Three nights of not enough sleep meant I was rather tired when I woke up, this morning. I emailed my supervisor to let him know that I'll be in late, today, and that I'll use some of my accrued time off to make up for it; he emailed back saying that was fine. I walked past the farmers' market on my way to the bus stop and bought a crusty bread roll even though I had packed a lunch. I had the bread roll, sandwiched with some sliced chicken breast, for my dinner, tonight.
I had a productive day at the office. I took one of the packages of cookies I had bought, earlier, to the office for a treat for my co-workers. People enjoyed them, as there were only a few cookies left at the end of the day.
During my lunch break, I called the retirement services people to ask a question about something on one of the forms. I was told to discuss the question at the counseling session. When I mentioned the fact that the instructions say to fill out the forms before the counseling session, I was told they just want us to fill out as much as possible, but a counselor would go over the forms with us and we can fill in the rest, then. Well, that's a relief!
I took it easy after I came home, today. I should have put gas to the car, but I decided I will wait until morning; I didn't want to risk getting more dents in the car because I was tired! Instead, I came home, had a cup of tea, and ate a snack. Then, I replied to a text a cousin had sent, asking if she might borrow my big brass oil lamp (a traditional Sri Lankan ceremonial lamp) for her son's wedding; I said, yes, of course. In fact, she had borrowed it, earlier, too, for her daughter's wedding. These lamps are decorated with strands of jasmine flowers and lit at weddings and other ceremonial functions.
I exchanged emails with a friend and video chatted with daughter.
And I looked through this week's grocery ads. Nothing much that I need, other than bread and milk and maybe more fresh produce. Zucchini is on sale for $.39/lb., cabbage for $.20/lb. (but I still have the cabbage I bought a few weeks ago!). But, here is why it is important to compare prices and decide where to shop - this week, unhusked corn is selling for 4/$1 at one store and 5/$2 at another store (and packaged corn, which has been cleaned and trimmed and packaged in a plastic wrapped tray, is selling for $2.99 for 4 at that same store). Peaches are $.69/lb. at the Armenian store, $.89/lb. at the warehouse type store, and $1.49/lb. at the chain grocery store. Papaya is $.49/lb. at the Armenian store and $.79/lb. at the grocery store. Usually, I decide based on the price; but, sometimes, time and energy come into play, too. If the price difference is $.10/lb., I might shop at just one store and pay the slightly higher price than drive to the cheaper store. So, I will buy bananas at $.59 at one store, even when I know they are $.49 at the other store, if I don't need anything else from that other store.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Being able to go in to work late on those mornings when I can't wake up on time
- Having enough accrued time off to use to account for my time on those days when I go in late
- Crusty bread rolls!
- I was able to take cookies to the office to share
- A quiet, restful evening
How was your day? Do you do price comparisons and "cherry pick" or do you just go to one store as that works best for you?