it's mostly sad.
Tomorrow I have an appointment to pick up books at the library, so I will also do my other outings -- the bank and PetSmart. Big day!
I'm wavering on the haircut thing. I had decided that I was just going to let my hair grow, because of COVID, and for a change, but I find myself looking at haircuts online. One night I was looking at shaggy pixies, and last night I was looking at the messy French bob. Right now my haircut is a long bob, slightly shorter in back. It's in between chin length and and shoulder length. I'm finding it kind of hard to manage, because my hair is wavy, but not in a very attractive way. But I am able to pull it back now, so that is a plus. Sigh. I guess I'll wait. It's money-saving after all.
I was much more vigilant yesterday about sitting up for at least a half hour after eating and taking medicine, instead of my usual lounging around. And I had a much better day. I guess I need to learn new habits. I also have to be better about not eating when I'm not hungry. Duh! There are better ways to treat myself!
Since my birthday is coming up, I picked out a set of sheets on Amazon and put it on my wish list. I looked for a table lamp, but the ones I liked were more than I would ask anyone else to pay. So I'll handle that myself.
I decided not to order the pet supplies I need. I have a $10 in-store coupon for PetSmart, and I have a gift card to use up. So I'll be making a trip there in the near future.
I got a notice that another book on hold is ready for pickup. I made an appointment to pick it up -- first available time was on Tuesday! The website said that they will be stopping pickup in the underground garage on Wednesday. I wonder what the new system will be. Maybe the library is opening up more and patrons will come inside to get their holds.
I placed four more books on hold. I seem to be reading faster than I am getting books.
I spent nothing yesterday except $1.50 for laundry. I hope to make this a low-spend month.
I didn't spend anything yesterday, so my July recap holds.
It was a great game last night -- GS1 hit a double at a crucial moment, and the team won by three points after being behind for most of the game.
I was very uncomfortable last night with indigestion. I have no idea what food is bothering me -- it seems to be any food. I thought I was having a heart attack until I sat up and the pain went away. I am very short on sleep today. I was bothered not only by that, but also by a sharp nerve pain in my foot. Then I woke up with a headache, but Tylenol helped with that.
I'm going to take it easy today. I do have a game tonight, but if I'm feeling bad, I won't go.
Now that it's a new month, I'm going to order some cat food and probiotics.
I found a tear in a pillowcase yesterday, so a new set of sheets is back on the list again. The piecemeal set which is my backup is falling apart. I'll look around online today to see if I can find any bargains.
It's the end of July. I won't spend anything today, unless I buy something at the baseball game tonight (and that hasn't happened yet all year.) But if GS2 is there, and the ice cream truck goes by -- I might get something. If so, it'll go on next month's spending record.
July was a very expensive month. Here is how it played out:
Home Repair/Maintenance: $1375
Car Repair/Maintenance: $683
Vet/Pet Supplies: $41
Eating Out/Takeout: $7
Grand Total: $4511
The home repair expense is the first half of the ceiling repair -- which hasn't been scheduled yet! But we discussed August, so I expect to get it scheduled soon.
Car repair: replacement of the coolant system.
Insurance: semi-annual auto insurance payment
Taxes: second semi-annual payment of property tax
Groceries: my average this year has been $140, so it's pretty much on target, but I would like to reduce this.
Fees/Services: AAA membership
Furnishing/Equipment/Decor: a new lamp
Personal: Deoderant, pads, conditioner
Vet/Pet Supplies: pads for litter box
Everything just seemed to fall on me at once. Thanks to a generous gift from my ex, I am afloat.
No plans today aside from the baseball game. This is not a tournament game, but a makeup game from a previous rainout.
There will be no baseball this fall -- nor flag football -- due to COVID restrictions.
Another month down. Maybe we are one month closer to the end of this pandemic.
Why is it when virtually nothing is going on in your life, and just two measly things are set to happen, they happen at the same time? My appointment to pick up my books at the library is at 10:10. Then I get a notice that the gas company is going to turn off the gas at 9:30 and they want to relight pilots in each unit after they make their repairs -- so residents are advised to be available.
I can't really figure out how to change the library appointment, so I'm going to keep it. It should be very fast. I am betting that the repair will take some time. If they miss me, I can arrange to have them come out and relight the pilot. I don't need gas. I can work around it. The only thing I use gas for is the stove.
I was planning to take coins to the bank, since I am going to be out anyway, but now I won't, since I will want to get home fast. I have a jar full. I hope the bank has a counting machine, because I can't find my roller papers. Maybe I don't have any any more.
It has cooled off a little, so it is reasonably comfortable without the air conditioning. That's good, since I need to run the dishwasher.....
Yesterday's game was a win, and cool and breezy to boot! It was the last game in the regular season. Tournaments start next week. That means that baseball could end soon, if our team loses.
I thought it was cool enough last night to leave the air off, but I didn't sleep well. Now it's getting sticky again. I'll turn the air on, but I wish I didn't have to. The units are so noisy. I love the peaceful quiet when they are off.
I used some leftover cheese and mushrooms in an omelet this morning. I have just enough lettuce for another salad, and I will make some tuna salad for sandwiches. That should get me through today, and part of tomorrow.
I am taking up Wink's grocery challenge. Is it Wink? Are East Coast Saver and Wink the same? Anyway, I would like to spend less on groceries, too. It's been kind of out of hand.
One of my books is ready for pickup at the library. I had to make an appointment to pick it up. That will be tomorrow morning. I will stay in my car, in the designated spot in the underground garage, and they will bring it out to me. Interesting.
I had to move the car for street sweeping at 9, so I decided to run errands. I went to Panera and used my gift card to buy bread and bagels. I got a great deal on the bagels -- they were selling a baker's dozen for $6.99. I also bought a breakfast sandwich and coffee. I was planning to sit outside to eat, but the tables were not shaded and the view was the parking lot. The restaurant was almost empty, so I ate inside for the first time since March.
Then I went to Sam's, where I bought strawberries, apples, blueberries, granola, creamer and Drumsticks! Okay, that last was a total splurge, but I have been having nostalgic cravings for them and I just sort of ran into them on the freezer shelf, where they were saying "Buy me! Buy me!" Can't wait to treat myself to one. Total cost was $40.
I bought gas for $18 while I was there. Variables are now at 45%.
I stopped at a tiny library and returned three books, and took one. I wasn't expecting to do that, since I can now put books on hold at the real library, but it was a favorite author, Hilary Mantel.
Now I'm just resting before the game -- which won't happen till 6. The temperature is cooler and the humidity is lower, so it should be a pleasant evening.
Yesterday's game was very hot indeed. I found a spot in the shade; then moved about halfway through because the shade had moved. There was a brisk breeze that helped a lot. Still, it was very, very hot. I was exhausted just from sitting in the heat.
After the game was over and our team tromped the other, I treated myself to a lunch from McDonalds' drive-through. A chicken sandwich and a large Sprite were $7. I ate in the car as I was driving home. I really enjoyed it. I hadn't had any take-out food for quite a while, and I get sick of my own cooking.
After I came home, even though I had left the AC on, it took me quite a while to cool off adequately. I just read and watched a little TV. I got a surprise call from my sister, who almost never reaches out. She is seeing a therapist who gave her a homework assignment to get in touch with her family. We had a good conversation, one which, I hope, will encourage her to keep it up.
Today I'm doing that load of laundry that wasn't quite big enough yesterday. I have the air off this morning, but I think the humidity is going to force me to turn it on again. And we haven't even gotten into August yet!