Sorry I’ve been so quiet recently. Mom’s here so I’ve been focusing on that and goofing around/chilling out. Yes, I even focus on chilling out.
I got a turkey at $1.59/lb, and she was nice enough to cook it and make some mashed potatoes. It was a 15 lb bird, so there were plenty of leftovers. I actually just had a second helping of leftovers from the fridge — eaten salted, cold out of the fridge cuz I’m fancy like that — and there’s still at least two or three servings left.
And that’s just the white meat. Mom prefers the dark meat, so she’s been nibbling away at that. She made stock from the bones overnight in our crock pot. Then used that to make soup last night. Tonight or tomorrow she’s making turkey chili. So all in all, a $22 investment has paid off well.
She also made pumpkin pie, and we’re planning on making peanut butter kiss cookies tonight. I insisted on getting premade crusts and peanut butter cookie mix because I don’t want her to go too crazy.
It’s times like this that remind me just how much money we could be saving if we could manage to cook. But then I remember all the guilt and frustration and anger I’d experience each time I’d fall down on cooking. I remember how other things fell by the wayside as all of those emotions deepened my depression until I could barely bring myself to deal with anything. And I try to make my peace with convenience food bills.
Beyond that, there’s not a helluva lot going on.
Tim loved his presents. We decided not to get me anything for Christmas. I just don’t have anything I really want, so there was no point in having him brave crowded stores in the hopes of finding something that I’d like. Best that the money stays in our account. That’s present enough, really.
Tim and I are still unsure what, if anything, we’re doing for New Year’s Eve. We haven’t done anything for it in years. Half the time I don’t even stay up until midnight.
It’s true that Mom is here, but I’m sure she wouldn’t mind some peace and quiet to work in. And she could potentially come pick us up if we both want to drink. I guess we’ll just have to see how we feel the day of.
Also, we have our new rewards card for the year. Same deal as last time: put everything on the card to reap the most points possible. We have about $1,500 worth of travel points from the Sapphire card. This new one will get us a big bonus after we spend $3,000. So we’ll have plenty of ways to cover our May trip to Seattle. Hooray for free vacations!
Plus I was finally able to pay my first ACA premium, so I’ll definitely have continuing health care coverage in the new year.
And finally, I’m now ordering Pandora’s food with those handy-dandy discounted gift cards I bought. A good reminder that, for all of the potential detractors for discounted GCs, they can come in pretty handy too.
Now if you’ll excuse me, pumpkin pie is calling.
Is everyone settling down after the holiday? What do you do for New Year’s?