It’s Only Tuesday?

It’s only Tuesday.  I keep telling myself there’s only three days left but it feels like I’ve already worked a week.  It is the week before classes start and the building is buzzing with activity and last minute tasks.

One of my student workers came back today.  I had a long long list of tasks for her to do and she barreled through half of them.  While she worked on her list, I worked on the Student Employment Handbook I’ve had on my to do list for a while. It took most of the day to pull it all together but I got the first draft done.

On top of the heavy activity at work, the weather changed so I’ve had a constant headache for about four or five days.  Tylenol helps somewhat but it is still tiresome to have a headache.

I’m restless and unable to settle to anything, probably because I am so busy at work.  I know it will settle down after a couple weeks of classes – well at least for a bit.  I’ll get more into routine and back to writing at night more.

The good thing, I got another crochet pattern done and will be publishing it soon.  I’ve posted my patterns on Ravelry and am getting some good hits on there.  It’s a marketing tool which hopefully will lead to more sales.  However, at 99 cents, my patterns aren’t going to bring in money hand over fist.  It’s more like a trickle.  I’m okay with it – it’s nice to know my patterns are out there and people are using them.

Sunday, I made a new recipe for my breakfasts.  My niece told me about it.  It’s oatmeal (rolled oats not instant), yogurt, and fruit.  You mix it up and let it sit for 8 hours in the fridge.  It has a consistency of a soft muffin.  I struggle a little with the oatmeal but overall I like it.  I can’t see doing it every day but it is a good start.  I found a recipe I want to try to intersperse with it.  It’s essentially an egg muffin or egg cup.  You fry up your meat – sausage, Canadian bacon, or bacon, and chop it up.  Then you mix onions, peppers, cheese and eggs into a bowl, add the meat and pour it into a well greased muffin tin.  It’s baked and you can put it in the fridge or even freeze them.  I’m going to try them to see if they are easy to make and good to eat.  If they are, I will stop driving through McDonald’s for my bacon, egg white and white cheddar, bagel with apple juice.

I’m so not good in the mornings so breakfast has to be easy or I won’t bother.  It’s easy to drive through but it adds up.  If I can replace my morning meal, I can save myself a lot of money.

I’m loving the cooler weather.  It’s nice to step outside and be able to enjoy the day rather than hurrying to the next air conditioned place.  For August, this high of 60s is cool, especially when we’ve been in the upper 80s for a couple of weeks.  It’s a welcome but unexpected relief.

It’s not even 10:00 and I’m thinking about crashing for the night.  This is an oddity for me, but I know it is the time of the year.

Budget Beating

Tonight I worked for an hour and half trying to figure out our new budget because I got tentative notification of the date that our checks will be lower.  Our household isn’t going to be doing anything.  All I can afford from this point forward is to just pay the bills. 

A HUGE concern for me is the cost of gas.  If that continues to go up we could be having further issues because it will affect my expenses which are already too tight.  We already buy a minimum for groceries every week so I can’t cut anything there.

Many things are rumbling through my head tonight.  I’m worried for my mom because the new budget which is being projected will raise her premium for her prescriptions coverage.  This will mean she is either spending more on the premium or paying for scripts outright.  I’ll have to figure out which is most cost effective for her.

What happens if the cost of food goes up?  It’s an area I’m already scrimping on.  What happens if the cost of heating / cooling goes up?  Tonight my house is set at 68 and I HURT.  In the heat of summer, I can’t handle the heat and my daughter gets sick from it.  A/C is a necessity for us.  What if we can’t afford to run the a/c though?

I can see a second job in my future but I’m worried there won’t be any available.  With so many people having to scrimp and save it is possible all the part time positions will get snapped up.  Plus I have limitations on what I’m able to do. 

There is definitely a lot to think about right now.  I know I’m not the worst off and I know I’m not the only one.  Still it doesn’t help when I spend my evening trying to figure out where the money is going to come from.