Thursday, January 18, 2007

When pricelessness costs nothing

Not spending money is a game to me. Yesterday was a zero spending day, the kind that makes me proud. It's true that people usually spend the bulk of their discretionary income on cramming things into their mouth. I am no different. Consequently, if you can get on board with tap water, you can save a bundle.

It was so cold here yesterday that the birds were clustered on the chimneytops warming themselves. It was still below zero by afternoon (-18C) and when I went into the kitchen to make banana bread, I realized I was out of flour. I went upstairs to see if I could borrow some. (I had just seen Ethel come up to Lucy's to borrow some, otherwise I probably wouldn't have considered this.) Unfortunately, no flour upstairs either. Then I looked in my cabinets again, and poof! there was a sack of flour that I swear had not been there before.

One hour later, hot buttered banana bread for spouse and I to share. He had called in sick, partly due to my cajoling, and partly due to his sickyness. (a nasty winter cold.) We showed the apartment a couple more times (no takers yet) and finished off the day with American Idol, (the incessant mocking of the untalented is really starting to turn my stomach) beer and mushroom goat cheese pizzas.

A heavenly day at home, priceless.

19 comments:

Dan said...

Hello Baby !

I spend 91¢ by day, monday to thursday at the camp !
(91¢ depuis que le newpaper a augmenté!)

I'm at Mtl tomorrow !
I'll call you

dan

Jane said...

It does sound heavenly.

Glad you enjoyed the day!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like the perfect winter day. LOL I didnt think youd be able to talk him into staying home.

CoffeeDog said...

SEE, you get sorta sad at AI too! I'm not alone.

I can go for many days not spending any money. We don't buy a whole lot after grocery shopping is done.

Anonymous said...

I rarely drink soda as a rule, but pretty much never when I eat out at restaurants. It's so overpriced! Plus, water's better for the kidneys - as long as you don't overdo it like all of those pea-brains in Sacramento, California with that radio contest.

Lemuel said...

You are so cruel to tease those of us who had to work yesterday! ;)

Hot buttered banana bread! Sounds so good! [mutters: must stay on BRP! must stay on BRP!]

Anonymous said...

spent no money yesterday myself...

Mostly because I was at school from 7:30 am to 6 pm. No time to spend money!

Patricia said...

i spent enough yesterday to make up for you and several other commenters. every store i went to: no pillows, but look at that great purse! no pillows, but here's a nice sweater! on and on it went. these pillows ended up costing a hundred dollars afterall.

i am so making that banana bread.

Adam said...

You have the flour gnomes too?

GayProf said...

I saw some of the early seasons of the show, but just couldn't take the mean-spiritedness of American Idol.

I hope Spouse feels better.

David said...

Where has all the flour gone? Long time passing.

Em said...

Oooh, 91 cents per day! Beat that. Of course I'll bet the weekends even that out a bit.

I wish I was eating the banana bread right now. I love eating it but I never make it.

Freak Magnet said...

Will you come home with me and bake stuff? I would love you forever.

Sunshine said...

That sounds so idyllically nice. I'm jealous. :)

Ed said...

Speaking of American Idol, Rosie O'donnell on the view said that Paula Abdul was the worse of the three. She pretends to care until the contestant leaves then laughs at them behind their backs.
I like Pumpkin bread and Persimmon Bread. Could you make me some?

David said...

If I may borrow a line from some one else,last night's American Idol had "the same entertainment value you get from watching monkeys fling poop at one another in a zoo."

Spider said...

They are the BEST kind... especially warm buttered banana bread... YUM!

dirk.mancuso said...

You are determined to get me off my diet aren't you?

First, it was the homemade banana walnut ice cream last week and now the banana bread...

Jason said...

I'm all "Amercian Idol'ed" out. You have however, convinced me to make banana bread this weekend.