More Thriftier

Here’s what I learned about renting a car from Thrifty: 1. Even after you book a car, sign up for discount emails 2.Circle back to your original reservation when you see a good deal.

I thought I had a pretty good rate for my car rental in Miami, but when I tried the same dates in the link in a promotion email, I saw a rate that was 25% lower.   When I went online to my reservation – lo and behold – it was now 25% lower!  I locked that one in (I feel confident that otherwise I’d have my original price) and now Kat and I have more money to spend* on fancy drinks when she is done with her conference!

Yummy

* and yes, I do get that you don’t get more money by not spending money and yes, I can just hear my father saying “And how much did you save by not spitting on the subway?”  … a reference to a time (apparently) of high subway-spitting fines and his constant reply to our claims of “saving” money by getting a good deal.

When to Stay Home – Obey the Triangle!

I have finally learned this lesson, in late 2013, many many years after I learned to drive in New England ice and snow: When the forecast includes the word “Winter Storm Warning” or “Winter Weather Advisory,” the decision is STAY HOME.

This is the symbol.  OBEY THE LITTLE ORANGE TRIANGLE!

Active Advisory!

It’s so easy for me to think that I can get where I want to go before everyone else or that the roads won’t be as bad as “they” say or that the forecast is just “off” by some amount of time.  These are all terrible assumptions.  But the worst assumption of all is that the thing I just must attend, the important event and reason to get from Point A to Point B at this specific time, during this winter weather, is important enough to take the chance.

It isn’t.  It’s all miss-able.  Really.

This year, I found myself in a scary white-knuckle drive home from a mid-day company holiday party, with many of other foolish people slipping and sliding, some of them right off the road.   Finally, I learned my lesson: the orange triangle means stay home.

There is a cost to being this conservative, of course.  It means that there will also be really fun events that I’ll miss, due to the little orange triangle’s warning, and then find out that the roads were fine after all.  That happened to me within mere days of learning this lesson.  But that’s the deal – you can’t have it both ways.

It’s snowing and icy out there now.  There is a little orange triangle on my screen.  And I’m staying home.

Poached

Today I learned how to poach an egg.

Our family has a collection of gadgets to “sort of poach” eggs.  My mom has a pan with a metal insert.  Sally has a microwave gadget. Kat has a cup you float in boiling water.  Steve and I have a blue screw-top egg that goes in the microwave.  A conversation with Sally inspired me to learn to actually poach an egg, the old-fashioned way.

It turns out that it is incredibly easy, following my 1970’s Betty Crocker Cookbook instructions: Boil then simmer one to two inches of water in a pan.  Crack an egg into a bowl or saucer and slip it into the simmering water.  If you have multiple eggs, give them room so that they are not touching.  Optionally, spoon some hot water over the top.  When it’s cooked enough, use a slotted spoon to lift the egg out of the water.

My First Poached Egg

Another day, I will learn to take really good food pictures: to set them up attractively, consider the background, add garnishes, all of it.  (I know a great teacher!)  But if there is one thing I’ve learned from my time posting lessons and the recent many months not posting lessons, it’s to not let the perfect drive out the good.  If I want to continue with sharing what I’ve learned, and I really do, then I have to be OK with imperfect and done.

So stay tuned!