Practically Practical

Practically Practical

Our move to Florida is so darn exciting.  I can’t wait to live closer to my parents.  I can’t wait to have Chris’ sister over for dinner.  I can’t wait to see my Grandma more often.  I can’t wait to see sunshine and warmer temperatures.  I can’t wait to see Chris step into a role that he has always wanted in his career. But before any of these things can happen, I have to accept a few things first.  And those few things aren’t easy pills to swallow.  They are…

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An Amazonian Christmas

An Amazonian Christmas

This week, we’re preparing for Christmas here on Marriage Confessions.   And you can’t talk Christmas without talking presents.   And you can’t talk presents without first talking about budgeting. Actually, I guess some people can talk about Christmas presents without talking budgeting, but I am certainly not one of them.   Chris and I live on what we like to call a “creative budget.”   We have to be really creative to make it work. The biggest struggle in our house is the paycheck schedule.   I only get…

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There’s a Recession in My Refrigerator

There’s a Recession in My Refrigerator

Let me be honest with you, unless it moves, it generally doesn’t get cleaned in my house.   And even then, its not a guarantee.   But a few weeks ago, I took on the extreme cleaning challenge of cleaning out my fridge.   It wasn’t pretty.   It was greasy and smelly and had a thick gooey film all over it. And that was just me. I hate being dirty.   You may think this means that I like to keep things clean around me.   But, surprisingly, no….

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A Post I Am Not Qualified to Write

A Post I Am Not Qualified to Write

Now, I don’t normally bring current events into this here blog because…well…they bore me.   And why waste my time writing about things that bore me?   But I just have to say what a dope I feel like Ed Liddy is.   For those of you who are like me and try not to keep up with the news too often, Ed Liddy is the CEO of the publicity and morality challenged AIG insurance company.   You know?   The company whose giving away millions to the goons who…

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This is Why I Don’t Work Out

This is Why I Don’t Work Out

Last August I joined Bally’s Total Fitness in my town.   I thought it would be a great way for me to take some yoga and aerobics classes, and I really needed to get in better shape.   I specifically chose Bally’s because they were one of the few gyms who offered month-to-month memberships, meaning I could cancel at any time.   When I went in to join, the gym representative (for the sake of anonymity we’ll call him “Satan”) told me that the month-to-month special was still running.  …

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Wishful Thinking

Wishful Thinking

When I was little, one of my favorite books was called If You Give A Mouse a Cookie.   It was about how if you give a mouse a cookie, then he’s going to ask for a glass of milk.   And if you give him the glass of milk, he’s going to ask for a napkin to wipe his mouth.   And if he wipes his mouth, he’s going to notice his whisker’s need a trim.   Etc., etc., etc..   The gist of the book is that we’re…

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My Spirit is Weak

My Spirit is Weak

A few weeks ago, I shared about my personal financial crisis.   Ever since then, I have immersed myself in financial advice – Dave Ramsey (which is the program we are actually following), Suze Orman (at the suggestion of a reader of this humble blog), my parents (who are smarter with money than anyone I know – professional or otherwise), the girl at my hair salon (whose suggestion was to spend more to revitalize the economy – somebody needs to give that girl a book deal). I have spent more…

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The Cost of Marriage

The Cost of Marriage

I haven’t been sleeping good lately.  In fact, as I write this post it is 4:22 AM and I am wide awake sitting in my living room.  Some of it is because I have a terrible head cold and being pregnant, I can’t take anything for it.  Not being able to breathe really puts a cramp on your sleeping patterns, among other things.  But I’ll be honest, most of the reason I haven’t been able to sleep lately has been money.   Let me start all this off by saying…

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This Little Light of Mine

This Little Light of Mine

Poor Chris.   Poor, poor Chris.   He’s such a cool, calm, collected guy and life lately has been anything but cool, calm, and collected.   There are so few things right now that he has any kind of control over, and I think its starting to take its toll on him.   I’m a basket case.   We are starting the second (or is it the third?) wave of house repairs and renovations in order to prepare for Thanksgiving house guests.   The dogs are being attacked by vicious…

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Livin’ on the Lotto

Livin’ on the Lotto

Two days ago we got Chris’ first student loan bill.   And then I went to bed for two days and refused to face any form of reality.   In my bed I dreamed of rendevous with Anthropology, Banana Republic, and Betsy Johnson.   I dreamed of nightly visits to the Sushi Palace.   I dreamed of new cars, new houses, and new shoes.   I dreamed of endless afternoons at Target, filling my cart with useless treasures like new face washes and scarves I would never wear.   And…

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