Tuesday, March 3, 2009

I'm Still Here

Don't worry blogging buddies . . . I'm still around. They haven't turned off our internet connection . . . yet :)
I'm finding new and interesting ways to save money during this difficult period of unemployment. More on that later . . .

We entertained John's parents this weekend and had a lovely visit. Megan and I made some cupcakes for Grandma Keller's birthday.

We were supposed to go to Ultrasona and pay $125 to find out the sex of the baby since I was too impatient to wait a few weeks for the doctor to do it for free. I cancelled that appointment amidst a bunch of tears . . . while feeling sorry for myself. I'm over it now. (Not really but I'll just move on.) So the baby's sex is still undetermined. That's the bad news. The good news is I still have my $125.

This whole unemployment situation has really got me thinking about how irresponsible I've been in the past with money. I spent it just as fast as we made it, shopping often for new clothes, decorating the house, landscaping the yard, etc.

Wow, how much things change in just a few weeks. Now I'm clipping coupons and asking myself, "Are Q-tips a want or a need? (Need = I can still buy it. Want =don't even think about it.)

I've turned down the temperature in the house so low I think you can see your breath. I'm looking in the newspaper for all kinds of things to do for free. So far, I've come up with "watching the courtship display of the American woodcock" at Glacier Knoll picnic area on Saturday at 6:30 pm. Wow, having no money kinda stinks.

But then again, I haven't been to Target in nearly two weeks and I don't even miss it. (And that is a lie.)

We're still incredibly blessed. We have each other. We have a cute little baby on the way. What else really matters anyway???


Jillene said...

O.K.--first--those cupcakes look AMAZING!! I bet grandma loved them!!
Second--I am sorry about the Ultrasound!! I know how bad you want to know.
Third--things will get better. You and your family are in my prayers!!

Kristina P. said...

We just had a doomsday staff meeting! Fun times!! We are waiting to hear what cuts come from the legislature.

Kristina P. said...

We just had a doomsday staff meeting! Fun times!! We are waiting to hear what cuts come from the legislature.

La Carter said...

It's hard, that's for darn sure. One of the things that we do on a regular basis is go to the library. Our library has a ton of free activites, even a cooking class for kids!

The High Family said...

Cupcakes look YUM...

Positive attitude looks even better!

Way to save $125 and yes, q-tips are a need. :)


Bee and Rose said...

Hang in there:) There's gotta be a silver lining here somewhere:)

I just gotta say..those cupcakes look FABULOUS!

Kearsie said...

When my husband was in seminary and I was a new mom, I would claim all the spare coins I found in his laundry. That was my deal. You want the money, you get it outta your own pockets, otherwise, it shall be mine. I would save those precious dimes and nickels and wait until I had a sizable pile and head to my local dollar store, where everything was a dollar. It was the one place I allowed myself to splurge.

It kept me sane. Plus, I found they had plastic shower liners. So, it was like wise frivolity.