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2010 New Years Goals revisited

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I can't believe July is almost over! Wow time has flown. I decided to take a look back at one of my last posts of 2009, where I listed my goals and aspirations for 2010 to see where I have come and how far I have to go and just get some perspective. So how have I done so far....

2010 GOALS AND ASPIRATIONS
1. Lose 30 pounds/ get down to 199--- I am down to about 215-216 lbs. Not too bad, but I really haven't been working at it either.

2. Financial goals:
- Pay off ambulance bill--done
- Pay off anethisiologist bill-- done
- Pay off Sears card--done
- add $500 or more to savings--not done, if anything we have taken a lot out of savings, but we still have our $1000 emergency fund and that we are not touching.

3. Declutter as much as possible--my stuff and basement---by selling, donating, or throwing away.
-sell $500 worth of stuff by Dec. 31, 2010 --- We have probably sold about $300 worth of stuff. We ended up donating and tossing a ton of stuff before we moved, so we declutte…

Happy birthday to me! (and a note about jobs)

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Happy 31st birthday to me! Today is my birthday, but it is like any other day. Dear hubby is working, Rebecca is little miss attitude and no one really seems to care. Hubby did tell me happy birthday, but then he spent the rest of the time complaining....Well hopefully it isn't a sign of things to come this year.....
On the good news front, I got 2 new jobs. I have orientation with Walmart this weekend for an overnight job, and then I just found out I got the St. Vincent job that I wanted that is part time and is working with kids! :):) So that is some good news. I really need to focus on the good news!

Some of my favorites and 2 book reviews

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I am trying to focus more on being positive and looking at the wonderful things that are a part of my life. One of the things that I need to remember is that that are good things in life. There are things that I enjoy and that bring a smile to my face. Some of my favorite things recently are:


Another thing I really love and enjoy doing, even if I don't have a lot of time to do it is to read. I hope that maybe if I review books on this blog that I will stay motivated to read. I recently read 2 very good books.
(both of which I got from the library, so they didn't cost me anything!)

THE MIRACLES OF SANTO FICO by D.L. Smith

This book was a departure from the normal type of books that I like to read. I am trying to expand my horizons, ( I think part of my discontent is that I am stuck in a rut!).  This book expands on the lives of of a few men and women whose lives are entertwined in a small, remote village. The book includes deceptions of loved ones, and the passion or lack of pass…

Menu Plan-- July 26- August 1, 2010

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So last week didn't go so well.... 2 kids being sick, temperatures outside and in our non-air-conditioned house being around 110 degrees being major factors in this. The result is shown below. Hopefully this week will be a little better!
Last weeks menu and results:

MONDAY: Grilled chicken, homemade pasta salad with veggies and cheese, cut up cucumbers and tomatoes--Yes for the most part. Had chicken, pasta, and tomatoes and mandarin oranges. The cucumbers had gone bad. They had a really funny texture to them and taste.


TUESDAY: fish sticks, green beans, pineapple-- Rebecca had fish sticks and green beans. I don't remember what I had, but it wasn't that.

WEDNESDAY: Grilled cheese, bacon, tomato sandwiches, carrots and pears-- nope. I think I made chicken nuggets for Rebecca. She was sick and didn't feel good.

THURSDAY: Whole Chicken in the crockpot, salad, peas-- Yes and no. Had the chicken and the peas. Did not make it to the grocery store before dinner as planne…

Good, Bad and Ugly-- July 25, 2010

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THE GOOD:Well this week has had only a few goods. I had 2 interviews with Walmart and as long as my drug test and my background check come back fine, then I will have a job with them..Yay! I also had a pretty good interview (I think) with St. Vincent's after school program that I am waiting to here back about (fingers crossed!).I also got a ton of grocerys this week for only $55- I stocked up on lots of deals, including 12 cans of spaghettios for Rebecca and Jacob for only $0.45 a piece! That is way cheap! I also learned that Krogers here does take Internet coupons! Yay!!

THE BAD:  Both kids have been sick this week. Rebecca had 3 days of temperature of 101-102 degrees and a bad cough and no energy. The fever went away, now she is just coughing a little and has a runny nose. Jacob had one night of a fever, but the little man has a bad runny nose, especially today. I hate when the kids are sick! And since we don't have health insurance I really, really don't want to take the…

Stress is my middle name....

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There are so many things going on right now that are VERY stressful! The kids are sick. Both Rebecca and Jacob have fevers and are coughing a little. Rebecca woke up with a fever last night and slept in our bed...which meant no sleep for me. She has had a fever all day and been laying around, etc.  Jacob developed a fever tonight and has been coughing a little. He also hasn't had as much energy as usual. I HATE when my kids are sick. I have had 2 interviews this week. One on Monday at Walmart, which I didn't think went well and one on Tuesday at St. Vincents for a part time after school care job. That went well, however I won't know until tomorrow at the earliest b/c she is interviewing 4 people for 1 position (3 on Tuesday and 1 on Thursday). I really would like that job...but Walmart called tonight and want me to have a 2nd interview tomorrow at 1. Hubby wants me to do the interview so I will but I hate the thought of leaving the kids home when they are sick. Bills seem to…

MENU PLAN (July 19- July 25)

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Okay before I do this weeks plan, let's see how I did last week:
Monday: Hot dogs, baked beans, and pasta salad---had that. Tuesday: lasagna, cukes, garlic bread---had this Wednesday: lean cuisine, chicken nuggets, peas-- had this Thursday: fish fillets, mac and cheese, broccoli--- Bill and Rebecca had fish and mac n cheese. I did not make the broccoli and I did not want any for dinner. It was too hot. I ended up eating some pasta salad later. Friday: dinner out for our anniversary--- we had Outback Steakhouse for dinner Saturday: sausage, eggs, toast, fruit-- Big fat Fail! Did not have this. Made hot dogs and baked beans for Rebecca and Bill. Again I was too hot to eat, so I made a smoothie later that night. Sunday: frozen meal for me, hot dog and mac and cheese for Rebecca---had this (minus the hot dog for Rebecca) plus peaches.
Overall not too bad. I stuck to the plan for the most part! YAY!! Lesson learned though I need to incorporate meals that are not really greasy and that don&…

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly (Sunday July 18, 2010)

So I was blog hopping and came across a great series from Digging Out From Our Mess where she talks about the Good, the Bad and the Ugly that has happened in her life financially. So I have decided to join in and do the same. I am using this as another tool to become more financially sound and to gain a better understanding of our life...so here goes:

THE GOOD: I have 2 interviews lined up this week for jobs. Bill and I talked about it and I need to go back to work if we are going to stop living paycheck to paycheck and get ahead. Also we HAVE to get another car. With him working 1 hour away and me being home with the kids we have to have a car in case of emergency and if something happens to the Saturn (which has over 120,000 miles) so I have to get a job. I am VERY nervous about these interviews, my stress level is HIGH, but I have to do something for the family. I have an interview tomorrow morning with Walmart and I have interview Tuesday morning with the Catholic School here for a…

Happy 5th Anniversary to my dear husband and I!

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So yesterday was our 5th anniversary. So much has happened in the last five years. I really feel like we have lived through our wedding vows over and over and over... somedays it feels like just yesterday we got married. Other days it seems like we have been married 20+ years.


 So what did we do to celebrate...

Bill started out the day on a conference call with work. Ugghhh. Nothing like having to work on your day off. While he was doing this, I was running around trying to get things together to leave for the day (diaper bag packed, etc. )...we only left 1/2 hour late which is good for us.

We headed back to Columbus to stop at the bank to change our address. They do not have a branch here, but we love the bank so we will be sticking with them. Then we took the kids to Burger King for lunch. After that, we took Jacob to the doctor for his 9 month checkup. He is up to 22 lbs and 30 inches long. They are a little concerned about the size of his head but we are going to just monitor it unt…

MENU PLAN JULY 12- JULY 18, 2010

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Better late than never....in trying to get a fix on things in our house...aka get things back to normal...one area that desperately needs help is menu planning and not waiting until the kids are starving and you have NO idea what to make. So hopefully this will be the beginning of a weekly thing (fingers crossed)! So here is what we are eating this week....


Breakfasts: cereal, homemade pancakes (in freezer), fruit, zucchini bread, milk, juice


Lunches: leftovers, pbj sandwiches, pb crackers, pasta salad, fruit, milk, juice, water


Dinners:


Monday: hot dogs, baked beans, homemade pasta salad, milk


Tuesday: lasagna with provolone cheese, cucumbers, garlic bread, milk


Wednesday: lean cuisine meal (for me), chicken nuggets, peas and milk (for Rebecca)


Thursday: beer battered fish, macaroni and cheese, broccoli, pasta salad, milk


Friday: dinner out (it is our 5 year wedding anniversary)


Saturday: (tentative): sausage, eggs, toast, fruit smoothies
                *might find a different recipe to use t…

Starting Over Again...

Alright so time to start over. I logged on and saw that I hadn't done a post since January! EEEKKK! Well needless to say things have been CRAZY around here...let's see....we had:
January--Jacob had surgery
February--Bill had emergency gall bladder surgery
March--Bill lost his job
April--Bill got a new job and had to go out of town for 4 weeks to train
May---dealing with training and LOADS of car problems, plus looking for new place to live, packing to move
June---moving all month long, Bill working LONG hours, and only having one car
July---??? Maybe things will settle down????
I sure hope so. Time to get some things back on track and figure out some things. I need to get back onto meal planning, Flylady, budgeting, etc....better focus on on thing at a time. But it is time to be more accountable so I am going to use this blog to be more accountable to the things I NEED to work on for our family's sake. I promise!