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"Rain Rain go away" Does not mean I want Snow!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Yes, SouthEastern Michigan (prolly all of Michigan) is SNOWING again. Ahem, the tulips are blooming, I put my hibiscus out the other day.. ahem.. lol.. I did wish for it to stop raining. I guess I should have been more specific and asked for Sunshine. LOL.

Yesterday I was out and about all day! We went everywhere, eight stores, for groceries & clothing. My daughter's bday money was burning a hole in her pocket. I think I had about 4 hours of walking in! Then this morning, I was a bad mom. Very bad. I told her she was grounded for being stupid. I feel guilty for that, I don't want her to think I think she's stupid. It was her behavior and lack of thought that drove me insane this morning! And her constant complaining about how I had too much to do, but even when I asked for her help she said no! I'm hoping this new negativity goes away real quick since we took her off the new med that we think might be causing her irritability.

So today, I'm working all day, need to stop at the grocery store on the way home, do my workout, clean, cook, clean, and then enjoy an evening of tv & ebaying with the family. I have so much to sell! Hubby has a 3rd interview (within 8 days) so hoping Someone hires him! If he does get a new job, that means we can have a vacation, which means I need to start selling my butt off in ebay. Ebay profits go to two different things - donations & vacations. I really love helping out with donations - locally, online, overseas (soldiers & disasters) and just don't have it in my budget, so ebay provides for that. Also ebay has paid for gas money & spending money for vacations in the past too. It also paid for surgery for wendle a few years back. I do love ebay. lol. I love starting things off at 99cents so people can get awesome stuff for a bargain. I could spend all day/week ebaying, unfortunately it doesn't pay enuf, so it's in my spare time.

Ok I think I wrote enough! I'm going to weigh in tomorrow and take more pictures to see my progress.. I'm very excited to do the 5% challenge next month as a Determined Daisy! Who Hoo! Six more lbs until 50 shed!

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PSKIPPY7811 4/21/2011 4:06PM

    I'm sick of rain too but at least we didn't get snow. Blah


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DDOORN 4/18/2011 10:56PM

    Ugh! I'm thinking and beaming "SPRING" your way! :-)


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BIPPYBIPPY 4/18/2011 5:46PM

    I know right! What's with this winter in April thing. On behalf of Ontario, we agree with you!

Mom/daughter hiccups like that happen :) I admire your relationship with her so much, and I'm quite sure you'll be able to smooth things over. Good luck with month end and ebaying!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 4/18/2011 4:41PM

    50 lb shed, wow! what an accomplishment. You must be so excited!

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ELLEYKAT 4/18/2011 4:24PM

    Yeahhhhh, it's supposed to snow here on Tues/Wed - they're saying 5-6". BLECH!


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GSWINNIE 4/18/2011 1:51PM

    Yes, perhaps you should have asked for sun, and when you get it send it my way! (I'm in Chicago) I wouldn't feel too bad about grounding your daughter, however next time perhaps word it as "for doing something stupid" not "being stupid". Good Luck! emoticon

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Ok, so no normal day yet.. but.. lol

Saturday, April 16, 2011

So I haven't quite had a normal day yet. However today I did intentionally get my workout in. I started back up the biggest loser last chance workout. I've started selling clothes on ebay again. I put up a bunch of my 24/26 that are too big and some of the 22s. :) :) I will never allow myself to get to that size again! I've bought two 16s from Avenue that fit and one pair of 18s from Old Navy that fit. I'm going to work on my upper half more to try and get that to match the bottom half. I am going to start adding in crunches on the ball daily along with my workout. I also haven't been eating well the past few weeks. I've been staying in my calorie ranges, but not enough fruits or vegetables. And eating out too much. I can tell a difference. I've also had my period for 7 weeks now. The doctor wants me to try one more month of the oral contraceptive I'm on before upping me to a stronger pill. I really hope this ends soon. It's making me dehydrated, lethargic, anemic, and really grumpy! lol. Dizzy too. I really love our new vehicles! I bought a six speed and It's been SO much fun speeding around! I haven't owned a stick-shift in 9 or 10 years. lol fun times tho. I think that's just about it. Becca's still sick and they might have to do an MRI. I think I figured out what's causing her depression and irritability too. Oh, and Please send good thoughts, prayers, wishes, anything for my husband to get the job he interviewed for yesterday!!!! My fingers & toes are crossed, he really needs to find a new job asap before he stresses himself too much! Starting this week his work switched his schedule to Saturday through Wednesday with Thursday and Friday off. He will never have a weekend off. He won't even be able to take a vacation day on the weekend since those with seniority get it first. He put in for time off in June and two days were approved, two days he is on the wait list, and one day (saturday) denied. If you call in three times (sick) you get fired. He went home one day (with bad stomach issues) and called in one day. So if he stays there we cannot go on vacation or he will be fired. I work Monday - Friday so we will never have a day off together either. I have never heard of a company being that horrible to work for. It's very frustrating!!!

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BIPPYBIPPY 4/17/2011 5:58PM

    Sending Love and Light to all three of you. I do hope the job works out most of all, praying for yours and Becca's health. xxx

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ELLEYKAT 4/17/2011 8:25AM

    Prayers and good thoughts coming your way. Congrats on your 16/18 pants, and on getting rid of your too-big clothes. =) Hope everything else gets better.

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    What kind of a crappy job is that that your husband has???!!! Please Spark it confidentially if you're comfortable, I want to steer clear of that company, will do so completely anonymously and confidentially. I will tell no one it came from you. I will def pray, ai yi yi, most people I put their SparkName on a 2x3 sticky note, on my monitor and bathroom mirror. For yours I'll use a 3x3 with bullets.

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ANIMALDOCTOR 4/17/2011 1:18AM

    I am wishing you the best outcome for your family.... Prayers and positive thoughts for...You, Becca and your Husband!! Keep us posted :)

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MAMABUGAZ 4/16/2011 10:20PM

    Ohhh; that IS absolutely horrible. Don't they know that employees who enjoy their jobs and have a good morale will be more productive and better workers?


~ Faith

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Tomorrow Will be the First NORMAL day

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Being without a car really messed up my schedule, my priorities, my workouts, my food planning, everything!!! I am so excited that tomorrow I will be back on schedule with everything normal! :) :) I can drop my daughter off at school, get to work on time, leave work on time, go home and workout, cook dinner, pick up the house and then eat as a family between 6:30/7pm. Yeah!

Yesterday I bought my Chevy Cruze. I love it! I bought the six speed because I love manual/stick driving! I drove stick last about 8 years ago! lol So I'm a bit rusty but doing just fine. It's such a peppy car, I love it. I got the dark gray. We also realized when we were there that prices were pretty good on the silverado. Between the GM discount, the rebates, and the financing available, we went ahead and bought a single cab, automatic silverado too. We figured that Chris' aura had 2 years of payments left, and we already replaced the rims twice, tires ones, brakes twice, and it needs a new suspension soon. The Silverado payment will be the same, or less than that car - and no repairs!! :) :) And we can toss our bikes in back! We MISS our truck so much.

No more vehicle headaches for a while. My stomach issues are starting to subside finally. Chris is so much happier knowing he signs for and gets his new truck today.

While I haven't exactly been entering all my food the past week, I haven't been doing terrible. I've been staying in my calorie limit. I haven't exercised still and my body is starting to feel lethargic. I won't be able to again tonight, so I hope to get a walk in during work. Since we won't be home until 6:45 and then Becca has a dr. appt at 7, tonight exercise is out the window. Poor kid is SO sick. Even on antibiotics she started running a fever and her cough his horrible. SO back to the doctors today!

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BIPPYBIPPY 4/13/2011 9:04PM

    oooh I'm so excited and jealous! My friend and I got stuck in accident traffic by a car yard today and were just drooling over the Cruze display!! Enjoy the vehicles and I do hope Becca feels better soon. xx

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KAZINMICH 4/12/2011 10:36PM

    I was able to get two smaller walks in :) I cancelled getting scoped for now since we had so much going on. Brought Becca to the docs tonight and they put her on stronger antibiotics and also gave her a pill for her cough at night. She will stay home tomorrow too. one more day of rest will be good for her. This is my first brand new vehicle(s) and I'm in love. lol. My hubby is happier than I have seen him in so long! He really needed to have a truck again, and no more car headaches.

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SLIMMERKIWI 4/12/2011 5:50PM

    Great one on the new vehicles. Altho' we very seldom replace ours, I DO remember the excitement of having something that not only looks good, smells, newish, and IS newish:-)

You'll soon be up and running re the exercise. Just make sure you aren't too tempted to take the short-cuts and take the car more often than need be - LOL


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DDOORN 4/12/2011 1:50PM

    Whew! Always such a RELIEF to have reliable wheels!


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    So happy for you for 2 new vehicles! Glad your stomach troubles are subsiding but sorry your Sweet 16 daughter is sick! Are still getting scoped?

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ABAKER34 4/12/2011 1:00PM

    Contrats on the new car and truck! I'm glad to hear your stomach is feeling better. I hope Becca feels better soon!

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PJC19671 4/12/2011 9:56AM

    Congratulations on the new vehicles.. That's emoticon and so exciting. I hope you get a chance to get your walk in. I hope your daughter feels better soon. Everyone has been hit hard with that cough this year, I was coughing for almost a month straight but, with the right antibiotics she should be feeling better soon. emoticon emoticon

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ELLEYKAT 4/12/2011 9:51AM

    Hope she's feeling better soon, and that you're able to squeeze in a little time for fitness soon as well! Congrats on the new car. =)

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Things will work out, turn on the sunshine!

Friday, April 08, 2011

I have to remind myself, things have a way of working out in my life for the better. This vehicle, while shocking and sad for it to break down at the wrong moment, is actually a blessing in disguise. I work with professionals who drive really nice cars - and mine looked like the ones the interns drive. LOL. I can't take friends with me to lunch in it etc. So we are due for a new vehicle soon anyway. The other thing is it's making my husband appreciate the job he hates. lol. He doesn't mind phones, although it drives him insane sometimes, but the company and the way they treat their associates is horrible. We also will never have the same day off ever, and he's not allowed to take weekends off ever, until he's been there at least 3-4 yrs. So he's been applying all over the place to get a new job, even had one awesome interview. And he's doing what he needs to do to not only keep this job, but excel at it. I know him and I can get through anything together. We have come from jobless in a new state with 3 months living expenses to both working jobs making good money. My job is awesome, I have no complaints, I hope to stay here until I retire, maybe transferring within the company, but I love my job and the company. They've made a few bad mistakes, but seem to always make up for it, and they compensate me well. So we will be ok. It's just hard because we spent 14k in savings last year because he was unemployed and we had bills to pay. On top of that since November we spent an additional 6k on top of that. Our savings is now at 1k. I have to remember a time though when i didn't have a savings and was struggling to not bounce checks and keep the utilities on.

Reading the blogs on here about weight loss has helped me realize we need to apply lessons to every part of our life. Ok, so I haven't lost weight in 2 weeks, or I can't loose that last xx lbs - how far did I come already? Am I acknowledging that? Am I telling myself that things will fall into place if I keep positive, keep doing the right things and moving forward? As my husband says, water will find it's level. Things will balance.

My only request - PLEASE give us SUNSHINE! I know I know.. April showers bring May (or May bring?) flowers. .lol.. I am longing for SUN, WARMTH. I'm ready for Outdoor Activities!!! yeah! In the meantime I might buy an umbrella or raincoat.. lol...

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 4/11/2011 9:19PM

    emoticon Glad things are so great!

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DDOORN 4/10/2011 10:18PM

    Sunshine certainly puts a whole new SPIN on things and lightens our spirits! Most agreed!


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ELLEYKAT 4/9/2011 9:11AM

    I like the rain, only it's messing with my getting in shape to ride my bike to work. XP Boo!!

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Trying to catch up

Thursday, April 07, 2011

I'm trying to catch up on here, i had a great positive attitude this morning, until I called the car repair shop. They want 2k to fix my car - which is worth around 1,500 - 2,000 working. I guess I'm going to have to start car shopping. I REALLY did not want another car payment. I'd love to cry right now, but I'm at work, and I look so pretty, lol.. yeah, I think I look good today despite everything. I was having a positive morning. I dropped the hubby off at his work 45 minutes early so I could have the car. his job is going HORRIBLE. he might have to go to upstate NY and work for family for a while until he finds better work here, or I can sell the house and move there and work remotely. IDK.. I'm a bit stressed. I'll be ok, we will get through this. I'm just so Angry - but nothing to direct my anger at! There's no real reason why we are in this spot. He lost his job last year, was unemployed for 10 months. In the past year we spent 5k on the dog with surgeries, had a wedding, spent 2k on his car to get it fixed, 2k on my car to get it fixed, then Christmas, Becca's bday, The hot water heater.. Everything broke, there's been no let up. Our savings is gone. Due to his unemployment not taking out much taxes, we are only getting back 2k this year which will pay off the credit cards, but still no savings.. so I guess we will have to pay off part of it? I am just not sure! Why can't something ease up financially??? I'm being responsible, paying my bills on time, trying to save money, trying not to spend money, I just don't get it. I'm thinking about calling my step-mom, but I haven't talked to her since before xmas. I'm just not sure what else to do?

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    Many hugs to you, you are being hit from all sides. A budget is the first stop in the financial journey; you probably already do one but if not, that's a place to start. Can you get other estimates on your car? I feel for you because I'm unemployed and have used up my savings and still don't have a job - so I can relate.

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SLIMMERKIWI 4/8/2011 1:45AM

    Sometimes just having a good cry can actually do wonders! These things are out of your control. Are you able to get anything for you car by selling it for parts? I know it wouldn't bring much in, but some is better than nothing. I REALLY DO wish you well in coming out of this quagmire - I know how hard the struggle is. It seems like we are beating our heads against a brick wall sometimes:-(

Kris xx

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BIPPYBIPPY 4/7/2011 6:29PM

    This too shall pass. Sorry you're having a hard day coping with it all, you're right you are doing such a great job with your lifestyle and everything else. Don't give up :) things will get better xx

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DDOORN 4/7/2011 5:06PM

    These times are just getting tougher and tougher...so sorry to hear of your struggles...! Hope you can resist allowing the stress to lead you toward poor food choices...! Because THAT is one thing under your control at least...!


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PSKIPPY7811 4/7/2011 3:31PM

    At least you're getting a refund! I've always gotten refunds until last year. I owe again this year and I still haven't figured out where the money is going to come from to pay it.

Good luck!

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JERSEYFLOWER 4/7/2011 2:37PM

    emoticon to you.

Keep plugging away, making the right decisions. You sound like a smart cookie, making the best decisions possible in a bad situation.

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ELLEYKAT 4/7/2011 10:55AM

    I'm having money issues as well. I HATE money issues, because I just feel so hopeless and powerless. No fun. =(

I hope things turn around for you VERY soon! It sounds like you've had a series of tough breaks. *hugs* Wishing lots of luck to come your way!!!!

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