Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Be Back Soon!

As regular readers know, June has been a rollercoaster kind of month in my tiny part of the world!

I'll be taking the rest of June "off" to regroup and try to relax a bit (whatever that means LOL).

 Be back on July 5th with a fresh month and hopefully a fresh start!

Until then,

take care everyone!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Day Book Friday June 23, 2017

I'm going to be a busy bee today I think!

Outside my window...
Sunny-ish start to the day.  I think there are supposed to be thunderstorms later this afternoon.

What I am hearing...
The dog chowing on her breakfast.  That's pretty much it.  G1 is at Ramsey's and G2 is in her room reading.

What I am wearing...
Blue V-neck Tshirt, gray shorts.  However, in case you think I have it together this morning, I actually don't.  I slept in yesterday's clothing because I was too tired to change when I collapsed into bed last night!  LOL

What I am reading....
I just finished The Graveyard Apartment.  It was originally written in Japanese and read like a Japanese horror movie - G2 loves watching these on Netflix so that's why I am making the comparison.  I'm not sure if anything got lost in translation, but, I think there were too many gaping holes at the end of the book.  It didn't make much sense to me to be honest.
Now I started a new book called (excuse my language) Unfuck Your Habitat.  I saw it at the library and the cover caught my eye - the word "unfuck" isn't completely spelled out because there is a banana peel in it  LOL!  It's supposed to be a housekeeping book for "the rest of us".  You know, the people who have a hard time keeping up with routines and schedules.  Haha!  If I like it, I will write another post about it.

What I am feeling...
Honestly, I'm emotionally and physically beat beyond belief!  This summer is kicking my great big behind already!  I think part of that could be all the extra care having to be given to Rum - but I am thrilled to still have her here with us.  She's doing pretty darn good so far but I know it's only a matter of time until that changes.  She appears to be pain free (thank you medication) and is still her curious self.  Of course she will only eat Gerber chicken baby food by hand (she eat it off my pinky) but that's okay.  She can be a prima donna for the rest of the time she is with us. 
Anyway I am juggling a LOT of balls right now and trying very hard to not drop any!

From the kitchen...
Nothing at the moment....unless you count G2's toast in the toaster!  Haha!
The kitchen is actually pretty clean this morning.  It won't be staying that way for long though! My parents invited me along for a Costco run.  I know this is a controversial topic as some people think I shouldn't be receiving help from my parents.  They offered this trip and, after the nearly $1500 I have spent since the beginning of this month on our animas (dog yearly check up is included here), I could use the help tremendously.

On the weekend agenda....
Today I have to spend some time cleaning the house!  G2 *may* have friends sleep over tonight so I want to make sure the family room is ready in case!
Tomorrow is our usual farmer's market run but, since we still have quite a bit of milk left, we may either skip it or just grab Papa's yogurt.  I guess we will decide when we wake up tomorrow since the weather is supposed to be iffy.
Sunday, G2 is off to Lake Compounce with friends so the house should be quiet during the day.  Sunday night we are picking G1 up from Ramsey's house.  They have been together consistently since June 10th!  First for over a week here and then to Ramsey's for the past five or so days!  They were really squeezing as much time in as possible since Ramsey starts his full time job on Monday and G1 starts ramping her job search up then too.

Have a great Friday all!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Held Out As Long As I Could.....

It's been about a year since Murphy came and broke our microwave....

It's hard to believe we have survived this long without it, don't you think?

I was determined to stay a "microwave free" household, even though we were offered a free one from Ramsey's family as they replaced kitchen appliances - couldn't have used it anyway as it was a very large built in style one.


It was a good run but I think it's getting to be time to replace it!

As the warmer weather has approached, it's becoming more of a pain to heat up the oven (and the house!) to reheat things that would take a minute zapped in the good ol' micro.  And, looking ahead to the fall I want G2 to be able to have the microwave for after school to make snacks in case I am not here.


That doesn't mean we are running out this second to buy one!

I'm going to squeeze the last bit of patience I have left and wait just a little bit longer.


"College" sales are just around the corner at places like Target and Bed, Bath, & Beyond!  My kitchen counter space is precious so a dorm sized microwave will be perfect and will suit our needs just fine.  Finding a deal will only sweeten the deal in my opinion.

Happy Thursday all!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wednesday Weigh In - Late Edition

I had hoped to post this earlier this morning but, as usual, the day got away from me!  Such is summer life I guess!  LOL  I'm still trying to find my adjusted schedule but add taking care of Rum's new needs to the Guppies being home and well, who has time for much of anything anymore?  =)

Anyway, I DID remember to weigh myself first thing this morning so let's see how I did....

Last week I weighed in at

This morning I was

So a loss of
1.6 lbs
this week.

Truthfully, I'll take it!  My eating has to be reigned back in again - too much hibachi and pizza nights!  I keep thinking about how much LARGER these numbers could be week after week if I could just get a grip food wise!

There is always this week to try!

In the steps department, I feel like I am still coming up shorter than I would like to be.  I want to aim for 75 plus miles per week.  Sadly, I didn't hit that this week....

135932 steps = a little over 63 miles for the week

It's okay though.  I know I will get back to my goal mileage sooner than later.

How did you do this week if you are trying to get healthier/lose weight/exercise?

Hope your Wednesday was amazing!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hard Day

Our little cutie when we first brought her home....

Please feel free to skip today's post as it is all about our ferret.....

Long time readers have probably gathered that I am a bit....ummmm.....passionate? about my animals.  When I was young, 12 or 13 years old, my father made a comment along the lines of "You care more about animals than you do people".  While not accurate these days, I still have a huge weakness when it comes to my little critters.

As I have blogged about recently, Rum (our ferret) has been having some mysterious health issues.  Over the weekend it got a bit worse so off to the vet we went yesterday afternoon....

I spent over 5 hours at two different vet offices....

So, yeah you can imagine the news wasn't good.

Our usual vet (first stop) found a lump in Rum's stomach that hadn't been there a week prior.  They took an x-ray but couldn't determine if it was a foreign body or swollen lymph node.  And, they didn't feel that had decent enough ultrasound equipment to pinpoint what was going on.  So, they referred me to a different vet (just one town over from my home actually) to get the ultrasound done.  They told me to go straight over so I was already nervous.

I'm not going to lie....I lost it on the car ride there.  I was dealing with this alone - Papa was at work and G1 was at Ramsey's, and I didn't want to face decisions that may have had to be made.  I called Papa in the car (hysterical) because my biggest fear at that point was that Rum had somehow swallowed something she shouldn't have and we wouldn't be able to afford the two to three thousand dollar surgery to remove it.  I was also freaked out because the second vet was a 24 hour emergency care facility.  We have a 24 hour emergency place in my town that GOUGES people and it's simply disgusting.  I was worried that the place I was sent would do the same to me.

Thankfully, the second office was quite wonderful and very nonjudgmental.  The vet even hugged me (yes I was that much of a wreck!) and the tech lent me his phone charger when my phone was just about dead while texting Papa and G1 about the situation.


Ultrasound showed no foreign object....rather an enlarged liver and blown up lymph nodes.  Bloodwork revealed high white blood cell counts among other things.  Our one year old ferret most likely has cancer.   I say most likely because we didn't go ahead and get a needle biopsy of any of the sites.  Why didn't I get a definitive answer?  The vet said we should only do the biopsy if we were going to pursue chemo.  I wasn't going to do that to Rum.  That tough decision I was able to make on my own.  It didn't seem fair to do that to her.

So, the vet gave her some injections to make her more comfortable and gave me some oral meds to give her here at we have (hopefully) some time to pamper her (more than she already is!) and say goodbye.  While I was at the vet's, Papa was on the internet checking stuff out for me to help us make informed decisions.  He said that the course of treatment we are on with Rum is the one most people choose rather than chemo.  Typically ferrets with this diagnosis on this course of treatment get up to six more good months, if lucky.

At least Rum is currently not in any pain (thanks to the meds) and we have some time to digest what is happening.

Also, late last night, as I finally crashed into bed, Papa and I had a heart to heart discussion.  We have decided no more animals for awhile.  Besides Rum, we have G2's 10 1/2 year old dwarf rabbit and our crazy 10 year old lab.  Once they pass, I need a break from the heartache.  I take our pets' deaths way too hard, I know that. 

I guess it's just part of who I am.

Monday, June 19, 2017

I'm Back! Positively Monday!

Hi everyone!  Sorry for the unexpected blogging break!

I'm back now and ready to start this week off right!

While a LOT of stuff has happened over the course of the last five or so days, I am choosing to focus on the

So, let's see what I can come up with!

1.  G1 graduated!  It was such a fantastic night!  I haven't seen G1 smile like that in a long time.  I think the relief my entire family felt was palpable. LOL   We went to dinner at her favorite hibachi restaurant and then home for her favorite ice cream cake and presents.

2.  Summer is here!  G2 is also feeling a little less stress now since school is out!  And, that makes this mama happy!

3.  I haven't talked about Papa's brother, W, much since he was kicked off the liver list.  But....he is out of the hospital and home! While my mother in law is upset that he's not in the hospital anymore (she basically wants him to be watched over medically 24/7 for the rest of his life), being able to go home has done wonders for W's physical AND mental health!  He is pushing himself much harder with his physical therapy and is also trying to repair his marriage now.  I don't know what the future holds for him or how long he will be able to live BUT I do know he is much happier being home and that is what truly matters at this point.

4.  G2's hives are completely gone - FINALLY!  And I was able to finally wash every single thing she owns - including all sheets and blankets, in a laundry detergent we have previously used (and are sure she isn't allergic).  While the doctors are leaning towards this being some sort of viral outbreak, they still thought it prudent to wash everything again.

5.  FREEBIES!  When we visited W this past Saturday, he had Papa go into their basement family room and look through some clothes/shoes left behind by W's wife's relative.  The relative had lived there for awhile and left a bunch of stuff when he moved out.  I guess the relative told them to just get rid of the stuff left behind because he didn't want them anymore.  So, Papa came away with a nice winter jacket (just needs to be dry cleaned), a pair of Coach dress shoes, and three pairs of sneakers.  The relative had a tiny waist (28) so Papa couldn't use any of the pants since he's a 32.   Am I the only one who thinks it's crazy that someone would leave a pair of expensive Coach shoes behind?  LOL

I'm sure there are a few things missing from this list but, I am still kind of foggy this morning as I try to get back into a more normal wake up time/routine.

I hope everyone is doing great this Monday morning!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A Quick Check In and Weigh In Wednesday

The day has finally arrive!  Guppy 1 graduates from high school today!  Part of me feels like it has been one million years and part of me feels like I just sent her off to preschool!  LOL
She's taught me so much over the course of her school years.  And, while she may not be adorned with accolades from the school or weighed down in honor cords, I am very proud of her and I know she has the ability to go on and do great things in her life!
The weather is supposed to be pretty darn nice today (highs in the low 80's and sunny) so there will be an outdoor ceremony this evening.  Papa, G1, Ramsey, G2, and I will head over to hibachi (G1's choice) for a late dinner afterwards.  Then we will come home for G1's favorite ice cream cake and her presents.  We decided to give her things to help with her gap year:  some money, a nice leather journal to record the experience, and two classic books about travelling the US - Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck and On the Road by Jack Kerouac.  (Thank God she isn't planning on leaving until late August/early September!  I don't think my heart could handle graduation AND her leaving quickly!  LOL)
Anyway, after cake and presents, I think I am going to collapse in bed and sleep for a week!  =)

If you recall, I ended up eating breakfast before remembering to get on the scale last week so I skipped my weigh in altogether.
Well, this week I remembered so here goes....

Last time I weighed in at...

This week I am....

So a minimal weight loss of 1.1 lbs in two weeks.

Honestly, it probably was a bit more but last night I had a little "episode" with some cookies and it wasn't pretty!  (Haha!)

I haven't been all too careful with what I have been putting in my mouth lately.  Part of it is how busy things have been.  Part of it has been my stress eating kicking back in.  And, part of it is just being too tired/lazy to do the right thing.

This summer is going to be a crazy one for sure but I am hoping I will have more flexibility in my days so I can get myself completely back on track.

For those curious, I have been *sort of* keeping up with my walking.  I'm a bit disappointed because I just haven't been pulling big numbers but here is how I did for the last TWO weeks:

252,719 steps = 119 miles (approximately)
an average of 59.5 miles/week

While I find that number disappointing, I am also trying to remember where I was at the beginning of the year with mileage.  I have more than double the amount of miles I walk (even on a "bad" week) since January and that IS something to be happy/proud about, even if these past two weeks weren't what I hoped for).

Anyway, I'm off with a zillion and one things to get done today!

Have a great Wednesday everyone!

And, if you are trying to lose weight as well, how did you do?

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Second Week of June Groceries

With the recent vet bills AND Guppy 2's bout with hives, a lot of money has flown out the window to medical bills!  As I mentioned in a prior post, I am cutting down this month's grocery budget from the inflated $650 (wanted to do a stock up for summer).  The problem I am having right now is that I feel like I am in "survival mode" all the way around and haven't had a chance to give the grocery budget a whole lot of thought - other than trying to be mindful/careful. 
Finals are over this week - Tuesday for Guppy 1, Wednesday for Guppy 2.  And, G1 graduates high school on Wednesday. *hope* is that things will start to calm down a teensy bit then.

Last week I spent $176.51 for groceries.
Let's check how I did this past week....

Stop & Shop:  $26.94
1/2 lb Boars Head deli teriyaki chicken
1 bag of lavash bread
1 Red Bull Energy drink (not for was a Ramsey add on!)
1 English cucumber
1 container of Campari tomatoes
1 yellow pepper
2 lemons
1 sleeve (5 heads) garlic
1 bunch fresh parsley
1 bunch fresh cilantro
1 bunch fresh basil

Stop & Shop:  $27.16
1 loaf of store brand white bread
1 bag of hamburger rolls
1 (8oz) shredded mozzarella
1 can of whipped cream
1 quart of milk (hated doing this but we went through the two quarts of farmer's market milk we had!)
1 lb of deli American cheese
1 bag of store brand curly fries
3 boxes of cake mix (great sale! One for Father's Day and the other two to stash away for summer cupcakes)
4 cans of various flavored frosting (one for Father's Day, two for cupcakes, one for mock cinnamon rolls)

Farmers Market:  $37
1/2 loaf of Pain Au Lavain bread
1/2 loaf of Olive bread
1 pint of West African Peanut soup
2 quarts of whole milk
1 pint of heavy cream
1 pint of cherry yogurt
1 pint of blueberry yogurt
1 bunch of asparagus

Total spent this week:  $91.10
Total spent thus far for June:  $267.61

Phew!  I have some major work ahead of me here!  Thankfully I do have a decently stocked kitchen at the moment.

Have a great Sunday!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

High School Personal Finance Class

First an update on G2's hives...
They are still going strong, unfortunately!  As a matter of fact, the nurse sent her home from school due to their severity and her discomfort around 8:30 this morning.  I called the pediatrician who decided to pull out the big guns....a short course of Prednisone.  So yeah good times here.  Haha!


As G2 was home itching her way through the day, she was working on her Personal Finance class final.  Since it is a take home project and she had it spread out, I took a peek and was shocked!

When the school first implemented a mandatory PF class a year or two ago, I initially thought it was a great idea.  At least G2 (G1 was exempt from taking this class since she is a senior) would learn some of the basics (balancing a checkbook) and some of the more intricate stuff (stock market anyone?).  But, I admit that I hadn't really asked any questions about the class before today.  Now I wish I had looked more into it.

The final project (aka final for this class) is actually a decent idea.  The students have to basically play "life".  In the beginning of the class, they took some test to see which careers suit them best.  Then they had to choose one career to research.  (While I'm not thrilled with the idea of these "tests" to determine career, I could still go with this part.)
Now, that career was being put to the test in "real life".

Sounds like a pretty awesome project don't you think?

Until I saw the numbers that G2 was given to use....

Here are the highlights....

She had to research the salaries of her profession in Connecticut and then had to use 25% as her starting salary.  That seemed a little low to me but okay I guess.

She was required to save 10% of her net pay - she had to do calculations to get to her net pay.

She had to find an apartment/house to fit her budget.....or if she couldn't find one she could afford, she had to "find" roommates in her class.  Luckily her boyfriend is in the class so they could work together.

She was required to purchase a car.  The car had to be between the years 2010 to current and she HAD to borrow at least 11K to do it, get either a 60 or 48 month loan, and were given percentage rates to use.  Apparently they didn't talk about searching for the best loan rates?  And,  yet students HAD to do it.  (((insert eye roll)))
Oh and car insurance?  They had to use 2200 if you were female/2600 if you were a male for a simple sedan.  MY car insurance for TWO cars (one being sporty) isn't that much per year!
Also, they had to plug in $160 month for gas.

And, of course, she HAD to have student loans for college!  She had to research a college that fit her career choice, figure out room and board, books, and use a loan calculator to get her loan payment.  (At least the teacher was "generous" enough to let them deduct 20% for scholarships - she writes sarcastically)  Unreal! 

Other monthly budget lines that the students got to chose from....

Landline telephone:  $60  SIXTY DOLLARS?!?!  What?  Who pays that much for a landline?!?!
Cell phone:  $180  Again?!?!  What the hell?  For one phone?
Cable & Internet:  $120  (too low for our area to be honest)
Health insurance:  $80 (way too low!)

Lets not forget the credit card debt they were required to use of:  $100.

They had to come up with a grocery budget and meal plan as well.  BUT, they were not allowed to comparison shop at all!  They were required to use ONE store that is known to have high prices!  And they had to buy everything including health, bath, beauty, and paper goods from this one store!

I know there is more craziness but I can't remember it all.  And, I don't want to bother G2 right now because I hear her on the phone with her boyfriend working on it.

Like I said, in theory, a great project!  I just want to know how came up with these numbers and how they were pulled out of the air!

I don't know much about personal finances - as you all have seen as I bumble my way through month to month....LOL  But, doesn't it make sense that the students should have been given more/better direction?

Anyone have any opinions on this final project?  I'm curious....

Also excuse any typos, run-on sentences, etc.  I'm hurriedly typing this as my dog is barking her head off for a walk!  =)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Weigh In Wednesday

So I messed up this morning and forgot it was Wednesday!

I ate my breakfast before I remembered.

Since I always weigh myself in the morning BEFORE eating, I refuse to get on the scale now!  LOL

Things are so stressful here at the moment.

It's just best I stay off and try to remember to get on the scale next week at the right time.

Hope you all have a great Wednesday and, if you are trying to lose weight, had a successful week!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Vet Bills, Hives, & Freebies...Oh My!

Wow, for some reason this weekend really messed up my sense of days!  I completely missed my Positively Monday post yesterday - and truth be told I was unable to keep up with the daily good thoughts last week due to how crazy life has been with the end of school looming.
So, be patient with me as my posts most likely won't be as regular as usual until school is officially out!
Let's do a little catch up!

It has been a wicked spendy few days with the animals!  Both the dog and the ferret needed their annual exams - a necessity I can't skip due to the fact they both needed their rabies boosters!
Daphne the dog went in on Friday and I came out of the appointment $271 poorer. She needed her kennel cough, rabies, distemper, lepto, and one more booster whose name I can't remember taken care of this visit.  The tiny silver lining is that the rabies and *I think* distemper are good for three more years.  Blood was also drawn and I got the results yesterday.  The vet we were stuck with this time (can't stand him as he is afraid of dogs) was trying to talk me in to brining Daph back to get an ultrasound because two of her liver enzymes were elevated - like they have been every year of her life!  Other vets we have seen at the same practice have said that, since she isn't displaying any symptoms of liver issues/failure, this is just one of "those quirky things".  So, yeah, no ultrasound needed buddy.  Sadly, she did test positive for Lyme's but thankfully isn't displaying any sort of symptoms there either. (She had a very bad reaction to the Lyme's vaccine as a puppy so we pulled it from her yearly exam.)  The vet said once they test positive it stays that way so there is no way of telling if this was a super recent issue.  Either way I will keep an eye on her behavior and call back for a round of meds if necessary.
Rummy the ferret went to the vet (a different office specializing in exotics) yesterday for her rabies and distemper boosters.  Her weight is continuing to go down even though she is alert, active, and happy otherwise.  The vet thinks it could be residual stress from when she hurt her back legs and had her cage reconfigured while recuperating.  So, she is now on two separate meds to be given twice per day - one is for possible ulcers (to which ferrets are susceptible) and the other is an antibiotic for a possible bacterial overgrowth (may be the weight loss culprit).  I told Guppy 1 that of course she would get the ferret with anxiety/stress issues!  LOL   So, the plan with Rummy is to give her the meds, supplement her diet with chicken baby food - hand fed twice per day, and weigh her at home every other week to see if there is any progress.  I walked out of that appointment $154 dollars poorer.  Plus, now I am on the lookout for a relatively cheap food scale since Rum has to be weighed in grams.  While some may think this is overkill, she is a tiny peanut already and doesn't have room to lose much if any weight.

As a result of these bills....

I am lowering my grocery budget back down!  I'm not sure of the new amount I want to aim for yet but I wasn't expecting the vet bills to be as high as they were - Daph's vet got a LOT more expensive than years past.  I know I want to cut it as much as possible though.  I need to set some time aside to really look at what's in the kitchen/pantry and brainstorm.
I'll do a separate post on this once I figure out a new dollar amount.

And, because life has been so boring - haha!, Guppy 2 came down with hives yesterday!  At first we thought it was due to the lemon chicken she had the night before (Papa and G1 get reactions when they have too much citric acid) but this morning she woke up with more in a different area of her body.  To make things more interesting, she did just start a new medication last night too!  But, since the hives began before the new meds did, I am starting with ruling out the environmental stuff first.  I had done a HUGE amount of her dirty a new detergent.  So, today I spend a good part of the day rewashing all her bedding/clothing in another detergent to see if it helps.  Thank goodness I still had Benadryl in the closet - it has at least helped with the itching!

My parents went to Costco yesterday and bought some items for my family as well....Why hello there Perfect Timing!  Here's what they gifted us with:

6 lbs of ground beef - 1 lb used for burgers last night.  The remaining five were portioned out into 1 lb amounts for the freezer
4 lbs of bacon
4 lbs of butter
1 large container of honey roasted nuts (Papa and G1 favorite)
1 box of Nature Valley granola bars (G2 and my favorite)
1 flat of diet coke
1 flat of Gatorade
1 flat of Poland Spring water

Helpful stuff for sure!  And should help me bring down my grocery bill this month!

I want to do another post about Papa and my Saturday adventure!  I will at least say that we had a great time celebrating our 22nd anniversary!  It was a day we both very much needed in one of our absolute favorite places in the world!  Well worth the 8 plus hour round trip!  And I felt very comfortable in my dress the whole time so, yes, I am finally happy I bought it!  =)

Have a great Tuesday all!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

June Groceries - First Week of June

**** Setting this to automatically post for Saturday!  While you are reading this, I will be on my Vermont day adventure with Papa!****

So happy it's a new month!  That "pantry challenge" I had originally wanted to do didn't quite work as well as I wanted.  But, I'm dusting myself off and moving on from the shitstorm that was May....

The Guppies are out of school on the 14th - not that I am counting the days or anything haha!  So, I consider our "official" start of summer then.  So, I am going to raise my grocery budget for June to $650.  My hope is to do some stocking (and hiding) up since our house is usually one of the main hubs for Guppy 2 and her friends.

That being said, here's how the first few days of June went...

CVS:  $31.87*
*earned $5 extra care bucks I could use towards a few makeup needs

3 packages (16 double rolls each) Charmin toilet paper

We were down to the last roll in each bathroom so this was almost crisis level!  ;)

Stop & Shop:  $144.64

1 package Entenmann's Chocolate Chip Little Bites
1 package Entenmann's Coffee Cake Little Bites
1/3 lb olives from olive bar
1 (36 oz) tub of Tollhouse cookie dough
10 Dannon Light & Fit individual yogurts (assorted flavors)
1 canister of Cabot whipped cream
1 bag of pizza dough
1 box of Philly Cheesesteak eggrolls
1 box Bagel Bites
1 box potato skins
1 box mozzarella sticks
1 box Good Humor chocolate eclairs ice cream
2 boxes Kraft mac-n-cheese
1 large bottle of Heinz ketchup
1 bottle Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce
1 bottle store brand honey BBQ sauce (free to try when purchasing the Baby Ray's)
5 individual bottles of diet Raspberry Snapple
2 (12 packs) diet Dr Pepper (1 hidden away)
1 (12 pack) regular Dr Pepper (will hide what is left after Ramsey leaves on Sunday night to save for the next time he is here)
1 (12 pack) diet cherry Pepsi
1 family sized bag of Tostitos chips
1 family sized bag of Doritos
1 regular sized bag of Sweet Chili Doritos
1 bag of Wise potato chips
1 bottle (46.5 oz) All laundry detergent
1 package of Dixie paper plates (for the kids to use on Saturday so I don't have a mess to come home to!)
1 package Perdue chicken nuggets
1 lb of Smithfield bacon
2 packages of Perdue skinless boneless chicken cutlets
1 family pack of chicken drumsticks
1 bag of popcorn chicken
1 package of cheese tortellini
2 lbs of cherries
5 lbs of red potatoes
2 lbs of apples
1 package (8 oz) button mushrooms
1 package (5 ears) corn on the cob
1 large package of green beans
2 pints of blueberries

Farmer's Market: $0*
*no market for us this week as there wasn't going to be time before we headed out to Vermont

Total Spent This Week:  $176.51
Left In June Budget:  $473.49

Have a great Saturday!

Friday, June 2, 2017

In Defense of Quality

Yesterday I wrote about going to the mall to look for a dress to wear for our anniversary dinner in Vermont and Guppy 1's graduation.
It turned into a two mall over six hour fiasco!
I completely struck out in the morning at Mall #1.  Nothing I thought looked cute on the hanger translated to anything but awful on me!  LOL  I texted a couple of pics to G1 (who always tells me the truth) and she said one of the pictures I sent looked like I turned an oriental rug into a shapeless potato sack....Yeah, good times!  =) 
After dinner I went to Mall #2 with some hope.  THIS mall had to have something right?  There were approximately double the stores so double the possibilities.....right?
It wasn't going well at all....
After about an hour (and 25 dresses) later, I wandered into Lord & Taylor and saw this Michael Kors dress.  I almost fell over when I looked at the price tag, but, since I really liked it, I figured I would try it on, hate it like all the others, and move along.  Well, the dress actually looked decent - which is a LOT for me to say since I was feeling pretty lumpy and low.  I had tried it on with a cute little black (on sale) cardigan and was pretty happy....
But, I still couldn't commit to the expense.
For the next ninety minutes I scoured every store possible (besides Nordstroms) to find another dress that could even come close.  I think I must have seriously tried on another 15 to 20 more dresses without any luck.  The final straw was when I went into the last possible store (Ann Taylor) and saw that even the clearance dresses were more expensive than the one I liked!
I dragged myself back to Lord & Taylor and face timed G1 from the dressing room.  She gave it a thumbs up.  Papa told me if I felt good in it, that was all he needed to hear.

I bought the dress and cardigan for $137.00
I swear I was sweating as I handed over the money to the store clerk.
And fought back tears almost the entire way home.
I just don't make clothing purchases like this anymore.
I haven't since the late 80's to early '90's.

After a decent night's sleep, I began to think about it.
I know some people would call it rationalizing my actions but....
This dress does fit in between my casual clothes and my two dressy dresses.  It's material is fairly forgiving to my body.  And, I am almost 100% positive that this dress will see me through some moderate weight loss because of its shape and size.  Plus, the addition of the cardigan will help extend its usefulness into the early fall.

The final added bonus is that it's a quality dress with a designer label.  When it finally doesn't serve me well anymore,  I should be able to easily consign this and recoup some of the money I initially spent.

So, yes.  I made a major splurge yesterday.
But, today I am at peace (especially since I don't think I will be buying anymore summer clothes for myself)  and excited for my adventure tomorrow with Papa!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

No Longer a Mall Rat....

If you were a teenager anytime in the 80's, I'm guessing you know what a "mall rat" is.  (If anyone doesn't know, it's a person who spends all their time at the mall shopping and hanging out.)
I was the epitome of this moniker in the mid to late 80's....
But, let me tell you, I am a LOOOOOONG way from that teenager I once was and not just for financial reasons either!

While I love going to the mall with the Guppies, I hate going for myself.  I hate trying on clothes now due to my weight!

But, today I am braving the mall because I don't have anything appropriate to wear for our anniversary dinner this weekend nor G1's graduation.  I am hoping to find one sundress and cardigan to fit both since my clothes are really two extremes - completely fancy (I have two dresses for this) or complete roll out of bed homeless cat lady (I have many clothes for this)!  LOL

So, if sometime this morning, you are sitting somewhere quiet and hear the faint sound of a woman screaming/cursing, well, that will be me!  =)

Have a great Thursday!