After 2 months, United Way will get $71

I opted to use my “free day” of shopping to purchase Twins apparel – yep. I decided that I didn’t want to save it for a later day (sometime in the summer) and buy flip flops, t-shirts, etc., because really I’m supposed to be making do with what I have (and what I stocked up on). So, in honor of the new Twins stadium, I bought some new Twins stuff.

However, prior to my free day I purchased a pair of boots at Macy’s. Those babies ran me $54 (originally $180!). Added in with my food purchases, which have gone up to do poor meal/schedule planning, I now owe the United Way $71.00.

(For those keeping score, at this rate, I will owe the United Way $426 at year’s end. Ouch. I know it hurts the United Way, but, that WON’T be happening.)

Restaurant Week Spring 2010 | Promotions + Events | Mpls.St.Paul Magazine + mspmag.com

Restaurant Week Spring 2010 | Promotions + Events | Mpls.St.Paul Magazine + mspmag.com.

I’m just going to throw this out there….Restaurant Week is a Celebration.  How? Well, because my birthday is March 1, which is a celebration and right at the beginning of Restaurant Week and thus Birthday Week = Restaurant Week = Celebration.  Just go with it.

Sorry, it’s been a while … I’m just really hungry.

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 Worthy.

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.

Two Things – Breakfast & Saving

1) Today is my sister’s birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!) and because of the celebratory occassion we had breakfast at the Egg & I.  I LOVE breakfast.  I LOVE eggs benedict.  I LOVE that I’ve had a celebratory reason to  enjoy not only breakfast but also eggs benedict. (She’ll blog something eventually.)

2) Yesterday was a one of those excellent days when my student loan payment day coincides with pay day.  At first I thought, “OH SUCK IT, DirectLoans,” because it really made it feel like last week never happened.  But then I noticed something strange – my bank account had more in it than it usually does on loan payment days.  Why?  Because of this challenge, of course. 

Now, ordinarily, after having realized I have more than usual, I’d be doing some serious shopping, but, uh,  it’s not allowed.  I know some people are reading this going – “Hello…this isn’t a new thing it’s called ‘saving.'”  And, trust me, that isn’t new to me.  I’m actually a pretty frugal person (and tend to rag on people for spending as much as they do – ask any member of my family), but I think the “strange” part is that in the past I would put money in my savings account and that would be my “saving.”  Now, it’s taken on a new form.  (And, I haven’t even had an urge to shop, though the food/eating out portion has been absolutely brutal.)

Bar La Grassa

Want to eat here. Not  allowed. Very hungry.

This is all you get, 2010!

For the next 365 days, all I [Tarcy] get to wear is what is in these two closets.  Let’s face it – there’s a lot to work with, so I shouldn’t even complain.  A good portion of my clothes aren’t even visible (jeans, dresses, pants, shoes…sort of hidden).  I’ll admit I have a bit of a shoe problem. 

I should also note I have a dresser next to the closet (above) that contains my key “stock up” item – plain black, white, blue and gray men’s Hanes t-shirts.  You’ll probably be seeing those a lot.

What you aren’t seeing in the closet below, besides what’s in the drawers (t-shirts, socks/tights/leggings, work-out attire), is a THIRD shoe organizer.  I said I had a shoe problem…this closet shows exactly that. Oh, and I haven’t had a reason to wear any of those suits in at least 6 months.  I’m really hoping that changes in 2010 (though I’m not sure why because I hate suits).

PS – If you pay me enough I’ll use that Easter basket as a purse.