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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Pull the Curtains on Another Bad Day 

Still waiting for promised help to come through.

$ MONEY SPENT OUT OF POCKET
  • Instacart, Kings, organic 2 percent milk, spinach pierogis x2, almond milk, rye bread, pint light sour cream, 10 percent tip, $41.67.
  • Donation to feed people, Toni’s Kitchen, $20.
  • Chelsea Square store in Montclair, candle and lavender hand soap w 30 percent WE MISS YOU discount code, $32.09. This is just one small business I want to see stay afloat.
TOTAL SPEND FOR Sunday, Monday, Tuesday: $201.09.
Ongoing monthly spend as of May 27: $2,501.11.
Avg daily spend: $92.63.

Still definitely high, shopping for comfort, to support small businesses and to avoid going to grocery stores--and also, stocking up on ingredients to make healthy meals. Plus, 10 percent tip for Instacart contact-free delivery to front stoop.

Keep an eye on/compare to previous months:
April: Total monthly spend: $2,143.19.
Avg daily spend: $71.44.

March--the effect of coronavirus quarantine and not working in NYC for now
Total monthly spend as of March 31: $1,916.15.
Avg daily spend: $61.81.

February
Total monthly spend as of Feb. 29: $2,480.34.
Avg daily spend: $85.53.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Mothers & Daughters--What's in a Name?

Jacqueline and Caroline. Their names go together.
Image from:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Yd6_76x5xIs/Tsjx2x9IhTI/AAAAAAAAL_4/0gIDx5g4SiU/s1600/Jackie-and-Caroline-Kennedy.jpg
https://www.rolexmagazine.com/2011/11/caroline-kennedy-rolex-two-tone.html

I was mulling over names in bed last night, especially the ones we give our daughters. These tags are a lifelong gift--or, maybe, in some cases, a hated curse. But I do believe we live up to our names.

It took me a while to own my name, Alice--but now I embrace it.

I toyed with giving Figgy a flower name, like Rose or Iris, but Dan was all for naming her after my mother, since he knew how much I missed her. I loved that idea, too.

I hadn't thought about the pattern, but Figgy recently pointed it out to me. My grandmother, Alice, named her daughter Anne. Then my mother, Anne, named her daughter Alice. Then I named my daughter Anne. So Figgy pointed out that she would consider naming a girl Alice to follow the pattern. [WOW!]

Just because it feels good, and like a connection to honor in these uncertain times, here is a list of some of my friends, cousins, nieces, sisters-in-law and even famous people, like Caroline Kennedy or Dylan Lauren of Dylan's Candy Bar [daughter of Ralph Lauren] and their mothers' names. I have usually listed the eldest daughter. For example, my Aunt Gloria has three girls, and Maria is the firstborn.

I had Punchy and her birth mom on here, but she asked me to remove them when I ran it by her.

Please tell me some pairs I missed! Sorry I can't get 2nd column to line up here.

DAUGHTER                  MOTHER 
  1. MaryAnne [Sis]      Anne
  2. Anne                       Alice
  3. Muriel                     Harriet [Hattie]
  4. Maureen [Moey]     Muriel
  5. Laura                       Maureen [Moey]
  6. Susan [Fritch]          Helen
  7. Lorraine                   Gilda
  8. Lauren                      Lorraine
  9. Adrienne                  Rosemary
  10. Irene                        Maria
  11. Anne                        Hope
  12. Emily                       Anne
  13. Hope                        Mary Lea
  14. Meggy                      Joan
  15. Sugar [doggy]          Delilah
  16. Madonna/Candy      Pat
  17. Elisabeth                  Madonna/Candy
  18. Linda                        Edith
  19. Lori                          Linda
  20. Andrea                     Judi
  21. Maria                       Gloria
  22. Theresa                    Mary
  23. Veronica                   Peggy
  24. Kim                          Doris
  25. Yasmine                   Kim
  26. Amelia                     Ali
  27. Liz                           Mum [LOL, what is Mum's name, Liz?
  28. Lionna                     Liz
  29. Nan                          Marilyn
  30. Clara                        Mary
  31. Celia                        Debby
  32. Meg                         Sally
  33. Rosemary                Rose
  34. Caroline                   Jacqueline
  35. Rose                        Caroline
  36. Lynda Bird              Lady Bird
  37. Tricia                       Pat
  38. Susan                       Betty
  39. Chelsea                    Hillary
  40. Malia                       Michelle
  41. Jane                          Judge Ruth
  42. Ivanka                      Ivana
  43. Amelia                     Elizabeth
  44. Chloe                       Candice
  45. Liza                          Judy
  46. Sheila                       Roseann
  47. Amy                         Judy
  48. Amy                         Natalie
  49. Susan                        Alice
  50. Patricia                     Dawn
  51. Dawn                        Shirley
  52. Catherine                  Patricia
  53. Heather                     Catherine
  54. Nancy                       Rita
  55. Gwen                        Nancy
  56. Elly                           Ann
  57. Eileen                        Patricia
  58. Mary                         Agnes
  59. Eileen                        Mary
  60. Izzy                           Eileen
  61. Donna                       Anita
  62. Mariah                      Donna
  63. Aubrey                      Beth
  64. Leah                          Jerri
  65. Julie                           Ina
  66. Sophie                       Julie
  67. Barbara                      Evelyn
  68. Marlene                     Rose
  69. Maria                         Inez
  70. Claire                        Catherine
  71. Catherine                  Claire
  72. Elizabeth                   Rachael
  73. Devon                       Angela
  74. Lilith                         Jessi
  75. Vaurie                        Sianne
  76. Sianne                        Lynn (sp)
  77. Julia                           Doreen
  78. Brynn                        Courtney
  79. Taylor                        Christina
  80. Patricia                      Judi
  81. Anna                         Gail
  82. Lisa                           Judy
  83. Caroline                    Mary
  84. Caroline                    Cathy (sp)
  85. Alexandra                 Lydia
  86. Amalia                      Obie
  87. Georgia                     Jean
  88. Mary                         Mary
  89. Catherine                  Beth
  90. Heather                     Catherine
  91. Freya                        Natalie
  92. Susan                        Vera
  93. Maddy                      Patsy
  94. Lisa                          Cheryl
  95. Kathy                        Joan
  96. Kathleen                   Ronnie
  97. Ariana                       Julie
  98. Ruby                         Angel
  99. Judy                          Patricia
  100. Julie Anne (sp?)        Judy
  101. Luisa                         Kate
  102. Dylan                        Ricky
  103. Ella                           Paige
  104. Dylan                        Jenn (sp)
  105. Anne                         Mary
  106. Apple                        Gwyneth
  107. Luci                           Lucy
  108. Mary Jane                 Jo
  109. Marissa                     Mary Jane
  110. Claire                        Rosie
  111. Nora                          Eileen
  112. Edith                         Caroline
  113. Michelle (sp)            Marilyn
  114. Nicole                       Diana
  115. Olivia                        Beverly
  116. Maggie                      Carol
  117. Debbie                      Virginia
  118. Elizabeth                   Eleanor
  119. Julie                           Elaine
  120. Michelle                    Margaret
  121. Tammy                      Beverlie
  122. Brenda                       Carol
  123. Ella                            Marilynn
  124. Alice                         Sheila
  125. Elliot                         Sasha
  126. Sonia                         Anne



Monday, May 25, 2020

até amanhã

According to Google translate, that title means until tomorrow in Portuguese.
It was a busy 🇺🇸 Memorial Day but fruitful. We weeded, raked and bagged leaves, had 2 close friends and their teen over for distance bbq. We set a separate table far enough from ours.
Last night, Dan and I saw Moey and Ted on their deck at a distance. They have both recovered from Covid--Ted is a dedicated doctor.
Good night.
TCOY
  1. Seeing dear pals after long dry spell.
  2. Excellent coffee.
  3. Healthy choices included corn on cob, veg burger, cherries, ice water, berries.
  4. Important phone calls.
$ MONEY SPENT OUT OF POCKET, Sunday & Monday
  • Instacart, Kings, brioche burger rolls, sauerkraut, Van’s waffles, raspberries x4, blueberries, blackberries x2, frozen vegan spring rolls x2, pint cream, kosher pickles, ketchup, bacon, liverwurst, green beans and forget what else, with 10 percent tip, $107.33.
Will crunch May numbers tomorrow.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Found + Lost

Sometimes, I am present, my serenity a gift. I have found it. But sometimes, I lose it.  I am scattered, or angry, exhausted, disgusted, discouraged or afraid, and I make unhealthy choices at the kitchen table, sitting alone.

I am human. I have foibles. But I can change.

Good night.

TCOY
  1. Online morning support group [zoom].
  2. Excellent Kicking Horse coffee from Canada.
  3. Talked to Sis.
  4. Walked around block w Sug.
  5. Healthful foods: ricotta w blueberries; veggie burger; arugula salad; good, cold kosher pickle; mushrooms; fresh orange.
  6. Important talk on phone and important reading.
  7. Finally caught up with my friend Celia yesterday.
$ MONEY SPENT OUT OF POCKET Thursday/Friday/Saturday
  • Donation to WNYC/NPR pledge drive, $25.
  • By the time Thursday morning came, I thought of more things, such as a head of cauliflower and three lemons, to add to the Instacart order coming at noon--another $54.31.
  • Taco Bell, bribe to get Punch to do statistics math quiz today for school, also burritos for Dan, $29.
Total spend for 3 days: $108..31.
Ongoing monthly spend as of May 23: $2,300.02.
Avg daily spend: $100.

Still definitely high, shopping for comfort, to support small businesses and to avoid going to grocery stores--and also, stocking up on ingredients to make healthy meals.

Keep an eye on/compare to previous months:
April: Total monthly spend: $2,143.19.
Avg daily spend: $71.44.

March--the effect of coronavirus quarantine and not working in NYC for now
Total monthly spend as of March 31: $1,916.15.
Avg daily spend: $61.81.

February
Total monthly spend as of Feb. 29: $2,480.34.
Avg daily spend: $85.53.