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Juicing Veggies

It's sort of like drinking vitamins.   My DH and I just recently watched fat, sick, and nearly dead on netflix and he was inspired to try the juice fast (he's cheating a bit with nuts and eating fruits and raw vegetables a bit. I'm not trying to lose weight so I'm just having some of his veggie/fruit combos 2-3x/day and I do feel like my mood is improved and I have more energy.   We fortunately had a juicer that we got years ago but hadn't used it. I used to think of it as a waste since ea

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Career Decisions

I don't know why, but today I've been antsy all day about my career path. I love my current job, the company treats us all well, there will be opportunities for me to transition my career from food science to accounting soon. But today I've got a bug about looking for another position! I've been on different career sites and found a few things I'd like to apply for. Also there are no current job openings in my company that fit what I want.   I really should be patient I think sometimes, bu

Zaga

Zaga

Watching Lost

on Netflix from the beginning. Man have I missed that show!!!   My favorite character will always be John Locke.   Update on the cottage. DH talked with his father to let him know what he's going to do, now all that's left is for him to let his brother know he can buy his 1/2 out. Unfortunately BIL's wife is having a suprise b-day party for him this evening with just the guys (his b-day was on Wed., same day as me), so DH didn't want to tell him today. So, here I wait some more.   P

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Thursday, Weekends Almost Here!

Had a nice birthday yesterday, lots of phone calls, which was nice.   Today I have beef fajitas in the slow cooker and zucchini in the dehydrator. This is the first time dehydrating zucchini for snack chips, so I'm hoping they turn out!   Update on the BIL/cottage front. Looks like DH is OK w/letting his brother buy out his 1/2 of the cottage. Now he just needs to make the call to tell him that he'll take him up on his offer to buy his 1/2 out. Good grief, the way DH is so busy it'll be

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pootats

The Mountain - Climbed! (Now For The Next One!)

I made it through my "mountain" of bills and expenses last month and now am looking forward to next month. The good news is, I've paid for all but one of the four birthday/whatever presents for the month (still draggin' on the fiance's gift), next month's electricity is going to be $40 less than last, and all my school books are bought. I even put $30 in the family car and bought dog food. Yay!   This 30 day period's expenses should be $460, which is much more feasible than last time, and lea

Whitney

Whitney

It's "only" $5!

It's only $5....   I hear this every now and again. It always makes me smile. Only $5. Yet not having that same $5 will cause you to pay $40 in late fees, bounced check fees etc.... turns into a little more than $5 then doesn't it? When cutting bills.... only $5 takes on a whole new meaning. When you "need" $100... $5 is a long way away. Why bother cutting this bill, when it may take 30 minutes on the telephone and only save you $5 a month?   The tightwad books are all about "Is it wo

momto6

momto6

Tuesday's Quote

"I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind. I should not be ungrateful to those teachers." ~Kahlil Gibran     I try to remind myself of this often, because it is so true. If I didn't experience the negative, downtrodden aspects of my life, I wouldn't appreciate the positive. This goes for money lessons as well.

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My Zinnias...

Thought I'd throw them up here to give me a pick-me-up from time to time. My birthday is coming up on Wed. and for some reason, just the thought of it makes me really sad.

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Zen Quote Of The Day...

"The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. Do not despise your own place and hour. Every place is under the stars, every place is the center of the world." ~John Burroughs   This was yesterday's quote, and I really like it. Helps me to realize that where I am right now, is where I'm supposed to be.

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Summer Camp Revisited

Decided not to go to summer camp. It has been a difficult descision. Main point was the way it is organised. Over 110 participants and maximum capacity is around 90. Price is a second thing. 300 euros is quite some money. Add to that the highway tax in France, and some pocketmoney for evening drinks, and you get to about 400 or even 450 euros. Money we can better spend on our porch which we are planning to install.

Jan

Jan

It's Getting Difficult...

to stay on course when DH has been gone so much. In the past, I'd shop in order to fill that hole of loneliness, and now it's grating on me not to do so.   DH has his side business, which usually isn't too bad when it comes to spending time with me and the kids, but he's been working 12 hr days at his regular job lately and now for the next 3 weeks. So having it compounded is straining our relationship a bit, and he totally understands this, but I can't help but let the tears fall at times.

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Summer Camp

Leaving tomorrow for buddhist summercamp (returning next week Sunday)at the monastery in France to which our local zen group belongs. I just received notice that they already have 110 attendees, so the place will be packed again. Let's just hope the weather is nice, it has been a lousy summer here in Belgium so far (and most of the rest of Europe for that matter)

Jan

Jan

Dh Fixed My Suburban!

I LOVE MY HUSBAND!!! What could have cost us upward of $700 only cost about $160 to fix. DH finally figured out the problem and replaced the wheel bearing on the front drivers side. Afterwards, we took it for a drive and the ABS light went off and no more crunching sound or brake hanging up! Woohoo!!!

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A Little Depressed Today

Yet another job turn down.   I am praying to get into the local grocery store at least to stock shelves this fall.   Irregardless, I am still going to plan on attending tech school for the 2012-2013 school year. I'm shooting for a 1 year Office Assistant diploma. I'm actually really looking forward to it!!

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Murphy's Loving Us Lately

Well, not only do we have to fix my driver's side brakes, and replace DD's struts on her car, now it looks like our hot water heater is going to crap. Plus, we need to get 4 tires for DH's car before winter.   Good grief!!

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Getting Nervous...

Yesterday DH got a phone call that his application had been pulled for testing at a well known employer. The lady wanted to know if he'd be able to make it to the 9am testing this coming Saturday morning. I took the message for DH and he called her back today during his break to confirm.   This test is a long one and will take upwards of 1.5hrs to complete. Good lord I haven't been this nervous for him in YEARS. Not sure why??

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Cool, Didn't Even Realize This Was Here!

Wow, and I could have went off earlier today on something that had to do with DH and his brother concerning the whole cottage thing, but getting a phone call seemed to put that fire on ice.   Anyway, I hope to update this thing further eventually! Might not be often, but I'm glad this blog is here to help document our TMMO journey.

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Appreciating The Life You Have

I have friends who are thinking about divorce and as a child of divorce myself I'm reflecting on appreciating what you have. In Indian culture there is a different attitude about marriage of being happy with what you have rather than chasing your dreams. I think we have a big problem always imagining life would be better some other way in American culture. In some ways, it's good to imagine a better life, because it pushes you forward, but I was thinking how this Indian way of thinking is ver

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The Swagbucks Experiment - Week #3

Today I bought three books for my upcoming classes starting at the end of the month, two of which from Amazon. I was able to get $15 off the Amazon purchases thanks to my Swagbucks earnings, and the third I bought thanks to a craigslist post for less than half of the cheapest price I could find anywhere online for the book. Woo hoo, Swagbucks!   I had hoped to save all my Amazon gift certificates for Christmas, but I really needed to save my money this month for some upcoming expenses I should

Whitney

Whitney

The Swagbucks Experiment - Week #2

I'm late with my weekly breakdown! Sorry, work has been off the wall since I asked for more shifts (this is a good problem to have!), I've been preparing for school, and there's been wedding planning, too! I'm going to go light on the commentary and just run the numbers.     7/24 - 16 Swagbucks - Just the dailies, and one search. 7/25 - 16 Swagbucks - Dailies and a search. 7/26 - 116 Swagbucks - Dailies, a lot of videos from the "special offers" section as well as "liking" some sponsors on

Whitney

Whitney

Drop In Income Now Expected

I'm feeling rather dispirited because I always allow DH to purchase one large thing every year to improve his home business. In this case it's a purchase of about 15% of his business income. So what that means is that the rest of his income from his home business (which tends to dry up over the summer and really gets ramping around the beginning of the year), is to go to this purchase.   I also need to be more assertive with my boss at work because I took 2 paycuts this year to try to avoid

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