Net Worth Update – April 2014

The rainy days of April are finally coming to an end. Although, in all honesty, I can’t complain; Nothing like a harsh Winter to make you appreciate a mild Spring! The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, and it’s finally warm enough to start enjoying the outdoors! So, how’d I fare financially in April? Altogether, not too bad! Even …

What If?

I can still remember that fateful day, 8 years ago, when I got the call at work. My younger sister had taken my Mom to the ER (after much begging and pleading, and some bribing) for severe abdominal pain. The tests came back to show a ruptured kidney, and large amounts of internal bleeding. She had been taken by ambulance …

The Stand-Off

In an effort to be more consistent with my posts to the blog, I’ve been writing ahead whenever I have a chance. When I have time (and ideas) I’ll write a post or two, and then schedule them to pop-up here automatically sometime in the future. Monday and Wednesday’s posts were actually written sometime last week. Overall, that works out …

Thinking Straight: Setting Priorities

I’m a procrastinator by nature. I’m not sure why I procrastinate so much; I’m well aware that I usually feel happier, and more accomplished, when I just get things done. But even still, I push off unpleasant tasks until the very last minute. Knowing that I’m prone to procrastination, there are times when I’m not sure if the reason I …

The Veto Game

I’m sure we’ve all been there: You’re out with a friend, or group of people, and you decide to stop to get something to eat. The problem? Nobody is making any suggestions on where to eat. Or maybe you’re with that one friend who keeps saying “I can eat anywhere, whatever you want!” And then has some reason why she …

Looking for Patience

I was sitting today, typing away for another post, and found myself writing a familiar line once again: It’s probably going to be a couple of months before we can even list the house. And suddenly, I had that feeling. You know? The feeling you get when a friend complains about her boyfriend/job/roommate for the one millionth time? That overwhelming feeling that …

Thinking Straight: Mutually Beneficial, or Taking Advantage?

Part of the reason I started this blog is for accountability. I feel like if I put my plans and goals out there for the world to see, I’ll feel more pressure to follow through on them. I also like the idea that people will weigh in on what I write about, and maybe I’ll learn something better, or see …

The House is Worth…

Last weekend I met with a Realtor. I admit, the meeting was a little premature; It will still be another month or more before we’re ready to list the house. But, given that we’re putting some work into the house now, I wanted a professional opinion on where we should be concentrating, and on how much the house might be …

Real Estate Worries

This past weekend was a super busy one. My boyfriend and I spent most of the weekend at my house. When I bought the house 7 years ago, the previous owner left me a “burn pile”. This pile of tree limbs, bushes, and random wood stretched at least 40 feet along the back fence, at least 6 feet wide, and …

Bathroom Remodel Part 3: Decision Time!

The bids are in! I received a call last week from Contractor B with his estimate. If you’ve read Part 1 and Part 2 on my bathroom remodel, you probably knew that I’d already made a decision on who I would be using. But I couldn’t really make a definite decision until I had all of the information. Here are …