I am not sold on a tablet. They are much cheaper, and yet harder to type on when you have huge hands. Tonight his the first time of trying to write using proper form, earlier it was me single finger plucking. I still have not figured out how to post pictures or post nip pictures YIKES I keep trying to "right click" and honestly there is no right click to an iPad.
In all seriousness I wish I could capture all my errors for you all to laugh at, cause they are seriously awesome.
Our day started laying in bed a bit and then we headed to the post office to pick up a package. Then we went to a farmer's market. It was almost easier when V was in a stroller. Trying to walk through is so hard.
This was after we were done. We got strawberries, cucumbers, baby lettuce and spinach and fudge. ;)
Afterwards we headed to Home Depot to get some plants. We picked up two tomato plants, two cucumber plants and some seeds. V had a lot to decide upon. I told him that he could decide, but he needed to remember that we have a balcony so we really can't grow onions, potatoes or carrots.
He decided on a multipack of herbs.
We then ran home, emptied the car, and had lunch. Then we were of too Vs Grandma to pick up his bike. Then we went to Goodwill looking for more clothes for me for work. I didn't find ANYTHING. I couldn't believe what they were asking for in clothes that were faded, pilled, etc.
Then we ran to the grocery store and grabbed a few items.
Since we picked up super ripe strawberries, I made crepes for supper
How was your day?
Do you like crepes? Have you ever made them?
Do you go to a farmers market?
We also heard about a farm who sells meat that is antibiotic free, and they travel almost 400 miles to the area to deliver. We signed up and gave our referral. Are you in the area and looking for tasty free range meat without antibiotics, etc? If so, let me know I will get you the info.
As I mentioned in the past, I try to save money as I can. V is signed up to start camp for 10 weeks through the park district at a HUGE price tag of $185 a week. This does not include the registration fee nor the $55 swim pass fee. Also it doesn't cover any food/snacks. I have to admit it cover extended day, as I work full time and I need extended day.
He currently goes to the before and after school program with the same park district. The woman there asked me yesterday if V would be participating in the hot lunch program during the summer. I had seen it and remembered I thought it was expensive, and I told her the same. So today she shows up with the sheet about how it is ONLY $20 for the week of hot lunches. I asked what it included, and she replied, hot dogs, hamburgers, tacos if they find meat cheap enough, pizza if they find a deal...as well as a fresh fruit and a drink." I asked if the drink would be milk and she said, no, probably a juice box.
Ok..to me this sounds crazy expensive.
Currently at school I let him buy lunch 50% of the time, and his hot lunch is $2.50 and includes milk. I can always come in under that amount except for the milk. V could buy milk for $.50 but has trouble getting his lunch completed if he has to stand in line for milk. I normally send a juice box because normally he has cheese/yogurt/etc in his lunch. On the occasions he isn't have a dairy, he gets milk. I suck up the $.19 more it costs than the $.50 so that he is actually eating his lunch.
So I am curious do you budget your lunch?
When I worked downtown, I had $25 a week to use as I wanted. This included breakfast, coffee, lunch, ice cream, etc.
Now that I no longer work downtown and have time to make my lunch, I allow myself to buy lunch once a week (no limit, but it normally less than $4 for lunch) and I do get breakfast about 3 days a week (egg and hashbrowns for $1.75) So my budget is about $10 a week.
Do you have a budget? Do you think that $4 a day is a lot? I am honestly thinking they didn't disclose that they need to bring a lunch once a week for their field trips. Which brings lunch up to $5 a day. And honestly who wants to eat those same foods all summer??
So today I have the awesome opportunity to meet up with Kelly the Culinarian for lunch. I normally am not able to get off the campus nor would anyone want to meet up with be at 11am for lunch. We would have to meet up at 11 so I could get back to cover the desk. I cover it from 12-5.
So anyway, I have been loaned out to another department, (which ended today) and so today was my last opportunity to get a later lunch. She is so sweet and flexible, she completely agreed.
We met up at a local new grocery store. They have an amazing salad bar. As Kelly said, the containers are a bit small for lunch. I was proud that she doubled up! I had never experienced the salad bar there, it was really good. I really enjoyed the "Healthy Berry Salad" (I think that was what it was called). Be forewarned, it had these really HUGE raisins. I am not a fan of raisins, and of course I ended up eating one. I didn't gag, and I don't think Kelly even realized I drank all of my water in one swallow. (yes I hate all dried fruit, esp raisins). I also had the beef teriyaki and it was really tasty. It was cold, but not overcooked and super tender.
Overall, my lunch tasted great! My company was amazing. She hasn't been feeling 100% but was a complete joy to be with.
I can't wait to hang out with her again, it might be supper or something later. I could invite her to breakfast at 11. :)
So are you wondering about my fail? Well.. no pictures were taken. I was so busy stuffing good food in my mouth and having great conversation, I completely forgot. Next time, I am going to be all over it! ;)
Have you ever had lunch with Kelly? Which blogger did you last hang out with?
Anyone up for breakfast? ;p
Of course we could do after work, but V would be along. We are huge fans of Sweet Tomatoes. :)
Well as you know the Spring here In Chicagoland has been non existent. Yesterday morning, I had frost on my windshield, today we hit over 90.
I heard the heat was coming, I opened up the windows last night and let the 48 degree temps come in except for V's bedroom. Then this morning I shut all of the windows and closed the drapes. When we left is was a cool 64. When we got home I see my downstairs neighbors with all of the their windows open in 90 degree heat. Honestly? Geesh! I was worried about the temps inside our place, after all, heat rises. But we come inside and we were at 75. So comfy! This doesn't work in the middle of a heatwave, but I tried to help keep it cool. Tonight when the temp outside is less than inside, the windows will go open and fans in every window. I didn't do fans last night due to the chilly temp and V. (ok V, if it was just me, I would have put an extra blanket on the bed and put the fans in the windows).
How do you keep cool? I also don't like to cook in the heat. I am planning on using the slow cooker this summer for this.
If you weren't reading us last summer we had moved V's mattress to the living room floor, shut off the bedrooms and still couldn 't keep it cool enough in here. I am so hoping we aren't as hot as last year.
Did you run today in the heat?
I am super snappy pants today (aka crabby). Not really sure why, I slept well.