Budget sacrifices

We have a couple gifting occasions coming up this summer. Normally I don't give it a whole lot of thought - if it's a wedding I go to their registry, pick something out, order it, ship it, done. If it's a baby shower, I do the same thing. If it's a baby announcement, though, I…

My head is full of rocks

M's bestie was here working on our front yard yesterday, so the process of front landscaping has finally begun. My patience with homeowner projects has expanded in the last 5 years, because while it has been almost 3 years since the concrete was poured, we went for 2 years without stairs from the deck to…

A rare money/finance post vent

This is a rare bitch-fest about the policies and marketing efforts of my big box gym. I find their behaviors and recent changes in fee schedules more upsetting for how it will impact other members more than the blow it delivers to my own budgetary bottom line. Unless you are in my realm and a…

Money, happiness, enough?

Election¬†week has been quite extraordinary in good and in bad ways. Work has been insane, I have been getting fewer than 5 hours of sleep most nights, and I have felt somewhat marginal some of the time. As they say, something has to give. Thursday¬†night as I worked at work-related tasks that are tedious and…

Lets talk numbers

All over the various blogs I follow and forums I read there is chat about end-of-month numbers. As I just finished my self-employment invoicing, I have my own set of significant numbers to share Work. At my part-time job, I logged 116 hours for the month and billed 152 hours for my self-employment gig, bringing…

Shopping, dropping, not again soon-ing

Yesterday was all about wedding shopping. For M. And it was not fun for either of us, but since G and K's wedding is now less than 2 weeks away, it had to be done. As in most things, M and I have wildly different tastes. But in this case as well, we had wildly…

Money, happiness, boredom

We have all heard the saying about money not buying happiness, and I wholeheartedly agree. However, having adequate income to fund the basics in life goes a long way. I have spent much of the weekend evaluating my work/life balance in light of my self-employment situation. There is a definite imbalance going on right now,…

My battle with resolve

For several weeks now I have been making progress on my overall health and fitness by doing things that are good for my body. Training with J, practicing the movements he has demonstrated and taught me, regular yoga practice, rowing and walking almost daily, doing better with three daily meals and not snacking, counting carbs…