It seems, no matter how well we plan, December always seems to be expensive! I always try to keep the spending under control, but it always seems to creep back up there. Hectic schedules end up with little in the pantry and the "easy" option of drive through. Friends wanting to get together end up with yet another excuse to eat out.
This week is the perfect example! The calendar crept up on me and I remembered that I needed to bring something for a pot luck get together last night. I had hoped to leave work early to throw it together yesterday afternoon. My previous position had that sort of flexibility. Two days into a new position without the same flexibility, and I just couldn't do it. So I ended up running by the store and grabbing a $8 pie!
Tonight, I'm meeting a friend for dinner as our holiday get together. We've been trying for weeks and it just hasn't happened! Yikes. So, I'll be spending there too. And tomorrow night, we'd planned a month ago to have our departmental Christmas get together. That was before we were all reassigned, and before I felt like I'd been throwing money at restaurants for weeks. However, since I plan to return to this department, I can't blow it off. I really need to go for professional reasons, and I also need to go for personal reasons --- I really really really like those I work with and my boss too!
So, tis the season --- for restaurants to get all my money! Fa la la la la, la la la la!