Due to prior posts some may have caught on to the fact that the Grumps have relocated to Brussels, Belgium for the next six months. After traveling back and forth between the States and Belgium for the last several months of 2013 it is nice to settle in until June. Although flying first class is awesome it will be nice not to be stuck on an airplane for a transatlantic flight in the near future.
Most of our expenses are taken care of while in Brussels but it will definitely be a challenge for us to stay under our grocery goal for the year. For example, 1 pound of chicken breasts is $5.25. Also, with packaging in French and Dutch (we only speak English) we have already wasted some money buying goods that were almost instantaneously thrown out. Brussels does offer an interesting selection of food (i.e. Horse and Ostrich meat) at certain stores, while other stores have almost no selection. We committed to spending less than $580/month in eating but I can already tell this will be incredibly hard for the next 6 months, jeopardizing our goal for the year. If we don’t reach this target is that us failing or us being stupid for not setting the goal appropriately?
Now for a little tangent: This entire trip (which has been in the works since the beginning of August) would not have been possible had I not lost my job in July. So to you Asshat John I say Thank-you. Before leaving for Europe I got to spend six awesome months getting to know Baby Grump before we left and will spend another six months with while living Belgium, a once in a lifetime experience. But don’t fret A.J. I still have stress in my life dealing with inconsolable crybabies. It’s just that this one (Baby Grump) stops when you supply him with what he needs, unlike you. I know, I know I won’t be making my meager salary that you thought was more than ample for an MBA. But guess what? WG got a BONUS and a RAISE so the Grump’s are pulling in more now than when I worked for your sorry ass. As I travel between Paris, London and Rome and all the points in between I will be sure to raise a glass of fine Belgian beer or French wine and even a Swiss chocolate from time to time to you Asshat John for making this all possible.
From me to you Asshat John, I say Thank You…
…for the opportunity to live in Belgium.
…for giving me a year with Baby Grump.
…for not having to work under your lousy leadership.
…for making 2014 a better year.
…for teaching me a lesson (to live on 1 paycheck).
I certainly hope that A.J. stumbles upon this blog as he frantically looks for pointers to save money when his negligible leadership skills are exposed. Don’t worry A.J. the HR department that tried so hard to be main-steam and trustworthy will give you two weeks pay as they stick that knife so effortlessly between your shoulder blades. Better yet, I hope we cross paths in the future, maybe in the industry we work or at the grocery store so I can say good bye since you were too much of a coward to speak to me on my last day.
This Stella Artois is for you Asshat.