But then of course the other thing to keep in mind is Christmas. As of this moment, I'm trying to decide whether it's better to ask what everybody wants, or just give them, say, $100 each along with some candy. Oh, and also, a point about this that crossed my mind on the way to work the other night. What about Trish and Ericka? I have nothing to go on as to whether they're members of my immediate family, or fit more into the extended group. If the former, I'll get them just a small something, because I'm not going to buy them a substantial gift right out, but if the latter, well, maybe a loaf of bread or something because they did seem to appreciate the other ones I made while they were here. And sure, I'm getting ahead of myself with this too, even moreso than with thoughts about Halloween, but if I'm going to be buying things online again, I need to allow plenty of time for them to get here. I suppose I'll say this for now: if I haven't come up with any ideas by the end of September, I'll ask, and request they get back to me by the end of October.
As for money in general, things still seem a bit tight for the moment. Assuming $500 has gone into my account by the end of the week (which includes the hundred Brandon borrowed), I'll have just enough for everything - $80 for groceries, $30 for gas, $50 to pay for the internet, (up to) $50 for groceries and snacks, and I think that's all. For the moment, that is. I still have publishing my book to consider (although that probably won't happen until October - the cover is quite near being done, but that still leaves the illustrations then fiddling around in BookSmart), and inevitable trips out to get snacks or supper after work, considering starting tomorrow, I have four supper shifts and one close. Looking at this now it's no wonder I'm not able to just randomly go out and buy things, but maybe, just maybe I'll buy a single package of Halloween candy from Shoppers before our next pay.
More immediately though, I have dishes to go check on (Mom and Dad are apparently going out for supper tonight, but that still leaves bowls and whatnot from breakfast and lunch), a pay stub to maybe go pick up, and the music mentioned yesterday to finish retagging. I started last night, but am nowhere near finished yet. And then with any luck, I'll have a normal night off after that. George is off in the states somewhere, so he can't call me in again, and if anybody phones wanting me to come in and wash dishes / clean other things up, they're getting a flat "No" in response. Well, maybe not if I become really bored between now and then, but I've helped enough both on Monday and with the work I did for Steve yesterday night. There are plenty of other people they can call, after all~