Monday, March 31, 2014

Updates

So what's going on in my life? Mostly odds and ends.
I still can't follow the rules but I think that may be a good thing. I'm choosing what week to save money for instead of paying in $1 then $2 and so on. I have $182 so far. I like the idea of having the most expensive weeks paid for when we roll up on the holidays. I hope that I can completely fund this year unlike last year where as I had to take the money and pay for car problems. I pray the car gremlins stay the hell away.
This picture rocks! I would love to have that as our Christmas card!
I have gotten another $9 from Pinecone Research. Go me!
So I have.......................
$39        Pinecone research
$85.36 BP
$25      Amazon gift code that I won from Donna Freedman at Surviving and Thriving!!!!!
Total $149.36
I'm still Spring cleaning. Oh Joy! I'm two thirds of the way done. YUCKY! I priced all of it out on Groupon and to have the carpets cleaned it would cost $59 and to have the house cleaned it would be $59. Hmmmmmm, I probably should have gone that route. But I would like to think that I do a better job. But still $118 seems like a good investment.
I have been cleaning one room a week instead of taking an entire week or so and tearing the house apart. This seems to be working better for me. I haven't really been dejunking as I go. When I pitch things, it seems to upset the people that I live with. So I make them do there own stuff. Not that we have a ton but I see plenty that could go. Most people don't see things my way. LOL
I'm still on a stupid diet. And I think that is the reason for my pissy mood. So if it seems that I have not been happy as of late, its probably the damned diet. I'm down 6 pounds. And don't even praise me about it, I could be doing better. LOL
 I'm just trying to do this slowly so that it is something that I can stick too. I have been keeping a food diary and that seems to be the thing that helps the most. It also gives me an idea of what I can eat and what I can't eat. I have tried so many diets and I decided not to go that route but to eat smaller portions. That seems to work over all the rest. I know that I will never be able to cut out all of the yummy things that Den makes so I will just try to eat less during the day and then eat smaller portions at night. Plus, I have an unmedicated and under-active thyroid so the fact that I have been able to lose anything is a miracle. I'm also eating 6 to 7 times a day which is helping since I don't get hungry and I'm hypoglycemic so I'm not getting headaches or shaking. 
And I think you are caught up on my life!
Not thin and still broke,
Sonya Ann




Friday, March 28, 2014

Fabulous Friday

This is from Magical Day Weddings and it was a center piece. I think this would be perfect for my downstairs bathroom. I even have some sand left from Gulf Shores. We got some when my dad died. It was his favorite beach. I think this would be adorable!
Someday maybe, I will actual make one of the things that I post about on Fridays. LOL
Have a great weekend,
Sonya Ann

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Green Guacamole

This guacamole is 5 days old and still green!!!!! Hey, did you know that the Aztecs made good old guac in the 16th century? And now you are smarter. Damn it, you can't come here to learn anything.
Anywho, I read at Lifehacker about pouring water on top of guacamole and it wouldn't turn brown. I have tried pushing a lettuce leaf on guacamole and putting the pit back in the bowl with the guac and nothing worked. My green goodness was always brown after a few hours. But this worked and worked well! Just pour about half an inch of water on top of it and put a lid on it. When you want to eat it, just pour it off and stir. Works like a charm!!!!!
Gettin' smarter,
Sonya Ann

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wicked Wednesday

I don't do alien probes. Do you probe? I think we all may need protection!
Area 51 and primate lover,
Sonya Ann

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Challenge Accepted! Part 2!

I have no life, really. You know this and I know this. And I guess being cooped up in the house for so very long has me longing for a vacation.And since I love to dejunk, I decided that I could improve upon my post "Challenge Accepted."
I wanted to see if I could get a weeks worth of clothes and stuff in carry-ons for our week long Vegas trip.
So I cut back.
And it looked like that when it was packed up. Much better.
Then I got all crazy with it.
And one unholy union was created. Trust me, I need both the eye glasses repair kit and the sewing kit. One nasty drunkin fall and I will be in need of both of these.
I cut back more and repacked and VOILA. Much better.


And then I thought what if I squished all of my clothes to make more room.
And with all the force my boobs could muster, I forced the air out of this pitiful ziplock bag. This was not my greatest idea. I managed to get them a bit smaller but it wasn't worth the effort. Poor clothes, poor baggie, poor boobs.
And this posts proves that I need better things to think about. Oh well, maybe we will win a trip somewhere. Yes, daydreaming is much better than say, Spring cleaning. I'm only half way done-bleck.
Needs a vacation,
Sonya Ann





Monday, March 24, 2014

Frugal Perfection?


Don't we all struggle for perfection in one or more ways of our life? I do and it is usually the reason I get so stressed out. I can't obtain it.
I want to be thin and have a great body. I want to write a great book that people enjoy. I want to have a super clean and well decorated home. I want my kids to not just succeed but to thrive. I want a happy, well-fed, and clean husband. I want an awesome blog. I want people to like me. I want the ultimate in frugal budgets. I want to have a ton of money in the bank and live off the interest. And to be completely truthful, I probably won't come close on any fronts. And then the stress comes in.
I look at our budget and think, "I can do so much better than this." And I probably could but in the end I won't. I have worked so hard to streamline our finances. And it has worked but there comes a point where I won't or can't cut more fat. The cell phones could go and the gym membership could go. But I'm not going to do it and I'm not going to make excuses. These are luxuries and we have worked hard to get them.
Maybe this isn't about perfection but more about tolerance. Maybe tolerance of what we are capable of and what we are willing to live with. I was willing to live with an extra 40 pounds of fat sagging off of me but I'm not willing to live with 50 pounds. I clean the house twice a week, I'm not willing to clean more but I do pick up everyday. I'm willing to pay the cell phone bill and the gym membership but not the satellite bill.
Our lives are about to be changing soon. DJ will be headed off to Ball state university. I did the best that I could with my children, I really did. I tried every day to be not only loving but present.
I can't control everything not even myself half the time. So I am going to start this new phase in my life with a new attitude-self acceptance. The time that I almost died from an allergic reaction, I did make peace with God before I blacked out. And in that brief flash, I said that I was sorry for my sins and that I tried with all of my heart in everything that I did. And I know that He knows that.
I am flawed, my life is flawed, and this world is flawed. I see it as the only way to learn. We need to know bad so that we can see good. I can't make anything perfect because I am not. From here on out I will try with all of my heart and then say, "Fuck the rest."
I wonder what our house will look like with this new attitude?
Zen like,
Sonya Ann

Friday, March 21, 2014

Fabulous Friday

I so need this for our yard. In fact, I need about 10 to 12 of them. I'm not the greatest gardener. You know this but I still miss digging in the dirt!
Have a wonderful weekend,
Sonya Ann

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Easy Sonya, No Wait.....

I got the title wrong, its Easy Coffee Cake. See that is so much better.
This is a great recipe to make for a get together. Its super fast and super easy and WOW, oh so yummy. And did I say that it was easy. That's the best part for me.
  •  yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup nuts
  • 1/2 cup butter 
Make a yellow cake per the instructions.Grease a 9x13 cake pan.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Mix sugar, cinnamon, and nuts together.
Sprinkle mixture on the cake.
Pour the melted butter on the cake.
Finish baking.
This is amazing! You will thank me for this one. Could this be the problem with my diet?
Easy and Sweet,
Sonya Ann

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A Lot of Nothin'

I think this weather is just making me stir-crazy. I want to be out and about. I'm still convinced that we will be wearing sweater and shoveling snow in August.
So what's going on here, not much! But to make it look more important, I'll use bullets!
  • I haven't gathered one thing for DJ for college. He went to Northwestern when he was in 8th grade and we still have that. But I need to go through it. 
  • The tail light on DJ's car is busted. It obviously happened in the school parking lot.
  • There is a large plastic piece hanging off of Dens car near the front wheel. He said, he will fix it. And by fixing it, he means waiting for it to fall off.
  • Anna is super stressed about school. This is her last semester in the classroom. Next semester, she will be student teaching for one semester. She has about 2 months left.
  • I am still on a diet and have lost 3 pounds. WTH!!!! For the suffering I've been doing, it should be more like 30! But this is what happens when you have an under-active thyroid and aren't medicated. 
  • The treadmill is a fucker. 
And that's about it. Talk about boring!
Nothing to see here,
Sonya Ann

Monday, March 17, 2014

Raise.com

https://www.raise.com/
I was contacted by Jessica from Raise.com about doing a post about "Giving Yourself a Raise." How could I pass that up? And you know what, I'm not getting a cent for this post, zip, nada, nothing. You know me and I love to work the system and here is a company that is trying to help us! They are speaking my language.
So firstly, what is Raise.com?

"Raise is an awesome new marketplace to buy and sell gift cards on the web!  With the extra money you can save on discount gift cards to your favorite brands, you can spend more on the things you love."

This got me thinking (I know what a crazy thought) what would I do if I spent some money on me (again what a crazy thought) that I saved. And then the fun started!
I desperately want a Tory Burch bag. Yeah, we all know that I will never spend $500 on a purse. But I still drool a bit when I see one.
This is what I came up with! Spending pretend money is AWESOME! I could go to raise.com and buy Nordstrom gift cards at a discount and then buy the purse that I so love from Nordstrom.com!
We all deserve a little reward and when you work a deal and have some extra money for yourself it is sooooooo much sweeter. So what kind of rewards do you splurge on for yourself? Is it part of a deal that you worked? What would be your ultimate gift to yourself? Oh, I'm loving this! I have all kinds of gifts to buy me.
Little spittle,
Sonya Ann




Friday, March 14, 2014

Fabulous Friday

I love this, I love this, I love this!!!!!! This will be one of the projects that I actually do. No really! This is from Operation Organization. I need to live there or have her live here. I'm really clean, I just need to get organized with cute things. This will be the year!
Still daydreaming,
Sonya Ann

Thursday, March 13, 2014

What Ya Up To?

I have a confession, I'm now hooked on Vampire Diaries. I really thought that it would be a teenager sort of thing but it is really hot as hell. Even Den is liking it. It is a guilty pleasure.

This picture just isn't as sexy but the series is VERY stimulating for the mind. We are liking this one too.
One more look at this one. Oh and the end of the first season is crazy HOT!
And I booked our flights to Vegas for $10 round trip! The rooms will be free so not to brag but I ROCK!!!!!
There will be none of this in Vegas. Damn it.
TV anyone,
Sonya Ann




Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

I Love Lists

I know I probably shouldn't be dancing for joy but DJ is headed off to college in just over 5 months. Ok, now watch the clip for the full effect.
This will be the dance that Den will be doing when we get DJ all settled in his dorm and are ready to drive away.
Trust me, there will only be tears of joy when we pull away.
There will be none of this once we are kid free.
Den's spine would snap in half and I would spend the rest of our kid-free days changing his diaper. We will try to show control when we are childless.
Yes, bitches love lists! So until I can do the happy dance of victory living child-free, I will work on gathering everything DJ will need to live a parent-free life. Here is the original list that I had for Anna(DJ probably won't need a purse or tampons though. But I will ask him to be on the safe side.) It worked extremely well. We didn't need to make one trip to the store for something that we had forgotten. Not one! That is huge. I want to move DJ into his room in 15 minutes flat and then hit the road. Errr, I mean lovingly say good-bye.
And that will be my salute to parenthood as I drive away and possibly DJ depending on how the move goes!
Quickly collecting supplies,
Sonya Ann








Monday, March 10, 2014

Pissy Cars


Remember how I told you that Anna hit someone's car in a parking lot and we turned it into the insurance? And then someone hit Anna's car and drove off. Guess what? No really guess? Yup another person hit Anna's car!!!!!! One of her co-workers slid into it. At least, she was man woman enough to fess up to it. Anna said forget it.
Anna got the appraisal and check from when she slid into another car. It was $815 worth of damage. They wrote her a check for $315. Sigh. I'm sure that we will repay that $315 ten fold.
I'm keeping the money and saving it for a paint job for the entire car. If it lasts that long.
The good news is her poor car has been through three minor scrapes so hopefully that is the end of our problems for a while. Everything comes in threes, right? Bahahahaha, NEVER!

DJ's car is now pissing the driveway every night. We put a diaper cardboard under it to see what color it is. It's green. Sounds like an infection to me. That would be antifreeze. Good news- Den found the leak. Bad news-Its one of the gaskets that he replaced. Meaning the motor will need to be tore apart again.
And its not going to happen. DJ will be leaving for college in August(Might I just interject a thought here-FUCKING YAY) and he won't be needing a car for at least a year.
We were thinking about the car cemetery and we told both of the kids about letting the car go to "car Heaven" and let me say they put up quite a fit. She's still running so why put her down, they wailed.
Den added Stop Leak to the radiator and so far so good. It seems to have stopped leaking. It's a temporary fix, I'm sure. But still, I'm grateful. Den also found an additive for a blown head gasket. I had never heard of that before. Maybe we have been doing this all wrong, just add a can of sealant and be done with it. Who needs a mechanic? We just need a can of something and its fixed.
I mean if you give me a can of say, alcohol, I'm better. This could work.
Wanna a can,
Sonya Ann

Friday, March 7, 2014

Fabulous Friday

This is a no sew cover for your ereader! Instructables has the complete directions on book mutilations. And I might add that they are funny as hell. Now I just need a Kindle. Sigh, someday!
Have a well-read weekend,
Sonya Ann

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Messed Up Santa

I think this Santa has too much going on. It looks like a turtle on his arm and what's up with the leather crotch?
Oh well on to the fun stuff, not that a chastity belt on Santa isn't loads of fun. Haha, I said loads.
I got a massive $12 from Pinecone Research and $28.70 from BP.
$30        Pinecone research
$85.36 BP
$25      Amazon gift code that I won from Donna Freedman at Surviving and Thriving!!!!!
Total $140.36
Ok go back to staring at his crotch,
Sonya Ann

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wicked Wednesday

How I wish that Karma would slap some people this fast! Sometimes, I think it never gets the bastards that start all of the problems!
Fast acting karma,
Sonya Ann

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

New Purpose

Anna's room has been undergoing some changes. I've turned it into my exercise room. I've not lost any weight but I'm in pain so I guess that is a good thing.

We also have a second laundry room now too. I live the posh life, I tell you. I got this for $14 at Aldi. Have I said lately that I love it there?
The cat has also claimed this room as his own. So I have a gym, a second laundry room and a zoo all in my house. Be jealous of my wealth.
Anna may or may not be taking this bedroom set down my her in August. I really want to redo this room but I don't want to do that if I'm just going to tear it apart again. So it will stay like it is for a while longer and then I'll redo it.
I'm in the mood to gut something. I don't want to do a needed repair, I just want to do something fun. Tearing out tile sounds like a fun project, I'm thinking the bathroom. But I don't think Den is on board with this one. Maybe I should just stick to Spring cleaning for a while. I've got the upstairs done. It's cheaper to clean than gut a room. Maybe I just need to get outside and dig in the dirt for a while. Oh yeah, I forgot we are in the middle of a nuclear winter and we will never feel warm weather again. Hey, maybe this is a small nuclear winter from Fukushima's nuclear disaster. Ok, I may have gone too far with this one.
ADHD post,
Sonya Ann

Monday, March 3, 2014

Busier Than McVal

Things are a bit nuts around here. I really don't know how so many people manage to get so much done.
Last weekend, I think I outdid McVal. I drove 4 hours on Friday, it was a round-trip pick up in rush hour traffic, in Milwaukee, to get my inlaws from the airport and back to their house with a stop at our house to pick up the dinner that Den had made for them. This time he got the easy part.
Then on Saturday, Den, DJ and I went to Ball State University. It is a 5 hour drive. But the good news is there is a Waffle House and a casino ON THE SAME EXIT on the way there. We may have found Heaven in Indiana.
We didn't have a tour set up but we snagged a map and walked the campus. It's massive and impressive. You could feel money seeping from your pores as you walked around.
But DJ really liked it. The campus was massive but the surrounding town was tiny. That seemed to matter to him.
Then we headed another 3 hours over to Eastern Illinois University to see Anna. Well, it was a 4 hour drive because there was a massive accident and we were stuck on a bridge. A semi hit a car, it couldn't have worked out well.
We did manage to find just enough time for us to swim and then head out to dinner. It was wonderful. We also, gave Anna her birthday and Valentine's day gifts. Plus I always try and find little things that she might need(cheap shampoo to tops from Goodwill to anything else) so she ended up with 4 bags and a case of water. Hey, it was free water and she can always add alcohol to it.
Anna hit ice in a parking lot and bumped another car. Joy. She left her name and number on the car since she couldn't find the owner. And the thing was she was doing a favor for one of her friends that needed a ride.
This is the damage to the other car. Sigh.
The woman was very nice about it and was trying to find a cheaper way to get the car fixed and still keep Anna's insurance down. I appreciated that and would have done that for someone that bumped my car. Well, knowing me I would have said just forget it. Like I have done 3 other times.
Anyways, we turned it into our insurance and they are going to fix both cars. Just what I wanted, a new claim and higher rates. Oh well, she is paying the $500 deductible and the difference in the rates.
Anna followed us to the restaurant and on the way back I noticed a long scrape on her BACK bumper. This picture doesn't do it justice but someone hit her car and drove off. There is more damage to the back bumper than was done to the front of her car and the other woman's car. JUST OUR LUCK!
The next morning we all ate our free breakfast from the Hampton Inn. Yes, we stayed at an expensive hotel because you don't want to stay at a cheap hotel there. Just trust me. And I figured we save at least $30 on eating out so I think it wasn't a bad deal. And I took the money out of DJ's funds. hahahaha!
Then it was another 2.5 hours over to Bradley in Peoria IL. It was a small school but the city is massive. I guess DJ wanted to go to a large college in a large town. I don't know why. The funny thing is Anna is so outgoing that I always figured she would end up in a big city and DJ would end up in the middle of nowhere since he is so timid. And it is just the opposite. Anna wants to stay in Charleston because it is calm and laid back and super small. And I bet DJ will end up in a large city.
We did the self-guided tour at Bradley. And then drove the 3 hours home. It was way too much driving for me. I drove the entire thing because I don't like anyone driving my van. And old girl drove it like a champ! Next time I take her on a road trip, I hope it is at least a fun one. This was a rough trip.
But it looks like DJ will be heading off to Ball state. The only problem is it is out of state so we will have to work on getting him his residency ASAP. And that is another thing on my list for the day!
Run, run, run,
Sonya Ann