We have had company this past week, so this week has been different from many. For one thing, we spent last weekend out of town at the International Balloon Festival and Albuquerque, New Mexico. We went with my in-laws, and had a very nice time. We stayed in a small, family-owned motel that had good ratings and good prices. The staff was very nice and helpful.
|One of the statues at the Motel.|
We took along snacks in a range from healthy to junky, along with drinks, and ate out once a day instead of twice. While it would have been possible to make sandwiches and other foods and avoid restaurants altogether, that was not what was intended by my in-laws, who also footed the bill, so we enjoyed their generosity and didn't fret about it. We are still us, of course, so we still drank water instead of soda in some places, shared meals where it made sense, etc.
|You could also get green chile added to the grilled cheese bacon donut. We skipped it altogether.|
The main event, though, was the festival. We went to several sessions, but because of weather, and some events not getting the green light, we were able to re-use our admission tickets each time. That saved a lot of admission, and we still got to see some balloon glow, a really nice ascension, an incredibly long fireworks show and several balloons up close.
Back at home, a neighbor that trades pet-sitting with me took care of my rabbits and hens. A dear friend watched Taffy for us too - I think she deserves some sort of Puppy-Whisperer Medal of Honor!
While we were in Albuquerque, we went to Trader Joe's and picked up a few things to try. They just opened one near where we live, but the crowds there are going to be intense for a while, so we just got the things we were interested in while we were on our trip. I am on the fence about this store - it's 'neat', but the prices on many things seem high to me. Time will tell whether or not we become loyal customers.
I planned for one souvenir, and brought home this wee nativity. It is less than three inches tall, and I really like it!
Our trip was Friday to Sunday, but my in-laws were with us until the following Thursday. We spent time at home, and also made a day-trip to Denver during the week (we had lunch at Ikea). We ate most of our meals at home, and often, breakfast and one other meal per day, then an evening snack for those who wanted something. I made breakfasts to order (truth, I was using up things from the fridge, so I'd say, 'Who wants fried potatoes with their eggs? Who wants rice?') and we were able to utilize leftovers as the days went by. Husband picked up fried chicken one day and I made baked beans and slaw (and rice and kimchee) and an apple pie to go with. Another day I made crockpot barbecued pork shoulder, steamed broccoli (and we had enough rice already prepared to serve with that meal), plus a peach dump cake. The whole trip was pretty relaxed and easy-going. It was great to spend some time with them and just be together.
More people means more laundry, more showers, etc., but we did the things we always do. Laundry was hung to dry, towels were hung to dry after showers, etc.
We got a coupon in the Sunday paper for a free month of membership at Sam's. This will give me a chance to get in there and pick up a couple of things we like from there. A membership just doesn't seem to be cost-effective for us, so we are happy for this opportunity.
I have been preparing some things in my spare time for Daughter's upcoming birthday and birthday party. Her birthday is the coming Saturday, with the party on Sunday, and we are almost ready. I will put together a separate post to share the things we are doing (by then, will have done) to celebrate her turning nine years old!
I hope you had a great week. I'd love to hear about the ways you saved more, spent less and made do. I'm eager for your comments, so I can learn something new!