Tuesday, September 6, 2016

We Cut the Cable!

For about a year, I have been very unhappy with the amount we have been paying for cable. We live in a small, rural community where things like cable tv and electric lights are at a premium. Okay, I'm kidding about the electric lights part but the cable and internet rates are through the roof.

Paying over $100 a month has been a pain in my side but Lord knows my husband couldn't miss a UGA or Cavaliers game!. So I cringed every month as I clicked "submit" on a payment of $193 to cover the cost of our cable and internet. Until enough was enough!

I bought a Roku device through Groupon. It's an older model but it does the trick. I set it up and added Sling TV and Netflix to start us off. Both offered a free 30 trial so that was nice. And I made the big decision to CUT THE CABLE! In fairness, I did wait until after the NBA finals.

It has definitely taken some getting used to. We had to make sure we had enough devices to get cable in our usual lounging around spots. I have to say though. Our cable bill is now $32.00!! That's a huge monthly savings for us.

Although we don't get all the channels that we want or all the options like we had before that savings is definitely worth it. Plus, thanks to super busy schedules-we are actually paying for the amount of tv we actually watch!

Definitely worth the switch!

Monday, June 27, 2016

It's been a while...

It's been a while since I posted. A lot has happened since my last post.

1. I'm pregnant! We are expecting a new bundle of joy in our house this October! We kept it pretty quiet until I made it through my first trimester but we are now 23 weeks along and the planning and excitement has begun. Sorry I have no cute maternity pics to share. I just started showing in the last few weeks and haven't really had a photo opportunity with good lighting.

2. My Dad passed away. He never took care of himself well. Well, who am I kidding? He drank beer like a fish and refused to go to the doctor. He died after several weeks in the hospital. Even though we weren't extremely close when I was growing up, we were pretty close in the last six years. My son loved him and it was so hard to lose him.

3. It's a boy! We found out a week after my Dad died that I am having a boy. I already planned to name him after my Dad and Grandpa but I didn't get a chance to share the happy news with my Dad. For some reason, this was the most bothersome to me. I had this burning desire for my Dad to know if I was having a boy or girl before he died. Oh well.

If there is one thing I have learned in life, it's that nothing is a guarantee and life is cruel by design. You can either choose to clutch the wonderful moments as they float by or you can fade away into the darkness. Either way we will all die one day but you have the chose on how you want to spend your few years one earth. You can leave this world better than you found it or not.

I definitely choose to make the most of what I have-give or take a few bad days.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

There is no such thing as a free lunch

Does anyone remember this from economics?

I  remember when my Econ teacher taught me what the cost of a free lunch actually was. As he crushed all my philosophical dreams about the world with the cold hard truth about money and the way the world actually worked, I tried to keep in mind that this once very tall and handsome professor was now an very tall, unshaven, unkempt man who was in the midst of a pretty nasty divorce so his opinion was a little jaded.

All this to say that a few months ago I was doing the usual. By usual I mean being completely overwhelmed because I was working all day then coming home to clean the house, feed the dog, make dinner, more clean, yada, yada. As I passed by the living room with a load of my son's laundry that I had picked up off his floor, washed, folded and was now on the way to put up, I saw my son on the couch starring mindlessly at an electronic with not a care in the world, And then I remembered that professor. I remembered that lesson on what a free lunch actually costs. In this case, the cost was me running myself ragged as my son sat there and played hours of Minecraft on his iPad.

I decided to make a change. I couldn't quite figure out exactly what I wanted him to do but I decided that day that his free lunch was over. I have since tested out different responsibilities trying to determine what works best. I've talked to friends with children his age and a little older for advice on what's appropriate.

My decision was this. He will earn $6 per week for doing his chores without complaint. I chose $6 because that is his age. It just seemed like a good place to start. He will be responsible for completely all his chores without being asked and I will check them off at the end of the night. I will deduct $1 for every whiny tantrum during the week. He will now be responsible for buying his own extra stuff. Examples: buying extra games in addition to what we bought him for Christmas, buying extra valentine's day treats on top of what he bought him to give to his classmates.

I found a cute free chore template on Pinterest that I printed and wrote in his chores. Last week went very good. I did have to threaten to take away $1 due to a homework tantrum but he straighten up and finished his assignment. I also made him pay me $1 to download a Minecraft expansion pack which he did gladly.

I think that ending that free lunch ride was the best thing I ever did. I had no idea that one lesson in economics from 10 years ago would be so beneficial later in life.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Happy Valentine's Day

I realize that today is actually President's Day but I was on a mission to do absolutely nothing yesterday in celebration of Valentine's Day. The hubs was kind enough to offer to take me out or buy me another bracelet but I really just wanted to buy Chinese takeout and rent some movies at the Red Box. My mother kept my son so we had a quiet night to ourselves. Our movie line up included Burnt starring Bradley Cooper (such a hottie), Love the Coopers, and Martian starring Matt Damon. Burnt was great if you like restaurant movies. I've got waitressing in my bloodline so I loved it.

Martian was also very good. It's kinda like Castaway except on Mars and with more survival stuff. It was a really good movie. I definitely would recommend both. Love the Coopers left me happy but disappointed. It ended happy like all romantic comedies do but it was confusing and the story line was lame. This is coming from a huge Diane Keaton fan too. I love everything she's ever done but this one.

 I actually spent Valentine's Day night cooking a chicken and broccoli casserole. My husband and I laughed in the kitchen as he said "who would have ever thought this is how we would spend our Valentine's Day night." He's so right. You never think of the ways things will change when you grow up and have kids. I hate to say older because I know too many people that are older than me but have no idea what they are missing by not making those chicken and broccoli casseroles for their family. Every day. every moment that I have to snuggle and kiss my family I am grateful for.

I did get a nice surprise though for Valentine's Day. This beautiful hand painted gift from my sweet boy thanks to my loving mother.

We also had 2 parties this week. My son's party and my nephew's party. Both were filled with lots of sugar and happiness.

I hope your Valentine's Day was very special. 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Oh, the daily grind...

The last 2 weeks on my life have consisted of sweat pants, yoga pants, over-sized tee-shirts, no bras, sleeping in way too late (9:00 am), contemplating my life's choices and new years resolutions, watching too much tv and completely being lazy.

Well, as they say, all that fun must come to an end some time. And that sometime for me is 6:00am tomorrow morning. When I have to get up, dress up, show up and act like I love my j.o.b. I do love parts of my job but if I could quit tomorrow and we could survive financially I would. My husband said that I should just be thankful I got 2 weeks paid weeks off. I am thankful but I'm definitely not fulfilled. I'm not excited to get back to that work. I'm not happy everyday I go to work. I am happy to work for the people I work for and that are in my immediate office but the rest of them could quit tomorrow and I wouldn't even care. I hate to say that but after listening to them be so mean, rude, unkind, ungrateful and down right bitchy for over a year, I can't help but feel that way. Every person in that office including me has our own set of shit to deal with outside of work but we don't  drag it in smelling like an old bag of fish heads either!

Any who, I go back tomorrow. I will file, organize, remind those of things they want to be reminded of, deal with the people they don't want to deal with, smile, love my job and remember how lucky I am to have the opportunity to be so miserable.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

NYE & Resolutions

Our NYE plans are kinda boring this year. Actually, they are very boring. Since most of my area has been under a flood watch for the past two weeks, I have kinda ruled out a nice backyard bonfire for tonight. I would ask my mom to watch our child so we could go out but she'll be pumping water out of her basement. Truth be told, we will probably be asleep at midnight tonight but I'm okay with that. I have had a pretty good year this year. As I sit down to make my new year's resolutions like everyone else I can not help but think of all the awesome things we accomplished this year and how much there is to do next year. I also dwell on missed opportunities today. No, I don't mean chances to go to the gym, lose weight, or learn to parasail. I mean opportunities to go and just sit with my Dad and Granddaddy. Opportunities to visit my elderly neighbor whose husband passed away several years ago. Opportunities to be more of a blessing than just busy.

I took a bible study this year. I typically take to many and have no room to breath in between and never finish my homework or my memory versus honestly but this one made me so happy. I truly enjoyed it. It was called "The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the midst of endless demands" by Lysa Terkeurst. I can honestly say that this was just what I needed at the moment I needed it. Well, actually I had already agreed to coach a soccer team which was a huge mistake before I read the book but it did help me transform me way of thinking about filling my time. I want to fill my time with things that will make a lasting impression on my life and the person who I am sharing my time with. No more fillers! That's the goal anyway. Quality or quantity.  Prayer before action. I am spending today finishing up those loose ends before 2016 like a true procrastinator. Returning an overdue library book, going to the office and filing some paperwork I should have filed before we left for the holiday, doing my final house cleaning sweep and making a batch of goodies in the kitchen before we ring in the new year.

New Year Resolutions:

1. LOVE- Learning to love. period. Love myself. Love my house. Love my neighbor. Really learn what it means to love and act like it instead of letting the hateful unhappy people of this world show me how to act and respond to life. I will LOVE.

2.  NO- Use this word more. Pray on, really think about any decision with the word "Yes" and what that would mean. Use the word no more than yes this year until I find my true purpose.

3. BAKE- This is one of my true loves but I push it to the side due to the dreading FEAR word. This year I want to bake more, learn more about baking, improve my skills.

4. APPRECIATE- Realize that I am so blessed to have all that I have. Be thankful for my gifts everyday.

Happy New Year!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

5 Reasons Fall Makes Me a Better Mom

Fall in my time. It's my favorite time of year. When Mama's happy, everyone's happy.
Here is a list of things that make Mama happy.

1. Cooler Weather. As the temperature rises here in the South, my patience level lowers. I don't know if you have ever lived in a region that is described as "muggy" but if you have, you know what humidity can do to your sanity. Weeks of 90 degrees with a heat index of 105 plus 90% humidity can make you want to turn on each other like a bunch of rabid dogs. When you get your hair and makeup all fixed up only to have it run down your face before you can step foot into your office. It's been way too hot to get into the yard with the kids because we get dizzy and sunburned within 30 minutes. ugh! Oh, how I love the South. I'm looking forward to some cooler weather so we can get back outside again and enjoy a cool breeze.

 2. Pretty Colors. There is something about fall colors that just put me in a good mood. I was born in October so maybe it's in my blood. Orange, Red, Yellow, and Brown make me happy.

 3. Pumpkin Spice. My favorite flavor!! This makes my morning better immediately. If I can't get to Starbucks for a cup, I add a little pumpkin spice to my coffee grounds right before I brew them in the coffee pot. It gives it a hint of pumpkin spice flavor. When I have my pumpkin spice coffee I can deal with anything-hyperactive kids, cranky co-workers, etc.

 4. Sweater Weather. I'm one of these girls that always has a sweater on or close by. My Fall wardrobe is always much cuter than my Summer. I love investing in boots, trouser pants, and sweaters. I love dressing my son in cute sweaters too.

 5. Holiday Fever. This is the time of year that my holiday fever goes into overdrive. I drove my husband crazy last year because the Hallmark Channel started showing Holiday movies around Thanksgiving and I watched them every. single. night. My son was born Christmas eve and both my nieces have December birthdays. So every year I'm working my butt off to find a way to get presents for everyone on a budget. That is no easy task and it takes lots of planning to make it happen. I spend a lot of time with my son doing crafts starting in mid-October and ending sometime mid-December. He loves Christmas because it's his birthday so we drink a lot of hot chocolate, put together our Santa wish lists and get ready for the best time of the year.