Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Colder than a....

Fill in the blank as you see fit!  Brian and O'Brien say that it's a high of about 18? today, and I honestly think that it hit that last night sometime.  Thank God our house is warm and cozy, even though our furnace hasn't turned off for more than about an hour at a time since Sunday!
I've also been shirking my cooking duties- I haven't done anything cool from Pinterest, and I've just been slogging through just making whatever sounds good from our menu and the freezers.  Tonight is shrimp quesadillas to clean up the leftover shrimp from shrimp scampi last week.  I do occasionally splurge on shrimp- although not very often- that's $4 per meal just for that.  Leetle high, no?
I did, however, take one more step into self sufficient hood.  I made my own laundry soap.  Thank you Duggars!  It is sitting in my kitchen right now, because it's HEAVY, and Charlie hasn't taken it downstairs yet.  He's making noises about once he finishes his current container of coffee he'll load it up, and take it downstairs.  I'm like, whatever, just move it out of the way so I don't kill myself on it!  I haven't used it yet, like I said, I still have some Gain downstairs that I want to finish first.  Yay for saving money on both our laundry, and the Goodwill laundry I bring home to wash and resell on ebay!
It seems like I've been running around with stuff to do.  I hit Goodwill on Friday per my paycheck schedule.  :)  I've been posting on ebay like a fiend.  My goal is to make my student loan payment every month through selling.  If I can turn $50 a month into $350, we'll be doing well.  :)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

New Year's Resolutions/Goals

It's mid January, and I've been thinking a lot about my new year's resolutions.  I've slowly come to the conclusion that I don't do resolutions, I do goals.  It's a different connotation- goal vs. resolution.  A resolution implies, to me, that you WILL achieve it.  And if you don't, then you're a failure.  A goal, implies that you would LIKE to achieve it, but there's no fear of failure if you don't eat your eleventy million servings of veggies a day.  If you had 7, that's great!  Tomorrow, you can try for 15.  It's a different way of looking at things.
My goals that I've set out for myself this year are a good mix- things I can easily term resolutions, because I will achieve them, and goals that truly are goals- I won't achieve them completely this year, but I will get a super good head start on them, and then NEXT year, they can be my resolutions!
*My weight loss.  I need to continue that.  I've lost 40 lbs recently, and I'm pretty steady at where I'm at now.  I'd like to jump start that again, and start dropping the pounds again.  I've signed up for the mini again this year, and will do at least 2-3 more 'fun' 5k's.  I'll walk/run the mini, and then walk the Color Run, and probably the Glo Run.  Not sure about the 3rd race I'm planning yet, there's a ton, and I'm not sure where I want to go.  :)
*Organizing and streamlining our house.  It's a decent size house, and we're not exactly a huge family, but at the same time, we have an entire room that SHOULD be our office, and it's not.  It's filled with crap that I've accumulated from Goodwill, because I'm trying to start a resale business.  Which is going well, I just have a huge amount of crap to go through.  And then of course, I'm a yarn fiend, so that needs to go as well.  Either into gifts or sell it/give it away.  I'm a huge fan of all things Amish, and they only bring things into their houses that are useful and necessary.  Everything has a place, and everything goes IN IT"S PLACE!  I have a problem with that right now, and I realize that I have to reorganize, get rid of stuff.
*Wrestle the budget under control.  That's one of my biggest problem areas right now.  I have no problem picking up a Diet Coke after work, or McDonald's on my way home.  That's a huge expense every week, that I basically fritter away.  That needs to stop.  I also want to get my one credit card paid down, and work it with my business.  Basically, shop for supplies for the business with it, pay it off with profits.  That way, I can see what's working, and what's not.