Our local grocery has stopped selling any no-sugar-added cereals in the frufru dried cereal area. They have literally 4 kinds of fancy honey O cereal, but zero kinds of regular O cereal. I went to the regular cereal section too and the lowest sugar oat O cereal they had was regular Cheerios which still has sugar added but not much. So I got regular cheerios and then some store-brand mini-wheats and just for kicks some Post bran/whole wheat mini-wheats. The only whole grain and no sugar cereal I didn’t buy was full sized shredded wheats. I should probably just start eating oatmeal again, but I’m worried I’ll get sick of it if I eat it every day since it took a while for me to get not sick of it after (wheat-allergic fetus) DC2 was born. This wouldn’t be such a huge problem except DC1 decided he liked my Rip’s Big Bowl from Whole Foods, so even though I bought three boxes the last time we went it wasn’t enough to last us to our next WF excursion. Meanwhile I’ve been having toast and handfuls of nuts for breakfast. But I’d rather not have to *think* about breakfast in the morning.
Note to self: Next time I do bonds in taxable, choose munis VWITX vanguard municipal bond fund (maybe VWLTX ?) Note 50K needed to qualify for admiral shares. That is unlikely to happen any time soon. .17 vs. 09 fees. Can bond funds drip?
For Christmas/Birthday for DC1 I want to buy a theremin kit, a unicycle, and this lockpicking set (not sponsored links), but really we should only get two out of three. (The lockpicking set is a price that we could suggest it as a present to the in-laws, but also it’s not really something that the in-laws would probably want to get for hir.) DC1 is in a rapid growth phase, so the unicycle probably could wait another year so we can get a more permanent fit on the seat height, BUT we don’t have PE down here in the South (DC1 has one required semester that doesn’t fit in hir schedule until junior year) and the parks and rec tennis class zie took after quitting swimming lessons ended and zie needs exercise, so learning the unicycle would be a way to accomplish that until we can figure out some other organized activity that DC1 is willing to do. (DC1 suggested trapeze lessons, maybe from watching too much Kaliedo Star, but the place outside town that had that as an option went out of business two years ago.) So I dunno. I’m not finding the reasonably priced theramin kit I saw before, so that may make the decision for us since $350 for something that’s not actually useful is a bit much.
DC1 also needs a new bike– although zie is now my height and can probably just ride mine until zie has settled on a more long-term height. It is insane how quickly they grow as pre-teen/teenagers.
My car got a knocking sound that sounded like someone had attached a pie tin to the wheels. It turned out to be a small rock that got into the brake system. Nothing specific to the Insight, and not covered under the warranty, but also only a $90 fix.
It boggles my mind that in this day and age a prominent blogger would think it’s ok to let hir child dress in what looks a heck of a lot like blackface for Halloween (and is, in fact, a costume that a quick google shows makes the news *regularly* as being bad). How does one not know that that is NOT ok? It’s super creepy to me that there are neighborhood Halloween parades that include white people dressed in blackface and nobody says dude, that’s not cool. Zie took the pictures down and briefly addressed it…but it’s still really unsettling.
I think if you search wheat you can get the entire saga. The short answer is trial and error and a little Worcestershire sauce.
Right now I’m thinking it might be time to diversify our holdings a bit more from standard stock/bond funds because there’s so much and there’s tax diversification with munis. Right now we’re kicking that can down the road in favor of college savings, which I”ll talk about in a future post.
Oatmeal is the breakfast of champions! I have it almost every day: 40 grams rolled oats, pinch salt, water – microwave one minute. Add 1 T peanut butter (16-18 grams), microwave 30 seconds. Consume. I vary it sometimes by slicing in banana, or chopping up apples. I’ve been eating this the vast majority of days for the last 7 years and have not gotten sick of it.