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More Money Into The House

Last time on our home improvement saga, we added more money for grading and drying out the basement.  Well, we just added more for new carpeting.

Last week, H called me at work to tell me that the restoration company wanted over $500 to stretch and place our old carpeting back in place.  I really didn’t want to have to spend that much just to lay our old carpet back down.  Our old, urinated on, vomited on, formally water-logged, not in great shape carpet.

So, now we are spending $1300 for brand spanking new carpet.  Honestly, even though it costs more I feel better about spending the money on new carpet rather than the crappy old stuff.  However, we are not replacing the carpet on the side door landing and two steps to the kitchen.  Eventually we are going to lay down vinyl for an additional $475.

We are going to put off the vinyl and the new front porch until spring to save up the money.  I can’t wait for all this to be over.


Resistance Accomplished

After I voted on Tuesday, I stopped by Younkers in search a pair of black sandals.  I had searched far and wide for a pair of comfortable, affordable, black sandals. I have a skirt I’ve wanted to wear for some time, but had no shoes to go with it.  A little pat on the back for myself, I found a pair for $14.99.

However, that wasn’t the resistance to which the title of this blog refers.  Younkers had Keurig Coffee makers on sale!  I was so tempted.  I’ve wanted one (now two) for quite some time.  I’d like one of the mini-Keurigs for my office and a larger one for home.  Currently, I have an old Tassimo that I am not to fond of, but still prefer o use rather than a drip coffee maker.  I drink my coffee at work to keep myself from stopping for a $5 latte in the morning.  Also, I work out before work and don’t have time to sit and enjoy my coffee at home.  At home, I have a drip coffee maker (also not a fan) that I use on the weekends.  If you havent figured it out, I really like my coffee (and tea).

I spent a good twenty minutes, looking the Keurigs over and trying to justify the purchase of at least the mini-Keurig to myself.  Alas, I walked away, with only the sandals I came to purchase in the first place……

Resistance Accomplished


New to Us Patio Furniture

We received free patio furniture yesterday from friends of my fiance’s parents.  At first we were reluctant to say we’d take it, sight unseen.  If we didn’t have furniture it would have been one thing, but we already had a decent hand-me down table set.

My fiance agreed to at least go move it to his parents.  The friends needed to get rid of it asap.  When they showed up with the set, I took one look at the chairs and said absolutely.  It was exactly the style I had been looking for, mesh fabric, adjustable chairs and two foot stools.  Plus it came with an umbrella, which I had been contemplating purchasing one.  Awesome!

Of course we don’t use our outdoor area much, but I hope to use it more now that we have an umbrella for shade.

We decided to offer our set to his brother & sister-in-law, although transporting it may be an issue.  If they decide not to take it, I am giving it to my mom.  She is using an old wooden set I left behind that is falling apart.

We also received a free DVD player that we are going to hook up to the small tv in the exercise room.  It has a DVD player but no remote, it is on loan from a friend that didn’t need it.  In fact she may have forgotten about it already.


Wedding Celebrations

This month starts the series of wedding celebrations.  I am exhausted just thinking about it.

In two weeks we have a shower/celebration during my family reunion.  They carved out a couple of hours for us.

Then we think we have a shower given by my fiance’s parent’s friends, but I am not sure if it is happening.  I was asked to reserve a weekend that they could throw it, but I have heard nothing since.

My boss is taking my co-workers and I to lunch at the end of August to celebrate the nuptials. They wanted to throw me a shower, but I said no thank you.  Those work showers are awkward and I prefer not to be the center of the attention.

Then there is the actual wedding in early September, followed two weeks later, by a reception held by my fiance’s parents for their side of the family.

Then  we are done! Life back to normal…..


Where did my summer go?

School starts again on August 23.  Where did my summer go?  My plan was to take the summer off from school to focus on starting my own business.  In addition, I was going to get many things done around the house and plan the wedding.

Guess what?  None of the big house projects were done,surprise!

On the business front, I did make some movement but not nearly as much as I would have liked.  I keep plodding along trying to fit it all in while still enjoying my life.  School is going to make that difficult.

I did get most of the wedding planning done, yay!  Everything is in place except final payments and dinner counts, dress alteration, marriage license, and favor boxes.  Oh wait, I still haven’t written my vows.  I suppose that is more important than the favor boxes……….but I have such an awesome idea.  I can’t wait to post a photo of them.

I’ll probably think of more small things along the way, but if I miss anything it won’t ruin the day.


With Little Notice On My Part….

….I fell under $100,00o in debt (not counting house), after adding $14,300 to my debt in December.

Woo Hoo!


I Love Central Air

I did it again.  I disappeared for weeks on end.  During my time away I managed to spend almost $3000.

Due to a combination of poor quality and lack of maintenance the compressor wore out on our central air conditioner.  It was kind of funny, because I had just scheduled a company to come out and do some routine maintenance on it in two weeks.  I knew my fiancé had never had anything done since he purchased the home in 2008.  I had a schedule at my home.  Every two years I had routine maintenance done on the AC and furnace.

I always thought that my lack of knowledge on how to keep up a house was due to living in apartments all my life. Turns out, it really is up to parents to teach their kids these things.  My fiancé grew up in a house, he regularly did chores, but no one bothered to teach him why they were important.  He never made the correlation between taking a hose to the AC as a kid and regular maintenance of the unit.

We endured a week of 85-91 degree temperatures and we were miserable. Now its 95-100 and we are very happy that we halved our savings.


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