Waiting to hear about my car - it went kablooey on Thursday. Smoke, rattling, bearings flying, the works. I've vented on FB and on Yelp about the "service" I received from the shop to which I limped. They repaired it enough for me to take it to my regular mechanic.
I'm concerned, because I've yet to hear from him on it!
Well, Ro's car needed repair work. That's twice each for both of our cars in the last few months! Between cars, HVAC repairs, and dying appliances, I've given up on trying to get ahead for now and am just trying to keep our heads above water. Whee! Little by little, we will get back on track, though.
For now, it's all about budgeting and menu-planning. No last minute supermarket runs (which always cost more!) and no take-out (haven't done that in a while, though). Besides, the thought of fast food turns my stomach now. I don't remember the last time I had a fast food burger, which is a good thing!
This week's menu is based around what I have in the freezer and pantry right now and what is on sale at the supermarket. I'm putting it here so I make sure I follow it. Normally, I'd print it out and put it on the fridge for us to follow, but the printer gave up the ghost, too. It'll scan but when I ask it to print, it just laughs at me ;)
Saturday: Amish pot roast (no idea why it's Amish, it has soy sauce and coffee in the recipe!) Sunday: Chicken, rice, vegetables Monday: Pasta primavera Tuesday: Meat loaf, mashed potatoes, vegetables Wednesday: Beans and rice Thursday: Leftover pot roast Friday: No clue yet! Clean out the fridge/freezer leftover time?
What's nice is that all of this makes enough so that I can also bring leftovers for lunch, which saves a lot!
Hopefully this will be the last of the OMG, the belt is TIGHT weeks. Crossing fingers, toes, eyes, etc...
Tonight - bbq beef sandwiches with mashed potatoes Saturday - leftover bbq beef and veggies Sunday - picnic in NJ for a friend's birthday/cast reunion Monday - cottage pie (like shepherd's pie, just with ground beef instead of lamb) Tuesday - crockpot chicken cacciatore with veggies Wednesday - rehearsal night - dinner in the car on the way Thursday - sausage and potatoes with vegetables
Not a lot of really healthy meals, but nothing truly "junky" either!
Maybe it is because I realize just how fortunate I am that while getting them fixed was expensive as hell my brakes going out did not injure me or anyone else, and I am so very lucky it did not happen while I was braking from 70 mph. Whatever it is, I'm reflective.
Last night after rehearsal was great. We had dinner and then went to hang out at Lititz Springs Park. Just a handful of people relaxing and talking, watching bats swoop in to grab insects hovering just over the surface of the water.
I need more times like that. Where it's just "being" and not having to be or do something. I don't build enough time like that into my schedule, but I have to.
My schedule is full and will get even more so as classes start up again. I work. I act (yay!). I go to school 3/4 time. I plan on working on my 2nd dan (aiming eventually to become a Master, but one step at a time!).
Everything I am doing, I want to do and have wanted to do for a long time. These are the things that make me happy (and pay the bills - that makes me happy, too!).
I want to be so much more than what I am right now, and I'm having a lot of fun along the way, but I need to remember that every now and then, those pauses in the craziness are the things that keep us going and keep us centered.
I have been slowly opening up and relaxing, far more than I ever did before. I've always been so very rigid in my interactions with people, but I'm learning how to let go of all of that, little by little. I still do a small bow many most times when I meet someone, but even that is something I'm learning how to stop (long story that involves my first job and years of other training!). Between that and the life I led from 18 - 38, I have always been hyper-conscious of my interactions with other people.
That needs to end!
It has, here and there. Of course, there were martinis involved, but it worked! Eventually, I hope to get to the point where I won't need a dirty martini or two to just be myself. Not sure "myself" is someone anyone wants to get to know, but it is who I am and, well, you'll need to get used to her eventually ;)
I really wish I could figure out why I keep dreaming of hidden rooms in homes in which I live.
Last night, I dreamed of a hidden area that I knew of, but had forgotten about until stumbling across it again. This time there was an unfinished kitchen, with blue walls, and gorgeous woodwork. It was missing the sink, oven, and refrigerator, but wasn't too far from being done.
Almost all of my hidden room dreams involve gorgeous rooms, at least. If I had a home anything like the ones I dream about, I'd have an amazing place!