Hey, Picky peeps! It was another busy weekend for us. We actually left the house this weekend (shocking, I know!) and had plenty of adventures. See how we saved and spent our hard-earned cash this weekend.
Also, sorry about not being on top of replies and comments lately! I’ve been extremely busy at work and dealing with a few other things, so I haven’t been able to reply as quickly as usual.
As promised in this week’s What’s for Dinner? post, here’s my crazy interview story.
On Tuesday I had a Skype interview for a job I would love to have. I worked remotely that day and took oh-so-many precautions against distractions. I locked the doors and put Zap in his room with new toys, treats, and wet food.
The interview was going well until:
Zap was not appeased with my offerings. He was pissed that his Cat-Mom had the audacity to take a call without him present. He started yowling and TACKLING his bedroom door during my one hour call.
I was hoping and praying the interviewers couldn’t hear him. I thought I’d gotten away with it until they said with a grin, “Ah, well you would certainly fit in here. We have a lot of cat fanatics.” 🙂
Miraculously, I had a second interview on Friday with the company CEO. The lights in the room I was in, unbeknownst to me, were on a 20-minute motion-activated timer. The lights went off twice during my video interview and I couldn’t get them back on the second time. I recovered well, and then, of course, my phone died mid-call.
I was able to sprint to a charger, jump back on the call, and apologize profusely. I was so nervous that I sweated through my wool cardigan. Ugh. I fully anticipated a polite rejection email after the video interview, given all of the weird shiz that happened every time I talk to these people.
But! The CEO said I recovered well given these challenges, and she was impressed. I’m meeting with her in person this coming week to discuss more details about the position. But they said they’re close to extending an offer to me, which is welcome news.
It just goes to show that you can be a klutzy spaz and still recover. 😉 I’ll def keep y’all updated as things develop. This would be a good change of pace and I’d get back to doing what I love for a company that does REALLY neat things. 🙂
P.S. I ordered this dress on Amazon for the interviews and uh, I killed it fashion-wise. I think I’m going to order a few more of these dresses because they’re super comfortable, lightweight, and affordable. It’s tough for me to find flattering and modest dresses for work, so I thought I’d pass on the good news.
HEB kindly mailed us a coupon for a free hanging basket of flowers. I’m not one to turn down free anything, so I picked up our free flowers on Saturday. They only had marigolds, but they liven up our porch a bit, so I have no complaints.
Except that I wanted begonias, but WHATEVER.
Our Garden Haul
Saturday will forever be known as The Day of The Radish. Our radish crop was bursting out of the ground, ready for harvesting. We yanked them out of the ground, removed the greens, and cleaned up the radishes. As it turns out, radish greens are very pokey, so I had to use my gloves to remove the greens after one radish-splinter too many.
We’ve tried the radish greens but Mr. Picky Pincher and I HATE them. We don’t know anyone who likes them, either, so we composted the radish greens. We ended up with 1.5 pounds of French breakfast radishes when it was all said and done. Chez fancy!
Our plan is to eat some of the radishes raw and pickle the rest of them for later eating.
The strawberry plants give us about one berry a day, which I store in the fridge.
We also have tomatillos and bell peppers that will soon be ready for eating. 🙂
We took a few trips this weekend, so I didn’t spend as much time in the kitchen as usual. I managed to get a few things in order, though.
I’ve been burnt out on breakfast lately, so I made a few new breakfast options. I made a sheet of granola bars for easy breakfasts.
I used this recipe because I needed to use up a cup of quinoa I’ve had in my pantry for … forever? I substituted the dried cherries for raisins in mine, though. I LOVE dried cherries, but they run $13 a pound here, and I’m not made of money.
I have the bars cooling in the fridge now and I’ll dunk the bottoms in chocolate later tonight.
I made an easy version of chickpea curry with chickpeas, curry powder, salt, and cilantro. I cooked four cans of chickpeas instead of the usual two so I could freeze the extra. Indian spices don’t always agree with me, but this chickpea curry is a delicious ol’ reliable to have on hand.
Also, it takes literally five minutes to cook, so it’s perfect if you’re on a budget with zero time.
More failed macarons
I tried to make mint chocolate macarons, but they were a failure. I’ll master the art of macarons eventually, y’all. 😉
Breakfast skillets and breakfast burritos
I need more savory breakfast options, so I cooked a breakfast skillet and burritos.
The breakfast skillet was made from finely diced russet potatoes, green bell pepper, onion, breakfast sausage, and seasonings (salt, pepper, pinch of cayenne, paprika, garlic powder).
The breakfast burritos aren’t true “burritos” since I made mine out of regular tortillas. I don’t like giant burritos because they don’t reheat all the way through when I’m impatient and hungry in the morning. Smaller tortillas are easier for me to handle. I filled them with green bell pepper, onion, breakfast sausage, rice, and black beans. I also added taco seasoning for flavor.
I froze all of these in single-serving containers and will eat the hell out of them in the coming weeks. 🙂
We hung out with Picky Nikki at the zoo on Saturday morning. We purchased passes back in the fall and have been meaning to use them. We took Picky Toddler around the zoo, where he looked at animals and ate a bucket of popcorn with gusto.
I hadn’t been to our city’s zoo before, so it was extra cool to see it! We’ll definitely be back to get our money’s worth out of the zoo passes. It was so nice to get out of the house and chill with the fam.
Also, we spied a mama duck sitting on her eggs. So cute! It’s baby animal season and we saw plenty of ducklings, baby monkeys, and baby jaguars.
We made Sunday our date day. Mr. Picky Pincher and I have had a rough time at work lately, so it was good to plan a fun excursion that didn’t involve running errands.
We drove about an hour to a seed farm. They specialize in wildflowers, but they also carried vegetable and fruit seeds. We picked up packets for gourds, pumpkins, zucchini, and watermelon. Our nursery didn’t have these particular varieties, so it was worth the trip just for the seeds!
The views were also spectacular. Bluebonnets (the Texas state flower) and red poppies were in bloom and they were beautiful. I took pictures, but they really don’t do the experience justice.
We also chilled on small bridges over ponds with pink and white lotuses. It was windy and overcast but we still had a great time enjoying the scenery.
We planned to visit a winery after our seed farm visit. We drove to the closest one on Google Maps, which turned out to be a portable building in someone’s back yard. Mr. Picky Pincher and I looked at each other and said, “Mmno.”
The people did have a sense of humor, though. They had a sign that said “Our tasting room may suck, but our wines sure don’t!”
But I still judge books by their covers. If it looks like I’m gonna wake up without a kidney after going to a sketchy building, I ain’t going in.
We drove to the historic downtown area and walked around after trying to find a damn parking spot. We settled on a biergarten since it was obvious we weren’t going to get an authentic vineyard experience. Mr. Picky Pincher and I split a fancy cheese and sausage plate and relaxed in the nice weather. Ahhh. Afterwards we walked the streets and peered into old antique stores. One of the stores had a Shop Cat, so naturally I had to photograph her elegance:
In total we spent $45 on the seeds and downtown meal. Not too shabby for a day of entertainment that got us out of the house.
Zap had a grand ol’ time this week, as usual. When he wasn’t interrupting important interviews, he played in boxes, destroyed a bunch of bananas, and attacked my cardigans.
Zap’s developed a habit of biting our bananas. He doesn’t eat them; he just bites the stems.
Zap wanted Mr. Picky Pincher’s crackers VERY badly. He’s developed a habit of conniving and begging for food he doesn’t actually like. I gave him a bit of coconut after he screamed for it for 20 minutes. Once he got it, he sniffed it and walked away. No shame at all, this one.
We want to know: How did you save or spend money this weekend?