When you literally can’t afford to be afraid anymore…

I have to say, I'm glad I tried out a "financial diet" recently, and at least that first week went well and I learned from it, because I'm going to have to stretch that initial week into a habit for at least the rest of the year. To the curious, I've had a lot on … Continue reading When you literally can’t afford to be afraid anymore…

My “financial diet” midpoint report card…

C+. That's the best I can realistically come with at the end of the first 15 days of what I call my "financial diet," and certainly some room for improvement. It would've been a far worse grade, except I did manage to figure out where I was going wrong and started to make changes, improving … Continue reading My “financial diet” midpoint report card…

A Newbie Learns How to Tighten the Belt on Her Wallet (& Waistline, Naturally, But Mostly the Wallet)

Somehow in all my years, I never quite learned how to do a budget. Or, more accurately, a realistic budget that takes into account my real needs versus my wants, what's coming in versus what's going out, etc. Somehow I'd discard the budget before finishing it, or even acknowledging that it's there. Messed up on … Continue reading A Newbie Learns How to Tighten the Belt on Her Wallet (& Waistline, Naturally, But Mostly the Wallet)

Fell off the wagon a little bit, but managed to grab onto the railing…

This weekend was just not the best one for planning all around. I dunno if it was some bad news that threw me off and made me all cloudy, or the major headache that came in most of Friday and Saturday and wouldn't leave me alone (I'll blame the weather changes for some of that). … Continue reading Fell off the wagon a little bit, but managed to grab onto the railing…

If “fast food withdrawal” is real, I’m sure I’ve been going through it this past week…

Before work this past Saturday, I sat down to what I decided was gonna be my last incredibly unhealthy meal out: eggs, hash browns, sausage and bacon, yummy pancakes (I REALLY wanted pancakes all last week, dunno why), OJ and weak-ass coffee that needed a bunch of sugar to make it palatable. This was the … Continue reading If “fast food withdrawal” is real, I’m sure I’ve been going through it this past week…

Attempting to (re)introduce fish into my diet and my home… & it’s gonna be tough

My numbers suck. That's what it comes down to. I've spent a while working on my iron deficiency (ebbing and flowing, namely because my diet over the past year has been awful and I've relapsed in regards to my ED a few times), and now I'm more concerned about my cholesterol A1C and my 10+ … Continue reading Attempting to (re)introduce fish into my diet and my home… & it’s gonna be tough

The 5 Love Languages: The secret to love that lasts, by Gary Chapman

My Copy: 9780802412706 (image from 5lovelanguages.com) I'd heard a little about this book in the past, and I can't remember what finally made me select it and buy it for myself. Haven't been in a relationship in ages and with my odd family situation... well, maybe that was part of the incentive to do so. … Continue reading The 5 Love Languages: The secret to love that lasts, by Gary Chapman

Oddly, I actually ended up eating dinner WITH my parakeets…

I just started working out again this week (not overdoing it because of congestion and such, and besides, it's hotter than hell out there), and also keeping a food journal. I had a rough start last week and decided to start over yesterday. I just ended up half-asleep this afternoon (benadryl sucks) and did my … Continue reading Oddly, I actually ended up eating dinner WITH my parakeets…

Choices & Chances, or, learning to finally use this quarantine period to my advantage…

To be clear, I'm pretty sure I DON'T have Covid-19. I had some minor symptoms that began to pile up earlier, but it very well could've been some other illnesses coming together (allergies, stomach irritations coming and going) added to the skyrocketing anxiety I was starting to have, making things feel worse than they actually … Continue reading Choices & Chances, or, learning to finally use this quarantine period to my advantage…

Creating a mess because I’m trying to help my pets…

I really shouldn't make "stop spending money" pledges to myself out loud... because then something comes up to derail that train of thought. And my mind has been largely derailed the whole weekend. I'm about to fall asleep sitting here after days of worrying and trying to get situated. At least I know I'll sleep … Continue reading Creating a mess because I’m trying to help my pets…