|A happy snowman with brocolini hair. 11/3|
The short assessment is: We didn't buy any food and still ate really, really, really well. But we totally bought some other stuff.
|Johnny helping out with a knitting project. 11/4|
|Seasoned baked potato coins. 11/1|
That was highly irregular for me. As child, playing Hide-and-Go-Seek, I would always develop the strongest urge to go to the bathroom as soon as I got into hiding. It was like my bladder knew that I couldn't go, that I couldn't move or I'd give myself away. So that was when the urge struck with a vengeance. No Shop November felt like that. I knew I wasn't going to spend money so my brain kept sabotaging me with urges to do so. Only little things, of course, but still....little things add up. That is at least partially the point of this endeavor. So, yeah...that was weird and has never happened in past years.
|Getting musical saw lessons from Jess. 11/11|
Soda was a No-Shop oversight, actually. I've gone back and forth in my relationship to soda for decades. I am, in the end, a soda junkie--though I try to moderate my indulgence. These days I am in a place where I usually buy one can a week from the machine in the library. I don't keep it around the house because it is a temptation for me, but I don't beat myself up about this weekly treat anymore either. Balance and moderation in all things, I figure. I didn't think about this when planning for NSN though. It never occurred to me to buy a few and dole them out over the month. My mom is a kind, generous person though and fixed me up with soda for the remainder of the month. I was telling her about this oversight at a sewing retreat the first weekend of November and so, as the retreat concluded, she sent me home with a partial box she'd purchased for the weekend. I even still have one! And it is December! Having soda around wasn't necessary, of course, but it was sure nice.
|Creamy coconut vegetable soup. 11/7|
|Sunbeam nappytime for Ginger. 11/13|
|Hot Buttered Rum at the Filling Station in Bozeman. 11/11|
|Better Burgers with sauted mushrooms and onions on a Dutch Crunch roll, Matt's newest favorite bread baking endeavor. 11/1|
|Making lefse for Thanksgiving with Matt's mom. 11/19|
|The headless snowman. 11/13|
|My Thanksgiving plate...the first go round anyways. 11/23|
|Tart gooseberry pie. 11/23|