Work is so exhausting.  I thought last year that it would eventually slow down, however, it has not.  I work a lot and am getting very tired of it.  For the past month, I have refused to go to work on weekends because my kids have soccer games every Saturday and I literally have to be up before 7 since 99% of their games start at 8:30 and it is non stop until about 5PM.  Add in that I’m at work by 6:00 AM everyday and often times don’t leave until 5 or 6PM, well, you get the picture – I’m extremely exhausted.
With this exhaustion, I have slacked big time on working out.  I am just too tired.  I hate excuses.  I hate them.  I shouldn’t be this tired all the time, yet I am.  I know a big part of it is stress and another part of it is the fact that I’m not running to counter the stress.  I haven’t ran in about a month.  Sigh.  I am going to make myself go running tomorrow.

On the money front, I have still been bringing coffee from home and packing my lunches every day. Actually, I’ve been packing breakfast, snacks and lunch because I’m there so long.  Even though I haven’t been working out consistently I have still been eating pretty healthy.  I pack my lunches every Sunday night and literally just grab each morning.  The only thing I have to do is make my latte and I’m good to go in the morning.  For a really lazy person like me, this is a Godsend.  Thursday is my pay day and I’ve already written all my checks and will mail them all out tomorrow.   I know everyone gives me a hard time about checks but after a lot of bad luck with auto deductions on everything except my mortgage and car insurance, I’d rather just write my checks and be completely and totally old fashioned.

Have a great night everyone.

PS, I’m fixing the side bars but having problems and those numbers are not accurate.


Sunday Night Ramblings

My life has been so hectic and crazy lately and I literally have been catching sleep when I can.  I slept the moment I got home on Friday (6PM all the way until 6AM Saturday).  Fortunately, I was able to spend the day with my sister and mom today at Pike Place Market. The weather was so beautiful in Seattle today. When it’s nice up here you have to take advantage of it because it could start raining within the hour or the next day and keep raining for weeks on end.   I bought my mom a bouquet of flowers as an early Mother’s Day gift.  My babygirl in turn bought me a bouquet.  It was nice to be outside and not in the library studying or at work working.

Speaking of which, the past 2 weeks have been hell.  I worked so much that I couldn’t study for my test and I did horrible.  On top of all that, my husband is not driving me crazy.  He is not helping out as much as I want around the house, which coupled with all my stress is making me very irate.  I want him to start looking for a job right away and what is he doing? Nothing. Nothing at all.  He says he can’t interview because he’s working.  In order to get an interview, you need to apply.  Which he has not done. At all.  The job market is still very tough out there and the fact that he’s not actively looking really makes me worried.  To make matters even more irritating, he just now asked me if we can use his severance and take the kids to Disneyland, which would cost us about $7,000.  Is he freaking crazy?!  He told me that we will have his unemployment and the severance. UM.  That unemployment, dear husband, is going to help us pay the bills.  He’s killing me right now. Before you all ask, we are NOT going to Disneyland. Ridiculous to even say out loud.

I found out last week from my boss that my promotion was signed off by big boss lady.  It is going to HR for review & finalization of salary on the 16th.  I should know for sure on or about May 18.  Fingers crossed for me.  I’m told that the raise is going to be fantastic.  I think my hubby knowing that my raise is right around the corner has him feeling slightly laid back about our financial situation.  A huge part of me wants to tell him that I didn’t get the promotion/raise and that I won’t get it until the next promotion round, which is in September.  Another part of me feels like we are adults and we shouldn’t keep anything from each other.  I’m really conscious of our money situation and I don’t want things to get bad again.  Like I said, he is driving me crazy at the moment.

There is a bit more good news on the horizon. Our Visa is almost paid off.  Current balance is $1,428.81.  Another $650 will be thrown at it this Thursday, a balance of $778.81 which I am hoping I will also be able to send this week.  I worked 25 hours of overtime in the last 2 weeks and that should net me an extra $1,000 on my paycheck.  After this is paid off, we will start saving all of DH’s remaining paychecks so we have even more in savings just in case.  We’ll be paying the minimum on everything (student loans/line of credit) until we find DH another job.

I’m off to bed because I know this week is going to be super busy again.

Ups and Downs

The last month has been filled with lots of ups and downs.  First, I have been missing in action due to coast to coast traveling for work the first two weeks of March + studying non stop for finals.  Didn’t realize that I missed a whole month of posting until Cait tweeted me to make sure I was still alive.  Thank goodness I don’t have any more traveling lined up for work.

Good News

I found out that promotions should be effective in June.  I am so anxious and nervous that it still might not happen but I’m trying to be positive that all of my hard work will not be for naught the past year and half.  if the promotion goes through, I am looking at a 10-19% raise.  We are definitely going to need it because……

Bad News

It was during my trip that my husband called me and told me that after 8 years of working for his company they decided to move their operations to 2 different states.  The location where hubby works is leased.  In fact it was the only leased property the company had and in order to save money they decided to move their operations to Salt Lake City, UT and Huntsville, AL.  He was given the option to transfer to either of these 2 locations.  However, being that my career is finally taking off and I am so close to getting a huge promotion along with the fact that our entire family resides here, we decided we can’t move.  This means that June 30th is his last day of working.  He will be receiving about $20K in severance + unemployment until he finds another position.

I was in shock when I heard all of this through the phone as I was driving in Chicago.  I kept thinking, “OMG just when things are finally going well, this happens. What are we going to do??”  Then it dawned on me, we are going to be okay.   We have our emergency fund for all of this.  We will have the severance pay.  If we stick to basic necessities, we can make it with my salary & his unemployment. Heck, we’ll just have to push our “we’re debt free” date out a bit.  Of course, he’s going to be looking for jobs between now and then and hopefully, God willing, we won’t have too much stress on our hands.

Hubby and I have discussed possibly stopping the snow flaking payments to our credit card but we both really feel that the less debt we have when he doesn’t have a job the better off we will be.  Currently, the debt is at $2,928.81.  By the end of next week, I am hoping to throw another $965 to it, which should leave the balance at $1,963.81.  The $965 consists of a $137 refund from the IRS, $178 from Costco’s cash back program, and our regular $650 bi weekly snowflake payment.  If I calculate everything correctly, we should be completely credit card debt free by May 10th. We will still have the student loan, line of credit and car but I can manage those.

That’s all I have the energy to blog about at the moment.  Obviously, I’m still a little stressed out and worried about the unknown but I know we will be okay and need to focus on what we can do now not what we can’t do or control. As soon as I can find a spare hour or so I will post April’s goals & March’s recap.

Happy Easter everyone 🙂

This and That.

I did a cost analysis of my espresso machine today.  The machine cost me $385+some tax. DH and I drink 1 latte each once a day.  My coffee beans (Lavazza) costs about $23 from amazon shipped. My Torani syrup costs me abut $5.99 a bottle.  month supply of soy milk costs me about $6 from Costco.   Rounding up per month, the supplies I need for my daily grind is $34.99.  On average there’s 30 days a month x 2 cups per day = 60 lattes.  $34.99/60=$0.58 per latte.  DAYUM GINA!  If I were to calculate the cost before espresso machine it would go something like this: ($4.75X2)x30=$285.  Yep, people, that’s how much we were spending on espresso every month, sometimes more.  I figure by mid September my machine would have paid itself off =) Yeehaw!

Another blight of goodness, I got recognized during an important meeting today about the project I’m working on.  Felt good that even though my immediate boss can’t see that I’m a great employee, the higher levels actually think I’m doing awesome! Oh, and I came home at 4 today as opposed to 7PM.  Which, in my book lately, is a success!



Work. Life. Balance.

Let me preface this post with the fact that I normally love my job because it’s challenging and I am learning new things all the time. However, the past 3 months I have been slammed at work.  Slammed as in 10 minute lunches, working from 6:45 to 10:30 at night and then still have 800+ emails to go through, phone ringing off the hook while people are standing at my desk asking me about said 800 emails.

I am going through a lot of turmoil at work at the moment.  My company decided that they needed to turn every department upside down, shake it and then put everything back in different places.  I lost the best boss I’ve ever had and was placed with a woman who micromanages everything to the point of documenting what my coworkers and I do every second of everyday. It’s enough to make me scream.  I’ve always said that it’s not the work, it’s the people because honestly, work is work.  As demanding and challenging my job, my coworkers and my old boss made it all so much fun.  It makes me so sad that with a few people’s rash decisions, the entire department has been turned upside down. Sometimes I wonder if the people on top really see how their decisions affect things.  The major thing they destroyed was the relationships people had with one another. The department I work in was once the best place to be.  People stayed in their positions for 20+ years.  Now, just in the past 3 months I’ve seen several key managers, experienced mentors flocking out the door at rapid speeds.  It just makes me so sad.

In the past 3 months, I’ve worked an extra 200 hours. At no extra pay.  None. Nada. Zilch. In fact, this past Saturday I  put in another 8 hours and stayed about 3.5 hours late tonight.  I’m mentally exhausted and don’t feel the joy I use to because I have the boss from hell who has turned my job into a clusterf*ck of irrational emotions.

I will get out of this funk – whether I leave the department or just suck it up and find a way to deal with her.  Until then, I’m running and just trying to enjoy the days I do have off.