Vacation Interruppted

We were supposed to go to Mackinac this weekend, but I am home and sick.  We received a two nights stay at a B&B in Mackinaw City as a wedding gift.  It was serving somewhat as a honeymoon and semi-free vacations are always nice.

Fortunately, they were kind enough to let us cancel and schedule a later date at our convenience.  It was very nice of them, I wasn’t looking forward to going up north in the rain and cold when I am sick.  I happen to be kind of whiny when I am sick and want to stay in my own bed.

Luckily, H is not whiny when he is sick.  Instead he gets annoyed and defiant when he gets a cold.  He is bound and determined not to let it affect his day.  This is good, as I think there is only room for one whiny sick person in this relationship.  I am perfectly happy to be the one who sleeps all day and lies on the couch when I don’t feel good, he can go to work.


Catching up and catching cold

This morning I work up with a cold/sinus infection.  I ended up staying home from work for the day, which has given me time to update the blog a bit.  I have some new numbers and several topics that should appear over the next few days.  I may end up spreading them over a week or two, since I never know when I’ll be back.

I’ve tried keeping a consistent schedule of post, but I find life often gets in my way…….

Chasing Dog With a Pee Cup to Save Money

That is me, walking around my neighborhood wearing surgical gloves and trying to catch my dog’s pee in a cup.  I must look like an idiot walking around half bent over trying to scoot a plastic container under my dogs back-end every time it looks like she might squat and pee.

Our female dog ended up with a Urinary Tract Infection and completed the antibiotics a week ago.  I was supposed to collect a sample myself (lots cheaper), but have failed miserably.  She is simply too close to the ground and I can’t get anything under here fast enough to collect.

It is not as easy as you might think to catch the urine of a 30 pound female dog.  This week I have made several attempts to obtain a urine sample from my small dog,  The results:

Owner 0  Dog 5

I may have to bite the bullet and let the vet get the sample.  It will be costly, but finally done.

Need More Hours

I need more hours in my day.  I just can’t seem to find the time to do everything.  I used to not have this problem.  I had done a pretty good job getting everything to balance in years past.  I think I may have to cull parts of my life.  The question is what is going to get cut?



New Career?




Clean House?



My New Husband?

I don’t think it is reasonable to cut any of them at the moment, that may be the problem……Hopefully this is just a temporary swelling of things that need my attention.  October will be better, right?

Debt Payments Complete By Mid-Month

Now that I’ve whittled the number of debts down, I have all the payments made by the middle of the month.  I feels a bit weird to only have a couple of debts to keep track of.

I am not sure what to do with myself.  I think I might just start extra payments next month just to give me something to do…….

Income Tax Volunteering

Last week I signed up with a VITA program to help low to moderate income people with filing their tax returns.

I received an email back and train during the month of October.   For ten weeks starting in February I’ll commit myself to a minimum of two hours a week in assistance.  Overall that in not a lot of time, but I’ll definitely have to juggle some things to fit everything in.  I have been doing my own and H’s basic taxes for several years, using the forms not software.

I do receive 8 hours of leave each year that I can use for community service, I am going to look into whether this qualifies or not.  That would certainly help with all the training I need to get done in October.

I have been feeling the urge to get involved in more community service, besides the Harvest Gathering (I am the Treasurer) committee at work.  I thought this might be a good start.

Another Reason To Get Out Of Debt

I mentioned that I am in school to become an accountant.  My ultimate dream is to freelance in bookkeeping and managerial accounting.  There is a problem, however.  My Debt.

Anyone that knows me personally knows I would never dream of embezzlement.  For many reasons:

  1. It is wrong!
  2. It is hard enough for me to accept things/help from others let alone take things that don’t belong to me.  I was raised to “take care of myself and not accept help”.  Luckily, I am learning to accept help from others and it has enhanced my life.
  3. I would never want to ruin my life, the lives of the people I love, or the livelihood of the people who trusted me to take care of their finances.
  4. I am someone who doesn’t want to let others down.
  5. Lastly, the thought of jail terrifies me and I am smart enough to know that everyone gets caught eventually.

That being said, if any potential employers or customers do a credit check, I am pretty sure I am not going to look very solid to them given my debt load.

It is now even more imperative that I get out of debt for my future employment opportunities.  Who wants to hire a bookkeeper/accountant who is $90000+ in debt?

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