Date night tonight with my best girlfriend. Dairy Queen kiddie cone with two spoons. One for her, and one for me.
Since taking Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University Course this Spring at Cape Cod Church, I've been living on a written monthly budget. What I thought would be restricting is in reality very liberating. No longer "oh, should I buy this or not?" - instead, simply, "it's not in the budget." No more credit cards. No more accumulating debt. If I don't have the cash to pay for it, and haven't planned for it, it simply doesn't happen. At least not this month. Maybe I'll build it into next month's plan.
Sure it means some different choices. Like you will rarely see me out at a local watering hole on a Friday or Saturday night (another decision involved in that one for another blog). And I prefer to eat at home with friends instead of going to restaurants. I did treat myself to one movie recently, the real deal, in a theater, but I had planned a small "entertainment" portion into the budget, so I felt no guilt in doing so, and greatly enjoyed the laughter and the popcorn. (Check out The Secret Life of Pets!!!)
It also means discovering delight in the simple pleasures. Like my $2 date night at Dairy Queen.
Rosie gets sooooo excited when I ask, in that ridiculous voice that dogs love, "do you want to go to Dairy Queen?!" We pull into the driveway and her anticipation mounts. We share a cone (two spoons, remember?) and then take a walk down Main Street. Tonight she ended up in a random group photo with a bunch of tourists. Everyone smiled. Including Rosie.
Blessings to all tonight.
PS - for those of you reading this on my website - please take a look at the video on my Facebook page! Rosie in action! one happy pup!