I have a trip to Chicago coming up (in 2 days) and will likely be shopping since…well I just will. So, I decided to make good on my current “dues” to the United Way before I leave.
Today I donated $125.00 to the Greater Twin Cities United Way. I only owed $100 (again…most of which was food because I LOVE food), but I figured I’d give a little extra because I’ll have to anyway. Right?
Stayed tuned for pictures of my shopping ventures in Chicago.
I’ve said before that the food portion of this challenge is the most difficult, because I LOVE food. Well, I ventured out to the new Target Field this past Friday and must say that with tickets to 8 games, there will be donations made to the United Way.
On Friday, I’m going to assume that they were still working out the kinks in the concessions business because it took us 5 innings to get food. We didn’t go for anything special either (i.e. the Vincent Burger or Murray’s steak sandwich); we got in line for a hot dog, beer and some cheese curds. An hour or so later (during which we also missed the first homerun and pretty much everything else), we finally had a hot dog – a luke warm hot dog – and some cheese curds. All for $11.00.
I was still STARVING after the game so I also had a bowl of soup at the Local (to warm me up from the windy coldness of Target Field), and that cost me $5.50. And, since I was already $16.50. in for the weekend, I added on a slice of pizza ($3.50) before the Spoon concert on Saturday.
So, this weekend cost me $20.00. But, like I said, I still have 10 Twins games to get through, which will likely include at least one Vincent Burger ($12.00) and possibly a Murray’s steak sandwich ($10.50). Target Field, the United Way thanks you!
Without a doubt the hardest part of this challenge, so far, has been the inability to eat at restaurants. I love food. Food is good. Food makes me happy. Good food makes me happier. Good food made by other people at places other than my house makes me even happier. Not having that makes me sad and hungry, nay, starving. I can’t drive through areas heavily populated with restaurants that emit delicious smells for the fear of just pulling over and running in to eat off a stranger’s plate…ok that’s extreme, but you get it.
But, regardless, I’ve been pretty good. I have only purchased 2 bagels ($1.70 each) and some pretzels from The Lyndale Taphouse ($2.50 on happy hour special). That means I owe the United Way $5.90. (I can’t speak for my sister, but I know she owes them much more, which is probably why she hasn’t posted anything on here yet.)
As for the shopping portion and items I REALLY REALLY WANT BUT DIDN’T BUY….there aren’t any. I haven’t had a desire to shop at all. Even more strange, my birthday is in about 2 weeks and I actually get to shop then, but I have no idea what I want or need. (Most likely because I don’t want or need anything.) Oh, except, I should point out, my nice big fluffy winter coat has a malfunctioning zipper. It’s no big deal except that if I want to actually put the coat on, I have to put it on the floor, step into it and pull it up – like a little kid putting on snow pants.
Bagels are delicious. I forgot my oatmeal this morning and a smoothie just isn’t enough.
I owe the Greater Twin Cities United Way $1.70.