The average food costs in the Miser Mom household continue to fall as predicted. My guy spent $76 on assorted frivolities (peanut butter, ice cream, and such). I spent $18 at Market, mostly for dairy products, but also for a bit of splurge on some post-election Pretzel Doughnuts from the Achenbach stand --- Amish donuts are a treat for the kids. This brings our weekly grocery costs down to $128/week.
The weekend was a weekend of juxtapositions. Such as, J-son deciding to brush the dog's teeth, and the dog (sort of) allowing this to happen.
Such as, K-daughter, N-son, and J-son performing the closing song at a long evening gala of music at my college. It was a gala that one of my students put on to raise money for children in Rwanda, a country we hope to visit 3 or 4 years from now. Most of the evening was GREAT. My kids were the last of many performers to take the stage, and they . . . well, they were cute. And not quite professional. But they got a standing ovation because of the cuteness, and they're still abuzz from that.
I rode the Sudden Painful Death Machine (my new bike) for 15 miles. Only 97 more miles, and I've got the bike portion of my impending triathalon covered! So it looks like I'm just about as good on my bike as the kids are at music, but I don't get the standing ovation afterwords. I'm not as cute, apparently.
Speaking of cute, it was veteran's day this past weekend. I got to hug a soldier. And my soldier got to hug a hippie peacenik. We're good for one another.