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Thanksgiving Expenses

November 28th, 2017 at 04:22 pm

Things are quiet around here... we just got back from a trip to my parents' for Thanksgiving.

Because my brother is vegan and would not attend if the food wasn't ALL vegan (so no turkey, no butter, no cheese), it was a pretty inexpensive Thanksgiving in terms of food. I told him that since his diet is very restrictive, he should probably do the cooking and he agreed. I just had to make a salad and salad dressing. He did tell me "No one eats salad dressing anymore" but I made it anyway. I like salad dressing. (In case you are wondering, what people do now is just drizzle a little bit of balsamic, but I have a really nice recipe with red wine vinegar. Everyone ate the salad, even with dressing on it). I am being sarcastic and snarky, but I don't care.

So, the expenses I did not need to pay for:
- Hotel room (we usually stay with my mom but she didn't want anyone staying there and got a couple of hotel rooms which were she paid for).
- Lunch on Wednesday (my mom had cleaned out her refrigerator for Thanksgiving and asked us to go out to eat when we arrived, but she wanted to reimburse us which was nice)
- Rental car, because my mom let us use her car which was really nice!
- Entertainment - Because we hung out with cousins, had the Friday family soccer game, walked on the Third Street Promenade with my brother and his girlfriend. It was fun!
- Shopping - the only thing we bought was a magazine for F (that is her usual treat when we visit my parents).

Expenses we did pay for (total about $325):
- Uber to and from the airport ($25 each way!) but my mom couldn't pick us up...
- Dinner out on Wednesday night (my mom did not want any un-needed cooking at her house); we had sushi!
- Sandwiches for me and F for lunch on Thursday before Thanksgiving; my mom went and got sandwiches for everyone but us because we have to eat Gluten Free and she didn't understand that she could ask for GF bread, so we walked down to the Whole Foods and had lunch together. Good mother-daughter time which we both loved because there were a lot of people around - like a mini-escape!)
- Petsitting - Wonderful woman and I left her extra because we've paid off the house and I hope she can use it for Christmas!
- Turkey Trot 5k for the three of us - F did really well! She came in 8th out of 133 for girls 14 and under.

I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving, too! Hope your food was better than ours, though. Snarky again.

5 Responses to “Thanksgiving Expenses”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Sounds like a very nice time. I personally still like dressing! Smile

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    Oy vey! Sounds like your brother is one of those vegans who give us a bad name! Wink Glad you survived.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Glad you had a nice time and I'm with you...I like salad dressing. Sorry the brother was so in to what others are doing. We have a friend like that...after church we come home and I fix brunch...scrambled eggs, grits, toast, sliced tomatoes, and fruit salad. She informed me no one likes grits. Well, first of all, she isn't eating at my house and second, I guess all those folks down south who swear by grits would disagree. LOL

  4. Buendia Says:

    You guys are all awesome, and for the record I am not from the south, but I LOVE grits!!!

  5. Buendia Says:

    Also, I love grits in their non-south form as well... Italian polenta, New Mexican posole... I am really hungry now. And Ceejay, I wish you were at Thanksgiving! My brother is annoying, but his girlfriend who is also vegan is really sweet and a wonderful cook! Her sauteed mushrooms and her green beans were so good!

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