I just checked my blog stats and so far in half the month I've had as many hits as I usually get in a whole month. In a usual month I get between 40,000 and 45,000 hits, unless I get sick or go on a trip and don't post for a few days. Today I'm just at over 42,000. So who are all you new folks coming by to read me? Or to plow through the archives in a week or two. Introduce yourselves and stay a spell. And I'm curious where you're coming from...
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I didn't realize I hadn't posted since the 16th. The kids have been sick and whiney, I haven't been feeling great either, I haven't spent money because we haven't gone anywhere and I've been playing in the Whoniverse. Found a fan fiction website for Doctor Who (see sites I frequent for more info on what that is) and have been having a grand old time reading and writing. And it's free entertainment, my favorite kind!
But its time for the real world to impinge once again. So, today is the day of the automatic deposit of $10 to savings. I transferred that to ING, bringing the amount in the EF to $1444.53.
DH sent me a reimbursement check for his work boots that arrived in the mail yesterday. I will try to get it in the bank today. That will be an additional $160 to the EF. But I won't add it in until I do it.
According to this article:
they are putting the word "ginormous" into the next issue of the Miriam(sp?)-Webster dictionary. I like using made up words. I'm not too thrilled they are validating this one. Sigh.
As most of you know I am a blog stats junkie, totally a silly thing but I love watching the stats. Yesterday I hit an all-time high of 1118 pages viewed. About 2 weeks ago I had my highest ever number of unique visitors in a day of 208, but the pages viewed that day was only half of what it was yesterday when I had 148 unique visitors. And for the month of June I had the highest number of hits ever with 18,713. It came closest to that back in March at 17,911. I had a bit of a drop off when I went on vacation at the end of April and then it slowly built back up again. I think I may have lost a few people when I didn't post that vacation week. Which may happen again the end of this month when we go to the island for eight days. Oh, well, I guess they come back eventually.
Today was the auto deposit of $10.00 to savings. I sent that off to ING bringing the total in the EF up to $590.51. I also peeked at the interest accumulated but not credited to the account so far this month: 27 cents! Yes, I am that happy over something so silly. 27 cents for just not touching my money for five days. Some day it will be on the other side of the decimal point in five days time and then I'll really be silly happy.
I had to go down to the DMV today to renew my driver's license. It was $25 for a five year license. Ouch. Last time I had to buy one it was only $16. The wait was forever and those employees had their heads in the clouds, couldn't care less that they had a mile long line of people, they were going to take their own sweet time.
Anyway, I did that while DH took the Blazer to Les Schwab and got the flat tire fixed. It was only a patch, so it was free, thank goodness.
We also spent $25.37 on lunch out and $5 tip at our favorite Mexican restaurant. And $20 for gas.
There were some more purchases made tonight but I have to get the receipts from DH. He took the kids to buy birthday presents for the boy/girl twins who have a party tomorrow. And he picked up a new belt and some deodorant. I have enough female deoderant samples that I shant need to buy it for at least a year.
It's been a long day, I did not sleep last night more than 3 hours and I have been little miss Judy Attitudy all day long, but only in my own head. I look forward to waking up tomorrow refreshed and back to my old positive nature, even if it means hitting the Excedrin PM. I certainly have the headache to go with the need to sleep.
So no midnight or after entries from me tonight. Oh, on the bright side of the no sleep thing, I did manage to write 10 pages last night, so I did get something out of it. I'm still too sleep deprived to know whether they are any good or not yet, though. I'll read them through tomorrow. But that is 36 pages for the year, now I just need to multiply that by 10 to reach my 2007 goal.
It is my birthday on Monday. I will be 37. I like my birthday as I share it with Abraham Lincoln. I don't remember much about seven but the years I turned 17 and 27 have been incredibly good years in my life so I have high hopes that my luck will follow through on this.
I don't much believe in numerology or anything, but I do have to think that the years that have a seven in my age also coincide with having a seven in that year, as 2007 does, and with seven also being a sacred number to God, well, there's got to be some real goodness in all that, right? I was also born in a year with a seven, 1970. So I kind of have a thing about it. Maybe I generate my own luck through my belief. I wouldn't put it past me.
Sleep deprived ramblings, good thing its free cause you get what you pay for. Night folks.
DH and I dropped the kids at MIL's house tonight (a rarity) and went to Costco and then to Fred Meyer.
At Costco we bought:
Mega Pack of Charmin
2 packages of kosher beef hotdogs
2 8 packs of ravioli
We spent $50.38.
Then we went to Fred Meyer and bought:
2 packages organic uncured sliced ham
1 gallon 2% milk
1 package beef steaks
1 torch lamp to replace a broken one
We spent $61.88 there.
We did a lot of looking around there. I wasn't thrilled with the lamp we picked out but it was the only one we could use a fluorescent light bulb in and was $35, on special for 25% off that price. It fit our needs best and doesn't clash with our furnishings, so that is what we bought. I like a couple of more expensive ones because they were pretty instead of utilitarian, but I did not like them 55% more than the one we bought and since that was the price difference, I'll deal. It's not like it is ugly, it just isn't pretty.
We looked at the furniture, too. We only have a three person couch right now. We used to have a rocker/recliner and an overstuffed arm chair but they were falling apart, so we put them out in the shed until we had a chance to repair them and there was a gap somewhere that prevented the shed from being airtight, so the furniture upholstry molded.
They have a very nice red leather arm chair that reclines for $400. It is smaller and fits the length of my legs perfectly. I like it a lot. Do I like it $400 worth, though? I don't think so. Maybe if it went on a really good sale. If money were no object, I would think it was the perfect chair for me.
We wandered back into garden and looked at the patio furniture and the lawn furniture and we saw a really, really nice lounger for $100. It was very comfortable and very well made and the pillow that came with it had speakers in it that you could plug a personal music player into. We are seriously considering getting it for the 4th person's seating in the living room. But I think first I am just going to try to find something on freecycle.
Either that or use my blood money to buy the $400 chair. Oh, that is what I am calling the money for plasma donation, blood money. I just like the way it sounds kind of sinister. Yes, I am a silly girl, you should know that by now. Blood money to buy a red chair, that seems appropriate, don't you think?
I am going to a very small convention this spring of women who have the same disease as I do, that will also include 4 days at Disneyland, which I think I have mentioned in here a bit ago.
I just spent a couple of hours going through all of the menu options at all of the restaurants in the park. I have to be very careful what I eat to keep my condition under control, maintaining a strict balance between low glycemic vegetables, carbohydrates, and protein. The ratio is about 50% low glycemic vegetables, 40% healthy proteins, and 10 percent carbohydrates (preferrably complex ones). This is not the same as a low-carb diet, it is what is known as a controlled carb diet, which is far away from the high protein/low carb thing.
Well, the menu changes over the last two years have really made an enormous change at Disneyland and this is actually going to be easy. Plus, going there with other women with the same condition who all have to eat the same way as I do, makes yielding to temptation a huge peer pressure no-no.
On top of that, I will be avoiding everything with white sugar and white flour in it. I don't think I can avoid the chemicals and food additives, I'm hoping I can avoid trans fats, but I can do the best I can with what I got. And what I got is going to be way easier now.
I am going to make up a list of my preferred eating places with the choices I want, and all of their prices, so I can make up an appropriate budget for food expenses. I already know how much the hotel fee is going to be with tax, and because I will have a roommate both at the convention and the hotel by Disney, that will be cut in half.
It's going to be weird going there without my husband, but I'll still have a blast, with just a teensy twinge of guilt that I will squash down like a bug. Some of these women are like sisters to me, the good kind of sister, not the evil one. LOL They supported me through all of the surgeries and all of the trials I have had and just being with them is one of the most nurturing things I can do for myself. And the fact that half the time will be spent at Disneyland is just extra cheese on the skinny crust pizza. What? You were thinking icing on the cake? LOL I can't do that too often anymore.
I tried to lobby for us all just going to Disney for a whole week, but sigh, they want to have the learning stuff, too. And I do, too, but...its Disneyland! I'm just a big kid when it comes to that place.
At least the entire trip is being paid for in cash. I haven't gone the last two years so I don't feel guilty about going this year, especially since its in California. I know I should probably spend the money on debt, but like we were talking about in another blog, sometimes Mom has to do something for Mom. DH gets correspondence school, something he wants, and I get this. And $2000 still goes to debt.
And airfare is free with DH's miles. First Class even. As long as we don't have to pay for it, I am too spoiled to fly coach. But I am too frugal to actually buy a First Class ticket.
But thanks to Jeffrey and Nate it is now back to normal and I can post again. I was in the middle of a bunch of posting when it decided to not recgonize the fact that I was logged in and when I re-logged in and hit new entry, it kept taking me to the log in page. Argh. But they fixed it with their cyber majicks! LOL
I am hoping that is the symbol for rolling eyes, as I did that a lot tonight and want to get it right as I figure I may be wanting to use it a lot. That's what it appears to be for the forums, so I'm going to see if it translates into the blogs. And if it does, then I'll go tell Baselle.
Looking at blog statistics can get very addicting. Mine have steadily risen each month. I had my best month ever since joining the site. I had 3,162 unique visitors in December. That means that there are over 3000 people out there interested in what I have to say. Pretty cool. Sometimes I wonder if I am boring the universe but obviously the numbers wouldn't keep going up if I was.
And these readers managed to read 11,367 pages in the month of December. Quite the bookworms, or computer worms? No that has a bad connotation, who wants a computer worm. Screen worms? No, that sounds like a disease, doesn't it? We'll just stick with bookworms.
Anyway, to all my readers, thanks for taking the time.
Just posted and then went to the main page and hey, I'm the most active blogger! Ooo. Probably the only time I've ever been in first place. And the only one to post so far today, being a night owl and all. And of course, it won't last, but if we can't take joy in the utter inanities of life, then why have a sense of humor at all? It cheered me up anyway. I know I've been whining a lot this last week, so I will try to put a more positive spin on this, the first day of December.
And shh...don't tell anyone, but things are looking up for DH at work. Can't go into it until January but cross your fingers and send good vibes our way that something very good may be in store, soon.