A Weekend of Wants (the needs were covered)

This is day 2 of an impromptu three day weekend, trying to squeeze as much time in with my man as possible without both of us becoming annoyed with each other before he goes to New York. It’s involved a little cleaning, a little reading, a lot of lounging, and a few beers. Tomorrow promises more of the same.

It’s also involved a fair bit of spending, mostly things related to entertaining myself after my man is gone. And after this weekend, the prices go up, so I figured this was a good time to sign up for the following:

  • Advanced Memoir and Personal Writing (an online class): $425
  • The Carlsbad Half-Marathon: $113
  • A Hillary Clinton fundraiser I’ll attend with work friends: $45

The class starts mid-September, the half is in January, and the fundraiser is next Tuesday, so I have a few short and long distance things to look forward to. I have more to say about Shoe’s suggestion that I have a “spontaneous opportunity fund” line in my budget, and how it relates to these very expensive, and preplanned opportunities, but I haven’t thought it all out yet, and maybe I never will. So there.

The rest of the weekend has been remarkably cheap. We went out for dinner last night, spent $40 on burgers and beers and a last hurrah after a trip to the beach and a long run through Balboa Park. I have not gone grocery shopping yet, but instead have eaten through some of the remaining vegetables from last week’s haul (though I have not made much of a dent in the potatoes), and that is the usual expensive weekend chore. I’ve decided I’ll skip the grocery trip until I run out of fruit for my smoothie, which actually probably won’t last much longer than Tuesday. Cleaning is, fortunately, always free. I finished A Thousand Splendid Suns (free) in preparation for the Adolescent Book Group on Wednesday (more free entertainment if you don’t count the cost of gas). I’ve picked up knitting again, so now that I’m out of books (except for the one in Spanish that I can’t read more than a few paragraphs of at time), I’ll probably spend the evening knitting and listening to podcasts.

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