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Weekend Update

January 26th, 2015 at 03:03 pm

Well, I met my fellow board member in Oak Park on Friday night. We made a visit to the bank, but were told that our organization could not open an account until we were reinstated. We have a bank account now, but were hoping to switch banks.

The previous board did not know what to do in terms of filing to the IRS and the Secretary of State, so unfortunately we are officially dissolved, while still taking membership dues and planning professional development programs. I had a wad of papers to go through to get us reinstated, so we went to a Starbucks and went through them the best we could. Most of it, we did not understand. We got a chunk of it done, but today I have to add some financial data and then we'll send it off with crossed fingers. Oh yes, and $220 in fees.

It was a long night; after the paperwork was done, I had to wait at the train station for about 40 minutes for the first train. It's kind of an open-air station, not warm and pleasant. I bought a bagel and cream cheese and the shop owner very nicely gave me a free cup of tea. Once the train came and I got to the downtown station, I had another wait of about the same length. Once you get into the evening hours, the trains really start to get more infrequent.

While I was at the downtown station, I bought my pass for the next month. There was a big fare increase. So glad my train-riding days are numbered.

Once dropped off in my home town, I stopped at Walgreens and bought a birthday card and an Old Navy gift card for my Florida son.

On Saturday, I was feeling woozy in the head and didn't do anything but a couple loads of laundry and lots of TV watching. Starz was having a free preview weekend, so I saw quite a bit, including three Jane Austen-related movies -- Austenland, Becoming Jane, and the Jane Austen Book Club. The third was the best -- sweet and funny. So weird that all these movies were available while I am reading Austen.

On Sunday I did my ten-items shopping at the grocery: toilet paper, creamer, kitty litter, clementines, mushrooms, spinach, oatmeal cookies, pizza, tomato soup, and egg noodles. $34 in all. Then I put another $100 on a gift card I already had. Afterwards, I began to worry that the charge to the gift card might not be counted in the Discover challenge. I know they will not count any cash back, and now I wonder if an addition to a gift card is off limits, too. And that made me wonder if the $50 on the Old Navy card at risk, too. I'm going to try to find the rules.

I tried out the Shark steamer, and liked it very well! It's a little clumsy to use, but I think I just have to change to the other mop-head for some places.

Found a nickel!

2 Responses to “Weekend Update”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    What did you think of Austenland? I remember seeing it advertised, but never had the chance to see it. Would you recommended it if I can get it from the library?

  2. CB in the City Says:

    I thought the humor was too broad and heavy-handed -- it would have been funnier if they had not gone for the pratfalls, if you know what I mean. But it poked sly fun at itself, too, and had some interesting plot twists. If you really want the "Jane" experience, you won't get it -- but neither did the characters in the movie! It's worth seeing free from the library, but not worth paying for.

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