Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Scrooge McMe

Smell that crisp, Christmas air. What you say? It's March 1st? I doubt that considering my inner Scrooge is now out... and in a vengeful Super Mutant form. Huzzah.

I went a little nuts with my tax refund and spent what I consider ... far too much. The good news is that since moving is priority uno, I still have over $5000.00 to move on. Congrats to me. But, that is no excuse for the amount of excess I have taken part in in the last nine days.

My solution? Old school: Don't spend money.

I did get some good deals... and a large, very large, sum of it all went to tax preparation fees and renewing my Badgercare. And, not that I needed any to begin with... I won't need to purchase shoes, clothes or a winter coat for a few years unless I drop or gain a significant amount of weight.

So discoveries from this nine day bender:

Billiards: Actually an interesting sport to watch.
Velvet: Back in style with fast fashion and grannies rockin' cue sticks.
Nike: Best place for shoes ever. (I bought some sweet hot pink high tops that even my Gram likes.)
Calvin Klein Winter Wear: Drastically reduced in price at a store near you.

Oh and Britt and I ate out a few times near Milwaukee, so here is the low down on Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Chili's and Culver's as I experienced them.

I have never eaten at a Five Guys Burgers and Fries before. My first experience was excellent. The hamburgers automatically come with two patties so you have to ask for just one. The meat is 100% beef and cooked well-done, but remains juicy and is well-seasoned. I ordered a cheeseburger with the works. Five Guys outlines what toppings are included when you say everything, so it's a lot more up front than a lot of other burger joints. Britt and I both got fries. That was a mistake. They take a 21 oz cup, fill it with fries then top off your bag with more fries. Let's skip to the end of story: we had a brown bag of fries left over. I'm not much for five star ratings; I'll just say I liked it and I will eat there again.

The last time I ate at a Chili's I was living in Florida, 4'11" and 16 years old. Here is the update/rude awakening of today's Chili's. They nixed the pentagram decor that served as my main entertainment, and they took my favorite entre/appetizer off the menu. I ordered it off menu anyways. Chicken and cheese quesadillas with guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo for the win. (I want to add here that Red Robin's quesadillas win out overall when you compare the two.) The positive add-on: two pint glass margaritas for $2.99 after 9 PM. I would suggest not having to be at a billiards match by 9:30 PM for our next visit.

Culver's is a regular staple in Wisconsin, but I wasn't feeling another cheeseburger. I got a kid's meal with chicken tenders. While eating these (totally sober) I declared that they were the best possible combination if we crossbred a chicken and a fish.

There we have it: Shopping, restaurants and billiards. It makes for a good week to live through... and a great way to drain the life out of my checking account.

Britt making her opponent cry.

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