Last weekend we had some really nice weather, as opposed to this rainy, chilly weekend. Sunday we had Ann, John, Tom, Linnea and her parents, Lorrie and Pekka, over for dinner. It was great being able to grill- a marinated pork tenderloin was on the menu- and have drinks on the deck. Lorrie and Pekka have had us over to their home for many wonderful dinners over the past few years so it was nice to be able to have them over to our house for a meal. The only other time we used the dining room table for a large group we had a hodgepodge of place mats and paper napkins, so I figured it was time to get a new set of 8 place mats and cloth napkins.
This week I went to the gym 3 times. This is huge considering I haven't been to the gym in about a month. Rob and I joined Planet Fitness back in early December and I was going somewhat regularly for a while, until I got sick with a bad cold and cough last month and I avoided the gym ever since. I hate going to the gym, and the Chick-fil-a that I can see from the elliptical that taunts me, and having to shower twice in one day if I decide to go to the gym after work, and having to leave Roxanne at home stuck inside while I go do the treadmill when I would rather be taking her for a walk instead but knowing walks with her are never very productive with all the stopping and smelling she does. But from past experience I know that I will like the gym more the more I go, so I'm really going to try harder to make that happen.
Last week and this week the goal is to eat out of the pantry/freezer and go to the grocery store as little as possible. We are now on a monthly budget, trying to save more money each month, and with it being the end of the month I'm really trying to stay within the March budget. So far I've been doing a pretty good job of using random things up from the pantry to make dinners and lunches. This has included a 1/2 box of orzo, some slivered almonds, 1/2 bag of craisins, chicken broth, box of hamburger helper, pasta and sauce, a couple bags of Lipton side dishes, sun dried tomatoes, jar of olives, rice pilaf, bag of mushroom chowder soup mix and some pecans. Not sure if the meals this week will be as good as last week, but at least I'm cleaning things out of the pantry that otherwise might not get eaten.