Welcome to the first Monday in August, everyone. Wow, where did June and July go? School started back in our county last Thursday, so C is hard at it again making sure all of the computers and other technology work for the teachers and students. We may not have kids, but we still feel the crunch of back-to-school time just from a different perspective.
Today is a first for me…I work in the judicial branch of government in our local clerk’s office and, like all government agencies, the budget is TIGHT!! So tight, in fact, that during the last six months of this year, all non-elected judicial employees are being forced to take three unpaid furlough days to help balance the budget and today is my first one. I don’t mind having the time off, in fact, I love it. The problem is we don’t get paid for them! It wouldn’t be so bad if waste in government wasn’t so obvious and it seems like it should be easier to find ways to trim the fat without furloughing lowly office workers like me. Oh, well.
I plan on spending this furlough day going to the grocery. Doesn’t that sound like fun? I haven’t been to Wal.-.mart in two months and we are running dangerously low on some household essentials so today is the day. Last week, I sat down with a calendar and made a rough menu plan for the whole month, so hopefully I can get most of what I need except for some perishable items. Here’s what is on the menu for this week…
Baked ham slices with butter roasted potatoes and fresh cucumbers
Italian sausage bake with fresh cucumbers
Hot ham and cheese rolls with quick and easy veggie pasta salad
Chocolate chip comfort cookies (new)
Orange fluff Jello salad
Please join me at I’m An Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday.