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Getting Cold October 11, 2012

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I had to defrost my car yesterday morning and turn on the heat in the apartment this weekend. Autumn is definitely settling in here in Ohio. Trees are all pretty colors and the stores are full of Halloween candy. Makes my stress-eating of chocolate a bit cheaper for a few weeks at least. 😉 I should really stop it, I know, but… it’s chocolate.

Got a good yearly review at work, and my yearly raise. Rich is still in the hunt, checking out new opportunities daily. We’re interviewing for our seasonal hires. Lots of interviews, not sure how many we’re going to take. Hopefully some in cafe, that’s been a bit of a problem keeping staffed lately. Been getting a decent amount of interest in the HD devices. Folks, if you love your local B&N store, go put your name down for an HD device (no obligation to buy) or two so we can be properly stocked for the holiday season.

The car accident claim should be settled by the end of the week as well. I just have to get the offer papers in the mail and get them back to Nationwide. Then that will be done. Looking forward to one less thing on my plate. And, if we’re lucky, one less medical bill by the end of this month, too. Then I just have to track down the big one that’s left out there in the ether.

Oh, and healthy food of the week: Miso Soup.

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Cooking and Fishing March 1, 2012

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So, just for fun, I signed up for the Free Starter Edition of World of Warcraft about a week and a half ago. I was having a craving and figured I’d get bored long before I wanted to start paying for it. There’s a level cap and a gold cap and a professions cap, and you can’t trade, auction or mail anything. But they didn’t actually cap the non-profession skills. So, after getting to all the other caps, I’ve been running up my fishing and cooking skills, and getting achievements and pets. I have a bunny, a balloon, two parrots, three kittens, and a few owls. I caught Old Ironjaw in Ironforge and snuck into Orgrimmar to catch Old Crafty. I explored around Stranglethorn at lvl 20 so I could catch enough fish to cook to get to Master cooking. It’s been fun, I’ve got some more sneaking to do to max cooking out. Then maybe some exploring achievements to accomplish. First Aid isn’t going to get maxed because I can’t even begin to kill the higher mobs to get their cloth, but I might make it through silk, maybe. If I don’t get bored. I really want a ram, though. 😉

Further into The Omen Machine, and again, while I love Goodkind’s characters, and the plot isn’t a terrible one, the writing in this book leaves much to be desired. It’s disappointing.

One more medical bill down, two to go. Have to get the next one sorted on Monday when the billing lady gets back to the office. The big one seems to still be in limbo, no letter or call from the medical collections agency yet. They didn’t have the bill when I called. Got a random collection letter on a 9 year old Sprint bill out of the blue. That’s taken care of, just wow, took them long enough.

Weather is still really weird. Thunder and tornadoes and 70 degree weather in February. What will March bring?

 

 

Busy Halloween November 3, 2011

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I completely forgot to post last week with all the busy, and this week is just about as crazy. Halloween parties, a wedding, and my last two weeks working at the school. Tomorrow is my last day of that, in fact. It’s been a good run, but they have no more money to pay me with, so that’s that. Gotten a few things taken care of, have a few more to do yet. Tires are next up, been too busy to get to the shop thus far. One medical bill paid off. Another sent to collections because they stopped sending us bills, so I had nowhere to send payments. Sorting that one out via email as I type… hopefully.  I don’t pay collections, I pay the people we owe.

No school after this week means I’ll be getting back on my improvement plans. Both job and web design. Working six days a week meant I had no energy left over for those things. We just transferred all our domains from Rich’s job at eCommerce over to our HostGator account, so soon, everything will be in one place.

Health seems pretty stable, no noticeable improvement, or deterioration.   Still not eating my best. Both stress and stress eating are no good for my joints. But I’m trying to be more conscious again. Still buying appropriate groceries and eating (mostly) appropriate lunches (I did have Cheddar Bay Biscuits today). It’s sweets and dinners I don’t cook that are my weakness and downfall. It just too cold out to want salad all the time. ::excuses, excuses, excuses:: But I’m doing alright.

The Holidays are heading our way, are you ready?

Work, Work, Work October 13, 2011

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Not much to report this week. I did get to start on the “library” at the school. Is it a library if there are no bookcases? We’ll see. I organized books into categories and started contact-papering, lending carding and cataloging books this week. There’s a lot to do, I feel like I need a bit of Order of Importance to guide me next week. But well, they don’t really know what to do either.

Went to the doc. We both agreed I should take care of myself more consciously. So there’s that. Feeling pretty good this week, so that’s a start. Fought off the throat ick that everyone around me has. Even if it did take wheatgrass juice to do it. I hear my Dad’s doing well with his stuff, so that’s great. 🙂 Really have to get to the Chiro and give them checks. Our insurance thinks it’s fun to send us the money instead of them.

Money wise, things are looking up. Should be able to start winnowing down the medical bills this month. Get another one gone by end of next month, I think. One of them hasn’t sent us a bill in a while, but when I called them, they said they would be soon. We’ll see. Still gonna take a while, but we’ll be making deeper cuts into it starting this month.

Halloween is fast approaching, still no costume(s). Ah well. 😉

 

Spring Fever April 7, 2011

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Having trouble finding a cheap, big apartment in a safe neighborhood. The one I blogged about last week gave me the creeps driving around it. Most of the ones I found this week have high crime rates. I know it’s a city, but none of the complexes have emailed me back either. Not a good sign.  More looking to be done. Higher standards, lower prices, doesn’t always work out. 😉 Haven’t given up, though. Some say buy a house, it’s cheaper, but we don’t have the employment record or the down payment for that right now, let alone the other fees involved. Some day. 🙂

More interviews for Rich. Keeping fingers and toes all crossed. Still plotting my web take over.

Finished The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy for the second time this week. Nearly done with Orc King. Cat sitting for friends, even the angriest cat gets lonely and snuggles. Made friends with a Taiwanese Mountain Dog and a ginger cat on Monday. Both adorable.

Some doc bills paid off with the refund check. Down to four major ones now, one of which is now below 1K. I’ve got a study appointment next week that I’m getting paid to go to. Thanks to Delve.com. Then I’ll be scheduling a paid interview on a new product after that. Yay, for consumer research studies. I may even manage to buy some new summer clothes at the thrift store with the second check.  Yay thrift. 🙂

Okay, enough rambling for now. See you next week. 🙂

Step by Step March 24, 2011

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Shots in the dark are still waiting to land. Insurance reconsidered the bill, so they really do owe us money, so that’ll help pay other bills. Another friend considering hiring me for web design. And the gift of a blender from someone who found she did not need to keep hers. A decent week, all in all.

I’ve felt rather fidgety all week. The weather won’t make up its mind if it is spring or not yet. Yesterday, most of all. It went from 70 degrees and sunny, to windy and overcast with tornado watches, to pouring down rain, to hailing, back to 70 degrees and sunny and then down to freezing and snow. I feel like that, too. I’m on the verge of new beginnings, but I keep going backwards or round in circles, not quite ready to take that last, fully committed step into Spring. I still have the lethargy of winter hibernation tugging at me, whispering sweet dreams in my ears, if only I’d lay back down.

So much to do, so little time. I have to wake up now and get moving. Set deadlines, meet goals, create the life I want to live. All that stuff I keep talking about. Time to Do.

October Already October 7, 2010

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One week in and the parties and activities are lining up. I can’t possibly go to all of them, probably won’t make it to half of them, and I don’t even have the slightest idea if I’m going to attempt a costume this year. I haven’t really gone in for costumes other than ren fest garb for years now. I’m not very crafty, and I don’t want to spend money on something I’m only going to wear once(wore my prom dress both years). I don’t really dress for Halloween either, not a fan of orange, though, as anyone will tell you, I have plenty of black clothing.

Last week was a big week, not much else has happened since then. Got the surgeon’s office sorted out, for only $5 more than we intended a month. Hospital still not returning calls. Money’s tight by not overwhelmingly so anymore. I took some online editing tests this week. That was oddly entertaining. Did better on editing than proofreading, so I’ve got some studying to do if I really want to make a go at being an editor again.

I want to earn a living by writing, but I’m not experienced in the type of writing that is actually money making – nonfiction, technical, articles, copywriting. I’ve been randomly curious about it off and on, but it seems like I need a different type of education or background to do that kind of thing professionally. Not to mention I did everything I could in school to write stories instead of papers. This, blogging about my life(and previously and currently journaling on paper), is the most non-fiction writing I’ve ever done voluntarily, and my life isn’t really all that interesting to people who don’t know me. I tried to write stories for books like Chicken Soup once, but I didn’t really have any compelling true stories to tell. I love my life, but I don’t think it’s inspiring.

Anyway, things to do, people to see and all that. Until next week. Enjoy life and love each other.

Starting Over September 23, 2010

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We have nearly got all our bills down to reasonable payments, just waiting for the last couple to call us back so we can tell them what we are going to be paying them from here out. All the payments will come out of our HSA, and the deposit each month will be equal to the payments. We have decided to cash in half of our savings to get the car loan fiasco straightened out, we made the mess, we will fix it. So, with everything heading in the right direction, by Wednesday our budget could be balanced again and we can focus on more important things.

Rich is putting out feelers for a better job. I am looking at markets with fresh (if sleepy) eyes. I really enjoy working for Bookup.com and I am hoping we get things moving on an upward slope, business has been going better but there is a lot of work to do. Barnes & Noble is a good company, and all the strange news right now just has to do with stocks, but it may be time for me to move on. I enjoy my schedule and free time it allows, but there could be better things just waiting for me to find them.

Health is going fairly well. Has its ups and downs. Some days I hurt more than others, but nothing like the debilitating pain I used to have. Lower stress and better eating helps so much.

Food of the week: Spelt Pizza topped with tomato sauce, broccoli and spinach

One Step at a Time September 16, 2010

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Rich made the calls yesterday. One bill down, one bill corrected, two bills waiting on approval. The hospital specific bills are still in negotiations. Two weeks after application and the loan rep still has not called us back, but we ran out of time today.

I submitted a story and two queries this week. I have decided to find the joy in my writing again. Remember the fun and not worry about the money. It is clear that my career path to Best Selling Author is going to be a long one, so I might as well enjoy myself along the way. I was only submitting to high paying markets(well, high paying for fantasy fiction) and ignoring the fact that any publicity is good publicity. Sure, I still want to see my name in the glossies, but seeing it in a small run magazine is better than no where at all. So, I’ll be taking another look at markets and possibilities. Amazing what one acceptance will do to flagging enthusiasm.

Work is going alright on all fronts, not great, not stupendous, but it is going steadily. Getting email follow ups cleaned up, gathering ideas for new email campaigns. Fixing up MasterChess 7000 with cool new features. Getting ready for the next big thing for Chess Openings Wizard and Bookup.com. Barnes & Noble is gearing up for the holiday run.

Things are busy and good and looking up. I am so very lucky to have this life.

Money Maths September 2, 2010

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So, we’re working on creative refinancing of Rich’s transportation. In the attempt to trade in his car for a cheaper car, we hit roadblocks in the face of negative equity. So today, we talked to the bank about a loan to act as a down payment on the aforementioned trade in. Now we get to see if we get approved for the loan, if the dealership likes the amount we can get the loan for, and if they’ll finance us the trade on the cheaper car. The goal is to have the new total payment be half the current payment.

Also going to be contacting all the folks we’re making monthly payments to for Rich’s medical bills. We cannot really afford the amount they’ve added up to, so we’re going to be renegotiating down to a total we can manage with our current income and bills.  We are still in the black for the year, thank you Mom, Dad, David and Mary, and I’d like to stay that way.

Stock market is not helpful right now, I have one thing running, but calls aren’t working for me in a downward market.

This month, looking forward to Rich’s birthday on Sunday, a party with friends the following weekend and Marianne coming to visit from Scotland the weekend after that, and possibly one more trip to Cedar Point before the season ends, but that might not be until Halloweekends.