For the first time since I switched the focus of my blog to food, I missed my blog anniversary. In years past, I’ve usually tried to do a giveaway of some sort. This year, I got nothin’. I didn’t even think about it until New Year’s Eve, and I decided that was a little too late to bother. I’m feeling a bit frazzled lately–As usual with the dawn of the new year, comes the inevitable resolutions Jay and I always make, and usually break. One such resolution is a new budget–I’m hoping to take another family vacation (probably not this year, but in 2016), and we have a LOT of things that desperately need to be fixed on the house. Plus, I want to be able to not sweat finances in the event that The Replacements play more shows in the summer. I really need to see them again. I figure that if I stick pictures of the band on each monthly budget page, that will remind me NOT to order that pizza and instead get me arse in the kitchen and MAKE a pizza.
As I have about 8 different bank accounts I manage for the two of us, I decided to stick to budgeting our main joint account, and I’m trying out the envelope budget system. It requires you to use cash and designate certain categories for your spending. Once the cash in that envelope is gone, it’s gone and you have to fight the temptation to borrow from other envelopes. I made myself a “Concerts” envelope, and stuck a picture of the ‘Mats on that too. I had wanted to go to Vegas for the Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival at the end of May (Rancid, the Bosstones and Bad Manners are all playing!), but unless I win the lottery between now and January 10th, when tickets go on sale, it ain’t happening. I will, however, scrounge whatever I possibly can to fund any ‘Mats-related trips that might occur over the summer.
The bambino is still resentful of my tattoo and the band, but I’ve already warned him that if they play anywhere within a day’s drive of Brookings, I will be there.
And if that means we eat nothing but leftovers for the next 6 months, so I can fund my Replacements obsession, so be it.