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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Random Want-To-Do List for Summer

So here's my random want to do list for summer 2012:

Clean up my all the cleanups/updates/virus scans/etc & uninstall anything that isn't being used or pertinent to my computer.

Organize all my photos and files on my computer & backup hard drive. Delete what I don't need/use and back up the whole thing when I'm done.

Upload pictures to snapfish or shutterfly so I can make them into scrapbooks/albums and get them printed quickly as specials come my way.

Organize passwords/log-ins and delete accounts of things I no longer use/have a need for.

Organize all my iTunes music/music on my computer/music on CD's etc so I can find what I'm looking for, delete songs I don't like/have multiples of, and create new, organized playlists.

Clean up and clean out ALL my email addresses and delete the OLD ones!! Unsubscribe from all the junk I get in my folders and organize the folders.
(Wow, a lot of PC housekeeping in my future!!)

Scan into my computer (and organize) all the papers in the scan pile.

Update savings list from couponing.

Make keeping the checkbook/bank account balanced a high priority (starting now). Keep a calender current for bills due, etc.

Research a way to either convert VHS to DVD or replace most of the VHS movies.

Research a way to better store DVD & CD's (music and computer) without taking up so much space.

Organize and label all electronic cords, parts, etc!!

Clean out and organize all scrap book/craft stuff.

Find a sewing machine. Cut "quilt" pieces. Make said quilt.

Have $1000 sales in Mary Kay!!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Rambles of 2012

I'm sitting here in my rocker on the front porch of our townhouse listening to the rain fall. There's a slight breeze blowing and oh, how it feels delightful. I haven't done this in a very long time and I gaze out across the city lights I realize I need to this more often. So relaxing.

I haven't blogged in a really long time and so much has happened since Lilly got hurt. She is completely healed now and running the show like the queen she that she is. Her eye never returned to normal and her little tongue sticks out a bit but other than that she came through with flying colors. Her bill on the other hand...yeah lets just say it will be a long time before that is paid off.

The last few months have been incredibly frustrating and very stressful. The biggest issue over everything else is, of course, finances. I truly believed we'd be back on our feet by now, but yet we're still struggling to make ends meet. It seems like the harder we try the farther behind we fall. I'm exhausted most of the time and still have school work to do, a house to clean, errands to run, bills to pay. It never ends. Work has been probably the best job I've had in a long time--I love the people I work with!! It's a great place to be and for the most part everyone works great as a team.

We had four days to move out of our apartment when we finally found a place we could afford that would accept our pets and our crappy credit. Took 3 of those 4 days to move everything because for the most part we were doing it ourselves...thankfully we had a few people help us though. Finally we were moved in and the keys to the old place turned in! I love our new place--its a 2 story townhouse with hardwood floors downstairs, stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, front loader washer/dryer, tile in the bathroom, granite countertops, 2 bed, 1.5 bath, with a little patio out back. It's small but we're making it work. I'm getting rid of a lot of stuff and trying to make a home for everything else. We still need a TV stand and some bookcases, and either two more dining chairs or some bar stools. A dresser & bed for the girls are in the works and hopefully we'll have that taken care of soon. We've decided to turn the 2nd bedroom into an office that can double as a guest room & the girls' room.

I'm hoping to start work with a caterer as their marketing associate. It won't probably pay much to start but hopefully it will be consistent & they will build quickly.  I've been trying to get back on track with  Mary Kay too but it's been hard starting over in a new city where I don't know very  many people. And since I work the close shift I don't have an evening free to go to the meetings up here.

The wedding of course is still set for June 9. We're not going to do much for it....honestly considering literally just saying "I do" without the people, cake, photographer, etc. I really do want it to be nice of course but there isn't a whole lot of wiggle room and we still have to buy the rings and the dress and such. Sigh. It'll all work out.

More soon...