Friday, January 20, 2017

Thursday: January Grocery Shopping Week 3

It rained last night and it rained in the morning, too.  But it cleared, later on, and it was a nice day.  I woke up feeling tired.  I called my supervisor and we agreed that I shall work from home today and tomorrow.  I felt bad about having to do that, but going to the office is more tiring than I thought it would be!  In fact, I needed a nap, this afternoon!

Later in the evening, I called the pharmacy to see if my lowered dosage medication was ready for pick up, only to be told they had put it on hold because they didn't have my new insurance information!  But when I went to pick up my earlier medication refill, I informed the person helping me that I had a new insurance card and gave it to him; he checked the computer and said they had the information, already!  I guess he thought the old information was the current one?  Anyway, they asked me to bring in the new insurance card, so I did that. 

However, apparently they don't have separate pills for the 250 mg; what they wanted to do was give me the same 500 mg pills and I am to cut them in half!  Well, I already have an almost full container of the 500 mg pills, so I said I'll use them, instead.  I looked for a pill cutter, but they didn't have any more on the shelves.  I will need to look for one at a different pharmacy.  Although I seem to recall someone giving me a pill cutter, sometime ago - wonder if I still have it and if so, where I kept it!

I also asked if they could refill another medication since I was coming to the end of my supply of that.  They said it would be a one hour wait.

So I decided to go to the bank (located in the same shopping mall) to withdraw some spending money, and to the grocery store (also located in the same shopping mall), during that hour long wait.  I really didn't need anything much, other than some canned cat food, but I bought some fresh fruit, milk, a bread roll, and a box of macaroni and cheese (had been wanting some, the other day).

January 19 Groceries

1 pint milk = $1.19
1 box macaroni and cheese = $1.00
Red grapes @ $.99/lb = $1.57
1 mango = $.99
1 bread roll = $.50
Total = $5.25

The six cans of cat food I bought came to $5.34.  I told Dancer he's spoilt because I spent 9 cents more on his food than I did on mine, but he wasn't impressed. 

January 19 Receipt

January grocery budget = $75
Spent to date = $5.12 + $4.39 + $5.25 = $14.76
Balance remaining = $60.24

I know I am not buying a lot, but I promise I am eating!  Breakfast, today, was some of the boiled manioc (cassava) with a spicy onion sambol.  Lunch was the last pita bread with some of the meat curry my friend had given me, and a cucumber salad.  Dinner was the bread roll I bought today, with the last of the meat curry.  Grapes for dessert.  A bowl of cereal with some of the milk for a snack.

After I went to the bank and did the grocery shopping, I went back to the pharmacy and picked up my medication.  This time, the refill cost $2.63.  A very odd amount!

Today, I am grateful for:

- Being able to work from home today (and tomorrow, too).
- An understanding supervisor
- An afternoon nap
- The rain we had last night and this morning
- Being able to run my errands without incident

Today, I spent:
Groceries: $5.25
Cat food: $5.34
Medications: $2.63

How was your Thursday?  What are your plans for Friday?


  1. It sounds like you eat a very good diet. Do you have any weaknesses like cookies or chips?

    1. I used to LOVE chips, cookies, chocolate, etc. But, since chemo, my taste buds have changed and they no longer taste as good to me. I still crave the remembered tastes of them, but I feel disappointed when I try them, so now, I don't even bother! I don't mind it too much because I know they are not good for me. :)

    2. I had a friend the same thing happened to. She LOVED chocolate and ate it all of the time. But after treatment, it not longer appealed to her. Again, not necessarily a bad thing.

    3. No, it's not a bad thing, at all. Good for my blood sugar levels and waist line! :D Hope your friend is doing well.

  2. Running errands with no incident is enough of a win for the day! Everything else is gravy!

    1. It's a blessing! I am a bit paranoid, these days, about fainting and falling, although doing so in a public place where someone is likely to see and come to my aid is probably safer than doing so in the privacy of my home! :D

  3. So proud your getting to work from home..Yes, that is a blessing that your supervisor is so understanding and caring.
    Read the replies, and saw that you still don't have you original taste back yet.. Sorry...but as you said, the not eating sweets/ much healthier ..[I am trying to lay low on the junk food...but eeeh... I REALLy want]
    Have a great weekend.

    1. Thank you, Judy. Yes, the taste buds are better, but not quite what they used to be. Ha, ha, like in that song: "the old gray mare she ain't what she used to be"! :D Sometimes, I think, "Ooh, I'd like a doughnut" and then, I recall that the last time I had a doughnut I couldn't even manage one bite. So I have a piece of fruit, instead. Fruit tastes good. :)


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