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It's Always Easier...the Next Time!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Twas a good day. Still no baby yet. She's getting there. At last report, mama was 7 cm. So we are hoping sometime this evening our little angel will be here! Woo hoo!

We had a Social Security review today. They do this every 2 years. It went great! The reviewer was VERY pleased and said he had nothing negative to say. He was very impressed with our procedures and record-keeping. That makes me really happy. We try really hard to be really excellent...and it seems to be working! It's nice when hard work pays off. I don't really care for the stress that comes with it...but...I am always hopeful that will get better with time.

We purchased our plane tickets for our trip to see the baby today. We've been very thrifty to save up the funds for the trip. It's paying off, too. Finally. It's really hard to be so thrifty...but it helps having a really good reason for it. I guess when you know what you're working for, it makes the hard stuff more do-able...both in handling finances...and in pushing for weight loss.

Tonight, we had gone out to get DH's prescription and we went there, got them, and came straight back and fixed supper. In the past, we definitely would have had supper out somewhere. It was hard not to eat out and choose the more thrifty option of eating in. As we were turning the corner back to our house, I thought, this is really hard. And I said to's the hard stuff that makes you stronger. I know this is true. I guess the other thing I need to remember in these situations is that the more you do the hard things...and make the right choices...the easier they get...each time. Each time makes the next time easier. I think that's a good aha for eating right and for saving money.

Today's experience with getting my husband's meds was kind of a paradox to me. I've been donating plasma twice a week...trying to supplement our income for this trip. Today, since we bought our plane tickets, we used some of that money for his prescriptions. It occurred to me that my good health is paying for these prescriptions, which, in turn, maintains his health...a very yin yang situation, huh?

Well, I hope you all had a Thriving Thursday! Keep up the good work! Happy TGIF to you tomorrow! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on!

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    emoticon have a wonderful trip!
    2114 days ago
    The baby must be here because you haven't been writing this weekend! Good work on being more thrifty and eating in!
    2114 days ago
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    2115 days ago
    Catching up for the last couple of days, hope that your new grand-daughter has arrived! You are doing great, and you are right, things that are hard become easier the more you do them. Have a great weekend!
    2115 days ago
  • L1LL1AN_M
    emoticon I hope your granddaughter arrives soon and all is well with Mom and Baby. I know what you mean about saving money . . . the other night after a very busy day I was very tired and DH suggested I just go out and get fast food but trying to be thrifty I said no and made hamburgers. After doing the dishes I sat down to watch TV and the next thing I knew it was 10:30 pm and I had missed Project Runway. emoticon Hehehe. Wishing you safe travel as you visit your granddaughter. I know you'll enjoy that precious little girl. emoticon
    2115 days ago
    Can't hold our breaths much longer waiting for news emoticon
    High five blog by the way!
    2116 days ago
    I hope your granddaughter has made her appearance by now. I am enjoying my visit with my grandson tremendously. It was definitely love at first sight!
    2116 days ago
    Good job, girl! What a wonderful thing to result from your thriftiness! We have been doing the eating in thing more often as well. It helps! When I read about some of my FB friends who complain about having no $$$, I sometimes smile to myself when I remember posts about them being at different locations eating out...

    Have a wonderful trip, and I shall look forward to reading about the grandbaby!
    2116 days ago
    Keep plugging away. You seem to be on the positive side of determination.
    2116 days ago
    So you are coming out to my state, Colorado, to see the new baby, right? :) That's great! Glad you were able to pinch pennies and find a way to make the trip! I know what you mean about not eating out and saving money. I LOVE to eat out and sometimes get grumbly about having to make meals all the time, but it does save so much money and so much easier to track your calories when you make it yourself!
    Have a great weekend!
    2116 days ago
    I read somewhere once that we tend to spend out money the same way that we spend our time -- either very purposefully and carefully or the opposite. The way we eat probably falls right in line with that. I'm glad you're learning how to be more disciplined!
    2116 days ago
    You are so right about the hard stuff makes you stronger. This week and last I went out to lunch with colleagues. Avoided drinks except water, only ate salad and chicken, while the others had beer, wine, Coke and French fries and....

    The first time was hard, the second time easier. Saying no takes discipline, as much as daily exercise. Just looks a little different. Way to go on your discipline to reach your goals and live healthy.

    Now, would you tell that little baby to make an appearance. She is determined to make a dramatic entrance!
    2117 days ago
    I'm surprised still no baby! She's taking her time but she'll be here soon. I'm glad you have been able to save enough to purchase your tickets to go see the new family. But yes, it does cramp our style to live more thrifty. You deserve a gold star for your efforts!
    2117 days ago
  • BAKER1009
    You are doing so awesome Cathy, I'm so proud of you!! And way to go on saving the money to go see this grandbaby! How exciting!! Can't wait to hear that the baby has arrived safely!

    2117 days ago
    I love this line in your blog -"it's the hard stuff that makes you stronger". It is hard to be thrifty and save but when you have a good motivator (a trip to see a new baby) it does make it easier. I know you will enjoy seeing that little one.

    2117 days ago
    Oh, can't wait to hear about the baby! emoticon
    Great job being thrifty! In this day &'s crucial for survival!

    2117 days ago
    I hope that baby gets here soon and you and hubby are on your way to see the little one.
    2117 days ago
  • MISSLISA1973
    Great blog! What a great attitude toward thriftiness. You are so right in everything you said... thanks for the perfect reminders! Congrats on the baby! Sounds like she will be delivering soon! Hooray!
    2117 days ago
    Enjoybaby,daughter and husband, cash!!,
    2117 days ago
    Enjoy that baby! I love that it is already so loved and isn't even born yet!

    2117 days ago
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