Yay! I was worried there for a moment. I completely forgot to renew my site and noticed a few days too late. So I had to reactivate it, which seemed to work just fine. They took my money but my website still wasn’t showing up correctly. Turns out I just had to hit update on the servers page even though nothing changed. Whatever. It’s back now. YAY!
So, who else is participating in NaNoWriMo? For once I would like to actually stick to the word goal and win this year. Each year I plan it all out. I figure out my plot, characters and outline. This year, no. I have a character in mind, one name, and a plot. But nothing else. I am hoping if I fly by the seat of my pants I will be more successful.
Wish me luck! And good luck to everyone else participating!
I have to say it is so nice not having to be on my feet everyday for 8 hours a day. So, so nice. So far I have been doing lots and lots of training. The job requires lots of research as well, which I love of course. I have always loved researching, no matter what it was so I am having a blast.
For the rest of the week we are training. I hope we get cut loose after this week a little though. I really want to try it on my own. I am sure they will be looking after my work but I know I can do it.
Today I had my orientation for my new job! I am so excited and I cannot wait to start! I officially start next Monday. Finally I don’t have to spend eight hours on my feet everyday all day. I am wondering if I won’t want to be on the computer when I get home though.
My job in the beginning will be mostly answering emails. Apparently they are back logged by about three thousand emails. Which is awesome for me. I am so excited to be sitting in a cubicle typing emails. I hope the newness of the job never wears off. According to others who work for this company they say things are always changing and you never get bored.
I decided to stay on part-time at Walgreens pharmacy. I am going to work every other weekend. I am hoping that not being there all the time with help with the frustration I have been feeling. I think only being there part-time will help make me love the job again. Not that I think I will ever go back full-time. Working in healthcare is as hard as they say it is.
So I’ve never used coupons much. I would use the occasional one here or there, but I never really got the point of using coupons. It never really seemed to amount to much.
Then I watched two seasons of Extreme Couponing. Now I don’t think there will ever be a time when I rack up a grocery bill up to a thousand dollars and then only pay twenty. I am not that good and I don’t have many good resources.
With that said, I did go to Kroger this evening and buy 88 dollars worth of groceries and only paid 30 dollars. I also got ten cents off every gallon I pumped at the station. It was about 66% savings. It was pretty awesome. Over 50 dollars saved.
But being a good couponer takes work. I have to match coupons to sales. Print coupons, buy coupon inserts and organize them to maximize my savings. It takes work. And in the city I live in, it’s somewhat harder. A lot of the grocery stores in my town do not double coupons. I drove a town over to a Kroger that doubles up to two dollars. My recycling center also does not allow people to pick up coupon inserts. I asked the local newspaper if there is anyway to get old Sunday papers before they are thrown out and they don’t do that either.
It’s my new hobby. And I enjoy it. It’s therapeutic. And I am saving some money doing it.
I have become a crazy coupon lady. Oh, and I got a new job. Finally.
What has been getting in the way of my blogging? Honestly? The Sims 3. Mostly. I am addicted to Island Paradise. Love it.
Of course that’s not the only distraction. Mostly I haven’t been updating because I think I don’t have anything to blog about. But that’s not true. I’m waiting to hear something on a few job applications, so that’s kind of exciting.
I am doing a lot of volunteer work. I am currently working on a newsletter for our local NOW group. It’s turning out really nice and I am excited about working on it.
My friend and new room-mate Lisa is really into geocaching and I really want to get back into it. It’s something more active to be doing rather than sitting in front of the computer or television all day.
I am also going to be working out more. My plan is to go to the gym every other day and on days I cannot make it or the days in between I want to do Zumba. I am also going to be joining Weight Watchers online. Wish me luck!
In the new house there is a flower bush (we have argued over what type of flower) in the front yard. I saw a birds nest in it and didn’t think much of it. And then I forgot about it. Well I was out there taking pictures of the flowers when I walked around to the one side and a robin flew in front of me and started squawking. I then remembered that the nest was on that side. I very quickly put my camera phone over the nest and snapped a quick picture.
Now, a few days after I have snapped this picture, the eggs have hatched. I have thought about trying to get a picture of the baby birds, but I don’t want to upset mama bird. So I have left them alone and I don’t think I will be attempting to get a photo of the babies. I just love how Robin’s eggs are such a pretty blue.
Let me take a moment to talk about my distractions. I am distracted quite easily. I can usually think of a few things I would rather be doing, and then I go do them instead. For instance, I should be blogging more. But then I get worried that I don’t really have anything to blog about so I get distracted and play The Sims 3 or watch television, or work on articles or various other projects I have going on. I am actually going to open up a more professional website because I am having such a hard time finding a job. It’s getting really aggravating. It’s been over a year since I graduated college with a bachelors degree and…nothing. I apply for numerous jobs each week and I never get a phone call. No phone calls, no emails. It’s very disappointing.
So right now I am going a lot of volunteer stuff. I am writing grants for organizations in my area, most of which I am pretty passionate about. I am also writing online articles. It’s not that I dislike volunteering. I do enjoy writing for a cause simply because it’s one I believe in. But it would be nice to get out of working in a pharmacy and actually having a career in my field. I started to get a little upset when I realized that flu shot season is right around the corner and here I am again, yet another year, still working in the pharmacy.
I really need to get back into the swing of things. Having cable back is ruining my life. I’ve gone four years without cable and then I bundled and got internet, cable and a phone since it was cheaper and I was getting another room-mate. And now, I am paying the price.
I find myself in front of the television in the morning, in the afternoon and in the evening. This was all time that I used to spend on the internet, writing on message boards, writing blog posts, reposting on tumblr and pinning on pinterest. Now where am I spending my time? In front of the damn television. Who knew that I would miss the internet. Everyone was always telling me I spent way too much time on the internet. Well damnit, everyone else spends way too much time in front of the television and I am not going to be one of those people. I have a few shows I have set up to DVR and I will watch those and that is it! I want to get back to posting. I want to get back to reading. I miss being a computer gamer. I don’t like being a couch potato.
I am finally all moved in and unpacked in the new house. Between unpacking and working I have neglected my blog and other online duties for the past two weeks. I hope to get back on track this week.
Things at the new house are interesting. Mathew and I went from living in a duplex surrounded by obnoxious, white trash neighbors to moving into a house in the country with our friend Lisa. Things have been going really well between the three of us. I was a little worried about it because Mat and I had gotten used to each other and I was worried about upsetting our dynamic, but so far so good.
The house is a fixer-upper. The nice thing is that we are renting, so luckily we don’t have to pay for the repairs. The bad thing is that we have to deal with the issues in the house until they can get fixed. Mostly it is just cosmetic issues, so it hasn’t been bad. The worst thing has been the leaks in the roof. There are several leaks in the roof and it has gotten worse with it raining all last week. The roof is going to get replaced as soon as possible, but the rain is making that difficult. So at the moment it’s an annoyance.
But we don’t have noisy, rude, annoying neighbors. We have a lot more space and a yard. We each have our own bathrooms. So, can’t complain too much.