Sorry this is posting later than usual, but the mister and I have spent an electronics free weekend in Chicago attending a Star Trek convention. Our 10th anniversary was in May, and this weekend was to celebrate. Yep, we are geeks!
- My friend Val has an almost 10 year old daughter with a winter birthday, and has been passing her daughter’s clothes on to me for years, which works perfectly for my two winter-born daughters. I passed back 6 bags of girl clothes to her this week that she will pass on to her nieces and she passed on a boatload of clothes that will fit my 5 year old, will eventually fit our 2 year old, and then will be passed back for her nieces. Sharing is caring!
- We ate out for most of our meals this weekend (as planned), but brought our own snacks and water for use in our room. I didn’t want to pay $4 for a bottle of water. We had to pay about $12 in tolls and I was able to empty out my overly-full change purse to cover that.
- We ate at a nice Italian restaurant called Carlucci Saturday night and we told the waiter it was our belated anniversary trip. He brought us a free dessert with a candle on it and took our picture for us.
- My mom and my sister babysat our kids for the entire weekend. They did it for free (though we insisted on giving a little money to my mother for expenses).
- My mother sent the kids home with ham, turkey, fruit, popcorn, chocolate almond milk, bread, cream, and leftover waffles. I doubt I will be buying much from the store tomorrow.
- We used Tim Horton’s gift cards to get coffee and tea when we hit the road.
- We didn’t buy any souvenirs or extras at the Con. We did one photo op with William Shatner, which we planned in advance.
- I worked 3 days last week.
- The hotel had a Starbucks,and I discovered they have London Fog Tea Lattes,made with sweetened milky Earl Grey. As a coffee hater, I haven’t been to a Starbucks in years, but I loved these. This could be dangerous!
- We didn’t find out until we got to the hotel that they charge for parking. That was an extra $15 after our group discount.
- We indulged in room service Saturday morning. That was the most expensive bowl of oatmeal I have ever had.
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