Thursday, 1. May 2008
My addictions to Target, Sushi, Friday night glasses of wine (glasses that cost more than the bottles I buy at the store, btw)and weekly trips to Ralphs for groceries are about to be phased out.
It’s hard to say which part will be the hardest, but if I had to guess it’d be my trips to Fusion Sushi when Laef is out of town. I usually settle in with my magazine, order a bunch of different things and cap it off with a large hot sake. It brings me so much joy! However, it’s usually at least $40 (even when I’m by myself.) So, three or four trips to Sushi during the month is almost $200. Granted, I’m not having as much fun as some other sushi patrons…
Now. On to my Friday night pleasures. The weeks are long and stressful. I get harped on for various reasons ranging from why copies aren’t dark enough to why I didn’t read all 100 emails to my boss over the phone.
Anyway, it’s nothing that drives me to drink in the way that my last job did, but the thought of Friday night rolling around and not having to deal with traffic or the hum of the fluorescent lights in my office for two days makes me SO GIDDY!
Again, Laef has been on travel most weekends over the past few months, so I usually pick a place that looks nice to have a Friday night glass of wine. One night I went to Coco Noche because their specialties are wine and chocolate.
No matter, I think my tab was still around $40. (I really hope Laef is not reading this). I liked it and it was good, but I’m not kidding when I say the items on the tapas menu must have weighed in at .000245 oz each. They were tiny.
A couple of Friday’s ago, I went to Salt Creek Grill because I love their grilled artichoke. I was enjoying a glass of wine and an artichoke by myself when a 65 year old man came over to my table and sat down.
Drunk man: “Can I join you for conversation?”
Me: (In my head — What the fuck am I supposed to say to that?) Out Loud – “Uh. Sure.”
So, as you might imagine, it is very awkward. He says his name is Robert. He has had four rum and cokes. He is married. But his wife does not like to come out with him (I wonder why). He usually just goes home and plays games on the computer.
This is when I panic. Am I looking at a 65 year old WoW player? Is this what my future holds? So, I bravely ask him about his computer game and he says he plays Civ. For those of you that don’t know, that’s Civilization. Another computer game that will eat up your entire life before you know it. He says that WoW is “too fast” and that he can’t keep up so much.
OK, the point is, here’s me, on a Friday night having a WoW/Civ conversation with a drunk old man. It kept me in and out of trouble the rest of the weekend. I was not feeling venturing out for glasses of wine or yummy appetizers by myself.
And, even though I didn’t finish my artichoke or wine because I had to escape, that was another $30 or something.
So on top of my random restaurant runs, I tend to make trips to Ralphs at least three times a week. The intent is to pick up a few items for lunches — fruit, yogurt, lunch meet. Except that I can’t ever get out of there without getting an US Weekly or a bottle of wine or some kind of delicious cheese or other random goodies that we really don’t need.
I have been pretty good about avoiding Target as I know better.
Laef — who could honestly go an entire month spending no more than $2 on anything — has actually not gone of the deep end with my spending just yet. But, he did take the liberty of adding up all said such pleasure and pointing out exactly how much I can spend in one month with nothing to show for it.
We have decided to meet in the middle and May will be the first month where I have an allowance. And, I’m committed to this plan because I would prefer to own a house and do other grown up things by the time I’m 40.
So, I will keep you all posted on my progress. I will only be listing things that I bought that I could have survived without. Things like gas and groceries (minus smut magazines) don’t count.
1. I bought a candy bar for 65 cents. Technically, I am not sure I could have survived without it, but that’s up for debate.