Can I do a confession/rant, dear MMM friends? This is: "What I did today to waste money."
So today I pack up the towels, the blanket, the buckets, the sunscreen and - this bit is important - the fresh pineapple, cheese and bacon quesadillas, and water - for a fun trip to the beach with the kids. My friend brings her son, and meets us there. Almost immediately she invites my kids and me out to lunch. "Come on! Come on - my treat!" she says to my kids - and the kids are like, "Yay!"
I manage to defer this lunch offer for like 3 hours with pointed offers of pineapple and quesadillas if people are hungry (I have plenty to share) but my kids both eagerly accept her continued offers to go out for lunch. I feel, I don't know - kinda stuck. Like to say no to this I have to be the biggest asshole. So - lunch. My son has something off the kids menu, daughter has a burger, I opt for an ice tea and no food. My friend is not actually in the financial position to take us all out, and I know this even if she ignores it. Plus, I don't wanna be a mooch, so I pay for our portion. Total with tip? $38.47.
Guys, look - I know at the end of the day this is on me. I could have held firm and dealt with the awkwardness. I'm not trying to put the "blame" on anyone else...but I'm frustrated. The value from spending nearly $40 was nothing. It wasn't even a relaxing and pleasant break from cooking - it was just pure waste from my perspective.
I guess I'm pissed at myself that I didn't hold firm, wasted money, felt mildly manipulated and didn't do a better job of handling it. So, that's it. Thanks for letting me vent. I'll take my Hail Marys and be on my way. :)