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Meal Plan, Free Entertainment this Weekend and our Plumbing Leak

February 9th, 2015 at 04:19 pm

Lots to report today:

1. Our meal plan:
- lettuce wraps with rice (had this last night and for lunch today)
- soup with garlic bread (chicken with rice soup)
- lemon crumbed fish (F's favorite!)
- tostadas (refried beans, corn tortillas, lettuce, sour cream, salsa)
- chicken piccata with rice and asparagus (on sale for 88c/lb)
- grilled cheese with tomato soup

2. Unexpected Expense: F has been experiencing a lot of anxiety since the end of winter break. According to my friend who is a child sports psychologist, separation anxiety is not uncommon in 10 year olds. We have books and have been trying to help her, but it's been over a month, and I think it's time to consult an expert. I saw a really great psychologist years ago when I was trying to break up with my long-term boyfriend, and she agreed to see F for a couple of sessions (everyone thinks that's all it takes to get anxious kids the tools they need to manage their worries; I hope so, because we can't afford more than a few sessions!)

3. Free Entertainment: F is going to a birthday party this weekend. They are going to see Cirque de Soleil (wow! what a party!) at one of the casinos about 45 minutes away. It's about 6 girls, and the mom (a good friend of mine) asked if I could help drive (her husband was going to go and drive half the kids, but he and the son are going to a chess tournament). So I am using the husband's ticket; it should be pretty fun and the girls are all wonderful kids.

4. Plumbing Leak: We finally got the bill from our plumbing leak around New Year's Eve. We used (are you ready? this makes me feel sick): 3x as much water as usual. The bill is $110 (compared to our usual $65) for water, sewer, trash. I am going over to the water company tomorrow to apply for the once a year bill amnesty. I don't know how much of a credit we'll get, but it's worth a try. I have to bring a copy of our repair invoice.

4 Responses to “Meal Plan, Free Entertainment this Weekend and our Plumbing Leak”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I would guess the utility would adjust for your average or high bill in the past, I can't imagine they vary too much. I hope your daughter gets the help she needs. My daughter is having some issues, but she's 14 and expecting our upcoming move. I heard magnesium oil applied to the skin can assist...something to at least read about to see if it would be right.

  2. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Cirque de Soleil should be a nice boost to her spirits, hope you both enjoy it Smile

  3. laura/the deacon's wife Says:


    Poor dear girl. My 10 year old went through a particularly rough patch this summer when as the youngest, he was afraid what would happen to him when he was the "last" one of us surviving. He didn't require professional help, but probably would have been headed that way if it persisted. We did start encouraging "wii yoga" and instituted some "worry free days" because it was summer, and changed things up. We are all headed to some sessions as we move forward with an adoption. Hope F feels better soon.

  4. Buendia Says:

    Thank you, everyone! We had a good school dropoff today... and after school no worries to report. I met with the psychologist today, and our thoughts did not gel. Hoping that some of the things we've been reading will help...

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