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A gray and extremely snowy day...

Saturday, February 23, 2013

...and we have a funeral to go to. I am finding this weather SO depressing. It has been snowing so long in such large amounts and been so cold this winter. (What was that I heard about global warming?) We are only now starting to have fleeting afternoons of close to 35 or 40. It's been a long, long winter.

I filed online for my social security yesterday. I had thought, after reading my last statement, that I would be getting $670 a month. I must have looked at the age 65 amount. I'm actually getting $536 according to the site. Should get my first check on June 20th. I'm somewhat disappointed. I was so hoping to contribute a bit more than that to the household budget. But it is what it is. I must just be thankful for what I will be getting. It's just sometimes I feel bad that I'm not bringing in any money. We are trying to position ourselves for Arn to be able to retire, and there are things that need done to this house before he can do that. Anyway, I am kind of bummed.

Haven't been to the gym yet. I need to go find a pair of sweat pants of some sort. They don't allow jeans there. Geez, mine or so baggy they are ready to fall off. They would be fine. I HATE exercise clothes!

Weight-wise I am still battling this plateau of 185-188. I know I'm not going to move from there till I get off my butt and start exercising. Looking forward to getting on the treadmill at the gym. I am such an anxious weirdo that I've been stressing ever sense Thursday night when we joined the gym about not being able to know how to use the stupid things. I sometimes think I am mentally ill! emoticon

Oh well, time to fix breakfast. The old gray bear here is hungry.
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ARUN4ONE 2/27/2013 1:19PM

    Lol, Calen, about the exercise and jeans. I know that is a dumb policy. I don't like working out in sweats myself, so I found some breathable spandexy (not too tight though) pants at JC Penney. I really like them, they are comfy and versatile enough to wear in public too. Just a thought.

Bummer about SS. That's nothing for all those years, but you have the right attitude better something than nothing. I am not even banking on it, John and I are pretty aggressive with our 401K. Well, that and lots of faith in God! Who knows maybe we'll get lucky and he'll come back before I have to even think about it...

I feel ya about winter. BLAH. Rain, rain, rain here. I can not wait until it's sunny and I can go sit outside all day, that and tend my garden and berries. YUM!

PS I understand about the contributing thing. I tell John all the time it is so weird for me to be a stay at home mom, I want to work, work, work, but God knows what he's doing for you and for me :D :D :D

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AANGEL3 2/26/2013 5:24PM

    I won't be getting my SS until 65 (if all goes as planned), Same with hubby. But hubby has a great pension from his job so that will help. Mine is a 401K and not worth a lot. In fact I'm going to talk to our tax guy this yr about taking it all out when I turn 59 1/2 and paying off the note on the condo. So we don't have that hanging over our heads. Same with my new car and new truck hubby wants to get, get them now while we still have income and they'll be paid off before we retire.

It's been chilly at night here but we have had some nice upper 60's days. And a few mid 70's days are in the forecast 9after a cold front moves though).

I hate gym clothes too. I wear an XXX-LG t-shirt and a pair of thin workout pants. And a sports bra (to keep the puppies in check! emoticon ) when I workout.

Luv Ya!

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ARCHIMEDESII 2/24/2013 3:05PM

    a long cold snowy winter can get many people down, but spring isn't far off. Definitely start using that gym membership. regular exercise will help improve your mood and it gets you out of the house too.

Another friend of mine recently applied for SS. He's getting a decent amount because he made good money for years. So, he had a lot taken out of his check. At the rate I'm going, I'm not betting on there being any SS by the time I need it. Shoot, I'm looking at working for at least another 15 years before I can remotely think of collecting. YIKES !

anyway... don't lose your momentum, go to the gym. start your routine.

Very sorry to hear about the funeral. they're never easy.

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TOONACAT 2/23/2013 2:29PM

    emoticon Sorry for all of the sickness and health issues that you are part of at the moment. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Congrats on joining the gym! Most gyms will give you an orientation session with the equipment. Don't worry. When you go in, ask if they offer orientation. When I was a gym rat I felt pretty silly and "all thumbs" most of the time. But after awhile it was a piece of cake. Hey, and feel good about your progress. I'm still trying to get back below 200 and we used to be pretty neck and neck. You've done really awesome this past year or two moving forward no matter what. You are a huge inspiration and you can do it!

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