It was back to reality today and I will admit, it was not my favorite Thursday. Not only did I have to return to work after five glorious days of freedom, but I also cooked lentil curry soup for dinner.
As it turns out, I don't like lentils.
And most especially, I don't like the two of them combined in a soup.
All I have to say is thank goodness for that bag of chicken nuggets hiding in the back of the freezer.
It was my first foray into Indian food after quite a hiatus. The last time I ate Indian food was sophomore year of college, when I went to an Indian restaurant with some friends and our waitress dropped an entire plate of tikka masala on me and my brand new cream colored sweater.
It was a bad night.
After my lentil curry disaster, I headed out for a walk around our apartment complex because HELLO, FORTY NINE DEGREES AND A 7:05 SUNSET.
This morning, Matt mentioned having a Thrifty Thursday meeting after dinner tonight.
Yes, that is a thing. Matt coined the term "Thrifty Thursdays" a few months back and he likes to rendezvous each Thursday evening to discuss savings and stocks and insurance and budgets and make sure that we're both on the same page.
And I like to discuss the chances of me being able to to go into early retirement. And by early, I mean sometime in the next 6-12 months.
Spoiler alert: it's not looking good.
Matt didn't mention our Thrifty Thursday meeting after work so I was secretly hoping he'd forgotten since I don't know how many times I can use the story that there was a sale I couldn't possibly pass up at Target/Macy's/Ikea/the nail salon before we have a needs vs. wants conversation.
However, when I returned from my walk, Matt said, "THANK GOODNESS YOU'RE BACK. I ALMOST FORGOT ABOUT OUR THRIFTY THURSDAY MEETING."
He called the meeting to order (actually he didn't, but how funny would that be?) and 1.5 hours later I took it upon myself as co-president to adjourn the meeting.
I was experiencing information overload.
But speaking of thrifty, I bought a shelf at the thrift store last weekend for $2.00. I got some paint at one of our many trips to Michael's this week, and for a novice painter I think the transformation was pretty impressive.
As far thriftiness goes, I think I have the arts and crafts department down.
Cuisine? Not so much.
There are some areas of the budget where you should splurge.
And dinner is one of them.