Climbing to the Middle

Too many choices

Too many choices

Grocery update: I am happy to say that I am sticking to the grocery budget! We spent $96.50 the first week and 92.30 the second. Since I have learned that meticulously planning and shopping for a $100 grocery budget for 5 people is incredibly time consuming, we are trying to […]

Restructured buying-Groceries

Restructured buying-Groceries

As I said in my last post, we got to get our spending in order. First I have to point out that our spending has not been flashy. We have never been to one of the Disneys, we don’t have a fancy TV (or any TV), and a 10 year […]

Budget, you say??

Budget, you say??

The Dude is doing really well! Still lots of wound healing, but he is on a much less intensive wound care therapy now. He is starting to look for work and definitely returning to health. Today is my 7 month Doctor-versary! One of the frustrating things while working on my […]

Recovery and the new normal

Recovery and the new normal

I began writing this several weeks ago. While he was in the hospital, I couldn’t even summon the strength to open my blog. After he was home for a few days, I started this post to sort my feelings. I couldn’t finish it. Life is slowly settling into a more […]

A detour to the hospital

A detour to the hospital

So, happy news: I got a new job!!!! Photo by Luca Upper on Unsplash More responsibility, more pay, and more vacation time than my last job. And the Dude got a job offer. Between the two salaries, we will be doing better than ever. But first…. The Dude came down […]

The summer is getting away!!

The summer is getting away!!

It is now mid-July!! I have had some things conspire against me that have prevented me from having the fun and carefree summer I want. Image The post-dissertation slump is real. I definitely spent some time on the couch doing nothing. Not like this. Image After my defense, I transitioned […]

Decluttering the modified Kon Mari way

Decluttering the modified Kon Mari way

Decluttering Although there are some sad things in my life, I am working on the things under my control. 1 of those things is the organization in my house. I have been reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and The Art of Discarding. Although I haven’t finished them, […]

RIP, Beloved Friend

RIP, Beloved Friend

My little dog passed away on Sunday. At 17, she had a good and full life, ruling the roost from her tiny throne. I have been surprised at how deep my grief is. She was my constant companion when I was home. She was small and not allowed on the […]

In which I am reminded…

In which I am reminded…

why I am so cautious and cynical about economic stability. Because it can slip through my hands. The Dude has not found full time, permanent work in his field. We were doing okay. Not great, not “putting mad amounts of money towards debt and working on building a cushion.” Not […]

Intentionality

Intentionality

When I type “Intentionality” into the search bar in Unsplash, I get lots of photos of mountains and camping (I will use them throughout this post, so you can see what I mean). Photo by Aaron Benson on Unsplash I thought I would find a lot more pictures of yoga […]