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Company Gone, Back to Normal

July 26th, 2015 at 06:55 am

I had a nice visit with my SIL. There were no real uncomfortable moments. I think I've learned how to politely stop the conversation from going into areas I don't want to discuss.

She even suggested that we take a weekend trip together, which is amazing, but I don't think that will happen.

My spending was not bad. I treated her at Sweet Tomatoes, which cost me $22 (got the senior discount!) We went to IKEA, where I spent $22 on a new saucepan to replace one with degrading Teflon. Then we went to Goodwill, where I spent $11 on clothes for the new baby and my granddaughter. I also got gas for $21 (the weekend involved a lot of driving around). In return, she bought my dinner at a vegetarian restaurant, and brought some wheat-free muffins for breakfast. (Which were heavy as a rock, but what the hay! Well-meant.)

My variables spending is now at 83%. I think I can hold out from spending these last few days of the month, so I can keep it there, or close.

It's very hot, and I've been running the air conditioning a lot. I would welcome another cool snap!

6 Responses to “Company Gone, Back to Normal”

  1. snafu Says:

    Please share how to stop conversations that are best avoided. I keep telling myself 'mouth shut...mouth shut' and try to clamp my jaw without it being noticeable. I love my SIL but she starts conversations with 'I know you won't like it but...'

  2. MonkeyMama Says:

    Yes, please share! Big Grin

  3. CB in the City Says:

    Hmmmm. When the conversation drifts into a dangerous area, I just reply with a non-committal "hmmmm," and change the subject. The trick is to change the subject in a way that is not real obvious and will not slight other person. "Oh, that reminds me ..." and then go off in a lighter vein.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Good plan on changing the subject. Sounds like it was a good weekend. Love that senior discount!

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Sweet Tomatoes is a great place to eat for people with different diet preferences. Smile

    Glad things went well with your SIL.

  6. My English Castle Says:

    I know that Sweet Tomatoes by the Schaumberg IKEA! Good for you and your tact. My mouth gets me in trouble too often.

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