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AN UFM Fail but a Birthday Success

July 11th, 2018 at 08:30 am

My UFM has gone off the rails. I have plenty of excuses, the major one being my daughter's 16th birthday yesterday. I guffawed through articles about what to do for a 16th birthday that included new cars, trips abroad, and a cake made of rolled up dollar bills.
But DD was hesitant about her birthday plans, and decided at the last minute what she'd really like is a whole day with her BFF, especially since the BFF recently moved back near us. I was just the driver and offerer of options. They decided on an hour or so at Target where they bought nothing and looked at everything, followed by a trip to the amazing ethnic grocery next store where I bought olive oil, and they spent 35 minutes looking at imported squid, Polish candy, Mexican peppers, Turkish grape leaves, and just about everything else you can think of. I remember very well loving trips like that with my friends when I was that age. On to the Humane Society where I fell in love with a dog and they fell in love with a cat. Lots of petting but no adopting. We then had lunch in Milwaukee's funky third ward followed by more odd shopping. They spent, I kid you not, 60 minutes looking at succulents. Then we all had pedicures, paddled boats on the lake, followed by dinner at PF Changs and more d**m shopping for them.

I kept up my cheerful demeanor, but by the end of the evening, I let them shop and goof around while I sat in a comfy chair at Barnes and Noble. DD loved the day; it'll take me days to recover. And today won't be frugal either as I'm meeting DH for lunch to cheer on English football. Frugality will resume, but it's likely to be next week. Hey, she's only 16 once.

4 Responses to “AN UFM Fail but a Birthday Success”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    I don't think you did too badly on the spending front since the girls did mostly looking. And you are right, she's only 16 once and you made it a memorable day for her. Way to go!

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That sounds like your DD had a lovely birthday. Smile

  3. CB in the City Says:

    What a good mom you are!

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    When I was that age I could shop for hours and buy nothing. Nowadays the very idea exhausts me. I go only when I need something, I go in with a list, get those things, and get the heck out. The only time I will even set foot in a mall is to get my hair cut and then right back out again. But I still remember how much fun I had with my friends way back when.

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