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?

Work?

School?

New Career?

Fun?

Sleep?

Hobbies?

Clean House?

Dogs?

Friends?

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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