Dog Eating Couches & Other Shenanigans


Lots of yummy eats this past week, mostly in, but a couple out. I had several vegan meals actually made FOR me (and not at a restaurant). This is a new twist in my life, and one that I definitely love. My guy loves to cook and he’s made some incredible meals this past week!

Here are the highlights…

Gardein Chick’n Stir Fry

Sushi place by me with 11 veg options!
Potato & Veg tacos w lime/pepper watermelon
By far our fav cidery
New local cidery too! A fan so far

When they cater a meeting and the vegan option is a sad salad…everyone else had hearty meals
My new popcorn maker and I’m in love! Microwave, no oil needed, with an option to add fun stuff to melt and drip thru the lid. I used Earth Balance

My contribution to one of our meals this weekend
My guy made vegan Chick’n Marsala and it was amazing! Whole crew ate vegan that night 🙂

He bought a new blender, and I brought my fav brand of protein powder so I could have my typical bfast. Perfect for a day of studying

Second vegan meal he made me this weekend! Grilled BBQ tofu, broccoli, and mashers (which his son declared changed his life! They were that good…)
My contribution to Labor Day – Mac no cheese
Gardein burger, loaded kale salad, corn, Mac no cheese!
Took the leftover Marsala home and had w broccoli today

So I definitely did not starve this past week. I think it’s fun that my guys son said the new way his dad made mashers “changed his life” they were that good :). And they were.


A couple of runs is about it. And yard work. Been looking at a few weekend hikes I want to do when fall really kicks in. May actually have to try the whole “camping” thing!


All told, a good week. Typical work and school stuff, though the school stuff was pretty heavy this past week.

Did get a day trip to Richmond and Williamsburg, which was nice.

There was a funeral to attend on Saturday, but otherwise the weekend was good too. I spent it at my guys house where we hung out, played games, watched TV, and I did ten tons of school stuff while they cleaned and did normal household stuff. As a very sweet surprise, while I was writing a paper, they washed my car!

You can’t tell, but 3 of us our playing. 2 of us got out butts kicked

At Sly Clyde Cidery. Hadn’t played since a kid with my sister. So fun

I’m ONE roll from going out and he gets doubles. Ugh.

I never played before. Took forever to learn, but was fun once we did

I came home Sunday morning to get things done at my house that I needed to, but went back for dinner, which was really nice. By special request, I brought Kuma with me. All was awesome, she got on fine with his dogs, and liked to explore. Though she decided to explore behind the sofa – and got stuck. He had to take the couch apart to get her out. I will say I was a bit mortified. As soon as she was out, she tried darting right back. Ugh. So when his son asked me to bring Kuma by, and I asked if his dogs would eat mine…the eventual reply was “no, but the couch will”. Valid.


Okay, on to the new section! I guess this may be considered a personal finance blog addition. And here’s why I’m adding it. When I first started RunCrissieRun, it was because I had declared to my now ex that I was going to run a marathon in 2010 (it was NYE 2009). So when I woke up the next morning and had the “oh hell, now I need to do this” minor freak out, I decided to blog about it, mainly to keep myself accountable to the training. And it worked great! So, that’s really the main motivation for sharing this part with all of you.

A co-worker of mine posted on FB about this book called The Year of Less, and how she wanted to see if anyone was interested in doing a challenge group. So, I picked up the Kindle version right before my vacation, and read it, decided it sounded like a great idea, and agreed to the challenge – which kicked off Sept 1.

It’s a super easy read about the author who went on a year-long shopping ban, but ended up being more about mindful consumerism, minimalism, addiction, etc. Good read that I recommend. And being a single mom, being more contentious with spending is not a bad thing (it’s never a bad thing, really). And I admit that I do like to shop – and it’s largely unnecessary stuff.

So, I built a spreadsheet (gotta put that MBA to work!) so I could take some baselines of my spending so I had something to track against, create a budget, define my rules (more on that in a sec), and keep track of what I’m purging. Part of this, which admittedly goes beyond just “not shopping” is taking stock of what you DO have, what you actually use and need, and decluttering your life. Many who know me know that I tend to throw anything away I haven’t used in 6 mo or more because I actually hate clutter (that wasn’t always the case, believe me). But that doesn’t mean I don’t have way too much crap. The purging will be done over the course of weeks – my life is just too busy to set aside the days it’ll take to get done.

So first – my rules. Simple enough -what I can and can’t spend money on…

Each month I’ll track all the new additions to savings as a result of NOT shopping so much! I really don’t have much consumer debt (low balances on a couple cards), and only big debt is house, car, and student loans. Would be really nice to build up that personal savings and work on paying down the big stuff. I’ll report as a percentage though (to income) and not an actual $$ amt.

And to my first purge! Friday night, I turned on Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and went through my dressers (yes, I have two – got one in the divorce!). It took the entire movie to finish, and in the end, I purged 51% of the contents of my drawers! Planning to tackle my closet and bathroom next.

my purging “helper”

Fun spending facts:

Sept 1 – $0

Sept 2 – $0

Sept 3 – $34.13 at Lidl for a WEEK’S worth of groceries for 3 of us

Sept 4 – $0

So – there ya go! Interested to see how I fare on my trip to DC that starts tomorrow….wish me luck!

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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