Tuesday, April 12, 2011
We're hoping that this week we will get a call from our insurance company adjuster to come out and inspect the damage to our roof. I found out that our roof is 18 years old so I really hope they replace it instead of repair it. I know they are overwhelmed with claims right now due to so many people getting damage in my area from the hail storm.
I went through the pants, shorts, and capri pants in my closet yesterday and while I can wear what I have, they aren't too flattering on me and are a little baggy.
I have no dress clothes whatsoever now so I really need to find something that I can wear in case we have a situation where I need to dress up. The weather is turning hot here now so I really am trying hard to find new summer clothes that flatter me and aren't ones I'm making do with.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Well I went clothes shopping again yesterday since my shopping got interrupted by an unexpected hail/thunderstorm on Saturday. I didn't have any luck but at every store I went to I found that all of the 10's were way too big and I had to go with a size 8 and a few 6's. That is insane because I don't remember ever fitting in those sizes before. I tried different brands and it was the same situation.
I'm definitely not complaining about smaller sizes at all, but I am frustrated because I'm having the same problem I had when I was larger, getting clothes to fit me correctly. I don't expect perfection, but it's so frustrating when everything is way too big in the waist (pants) and I end up thinking I will buy shorts/Capri's that have a drawstring like I did when I was hugely overweight. You're supposed to have an easier time finding clothes when you're smaller, LOL!
I thought at first it was the particular store I was in (Ross Dress for Less) but the same thing happened at Kohl's. I'm not complaining, but I had a hard time finding anything to fit me correctly so I will have to make sure I go clothes shopping again next weekend since I don't think my husband is on call.
I cleaned out my closet thoroughly this time (minus the pants which I didn't work on because I don't have a lot of those and currently most of them are too big although they were purchased a few months ago when I hit my goal weight) while my husband was home so he could give me a second opinion, and I ended up finding out half my closet was way too big for me. I have cleaned it out several times and thought I was done but the huge pile of too big clothing was staggering.
I really need some dresses (the few I had are way too big now) and/or dress pants for special occasions but really have nothing now. It was 85 degrees yesterday and I had to wear jeans, but would love to find some flattering clothes that fit me okay. Most of the clothes (pants anyway) that I bought a few months ago when I hit my goal weight are too big now so I'm afraid to buy too much.
I finally got around to straightening out the items that didn't sell at the last church consignment sale when I got back from shopping and as I was putting things up in the attic I noticed that I could see the sky through the roof, so we definitely got damage from the hail. There were some water on containers I had up there and pieces of shingles all over.
The bad thing is we are expecting another storm system (severe) coming our way tonight/early tomorrow morning. Maybe I'll have an indoor pool upstairs now, LOL.
I seriously hope we can get our roof fixed soon though. My husband contacted our insurance company by email and placed a claim so hopefully I'll hear from them soon. He didn't know if they would just repair the roof where there are holes or completely redo it (I'm hoping for the later).
On the news last night I saw a video of a twister that was right at the Sam's Club I was inside yesterday which freaked me out again to see. They said the weather service confirmed that a tornado touched down in a town about 15 miles from me although we were very lucky that it didn't touch down in my town, but of course, we had the terribly huge hail, unbelievable rain, lightning/thunder.
Saturday, April 09, 2011
I really hope I get a chance to look at bathing suits (not that I'm looking forward to that, because I'm not, LOL) and some capri pants/shorts today since tomorrow my husband is on call and I hate shopping when he's on call since it is stressful to me since I have to drop whatever I'm doing and rush back home so he can go to work.
I have to pick up my unsold items and money made at the church consignment sale today and I really hope most of my items sold although I'm not holding out much hope since there were tons of things there yesterday when I dropped my items off and did my volunteer time. It's amazing how much we all accumulate when we have children, LOL.
I wish I had known about those type of sales in my area when my children were younger although I rapidly got into yard saling when I found out I was pregnant with my first child. I would love to get back to yard saling again (shopping, not having them) before it gets too terribly hot, but it seems my weekends have been taken up by all these sales and other things including my husband being on call at work and my kids are not good shoppers by no means, LOL.
With the price of gas being around $3.70 now in my area a gallon (unleaded), I will have to think twice about going to that many this year, but I really would love to go to a few and see if I can find some wanted/needed items. Luckily the kids have plenty of clothing to last them through this summer, but I always have been one who likes to shop ahead of time and buy the next size up as cheaply as possible and store them in containers in my attic (after washing them of course).
This has saved me so much money over the years. Most of my daughter's coats (and my son's when he was younger) and clothing came from yard sales and I know it would shock me to know how much money I saved over time just from that. I've also found numerous great household items, books, toys, etc.
Unfortunately as I mentioned, due to the gas situation I probably won't be doing much yard saling this year unless I pass by some on my way running errands or they are near my home.
It's situations such as the gas increase that make me change what once was a great thrifty practice and focus instead on an alternative such as going to thrift stores since they don't require me driving all over town to find bargains.
I've found that I really have to adapt my thriftiness according to change that makes it way into all of our lives from time to time. My children are not into toys like they used to be because they are older, so now I'm forced to find ways to save money on the bigger priced items (Kindle, video games, etc.). I suppose that is one of the things you have to be willing to do when you want to save money, adapt to change and unexpected situations.
Friday, April 08, 2011
I don't know what is going on with my crazy sleeping cycle, but every single morning I wake up around 4:30 a.m. and can't go back to sleep. It's literally driving me crazy because I feel like I'm not completely there during the day and it's making me irritable as well.
Getting older stinks sometimes, LOL. I was always a night owl when I was younger, but now I fall asleep earlier in the night (well if you call 10:00 early) and like an inner alarm clock 4:30 comes around and I'm popping awake. Uggh!!!!!!
My last consignment sale is early this morning and I couldn't be happier because I think participating in four of them is more than enough, LOL. I'm so tempted to take everything that doesn't sell to Good Will, but I know I probably will only do that with some of the items and save the rest for the next spring/summer sale next year. Of course some items can go to the fall/winter sale (jeans, etc.) so I'll probably hang on to most things.
I am in such a decluttering mood right now that any small amount of clutter drives me nuts. I've been searching the house up and down for any possible item/items that could be taken with me and I think I've got anything that the kids will let take with me packed up in the car, tagged, and ready to go, LOL.
I'm shocked that I'm still finding too large clothes in my closet because I thought I had it weeded out pretty well, but I'm still finding shirts that are way too blousy on me and I'm gathering those to take to Good Will.
For the longest time I haven't had the house the way I like it to be (very organized) because that's hard to do with kids. It's much easier if you're single and it's just you, but with 4 people living in one home, there seems to be all this extra "stuff".
My kids tell me that I want to get rid of everything, but I really don't, I just want anything that takes up space that is never used or has no purpose out of here. I keep telling the kids if they are willing for me to sell some of their unused items (hence tons of Lego's, etc.) that they will get the money if they sell, but so far they haven't agreed although they haven't picked them up to play with them in over a year.
My son loves to put Lego kits together and then they sit there and get dusty and I have to move them and dust underneath his collection. I wouldn't mind it if he actually played with them after they were put together, or he took them apart and put them back together over and over, but they sit there gathering dust and looking lonely. The same thing with my daughter, she has tons of them but never does anything with them.
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