Sunday, May 24, 2015

What I noticed so far this month...

It's Sunday, the 24th and today was the first time that I ate out this month. There was a spring fling held all week-end and it included a rib fest...  It was freezing out yesterday and it snowed in places yesterday... Yikes!

My mom and I went this afternoon, and bought some ribs. I paid 16 for a full rack and two sides , (coleslaw which was ok but the baked beans were to die for!), which was an error I do believe I think it should have been 26 but I'll take it), and my mom got a combo of ribs and chicken.  It was way too windy to eat outside, so we drove to my house, made a stop to buy some fries and gravy... I paid 7.50 for this ( and it was way too much, I threw over half of the fries and gravy out in the trash). I ate half the rack and saved the rest for tomorrow at work, while my mom ate the ribs and saved the chicken for tomorrow.

I spent a whopping 106.14 on groceries on Friday. 23.24 was my contribution to the rib fest we"ll have while on vacation this summer. I think there's 7 packs of ribs in mom's freezer for this.  I bought the bacon I love which is 11.99 for a full kilo... Plus a rotisserie chicken.  I did buy a bag of chips and still have about 1/2 left, plus some chocolate... The rest was on the usual,  and I can say that I used up all my spinach and salad greens today, so I'll have to buy some on Tuesday.

I got meals ready for the next few days, and did all my dishes... Plus the laundry... I worked last night and didn't get out until 1:40, I'd rather have 10 tables show up at 12:50 that one... Just saying... I'm 17.00 dollars away from my target of 600 for the month from my pt job... Plus I have two short shifts to go.

The sun is supposed to shine this week, and I'm off all next week-end! Yipee...  I hope everyone had a great week-end and an even better week!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday, May 22/15

It's been another busy week here... A good busy.  Work has been good, a little slower than normal, but a much needed break for everyone. I attended a wellness fair that is attached to quitting smoking... I'll be making some baby steps in this area soon... My biggest fear of being a non smoker involves my identity. Who am I as a non smoker? This is my biggest stumbling block right now and a question that I've been working on for a few years. I don't have the answer, yet, but I am working on it!

Some of my coworkers were poking fun at the fair, and I'm truly finding my way, as I spoke up and said that I really enjoyed it and found it helpful. My blood pressure was 112/70 ( which is a vast improvement ) and my lung function was perfect for my age, 45...  Which shocked the girl who was doing it... I think it helps that I exercise on a regular basis, but just think what it will be when I no longer smoke! :)

DD got offered not one, but two full time jobs yesterday. She chose the one that was within walking distance to her home. The pay is a bit over minimum wages but comes with a benefit package...  When she had her interviews, we sent a lot of prayers out asking for a little push...  I'm so thankful that this happened. She will not be able to join us on vacation this summer, but I think my mom and I will fly up to see her this fall.

I got paid yesterday from both jobs, I've paid all the bills and had enough to cover all but 20.00... I'll transfer the 20 over next week...

I worked at my PT job on Wednesday and did very well. I'll use this to buy groceries, gas and whatever I make tomorrow will go towards vacation and taking in an event that's happening here.

The dogs have been pretty good all week. Yesterday my male didn't eat until bedtime, which is strange for him, but I'll keep my eye on him.  We're still walking every day, as our routine.

I made it to the gym every morning this week. I've dropped all my winter weight... Which is rather ironic, as I bought new jeans three weeks ago to fit my winter gain... Plus we received our new uniforms for work and when we were fitted for them in February, I refused to get a bigger size. I'm glad I stuck to my guns, as while the hip area pulls a smidgen, the rest would have been been too big...

That my friends is what's been happening in my world. I hope you all have a wonderful week-end!


Monday, May 18, 2015

The end of the mini break...

Three glorious days off in a row. A mini break for me, as I didn't work anywhere... Three days to get things done, spend time with family and enjoy the weather.

Saturday I did laundry, cleaned my closet, went to visit a dear friend, walked a labyrinth and asked for guidance ( it helped clear my mind of some clutter) and did a bit of yard work.  I stopped at my favorite ice cream store and treated my self... I went to my mom's for supper, as my brother and nephews were there. We had a lovely BBQ, and I played jump rope with my nephews and youngest first cousin. They were amazed that I could still skip! All three are working on their skipping skills, as it seems to be a dying art. I chatted for three hours on facebook to finish off the evening...

Sunday was rainy, a perfect day for chatting on the phone, and putting around the house. I spent over 4 hours talking on the phone, and got the house clean... Yes, I went to bed last night with a clean house and a lot of clutter gone... I bagged up some shirts I no longer wear, 2 pairs of shoes and some others things like brand new under wear, never worn and a bra that I loved but the straps hurt...  I again had supper with my family. I even watched tv for an hour.

Today, I completed a filthy fifty work out... and yes, I was a sweaty mess when I was done... I came home, dug up a dead tree and carried the remains to the woods. I tossed some junk from the shed, pulled out my BBQ, inspected the lines, and first crack it started... I love my 200.00 BBQ that I bought 10 years ago. I'll cry when it dies... I cleaned the BBQ, and cooked chicken with homemade BBQ sauce and roasted potatoes on it today. My mom came for supper, I was eating and she called to see if I wanted to go out for fish and chips, I told her I was eating and to come over. She brought along a surprise guest, one of my cousins who stopped by to visit her. We all ate supper together, and had tea and cookies to finish up.  I got my meals ready for tomorrow and even squeezed in a shower.

I've been tracking my spending again, I've spend 450 so far this month, and spent an additional 100 on smoking so far this month. ( Yep, way too much money... By times my anxiety was high and I smoked to distract myself, not the best coping technique I know!)

I am truly grateful for having such a great week-end and for getting so much accomplished. There are still lots of things to do, but I do feel like I got a huge dent in things. I hope everyone out there had a great weekend. 


Friday, May 15, 2015

What's new and a stir?

Things are on the up and up. My body is healing really well... My hip and leg are at about 80% total function and mobility... I' super thankful for my chriopractor and massage therapist for helping me along.

I managed to get to the gym 5 days this week, plus two weeks of clean eating and my energy level is soaring... The sunshine helps too.

I've been asked to write some articles for a news letter for work. I'm leaning towards a six part series on finance and food...

My new schedule at my PT job is going well. I'm the oldest server by 15 years and I can run circles around the 20 year olds... 

I'm still keeping  track money wise and I'm doing good. Now if DD could only find a FT gig...

Oh, and dear readers here's a first for me: I bought a bag of potato chips on Tuesday, and they're still in the pantry unopened...

I was given an impromptu invitation to join some acquaintance for drink and music tonight, and if I can leave work early, I think I might...  It was my hairdresser who asked me...

My life is not all roses and sunshine, but it is a joyful one... ( I'm working through some stuff still, and it's challenging by times, but I'm working through it, not letting it simmer on the back burner of my life any more... )

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Saturday, May 9th/15

Once again, I've been a slacker... No reason, just couldn't sit down and write... Too many other things running through my mind. No worries, everything is good.

I've managed to get to the gym three times last week, I walked the dogs. had a wonderful visit with one of my best friends, chatted with another on the phone for 2 hours, I worked as normal, went and chatted with my banker, it was good to talk and figure a few things out. I also made/brought all my meals to work this week, and I was happier for it...

I'll have reduced hours at the restaurant  for the summer, I'll work one less shift every two weeks, to give the summer students a chance to work. I'm pretty much guaranteed that I'll be working lots of Saturdays, most likely every second one.
 

The dogs are good, they got their flea/tick treatment this week... 140 for a box of 6, which will last 3 months...

I bought my mom for flowers for mothers day and dropped them off on Thursday. I got them early, so I had a chance to get a nice bunch. She loved them...

Other than that, life keeps on ticking... One that is filled with joys in the every day things...

Friday, May 1, 2015

Hurray, Hurray, it's the first of May

Yes, it's May first, and the weather is slowly improving... No rain today and the sun is supposed to show it's face tomorrow. The added bonus, I'm off the whole weekend!

It's Friday, and I'm very excited to say that I've switched my house insurance starting mid-month. When I received my yearly rate from my old company, it had jumped to 96 and change each month. Plus, the policy rate was only until the end of December. In total it was going to cost 1112 to insure my house for a year. Yikes. I've never had a claim in 11 years, and the price just kept jumping. The new company, I'll spend 814.73 for the year, that's a savings of 297 a year... Money that can go towards paying down debt.

I can say that I haven't eaten take out or in a restaurant since my vacation. I did buy a coffee and bagel last Friday.  I hit my target for the month at my PT job, I have the 500 saved and given to my mother for my cottage rental in July, and I'm currently saving towards the gas and groceries part ( I want to have 400 for that).

I did my taxes and I need to make arrangements to pay the tax man... I'm looking at paying 100/semi monthly for 8 months..  That seems reasonable to me...


Now, if I can just turn the heat off, life would be even better...

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

April is almost done...

They say that April showers bring May flowers, and I sure hope so! The weather has been crap ( rain, rain and more rain combined with cold and high winds)...

I've calculate my spending and it's about the same as other months (I'll post it later on). The dogs are driving me crazy, as they haven;t been able to get out for long romps for a few days....

Me, well, I have my first full blown anxiety attack last week for the first time since high school ( 28 years)... It was a doozy, but I can be very thankful that I've learned to meditate and control my breathing, in about 10 minutes it was all done... No medical intervention needed... I know what brought it on, and just working through it... Just telling a few people I had one, made a big difference...

I'm off to soak in the tub and get ready for bed. I'll write more later on this week....

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Who am I said Sam? I am.... a mother, a daughter, a dog owner, a PF