December, brunch, winter, t’is the season to be tired

December 2, 2010 |  Category:   dining out life the biz

We rarely ever go out to brunch, but we did over the weekend when my cousin was in town for Thanksgiving. Like a lot of other things, eating out for 4 people isn’t cheap anymore. It’s not like grabbing a bite to eat and throwing $10 down at the table. I keep thinking about how we’re going to get around when the kids are old enough to have to pay for a subway ride, which will probably be soon. Actually, they do it by height here which really sucks for tall kids like mine. But with tokens costing $2.25 a ride (ha! I just called it a token! I remember when subways and buses cost 50 cents), it’ll cost us $18 to go anywhere roundtrip. Holy hell!! And that’s with the prices they are now. This is scary, folks. I am all for mass transit since I hate taking the car, but it makes it actually cheaper to drive places. Grrrrr….

Thanks to all who gave us some love on our FaceBook page. Many of you mentioned that you didn’t even know we had a Facebook page. See? I’m so bad at stuff like that, but it feels nice and cozy over there right now. Free stuff does that I guess, which is TOTALLY OK, but it’s so nice to finally meet so many of you. Don’t be strangers here, ok? We haven’t done much with our FB page because it does bug me to see so many company and blog posts in my feed, so we keep it very light and sporadic, mostly with market and event dates and sales notification. I’m not very good about announcing it on the blog so that’s the place we try to do that sort of stuff. (By the way, if you have ever tried to friend me on my personal page, I am sorry if I have not friended you back. I’m not trying to be unfriendly, but FB is the only space that I am keeping strictly to friends and family).

So…December. What the hell? Doesn’t even seem possible that it’s here already, but it’s here. I still can’t gauge yet what kind of holiday season we’ll have. Every year is a little bit different with our very first holiday season being the absolute worst. Seriously people, I thought we were going to die from lack of sleep and exhaustion AND we were just dealing with corporate orders that year, not even retail. Last year was hellish, but better because we were more experienced and Mark is simply faster at doing everything. This year, I don’t know. We are doing more market dates than ever starting in less than 2 weeks for 10 almost straight days, and I’m not quite sure how we’ll pull that off, but I’m just going to hope for the best. The good news is that most of my design work has been delayed unexpectedly again so I’ll have more time to help Mark out. Dude’s been looking really tired already.

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  • Jane December 2, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Oh my goodness I hear you, everything is getting more and more expensive!! In my city on Sundays two adults and two children can travel anywhere on the transit system as long as one adult has a monthly fare card – which I do for work – so Sundays are our family travel days!! Every little bit helps, especially as the kids get older :/

  • rebecca December 2, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    haha. hang in there!

    don’t get me started on the MTA. haha

  • Kathleen December 2, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Nothing makes me feel like more of an adult than brunching. I love it.

  • Danita Luna December 2, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Wow sounds like a lot of work ahead, I wish I where closer so I could taste some of those cookies!! Good luck and congrats, sounds like you guys are on a real good path with things

  • rifferaff December 2, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    oh my god, $18!!?!? seriously?

  • bronwyn December 3, 2010 at 9:59 am

    $18!!! Ouch!! I have 6 more months before I have to pay for my daughter on the bus. But at least it’s a discounted rate for kids under 17 here. I think it’s only 75 cents vs. $2 for adults. And I have a transit pass through work so it won’t be a big deal. For brunch, I always go with girlfriends and tell my husband he’s not invited. That way I only have to pay for me and my daughter and she doesn’t eat much. 😉 Good luck with the holidays.

  • Bridgett | Perideau Designs December 3, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I know exactly how you feel! We’ll get through, we always do.

  • Jim | Muddy Dog Roasting Co. December 4, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    I hear ya on the holiday orders. We do feel fortunate to have so many great customer who want to buy small & local when it’s so much easier (and cheaper) to chain shop, but that doesn’t help when you’ve gotta pump out the orders. I’m looking forward to the stuff we ordered from you (no pressure!), your products are fantastic. I couldn’t find your FB page, BTW.

  • Twiggs December 5, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    oh every time i come in here, i love reading your stories… your so real-life stories! well, prices are not that high here in lisbon, but we do not have such high salaries, and as a country i believe we are not far from sinking, but other than that i am a full time saver (as i was a full time spender until one year ago) and i try to save everywhere. having brunch once in every two weeks might be one of my favourite things to do on a saturday/sunday morning… because it feels so damn good! 🙂 well, also wanted to let you know that your girl is really beautiful and i remember growing up and having that same haircut as she has for quite a few years! 🙂 have a great week! twiggs