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My birthday week

August 16th, 2010 at 07:27 pm

It's been more than a week since my last entry. Since then I've celebrated my birthday, got paid, and made a big trip to IKEA.

My birthday was awesome. I spent the day with my grandkids and then went out to dinner with the whole family at Chicago's favorite restaurant, Wildfire. I had tenderloin tips (the very same meal I had the last time I went, more than a year ago). It was delicious, and I had enough for lunch the next day. They also gave me some very cool stationery, but the meal was the big gift.

Then on Friday my other son hosted a cookout for me, which was attended by my nephew and his family and my ex-husband and his wife. How many people have their exes at their birthday parties? Smile We have a good relationship. We've been divorced a long time, and now we interact simply as the kids' parents. It wasn't always smooth sailing, but it is now.

On Saturday my sister-in-law (actually my brother's widow, so I guess she is not technically a sister-in-law any more) came to visit and stayed overnight. She took me to an awesome restaurant in Lombard called Praga, where I had a crab cake and a wonderful salad. The next day we went to IKEA.

So, the spending.

My birthday meals were free, but after Wildfire I treated the kids and myself to ice cream, which cost about $8.

I brought two boxes of donut holes to work the day after my birthday -- about $9.

After our IKEA trip I treated my SIL to lunch at Sweet Tomatoes -- $21. Wonderful place!

At IKEA I bought an office chair (I'm sitting on it now) for $80; shower gifts for $28, some decor items for $16, a recycling bin for $10, a dust pan for $2, and two saucepans for $32. I am delighted with all my purchases. Love IKEA. They were all things I wanted to buy, no impulse items, though there was lots of temptation!

I've also spent about $50 on groceries, $15 on Zyrtec, $30 on household stuff (detergent, etc.) and $22 on cat food and kitty litter.

So it's been a little spendy.

I also found a penny.

I put $650 into savings this month.

I still must do an oil change. And I need to start looking for my mother-of-the-groom dress. Also need to buy my DIL's shower present (the shower presents mentioned above were prizes for the shower). So I am not done yet, but overall, feeling good right now.

10 Responses to “My birthday week”

  1. momcents Says:

    Will have to check out Praga ... what is the nearest intersection? We usually dine out at Buca di Bepo's at Yorktown.

    Happy belated birthday! Sounds like you scored some deals at Ikea. My parents buy their Swedish meatballs and lindenberry (?) sauce for special meals.

  2. CB in the City Says:

    Praga is on St. Charles, between Lincoln and Elizabeth.

    Swedish meatballs sound good! I didn't take time to really look at the food at IKEA but it looked interesting!

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Happy Belated Birthday!!

  4. Broken Arrow Says:

    Glad to hear you get along with (some of) your in-laws. Happy belated birthday!

  5. PatientSaver Says:

    Sounds like you got the royal treatment on your birthday. (I always say, my birthday is a weeklong celebration!)

    I love Ikea too, although some of their furnishings can be a little cold/bare in the wintertime.

  6. Analise Says:

    So nice to hear you had a wonderful birthday! It's always great when you have a good relationship w/ your ex... makes life a lot more pleasant for everyone.

  7. rob62521 Says:

    Happy belated birthday!

    Have you ever been to the Bohemian Crystal in Downers Grove?

    I lived in Lombard for a year...lovely little burb!

  8. momcents Says:

    Rob62521, I live in DG and my grandmother's favorite restaurant was Bohemian Crystal. My grandfather was a contractor and had his office on Cass Avenue in Westmont. We would eat at the China Chef on Cass, Red Lobster or Sizzler on Ogden, and then, of course, Bohemian Crystal. She passed away in '03, and I just had a nostalgic wave of happiness remembering dining there with her and my grandpa! *happy sigh remembering the good old days* Her favorite was the duck.

  9. whitestripe Says:

    DF's mum and dad have begun to get along again after nearly 20 years Smile all good things take time I guess. Happy birthday!

  10. CB in the City Says:

    Thanks, all, for the birthday wishes!

    I'm now going to put "Bohemian Crystal" on my list of things to do!

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