I'll do my best, RR.
I'll do my best, RR.
I just updated my resume again... to more closely match a position I was applying for. I swear, updating a resume for USAJOBS could be a full time job... seriously. I put in for a supply specialist position. I think I'm a good fit since I've held that same title once before and have an pretty decent logistics background. It tops out at the GS-09 level, so there'd be no pay increase, but there are GS-11's out there (one is posted in the same organization - just not eligible for it by grade). I really want something with promotion potential but with work I'll enjoy, too.
Whole30 Day Two. *throws confetti* I survived the Mexican restaurant last night. I had a taco salad comprised of meat, lettuce and tomatoes only with guac and TONS of salsa. I easily put an entire cup of salsa on that thing. I put enough salsa on it that the dang thing got cold. lol It wasn't that good, but it was edible, so whatever.
I'm super busy today so I probably won't be able to check in with everyone. I hope you're all doing well.
Day Three *confetti* Down 5.2 lbs already. Finally back in Onederland. Still trucking along. I have some stuff to turn in to a different office down the street today so I think I'll take a walk - unless it's raining. If it's raining, I'll stay put. I need to get a bike rack for my car so I can bring my bike to work and ride over lunch. Brad and I have a little bit of extra money laying around thanks to his lump sum raise, so maybe I'll spend a bit on that. I can get one for less than $50.
Having second thoughts about cutting my hair now. Not really sure I want to do it now. I need to think on it longer I think.
Day 4. Down 5.2 lbs in 3 short days. I hope the trend continues. At this point, I plan to continue this course of action until Thanksgiving. Maybe taking one day here and there to make some dairy containing meals for the family that they really love (and I love too). But for the most part, I plan to continue this path til Thanksgiving so I can reach my goal of 166 (or better) by then.
Monday, no matter what, I'm getting my butt up off the chair at work and getting some movement in. SIL and I are doing a 5k on the 24th and she's going to smoke me if I don't get some running in. I don't necessarily want to compete with her, but I certainly don't want to be lagging behind either. I want to at least hold pace with her.
I have a lot of things I want to get done at home tonight. Mostly, laundry and balancing YNAB. I want to fold two baskets of laundry and put it away. The laundry situation always gets the best of me. I know it's b/c I don't have a system in place and every time I try to create a system, I fail to maintain it. So then the laundry stacks up again. It would help if I had some help with household chores. Brad is good at getting the kids to pick up the living room and at washing and drying the laundry, but that's where it ends. Any actual CLEANING (i.e. vaccuuming, mopping, etc) is on me. Folding and putting away laundry is on me. Washing and putting away dishes is on me. Making dinner is on me (unless we want to eat something that comes from a box). Organizing the mail is on me. Keeping the kitchen decluttered is on me. And balancing the checkbook/paying bills is on me. In the words of my boss: "I can either do a few things really really well, or a I can do a bunch of things half assed. Take your pick." Bottom line, I can't do it all, and not having control over it all (or knowing someone else has it covered) piques my anxiety, so then I tend to shut it all out and then it gets worse. It takes everything I've got to keep up with dishes and so far this week, I'm failing miserably at that b/c all of a sudden my dishwasher has stopped actually CLEANING the dishes. Most of the time, there's a film stuck on something, dried dishwasher detergent stuck on something else, hard water stains (from boiling eggs) still on something, or food bits I missed stuck to something. I hate my dishwasher and I'm ready for a new one but I can't afford one. This one is 7 years old. Could it be on the fritz already? JetDry doesn't help either.
Tonight's plan of attack: dinner and 2 baskets of laundry folded and put away. Oh and washing the kids' bedding b/c magically, they both wet the bed last night. *sigh* And of course, we'd taken the plastic liner thing off Brady's bed since he'd gone so long (like an entire year) without peeing the bed. So now his mattress will need some work too. Probably just febreze at this point. Don't know what else to do about it.
Anyhow, I'm just feeling sorry for myself now. So, I'm gonna end this post. I hope everyone's having a great day!
Have you ever cleaned the dishwasher? There might be gunk clogging a filter.
My laundry "method" is more of a schedule: towels and sheets ( if any) Monday night, jeans and field clothes Tuesday night, darks (or everything else if it was a light week) Wednesday night, lights and whites/ bleached things Thursday night. If you go through more than that per week, you could probably repeat the cycle twice a week with some adjusting.
As to vacuuming, mopping, and sweeping, as well as clutter, I'm no help. It usually sits there until I get fed up with it and deal with it all in one go.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, steak in one hand, chocolate in the other, yelling "Holy F***, What a Ride!"
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I have found the first plan of attack for clutter is start getting rid of things that are not well used or necessary. For example - kids toys that they tend to drag out and then get bored with in 10 minutes. If its that boring they don't need it. Clothes that just don't quite fit anymore - too short, too tight or are worn out -- out they go. That applies to the entire family - but does not apply to that favorite old sweatshirt/t-shirt/pair of jeans or sweats. We just don't need more than one of each. Kitchen.......... get rid of bowls, plastics, utensils etc. that you haven't used in the past year. If its a special holiday item, this doesn't apply. Cleaning supplies: if you bought a product and don't like the way it works - but don't want to throw it out cuz you PAID for it --- let it go, chalk it up to experience and throw it out. Donate or landfill - your choice. Pantry........... check expiration dates on items that aren't needed very often -- I've just gone through my pantry and found cans that expired 2 years ago!!!
Jen, I tried to create a schedule. It was similar to that, except I sort clothes by who they belong to - makes folding and putting away easier in my opinion. Everything we own is so old that the whole separating by color thing is a moot point. I used to wash my stuff on Sunday, Brad's on Monday, kids' on Tuesday, and towels on Wednesday. Then one day, I was tired and didn't do it and that was all it took to get out of control again. It usually boiled down to 1 load per day, except towels b/c they take up so much room I did 2 loads of those.
I clean my dishwasher regularly. I shop vac it out, pull the filters, wash everything, run a cycle of vinegar and a cycle of lime-away. Unless there's something somewhere that I can't reach, I tend to get everything pretty good. I probably need to do it again. Will need to remember to pick up some lime-away this week. We have hard water which I know makes things work less effectively. Maybe it's limed up again.
I balanced our YNAB account last night. I went to bed really stressed and anxious about it. I realized it's August and we don't have anything saved up for Christmas, and still have $500 in vehicle registration to pay before October 1. Plus school supplies and no credit cards to put any of it on. I just sat down with my spreadsheet (I love YNAB but I still can't give up my projections spreadsheet). I have a plan now set for registration and a plan for Christmas, both plans allowing for another week or two to reach the necessary balances should something come up.
I need to be more mindful of what I'm spending on Thirty-One because I am not making the headway on the credit cards I'd like to be making. I keep throwing a large chunk at the biggest credit card but I'm beginning to think that's doing me no good. Maybe I need to do like Dave Ramsey says and hack at the littlest one first. Get it out of the way. I could easily get it paid off in about 4 months, max five, if I'm disciplined and diligent. I put $500 from Brad's lump sum on the biggest one and only $200 of that went to principle. I hate that credit card. I want so badly for it to be gone. I want to call them and beg for a lower interest rate b/c this just isn't working, but it's Brad's card so they won't talk to me. And Brad is so ignorant to our expenses (that's partly my fault b/c I don't overcommunicate financial matters with him - I'm learning I am a HUGE part of the problem) that I don't think he'd fight hard enough to get it reduced. I'd resort to pleading and begging... he'd accept no for an answer and just tell me that I'll find a way to make it work - b/c I always do. I just need to go about this systematically. Make the minimums on the biggies, pay off the teenies, then work on nailing the big fish. Small fish catch big fish, right?
I chose not to do laundry last night. I don't know why. I cleared the table after dinner and cleaned up right away with every intention of folding the towels at least (my favorite load to fold b/c they're so quick), but after putting the kids to bed, all I wanted to do was sit on my duff. So, that's what I did. Then some drama came up with two of my Thirty-One hostesses that I'm still trying to decide how to handle and laundry became the last thing on my list. I finally started the dishwasher at 11 and then remembered I still had to balance YNAB. I was up til 12:30. I didn't care about laundry at that point. I did wash the kids' sheets and dried them, and then washed and dried their clothes, so they at least have stuff to wear. It's not folded, but it's clean. That's what matters most right? One of these days the ADD will be under control again and I'll be able to get a handle on things once more.
Things to do this weekend:
Close Thirty-One party
fold laundry (all of it if possible)
vacuum living room
Dividend Day for P&G (10-2 on Saturday, plus 2 hr round trip commute)
Brad is racing tonight and tomorrow night. The kids and I are not going tomorrow night. I wish we could but I don't have the money for the gas to drive up there and back (1 hour both ways) or the money for admission and food/snacks for the kids. It's double features so I'd love to go and watch Brad race twice, but I don't think I should. Plus I have SO much to do at home. I think we'll go to Dad's for dinner instead, the kids can play with the neighbor girl for a while and I can get some stuff done - hopefully.
Today is Brad's birthday. He's off work and fishing with a buddy. I hope he catches a nice one.
credit card suggestion: Take out another card in BOTH names (just don't give Brad a card) - find one with a lower interest rate. Pay off the current card with the new card (then cancel it!) -- then try to negotiate for a lower rate after you've had the card long enough to satisfy them of your good credit practices.
Brad's not a problem with the cards. He doesn't carry them now. The problem is that the interest rate is so outrageous that I can't seem to make any headway with them.