Wow, a milestone! Thank you all for continuing to enjoy these little keep-myself-at-least-vaguely accountable vignettes.
Anyway, as always: 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 $250 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 with the alarm and did a little work. Then I climbed back in bed, and Aaron and I chilled for a little bit before he had to take a work call for about 15 minutes.
Then we lay back in bed a little bit more before finally admitting we had to get up for good. He left around 8:30 a.m.
I’d been hemming and hawing over a silver necklace for about a week. I do want to cut down on my jewelry purchases, but now that I’m able to go out again, I’m noticing a few basics I’m lacking — including a short silver necklace. So I finally bit the bullet on one — though it may not arrive for a while, as it ships from China — and paid $19.86 after tax and shipping. Hopefully, this last piece calms my recent jewelry obsession for a while.
My mom ordered some Costco toilet paper and Zyrtec for me for $42.06.
I got through emails that had come in, then paid my state unemployment taxes for the year and printed out some business-related tax forms. I party hard, folks.
The workday went quickly, but toward the end, I was suddenly very flat — and had a video session with my personal trainer in half an hour. I lay on the bed to rest and felt better by the time the session started.
He worked my arms pretty hard, so I spent a while stretching after we hung up. Then Aaron called, so I chatted with him a bit and lay down for another 15ish minutes.
After which I felt better, so I showered, slapped on some makeup and went to meet my friends at an outdoor bar. Well, it was a collection of small bars in an outdoor area.
I didn’t want to fuss with downtown parking, so I drove to the park ‘n ride and took the light rail down for $1.
I got there around 6:30 p.m. and got hungry while we chatted, and there was a place selling 12″ pizzas. It was $14, so after tax and tip $17.20 but it was delicious and before I knew it, I had eaten the whole thing.
The venues were mainly selling wine — they were participating in an Urban Wine Walk — so I didn’t have anything to drink. (I am incapable of appreciating wine.) We stayed until about 10 p.m. at which point several of us wanted ice cream, and I suggested a local place that makes amazing ice cream. (Novel ice cream, in case anyone is ever in Phoenix.)
There was inexplicably a long line and we had to wait about 20 minutes, but even the people who’d been grumbling agreed it was worth it.
Totally worth it. I had a scoop of honey lavender and one called Fat Elvis (peanut butter, honey, banana and bacon) for $5.89 after tip. Three people had the house special, which meant ice cream inside a warm donut. Someone else got a Cookie Monster, which was Nilla wafers, Oreo and chocolate chip cookie smashed up.
The next light rail wasn’t due for almost 40 minutes and then it would’ve been another 35ish to get to the park ‘n ride; so my friend Brandon took pity on me and drove me to where my car was parked. I got home around midnight and was asleep around 12:30 a.m.
Total spent: $86.01 owwww
I woke up very tired and groggy but wasn’t able to get caught up on work for about two and a half hours. After that, I climbed back in bed to doze for a bit. I got up feeling a bit more human.
I started a laundry ($3.50 to the Washer/Dryer fund). I finally tried some of the Liquid IV for my dehydration issues.
Overall, it was a pretty quiet workday. Afterward, I decided to try working out, even though I was still a bit tired.
Honestly, the prospect of the hydromassage chairs is what clinched it. I know it’s silly to be convinced to endure 20 minutes of unpleasantness for 10 minutes of “Ahhhhhh.” But whatever gets me in the gym, right?
I barely made it 20 minutes — even on level 1 manual setting — but I did make it.
I got a few food items on the way home ($5.32), then came back and watched TV and chilled out the rest of the night.
I got in bed around 10:30 p.m. but didn’t doze off til at least 11:30.
Total spent: $5.32
Unfortunately, I woke back up before too long. And tried to get comfortable but couldn’t fall back asleep. I may have dozed a bit here and there but mostly I was awake. At 4 a.m. (!) I finally realized I’d forgotten to take my nighttime meds, and one has a somnatic effect. Sure enough about 20 minutes after I’d taken those, I fell asleep.
I woke up at 10:30 a.m. tired and groggy — and having to scramble to get caught up at work, since this was my overtime weekend. But once I got through everything at noon, I lay back down.
My friends were going out, and I’d been hoping to join them after work. But it wasn’t looking good. And there was no way I was going to be able to work out again like I’d hoped.
When I was caught up on emails, I lay down for a bit but couldn’t fall asleep. I got up, answered the couple of emails that had come in and then tried again. This time I dozed a small amount, but not much.
By 2 p.m., it seemed pretty clear I wasn’t going to rest enough. I got some Thai food to console myself for $22.83. (I always order two dishes because I can never decide.)
I ate, answered some emails and then lay back down. This time I got proper rest, so I woke up around 5:20 p.m. feeling alert. So I decided to go out with my friends once my shift was over.
The light rail kiosks were inexplicably not accepting credit cards, and one ate the first dollar I put in. So it cost me $2 to get downtown, but it came out of the cash I keep in my wallet (aka my walking around money) rather than weekly funds.
On the light rail, I searched Amazon for ring size adjusters. I love my new rings, but they’re a bit loose. doohickeys to deal with loose rings. I found some well-reviewed ones for $5.42 after tax. (As an Amazon affiliate, I’m compensated for orders through my links.)
By the time I got downtown, I was famished, but I caught up with my friends right as they were leaving the place with great-sounding food. Sigh. I had time for one drink ($15.20 after tax and tip, ouch downtown prices!) before we left.
We didn’t stay at the next place long because the food specials were over. So we headed to a little bar most of us hadn’t heard of. And the drinks there were amazing. We had trouble deciding because they all sounded so good.
I finally decided on mine and got some carnitas nachos, which I devoured in less than 10 minutes. Since drinks were $13 to $14 and the nachos were $14, I knew the bill was going to hurt big time.
We stayed for quite a while, and nachos aren’t the most filling things in the world. Which meant I lamentably got hungry again and ordered a huge and delicious (but also very overpriced) $11 pretzel.
In all, I had three drinks, a pretzel and the nachos. And as a thank you to Brandon for not making me wait downtown for an hour at midnight, I insisted on buying one of this drinks. Knowing all this, I thought I was prepared when I asked for the check. I was not.
It was $86ish after tax. After tip, it was $98.87. Hoo boy.
I did get a pretty flower from one of my drinks. So that makes up for it, right? Right???
I’m not taking Going Out spending from weekly funds, so the amount won’t be counted in weekly fund outlays.
My friend Leila gave me a lift to the park ‘n ride, which was on her way home. I got in around 1 a.m. and was asleep around 1:30.
Can I just not add this up? Ugh, okay fine. Total: $144.32 ($28.25 out of weekly funds)
I got up and had a decent number of emails, so it took me about two hours to get caught up.
I then messaged with some people for a while, including Aaron who had just finished a yoga class and a dance class, was in the middle of a light upper body workout, was going to hike Camelback (a challenging trek) and maybe play volleyball later that night. The man is insane.
I didn’t end up lying down until 1 p.m. and I couldn’t sleep. Sigh.
I got up and wrote up the next day’s post, then just watched TV and dealt with emails as they came in. I chilled out until about 8 p.m. and then I started the book Evicted. I stopped at 9:30 p.m. but wasn’t asleep until probably 11:30. Sigh.
Total spent: $0
I got caught up on work and then went to my dental cleaning. They said it mostly looked good, but there were some small cavities on the sides (!) of my teeth they wanted to take care of before any got bigger.
Thankfully, my dental add-on means I’m only going to pay $89 for all three fillings. But also: three fillings? Eek.. I scheduled those for that Friday.
I came home and answered emails and dealt with other work duties.
My personal trainer had to reschedule our session, so after some dawdling, I decided to go the gym. My legs felt a little shaky, so I lay down for about 20 minutes to rest my muscles. (The sunscreen had to soak in for 15 minutes anyway.) Because of the aforementioned dawdling, I didn’t get to the gym until about 5:30 p.m.
It was a little busier than usual, but not as bad as I thought an after-work time would be. The workout itself, however, was rough. I decided to stop using anything but Level One manual settings til my stamina is a little better.
By the time I was done the cardio, had stretched and enjoyed 10 minutes in the hydromassage chair, it was 6:45 p.m.
Aaron finally got back to me to say he’d just finished work. I drove home and then we videocalled for a bit. We agreed Wednesday should work for us both. I said I had to go because it was 7:30 and I still hadn’t eaten dinner.
I ate and started watching some TV, but Aaron called again about 30 minutes later to say goodnight. So we chatted for a bit.
I started getting ready for bed but was also playing on the phone a bit, so I got into bed around 10 p.m. and was asleep not too long after.
Total spent: $0 (I’m on a roll, baby!)
I got up to very few emails, but one took a while to craft. I was just about to finish (after about 20 minutes) when my Internet went briefly and I lost the draft. Gah!
A member of the trivia group asked if we could do it Thursday instead of that night. He was feeling relatively okay from his second Pfizer shot on Sunday, but maybe not entirely himself.
I had looked forward to being kept busy, so I went onto MeetUp and found another trivia group was having an event. The group has semi-joked that I need to find people to poach so we get some new blood on our team.
I cleaned a bit — I’d been slacking on cleaning for a couple of weeks — but mostly just taking out the trash and clearing some clutter. Then I just answered emails as they came in and steeled myself for my 11 a.m. training session.
The session involved lunges (15 total, 10 holding a 10-lb dumbbell in each hand) and around 30 squats, so I stretched a bunch after and used the foam roller a fair amount and just generally prayed I’d be able to move without wincing the next day.
I finished up my workday and then just messaged people/played on social media until I had to get ready for trivia.
The new trivia group was fun, so I’ll probably go back. But no one who would really fit in with my usual group. I ordered some wings and fries and paid $10.43 after tax.
It was 9 p.m. by the time we got done, so I wasn’t in bed until 10. Mercifully, I fell asleep quickly.
Total spent: 10.43
I woke up slightly before my alarm feeling strangely alert. I got caught up on emails quickly and set about following up on some cases for my secondary duties. Whee.
Aaron messaged good morning at 8:30 a.m. I asked whether that night would still work for seeing each other but didn’t hear back immediately.
When I needed a break, I used the foam roller on my as-predicted very unhappy glutes/hamstrings. It was not pleasant.
Aaron messaged back at 1 p.m. to say that yes, we were still on. I had a massage at 4 p.m. so we agreed to shoot for 6 p.m., since I’d have to come back and take a shower and such.
After work I went to my massage. As I was pulling into the parking lot, I realized I’d forgotten to get cash for a tip. The massage was already paid for, so I couldn’t tack it on there. And I didn’t have time to find and drive to a Chase. So I bit the bullet and paid a $3 convenience fee while taking out my $20. I tipped her $15 of the $20.
After that, I came home, showered, got myself all made up and went to Aaron’s.
He told me he had dinner covered, and I stupidly didn’t ask any follow-up questions. I say stupid because he’s been on a pork bender. So come dinnertime I was informed that my options were pork sausages, BBQ pulled pork, green chile pulled pork or Korean BBQ burritos.
I don’t eat much pork, and none of the options really appealed to me. I chose the green chile — but then was informed we were just splitting multiple options.
So he heated up half a what had to be at least a 12-oz tray of green chile, the same of BBQ pulled pork and one burrito.
Now, as I said, I don’t eat much pork. And in general I eat meat with things. Rice, sides, whatever. So I did my best but just eating a bunch of meat was… a lot. I ate a fair amount of the green chile pork, but then I stopped.
I had to have eaten at least five or six ounces of the stuff, but Aaron worried that I wasn’t eating enough. I think he was concerned because he knows I’ve cut calories. So to save a quasi-argument, I ate a bit of the other stuff too.
The stomach cramps set in about five minutes later. He was completely confused and didn’t understand that it was a lot of meat especially for someone who doesn’t eat a ton of any meat to begin with.
He felt a little bad and then suggested I stand up and jump up and down a little. HOW WOULD THAT HELP??? I asked if he thought that would somehow shake the food through my intestines, and he just shrugged like, “Well, I tried.” Sigh.
He found me some Tums and about 20 minutes later my stomach settled. But yeah, no more meat-only meals (especially non-poultry) for me for a while.
He fell asleep around 10 p.m. but I didn’t sleep until about midnight.
Total spent: $23
Total spent: $269.08 ($153.01 out of weekly funds)
Well, the total amount of spending isn’t great — but with that bar bill, it would’ve been much worse if five other days’ outlays hadn’t been relatively low. And it’s why I budget for going out, I suppose. But maybe we can hit some happy hours the next couple of times? Eesh.
How did everyone else’s spending go this week?