Monday, January 26, 2009
To recap, Friday, my big sis, took me to a tattoo parlor. Strange birthday present, huh? My mom, sis, and brother all chipped in.
Krista got a tattoo a while back to represent her nephews and nieces. Since I birthed her nephews and nieces, I thought I should probably have one too. So, I got one to match hers. Only not completely. Since they were drawn free hand, they are slightly different. And her tat is on her forearm. I wasn't sure it would look too professional flashing tats in a Catholic hospital, so mine is on my leg. And yes, I am that white. It's winter, and I'm a redhead.
Ignore my snowman socks. There is a cursive T in the middle to represent "The T's", and a flower with each of their birthstone colors, in descending birth order, no less. It hurt, not as bad as labor, but it hurt. Especially the filling in of the flowers. Owww. According to my husband and my mother, I don't handle pain well. Hmm, birthed 5 babies, 4 of them with no epidural, and I don't handle pain well. I reminded them that I work in labor and delivery and I know what can't handle pain sounds like. Apparently, in their world, you have to be completely silent to prove that you can handle pain. Whatever.
Saturday, despite making the comment that made me want to kick him in the groin, I did allow my darling husband to take me out for dinner and a movie. We saw the Curious Case of Benjamin Button. It was curious, and sad, and long, very long. I won't give away the ending, but let's just say, if you're born old and you become younger as you age, where do you suppose you'll end up?
And on that note, wouldn't it be nice? To be young, and be able to fall asleep in any position, anywhere?
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Tess has been busy rolling. Daddy tried to catch it on camera but this is a good as it gets.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
I went to Target, because you know, it's going to be like 1 degree, yes, 1 degree on Friday. Although, I think the latest update was -2. Anyway, to avoid freezing my arse off, I will be holing up at home over the weekend. So, on my way home from work, I stopped by Target to pick up a few things. And yes, I did spend $80. But, some things I needed. Like dryer sheets, and diapers, and the Campbell's soup was on sale on Target and not at the grocery, so there. So some of it I needed, and some of it, maybe I wanted it more than needed it. You be the judge. In the spirit of full disclosure:
- Dryer sheets - needed
- Diapers - needed, plus an extra pack for a baby gift
- Card - needed to go with the baby gift.
- soup - again, on sale there so I skipped it at the grocery store, and I had a coupon.
- knit hat - since I don't own a hat and it will be freaking cold, I think that was a need. And it was on clearance for $2.50.
- Static guard - needed since I bought a knit hat and I have super static head
- pink leggings for Tess -okay, I guess this was a want, but only because they were on clearance for $2.50. And we do keep it cold inside, so maybe it was more of a need.
- Tums - enough said
- picture frames - want/need?
The last one? Well, to be honest, that was the main reason I went to Target. They had frames on sale for $5. So yes, I wanted them. But, considering the fact that the pictures I had taken of Tess at 3 weeks old are still in the plastic envelope they came in, I needed them. So justifiable?
Speaking of my girl, she rolled over three times yesterday. Still unwitnessed by Mama.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Her other new thing is blowing bubbles. She really likes to spit and will entertain herself blowing raspberries. The bib is her friend.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Check out my cool sparkly tights! Yeah, Mom keeps it cold in here.
Friday, January 09, 2009
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Remember the getting out of debt and dieting comparison? They're pretty similar to me. I would like to diet and lose weight, but I really like to eat. And I always have an excuse to not start. Like, I'll wait until after the holidays, or I'll start Monday, or when the Pepsi and Oreos are all out of the house. I guess you could say, I lack the motivation. Don't we all? Same thing for getting out of debt. I mean to, but I just don't get around to it. I have excuses for that too. I'll wait until after the holidays, or I'll start Monday, or after I write this next paper. Or after I buy a new coat. Okay, not really. I can almost always talk myself out of spending money.
So, we're going cold turkey here. I have created a budget of our income and monthly expenses, and we have agreed to not buy anything in January that is non essential. Which is harder than you think. Because my husband, while he wouldn't admit it, likes to spend money and live like there is always tomorrow to pay the bills. For instance, knowing I had already mentioned a spending freeze for January, and despite the pork chops defrosted in the fridge, on December 31, dear husband says "I'm going to get Chinese food and stop by McD's for the kids." I think he missed the point of a spending "freeze".
And, I'm a cheater. I have already cheated and we're only one week in. But, I did get $25 for Christmas so that $100 worth of Xmas decor that I bought at 75% off for $25 was technically, not out of the budget. Not to mention what a bargain it was. I do an ornament exchange every year and already got all those ornaments for next Christmas for cheap. Ignore that last sentence if you get one.
The high chair that I found on Craigs*list for $30 was bought with Tess's Christmas card money. And the new coat that Tatum desperately needed....... gift card.
We don't seem to live paycheck to paycheck and the money to pay things always seem to be there. But, I would like to keep better tabs on our money, hence, the actual budget. And since that budget shows us being over every month based on my minimum hours, we will continue to stick with the spending freeze for January. (I didn't count the extra hours I usually work since they are not guaranteed.) I'll keep you posted and let you know how things go.
For some better ideas to crawl out of debt, visit Bossy's Poverty Party
Monday, January 05, 2009
And reading the instructions for statistics? Egad!!! Read the chapters in this book, then in that book, then the power point review, then do the practice exercises here, then there, then do the graded assignment. For each of the 8 modules!!! Ahhhhh!!! I guess it's good that I haven't got my statistics book yet. I can only stress so much in one day. I still haven't completely decided if I need to buy the texts for leadership. Other nurses have assured me that they rarely read the textbooks for these classes.
And to top it off, my little darling, my angel girl who started sleeping through the night at 12 weeks, is no longer sleeping through the night. I generally took advantage of the time after bedtime to study and work on my papers. Now, she is waking at least 2-3 times a night. I don't know if it is a growth spurt or teething. I'm leaning towards the teething idea, as she gnaws on everything, including my nipples! I have threatened to cut her off if she doesn't chill out with the nipple gumming. For not having any teeth yet, she has a serious bite. She isn't napping well either. Is this normal? I know, I should know this by now, I just don't remember having a baby who didn't nap much. I mean, we're talking 20 minutes here, 15 minutes there. I'm on the verge of falling into that "I don't have enough milk" trap. Which leads to more bottles, less milk..... I think I need to make a Fenugreek run.
Sunday, January 04, 2009
This week's theme is snuggle bugs. I think this fits pretty well. Tess is all snuggled up and she's a bug..... a lady bug. ;op
Visit Who Says 8 is Enough? to see more snuggly bugs.
Thursday, January 01, 2009
A new year.
Goals for the new year, reflections of the last year.....
It was an eventful 2008. We welcomed a daughter and sent our oldest son off to junior high. I started grad school. Bobby became a stay at home Dad. We witnessed a historical presidential election, and the beginning of a financial crisis.
I'm not one to make resolutions because I know I won't stick to them, so instead I'll set just a few little goals for 2009.
- I will lose 10 pounds. (I could stand to lose a whole lot more, but I like to aim low. That way, if I surpass it, I have exceeded my expectations.)
- We will work harder at paying down our debt by paying off at least 2 credit cards. (again, aim low)
- Stay in school. (This one shouldn't be too hard since the alternative is being stuck with student loans with nothing to show for it. I'm all about show.)
And that's it. There are a few others I could throw in for kicks, like
- I plan to not ride a crocodile down the Amazon.
- I plan to not take a tour of France.
- I plan to not go bungee jumping, or walk the high wire, or swim with sharks, or any other inherently dangerous activity.
You get the point. I'd really like to work on the debt issue. While we managed to pay for most of Christmas with cash, we did buy a new water softener. It was either that, or keep replacing dishwashers due to hard water burn out. So that's some major debtage we need to get rid of.
I think it's something we just have to jump into. I read a blog a few weeks ago that compared decreasing debt to quitting smoking. You have to start a few times before you stick with it. Since I have never smoked, I would say it's more like dieting. You know it's good for you, but the alternative is just so much more fun. Yeah, getting out of debt and losing weight, both will feel good in the end. Just getting started is the hard part.