Category Archives: Money Matters

$2.69 a gallon

That is what it cost me to get gas tonight. Looks like I won’t be filling my tank up anytime soon. $20 got me less than 8 gallons. Ouch.

I got started later than I planned with the lazy dvd night. I had to do some grocery shopping first, only to come home and realize that I had forgotten one of the main things I went after. Don’t you hate when that happens? I had a list and everything, too.

So I just finished watching The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. I wanted to like it, I really did. All I can say is that I want my two hours back. I probably would’ve turned it off 20 minutes into it had I not had the benefit of alcohol. I was planning to watch The Aviator next, until I realized how long it is. At this time of night, after that first bore of a movie, I don’t think I could endure another 3 hours. I suppose I’ll see what is on cable instead.

Or, I could try to go to sleep. It would be great if I wasn’t in bed until noon tomorrow. I’ve got to do some cleaning up around here. With the long days at work lately, my house is in chaos. Plus there’s that whole matter of what to wear tomorrow night. Ugh.

I thought that it would never end.

This week, that is.

Technically, the work week isn’t quite over yet, but it’s close enough to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Or is that a bad thing? Stay away from the light, Carol Ann!

I need to dig through my receipts. I think I’m missing a few things.
Wednesday:$12 – lunch and dinner
Thursday:$10 – gas, $51 – miscellaneous stuff. But it was clearance-priced! That’s my only defense.

I’m going out tomorrow night (more money) and really wanted to get my hair cut (more money) and find something new to wear (more money). Atleast I get paid next week. That should ease things a bit, assuming I don’t have any more large and/or unexpected expenses any time soon.

I’m looking forward to a completely lazy night of dvds. At home. Alone. Is that wrong? 😛

Is it really so strange?

I can’t decide. I’ve been in this situation before (twice actually) and it turned out badly.

Sometimes, because of circumstances, you think you know someone better than you really do. Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in your idea of who that someone is. And sometimes, you’re really just longing for more, so the attention and friendship seems that much better. And sometimes (more often than not), you should just stop thinking about things too much and take it for what it is. Que sera, sera.

Moving on…I’m doing pretty well with the tracking expenses so far, but that could be simply because I haven’t been anywhere for it to be an issue yet. Work. Home. Repeat.

Yesterday: $3.49 for lunch
Today: $4.79 for lunch

Now I’m off to sleepyland, earlier than normal, but with good reason. It’s been a hell of a week so far and there are still 2 more work days to go.

Let’s get it started.

Gone are the ways of the paper journal. And good riddance, I say. I was never good at keeping mine current. Months would pass and there I was, trying to recapture all the events, thoughts, and feelings of everything that had happened since I last wrote. It ended up being a hodgepodge of haphazard drivel.

I’m online a lot. I type faster than I can think most days. So this makes for a good outlet for me. A natural progression of things, even if I am a few years behind in taking advantage of this technology.So here’s a start, and we’ll see how it goes. I won’t even attempt to catch up on my life thus far. So I’ll just jump right in as of today.

I’m a 30-something single who hasn’t had a real date in months. And by “real,” I mean something other than veiled attempts at the infamous booty call from a certain someone I’ll call P. It’s sad that, for awhile there, I was so craving male affection that I would often accept such a call from him. Initially, it was fun. Exciting even. If the payoff had been better, I’d be tempted to continue, but sadly, it was not. And in the long run, really, what’s the point? So I’ve been a good girl and dodged that particular situation for atleast a couple of months. And have no plans of returning there. Atleast not with HIM.

Trying to find a budget I can stick to has been a challenge. I’m constantly recalculating and crunching numbers to make it work. I’m terribly bad at impulse shopping. I see it, I want it, I buy it. Not a good plan. Especially when I have some bigger and better purchases to plan for. Not to mention the fact that it certainly isn’t helping me get out of debt any sooner. So, starting tomorrow, I will write down every single expense. Every pack of gum picked up while paying for gas, every cup of coffee from the machine at work, every drink bought when out with friends. Everything. Down to the last cent. I’m told that if I do this, even for just a week, I will be shocked and amazed at how much money I’m throwing away.