Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Catch up Post

So I haven't Blogged in quite awhile. I have a bit of catching up to do to fill in what has happened in.... well almost a month.

So here are the Highlights,

I have started the process of correcting my debt, I made some big life decisions with the guidance of my parents and now I can say that I am credit card debt free, I am working on getting my teeth fixed and I have put some work into my vehicle so that it is running much better.

So here is my biggest urge to my friends who are reading this and have not been to the dentist for a check up in the last 6 months. PLEASE GO NOW! Honestly shame on me for not going sooner, shame on me for waiting so long. I know I don't have the worst teeth but I do know that getting them fixed is a huge expense that could have been a lot less if I had taken better care of them and gone to the dentist sooner. Please, Please go. Tonight I sit here in some pain because I am in the process of a root canal. Next week I go to get the temporary crown and then I have a few cavities and a second root canal to be done. A ton of this could have been prevented had I taken the time to go get my teeth cleaned. When all is said and done I will spend about $3000.00 on getting my mouth fixed this year. Now I am not as upset about this as I was a couple of weeks ago but still if I had had regular cleaning I would not be in the same place that I am today. Please go get them done, it is not fun but is necessary. DID YOU KNOW IT CAN CAUSE HEART DISEASE? Bad dental issues can cause heart disease, I am very serious please go and take someone with you that needs to go too.

The other big thing is it is allergy season, some how I have the only cat that was rescued from the streets that apparently has seasonal allergies. So Kitchen has been wearing the "Cone of Doom" for the last few weeks to prevent him from scratching his skin open. Not so much fun. But he is finally feeling better so hopefully we are good and now won't have to worry about it until October.

This weekend I have a date with Rob Ward to go see Blue Man Orlando. I haven't been to see the show here, I have seen it in Vegas. I am very much looking forward to our date.

Okay so short but now caught up.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Publix and Coupons

So tonight I will say was my first official couponing trip to Publix, I know I have mentioned this in a few other posts but this time it was for real. I spent a few hours sifting through the ads, collecting my thoughts on what to make and eat for the next week and what I was willing to sacrifice on name brand wise to get the deal. Honestly there are only a few things that I would have a tough time not buying a particular brand on. So here is a copy of the long reciept from my shopping trip.

Its about 3 feet long, I feel like I did well for my first true coupon experience. I have enough food for lasagna this week, a chicken, rice and veggie meal, Cereal for awhile, Lunches for the week, and the necessities.

I had so much over stock that I had to make a list and tape it to the cupboard(so we remembered we had it) in the kitchen and put the overstock in the front closet.

So you ask how much money did I save? Well the recipe is proof:

I saved 47.09 total on my trip today. $15.30 was from the coupons in the news paper and 31.79 were items that were on sale! I have now paid for the Groupon for the Sunday paper 3 times since I purchased it in January. So if you have not yet decided to get the Sunday Paper or join Couponmom.com, I promise you it is worth your time. Tonight I saved a ton of money and will have food for 7 days! I spent just over $50 in total and felt like it was well worth the time I put into the research and coupons. Oh and my store takes competiors coupons, which means that on some items I can use the manufacture and store coupon on certain items. If you need to save money or just like a deal get the Sunday paper today and start saving money!

B is for Box

So I have submitted myself to doing 5 craft projects over the course of the year. At this point I have already done 2. The first was the purse bra. Pictures of this can be seen on my facebook page under the album purse bra :) that project was given to Beth Marshall, the producer of the Orlando International Fringe Festival.

The next project was for Gina, I thought it would be perfect for her and I had been wanted to attempt this project for a while. I did not take any in process photos but here is what I made

So I made alphabet magnets and a cute little box to hold them in. I mod podged the box with Free Will Astrology from the weekly (because it is her favorite). Used a piece of shrinky dink to fill the hole at the top of the box and lined the inside with some left over black fabric.

Yeah craft time!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

An Auction, Speed Dating and the Ballet

Wow it has been a big weekend. I have done a ton in 24hrs, crazy things. I spent most of yesterday at the old Amway Center where they were auctioning a lot of memorabilia but I went for work to hopefully get a deal on a few things. It turns out people are will to spend a ridiculous amount of money on things like padded black folding chairs and used flat screen tvs. Needless to say I didn't get anything from the auction. I ended up with nothing but frozen feet and a number 422 sign.

Last night I went speed dating. It was a social experiment of the century. It was honest to goodness like you see in the movies speed dating. I went with a friend who had called and said I am gonna go do this you should come. So we headed down town looking for this place called the Rok Room. It is on Church St but it is literally down an alley and up a fire escape to get to this place. So I am all ready a little freaked going in because I just walked down the ally to get to this place. We walk in to the place and I am by far the youngest person there, Which was a bit weird, but the host met us and handed us these little cards that listed our directions and what not on it. We headed to the bar and got a drink and waited for instructions. Looking around I knew that this was going to be interesting. We get called to order and have assigned tables and start points. So lets begin, I thought that 6 mins was going to feel like an eternity but it was like short little interviews. We got a break in the middle and then finished out the rest of the night. I did okay at the 6 min thing only once did I struggle with conversation and only once was I creeped out. The creepy guy seemed to creep everyone out. During the evening my friend and I had a lot of fun talking with the host. After the event we all stayed at the bar for a bit and hung out. The host ended up hanging with my friend the rest of the evening. At the end of the night the 3 of us went and got food and headed back to my place for a night cap. I guess the evening ended as weird as it began. But it was fun, the kind of social experiment I can say that I have tried. Not sure I would do it again because of the way it is set up and what not but it was certainly a fun evening and we met some new people and had some laughs. The host was a nice guy (hope it works out for my friend).

Today Nicole and I went to the ballet. It was Battle of the Sex II. I haven't seen that much live dance in my life but I know how a theater show works. I thought there were some lovely pieces but the ballet's technical department needs a little love. A few more stage crew and a tighter technical show would make it seamless and beautiful. I think that there were a few hicupps in the show but other then that it was a fine show.

I hope you all have a happy Valentines Day!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

What a week.

So I haven't blogged in a bit. Mostly because I had a super crazy rough week last week. It was really rough and I decided that I can't write when things are sometime so icky. I mean I did write but couldn't post anything.

So what is going on, well I have fallen of the running wagon until today. I only did 20 mins but it is the first time in quite a few weeks that I have run. I have done other things, like... drum roll.... Richard Simmons. Okay now that you are giggling, seriously it makes me get off my butt and do something. I think at least I have done something and Richard really tries to encourage me as I go :)

I have been doing rockstar couponing. If you live in Orlando and have extra coupons just drop them by the theater. I will take them off your hands. Coupons will change my world. Here are somethings that I have done to make better use of my coupons

1) Couponmom.com if you haven't been there. Go it is a great website. It tells you the ins and outs of coupons and gives you a weekly breakdown of how to use them.
2) Save them all. Honestly it is silly but a coupon you don't use might help someone else save some money. And it might get you some more coupons in the long run.
3) Use as many coupons as you can. You can use at least two coupons per item (manufacture and store)
4) Stores like Target and Publix have additional coupons available on their websites. So check your stores website before you shop.

I am sure I will learn more as I go but that is what I have now. Well I am done for tonight. Have a great Thursday!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Mike O'Neill Made me do it.

The title has nothing to do with this post, so for those of you who were looking for a scandalous story about Mike it's not happening.

I made a lovely crock pot meal this evening. There is something wonderful about getting home at 6pm and knowing that dinner can be in your hands by 6:15. The crock-pot is wonderful.

I have filed my taxes

today was hot dog Tuesday, I made hot dogs for the staff. It was fun and simple. i think it went over well. I thought I had bought enough hot dogs 72, I was wrong 3 people didn't get a dog. I know for next time a few more packs of hot dogs and rolls.

I have nothing I can write about right now, but I have tried.

Oh, Nicole and I were rock stars on Sunday night. Thanks Nicole.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

5 Year Plan

I might have a 5 year plan. It's kinda crazy. Normally I can not answer the "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?" I might actually be starting to figure it out. I have spent sometime in the last few days looking at different master programs at schools here in Florida. I am thinking about enrolling in a program to begin in the fall. It is a little overwhelming because the first time I went to school I felt like I had to because I didn't know what else to do. This time I want to do it. I want to go back to school. It's an interesting place to be.

On another note:

I have been trying to be better about checking the mail every day. Which sounds a little lazy but the truth is I am just tired of opening the bills. Well today I pulled up next to the mailbox, jumped out and grabbed the mail. As I get in the car I quickly flip through the mail to see what is there. Junk mail, bill, Nicole, Nicole, ad, postcard looking item... What is this? The postcard says "Congratulations! You have received a gift subscription." I look at it again and it was addressed to me and it is from my grandma. Apparently she decided that I needed the gift of The Word Among Us.( http://wau.org/). It is a very spiritual magazine. I am not sure why of all the Grandchildren she has she chose.

Here is what the magazine promises:
  • Daily Meditation based on the Mass readings
  • Articles that illuminate church doctrine
  • Biographies of the Saints
  • Touching personal testimonies to God's healing power
I think Gram wants me to get more God....

Okay love ya all....

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Lions and Tigers and Bears!

Oh My, tornado warnings tonight in O-Town. Cars off the road, and people are still thinking it's a good plan to drive around outside. Why would that be a good plan? Oh Well, that isn't what I feel like writing about tonight. I could spend 3 blogs talking about people driving on I-4.

So here's the story for today:

I have begun couponing (def. The act of using coupons in order to save money). So two weeks ago I got a Sunday subscription to the Orlando Sentinel (major newspaper here in O-Town). That was a battle in an of itself because I got it with Groupon. But really the paper was only $10 for a year! So finally after 2 weeks and a few phone calls and emails the paper shows up this week. I have also been collecting coupons here and there for the last 2 weeks. So when my newspaper arrives on Sunday I carefully go through it and find all the "deals" that I might be interested in. I leave this to sit for 24hrs while I think about by savings.

Monday I decide I am gonna make dinner for Nicole who I will be picking up at the airport at 7pm. So I am gonna try my hand at coupon use for the first time! I am sort of excited about the prospect of saving around $8 on 2 items. I have 2 - $3 off 2 bottles of wine coupons and the wine was on sale for $7.99 a bottle and 2-$1 off 2 cans of Campbell soup which is on sale for $1.5o per can. Which means, in case math for you is like grammar for me, I should be able to get these 4 items (2 bottles of wine, 2 cans of soup) for a total of $9.99. Which is how much one bottle of wine would normally cost me. So off to Target I go. I do all of my gathering of the items I will be purchasing for the day. I head to the register. The woman was very nice and wrung up all of my items, I hand her my 4 coupons. She easily handles the soup and then the looks at me and says "you can only use one of these coupons for the wine". Now I accept that there is a belief that you can only use one coupon per item idea but I can promise that I can read, and there is no where on these coupons that state only "one per transaction" or any limit period. So I said "well I used 2 on the 2 cans of soup you just wrung thru". She responds "well I wasn't supposed to do that either". So I nicely said "well if you read the coupon there is no limit on the number I can use on this item". She started to get very angry with me so I looked at the customer behind me and said "ma'am you might want to go to another line, I am gonna have to call the manager" now the cashier I guess didn't exactly know what I meant so I repeated to her "Can you please call your manager". So now I am the person holding up the line at Target... crap. So the manager comes over and they have their little discussion to which the "nice" cashier tells him in not so many words I am trying to rob the store blind by $3. She says that "she can't use two coupons on the same item", well interestingly enough the manager with out entering any special code swipes the second coupon and amazingly it works! At the same time saying "I will do it this once". Are you freaking kidding me? Really Target. You didn't have to do anything but process the order correctly in the first place. So finally I get my total. I look at the cashier and say to her "did you take off the 5cents for my reusable bag?". LOL she was mad. Oh well, they should train you to read the things that pass over your counter better. So the trip cost me about $24 with all of the things I purchased and I walked away with 2 bottles of wine.

So I have begun reading Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, if you want pick it up and read it with me. I have no idea if it will be good or not but it is next on the list!

State of the Union is on, better get my glass of wine and pay attention.

Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Lazy Sunday

I am having an incredibly lazy Sunday today. Sundays always equal football to me this time of year. I always remember the games being on in the background whether it was our team or not. Football was the thing that was the background noise to what we were actually doing. Unless it was our team, then the food was pulled out and the volume turned up. It was as if the world all around stopped to watch the game. Even if I am not interested or have little time to sit and watch football ends up on my TV every Sunday. It makes me feel at home even when I am miles and miles away.

So I have accomplished a few small things today. I just watched tIMER. This movie is interesting and I would say the idea is incredible sad to me. Its about this "Big Brother"ish idea that this timer is implanted in everyone's wrist, once the timer goes off you will meet the love of your life the very next day. The story revolves around this woman who's timer is blank. The acting is okay, the story is hard to watch. The idea that we as society are relying on technology to get us through life so much that we cant connect with each other and at the same time some of us are trying. There is also the idea that there is only one person for each of us. Both of these I have very strong views on. I sometimes hate that I find out what used to be "big" things in peoples lives online, that I feel like Online dating is easier then meeting people in person, and that I can't live with out my cell phone. But I very much like connecting with people in person, sharing experiences and talking about how things could be, are and will be. It is the double edged sword of technology. I like that this blog has made friends far away feel some much closer too me and that they have sent me advice and love about things I have talked about. These are ways that technology helps.

I also am not certain about the idea of the one. That is a lot of pressure to put on a situation that shouldn't have so much stress. That there is only one person for each of us is hard to believe. I think that maybe at each time in our life that is a person who is most important, who has great affect over us and who helps change our life. I hope, as do I think most, that there is someone that I will find to grow old with. Who will be apart of my life for a very long, long time.

I also finished a book today, The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard. This is the first book that I have read off the Oprah book list. It was a good book, I would say 3 out of 5. I think it would have been better if I had a child. The story is about a mother who's 3 year is taken from a hotel lobby. It is about the emotional turmoil of the situation and its effects on each of the people in the story (mostly the mother and older son). I also read the 3 Bill Cosby kids book on the list, and did not enjoy them much. I just hope that all of the books on this list aren't heartbreaking sad.

Halftime Show! Let's Go Greenbay!

Btw - I fixed it so anyone can comment! Lots of love!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Dress Party

So I went to a dress party tonight, I have to say it sounded crazier in my head then it actually was. Although seeing grown men in ball gowns is pretty awesome. Met some lovely people had a good time. It was way more low key then I had anticipated. It did however give me a story to tell and some fun for a Saturday night. I am so looking forward to doing nothing tomorrow. I plan on cleaning the house, doing some laundry, reading the rest of the book I am on right now so I can tell you about it tomorrow, and might go check out the dress of Midsummer. But for now, I am gonna go to sleep. Happy Saturday!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Little Bit of me

I feel like I am giving a little bit of me when I am writing this. I gives me a bit of time to reflect on the days event and the things that are important to me. I had a good day. I am going to a "dress"party this weekend. It should be very interesting. Everyone at this party will be wearing dresses, men included. I feel like it can only go in one direction and not split down the middle. I will either have a great time or be there 20 mins and make an excuse to leave. So I guess this post is to be continued until after the dress party on Saturday. I am not sure how I feel about being in a room with men in dresses but I work in theater so it is not the strangest thing that I will ever see. So this is the bit for today... Happy Thursday.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Book List and other things

So tonight Nicole and I have both decided to read from a book list. I have chosen Oprah's which I talked about in a previous post. Nicole is a much fast much more focused reader then I am. It has never been a strong suit for me. I get distracted way to easily. So I put together an excel spread sheet to keep track of the books and rate the ones I like the most. I normally don't do fancy paper work but after putting an actual budget together it felt like the right thing to do. So now I have 2 "to do" lists. It is interesting having a reading list, it is sorta like the summer reading list I got as a kid. Getting summer reading lists some summers was awful but other times I was very excited to getreading . I read some of my favorite books during those summers, The Pearl and Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, 1984, Catcher in the Rye, and so many more. It grew harder and harder for me to read and interestingly enough when I started doing theater I stopped reading as much as I had. I sometimes wonder if maybe my love for all literature began and ended in the theater. I see that now that I am further away from the production aspect of the theater I am way more into reading. I would love to say that I am doing a book a week but I am not sure that will be the case. 3 of the books on Oprah's List are by Bill Cosby, I wanted to feel like I knocked them of the list quickly, I have. So after this weekend I should have at least 4 books done and the 5th will be started. So I am hoping that I will find the love of reading I once had all those summers ago.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


So I spent some more time tonight working out my pay off my Credit Card Debt plan. At this point, if I spend nothing more on my credit cards and do nothing but pay off debt and save $20 per month I should be able to pay off my debt in 2years and 2 months. So I am gonna try and stick to my plan, work hard and keep my nose clean for at least this year. I have figured out everything with hopes that I can get it all paid off. I have at minimum an additional $1000 in income coming in this year that I will take and put towards the debt. Which hopefully will get me to the credit card debt free place in a much faster period of time. It makes me a bit nervous that I have no room for mistake right now. I really need to get some wiggly room in my budget for emergency items. Things I can't do, get my teeth fixed, get my car fixed and get my a 401K or IRA started. At 31 years old it scares me. I would love to find something part-time that I can do to earn a bit more money, I love my job but I need more money. I am either looking at changing my job, changing my life style or tying to make it work as is. I am hoping that I can find a way to make an extra $200 a month at this point. That would give me a bit more room in the budget and a bit more of a way to feel safe in what I am doing. Okay bare with me it might be a bumpy ride but I think I can do it!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Fighting myself

It feels like every year I say this is the year I will get my finances in check. Well, this has to be the year. Today I have buried my credit cards. I have taken them from my wallet and placed them in the back of my closet. I probably will need to just tear them up and throw them away. But this year I will gain back my credit freedom. I don't think my credit debt is completely awful but it is causing me to live paycheck to paycheck. If I can get rid of the $5000 in debt my life will be so different. Right now I am just barely able to make it each month. I am going to have to say no to a lot of fun things for a bit but I think if I can get control of my debt I will have the freedom to do a lot more. I might look into a personal loan to consolidate all of the debt into one payment. At this point one total payment might be better then 3-4 separate payments. A little research and some time and I will figure it out. I also need to have a better working knowledge of my credit score. I checked it a while back and it wasn't so good. I am not sure the last year has made much difference but it's a necessary thing to know. I am gonna spend today a bit of time researching ways to get out of debt and how to pay off credit cards. I think if I can keep myself busy with the things I have I will be fine. Blogging, running, crafting, cleaning, all sorts of things that I can do for free in this town with out dropping a credit card on the table to pay for something. It will not be easy but yesterday was the last shopping trip for awhile, sorry Nicole. I need to do this. I need to be free of the debt I have been carrying since college.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Online Dating

So for the last few months I have been trying hard at the online dating. It is hard. sometimes I am really into it and other times I want nothing more then to stay on my couch and enjoy the evening. Some of it is because I have had a lot of bad first dates and some of it is because I want nothing more then to meet someone in real life first and not online. The last guy was great he was sweet and we had lots of fun but there were a few deal breakers in my world that I could not accept. I think that there are things we all need from a person. I think this last experience I found hard to turn away from because when we were together it was lots of fun and lots in common. The ones before that have had their lives together but we just didn't have enough in common. I am sure at some point I will find someone to share my world with. It might just take me a bit longer then it takes other people.

Okay that's what I have for today.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Some Days are Better

I am still trying to figure out the purpose of this blog. I am still trying to figure a purpose for it. It may become just my place to rant but maybe I will figure out something else to do with it besides that. Or maybe I will start a blog about something that others will be interested in. I have gotten my library card renewed. I am sort of excited about it. I decided that I would start reading Oprah's Book Club list. Starting from 1996 and moving forward. So the first 3 books I plan on reading are
The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard

I have the first two coming from the library in the next few weeks. I might try and order the third one tonight. I think it will give me a great goal to work towards and read a few things that I probably wouldn't try otherwise. Hey its 2011 the world is supposed to end in 2012, I feel like I owe it to myself to learn as much as possible.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

This is not my job...

So one thing I have personally never been good at is saying no. No I will not do six hours more work because you don't want to. No I will not buy you lunch. No I will not give you XYZ. I always have said yes. Have always been willing to drop everything to help others. For at least the month of January if not longer I am going to make the effort to not handling other peoples emergencies. I am going to start saying I am sorry but I don't have time to help you right now, if it can wait I will be happy to help you figure it out in 24hrs or why don't you see if someone else has time to help you. I did this today for the very first time. I said no I will not handle this, please ask someone else to help you. I felt guilty but at the same time I didn't have to stop what I was doing to handle someones "emergency" . I accomplished an entire project in one day! It is a step in the right direction and hopefully will continue to make my life easier.

Okay that's all for today.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Day One

Well day one and I am off, I am not sure what this Blog will turn into or if it will turn into anything or just me ranting. We shall see and explore it together. So what is the first thing I talk about, well today is my roomies Birthday! So Happy Birthday Nicole! Thank you for being awesome and always understanding me. Sorry I am sick and your birthday dinner is pizza but it will be good!

Yesterday for Nicole's Birthday Amy Hadley and I took her to get her nails done. This was my first manicure in my 31 years of existence. I have only walked l past the doors of the nail salons in the mall and never had the interest to go in. This could be because up until a year ago I bit my nails insistently but even over the past year since I quit I had no interest in getting them done. So off to the mall to get Mani's and Pedi's (I did not get a Pedi, I have major issues with people touching my toe nails) So we waited quit some time to get this procedure done and really I had no idea what the lovely ladies at the salon were talking about. But I understood enough to pick a color and take a seat. So we wait and wait, Nicole and Amy get in the spa chairs and I continue to wait. Finally a lovely woman comes and takes me to get my nails done. The color I have picked is called Romeo and Joliet. She sits me down and begins to have at my never manicured nails. I realize at this moment that there is not going to be much speaking during this process and with Amy and Nicole across the salon I am now going to sit and be patience. It turns out that short is very short but for the first time ever I can say that all of my nails are the same length and look lovely. It will be great once they grow out and I think I like the color so much that that I might go buy it.