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January In Review

Thursday, January 31, 2013

First off, I HAVE to get this off my chest...

As many of you know, my husband's daughter is getting married in March. We said, of course, we'd help pay for the wedding. She's getting married in her church-she's very religious. Catholic. Her mom is helping her with the planning and is making the wedding cake. We're paying for her dress and the bridesmaids dresses and Amber's dress. Amber is going to be ring bearer/flower girl. And that's all paid for. I also agreed to get her a KitchenAide Mixer 5qt Glass Bowl in Breast Cancer Pink. I had NO CLUE!!
Of course, I have to buy the glass bowl separately--$68.00. And this website is the only place that I've seen the Breast Cancer Pink.

Then, earlier this week, her mom calls and says they'll need $3200.00 for the caterer. After I picked myself up off the floor I said OK. Am I cheap or is this just TOTALLY ridiculous?! $3200.00 and the choices are only chicken and beef??!! emoticon Is that seriously the going rate? She's only inviting 75 people to the meal thing after the wedding. So, just becuz you attend the wedding doesn't mean you're gonna eat. Personally, I thought that was in bad taste. But that's on her.

What really made it even worse, tho, is with Glen coming home in March I've been paying OVER on the bills so I don't have to worry about themtil May, at least. So I've been really draining the bank account. And I've been putting money on my pre-paid card for our cruise and whatever else we do while he's here. But she called on a Tuesday and said she needed the money by Friday. Fortuneately, that coincided with payday but it just really put a snag in EVERYTHING. For that amount of money she really should have given me a heads up. And this Sunday we have to go to Temple to get Amber's dress fitted. I'm holding out til the end of February to get her shoes--just to make sure she doesn't get another growth spurt. But she's got a pair of heels here she can wear for the final fitting. They're about 1 1/2" high & that's as high as she's going for heel height.

$3200.00...LOL! I can't get over that! I don't eat meat so I expect ONE HELL of a salad--with at least $500.00 worth of veggies on the side and thay BETTER NOT be drenched in butter. emoticon

Oh, well...It is what it is, I guess.

Monday Amber had a doctor's appt for her ADD medicine. Her teachers' have actually asked if her medicine can be increased becuz they're having a hard time getting her to pay attention & focus on her work. I keep telling them it's becuz she doesn't like school. She's more of a 'hands on' than 'sit down & write' kind of kid. She does well in Art, loves science experiments becuz she's up & doing something, not sitting at a desk. All the Concerta in the world isn't going to help that. And I mentioned all that to her doctor. Her doctor said she wouldn't increase her medicine anyway becuz she's at the maximum for weight(4'11'', 75.3 lbs, 11 yrs old). She's on 25 grams in the mrng. I sure wish Glen would let me homeschool her but he's deadset against it.

But I've been in her class. There are very few kids who sit still long enough for the entire class. And, frankly, I'd be scared of ANY kid who can sit still through 50 minutes of math emoticon. They're all looking out the window or doodling. This is just my opinion but I think that since they know she's on concerta they may expect more from her--they expect her to sit still, pay attention, etc., and if she doesn't do that then it's becuz her medicine isn't strong enough. I don't know...


I started the month at 126. That was on the 1st. On Jan 9th I was up 128.7. Got lazy, I suppose. On the 9th I put a plan of attack in action. I went from 128.7 to 126.7, as of yesterday. So that's a 2 lb loss for the month. Not good but good for me, about average.

February I need to really tighten things up--literally. My focus will be on emoticon. I have too many things that jiggle emoticon. Glen coming home on leave and the cruise are my focus.
(BTW, Glen is in Afghanistan as a government contractor. He is NOT military but he IS gone and we DO miss him. I felt I should clarify that becuz of some of the comments when I mentioned it was his birthday on my Feed).

So I will continue on with & keep increasing the weights. Right now I'm at 15 lb DBs for most but I NEVER go lower than 10 lbs.

And I have started self tanning for the cruise. This stuff is emoticon

Here's the link:
But I've always self tanned starting in January becuz I refuse to go into the warmer months pale white. And I've always tanned easily--all I have to do is step is outside for 10 minutes and I'm dark.

So I guess that about wraps it up!

On to February!

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    Wow. emoticon
    1866 days ago
    The average wedding in my area costs $12,000 and to me that is a waste of money when most marriages end in divorce. It's like people who specialize in weddings are running some kind of scam. No one wants to disappoint their daughter or son but no one should have to drain their savings account and go in debt for a one day event.

    I have a friend who is a school nurse and says that about half the students are on some kind of med. I find it hard to think that there are that many kids who need this. It sounds like something else is going on. Maybe the kids need P.E. and recess which have been done away with in many areas.
    1870 days ago
    How rude of her to call and ask you for $3200, in just a few days no less. I was just reading an article about wedding receptions starting at $250 PP and going up to over $1000 so I guess it could have been worse. How coo that Amber is in the wedding party, hope you post a pic of her.
    1870 days ago
    Take a deep breath.....weddings can be stressful and with Glen away, you are carring the entire burden yourself!

    I enjoyed reading your blog! It's always beneficial to get things off of our chests---now time to move on!
    1872 days ago
    Wow, $3200 at the last minute! Makes a person wonder if that is really the cost or is some being sent to her own pocket?

    You are a very good person to just deal with things that easily and not say anything, but I guess that keeps the peace.

    Amber is taking a high dose of Concerta it seems. I think the school is way off base a lot of time with their expectations. My daughter is on Adderalll and we have been through issues like this with the schools and she is in 9th grade so we are nearing the end of dealing with the schools.

    1872 days ago
    Glad you can vent here!!

    You've got lots to look forward to!!!
    1872 days ago
    I hope that wedding breakfast lives up to it's cost Michele LOL.

    What a month you've had. Amber is doing her best bless her.

    Good luck with your goals have a great Feb. Won't be long b4 hubby is home emoticon
    1872 days ago
    Sounds like a big month, with lots of things going on. I know you have a girl but my boys were always more interested in the playground. They finally out grew not wanting to learn to read (they conformed lol). Although they went through trade schools rather than the traditional college which worked out well. P.S. we were hit up for money this month too, no notice and an emergency. Can't do it again told Sis this was the last of it. emoticon
    1872 days ago
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