Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Plan B

I need to go back to school.
I need to go back to school.
I need to go back to school.

Today was my first day back at work with the students. Every inch of my body is tired. I don't even know how I'm holding my head up right now. This is in part because I spent my day lifting.It is also because Annie dog woke us up at 4am to throw up a peach pit and slime. Yes, our dog isn't really sure what food is exactly, if something can fit in her mouth she'll try it out and see if it digests. I couldn't fall back to sleep after the vomit cleaning so I laid in bed and thought about the worst that could happen on my first day. None of that stuff happened. Thankfully. I hope it gets better in the meantime I'll be on the couch scrolling through Craigslist and sighing a lot.

+ one day down
+ new apartment
+ 2 days until the weekend!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

A walk in the woods

Me: Want to watch something on TV?
Philip: sure

This pretty much sums up my weekend so far. We've been looking around at apartments. We visited one in Ballard yesterday. The lady who gave us the tour was very friendly, she talked from the moment she introduced herself. It was a bit exhausting. We're not sure it will be worth it to find a new place, in case we have to move next summer. The prospect of moving to a new city, on the other side of the country, is so insane I'm unable to wrap my head around it. One step at a time.

So we're going to look at a new apartment today that hopefully works out because it has hardwood floors and is a better location with cheaper rent. My fingers are crossed.

In the meantime, to avoid thinking about starting my new job, moving across the country or the million things I need to do to apply to grad school, I'm reading. I just started A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. Its all about his experience walking the Appalachian trail. So far I'm enjoying it and its more uplifting than reading about manic depression.

+ rainy afternoons
+ new mattress
+ zucchini bread

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


Ways to try and save $$$ this month

1. Reduce cell phone minutes. (only make long calls on the weekend)

2. Eat everything in the kitchen. The canned foods, the frozen foods and the 5,000 granola bars. Bonus: less to move at the end of the month

3. Pay a teensy, tiny, itty, bitty less on debt


5. Do not go to Target, thrift shopping or to fabric stores, under any circumstances

6. Have friends over rather than going out

7. Make gifts for any special occasions coming up. (including the card)

8. Buy cheaper coffee

9. Try not to drive anywhere outside of the city

10. Try to only spend $50/ week on groceries

11. Begin operation do not spend a dime until 9/9/09.

We need to save some money this month so I came up with this list of ideas. We have A LOT of expenses coming up such as moving and school and car payments. I also do not get paid from my job until Oct 1st so I have another 28 days to go. I think we can do it though. I feel pretty good about finding ways to cut down on expenses. I've already purchased enough shampoo, conditioner, face wash and toilet paper to last until March of next year. We are so covered, thanks Costco.

It will be an adventure to say the least and someday when we're lounging in our gold plated mansion we'll look back and laugh and laugh.

+ clean laundry
+ homemade chili
+ soft T-shirts

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

book worm

I'm going to attempt to read every book I own before I buy another one. It will be extremely difficult especially when we go to goodwill. Those books only cost $2. I usually buy an armload each time we go. I'm going to through and sort my books and get rid of some that I guess I don't need before we move at the end of the month. I wish we didn't have to find a new place again. This place finally feels like home. It will be awesome if we can find a place with a dishwasher or a balcony or even a fireplace. So luxurious.

The book I'm reading right now is called An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison. Its a memoir about her experience with manic depression. I got it at Goodwill with a few other new ones over the weekend. Its made me more aware of how different the mental health field is now compared to the 1970s. I'm about half way through it, so once I finish this one I have about 900 more to go. Maybe I should list them tomorrow so I can cross them off. I'm such a list nerd.

We went to Mt. Rainier today and went on a 6 mile hike through the most amazing forest I have ever been in. I would post some photos but those will have to wait until tomorrow. The camera is 6 feet away on my desk and walking even that distance is too painful at the moment. Its been a long time since I've been hiking. I really loved being in the woods. I think we might go back in early September.

Tomorrow is my last day of vacation. I'm going to have to make it count. I have big plans to go to Trader Joe's and perhaps due the laundry so I have something to wear to work on Wednesday.

+ my dad is visiting in february!
+ moss covered forests
+ road trips with philip
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