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The Good, the Bad and the $740 we spent at Costco

December 27th, 2009 · No Comments · About Money, Preparing for the trip, The beginning, The Crew

First things first, a belated Merry Christmas to all!!  We had a great Christmas with my mom down in Bako but were a bit sad that we missed the WHITE CHRISTMAS in New Jersey.  We’ve spent the last two Christmases with Matt’s family in NJ and, each time, I’ve begged and pleaded with the Big Guy Upstairs to please send snow.  Apparently my prayer was answered a little late and it just so happens that we missed it.  Next time, God, I know you’ll get it right… Poor Matt – it was his first Christmas away from home EVER and it snowed.  Nice of the holiday to rub it in.

It didn’t snow in Bako, but we managed to enjoy ourselves anyway.  Matt was incredibly lazy, reading books, watching movies and napping, while I sat in the corner and stuffed myself to sugar overload with my mom’s amazing “peanut blossoms” i.e. sugar coated peanut butter cookies with hershey kisses tucked into them.  I left her house last night thinking for sure that I would never eat one more granule of sugar for the rest of my life, only to find a little baggie of those cookies stashed away in my bag and well… I may have had one (or five) with lunch today.  OY.

I’m telling myself it’s ok because we just spent SEVEN HUNDRED AND FORTY DOLLARS at Costco on healthy stuff like peas and peaches and whole wheat pasta.  We are a short month or so away from a self-imposed ban on all things sweet and expensive like oreos and diet coke, so I plan to make up for it in the coming weeks and then lose all the accumulated weight either due to sea sickness or because I simply cannot stomach one more peanut butter and jelly sandwich (this is the one I would prefer).  Needless to say, Matt and I are crossing our fingers that we don’t have to go grocery shopping for the next six months!

On a less exciting note, we got a bittersweet Christmas present this week.  I won’t go into details but Jonny, one of the boat owners who has been living on the boat, moved off the boat and has decided to back out of the sailing trip.  While this is not the way any of us would have wanted things to go, a lot of issues had come up and his departure became the only way for any of us to have any happiness.  Matt and I honestly believe that Jonny will be happier off the boat and pursuing other goals and Matt and I know that we will be happier on the trip without having to deal with all those issues that surrounded Jonny.  We half-jokingly talk about the situation in terms of a divorce or a really really really bad break-up; it’s quite sad and difficult to say goodbye to such a long history of memories, but sometimes in order to move forward, you have to let go.

I am going crazy over here, wanting to end this post on a happy note, and I really really want to post the silly video we have of what a disaster our apartment has been recently, but I don’t know how to get the video off the camera or upload the video to youtube.  So, I’m going to have to *ahem* coerce my sexy husband to show me how to do these things so you all don’t succumb to the boredom that comes with just reading lots of words…………..


Happy Holidays 🙂

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