Most of today -- a good 7 hours of it anyway -- was spent working on expense reports. Still not done. Ugh. My shoulders ache from hunching over all day, crunching numbers. [What does that mean exactly? Crunching numbers? Sounds like it might involve a whole grain cereal, sort of like Alphabits only with numbers.] Well, I don't think what I was doing really qualifies as crunching numbers but I've always wanted to say it. It sounds so MATHEMATICAL. And that is so not me. I am doing well to balance my checkbook. Which might be why it took seven hours and I'm still not done. *sigh*
I also had a test in Spanish over the subjunctive.
Ran to the store before lunch. The plan was to get lots of fresh vegetables at the verdulería next to the grocery store BUT I forgot to take cash. I had a few pesos in my purse so was able to grab potatoes, a red pepper and some cucumbers, but I'd planned to get more than that. We use the credit card at the grocery but the verdulería only accepts cash.
We interrupt to
Because we aren't able to open a checking account here, we use ATM machines to access money from our account in the U.S. The bank that manages the ATMs here charges just over $3 per withdrawal, our bank charges a $5 fee, AND we are charged a 3% international monetary exchange fee. FOR EACH AND EVERY TRANSACTION. Plus the ATMs limit the amount you can withdraw at one time. It's a very small amount so those fees pile up awfully fast. We've found that using the credit card, to buy groceries or pay for gasoline, means we aren't paying those extra bank fees on items we charge. Well, except for the 3% international fee. Can't get away from that one. Unfortunately there aren't too many places that take credit cards and we have to use cash for most of our expenses.
Now back to our regular program....
Also managed to get two loads of laundry done and made Mari's wonderful Chili Cornbread Salad for supper. If you haven't tried it yet, you should! I throw in whatever vegetables I have on hand and am in the mood for...today that included red pepper, a carrot, tomato, cilantro and radishes (from our garden!), onion, and cucumber. As well as the cans of beans and corn. You would not believe how many times I've made this recipe since Mari posted it at the end of June. We ♡ this recipe.
Which brings me to the topic I'd love to see addressed in the comments today... Are you in the habit of trying recipes you find on other blogs? If you do, what has been your favorite so far? Be sure to leave a link if you can! All comments will, of course, be entered in the drawing for my blogiversary giveaway!