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For those who are new, my style of “spending” is a little convoluted. I have two checking accounts. I keep the majority of my money in the secondary account, transferring $280 a week into the main account. But I charge everything to the card to maximize rewards. As charges accrue, I transfer money out of the main account into the secondary one. Then I make a weekly payment on my credit card.
A tad confusing, perhaps, but it works for me. Anyway, here’s how spending went this week.
I got up and had a few more emails than usual, which was nice. Email volumes have been low, which makes me nervous about job security.
I got through my other duties at work and then started tidying up a little. I finally put some dirty plates and silverware into the dishwasher, ran the Roomba and tidied up the kitchen counter/breakfast bar area.
I was going to have friends over the next night for a distanced backyard hangout, and I didn’t want as visible a mess for anyone coming inside to use the bathroom.
I wasn’t noticing a big difference having increased my mood stabilizer dosage yet, and usually it hits pretty quickly. I briefly thought that my being up to cleaning could be a sign it was helping; but then I realized I’m always inspired to clean if someone other than me is going to see my place.
I tried to lie down for a nap but ended up just making a grocery list in my head for things I needed for the hangout. So I got up and made the grocery list in the Fry’s app.
Aaron confirmed that he wanted me to come over that night. He couldn’t really leave the cats alone yet, especially since the kittens were trying desperately to get in and play with Henry, the cat he’d let in (who had to be isolated for another six days, and was very vocal about his displeasure). So I had to go to him.
I started packing a bag because I need so damn many things: contact lens case and solution, glasses (in case something happens to one of the contacts), toothbrush, moisturizers and anti-acne cream — all sorts of stuff. Plus I have to put my nighttime meds in the pillbox I keep in my purse. It’s a tad ridiculous, really.
I finished up the workday and hopped in the shower. My Restless Leg Syndrome had acted up badly last time, so I used the foam roller before I left.
I got to Aaron’s around 5:15 p.m. aaaaand realized I’d left the bag of stuff on the counter at home. Thank goodness I put the pills in my purse!
We played with the kittens a bit, but Henry was crying for attention in the bedroom. So we went in and played with him for a while.
Aaron had received the wrong takeout order the night before — a party platter, actually — so he had quite a bit of food left. So we ate that. Then we ran out to Walgreens and got me contact lens solution and a new case for $15.81.
I’d said I could just sleep in them for a night, but he said I could just get another set and keep it at his place. I guess that’s like getting a small drawer?
We got into bed around 10 p.m. and were asleep by 11 p.m. He set the alarm for 6 a.m.
Total spent: $15.81
Unfortunately, he apparently had a 5 a.m. alarm already set. I woke up but saw him fuss with the phone. So I assumed he’d turned it off and went back to sleep. Instead, it was the snooze button and after three more instances of being woken up, I accepted that I was awake.
I left around 6:30 a.m. I got home, caught up on emails and let Josie snuggle on my torso earlier than usual because I felt bad for leaving her — especially to go play with other cats.
Work kept trickling in, so I didn’t get to go to the grocery store until I got off at 3 p.m. The only thing I had time to do before then was set up the folding tables, get the folding chairs outside and ready to put up (my friend Leila was going to help with that, bless her) and set up the plates/bowls/utensils so that people didn’t have to touch other people’s future plates/bowls/utensils.
After work, I messaged a bit with friends and had to wait for sunscreen to sink in (15 minutes), so it was 3:30 p.m. before I headed to the grocery store.
I got a lot of ginger beer (sometimes my friends drink a bunch of mules, sometimes they don’t), three kinds of cheese, crackers, hummus, vegetables for the hummus (one person in our group has a severe reaction to gluten so we couldn’t just use crackers), tortilla chips, some mandarin oranges, plastic utensils, paper bowls and plastic cups. So the total was $64.65. Owwwwww.
But I knew I’d have some leftovers, which meant I’d have a head start on the next time I had people over, which I hoped would be in just a couple weeks.
I got home, lay on the bed to rest for 10 minutes, then got up, got showered and put on a little makeup, cleaned the litterbox then washed my hands thoroughly and put on a mask to cut up/arrange food. I even found some teeny Tupperware containers for the half limes needed for mules.
Leila came by right as I was finishing that and we set up the chairs in a wide U. With eight people, it was a closer call than I thought it would be. And then of course, people stood six feet apart by the food under the covered patio instead. People did sit down eventually, but they decided to pull the chairs into a circle. Since there were two couples, two sets of two people could be close together, making the circle much smaller then the U-shape, while still distanced.
We ended up talking and laughing until a little past 11 p.m. Given that it’d been four months since we last saw one another in person, it was particularly good to be around my friends in person.
They helped put away chairs while I was inside using the bathroom, so I just had to put away the food that would go bad overnight, plus the alcohol since I wasn’t sure how cold it would get. I left the rest for the morning.
It was almost midnight before I got into bed, but I fell asleep almost immediately.
Total spent: $64.65
I slept solidly til about 9:30, then dozed off and on for another 20ish minutes. I got up, fed her, then got back in bed. I messaged with Leila a bit then finally got up.
I cleared the tables of the rest of the miscellaneous stuff, put some items in the dishwasher, cleaned a few items that were hand-wash only (like my copper mug and some Ziploc bags) and started the first of two loads of laundry ($7 into the Washer/Dryer fund).
Then I settled in to watch some TV and chill out with Josie. I figured she was probably feeling neglected after my night away and then being outside all night (which is when much of her snuggling on me usually takes place).
Shortly after I switched the second load from the washer to the dryer, I realized I felt terrible. Which made sense, of course, since all of the previous day’s activities were on six hours’ sleep and I had stayed up until midnight. Still… ugh.
So I lay in the bedroom and watched TV there. Aaron and I messaged a bit. He said he’d hoped to see me that day, but he understood that I should just rest.
The previous night, my friend Brandon had decided to write a script to help us find vaccine distribution center volunteer opportunities so that we could get vaccinated ASAP. He put me and Leila on the text alert chain.
Around 8 p.m. I worked on a new design for Zazzle. I started getting ready for bed around 11 p.m. and was asleep around midnight.
Total spent: $7
At 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. the script texted, but I didn’t have any luck.
I woke up at 9 a.m. and tried to get going as best I could. I unloaded the dishwasher, put some dirty plates in, brought the laundry inside (I’d forgotten the day before) and ran the Roomba.
The $32 charge for my dental insurance add-on hit my card.
I was definitely struggling less than the week before, but it was hard to tell whether that was due to less isolation — seeing Aaron Thursday night/Friday morning, then the group the next day — or the medication increase finally helping.
I wrote Monday’s post before getting ready to run errands. I also purchased a Groupon for a Dairy Queen deal. It was $5.06 for $10 of food, and I’d get 6% back from Mr. Rebates.
I was getting text alerts sporadically, but every time I clicked, the spot was already taken. Sigh.
After that, I went back and returned some items at Fry’s that hadn’t gotten opened at the get-together (-$10.97). I also stopped at CVS to use my CarePass Extrabux. I paid $10.30 after the $10 was applied. Of the items purchased, $7.99 would have been spent regardless. So that amount went into Saved Savings.
I went to redeem the Dairy Queen Groupon, only to find out they were closed due to a family emergency. So I went and got takeout somewhere else using a gift card ($9.83 into Saved Savings).
I came home, relaxed for about half an hour, then got ready to go see Aaron. I got to his place around 4 p.m. We played with the cats — both the kittens and the super-needy Henry — and chatted. We went out to Tempe lake for a bit, but it was pretty chilly with the wind off the water. So we only stayed for about half an hour.
We got food on the way back, but Aaron paid. We started getting ready for bed around 8:30 p.m. but we ended up talking for a while about relationships and compatibility.
Unfortunately, we don’t have much in common activity-wise, which doesn’t bode well for post-vaccine life. While this was supposed to be a casual, temporary arrangement, we’re admittedly semi-attached to each other. So neither of us liked the implications of the talk, and we agreed to just see how things go.
I think. I think we finally dozed off around 11 p.m.
Total spent: $65.18
Aaron had said he’d set the alarm for 6:30 a.m., but when I woke up it was far too light outside. This man and alarms! When he swears there aren’t any, I get woken up super early. When he thinks they’re set, there are none.
It turned out to be 7:30 a.m., so I had to put in my contacts and race out the door. I got home a little after 8 a.m. Josie was very happy to see me, and I told myself it was only partially because it was past her usual feeding time.
I got through emails by about 10 a.m. but the rest of my duties and the emails that came in after that meant I wasn’t really caught up until 11:30 a.m.
I relaxed for awhile and took care of emails as they came in. Then at 1:30 p.m. I went out to pick up a prescription ($14.76).
The previous night’s discussion with Aaron made me a little sad. I reminded myself that things feel worse when I’m tired or battling depression. So I reminded myself that I can’t predict the future and my mood could be coloring things too.
Even so, I picked up some candy ($2.49) and some Dairy Queen ($13.55).
A couple of months prior, I’d told Aaron I’d be willing to give hiking a try, but I said I wanted to be exercising regularly so my legs were stronger/stamina was better. But I realized that day that I don’t know when I’ll have the wherewithal to do that, so I messaged him to say we should just do it. If nothing else, the sunshine and fresh air should be good for me.
I finished out the workday and then just chilled out watching TV and anxiously clicking every time I got the text alert that a volunteer slot had opened. No luck.
I started getting ready for bed around 9 p.m. and was asleep shortly after 10 p.m.
Total spent: $30.80
I got up and got through my work around 11:30 a.m.
I checked in with Aaron about the mattress shopping he’d wanted to do. I’d offered to tag along and provide a second opinion. But it was a busy day for him, so he said he’d keep me apprised.
I dealt with emails as they came in and clicked copious text alerts. Brandon increased the frequency his script checked the sit, but we were still too late on a few occasions. But at 2 p.m. he and I both got shifts — for the following day.
Thankfully, I’d already told the other gal at work about the situation, and she’d agreed to cover me even last minute. So I let her know that she’d have to take the last two hours of my shift the next day. I offered to take a four-hour evening shift of her choosing, which I think she appreciated.
I asked Brandon to add Aaron to the list, and that lucky bastard got it on his second try. Yay but also harumph! It was a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. shift, though, so I guess “lucky” is relative.
I ran to Fry’s for some food ($21.51) then lay in bed all night to rest up for the next day.
I got ready for bed at 8 p.m. but it took a while to fall asleep. Around 9 p.m. I got up and semi-impulse-purchased a personal item ($58.69). I was asleep around 10 p.m.
Total spent: $80.20
I dozed a little after waking up, and I worked from bed too.
I was caught up by 11 a.m. so I just killed time until I had to leave at 1 p.m. It was was semi-disorganized simply because so few of the people there were permanent. Most were one-shift volunteers like myself, so everyone had to be trained.
I ate the meal provided — a pretty tasty green chile pork — and took out my contacts which were killing me thanks to 27 mph winds blowing dust and dirt everywhere. I also took some aspirin for my feet which were already sore.
Things died down greatly after my break, so the time passed very slowly. But eventually it was 10 p.m. and time to train my replacement.
I got my shot around 11:30 p.m. and took surface streets home because I was too tired to risk freeway speed. I pulled into the driveway at 11:59 p.m. I dropped everything on the counter and stumbled into the bedroom. I’d have taken my nighttime meds and collapsed immediately, but with all the dust/dirt blown on me, I had to wash my face. Then I took the meds and collapsed. Unsurprisingly, I fell asleep almost immediately.
Total spent: $0
Total spent: $263.64
Wow, okay a much higher spend week than usual. But about 25% of that was groceries for the party (after accounting for what I returned) so not completely terrible. Still, a lot of the rest were just pleasure purchases, so I ought to cut down there.
How did everyone else’s week go?