Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Do you have any holiday traditions that you look forward to that are more about the experience than money? I'd love to hear what they are....
Friday, November 26, 2010
I hope everyone had a very happy Thanksgiving and was able to take some time and reflect on what we all have to be thankful for right now. Even with all the nasty divorce stuff going on, I know I have much to be thankful for and many others don't have it as good as I do right now. Wishing you all a blessed holiday season.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
In Washington, divorce cases now require you to go through mediation to hopefully save the court's time and money. I've paid my half of the mediation fee, now we are just waiting for the ex to pay his half so that we can get it scheduled. He's refusing to pay his half, so we might be able to get this waived and go straight to trial. It's all so frustrating, this should be a fairly simple and easy divorce, but I guess there really is no such thing. Darn it! So far I have spent $6800 with an attorney and we're no closer to getting signatures on papers than we were on Sept. 15th.
Hopefully soon we will be able to get past all of this and get on with things. I just want to put all of this behind me and move forward.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
"Never try to keep up with the Joneses, drag them down to your level, it's cheaper!"
Monday, August 9, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
On a positive note, I did receive a $50 payment from Vindale research and a $50 visa gift card from T-Mobile for my new phone. I had to get a new phone and new cell phone plan when the soon to be ex disconnected my phone when I moved out. Thankfully I was able to go on my family plan and it will only cost me about $20 per month for my cell phone. Yay! These 2 items will definitely make it easier to get my budget back in line the way it should be.
I also think I've been way too social lately as far as spending goes. I need to stop the going out and spending so much money, time to tighten up the purse strings again. Ahh, it was fun while it lasted.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
Friday, April 30, 2010
From the top we have the bedroom, kitchen and 2 shots of the living room. It's really light and airy and I can't wait to really do it up. It also has a large bathroom and fairly good sized balcony which faces southwest, so it will be great to get out there and read a book when it warms up. Just about counting the days until I move back here! :)
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
we've opened up the room a lot by getting rid of the peninsula and adding the island. We took out the existing pantry cabinet and shifted things down, opening up a lot of kitchen space. I'm excited to see the completed kitchen with the pendant lights hanging over the island and the new floor in, but it's already a huge improvement over the too small and dated kitchen that was there before.
Sorry it didn't occur to me to show you the before until now...
I'm so excited that I am about to be cooking again, I have been busy perusing all kinds of cookbooks, looking for just the right "first" meal to cook in the new kitchen. More updates to come.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
If you missed last night's Evening Edition, Check out Westgate's Story. http://www.king5.com/on-tv/evening-magazine/Westgate-Elementary-trying-to-win-playground-88873597.html
Have a great day and thank you!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
We're muddling through our kitchen remodel and have hit more than a few snags, but I think we have most of them ironed out now. We are having our counter tops installed next Tuesday and we found a local place that will install slab granite and do all the prep work for $2347.56!!! (If you are in the Seattle area and looking for granite, check out http://www.piuskb.com/) We are super excited! Then we still have to install the appliances and the flooring to go, but once the appliances are in at least I can cook and bake again! I can't wait to post pictures of it all done! I'll keep you posted!
Have a great day! It's a beautiful one here!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
We still have 2 doors to put on the back of the island, but we came up short by 4 hinges so another trip to Ikea is in our future. We're about ready for counter tops...the problem? We haven't decided what we want or what we can afford at the moment. With DH's salary still drastically cut back and we're not sure when it will go back to his regular pay, we are hesitant to put big money into the counters and floor at the moment. Does anyone have any good ideas for economical solutions for now? We've saved a lot of money so far by doing this work ourselves and it's been pretty fun. I've learned a lot about home renovations and it's been great.
This week is going to be another slow week for getting stuff done, I'll be out on Wednesday and Thursday as I have to have a colonoscopy and upper endoscopy done. No fun! Hoping by the weekend to be back up and running on getting this stuff done.
Make it a great day!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
And now they have doors on them...
DH is making another trek to Ikea today to exchange some stuff that the designer
mis-ordered, but we're making really good progress now that we have the system all figured out. We should have the rest of the cabinets installed by the end of the week and can start putting stuff away soon! We can't wait to get things organized and put away and stop living in a constant mess. Surprisingly we have really been enjoying installing the cabinets together and are finding that we are working pretty well on this project together. Very little frustration, so that's a good thing. I'll keep you all posted with more pictures as things progress...
Monday, March 1, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I have to tell you all, this is the first time I have added pictures to a blog post, so please bear with me while I learn how to do this. :)
Monday, February 15, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Then last week, I went to the dentist for a routine cleaning and to have a tooth checked that had been being watched. Turns out it needed a root canal and rather urgently. So, next day I headed to the endodontist for my root canal which turned in to 2 root canals! Thank God for dental insurance and paid time off!! I'd never had a root canal before so I had no idea what to expect, thankfully this dentist was great and super fast. I didn't even feel the shots! Yay!
Yesterday DH got the word that he is going to be taking a temporary pay cut down to minimum wage until their next project starts. This really stinks since we are in the middle of our kitchen remodel and they didn't let him know until yesterday that this will go in to effect on his paycheck this Friday. They drafted the letter to him on Jan. 23rd, but didn't send it until yesterday!!!! Grrr! So crappy! So, I guess it's time to dip in to the emergency savings and do what we can to cut back wherever possible. Good-bye nice, fancy Valentine's dinner, oh well! We have decided instead to have a nice stay at home day in our jammies and watch movies. I will be working any overtime that I can in the meantime and doing what I can to cut back wherever possible. I've also gotten really serious about my survey opportunities and trying every single one that comes my way. Yesterday I did some that will result in a $21.50 check, which will always help out too. I have even gotten my DH doing surveys now and he loves it. He's having a great time trying out different products and giving his 2 cents.
We had our taxes done over the weekend and thankfully will be getting a very hefty return! Normally I wouldn't think this is a great thing, but the reason we are getting it this year is because DH was a first time home buyer and is getting the $8,000 tax credit. That's also really going to help us stretch through and make it through this belt tightening time period!
It will get better, I know it will, it's just hard to think about it right now. I'm going to keep my chin up and keep plugging along, not much else I can do about it! I hope things are going better for the rest of you out there. This too shall pass...
Monday, January 18, 2010
Speaking of eating out, we had a lovely dinner out with my parents, my brother and his family and my Grandma on Saturday night. A final Christmas gift/get together courtesy of a gift card from other family members who were in town.
And last but not least, we had pretty decent weather all weekend long, not too much rain and we were able get out and about and thoroughly enjoy it. Hope you all did too!
Monday, January 11, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
How are you doing on your resolutions???