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Lots of Happenings & Kitten Pic

July 31st, 2015 at 01:24 pm

Kitten is doing fine. He is not as snuggly as I was hoping. I was expecting to be able to sit and hold him on my lap for hours like I did with my old kitty. But the kitten is a bundle of energy and begins crying and struggling after about 10 seconds.

Hoping he will settle down once he gets more used to us. He likes to sit close to me, or on my feet, but he does not like to be held.

He has been sleeping in our bed, and lays either on my pillow or by my feet. He was doing great, and slept through the night.

Then last night when I put him in bed he peed. Frown We locked him in the kennel overnight, and early this morning when husband put him in the bed to snuggle with me, he peed again all over me. (a rude awakening)

He had already been running around for about an hour, so I'm not sure why he didn't use the litter box.

That really stinks. Now he won't be able to sleep in bed anymore until we figure out why he keeps peeing. He's not even digging or anything. Just as soon as you sit him down he pees. Weird.

I cleaned my desk and file cabinet, organized all our papers, and burned a whole trash bag full. Hurray! Today I'm hoping to work on cutting and staining the boards for the shelf underneath where the tower is supposed to sit.

I went to the doctor this week and got some really good news about my chronic health conditions. After 6 years they don't think I need my pacemaker anymore so they are going to let the battery run dead. At this point I won't need a new one. They will check again in 2 years.

Tomorrow is my birthday, and Sunday I'm having a girls night. Ought to be a fun weekend.

Ugh Guys

July 31st, 2015 at 12:45 pm

Well I'm a horrible person. I bought the computer, against the good advice here.

I wasn't going to get it, but when husband came home he was so excited about it. When told him I wasn't going to get it, he talked me into it. My boss also tried to talk me into it. (Bunch of enablers, lol)

So I'm having a little buyers remorse, but it's all husband has talked about all night.

Shame on me. But oh well. What's the fun of working if you never get to splurge every once in a while.

I already have some money to put towards the first payment, and everyone is giving me cash for my birthday (tomorrow) to help. It will be okay, and I'm sure I will pay it off quickly.

To answer some previous questions, no I didn't buy it for the tv or gift cards. I was expecting to pay full price for it eventually, so the price was actually lower than I was expecting. Which I why I decided to purchase it at this time instead of waiting. We may sell the tv to offset some of the cost.

The reason it is so pricey is because it has a high quality graphics card, a solid state drive, and lots of ram. Add-ons that I specifically chose. Things most casual computer users don't need, but I do. Between my work, and husband's gaming; el cheapo wouldn't cut it.

My work laptop is already full and slowing down, and I've only had it 6 months. No joke. This is without ANY games on it, or personal files. And it's a very nice laptop, in the $1,000+ range.

So I knew I needed to go bigger and stronger. Husband is into photography and frequently uploads and saves hundreds of pictures. This computer will give us room to grow, and will hopefully last many years. My previous one is 7 years old, and it was a cheap one.

That's not to say I couldn't have found a lesser known brand, and got the same stuff for less. I could have.

Many people spend lots of money on the latest electronics like the iphone. We are frugal and don't buy the latest gadgets and gizmos. Husband is still using a flip phone. lol. So honestly I'm not too upset, a new computer isn't the end of the world and it's a long time overdue.

Mortgage payment hit bringing our total down to $48,305.97.

Need HELP on decision

July 29th, 2015 at 04:34 pm

So I told myself I would buy a new computer when I graduated highschool... Then when I graduated college, then when I got a web design job... I would shop around, look at the price of what I wanted and cringe, and then put it off.

Well the time has come. I can't stand it anymore. I can use the company's laptop for work but it's not mine. I can't use it for pictures, or games, and I feel guilty even watching youtube videos.

Husband and I have both been patiently waiting for me to buy a computer so we can resume playing computer games which I love and have gotten for my past several birthdays and I haven't been able to play them all this time.

My old laptop which husband has been using (barely: could only load basic text) has finally hit the crapper a couple days ago and is no longer working, at all. So husband has no access to the internet. (Not allowed to use company laptop)

We talk about it all the time, "We really need to buy a computer." or "I can't wait until we get a computer someday."

I've been shopping around and bookmarking computers for literately years, and I've had one picked out for a while now. Well while aimlessly checking in on it today, I seen Dell is offering a HUGE discount on it... But it expires today. Yikes! So I am sitting here about to make myself sick deciding if I should just spring for it or not. I don't think I will find another deal this good. But the price tag is giving me sticker shock. (Even though I have been expecting to pay this much.)

So the price (after discounts): $2,000 plus tax. Ugh. I want to throw up a little.


Free 2 day shipping
1 year warranty
$400 off instantly
A free 32 inch TV
$200 in gift cards (which I would use to purchase a printer which I also need badly)
12 month 0% financing which I am approved for

Minimum payments are $60 a month. Of course I would pay it off as fast as I could. But I'm trying to decide if it is worth putting my goals on hold for or not.

Part of me feels guilty about spending when I need to be saving. But part of me says I've been waiting a long time, and I'm a professional web designer for pete's sake without a computer.

Please help!

Cutest Thing Ever

July 23rd, 2015 at 01:18 pm

Really, have you ever seen something so adorable in your life? Big Grin

I'm picking up my "MoMo" this weekend and I couldn't be more excited. I can barely wait.

Back Again!

July 20th, 2015 at 12:56 pm

I survived camping in the Wild West for 10 days.

We seen 4 parks, and thousands of animals. Drove 90 hours, flew on two planes, and rode a bus and a train. It was a lot of fun, but I'm glad to be back in my own bed, and I'm happy to see my own pets again.

I believe we only went around $100 over budget, so all in all not bad.

I added $250 to the Roth. Only $1,000 more to go for the year.

Busy busy week coming up. I have a lot of catching up on work. Then each evening I'm helping out at VBS from 5.30 to 8 all week. Saturday is my sister-in-laws hometown wedding reception, and husband and I are going to a play. Sunday I am driving 10 hours to pick up my kitten!!!

Monday and Tuesday I have a doctors appointment, and Wednesday I'm eating dinner with my family. Yikes. Glad I had a vacation, but it's definitely over now.

Meant to Be

July 8th, 2015 at 01:28 pm

I am SO excited!!

We finally have an armoire to put our clothes in. We've gone without a closet for close to 3 years now, and all our dress clothes, and my dresses have been wadded up and wrinkled. Plus we were very out of room in our dressers.

Well I've been searching craigslist nearly daily during this time to look for the perfect wardrobe for us and every time I've found one I like, it's either too expensive or gone by the time I see it.

Well I finally found one I liked, but I couldn't come and get it until after my last weekend trip and I was worried that someone else would take it before I could get there. So I called them, and it turns out they were on vacation anyway. Score.

So we get there to pick it up, and it's a lot bigger than I expected. I mean it's huge. We try to fit it in the van and it's too wide/tall. We were about to give up, but found if we turned it backwards it could fit. Barely, I mean there was less than 1/2 an inch room.

We get home, and it just fits through the front door, again less than an inch. Then less than an inch into the dining room door, and the bedroom door. I mean it couldn't get any closer. I've taken it as a sign that it was meant to be.

It's beautiful, and HUGE. Biggest wardrobe I've ever seen. Real wood too, dove tailed joints, and very well made. I only paid $140!! That is a steal. All the real wood ones I've seen have been upwards of $500+. But it wasn't listed as real wood in the description, and in fact I expected panel board or something. So it was a happy surprise.

It's over 4ftx2.5ft wide and 7 feet tall. Super heavy. It took four of us to move it, and we struggled. Plenty of room for all our hang up clothes, plus it has a shoe rack, and 4 big drawers. I'm in heaven.

Husband woke up this morning and stared at it for a while, then he said. "I could just look at this all day." lol!

I can't remember the last time I've been this excited. Better than Christmas. Words can't describe how stinky it is to go without a closet in the house.

Vacation & Mortgage

July 2nd, 2015 at 02:07 pm

Mortgage payment sent today bringing total down to $48,462.49.

Also saved the last bit of our vacation fund, so that is now COMPLETE! Woohoo! Only a week until we leave, I'm both excited and nervous. Lots of little details, and scary unknowns.

It's going to be an expensive next couple of weeks. We are hosting a 4th of July party, so $60 in fireworks were purchased, and still need to buy brats and hotdogs.

Tomorrow we are going shopping to get some needed clothing, and the last few things for our vacation.

Lots of packing and planning to do still.