Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Sorting through it-

The water heater got replaced, so that was good. I've been savoring the hot water, being able to wash dishes without heating the water in a pot, and taking hot showers. The small things can really be the big things sometimes.

We decided to wait on the microwave, as it's non-essential. My mother gave us her old one she had because she had upgraded, so we set that up. It's really old school, it has a turn style knob with a timer. It's tiny too. It'll do though, and that's what matters!

We're still waiting on the dryer. Ours is definitely fried, it won't stay on and it emits a weird electric smell when turned on. So, you know, that's not good. We can get a discount on one because A's dad works at a factory that makes dryers, so were planning on doing that. It's still an unexpected expense, but that should soften the blow. We'll have to figure out transportation though, which is a bit more tricky. We'll get that taken care of next month.

A spent $3 at the laundromat the other day, so today I spent $4 on a clothesline and clothespins. We used to line dry our clothes where we lived before, but I was never a big fan. I think it'll be okay for some things, but it really doesn't work well when you have cats. Dryers do a much better job removing pet hair. It doesn't help that the cats are shedding right now. So much fur everywhere, gah. I brush them, and brush them, and vacuum, and dust, but it's never ending. Clothes don't stand a chance.

Anyway, we're going to cutback even more so we can take care of things, and keep saving money for our cycle. I'm hoping with the cutbacks we can save a little more each month than we're doing now.

I'm still really flustered over all the bad luck we've been having. It feels like it's one thing after another, and I hate that. I feel like I'm a living testament to Murphey's Law right now.

In other news, I've gained back more weight so I'm even more determined to focus on that. My shorts are getting tighter, and I am not happy about that! It's one of the few things I know I can take control of. Hopefully. So back to the grind. I'm kicking my workouts down a notch, because I can't keep up with 5mph. My lungs hurt too much, my asthma has been giving me a lot of issues lately and I just can't handle it. So back down to 4mph, where I'm going to stay. I had hoped to go for a walk today, but it was just too hot and humid.

I'm trying to work through my mental issues with eating, and my addiction to sweet things (desserts & drinks specifically). I'm going back to one cheat day a week, and no sweet drinks at all otherwise. Sweetened drinks are my biggest crutch- I developed a bad lemonade addiction this summer, and that has not helped anything! I stocked my fridge with grapes and watermelon. Low calorie and somewhat health- I'm hoping they help satisfy my sweet tooth. So far so good. I did great yesterday, and I'm hoping I can follow suit today.


Rebecca said...

Wow you have a lot on your plate right now. Hope you get some good luck soon.

Anonymous said...

Eh, I'm too lazy to be bothered about all the cat hair. :) Though the washer we bought in January has a pet-hair-removal function, which is awesome.

Jennifer said...

Have you tried to find a non-sweetened drink that you like? I drink Talking Rain sparkling water with natural flavors. Its only ingredients are water and natural flavors, and because it's sparkling and has the flavors, it tastes really good. Having a tasty option for drinking helped me kick my juice habit.

AnotherDreamer said...

Jennifer, I haven't found any that I like so far. I'll have to look into that though :)

Shannon Ivy said...

You might want to check out Home Depot's rent-a-truck. I don't think they are too pricey and might do the trick for you. Hope everything else goes well!

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh - I'm reading backwards, and you're right! It's too much! Your appliances have revolted on you! Why does it always pour?

Our oven is going out. Sometimes it comes on and sometimes it doesn't *sigh* We're limping along hoping it sticks with us.

I've had pretty good luck with used appliances on Craigslist. Also, we went to the Sears scratch & dent outlet and got a great deal on a brand new freezer. Just a couple ideas to get by.

Pet hair will always win. No matter I clean out the sink every day. He just waits 'til I leave and the rolls in it, I think. Just to spite me for rolling over on him in bed at night.

Celia said...

ugh. When our microwave died, we decided not to replace it. All I used it for was to make Peter's hot chocolate and I can do that just as easily on the stove top. With out teeny kitchen an appliance really has to be worth it.

Our cats are shedding like crazy too. In the car last week Peter said "Lint. Why is there always lint?" Then he kind of sighed.