Wednesday, October 12, 2011
We visited Hubers' Farm on Saturday and then a farm in Shelbyville with Mom on Sunday. By the time the weekend ended we had 5 pumpkins or gourds of various shapes and colors, tried our luck at the cake walk (Why do we never win? At least Mom always makes G extra cupcakes), picked apples, played in the hay and even went to a petting zoo. Whew - I'm tired but I love the fall season!
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
We ended the day at the kid zone of the fair watching magicians, musicians while we danced and sang. I literally had to drag him away from the fair at the end of the day!
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
$500 - that would help pay so many bills like G's after school care, his various school projects or even the enormous amount of dog food the dogs go through. Seriously they only have 4-8 oz. cups each a day but it seems to go down so much more in the Rubbermaid container.
Who couldn't use some extra cash? I wouldn't even charge a finder's fee if you win. :)
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Calm the nerves, take a drink, gulp some air.... good night's sleep and hope my hair cooperates tomorrow!
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
My concern for school are his lunches. The boy really doesn't like meat so an old-fashioned turkey and cheese on wheat is out. Yesterday I sent him with a peanut butter and jelly on wheat (cut into dinosaur shapes), veggie straws, sliced kiwis and a Capri Sun. I've been diligently searching for lunch time ideas - especially ones that are easy to eat since G isn't the fastest eater (he and I both take more than 30 minutes minimum to eat). Suggestions?
Easy Lunchbox Ideas
Byndoo Goodbyn Lunchbox - Original
Back to School Lunch Ideas
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Oh I hate this new era of dating! There are so many more rules and unknowns!
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Maybe I'm too nice, too easy going. Twice this summer I've been unvoluntarily put into the "backburner girl" category. Meaning "I really like you but I'm going to pursue this other relationship. But let's have lunch cause I don't know where this would be going in the future."
Now I could understand and accept it from one guy... Not the other. We dated for a year and a half. He moved away for a job last year. I didn't do anything wrong. He tells me he's moving BACK. And that he thought about a relationship again with me. He erroneously thought I was taken; I'm still single. But he wants to see where things go with a one week old long distance relationship.
I can't win. I guess singledom suits me. Cause I don't confuse or fight with myself...
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
I talked about the experiment to them - very vague, saying I wasn't ready, that it's a journal and not a blog (because who wants to read about my life?) and that it is an outlet to release all my thoughts instead of inundating friends and family. All so true.
Off to bed (after I take this mask off - see moms do still care what they look like!) with a movie. Satellite decided to reset itself while we were gone and it's still going....
Oh BIG news! G's garden of cucumbers sprouted its first and it's a doozy. Almost 13 inches and we can count so many more coming. We'll have cucumbers and pickles everywhere! I'll post a picture tomorrow.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Now, as it says in the intro, I make a pretty paltry salary. Love what I do, love where I work but sometimes it's really hard to make ends meet and be in the black at the end of the month. Add my portion of the school tuition and the after school YMCA care (we'll get to that) as new line items and some creativity has got to happen. I filled out financial aid forms for G for school (I didn't even do financial aid for my undergrad and grad degrees and here I am doing it for kindergarten?). Sadly, no help for either application. So the next few weeks may be a stream of consciousness as the ideas pour out and fit the puzzle pieces.
I've already begun a second "job" as a mystery shopper. It's fun - go to the businesses, do the job, fill out a survey, get paid pocket change a few weeks later. Free dinners, make-up, etc. and pretending I have more money than I do ("Yes sir, I'm looking to replace my six-year old car." When really I know I'll be driving it six years from now). But that job won't make enough money each month to cover tuition and the after school program.
Ah yes, the after school program. I filled out a financial aid application for this one too. Sent in my 1040, paycheck stubs and itemized all my monthly expenses. Even totaled it out for them to yearly expenses. Thinking that I had a pretty good shot at this one, anxiously waited for the results.
Which I got today. 15% weekly reduction. Sounds good right? Until you calculate it and realize it's...
$7.20 off each week. That's it.
That's $28.80 a month or a grand total of about $288 (I'm assuming school runs for about 10 months). Now I know that I shouldn't knock the reduction - I am happy to have it. But it's a bit humorous, no?
Back to the drawing board now. Creativity - come!