Monday, June 2, 2008

Weekend update

I had a fairly lazy and nice weekend, which I hope I'll appreciate since things are about to get busy.

Friday I did a little clothes shopping and meandering. New Boyfriend and I went to Smoothie King, since I had a buy one, get one free coupon. However, nothing looked good, so we decided to split a medium chocolate malt--which turned out to be nearly bucket-sized and cost $6! It wasn't even that good, so lesson reinforced--just because you have a coupon doesn't mean it's a good deal (no, I didn't use the coupon, but I wouldn't have gone to Smoothie King at all if I hadn't had it).

Friday night we cooked steak and potatoes (well, steak for him, spicy black bean burger for me) which were very yummy. I've been thinking about whether it's REALLY cheaper to cook at home or eat out in certain situations, especially in New York, and at least for this meal, it was definitely cheaper to eat at home.

Saturday we lazed around and played video games until I had to go to a dance job in New Jersey. The job itself went pretty well, although we went on much later than agreed. We got tipped but something weird happened--the father of the groom handed the two other dancers a $20 each, and handed me a $10. I don't think he did it on purpose (he seemed a little drunk) so I don't think it was a commentary on me or my performing, but it made me feel a little strange. I didn't mention it to either him or the other dancers. Is this a situation of being unwilling to stand up for myself? Or would it be bad manners to mention this, especially since this was a tip and not the fee I'm paid for performing?

I didn't mention anything to my fellow dancers because I didn't want them to feel obligated to combine all our tips and split them evenly. This is especially important to me because one of the girls drove, and so it would make sense to me that she should get a higher portion because of the price of gas (I am not sure, but I don't think she gets paid more for driving to the jobs, although she can write off more on her taxes). I'm not upset about it, but it was a weird thing and I wasn't quite sure what to do.

Yesterday after more computer games I went to a cookout at a friend's house and was fed delicious and copious amounts of food for the price of a pan of (from-scratch) brownies. Basically, my friend had a lot of food from Costco that she realized she couldn't use up herself, so she invited people over and we ate it all for her. Then we went to a pub quiz where we lost spectacularly.

It was a good weekend. I got to spend a lot of happy quality time with New Boyfriend, a few hours with some friends and good food, and plenty of time playing this computer game which is going to take over my life. I made some money, I spent some money, and mostly I was happy to be alive and in New York with friends and beautiful weather.

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