Monday, February 2, 2009

Weekend update with Little Miss Moneybags

I had a pretty cheap weekend, starting with Thursday, when I found a fantastic kitchen table and four chairs on the street outside my apartment building. I snagged one of the chairs for my desk, then decided I'd regret it if I didn't get the entire set, even though I don't realy have room for them in my apartment, and I'd have to carry them up by myself since Peanut was at a meeting. I couldn't quite manage it, so I made friends with someone in my building who helped with the table. I now have chairs stashed around my apartment and a table blocking one of the fire escapes, but the set is really nice, in great condition, and I'll definitely use it when I move. I love finding free furniture!

Saturday began with a trip to the dentist (free for the cleaning, x-rays and exam) which wound up with the dentist telling me we're going to be spending a lot of time together over the next few months. An old filling has a problem with it, and I will need a root canal and a crown. Ouch! At least I know what I'm in for, although I had said that I wouldn't ever put myself through this again. In fairness, though--it's a problem with an old filling so technically it's not my fault this time. So now I know how I'll be using up those extra flex spending dollars!

After the dentist, I puttered around my apartment and then went to a free rape prevention seminar/self defense class with a friend. The New York Jiu Jitsu center offers these classes in hopes that you'll buy a regular class package, I guess, but I found the class helpful and confidence-building. I've been needing a lot of that lately--I don't like to talk about it on here, but my ex-boyfriend has been harassing and stalking me for about eight months. I don't think he's malicious or is planning to hurt me, and the police apparently agree because they were not helpful when I went to them about it. Last week, though, I saw him outside my apartment which freaked me out. My lawyer-father sent him a cease-and-desist demand, and if he violates it, I will be going to court for an order of protection and possibly suing him for civil damages. Anyway, given all that, I felt the self defense class would give me back some confidence in case he DOES turn out to be psycho. The fact that the class was free was a nice bonus.

After class, I went to Peanut's apartment and he took me out for sushi. His roommate came along which was great. The roommate likes to eat out a lot and we usually decline because of the cost, so it was a very nice change of pace for Peanut to suggest eating out and all three of us to go together.

Sunday I did laundry, went grocery shopping (but Peanut paid) and picked up some things for a Superbowl party. The party was a lot of fun--it's a yearly ritual with my old roommate--and I ate buffalo tofu and lots of other great stuff.

Now I'm trying to catch up on a lot of stuff, including a recap of January, figuring out how to rejigger my budget, updating my blogroll, and doing all the silly memes that are going around. Stay tuned!

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