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This and that

January 13th, 2012 at 02:32 pm

Not much going on in my world, other than winter finally arriving. I have to park outside both at work and at home, so I've been doing a lot of snow-brushing. This morning it wasn't too bad -- I guess the windiness actually helped by blowing the snow off the car.

I think I will be a Wednesday night regular at Goodwill now that I have ascertained that every Wednesday is 15% off for Senior Citizens, and that, at 62, I am one! This past Wednesday I bought myself an Audubon bone china coffee mug, and I bought a Fitz & Floyd candy dish to put in my gift stash. Last week I found two sets of heavy-duty Vegas-style poker chips still in shrink wrap. I was disappointed when I took off the shrink wrap (to remove the price) and found that the plastic boxes they were in were shattered. I have decided to try to find a wooden tray or carousel to put them in. Once I get them properly presented, they will be a great side gift for my son.

I have already spent $8 of my $20 grocery money this week for a rotisserie chicken. (I was starving on my low-carb day!) So only $12 to spend tomorrow. It's interesting how this exercise is forcing me to use up my frozen and pantry items, and to be creative with what I already have. Last night I made fried potatoes and onions and mixed in a little French onion dip -- it was delicious! Never would have done that otherwise. I had to throw out two potatoes that were going bad -- just shows me how I have been overbuying in the past. It's very eye-opening to have to focus on ONLY WHAT YOU NEED! This week, I know I need more cat food, which just may take up most of the $12! Eventually, I will not include cat food or toiletries in my $20, but I will until my freezer and pantry start to dwindle.

3 Responses to “This and that”

  1. My English Castle Says:

    I think I need a pantry challenge. I went downstairs to the canned good shelves yesterday and wow, we have lots of stuff.
    Does alternately low-carb and regular days work for you?

  2. CB in the City Says:

    I am doing two low-carb days a week, Tuesday and Friday. My son introduced me to this concept after he read a study about it -- it was the weight-off winner in comparison of different types of diets. So we're giving it a try, he and I. The other days I just try to keep to about 1450 calories. I've lost 8 lbs., but it was weight I put on over the holidays. The real work lies ahead.

  3. My English Castle Says:

    I'd love to balance the two like that. Consistently low-carb is successful but so limiting. I could do two or three days, I think. Keep us posted how it works!

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