Friday, May 22, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend

Dh and I went to a festival tonight - it's pretty much the kick-off for summer around here. It's free parking, free entry, free ride from the parking lot to the grounds, super-cheap food ($1.50 brats!), free was really, really nice. We had a blast! :)

We got the reimbursement check from when I was out in NJ - about $760 or so. I need to get to the bank in the morning. Dh is hoping/planning to call a heating & A/C guy to come service our A/C in the kitchen. We dont' have central air - there's no ductwork in our home. Our heat is radiant heat, so no ducts = no possibility for central air. We have a large A/C built into the wall of our kitchen, and then we use a portable in the bedroom. But we've been here quite a few years and have never had the kitchen one serviced - and it's just not working well. I've cleaned the filter, but it needs more. Hopefully, it will not be a huge expense.

And then, we need to call a plumber for the busted pipe in the back of the house. I can't water my garden without that to hook the hose up to, so if I want a garden (I do), we need to fix it this spring.

Between those two, that $760 is probably gone. At least...well, it's not going on a cc, so that's a huge thumbs-up.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Still here

We've had a "hunker down and keep calm" kind of time lately - a little nervous about the economy, about the debt, about the job. I wish I could say that I've been pushing all our extra cash at the BECC's, but that just hasn't been happening. I've been stocking up on food and throwing some extra in the savings. At least the pantry and our freezer are full.

It's also been stressful at work, which makes concentration on other things difficult. And I'm taking night classes, adds to it. I've gotten off track on a few things, including taking good care of myself and continuing on my weight loss trail. That has to stop - I feel icky.

So, now that my night class is done (for 2 weeks, until the next one starts), I'm going to work on getting myself back in a good place for taking care of me and for our money situation. We are expecting a reimbursement check from the company I worked with out in NJ soon - that should be close to $1000. And we should get the second part of the payment that started in Jan -- that should come in the next two weeks or so, and should be about $3000.

We do need to put new gutters on the house this year (they were old and falling off when we bought the house 8 years ago. We fixed as we could, but they really are harming the house at this point), we have a leak in the roof that needs to be fixed before winter, and the backyard faucet and pipes busted last winter, so we need to get that fixed. The rest, hopefully, will go towards debt.

And I need to get off my butt and get some stuff on ebay.

At least, that's the plan.