Saturday, October 2, 2010

Happy weekend!

Lately, we've been making a sincere effort to be extra-frugal in our everyday lives, which means cutting down on more frivolous expenses. Such as $4 cups of coffee.

But I knew today was going to be an extremely nutty day at work, so, in that moment, an iced venti caramel macchiato seemed like more of a necessity than a luxury.

Not to be irresponsible, I scoured the house for quarters and dimes and gathered exactly enough change for my caffeinated beverage of choice. In an effort to avoid scattering said change about my purse, I inexplicably wrapped the bundle in Press-&-Seal.

Fast-forward to me waiting in line at Starbucks with a wad of bundled up plastic wrap in my hands. Struggling to find an edge, some measure of give, anything to free my precious change, I darted my eyes around to see who was staring at this clearly cheap, possibly homeless, definitely insane customer. Eventually, I just gave in and tore the plastic open, unsticking coins from the Press-&-Seal's ferocious grip one-by-one, even as I placed my order. Luckily, the barrista was cheerful and not at all offended by my apologetic use of spare change. And the coffee was delightful.

Oh the things we do in the name of frugality!

On that note, I leave you with this to usher in your weekend. You have my express permission to laugh at me. I will not be offended.


  1. YOU ARE AWESOME! I miss you.

  2. Having never lived alone, you have probably never swallowed something that "went down the wrong pipe" which then turns into a near death experience because you have no Heimlich maneuver capable companion in your presence. As a single person living alone, this leads you to question all of your life choices while imagining your body laying there until your neighbors dog reacts to the smell.
    Moments ago, I was snacking on baby carrots while reading your seemingly innocuous blog post and I literally choked when I reached the part about the Press-&-Seal. Needless to say, it was a harrowing experience. Olive tried to help, but jumping, wiggling and licking are unfortunately not very useful life saving skills.
    Perhaps it was a miracle, but I did eventually regain composure and find the strength to write this cautionary comment.

    "I darted my eyes around to see who was staring at this clearly cheap, possibly homeless, definitely insane customer." ---classic