March 13th

Me, Sugar Ray, Nicole

Me*, Sugar Ray and my college-friend Nicole, backstage at That Damn Show in 1998.

My friend Eric recently emailed this photo and I honestly don’t remember meeting Mark McGrath. We were at a big concert in Phoenix under the guise of covering the music for the student newspaper. I remember Gwen Stefani — she was amazing. And that Cake rushed off the stage and were booed. Chances are I was one of the only sober ones in the entire stadium and this brush with fame doesn’t ring a bell. Actually, it just makes me miss Nicole. I have no idea where she is these days.

Backstage in real life, I’ve got a bunch of little things to catch up with this weekend. I’m using a new budgeting tool to stay focused with money and really need to teach myself how to do food budgeting. If there is one area where I simply spend way, way too much — it’s in groceries. When I cook, I like to have the nicest ingredients. I don’t mind going into a fancy grocery store for a certain kind of cheese or fresh herb. This is foolish behavior. I know better and it is time to get back to Crockpot cooking, eating leftovers and learning to cut (and use) coupons.

Otherwise, tomorrow morning I am looking forward to a long walk and breakfast with Clarita. I love this woman. We don’t get to spend enough time together now that we aren’t working in the same office and I really miss her company. I hope to lure her to have breakfast at the Old Town Farmer’s Market so I can splurge on one of those pretty baskets. I’ve intentionally cut my spending in other places this week so I could go visit Abdullah without the guilt trip. And hey, if I am carrying coupons, I might as well go to the market with a stylish basket, right? Ah, the rationale of a frugalista in training…

I’ve also got seeds to plant, a baby gift to finish, sewing projects overflowing on the kitchen table, a refugee prayer service to attend and a turkey to bowl. My bowling team wouldn’t know what to do with themselves if I bowled with any sort of ability. Wouldn’t that be a nice surprise?

Happy weekend friends,


* This photo just about crushes any idea I had of being in shape in college. Yikes.

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15 Responses

  1. I was there and sober, because i was 15.

  2. You look so cute there and haven’t aged a bit!

  3. Tina in Duluth March 13, 2009

    You don’t look any different – and that was over 10 years ago. Thank your Grandma for good genes!

    I can bowl a turkey…on the Wii.

  4. You look great in the picture. Your plans for the weekend sound great! Can’t wait to see your new basket!

  5. That picture brought back some memories! What happened to that girl? Also, you should wear hats like that. Super cute.

  6. I was really bad about the grocery budget too. I had organic everything, the best ingredients, etc. I started planning my meals based on the weekly sales. I cut my grocery bill in half! I still sometimes splurge if I want to cook something nice for dinner guests or for the husband after the little ones are asleep, but I don’t feel guilty about it anymore.

  7. You deserve at least one of those cool baskets!!!!!!

  8. what a great pic! You might not look like you thought you looked, but you still look fantastic! can’t wait to see the basket!

  9. You look so pretty then and you still are now! I can’t wait to see which basket you pick up, those were so cool. Good luck in your quest to budget better, I’m doing that now myself and it isn’t very fun.

  10. I love how your has is all squished up against him.

    Confession: I have “Fly” marked as a favorite on my XM radio. 🙂

  11. Hat. I meant hat. More coffee!

  12. this is such a cute pic of you, kelli!
    re: food budgeting… i hear you on that. food is definitely the area of my budget where i justify the most indulgences. one thing that i have realized, though, as i use the crockpot more and more, is that the meals are so economical (i usually eat half, freeze half, and have food for almost a week from one crockpot!) that i can indulge more on ingredients- if a pound of chicken is going to go that far, i’ll get the organic/ free-range. the cookbook “art of the slow cooker” has also changed my life so far in 2009 🙂 xo

  13. I was totally there with Adam…I remember crowd surfing during Lenny Kravitz’s set…I think we had backstage passes too!

  14. Hee hee! I was a little concerned that you had been to a Sugar Ray concert recently! Good luck on the budgeting… I am pretty bad at that too, although meal planning for the week, and only going to the store once a week, does help a ton.

  15. You don’t remember having met that man? Girl trust me, you were THE ONLY ONE drunk!!!!!!! (I had a ral crush on him once…..)