Monthly Archives: August 2014

Sunday Quotes: Furiousity Over Lack Of Curiousity

Remember when you were a kid and your mind was just a sponge for knowledge?  Me too.  As soon as we learn to speak we start asking questions.  Non-stop!  Then age and experience happens and life loses its luster for most.  I am definitely in that category.  I can’t remember the last time I craved learning something new and unfamiliar to me.  For the upcoming week I need some inspiration to start learning new things.

Here is to having a more curious week!  To meet my curiosity fix for the week, maybe I will finally start watching Orange Is The New Black and read some Chaucer (who the hell am I kidding, this girl is not reading Chaucer anytime soon). 

Thanks for reading and go learn something new this week!

Ang

Officially on Facebook

facebook-logo-300x112Finally created a page for my blog on facebook to connect with those of you who are so loyal to this blog (you know who you are).

https://www.facebook.com/frugoal

And yes, my cat is my cover photo until I can come up with a snappy logo.

So excited to join 2008 and announce a facebook page!

So go like it already!

Ang

Let the snowball roll

This morning we finally paid off P’s dental bill!!!!  Gif3With this last unexpected expense finally paid, we can get our debt snowball rocking and rolling to start paying off all our other debt (credit card, student loan, car payments, mortgage…the usual).

If you aren’t familiar with Dave Ramsey’s snowball method to get out of debt, let me break it down for you.

You write down all your debt starting with smallest to largest.  By the way, this is definitely the most cringeworthy part of the process (it is nauseating to see all of your debt on one piece of paper).

So for example, our debt from smallest to largest goes like this:

P’s dental bill.

My student loan.

Credit card.

P’s student loan.

Jeep loan.

Mortgage.

You pay the minimum payments on all of the debt except the smallest debt.  Any extra money you have during the month is put towards the smallest bill along with your minimum monthly payment.  Once the smallest debt is paid off  you then start to tackle the new smallest debt (which for us would be my student loan).  So next month I can put the dental bill payment (which was $225/mo…I really need to introduce P to floss) as well as any extra money we can come up with and pay that amount in addition to my minimum student loan payment I already make (which is currently $150/mo).

giphyBreathe. Save. Repeat.

With one debt gone, I am sure that I am going to be able to sleep a little bit better this Labor Day weekend.

Hope you all have a frugal weekend!

Ang

Friday Night for a Thirtysomething

MjAxMy0zOGE4ZDQ3OGFlZjExODE1_50fa1465a150fMy 20s were spent going out EVERY SINGLE FRIDAY NIGHT. Now that I am in my early 30s, I am thoroughly enjoying spending Friday evenings in.  I opted out of going out tonight and decided to JUST STAY IN.

Instead of dinner at an overpriced trendy restaurant, I am enjoying an “Amy’s” frozen meal.

I am watching “Newlyweds:  Nick and Jessica” season 2 (it’s ok, you can judge) instead of paying $10 to see the latest blockbuster movie.

As I sit here writing this blog, I am enjoying a glass (or two) of modestly priced red wine with my dogs by my side rather than hanging out with my friends at a club where the music is too loud to have a conversation.

At 30, this is what a perfect Friday night consists of for me:

Yep.  Some may think my Friday night is officially “lame”  but I couldn’t be more content.

Hope all of you out there are enjoying your Friday night as much as I am.

Ang

#ALS Ice bucket challenge: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

If you don’t know what the ALS ice bucket challenge is, you are officially living under a rock or you don’t have  access to social media.  My friend Angie challenged me and P to participate BUT I am going to opt out (I do love ya though Angie).  Even though I am not participating, I still want to encourage others to join in on the challenge and keep raising awareness.

To learn more about this disease visit:

http://www.alsa.org/about-als/what-is-als.html

And if you want to donate :

http://www.alsa.org/donate/

Now I would love to share my fave ALS ice bucket challenges around the web.

Kermit the Frog’s wins “Most Adorable”

Donatella Versace wins “Most Overdone” and “Most in need of Subtitles”

Patrick Stewart wins “Most Divinely Clever”

Bill Gates wins “Most likable Billionaire”

SJP wins “Safest Wardrobe Choice” (I am disappointed in you Ms. Parker)

And the rest of us normal folks win “Most Real” (special thanks to Ashok Gamer for putting this compilation together)

Thanks for the visit and see you back here tomorrow for an all new blog,

Ang

Tuesday Quotes: This one is for the dogs

It’s National Dog Day!  Though I am biased and think my rescue dogs Juju and Scully are the best doggies to ever exist, we all should sit back and appreciate our companions, best friends and the biggest hearts  to ever exist that are wrapped in fur and sit on four legs.  All of you canines deserve a round of ap “paws”.

I don’t know if it is that time of the month, but some of these quotes put some tears in my eyes.

Meet me back here tomorrow for an all new  (and less emotional) blog in my #93daysofblogging (don’t worry, it’s almost over).

 

 

Dreaming about the Emmys…

There is nothing worse than having no TV the night the Emmys are on (obviously there are A LOT of things that are worse than missing the Emmys, but just go with me on this and L”emmy” explain).  television-static-flickr2Since we cut off our cable to save some extra dough, it really has not been all that bad, except for breaking up with Bravo (God, I miss those botoxed bitches).  Tonight though is rough.  I WANT to watch the Emmys, but it is not meant to be.  Must keep my mind busy and I will settle for the highlights tomorrow.

So instead of the Emmys, I decided to bake 4 dozen oatmeal chocolate chip walnut cookies and do day 5 of my 30 day squat challenge I found online.30-Day-Squat-Challenge-1024x784  And yes, I am well aware of the paradox of how I spent my night.

Thanks for peering into my sad Emmyless life but join me back here tomorrow for an all new blog in which I will most likely spew self-hatred for eating a dozen of those aforementioned cookies.

Ang

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Monday Morning Meltdown

P has been putting in long hours at the office lately so I have been playing single mom to Orville (the cat),  Juju (the dog), and Scully (our newest dog).  How you moms out there do it with babies of the two legged variety is beyond me.  Mad props to you.

Monday-is-commingHere was my Monday morning (mind you I have to leave the house by 6:30 to make it to work by 7):

Woke up at 5:15 A.M.

Took the dogs out.

Trolled on the internet until 5:45 when I had to feed my furry babies.

Gave each dog their meds (Juju has an infection on his paw, Scully just got fixed).

Got dressed.

Started to pack a lunch.

Orville throws up (which I am realizing cats do often).

I clean it up.

Grab a peach to throw in my lunch.

Orville throws up again.

I clean it up.

By now it is after 6 and I have abandoned the preparation of my lunch to pull my hair up and brush my teeth.

Scully follows me into the bathroom.

As I am trying to pull my disheveled self together, Scully throws up.  Since she is wearing the cone of shame from her surgery, it is mildly amusing since her vomiting has an echo but equally heartbreaking…

I clean it up.

Back to my mess of a woman.

Scully throws up again.

Now I am legitimately getting worried.

I clean it up.

It is now time for me to leave for work and I am having a nervous breakdown about my Scully girl.

She starts to get sick again and I am able to get her outside where she proceeds to empty out the contents of her entire stomach by throwing up an additional 6 times.

Juju decides to feast on this, which made me almost want to throw up.

Ended up leaving a message for my boss telling him I would be a little late for work.  How could I leave such a sick girl?  I ended up calling my mommy crying.  Yes.  Every grown woman calls her mother “mommy” when she really needs her.  My mom was awesome and checked on Scully throughout the day!  And she is back to her sweet puppy self.

I made it to work just a few minutes late but I looked something like this:

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Yep!  It’s Monday!

Ang

P.S. Orville is good too.

 

 

Sunday Quotes: Cleaning (or lack thereof)

Cleaning has never been my forte.  My mother always told me that you have two choices when it comes to being a married woman:  You can either have a clean house or a healthy sex life.  I chose the latter.  This blog is to celebrate all of the other women out there who  feel the same way about housework that I do!

Now with my husband out of the house today, I do believe I will get some cleaning done.  Just a little bit though.

Ang

 

 

End of summer bucket list

Summer’s days are officially numbered.  Doesn’t it seem like as an adult summer comes and goes in the blink of an eye? I don’t know about any of you but I haven’t done anything summery.  I wore shorts a few times, got drunk on tequila and margaritas once or twice (or thrice), and got a nasty sunburn but that is really it.  Next weekend is the last “hurrah” of the summer (also known as Labor Day Weekend ) so it is time to fit my entire summer into one weekend.

Here are a few things that I am putting on my end of summer bucket list:

  1. A day at the movies with Expendables 3.  the-expendables-3-10817-p-1380101003-970-75The Expendables franchise has become my favorite kind of summer movie.  An insane roster of action stars old and new(Jason Statham being one of them…yum) mixed with an exorbitant amount of action sequences and explosions and topped with dialogue so deliciously awful that the movie ends up being hilarious.
  2. tumblr_m6an2sCWkR1rz4ut7o1_500Eat a monstrous amount of ice cream.  I want to go to an ice cream shop and order a cone with as many scoops as they can give me.  Yes, I am trying to lose weight, but isn’t summer all about consuming large quantities of cold fat and sugar in the form of ice cream.  Double yum!
  3. Yard work.  You know that you are officially settled down when your idea of a nice weekend is getting yard work done.  Our yard is in such bad shape right now.  Let’s just say that Leatherface kept a better yard than we do. 3016628-poster-p-1-leatherface-speaks-chainsaw-massacre-star-revisits-sweltering-house-of-horror_0 Hmmm, maybe we should invest in a chainsaw?
  4. Clean out the garage.  The reasoning for this is the same as the yard work.  I know there are critters and mice out there, but it is time to deal with it.
  5. Take a dip in the lake.  Though I may not be able to squeeze into any  bathing suits after completing number 2 on my end of summer bucket list, I am still going for a swim dammit.

Bonus item.  download (5)Find a tractor and drive it!  All of the above 5 items are doable but you should always have an item on any bucket list that is a little bigger than the rest.  Even if I find a tractor I probably won’t be able to drive it, let alone have the keys to drive it (do tractors use keys?), but I am still putting this bonus item on my bucket list!

What do you have on your end of summer bucket list?

Thanks for stopping by and wish me luck on my quest for a tractor!

Ang