A Factory Working, College Grad Getting Out of Debt

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I apologize for the silence this past week. I have found that it is becoming a bit of a whirlwind of activity this month. I haven’t had much time to sit down and blog and I am sorry for that! I have still been working on the declutter project where you get rid of at least 7 things every day during the month of May. I promise that I will get those posts rolling here hopefully starting later today (depending on how many projects I get finished).

You see, I have a very busy schedule this month. I am a bridesmaid in a couple of my friends’ wedding. Those responsibilities are chipping some time, as not only have I been making sure that I’m prepared for photos (natural highlights via outside chores, along with a little sun to bring out those freckles I adore), but I have helped them partially move into their apartment, I have a rehearsal Friday, the wedding is Saturday.

The next two weekends are booked as well, and I have been moping around one second in unemployment blues to running around trying to get everything ready for my brother’s graduation and the party that it entails.  I find that I am most productive when people are just about on their way home (just after noon) to about eight in the evening.

I need a little encouragement right now to keep the blog posts rolling (as they’ll be written in the wee hours of the night or early morning) and a few comments would be helpful.

In fact, please tell me I am not alone with this chaotic month of May!


Count those Raindrops!



Even Though It’s Spring, I Still Have Cabin Fever

It’s been spring for almost a month, and for once, I am unhappy to say that we are getting the rain we need.  Don’t get me wrong, when the water table is under 30 feet and your area has been in drought mode for two plus years, we definitely need the rain.  Unfortunately, it just doesn’t stop.

Every day this month, it’s rained at least once.  And in the last two weeks, it rains in the morning or middle of the night, and then it rains in the afternoon.  I love rainy days, again, I feel I have to defend them, as I love getting things done that I normally couldn’t on a rainy day compared to a normal one.  However, since I’ve been unemployed, I usually can get a lot done nowadays.

And sometimes you just need to have a day where you just do chores.  Yes, I said chores.. and when I mean chores, I mean landscaping including mowing the lawn.  Because it has been doing nothing but raining, my grass has been doing nothing but growing.  Yesterday my guy and I had a short interval of time where I was able to convince him to help me get some of the yard mowed.  We got 2/3 of the back yard (this does not include the rest of our yard) before my brother came out and informed us of the storms coming and the tornado watch that had just been placed until 1am the next morning.  As we were not in the mood to get electrocuted, and we were already having a hard time with the soggy ground and tall grass with the mower, we decided to give it a rest.

I still have a lot of lawn to mow though… I have five trees and seven bushes to prune (I spent a summer being a landscaper, so I got this).  However, I’m not looking forward to it.


What do you do on your rainy days?  Are you having as much frustration with the weather as I am?

Count those Raindrops!


Rainy Day Goal #1 – Office Furniture Revival

Wow guys!  You really rocked it on Monday by giving me 57 views!  My goal was to get 40 in a single day this week to take out the previous record of 34 held for the first post of this blog.  Even without me reminding anyone via Twitter or Facebook, you guys did it without me!  THANK YOU!  Looks like I have to set my goal a little higher eh?  How about 75 unique views in a single day next time?

P.S. I’m loving the comments!  Thanks so much for the support and the ideas!  I might just have to try a couple of them 🙂

As a special treat, I pulled a post I had waiting in the wings a little bit early for you all.  Hope you enjoy!

Everyone probably understands that there are those days that one has so much energy, that so many unfinished projects that were previously lying around suddenly get done.  No?  You either?  Ha… I thought I was the only one that enjoyed being lazy on her days off work in the week.  However I do have a confession, if I have more than one day off in a row, that second or third day is used for catching up with the chores at home.  I honestly do get a bit of a rush of energy to do something, anything. I really like it when I have more than one day off in a week (who doesn’t?) and as such, I try to get some things done around the house to make it easier for either the family or myself after a very long and stressful day.

I will call these days Rainy Days.  After all, it’s the rainy days that one gets to have all this valuable free time to get the little things finished.  My first rainy day was during last week and I got the itch to reorganize and rearrange the second half of my upstairs “apartment” which is considered my office.  But I didn’t just want to reorganize.  I wanted to re-purpose.  I wanted to breathe life into some of my old furniture and make it useful again.

So now you’re probably wondering of what I must be ranting.  Well… I have a couple of filing cabinets that I have acquired over the past year in an attempt to be organized.  The sad thing is, they don’t match.  The metal components, handles, even the color of the filing cabinets themselves don’t match.  Don’t get me wrong, I love that I got one of them for only $5 at a garage sale and the other for $20 at Goodwill.  I love that! However, I did not love that they had no way of making my office/gaming room (yes, I play video games… and I’m girl.  I know, I rock ) any way shape or form fun or inspiring to do work/game within its walls.  Sooo….I gave the filing cabinets a makeover.

Yes, I bought cans of spray paint.  Black and Atomic Fluorescent Green to be exact and got to work.  With a little help from my man, we lugged the filing cabinets to the garage, got some dead boxes and flattened them, and started painting.  After many coats (about three) later, they were ready to come back upstairs and allow me the pleasure of making me excited about this endeavor that I was attempting.  I did not expect that it would take more than a day to get the project done.  Man did my hand and the cabinets tell me otherwise.  It took three days over the course of week (because of course, I had to go back to work so had little free time again..) to get the project finished.  But I am happy to say that despite the paint runs that occurred, I am extremely happy with the project.

The approximate old look of the filing cabinets:

And the finished project:

The filing cabinets were previously purchased months ago for a total of $25.  I paid for spray paint.  So considering that I can’t buy these silly filing cabinets for less than $50 a piece and they’re not the color scheme I chose… Well, I saved a lot of money in my opinion.  Yes, I could have lived with the beige.  Yes, I could have lived with the white.  But I’m very happy with them now.  Love them actually.  They can now finally be considered mine.  Soo… the next goal?  Actually rearranging, reorganizing my office space and get the place ready for some significant usage.  🙂

Count those raindrops!