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Monday, May 14, 2012

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about what makes me tick. I think part of the issue is that I am a lot like a wind up watch as compared to a digital clock.
I need to pay attention to whether I need a rewind. Key words: pay attention. I don't, and that's a big problem. I get too involved in whatever task I have at hand, running the offices, civic responsibilities, etc., and I forget to check whether I need to be rewound.
Just one of my odd observations and comparisons. And.......just in case there is any question at all........if I'm a watch, I'd like to be a Rolex. Haha--as if any of us truly have a choice.
I spent Mother's Day knitting quietly and thinking. All three kids called me, which was nice. Even though I've told them repeated through the years that I didn't want presents for the day, my little Texan still sent a lovely orchid plant to my office. I will try very hard not to kill it! My son in Colorado has sent something which hasn't arrived yet--with him, there is no telling what it would be, except that he likes electronic things and assumes I do as well. The daughter in CT is planning a house warming/end of school/Mother's Day bash to be held at her new home in June and I am looking forward to that.
I also figured out something else over the weekend about my eating habits. I eat out far too often! You know how it is when you eat out--too much sodium and most of the food is either smothered or covered or buttered to heck and back. Not very healthy for body or pocketbook. And that is the part I found absolutely astonishing! I added up how much my DH and I spent in the month of April eating out. April wasn't a particularly different month from any other, we weren't on vacation and didn't have any kids visiting, which would mean we were out more often. Nope, April was a normal month as far as that is concerned. So, I added up how much we spent (because I use my debit card the amounts were easy to find and I never carry cash), and the total was an astonishing $1,223! That does not include any times I used a credit card. Yikes!
No wonder I am fat! Yeah, I know. What took me so long to figure this out? Perhaps this windup girl was trying to be digital. I just didn't pay attention--I didn't want to pay attention.
The plan for now? Bring my lunch to work, eat out no more than once a week and save some money. Start taking that same amount of money I spent last month and start paying off some debt and start getting ready for retirement in a few years.
That's the plan.............
Hugs,
Karen
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ESILBO 5/14/2012 11:49AM

    GREAT PLAN, I AM LIKE YOU FOR DINNING OUT, BUT ITS LESS SINCE I RETIRED...EXCEPT WHEN I HAVE OCCASIONS, LIKE THE WEEK MY SISTER WAS HERE. I MADE A BIG GROCERY THE DAY BEFORE SHE ARRIVED AND WE ENDED UP EATING OUT ALL THE TIME...LOL
I AM GETTING BETTER AT IT, UNLESS SOMETHING COMES AROUND...LOL emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon LISE

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JILL313 5/14/2012 11:16AM

    It sounds like you know yourself really well and have come to the right conclusion. It's not easy but you need to "refuel" yourself otherwise you'll just "burn out". You really do like to eat out as I can't imagine spending that much money in a month for restaurant meals. It's actually a rare treat for me to eat out as honestly can't afford to even if I'd like to more often. You will be saving money and calories so it's a good deal all the way around. My son and his family cook during the week and then eat lunch and dinner out on Saturday and Sunday and it seems to give them a break from cooking and they look forward to going to their favorite restaurants and usually have a coupon or two on hand that they find in the newspaper.

Love,

Jill

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LOSE4LIFE47 5/14/2012 10:19AM

    YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

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