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My New Year's Brunch

January 1st, 2014 at 03:01 pm

I am so pleased with the way my brunch went today. Everybody came, there was enough food, it was good, and everyone seemed to have a good time. It's been a while since I cooked for a crowd, so I was a little nervous. But everyone said we need to do this every year, so I think it was a success.

No spending today.

It's snowing like crazy. It's been coming down steadily all day. I have to go to work tomorrow, even though it seems like the rest of the world doesn't. So I think I will be walking through a lot of snow. My traction coils worked great, but I learned they were very slippery on tile, and the downtown station is mostly tile! So I have to be more careful inside than I am outside.

I bought my January pass yesterday ($105) my last official purchase of the year.

I was all ready to join in the 52-week saving challenge, but my enthusiasm is waning. I already have a saving plan that is working (transferring everything in checking to savings on payday, rounded up to the next $100). I typically save more than the challenge offers. So I'm out.

But I'm going to stick to my plan to spend only $300 this month on variable spending. That should leave me a nice chunk of change to transfer to savings.

My niece offered me her air conditioners, since she has moved into a place with central air. I hope the offer holds; my air conditioners are antiques, and I would rather not have to buy new ones. Apparently hers are a lot newer.

Which reminds me, I think I will keep track of things I get free this year. It seems like a get a lot, but it would be fun to see it in writing.

8 Responses to “My New Year's Brunch”

  1. just a thought Says:

    Can you take off the coils when you're inside the station and then put them back on one you get to your destination?

  2. just a thought Says:


  3. CB in the City Says:

    I could, but they are not easy to take off and on. Not worth the hassle.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    It just started snowing in Central Illinois.

    Are you going to list your freebies in the column on the left?

  5. CB in the City Says:

    I could! That would be fun!

  6. creditcardfree Says:

    I hear you on the challenge. I'm still in, but keeping the money separate is what makes it a little different for me.

  7. baselle Says:

    I had a similar issue to my YakTrax on marble. It was like ice skating! And then if you are on an escalator, I always got nervous that they would hook funny in the escalator grills. I did a lot of reconnaissance on flooring with them on. But they are GREAT in snow and ice.

  8. CB in the City Says:

    I figure the slipperiness will be a benefit, since it will keep me out of the station stores!

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