This is a blog post I probably shouldn’t write because just in case there’s someone out there who thinks I’m somewhat normal, this will ruin it.
I’m not a huge fan of chocolate but every time the electricity goes off, I want brownies. E.V.E.R.Y. time. Not storebought, pre-packaged brownies but warm, gooey, homemade brownies. I think it’s because back 20+ years ago when we had an ice storm in Louisiana and had no power for a week, after the neighborhood had gone together and cooked and shared as much as we could out of our freezers, one lady who worked with Boy Scouts knew how to make a solar oven and several people had brownie mix in their pantries so we had brownies. Started a tradition for me . . the lights go out, I want brownies. Only problem is . . my stovetop works without electricity but my oven does not.
The other thing is that as Christmas Day draws closer . . every year . . I start halfway getting apprehensive about needing something from the store and all the stores are closed. There’s very little I could come up with that I want or need that we don’t have around here but I know there’s something we’re going to need on Christmas Day and we can’t gt it. I can go weeks and weeks without going to the grocery store so why can’t I make it through Christmas Day without feeling the need to go to the grocery store?
So . . you know that about me. Think about what happens when we decide to go on our practice retirement budget. I don’t even like to go out to eat. There aren’t many restaurants in our town that I love . . so why do I keep thinking about things from restaurants I want?
When did we start this budget? Tuesday? Wednesday I wanted Thai food. This morning I woke up wanting breakfast from the Mexican restaurant. There was only one Mexican restaurant here that I halfway liked and the building was so old and . . kinda gross . . and I just couldn’t bring myself to eat there. They moved to a new location a couple of months ago . . probably at least three months ago now that I think about it. I didn’t mention wanting to go out for breakfast but we had to go to Walmart. Of course we did . . Vince is home and it was standing room only in that store. I went because I wanted to go by Aldi and get a ham for Christmas (they didn’t have the one we wanted but may have more tomorrow!). After shopping, Vince said “Do you want to go by the new Mexican restaurant?” Well, YES! We both laughed . . what budget?
They have this “senior plate” that comes with an enchilada, rice, taco and beans for $5.99. That’s a lot of food for $5.99. By the time we both drank a soda, it was still just under $20 even with a tip. Not bad. I think we can do that once a week, even with the budget. Maybe some day I’ll learn to drink water but it’s water out of the lake and my head just says NO!
Maybe I need to tell myself that on this new budget plan, we aren’t allowed to eat at home and then I’ll want to eat at home. 🙂