Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Plans for Next Year

It's too late for us this year, but I believe we will implement this next year.

There is a family in our ward who has a tradition in their family. They have only three gifts for Christmas, since the Wise Men brought the Christ Child three gifts. One gift is Spiritual, one gift is practical, and one gift is just for fun.

I think this is a wonderful way to not only focus on the Saviour at Christmastime, but also to cut down on the commercialism that is so rampant at this season.

I also think I would have more of a problem with this idea if we didn't celebrate birthdays. =Þ I like to give gifts, especially to my children, and the idea of limiting myself gives me a little panic attack. However, if I know that by doing this we are bringing the focus of CHRISTmas back to where it should be - Christ - and I know that I can budget more for birthdays around which time there is not such rampant gimmiegimmiegimmiebuybuybuy insanity, then I feel great peace about the whole idea.

When I first heard of it my heart leapt with "YES! That's the right thing to do!" I really love the idea of having specific things: Spiritual, practical and fun. I love buying those kinds of things for my children and this gives me a wonderful excuse to buy them something uplifting rather than another tired old video game that will drive me nuts and be left in the cupboard within three months. Not that they won't get video games if they want them, but knowing that it's not going to be rampant video game city but that they will also be receiving something practical and Spiritual as well is wonderful.


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

The Ward party on Friday was brilliant. I was fairly stressed as I was looking after my friend's 3 little girls and had to make the ham and a dessert for the party. I ended up buying the dessert and there is NO WAY that ham would have been ready without Emily. She did the whole thing while I was out running errands and taking Andrew to gym class etc. Bless that girl!

Andrew sat on Santa's lap and told him he wanted a Speed Racer car for Christmas. Good thing we've got him one, eh? =) Anyway, he got off Santa's lap all confused. He came to me and said, "Santa didn't give me my Speed Racer car." Awww! I explained that Santa would go home and write it on his list and maybe he would bring it on Christmas Day. Andrew accepted this and ran off to play with his friend, Maddie. =) 3 year olds are so dang cute.

The next day (Saturday) Bert and I spent TEN HOURS Christmas shopping....and we're not quite done yet. =Þ It was wonderful to have such a long time alone with Bert. That hasn't happened for....Uh.....I honestly can't remember the last time that happened. It's been several years.

Sunday was awesome because it was the Christmas Music Concert at the church. We fed the missionaries (all four of them) beforehand and Elder Osmond was telling us he had "no talent" but that he was going to be playing the tambourine and that he was really going to rock out...but that he couldn't do it too much because it was a serious song. he totally stole the show. Ahahahahahaa!!! Oh my gosh! I'm about wetting myself thinking about it. Firstly, that young man has a sense for music that's just ingrained. He didn't need to think about how he was playing the tambourine and egg shaker...or whatever else that he was playing...he just NAILED it. Furthermore, he was totally groovin' up there! And every so often he'd turn around and flash this huge smile to the audience. Oh my gosh!!!!! His sense of humour is brilliant. The people around us were really enjoying watching him as well. =)

There were other awesome songs and performers. Jason Deere wrote a song, "The Virgin's Lullaby", that was absolutely incredible. I hope he records it because it was truly beautiful. What's funny is he was followed by a trio of girls that were listed on the programme as "Kelsi Simpson, Kassidy Osborn and Karli Pienette". They sang like we should have known who they were. I leaned over to Bert and said, "Should we know who they are?" Bert had no idea who they were either. He said they sang very well, but Jason Deere's song blew them out of the water.

It turns out the three girls are better known as SHeDAISY. Who knew? I remarked to Bert, "Huh, that's funny you think Jason Deere's song was better, because he has written some songs for them." "That's probably why they're so good." he replied. =)

Anyway, SHeDAISY's song was, imho, if not in Bert's, really beautiful.

Jeanne Strange also sang. She has a beautiful smoky voice - wow!

Brett Raymond also performed a really lovely number. He told us a while ago that after he was done writing it he thought of Andrew. One time he played a song in church and Andrew stopped what he was doing and stared, mesmerized at Brother Raymond for a short while, then curled up on me and cried and cried. I think Brother Raymond was hoping for a similar reaction.

*sigh* Unfortunately, Andrew is older now and obviously way too busy playing around. Instead of being mesmerized and so touched by the music that he cried, he spun around in circles with a girl his age, fell down he was so dizzy, and made such a racket I had to take him to the nursery. Oh well. Afterwards when Brother Raymond asked me how Andrew had reacted and I told him he said, in good humour, "You try to make that connection but sometimes it doesn't work..." HA! =D

This is the same Brett Raymond, I might add, who had a magical power over Andrew when we first moved into the ward. Anytime Andrew was whining he looked at him, or just stood right next to him, and Andrew would miraculously stop crying. It was wonderful. Doesn't work anymore, dang it.

Ok, so what else? Hrm. Oh yes! I'd just like to say here and now that Randy Kartchner and his wife, Susie, are musical geniuses. Thank you.

Ok, now I'm saving the best for last. Because after all these professionals - tons of professionals working with professionals, musical geniuses all - we basically got a musical concert that people would spend beaucoup amounts of money for for free - along came Stacey Haslam.

She was nervous - who wouldn't be, following all those highly paid stars? But she sang, not to say "Look At Me!!!", but instead she sang of her love of Christ. She sang thinking of her Saviour. She sang and with her nervous, a little shaky, but oh so beautiful voice, she brought the Spirit into the church and focused my thoughts on our Saviour, born into humble circumstances. It was an absolutely moving and appropriate end to the wonderful concert.

On Monday Andrew went down with conjunctivitis and a horrid cold. The dr. thinks it's brought on by allergies which is another impetus to get rid of the carpets in the house. Unfortunately we can't afford it.

On Tuesday I came down with bronchitis. Both Andrew and I are hacking away. Actually, I'm rather concerned that Andrew is hacking away as surely the amoxicillin should be taking care of that. I guess not.

Anyway, the house is a pigsty soooo I suppose I'd better work on it tomorrow.

Oh yes! Today was joy school. The little chilluns decorated cookies and we took them to the fire department and to a lady in our ward. The fire department were so lovely to the little 3-year olds. =) They listened to them sing "Jingle Bells" and "Once there was a Snowman" and clapped, then took them around the fire engines. =) They were so wonderful and welcoming. "Come back again!" they said, "Come back soon! Come often! There are some families to tell their children that they can come to see the fire engines if they've been good in school all week. We take them around every single week." Can you believe that? What great guys.

The lady in our ward was lovely as well. I must admit to being very worried because a couple of the children - and me, though I made sure I didn't get too near her (and I explained why so she didn't think I was shunning her or anything =D) - were sick and she has been ill lately. She invited us in and hugged the children. Oh my good gravy, I hope with all my heart that she doesn't fall sick. It's the last thing she needs.

Anyway, it's been a good few days. =)

Monday, December 15, 2008

And Obama just loooooves the Europeans......

It's pretty scary stuff.

"The Belgian government’s authority over the health and education of its children is deemed by many as a mark of progress toward a “better society” where children’s rights are properly recognized and protected. Those that satisfy the government’s standards live in peace. For the rest, there is no peace, and sometimes, they are not even allowed to live.

Since 2002, Belgium has allowed doctors to terminate the lives of infants under the age of 12 months if they feel the baby is somehow disabled or deficient, and is likely to suffer in life as a result. More than half of the Belgian babies who die before they are a year old are killed by deliberate medical intervention. In 16% of cases, parental consent was not even considered.

To put these numbers in perspective, the CIA World Fact Book estimates that roughly 106,000 babies are born in Belgium each year. Even using conservative estimates of Belgium’s rate of assisted-suicide in infants, one can estimate that some 470 children will die before they celebrate their first birthday. Of these 470, more than 200 will die not from natural causes, but from direct medical intervention. Forty (40) of them will die regardless of their parents’ wishes, objections, or pleadings. Such a program might produce a “better society,” but one is left in horror at the ultimate sacrifice of innocent babies.

Unfortunately, the program has been deemed so “successful” in Belgium that in March 2008, the government began considering legislation that would also make assisted-suicide available to teenagers and younger children who are terminally-ill.

Although much of American society still largely resists government control of children and their families, shadows of Belgium’s pro-government approach are being cast upon our shores. In November 2007, parents in Prince George’s County, Maryland were shocked and outraged when they were ordered to take their children in for shots, or face fines and jail time. “Our goal is to get kids in school, not to put parents in jail,” said Glenn Ivey, the county’s attorney, “but if parents continue to be recalcitrant, they face up to 10 days in jail and a $50 a day fine.”

The drastic measures had parents and physicians up in arms. Dr. William Schaffner of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine described the county’s hard-nosed stance as “grabbing the parents by the collars and saying, ‘You must vaccinate your children.’” Dierdre Young, the mother of a high school freshman and junior, agreed: “What good are you going do if you lock up the parents? Then the parents can’t feed [their children]. They still can’t come to school. They still don’t have their shots. So what have you solved?”

Someone in Belgium must have forgotten to ask that question."

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

5k everyday

I'm giving my calves a rest, maybe to the end of the year. Thus, today, I just walked. I was tempted to run and ramped up the treadmill - and immediately the pain returned, so I slowed down right away. I'll give it a bit and see if I can slowly slowly return to running. I hope so. In any case, here's my walking totals for the day:

54.05 minutes
411 calories

The other thing is that when I'm running I'm consuming more calories. I need to consume more calories!!! =D This 411 number just doesn't cut the mustard. =D

Saturday, December 06, 2008

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(Translation, from -leetspeak to english.)

As you can see i am typing everything in leet. Apparently i was asked to write the next blog post, so here i am.

How about some jokes, blokes?
Well too bad im not in the mood for jokes.

See ya,

Huh. Go figure

I couldn't hang clothes outside on a line to dry even if I wanted to (I use a clothes horse in our bedroom) because I've just discovered that it's forbidden by the subdivision.

How bizarre is that?

Happy Birthday To You!

Happy Birthday, Mum!!!!!

Look at my Mum. She's beautiful.

She hasn't changed much since that picture was taken.

Men's hearts fail - or at least, mine does occasionally

When I read a post like Candace's I'm shocked and feel slightly sick at the attacks against the LDS church. I had no idea it was so vehemently hateful and widespread.

Refusing to tip a waiter because s/he is Mormon? My gosh! Can you imagine if someone asked a waiter if they were gay and then refused to tip them because of that? Can you imagine the outcry? But when all sorts of heinous acts are perpetrated against Mormons, that's ok? Where is the outcry against this? Oh yeah, that's right, there isn't one.

I don't know why I'm surprised. I mean, if I get upset at the appalling things going on in the world, specifically when children are abused, and it drives me to my knees to pray "Please come soon so no more children will be hurt", why am I surprised when events happen that show times are on the move for the return of Christ?

Scriptures state over and over that the whole world will be gathered against the Lord's elect. If my heart is failing because some waiter didn't get his tip or because someone graffitied on the walls of the Temple, I'm not going to be much good when things get worse, eh? Because get worse they will. So take a deep breath, it's going to be a bumpy ride.

I think we can all agree we've reached the time when good is called evil and evil good, yes?

I was reading Ether in the scriptures this morning:

Ether 8:24-25

"Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you (secret combinations to get power) that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up.

For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people...."

And I thought "Who is there on earth that is in a secret combination, trying to get power?"

Oh yeah, that would be Russia. Putin was part of Russia's secret police and has now set him self up to be supreme executive ruler (not from a mandate of the masses, nor from a farcical aquatic ceremony). Is there any doubt this man wants to rule the world? Why do you think he's trying to get an in with Iran etc? He wants to control the world's fuel supplies. As time goes on, mark my prophetic words, his sticky little fingers are going to show up in all sorts of nasty little pots. He's like a spider spinning his web. Scary chap, that. And he's doing it right in front of our eyes and the whole world is sitting there doing nothing.

Anyway, so Putin is going to destroy the world. =)

Ok, maybe not, but it was fun to write that anyway. He's certainly going to hasten things along.

This is a really depressing post. Sorry about that. Hopefully it doesn't make Ben vomit. Oh heck! He was meant to write this post. Oh well nevermind, I'll have him do another one. =D

Friday, December 05, 2008

Delighting Ben, giggle and diapers

Ben was thrilled to announce that my Ipod has a total of 666 songs on it.

I'm going to have to change that. He was entirely too tickled by that number.

Extra podcasts, here we come... =D

Just for fun, I'd like to post this picture. Because I want to, that's why. And also because my posts have been excessively boring lately.

And also this stack of diaper covers. I knitted these for the Drewmeister, then dyed them with kool aid. Aren't the colours just beautiful? Then I lanolized 'em and used them to cover up his cute little cloth diapers (nappies. Same thing, different language). Aren't they pretty? =)

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Making Ben Vomit

Ben says "Your blog is very boring. All you have are these themed posts that make me want to throw up."

Sorry about that.

silly thing

I've been tagged by Sierra for Crazy Eights :)...

1. Post rules on your Blog.
2. Answer the six "8" items.
3. Tag 8 other people.

1. Uhhhh. Max and Ruby
2. Spongebob - though I'm getting really sick of him
3. Avatar - except there's no new episodes so I haven't watched it in forever
4. Really I'm just pulling names out of my hat. I don't have any favourite shows at all. They're all immoral, boring, misleading or untruthful. I'd rather not watch any of it.

1. Ok, I can't remember what I did today and you want me to remember YESTERDAY?
2. Got up late.
3. Took Andrew to Joy School
4. Went Christmas Shopping for Andrew. Couldn't find any Racer X pajamas. In fact, I've only ever seen ONE pair. I didn't buy them because Andrew was right there with me. I have never seen them again ANYWHERE, not even online. GAH!
5. Ate lunch
6. Went to Goodwill. It's expensive in there for the state of the items.
7. Read several stories to Andrew
8. Went to bed and was woken up three times.

1. Having all my food storage
2. Being debt free
3. Having a degree
4. Grandchildren
5. Seeing the Saviour
6. Having a clean house hahahahahahaha!!! Excuse me while I pick myself up off the floor.
7. Weighing about 25lbs less than I do now
8. A distinct lack of teenage hormones anywhere near me.

1. Sake in Cool Springs. Best. Sushi. EVER.
2. Cracker Barrel
3. Royal Thai
4. El Guadalajara
5. Uhm. Huh. Maybe the chinese buffet in Canton? Because all the others I've been to here are awful. Oh wait! Except the one in Spring Hill. Hmmm. Wonder if I can go there sometime soon? I'm hungry.
6. Uhhhhhh.
7. Hum.
8. CiCis Pizza? Not that I really love it or anything, but it's relatively cheap and you can get REALLY full there.

1. A workable budget
2. Food Storage
3. Smaller house - though if I get a smaller house, where will I put all the food storage?
4. A baby. But only if the Lord thinks it's a good idea. I'm open to fostering or adoption. But only if the Lord thinks it's a good idea. I'm getting pretty dang old and tired
5. A regular babysitter so I can go to the Temple whenever I like and not have to worry about it. Or maybe what I'm really looking forward to is older children?
6. Well-balanced genius children who know how to work hard.
7. A really hot husband. Oh. Wait. Already got that. Nevermind. =)
8. Self-control. And a clean house. Those two most definitely go together.

I tag:
2. Fleur
3. Heather the Mama Duk
4. Wendy
5. Nancy
6. Tristi who has a lovely tree on her blog
7. Carrie
8. Cristina

I know a couple of you don't have blogs. The sensible thing, of course, is to create one. However, if you don't feel up to making one feel free to post your list in the comment section. =)

Funny thing is, they say there's six "8" items...but I only counted five. That's a bit odd, innit?

Food Storage

Through my LDS homeschool yahoo group someone sent this AWESOME preparedness manual. I'm only on page 15 but it's totally inspired me. I've scouted down through page 22 or so and it looks very very thorough and informative. I strongly encourage you to read it...even those of you who are not LDS. =)

You can buy a printed copy of it here. And I may just do that.

So I've been thinking to myself the past several months, "How much food storage do I have left anyway?" Because I had my year's supply a few years ago but we've steadily been eating through it and not replenishing it.

Because we're doofi, that's why.

Here's what I have in #10 cans (the number in bold). The numbers in parentheses are what we need.

Grains (wheat, flour, corn, rice) 58 (320)
Pasta 10 (160)
Rolled Oats 4 (620)
Beans 34 (65)
Milk/Dairy 5 (375lbs - I don't know how many cans that is)
Fats/oils 0 (10 quarts oil)
Honey 12lbs (60lbs)
Water none (a couple of 55 gallon barrels at least)

This is just the ABSOLUTE basics. I can't believe I need that many cans!!!! I would like to quote from the booklet now:

"Daily Food
Dividing 400lbs by 365days, equals out to 1.09589lbs, or just over 1 lb of grain, per person, per day. That is approximately 2 cups of unground grain to cover your breakfast lunch and dinner.
Dividing 60lbs by 365, this works out to 0.16 lbs of beans per day, or 2.6 oz—approximately 3/4 cup.
The other foods listed would also need to be used in limited amounts.
This is not much food, folks."

To further reiterate the point: "As an example, the minimum recommended amount of grain, when ground and prepared will yield about 6 small biscuits or a plateful of pancakes. Its enough to keep you alive, but a far cry from being satisfied and not hungry."

My experience with running out of food - and I have one - is that you tend to be HUNGRIER just because the food is not available. What I craved was FAT and SUGAR. We were only low on food for a short time, but my oh my I do NOT want to go back to that. I can't imagine what it would be like to have to live with that kind of food restriction for years. Yikes.

Remember when the members were told to havetwo years worth of food storage? And then it went down to one?

I try to budget $100 into the budget each month just for food storage. Do you think that's enough?

And this is just food. We're also encouraged to have a year's supply of clothes, an ample savings, no debt, and more than anything, to be spiritually prepared.

President Benson in the October 1980 Ensign said:
“You do not need to go into debt to obtain a year’s supply. Plan to build up your food supply just as you would a savings account. Save a little for storage each paycheck. Can or bottle fruit and vegetables from your gardens and orchards. Learn how to preserve food through drying and possibly freezing. Make your storage a part of your budget. Store seeds and have sufficient tools on hand to do the job. If you are saving and planning for a second car or a television set or some item which merely adds to your comfort or pleasure, you may need to change your priorities. We urge you to do this prayerfully and do it now. I speak with a feeling of great urgency.”

5k everyday

48.05 min
500 calories

My calves are twitching. And I haven't lost weight.

Maybe I should quit eating the cookies?

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Menu for the week

I don't have one. =D

What I'm trying to do is clear out the "old" food that's been sitting around for a while so I can start with a fresh freezer in the New Year. This doesn't include, of course, food storage. Just the old fish filets or whatever.

So day by day I'm going through the freezer and fridge and saying "Hmmm, what can I make with this?"

Yesterday was leftover turkey. It was gross. I hate turkey anyway, and leftovers are even more disgusting. Sooooo, the turkey that's left will be on Bert's sandwiches tomorrow and the next day and then I think whatever's left over should be chucked.

Ok, so sweet and sour turkey and rice yesterday - gross.

Today is fish sticks, peas and chips. Maybe we'll have mushy peas just for fun; we brought a can of them back from England. =)

Wednesday I'll need to do something with 1/2 lb ground beef.

Thursday there are some more fish fillets. We'll probably end up with fish and chips again as there are a couple of bags of chips in the freezer. =D

Friday will probably be something like crock pot curry and rice. I'll probably make it with white beans or chick peas and cauliflower. Or maybe I'll just use the cauliflower. I like cauliflower curry.

The other nifty thing to do is to make a generic curry sauce and pour it over hard boiled eggs. Cheap protein there. =) It's delish as well. Oooh, my mouth is watering. I have lots of leftover eggs so I'm going to have to do something with them.

Saturday....uhhhh. *runs to the fridge*

Saturday will be either french toast bake or corn chowder, whichever I fancy on that particular day.

Sunday is, of course, Spaghetti Bolognaise.

Huh. Waddya know. I guess I have a menu after all.

Lunches for the week will consist of egg salad sandwiches or tuna fish sandwiches. I should have roast beef lunchmeat sandwiches but I can't stand it. Thankfully Bert likes it so he'll have that when the turkey's all gone. Why did I buy that roast beef lunch meat? Bert's the only one that likes it.

I hate lunchmeat in general.

Breakfasts will consist of green smoothies if I remember to get some more juice today. If not, it'll be toast or something.

I'm dying for some barbeque chips. Must. Not. Buy. Barbeque. Chips. When. Buying. Juice.

Also, Must. Not. Make. Chocolate. Chip. Cookies. or I really will put back on that 2 1/2 lbs, eh?

$1000 in a month challenge

Ok, so here we are. I guess we're about done so why stop now? I must say I've been terribly disappointed with this whole series and think I should totally make up my own. It would run something like this:

1. Look at your paycheck
2. Take out 10% tithing, 10% savings, 10% debt reduction.
3. Live on the rest.
4. Stop arguing with me. Yes, it's hard. Yes, you will have to give up eating out and starbucks and shopping for clothes anywhere else but goodwill and possibly even limiting yourself to one outfit per year. But you can do it. And you will find it's worth it. And you will be soooooo happy when that debt's paid off.

You know who my heart really goes out to? Those who don't go out to eat and don't go to starbucks and don't buy clothes and don't go on vacations and don't have a car and eat rice and beans....and who are still struggling. If you're one of those families, may the Lord bless you. Hang in there. Stay close to the Lord. Make your needs known to Him and those around you. Be faithful to Him and He will help you.

Anyway, back to this $1000 in a month challenge.

Tip 20 is change the date of Christmas to take advantage of airline deals at off-peak times and/or January sales and what not. This one is particularly good if
a) you're homeschoolers and aren't tied to public school holidays and/or
b) you work in retail industry and have to work on Christmas day.

Tip 21 is prepay your debt This one's a no-brainer.

Tip 22 is Analyze how you're doing with the 30 day challenge. So. How ya doin'? I'm up to $288.84 Not exactly $1000, but better than nothing. Furthermore, I don't feel deprived in the slightest. I was right when I said I bet the children wouldn't notice that I'd totally reduced the Netflix subscription. =)

Tip 23 is to go cash only for 15-30 days. Another excellent tip. I actually do this all the time except for two things:
1. Petrol. I pay with a credit card because that means I can stay at the pump and not go through the hassle of getting Andrew out of the seat, taking him in with me, paying, then putting him back in the seat. Also, as soon as I took him the store he'd be after a drink or something. Paying with a credit card at the pump also allows Bert and I to rack up air miles will be excessively handy once Emily's at BYU. The other alternative, of course, is to leave my child in the car while I go inside to pay but that is something I simply will not do.

2. Online purchases. We do have a paypal account and I've considered using that instead, but I'm not very familiar with it and frankly, I find it rather freaky that they have access to our bank account. What I'll usually do if I need to buy something is check with Bert to make sure we have enough money in the account, or take the cash out of one of my envelopes and give it to him. This is almost like paying in cash but not quite. =)

This is how I pay cash for everything. I have lots of envelopes. At the beginning of the month I take out a lump sum. Bert appreciates this because he then knows that the family is taken care of in one go and that there will be no hits at the end of the month when there's no money left. It's a lot easier for him to keep the books balanced that way. I take that cash and divide it into several envelopes. These are the envelopes (that I can remember - hopefully I get all of them. =D) in no particular order:

1. Food Storage
2. Crown Financial Savings (Destination 1)
3. Swimming fees
4. Gym fees
5. Clothing allowance
6. Curriculum
7. House up-keep. We're aiming for some curtains, or a new vacuum cleaner. Not sure which at the moment. =D
8. Uhm. There's another one or two but I can't remember them.

I put the allotted amount in each of those envelopes. I then divide the amount that's left into the number of weeks there are in the month plus one. So if there's four weeks in the month I make five piles. I then take $20 out of each of the four piles and put it in the fifth pile. That fifth pile is the "big shopping" money. The four piles that are left are "milk, bread, veggies and fruit" money.

To say that with the money spread so thinly there is not alot in each envelope would be an understatement. However, when the money is gone from that envelope, it's gone. There is no more. Cry me a river. If you need a new pair of trousers and there is no money in the clothing allowance, you're out of luck until next month. However, if there IS money in the envelope, no problem! You can have your winter coat. Or your pairs of socks. Or whatever.

If it's an emergency I will borrow from Peter to pay Paul. For example, I borrowed from clothing allowance envelope to pay for the Thanksgiving nosh. Thank goodness Bert paid me $50 to run that 5k so I could replenish the envelope. =)

Last tip of the day! Tip 24 is to cut your commuting expenses by 40%. I actually think this would be an awesome thing for Bert to do - except he's in meetings ALL day so it wouldn't exactly work. =) Plus his department works odd hours so carpooling is not a viable option.

We do have a sort-of-mentioned-but-barely-thought-out-and-not-yet-in-operation plan which is to sell both the van and the MG, drive the escort until it dies (ie, soon) and thereafter be a one-car family. This is what I mean about it being a sort of mentioned thing. Bert mentioned it in passing, it fits totally into where I want to go, so I'm all over it. However, it WAS mentioned in passing so I can't exactly count on it. Furthermore, the plan Bert mentioned was for him to buy an old small used car to commute to work in...which is just *slightly* different than my one-car-family plan.

It would be really difficult to be a one car family, considering all the driving I do. I'd drive Bert to work in the morning and pick him up which (referencing Tip 24) would actually DOUBLE commute mileage etc. We'd have to crunch the numbers and see if it's workable financially before we even look at the logistics of it.

We'll see how this one goes if it goes. Should be interesting.

5k everyday

50 mins, I think.
500 calories

Ran 1k
Ran 0.8k
Ran 1/2k three times
Walked the rest of the way

My calves are still killing me. I don't know what to do about them. It's been weeks now and I'm starting to get annoyed. Loosen up already, silly calves!

In other news, I lost 2 1/2lbs. Go figure. Not to worry, I'll have mysteriously gained 5lb by tomorrow.