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.
It was Thanksgiving — yeah, these spending diaries have a bit of a lag — but there was still a decent amount of emails to deal with.
My arm was very sore from the previous day’s COVID booster shot, so I took some ibuprofen and got to work.
Once I caught up on the initial emails, things slowed down a bit. I was hoping to make it to a friend’s Thanksgiving, but I was also feeling very fatigued. Which for me is saying something.
I took a nap for a bit when there was a lull and woke up feeling human enough to make myself look presentable and get to the friend’s place. The only real issue was that it hurt to put my left arm up high enough for the steering wheel. Oh well.
It was good to see her — the last time was on her birthday in July — and there were some other nice folks there. So everyone had a good evening, I think.
But I was still kind of beat, so I left around 8 p.m. and got home. I relaxed for a little bit in front of the TV, and I went to bed around 10 p.m. After dosing myself with more ibuprofen.
Total spent: $0
I got up and dealt with emails, then settled in for a long day since I was covering the evening shift as well.
It was a pretty uneventful day. Every year I get my mom some Harry & David pears for her birthday, so I ordered those. I was cutting it a bit close — only nine days before her birthday — but usually the company offers free shipping around this time. Unfortunately, not this year. Which is understandable given all the increased freight costs.
Because of the Alaska surcharge/regular shipping fees, signing up for a discounted yearlong membership whose benefits include free shipping. So I bought that and the pears.
Since Mom reads this blog and it’s impolite to talk about gift prices — unless they’re free, in which case it’s just fun — I’m not going to mention the amount here. But I’ll add the cost into the total spent this week.
I still felt a bit tired — probably because I’d pushed myself the day before — and the arm needed yet more ibuprofen, but otherwise I was doing decently.
The day and night passed pretty quietly as I got psyched for going out to an immersive experience bar with my friends the next night.
I went to bed around 11 p.m. and fell asleep sometime after midnight.
Total spent: Not sayin’
I was working that day, so I got up and got through emails. There were more than usual, but nothing too bad.
Then I tried to just rest up to be sure I’d have plenty of energy to go out that night.
I was chatting with the friend from trivia who has been helping with home improvement. Who will now be called Andre because I asked and he said it was fine.
We were going to a bar called UnderTow, which is designed to look like you’re inside a ship. Complete with “portholes” for the two-person tables.
The plan was for me to drive to their place, and we’d carpool down, since his wife wouldn’t be drinking. And apparently was fine if I needed to stay the night afterward, if we got back and I still wasn’t safe to drive.
I said okay, then I’d pack my nighttime meds. I went to get them and was planning on putting them in the pillbox in my purse. But halfway down the hall, I noticed my water bottle was almost empty and veered over to the sink to fill it up, pills still in hand. And then on auto-pilot, I took them.
I was slightly peeved but didn’t think much of it until about half an hour later, when I started feeling so sleepy that I was actually nauseated. Apparently, the Seroquel I take does in fact still affect me as a sleep aid.
I got through the couple emails that had come in, then passed out for a nap for an hour.
I woke up hoping I felt better, but after 10 minutes out of bed, I was once again woozy with sleepiness. I finished the emails that had come in during the nap — which took longer because I had to read through the emails multiple times to make sure I was typing coherently, given that I could barely think — and checked online to see what I could expect for the Seroquel.
Apparently the drowsiness could last for several hours. Craaaaap.
I hadn’t taken my first Adderall that day — and the Adderall does seem to keep my metabolism higher overall — so I popped one of those, hoping it would help get the Seroquel’s effects over more quickly. Then I passed out for another hour.
When I woke up, I finally felt a bit better. But it had taken two one-hour naps and four hours in general to feel normal.
I made some good progress on a post, but I had to stop sooner than I’d have liked so that I’d be ready to leave once my shift was over.
I got to their place about 20 minutes before we had to leave, so I got to take a look at how his demolition of the master bathroom was going. They’re retiling, replacing the vanity and tiling the shower.
We got to the bar about 10 minutes ahead of our reservation. We got there early on purpose. This bar is tiny, so you’re limited to 90 minutes — and that 90 minutes starts at the reservation time, whether you’re there or not.
Our fourth person, my vet friend, joined us, and we got seated not long after.
I’d been to an earlier version of the bar when it had been in a different location. It had been updated a bit better — the portholes had better graphics — but overall it was about the same.
The drinks were pricier than the even downtown ones, but these were also very strong. I had two and stopped. I had a feeling a third would be a big mistake. After tax and tip, my share came out to $48.87.
We walked over to a nearby bar that had board games we could play. Unfortunately, none of the ones available appealed to us, so we just sat around chatting.
I had a couple of ciders — we were there for a while — so the total was $13.58.
On the way home, I was famished — I hadn’t eaten much that day — so we stopped at Wendy’s. I ordered a meal with water, and it was $6-something. But I can’t find the charge anywhere. (Yes, I checked the other card I carry around. Not there either.) This is the second time that’s happened. Not that I’m complaining. But it’s definitely odd.
We got back to their house around 1 a.m., and I was probably sober but was so exhausted I didn’t feel safe driving. So I got another bottle of water from them and shook some Liquid IV into it. (Thanks again to readers for that suggestion.) I downed that and passed out in the guest room.
Unfortunately, two bottles of water plus the other drinks of the night meant I had to get up for the bathroom at least five times in about seven hours. So I slept well while I was unconscious, but it was intermittent.
Total spent: $62.45
I left around 8 a.m., thanking them for letting me crash there. They offered food, but I demurred saying I don’t eat a lot in the mornings. Usually I just have a couple of protein bars over the course of four to five hours.
But about 10 minutes from their place, my stomach reminded me that we like to eat a big breakfast after drinking. I pulled over and called in an order to Cracker Barrel.
After paying for some extra biscuits (yay apple butter!) and tax and tip, it was $15.16. I came home, ate and then lay in bed resting and watching TV.
I had hoped to make some progress on the bathroom but… nope.
Around 3 p.m. I was hungry again. But reeaaaallly didn’t want to go anywhere or eat what I had at home. I had a deal on DoorDash, which let me get a protein bowl for only about $1 more than menu price, even with fees and tip: $13.38.
The rest of the night was just resting and watching TV. I called it a night around 9:30 p.m. and was asleep about 40 minutes later.
Total spent: $28.54
I’d forgotten to set my alarm, so I woke up very late. Panicked, I got in front of the computer and found… 101 emails.
I paged through them only to find that Sunday hadn’t been covered. I thought I’d messed up the dates I was supposed to be covering and felt horribly guilty for most of the day.
(The next day I finally thought to check the texts. I didn’t mess up. The dates she gave me were the Friday and Saturday shifts. So either she messed up the dates she wanted — but in that case why didn’t she think it was weird she didn’t have any emails Friday? — or she got confused and thought she’d also asked for Sunday off.)
By the time I caught up on emails and dealt with my secondary duties and then caught up emails that’d come in while I did that, it was one minute before my shift ended. To be fair, I started late but eesh.
I did a few loads of laundry so $10.50 went into the Washer/Dryer fund.
And now that I know I’m not the one who messed up days, I am abso-freakin-lutely billed as though I worked Sunday. Because I essentially did — but with like three times the stress.
Andre and I have been wanting to start a crunches pact to get us to both stay honest. Hopefully, this extends to a general workout pact this week. So I did the five-minute abs video I’d designated. Only to find out it was the wrong one and much harder than the still-pretty-rough one I’d been thinking of. So after the workout, I found the right one and sent Andre the new link.
After that, I relaxed for a bit, but then I started a work project I’d been putting off for too long.
Once a year, I test all the links on our site — of which there are about 2,000 — and giving how mind-numbing it is, and how I can’t really be interrupted as I test them, I do it as an overtime project. Normally, about three weeks sooner than this but… Oh well.
I was hungry around 6:30 p.m. so I got a medium pizza and cinnamon sticks for $23.75.
I got through about 20% of the links by bedtime. At which point I remembered that I’d meant to buy a Firestick ($21.71 for Cyber Monday) and take advantage of a 30% discount at Walgreens ($26.14).
By the time I’d finished that and gotten in bed it was about 10:15 p.m. And it was a night where the whole breakup thing hit me again, so I stayed awake from sadness for a bit. Don’t worry, it always passes before too long.
But when the few tears had stopped, my nose was all stuffed up and I had to wait for the decongestant to work, and basically I just didn’t fall asleep until almost midnight.
Total spent: $82.10
I had remembered to set the alarm again, so I woke up on time and got through emails. Which were obviously much more reasonable that day.
The add-on for my dental benefit hit my card for $32.
Even though there were fewer emails, I was still pretty busy for most of my shift, so the day went quickly.
After work, I had my massage ($65 with tip), which was much-needed. The ab workout I’d done included not just side planks but twisting so your free arm goes underneath you, then you straighten back up and do it again. (They’re called reach-throughs, but I foresaw some jokes if I didn’t clarify.) Anyway, those had meant that my upper back muscles had gotten a workout they weren’t prepared for.
My abs were too painful to do the crunches video again, so I let Andre know I’d do them the next day if I could or definitely Thursday. It usually takes me two to three workouts before I can start doing things daily.
I came home, ate the pizza and remaining cinnamon sticks, then got to work on the project again.
I’ve been trying to reestablish my routine of being in bed no later than 10 p.m. (preferably 9:30) but I was on a roll with the links. Plus some didn’t work on my computer but did when I checked on my phone. So I had to go back through the 40-50 links I’d listed as not working, try them on my phone and then erase the ones that did indeed work.
So I didn’t put down the computer until after 10 and wasn’t asleep until about 11:30.
Total spent: $97 ($32 out of weekly funds)
I woke up before my alarm for a change and got to work. It was decently busy, but at 11 a.m. I got enough of a break to catch up on my spending diary and spending worksheet. I was a week behind. Eek!
I had scheduled trivia for that night, but no one had RSVPed. Since I needed to work on that project more anyway — especially because the next two nights I’d have trivia — I cancelled the event.
The Netflix charge hit my account for $9.76. I also got a $75.52 annual Hulu bill. Last year, I paid for a year in advance to get a discount. And with everything going on, I forgot to take it off auto-renew. But I have no plans to cancel the service, so it doesn’t make much difference, really. Anyway, amounts over $60 don’t come out of weekly funds.
After work, I had a quick bite — actually just eating my diet meal for a change, progress! — turned on the TV in the background and clicked link after link. I had been around halfway through, but I was on a roll, so I barely took a break for the next 6 hours. And was done. Woot!
Unfortunately, by then it was around 10:30 p.m. so I got ready for bed and was asleep around 11:30.
Total spent: $85.28 ($9.76 out of weekly funds)
Total spent: $416.62 ($214.83 out of weekly funds)
Hey, another reasonable spending week — birthday gifts and annual subscriptions notwithstanding. Besides the bar, this was a pretty sedate week, but I could use some of those, honestly.
How is everyone else’s spending going?