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Week Five - Finances.

The bills are paid.
Rent is paid.
Today I paid off my credit card. Completely.

I have enough money in my chequing account to keep me going.

This means that with my next paycheque, I should have enough money to pay for my share of the trip to Char's wedding. Plane ticket, rental car, hotel, wedding present. I'll just need some more money to buy something to wear, as I have no summer-wedding-appropriate attire. I need about $200 more and I will have enough saved to buy a computer to replace this one, which is quickly dying. This means that a fair chunk of my remaining paycheques at this job can be split to give me enough to live on and a bunch to save.

I had been struggling with my finances through the fall and over the holidays. I just wasn't making enough money when I was P/T at the toy store. Now that I have a decent-paying F/T job, things are looking up. Now my credit card can go back to being for recurring automatic payments (such as the gym) and groceries only. This makes me happy, and I'm sure will make my credit rating happier, too.

A month ago, I was terrified I was sending myself towards debt. Now, this is all looking really achievable, if I plan properly and spend wisely.


Week Three - Frustration.

This week has been unbelievably frustrating.

Monday I didn't make it to the gym after work because I felt dizzy. Tuesday I felt like I was going to throw up, so also didn't make it to the gym. Wednesday I was woken up early because of a fire across the street. Thursday I had the LONGEST day ever, made it to the gym, but didn't get to eat dinner til almost 10pm. Friday I barely ate because I slept through my alarm and didn't have any money with me to buy something for lunch.

I've been having frustration with some of my relationships this week, too. People who are just getting WAY on my nerves for their attitudes, mostly. Too much negativity, vanity and anger surrounding me right now - these are not the kinds of influences I want on my life!


I don't like the person I was this week. Phooey.

Week Two - Cleaning Up

So yesterday I got one of these and tidied up my bathroom. It's made such a difference, having everything off the counter and out of sight. The things I used every day in the top shelf, and everything else below, sorted. The room looks bigger, which is a big feat for my teeny tiny bathroom.

Today I tackle the rest of my room. Mostly this means organizing my closet to get all my clothes up off my floor, hung up and folded away. Yeee-ikes. I found a pretty good article about closet organizing on So You Wanna...? so hopefully that will help.

I am such a nerd.


Week Two - Patience, grasshoppa.

This week, so far, is a good one.

I stopped at the grocery store on my way home from work last night and got stocked up on fruit. I'm on a big apple kick right now - apple slices with my breakfast, apple and cheddar for an after dinner snack, etc. Yummmers.

I have some serious organizing to do in my room this weekend, and I am stoked. Going to do lots of laundry, fold or hang all my clothes, rearrange my closet. It's going to be good.


I'm struggling a lot with patience this week. Small things are aggravating me a lot more than they should, and my temper is starting to rise. I am trying to come up with some new strategies for calming down. Any ideas, wide world of the internets?


Tomorrow I go to work, hit the gym on the way home, and then make a yummy dinner. I'm thinking a nice big salad, some pasta and chicken. Have to rummage around and see what I've got in the cupboards. As well as I have been eating this week, I think I need to get better about meal planning. I have so many great cook books and "in my head" recipes, I just need to plan ahead better to have ingredients on hand.


Week One - looking ahead

I just went online and checked my requirements for graduation. I only need 9 more credits - one required methodology class, and two upper-year classes. Then I will be DONE!

For some reason, that news has just inspired me even more to make the most of this year, my last year as an undergraduate.


Week One - All my armour falling down

Tonight I'm thinking a lot about relationships. What I want and expect from them, what I don't get from them, what I don't give in them. It's rough territory, this relationship stuff. Where does what I need and what I give begin, end, overlap, compete, and complement? It's as much about being critical with myself and about myself as it is being critical about what my relationships aren't giving me.

Some relationships are easier to think about like this than others. The ones that cause me stress come to mind more easily, make me react from my gut and my heart. My concern is with those relationships that are toxic and negative, but it's also with the relationships in which I've become complacent. Relationship cannot just drift, they need to be nutured and cared for if they are to survive.

Man, oh man, do I have a LOT of thinking to do! Yikes.


I'm doing a ditl today. I want to try and do them often over the course of 2007. See what changes about my day, my eye for shots, my feeling of what's important enough to be part of it.


Tonight I start The Great Room Makeover. Well, technically I started Apartment Therapy yesterday, but the major overhaul starts today. I need to get this room cleaned up tonight - the chaos of it is pulling at my head and my heart in a bad, bad way. Also, it's just gross!


I'm a little all over the place tonight, I realise. I think that will be a trademark of doubleoh_seven. Hopefully my writing, too, will change over this year. I think the chaotic, all-over-the-place-ness of my writing is a pretty good reflection of my life; nothing is settled, nothing is ordered right now.


Le sigh.



Week One - begin the begin

I had this whole great post written up, and LJ ate it. Not cool!

Basically last night, I got back to Vancouver, bawled my eyes out, read the Bible, had a moment, and got crazy-nervous about my new job.

Today I started my new job as an administrative assistant at a small non-profit across town. My office is in the director's home, in a beautiful converted studio apartment. It's all hardwood floors, big windows, and shiny tile. I have a brand new computer, and wonderful assignments. This job is going to challenge me in so many ways; I wasn't as excited beforehand as I have been for past jobs, but I am thrilled about the responsibilities. It's going to force me to self-teach some skills, and adapt my current skills for completely different projects. Whee!

After work, I hopped on the bus and met my roommate at the grocery store. Thank goodness for customer appreciation Tuesdays! 10% off my bill made enough of a difference that I was able to get us a cab home. Now my cupboards are stocked back up with yummy fruits, good lunch fixings, and all kinds of healthy stuff. Also a heavily discounted box of Pot O' Gold chocolates. It's all about the moderation. When we got home, I mixed up some yummy chicken tacos with onions and carrots and lettuce for dinner. Super quick and totally yummy!

Tomorrow I work a shorter day (only til 3pm) and then hit the gym on the way home. I'll probably make pasta with steamed veggies for dinner, and then I have to clean my bathroom, mop and vacuum the floors, and start tidying up my room. Busy day!

I'm still feeling apprehensive about the next four months, but I also accept that I can only work with what is in front of me right now. I can't get hung up on what might happen, or I will miss what IS happening. I will take whatever comes at me this year with a mix of stubbornness, patience, grace and determination.

DoubleOh_Seven, I'm ready for you. Bring it on.


New Year’s Resolutions 2007

Some might say that these are the type of resolutions that are made to be broken. I say these are resolutions to hold me accountable, challenge me and take me a little outside of my comfort zone. Over the next week, I may tweak or change them, so they are friendslocked. As of January 8th, though, they will be set and this entry made public.

I'm stoked!

The DoubleOh_Seven Booklist

In the Great Life Overhaul of 2007, I'm going to be reading many books and magazines for guidance, inspiration and a swift kick in the ass. This list is meant to keep track of those books, and hopefully gain some suggestions for other sources of inspiration/ass kicking/guidance.

Give me your suggestions in the comments!

Around the House
Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure
by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan

Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez + Vicki Robin

Money Book For The Young Fabulous And Broke
by Suze Orman

Miscellaneous Knowledge
Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better: A Girl's Guide to Guy Stuff by Leigh Phillips + Jennifer Axen

Girl's Guide to Absolutely Everything by Melissa Kirsch

*Note: You should be able to find most of these at Chapters, Amazon.ca and/or your local library.