Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Jumping on the Wagon

I know my last post contained a bunch of random nothingness but I just can't help but do it again. And this time I have "permission" so to say from Keely over at the Un Mom. I know people - I still don't know how to link - deal. Anyway, if you're hankering to join in or you want to check out her bit of bloggy coolness just click on the Un Mom on my sidebar - that ought to do it.

Anyway, I have been feeling so, oh I don't know - scattered? Mentally chopped up into a zillion pieces? Anxious? Unsettled? I just can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe it's because every time I listen to the radio I hear about more and more layoffs and how the "worse times are still a head of us". Shit. It's just so very depressing. I'm not doing what I love by any means - but I guess I should just be damn happy I still have a job - for now.

My little one's surgery is next Monday. It's been rescheduled four times already so maybe this time it will actually happen. I still have to figure out what to do with The Captain since we are leaving in the wee early hours of the morning to get to Portland for his 7 am check-in. I'm nervous and relieved about the whole thing all at the same time. I think he'll be much more comfortable once it's over and done with, but damn that's going to be a hard day!

I love From now on I'm going to buy all of my girlfriend's b-day gifts and Christmas gifts from there. There's so much cute stuff at completely reasonable prices and the best thing of all - nothing is made in China! I found some totally cute clothing made by Katie and her shop is called "Little Overcoat". Thank God I don't have a little girl or I would be in serious trouble - it's already bad enough that she makes stuff in women's sizes too.

Why is that nothing has gone my way when I've tried to exercise this week? This morning I was going to get up and get my sweat on with Bob, but my alarm must have hit snooze all by itself. I woke up way too late to exercise and get ready for work so another day down the drain. I had even planned on going for a walk at lunch, but now it's snowing. WTF?!!!

Speaking of exercise, in my last HASAY post I mentioned that I was considering purchasing the Malibu Pilates Chair. I found more reviews on it and they weren't positive so I put the kibosh on that idea. I guess I'll just try to find some more workout DVD's instead. Any suggestions?

I love cooking with crock pots. I made a fantastic Black Bean and Chicken soup recipe I found on another blog called It was so good in fact that The Captain proclaimed it his new bestest favorite food. Quite a compliment I should say.

Am I the only one who was STUPID enough to open her 401K statements? Holy shit. I know they say we'll be okay if we aren't retiring soon - but when over half your money disappears - it's still hard to swallow. No matter what.

Speaking of money - I'm interested in hearing what things other folks out there are doing to save more of their greenbacks. I have to say that as a fmaily we do a lot to conserve money - pack our own lunches, use coupons and grocery shop with a list, buy used clothing/toys for the kids, do home haircuts, use dial-up, have only basic cable, (our household sounds like a ton of fun, doesn't it) but I know we could probably do more. I would be interested to hear any new ideas!

Okay - all rambled out for now. Hope you all have a great week! Thanks for listening!


Keely said...

Love that crockpot site! There is a wicked recipe for whole chicken that I make at least once a week.

I suck at saving money so I got nothin' for you. We already do most of those things. Our particular province was pretty economically depressed already, so I don't think we'll notice much change.

(The word verification is 'painguin'. Is that like a kung fu penguin?)

Mrsbear said...

Lately we've been trying to eliminate the fast food outings to save some dollars, so far it's helped some.

Don't feel too bad about sleeping past your exercise window, that was your body prioritizing rest over fitness.

Sprite's Keeper said...

You're doing everything we're doing. This recession blows. Great ramblings though!

Casey said...

Hey, I dig the randomness no matter what day it shows up on, you know that.

I'm scattered too and the economy just isn't helping.

I'm glad Dane's surgery is finally going to happen. If you need me to babysit, just drop The Captain off over here, FL is a short commute, no?

I just found today and I'm still not entirely sure I understand what it is. I'm sure I'll blow some money on it before the week is over.

No gym? Come on! I don't blame you for wanting to sleep and avoid the snow. I can't really yell at you for that since I would probably do the same. The 30 Day Shred DVD is grueling and is only 20 minutes a day.... plus she's not all tight ponytailed fru fru about it and is actually kind of a badass bitch.

We lost a lot of money last year too, it's depressing. We took all of our money out of the stock market until things look up. I know that doesn't help the economy but f them.

Shangrila said...

I love, love Etsy, too. Also I just cooked my first two crock-pot meals ever this past week! Thanks for the heads-up on the recipe blog! Do we have the same alarm clock? Must have, 'cause mine hits it's own snooze button ALL THE TIME. Hope the surgery goes well. I opened my 401k statement yesterday and freaked out a little, too. Wishing you health and prosperity-A.

bernthis said...

I feel anxious a lot as well for the same reasons. Hearing, day after day after day about people losing their jobs and businesses that have been around almost all my life, going out of business, sometimes just want to bury my head in the sand.

As far as saving money, the only other thing is getting those "green" lightbulbs. They definitely give off less light but I use them in the bathroom and the kitchen and definitely the front porch light is a good place for them. you will use 75% less electricity.

HeatherPride said...

I haven't shopped around at etsy and now I'm sort of afraid to!! I can see myself going nutso on that little overcoat site....

...ok, I might go look at it now.