Thursday, January 31, 2008

Silly Me.

Chris is on his way back from an account in Miami Fl. and I am still not caught up on his laundry from last time he was here, 5 days ago. Not to mention my own and the boys.

All I want to do is sit with my CVS ad, and my calculator and plan my shopping scenarios for CVS. The deals ROCK next week. It has my head spinning. I'm not going to be at peace until I've crunched all the numbers, located all the coupons and written the perfect plan of attack.

Laundry? It can wait a lil' longer, right? bwahahaha

EDIT: OMGosh. Hot Coupon World is down! Sound the alarms! I am having withdrawls!!! I HAVE to see the ad to work up my plan. Somebody, anybody, get HCW back up online STAT!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Good Quote!

Saw this on another site and thought it might come in handy for others as it has for me.

"Failure is an EVENT, it is not a person.
Yesterday really did end last night,
and today is your brand new day..."

Friday, January 18, 2008

Pimpin' the Shop

There's nothing like a huge new car payment and new full coverage insurance to cause a girl to beg with no shame. LOL
If you haven't checked out my Etsy shop lately, you really should. My loyal blog readers always get a price cut!

Any sales generated from my shop are being squirreled away in savings for when it "rains" and the pmt. is due. :)

Of course if you don't shop I'll still love ya!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Aye Yei Aye

This year has been BAD for us so far! If it can go wrong, it has!

It started on Jan. 1st.-my birthday, the start of a new year full of new hopes, blah, blah, blah...
Then it happened.
My Jeep started leaking transmission fluid like crazy.

That same night our propane heater (that is attached to the wall) came OFF the wall. Just fell. kerplunk! It's the heater that we use to heat the whole house- I might add.

Not five minutes later the wires in the lighting fixtures in my livingroom fried and shorted out.

A couple days later my microwave decided to die.

Then, yes THEN, the sensors went out in my washing machine and it didn't know when it was full so guess who's bedroom floor got soaked?!
THEN, when we went to pull it out to replace it the pipe busted BELOW the shut-off valve and water just super flooded my bedroom. Poor Caleb, he ran as hard as he could to the end of the driveway (about 125 feet uphill) to shut off the main water valve.

So far we have: my car, my heater, my microwave, washing machine, and lighting fixtures. All pronounced dead or in need of serious repair. All within a fifteen day time frame.

In the past couple of years we've had to replace the Neon, get a new clothes dryer, fix a water pressure connector, a new stove for the kitchen, new refrigerator, TV, my printer, etc. etc. It goes on and on.
At this point almost all of our appliances are now new, along with the car. UGH

This year is barely started and it's cost us a fortune!! I just hope that nothing else major goes wrong. Please Lord. No more mishaps. My wallet runneth dry. lol

If anything else bad happens for a while I think I am going to CRACK!!!!!!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Let the debt begin!!!

EDITED on Jan. 15th to add pictures. Overlook the dirt! We have a gravel driveway, unfortunately. lol

OMGosh you guys! When I woke up today I had NO idea what I was in for.

The plan...
Chris and I were going to drive to Knox this morning (yesterday morning now), to have a look at some cars. That's all, a look.
See, I had a Jeep Grand Cherokee and LOVED it. It's 4WD, automatic everything, cruise control, all the bells and whistles. BUT, it is also a total gas guzzler! And the transmission was leaking fluid. It was from a bad seal, but still, the Jeep also had over 170,000 miles on it so we knew it was just a matter of time before we would have to part ways with it. Going out to look at cars was just give us an idea of something we might want to look for in our next used car.

Every time we've bought a car it has always been used. Always! We usually drop $4,000 (cash, no financing) or less on a good used, low mileage car and just drive the hound out of it until it falls apart and then get another "new" car. (We have connection to good quality, affordable vehicles.)

Well anyway, We have never liked the idea of going in debt for a vehicle. Still don't. That is why I am astonished to tell you right now that I am an owner of a BRAND NEW 2008 Ford Focus. GAHHHH! HOW did this happen?

I'd like to say that I am all giddy and proud, but I am not. This is my very first brand new car, and also Chris's too. We should be ecstatic but instead I am worried sick over the debt end. I know logically that we can pay for this car, but I still just want to puke when I think about it.
Chris feels ok about it and he's not as worried because it came with a 5 year warranty. Heck, the tires even know when you've hit a nail, or when the tires are losing air, the car tells you!

He feels good about it because he is gone so much and feels like he won't have to be so worried about me breaking down somewhere. That much I can understand.

I know this is going to sound strange and even funny to some, but I was so upset that I cried TWICE at the dealership. I asked the sales guy if he ever saw a woman cry over getting a new car? He said, "Yes, but not because she did NOT want it. Usually because she does want it and her husband says no." LOL

Emptying our belongings out of the Jeep was another emotional roller coaster for me because I wasn't prepared to part with it. I did not know that our ride to Knox was my last with "her."
Just a vehicle-maybe, but we all know that they are our "babies" because they get us where we need to go. We take great care of our vehicles and I don't think that it's too insane that we get attached to them. Jeep was awesome for this short 5'2" girl. The cruise was kickin' too! :)

I'll take a picture of the new car tomorrow and post it here. I would have taken it tonight but it was dark and very rainy when we got home with it.
You can also click this link. That blue one that comes up when you open the page is the car I got. Same color and everything.

Please tell me I won't regret this. LIE to me if you have to. But tell me every thing will be ok.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Got the call. :)

So... I was telling you a few posts down that I submitted some designs for the Bead Trends May/June publication. Well, I got accepted in the issue and my jewelry is en route to them as we speak. Too cool.
I am kind of bummed that I totally forgot to try out for the March/April issue. Other than that one I've been in every issue, so far.

Just thought I'd update and share because I knew you were all waiting on baited breath. LMBO ;)

Thursday, January 03, 2008

lump update

The lumps on my neck are gone and so is the soreness. I guess I had a mild infection and the penicillin took care of it. Well, that and a lot of prayer. It was very noticeably present for several days though. I just hope it doesn't come back!
I'm still going to tell my Dr. about it and have her feel around. Make sure everything is ok in there. :)

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

New Year, new birthday.

So today is New Years Day and my 35th birthday. Today has been like any other day. No cake, no plans. Just taking it easy. If I could have had one birthday wish it would have been that Chris could have been home today, but he couldn't.

I hope you all had a pleasant New Years Day. Here's hoping that 2008 is less eventful than the past few years have been, even though that's probably not likely. It doesn't hurt to have hope. lol