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2010 Goals

December 30th, 2009 at 09:56 am

So here it is, the list of my 2010 goals. They're not all related to finances (most of them are not), but here they are nonetheless:

*Pay off Credit Card
*Eat healthy
*Work out at least 3 times a week
*Write at least 1 poem/story per month
*Continue volunteering with Hospice-2 hours per month min.
*Push through the mentoring program for my independent study
*Get a tattoo
*Write at least 3 new songs
*Visit a foreign country (Kenya in August)
*Play out at my own show
*Complete 3 sewing projects
*Re-do the couch
*Get back into the CIQR program
*Score really well on the GRE
*Find/visit at least 2 grad schools
*Get down to 135 pounds
*See a play or the symphony
*Find an internship for the fall, or a job closer to my career choice
*Go to Boston for the CCFC conference in April
*Move into my own place
*Start riding my bike frequently when the weather gets nicer
*Improve my Credit score
*Start reading the news

That's it for now, but I'm sure I'll add more. Just have to keep holding myself accountable Smile

In financial news, I finally opened up a local bank branch, and paid my CC bill yesterday. I haven't used it in over a month. I'm going to keep going with that trend. I'm trying to pay it off quicker than the end of 2010... lol.

For right now I just have to focus on fixing my car and getting things in order for school, work. My schedule is going to be incredibly challenging. I may have to cut back some hours at work to fit in my tutoring. I cant loose that gig, it just pays too well.

On the health front, I have worked out twice this week Smile And I've been eating relatively well. No soda, though I've had a few beers. I need to cut back on those if I'm going to make any progress on my weight... heh.

Either way, time to get going. Hope everyone is having a fabulous week!

I love fresh starts :)

December 28th, 2009 at 12:02 pm

So I'm very much looking forward to the start of the new year. I'm putting together goals today. I've been losing focus lately, with everything that's been going on in my life. Now that things are starting to work themselves out and calm down, it's time to get back on track!

I'm finishing up the January budget right now, and prepping for the goal-setting. Something about new beginnings gets me incredibly motivated. The week just started, a new month is about to start, and we're at the edge of 2010. So very exciting!

So stay posted for the almighty lists Smile It'll be pretty intense... lol.

Today has been quite productive. Working, from home thankfully given all the snow we just got. Doing my laundry today, getting my finances in order. I bought my textbooks on amazon today. Pretty decent prices. I got everything it says I'm supposed to need for about $100.

After work I'm going to jump on the treadmill for a bit, and later going to yoga with the boy Smile I started eating healthy again starting today. I've gained a lot of the weight I lost in basic training, and I told myself I wouldn't let that happen... Not that I'm terribly overweight, but I haven't worked out in over 3 months... I was working out 5 mornings a week when I was in training. There really is no excuse for it. So here we go again... Smile

That's it for now, then. Happy beginning of the week, everyone!

He's home for Christmas...

December 21st, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Well. That "funk" that I was in has come to a close, thankfully. It was a rough time, and I came to a lot of conclusions. See, the reason I was upset to begin with is because my ex is coming back from Iraq, and I missed him uncontrollably. We broke up a while ago, but it was under odd circumstances and I never really got over him. I thought I did... but this last 2 weeks have proven otherwise.

I ended things with the current BF, as I found it to be unfair to him, regardless of whether my ex and I get back together. That was a rough night. It's really been a hard last 2 weeks...

The good news, however, is that my ex and I are talking and things are looking good. I guess all those people who told me, "If it's meant to be it'll happen," were right. I've never met anyone who has made me happier. So that's excellent Smile

Work is going well, going full time now. Getting prepared for the semester coming up next month and finished most of my xmas shopping a couple days ago. I haven't decided if I'm going to get my other 2 friends gifts or not... I have to assess the financial situation first...

Time is running out as well :/ Either way.

So the ex/future BF is coming home tomorrow. TOMORROW. I haven't seen the kid in 10 months... He came home on leave, but I was at basic training, so I didn't get to see him Frown It's going to be quite the reunion, I know it. I cant wait. I've been trying to make the day go by as fast as possible. It feels like xmas. I guess it kind of is Big Grin

That's really all I've got for now. Sorry for my recent absence. I was dealing with all that boy nonsense... sigh. Boys. lol.

Take 2

December 9th, 2009 at 06:19 am

Unfortunately yesterday was another rough one. But I'm determined to not let this one get me down. I'm pretty sure my new medication is messing with me. Hormones will do that to you. But I'm not going to sit around mopey all week long. Thank goodness I have things like LOLcats and sweet boyfriends for times like these.

Yesterday was a no-spend day. I went to get my car e-checked, and they broke it even further... my car is not doing so hot right now. My mechanic buddy is going on vacation here tomorrow as well... so it's gonna be a minute before I get the thing fixed. Pooey.

The good news is that the manual to my car is on its way, so I'll be more aptly equipped to start fixing it on my own. I'm a helicopter mechanic with the army. I'm pretty sure I can handle a car. No problemo.

So that's that. Time to get to work here in a few minutes, and BF's last exam is this evening, so we're going out tonight and he is getting pretty wasted. I'll be the DD and nursing him in the morning... it's also been a long week for him. It's a shame we're both in rough spots at the same time. I feel like a jerk for not being as understanding as I should be, and he's just so busy it's hard for him to be around for me while I'm in this state. Bah.

Ah well, off to work. Hope everyone has a great day! I'm going to try and maintain some positivity!

Bad day yesterday.. hope this one is better.

December 8th, 2009 at 05:35 am

So I had a pretty down day yesterday. It seems nothing was going right. Overall just felt I was in a funk, and then everything started happening. Apparently I need an E-Check done before I can get plates for my car... so that was a useless trip to the DMV. Then I for some reason didn't have the right pin at the ATM... then I needed to take the car for E-Checking, and the heat wouldn't heat up... it was just one thing after another. I gave up.

My amazingly sweet BF did bring me flowers Smile That was incredibly nice of him, just because I was having a bad day. And he took me out for Mexican. What a great boy!

I did find the pin for my card... I forgot I've only used the ATM once since I've had it... got money out and ran it to my mechanic friend, who is ordering the parts to my car. woot.

I'm hoping today is less stressful than yesterday. I have to figure out this whole car situation, and I have to tutor tonight, though I dont know how I'm getting there. Thinking I may have them come here. Or just cancel it altogether, though I would much rather not. I need the money now more than ever.

Christmas is sneaking up on us quick! Admittedly, I am so not in the spirit. I've hardly thought about it. Yesterday I did for about a minute, because it was snowing. That's about it. It's kind of depressing, but what can ya do? It's been harder every year for me to feel Christmas-y. Perhaps it's an adult thing? I really just feel headache, and present buying. And I'm not really doing any of that, either.

Got the best friend something, have to find something for my mom. Small, but something she can open. And BF is getting hockey tickets. He's buying me a nose piercing, so I'm getting that done next week. Right after drill, so it has time to heal prior to me changing it to the clear spacer for drill next month. I'm not supposed to wear them with my uniform... but I dont want it to close up.

And I will be getting my hair done on my budget next week as well. It's a regular christmas makeover. lol. I haven't had the hair cut or colored since 4th of July weekend, so I dont mind forking over the cash. I really only get it done a couple times a year.

Either way, I'm going to attempt to get the car E-checked, and have a somewhat stressless day. Let's hope I succeed!

Everyone have a good one!

Car broke... but unexpected monies :)

December 7th, 2009 at 05:17 am

So it finally happened... my car broke. Well, it broke to the point where it's essential I fix it before I drive it more, anyway. Terrible timing, really. I was supposed to trade cars with mom to make a trip to Pittsburgh, and it happened the day before. Needless to say, it was an angry night. I mean, I knew I was going to have to put some money into it. You cant buy a $1200 car without something breaking. It just doesn't happen. lol.

I was freaking out because I didn't really have any money for repairs, but something amazing happened. I looked at my bank account and became alarmed because the army paid me an unexpected $570. They have a habit of overpaying me it seems... A quick look at my mypay showed that it was actually money I was supposed to be paid. Just in time!!!

My mechanic buddy came over yesterday and took a look at it, and it's the power steering pump. I think there may be other problems as well, but this is where we're going to start.

I go buy the plates today. lol. My temp tags expire tomorrow.

I had a very inexpensive weekend. BF and I haven't really gone out. He's busy with projects and finals and I'm getting over this cold, and feeling rather refreshed that we spent a couple weeks out of the bars.

The roomies and I had a boardgame night saturday which was very successful, and yesterday was certainly a lazy sunday. I read and drank tea most of the day. School starts next month, and I will have zero time for pleasure reading. I'm trying to get in all I can for the time being.

So yes, just need to fix the car and figure out how I'm going to swing tutoring this week. I'm sure I'll be able to work some magic. Drill this weekend. Woot. It's going to be a long week...

Hope everyone has a good one! Later.

Busy and working at home.

December 2nd, 2009 at 10:02 am

Well, things are busy as usual. Still working, though it's nice to start working at home this week... I'm quite enjoying it. Whereas a lot of people think there are a lot of distractions, I find very little. It's nice Smile Best part? I get to hang out in my PJ's aaaalll day. There is a reason they call me PJmama Big Grin

Paid my one student loan bill yesterday. My CC bill is a couple days late now, but I'm going tomorrow morning not only to make a payment, but to open a new checking acct. My bank situation is, and has been, a mess for the last few months. It's time I finally fixed it. It'll be nice to have a local bank branch again. It'll be much easier, anyway.

I haven't really done any writing in the last 3 weeks. I haven't really had the time, and I've been sick for the last week or so. Thus I've been relaxing, and thankfully, too. I'm starting to feel better now.

I've been doing a lot of reading. It's incredibly stress-free, and I've managed to buy about 15-20 books in the past couple months, all for under 50 cents each. Yay for booksales and the thrift store! As winter weather finally sets in, I'll be well stocked with cheap entertainment.

I'm a bit stressed about xmas coming up. Thankfully I dont have too many people to buy for. I bought my best friend something already, and mom and I decided not to exchange gifts... both of us are hurting financially this year. I'm getting BF hockey tickets, and we're making a weekend out of going to PA and seeing the game, at some point in January. I still have to purchase the tickets. It'll be about $100 for both.

I'm a bit worried that this coming semester is going to be chocked full and frantic. I'm only taking 12 credit hours, but I'll also be working full time. I know I'll pull through it and everything will be okay, but I anticipate it being very stressful. I'm not going to have very much time for anything at all.

I've started my list of 2010 goals, and it's coming along. I'll post them, along with my list of what got accomplished (and didn't) in 2009.

Either way, it's back to work for me. I hope everyone is having a great day!