This cracks me up on a couple levels, not unlike the old “Hooked on Phonics” commercials cracked me up (I always found it hilarious in a semi-cruel way that if one was illiterate, how on earth would they be able to figure out how to call 1-800-ABCDEFG?). It was Jay, though, who pointed out the unlikeliness that a blind person was going to be calling the phone number on that flashlight.
So, I kind of gave up on eating even halfway decently this past week. I have noticed (and I’m pretty sure it’s no coincidence) that whenever I consume more “junk” meals, I eat worse overall. For example, this was dinner last night:
And on top of that, I also polished off the crumbs in my bag of kettle chips, 2 brownies, along with a bowl of ice cream once the bambino went to bed. I’m kind of glad the chips are gone–It’s much easier for me to resist sweets than it is salty stuff. But tonight, I’ll actually fix dinner as planned. The bambino & I went grocery shopping first thing this morning. Jay’s got some guys coming over for role-playing games later today, and I desperately need to clean up the bathroom. Jay pointed out that geektards probably aren’t going to care, but I’ll care.
I spent a little more than $40 this time, but not too much:
The extra $10 was so that Jay could get some Mt. Dew. Part of my rationale for never buying him soda is that he doesn’t go shopping (usually) with us. We get our treats at Starbucks there in the store, and on the occasions where the bambino chooses not to go, he doesn’t get his chocolate milk (if I have him stay home b/c of weather or some other reason, I’ll usually still bring him a treat). Jay gave me $10 before I left & said that since he was paying for his own soda, would I please bring it home for him? So really, out of the actual grocery budget, I only spent an extra $6.98. And as usual, I didn’t get a whole lot:
I about croaked when I got to the dairy section, and saw how much milk has gone up–AGAIN. Thank God we don’t still have a toddler who’s transitioning from formula to whole milk–The Hy-Vee brand is $3.99/gallon, and if I wanted Land O’Lakes, it’s over $4/gallon. I think I’m seriously going to start paring back on how much milk we drink, or I’m going to bite the bullet and start buying something like almond or oat milk. The regular stuff is just getting to be too expensive anymore, and we’re on a severely limited budget anyway! I don’t know if it’s something here in Brookings, or it’s the state of South Dakota, or just the fact that everything is more expensive everywhere, and if you want to eat decently, be prepared to pay through the nose. It’s unsettling, it really is.
But anyway…I think once the geeks come over & start their role-playing, I’ll work on developing a menu for the rest of the week…Tonight will be baked pork chops, mashed potatoes, and corn (I have leftover corn in the fridge, and I’m not exactly in a position to waste it). Tomorrow night, I’m going to make some baked ravioli, and Monday night I think I’m going to give The Pioneer Woman’s Sour Cream Noodle Bake a shot. Then I’m pretty sure Lemon Brown Sugar Chicken will make an appearance too.