When I just have to let it all out, I can always do it here. Those who still read probably aren't getting a very balanced diet of me, but oh well!
Today I feel like I have to put on tough skin....
it is really stupid petty stuff really. I am lucky to have what I have. I appreciate more my husband. We have our health. We have our kids. We own our house (paid in full this year!)
Hani's first birthday party is coming up and when I sent out a group message to my in laws about their availability about the weekend in question, I get responses back asking if it can be a "group" bday party. Um, no! Have your own party don't mooch off mine. I think it would be a fine idea if it wasn't her FIRST birthday party. But I felt like I couldn't say no, so I said yes. :-/ They can't afford their own party, that is exactly why they are latching on to mine. I felt if I said no then there would be bad vibes or they just wouldn't come.
The whole family has fallen on really hard financial times.. and we have loaned out a lot of money already.
My neighbors. My neighbors are great for the most part. Yesterday though I felt like my next door neighbor took advantage a little bit.. sometimes her son stays and plays with mine while she goes to a karate class with her older daughter. Yesterday he was in my house and she asked if she could leave him, but I told her no, because it was my husband's bday and I was going to decorate with my son. I also was feeling sick, and told her so early in the day, I guess she forgot. But her son was upstairs and wasn't responding to her calls and she was running late, and so I said fine, he can stay. She probably just wasn't expecting me to say no. She is nice, so I doubt that she will do it again.
There is a sign up for a neighborhood meeting on Sunday. That makes my heart beat fast. I've never been to one but I've heard they can be pretty ugly.
Here is my grocery haul from shopping yesterday. Followed by some ideas for dinner this week.
1 Kilo Lentils for $2
.25 kilo Oatmeal for $.50
3 Green & red bell peppers $1.20 (.40 cents each)
1 Kilo Roma tomatoes $.80
1 Kilo Carrots $.50
1 bunch Spinach $.50
1 Kilo Brocolli $1
1 Kilo Banana $1
2 Kilo Watermelon $1.20
.5 Kilo Plantain $.50
1 Kilo Strawberries $1
1 med Cantalope $1.50
plus $10 for meat & cheese
For dinner this week:
Lentil Soup with sweet plantains, bell pepper & spinach
Tortas de Brocolli (croquettes of brocolli with panela cheese in the middle)
Meatballs with zucchini hidden inside
Alhambre de pollo (pretty close to chicken fajitas for the most part)
*I like to buy the meat & cheese fresh, so I didn't pick up any shopping yesterday but
1 Kilo of ground sirloin beef is $7.
1 Kilo of chicken breast is $4.5
1 Kilo of panela cheese is $7
1 Kilo of eggs is $2 (needed in the croquettes)
I only need a half kilo though to make the meals.
This isn't to say we live on $20 a week for food, though that would be nice. There is still breakfast and lunch: cereal, milk, bread, pasta etc.