$27 Lunch (2)
MH generally *never* eats out. So it's a big deal that he has been out socializing/networking a bit with his film group. He met up with a mentor of sorts for lunch. They went to this restaurant that is getting a lot of attention in recent weeks for best mexican food in the U.S., something like that. I texted him at some point how lunch was. He said, "meh." MH spent $22 on this extravagant lunch.
I felt terrible on this day but had to push through and wrap up work, and then hit the road for our trip. Dr. Pepper is my magic "settles the stomach" food and so between that and feeling pretty terrible, I decided to just order out. I had this thought cross my mind that I hope it wasn't a cluster. I generally never go into stores (except very rarely), that was long before the pandemic. MH does most the errands and grocery shopping. So it was interesting the two times I went into a store this summer, the cashiers were walking out (of the job) both times. !! So that is why I had this fleeting thought that I hoped I could pick up a decent meal at Burger King. Nope! I am 3-0 at this point. I went just for the Dr. Pepper basically but they didn't have any. I was kind of flustered and asked for a coke (no coke either) and settled for the Root beer she suggested (maybe all they had). I usually pop my burger in the microwave for a few second when I get back to work. Ugh, it looked half burned and so unappetizing. It was okay but wish I hadn't looked at it closer. Hindsight 20/20, I should have abandoned ship and just gone to Taco Bell for a Dr. Pepper. I stopped eating there though because they keep changing their menu. I didn't think about it until afterwards.
DL(16) is a bit of a health freak and was excited that I stopped eating fast food during the pandemic. I assured him my "once in a blue moon 400 calorie meal" wasn't going to make a difference in the grand scheme of things. 😉 I usually just order off the value menu. I spent $5 with the soda.
After dinner we packed up the car and headed out. I mentioned briefly that our electric car is under recall. The super short version is that we will get a new battery/warranty (will take a while because replacing batteries in every single Bolt). In the meantime we are parking outside and still using the car for 99% of our driving. We just can not take it on long road trips. Full charges and deep discharges increase risk of battery fire. I expect this would not affect us at all if it wasn't for the "kid at college" thing. But we are sticking to the hybrid car for college trips, until we get either the newer software fix and/or a new battery.
Thus, we had to put gas in the car. !! It's an 8 gallon gas tank, already has some gas in it, and MH got a 50-cent off coupon (per gallon).
What we packed up for MM this trip: Some homecooked food, mail, vaccine card, binder paper, light jacket, ceramic bowl, mugs, more soap, graham crackers, nuts, string cheese, granola bars, popcorn, wheat thins, bananas. We also delivered some fresh baked cookies and home grown apples from MIL.
We left Tuesday night but stayed with in-laws, just to break up the drive a little bit.