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Suggestions Please.

June 9th, 2018 at 10:35 am

For a young man that I don't know well (first cousin's child) who is graduating law school. I've met him several times, very nice.

My cousin is hosting his graduation dinner at my house tomorrow for the family (20+ people) having it catered from Portillos.

I'd like to give a small gift, but my budget is currently running on empty. I initially thought about a coffee mug and gift card to Starbucks, however he is Mormon and as such does not drink coffee (no caffeine). Nor liquor of any sort.

Nice frame? My budget is probably $15 max.

Thanks in advance.

I love it when it’s under budget

June 7th, 2018 at 11:31 am

Last month D’s inhaler coverage changed with the insurance’s Decision not to cover Qvar. The replacement inhaler was $65. Same Rx today was $20 copay. I had budgeted $65. I called in a Rx over-ride so I’m getting next month’s now, putting $25 transfer to Vanguard.

Funny how happy one can get over found funds, especially when the funds remain limited.

And then the ceiling fell in, or where I just laugh ...

June 7th, 2018 at 07:59 am

We had a plumbing issue with the toilet in the master bath. Twice it overflowed with tons of water. We were't home the second time and it took Offspring a bit of time to turn off the water valve.

It must've been a lot of water because the ceiling in my family room was stained the first day after and actually fell in the second day following.

And there is currently a gaping hole roughly 4' x 8'. DH removed the wall board and we've got the dehumidifier going, so it's not feeling musty or moldy.

Irony: I agreed to host a law school graduation party on Sunday for my cousin who lives out of state, but whose son lives in Chicago. My house is clean and it's being catered by Portillos. I've collected card tables and chairs from family and friends. I am renting a carpet cleaner on Saturday (we've two dogs, one very old who is having more accidents nowadaays).

My mother (who has strong Martha Stewart tendencies) said, "Oh dear. When are the repair people coming in to fix it before that party?" To which I just laughed. Since we're still running on fumes here and the money we have needs to cover oil changes and pet grooming.

I've my final appointment with the Career Counseling Center on Tuesday (finalize my resume) and we're still in the process of finding renters for the rental property.

At least my good humor was here and I didn't let my mother's aghast look that I'm actually hosting a party with a hole-y ceiling get my knickers twisty!


The Future.

June 4th, 2018 at 09:15 am


Updating the resume and getting on linkedin today.


Reworked the budget to include $25 weekly/Vanguard. Not much, I know, but when you're digging out and starting over, it's a step in the right direction.


Have a do list and am planning on tackling it (I've moved away from having a list since I was in survival mode for awhile there). My goal is all 6 items on the list done.

Hello, June. I'm glad that you're here.