Being An Adult This Week

Moving Sucks!!!! Here are some of the things I’ve done this week
-Transferred/Got better deal on Comcast
-Transferred PGW
-Transferred PECO
-Thrift store purged closet
-Cleaned out sock drawer: I was amazed how many lone rangers I had in there!  I HAVE SO MUCH ROOM NOW!
-Going to Delaware on Friday to get tubs (and a car tune-up) from the padre.
-Set up a date with a friend to help pack up the kitchen and bathroom with said tubs

I’ve been accomplishing a lot this week and I have both jobs in full swing.   I feel good earning that dollar sometimes.

I’ve calculated my bills and my September rent to see how much I will owe throughout the month (now that the deposit is out of the way!) and I need to remember that I will owe: $1,276.71

Knowing this, I started booking demos left and right.  I had to stop myself from approaching every single market!  Always give yourself decompression days, you can’t work everyday forever. 

Today I also reached out to my thesis adviser and told him that I want to meet at the end of this month.  That will give me plenty of time to get all of my shit in order and GET THIS THING MOVING!

I feel like I’m progressing this week and hope you are too!

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Another Week of Awesome?

Since my schedule isn’t the Monday through Friday nine to five, Mondays don’t really feel like Mondays to me.  I guess you could say they’re more like my Friday…and yet I always feel like I need to finish out my main-job-work-week strong because everyone else is just getting started!  

My week has been kind of thrown for a loop with the passing of my good friend Jeff’s father, Steven Rosen.  He was an incredibly good man that I had the honor of meeting at Jeff’s wedding last month and I’ll be driving down to Maryland to pay my respects on Wednesday.

I guess we’ll start with yesterday since that was the beginning of another week of awesome – Can I finish out this month so strong?  Here’s how I’m already doing and it’s only Monday:
1. Saving money
Sooo I have not been the best with this.  I went out Saturday, I bought some possibly unnecessary groceries yesterday, and today I bought Five Guys….but more on that in the Weight Loss goal.
I already know I will have to buy another tank of gas and will most likely buy some food in Maryland, but there isn’t much to be done about that.  I’ll try to make it cheap and stick to minimal beverages.

2. Moving
Talked to the landlady briefly today and she said she would call me back…and of course she did not.  I will call her tomorrow and tell her if I’m going to pay for the whole month of August I will want the keys August 1st.  She knows that I’m not fully moving until mid-month so I think that’s why she’s slacking….and I really don’t care as long as I get my keys August 1st.
I’m donating a bunch of art supplies and a shelf to Philadelphia Art Alliance for the kids’ programming they’ll be starting in the fall.  That will clear out a large portion of my back room!  I’ll also be taking a round of donation stuff to the Goodwill on the way to Maryland tomorrow.  Just keep trimming the fat!

3. Weight Loss
So this morning I was feeling super unfocused and weird…then I realized that I haven’t eaten like any meat since Wednesday.  Since I have been craving Five Guys for almost two weeks now…I decided it was time to do that.  Yeah, it was most of my points for the day….it was so worth it.
I made sure to go to bootcamp tonight because it would bring my activity points up!  And it did.  And I feel badass.  I just want to be able to do one full pushup though.  Maybe that’s my August goal!

4. Thesis
I WORKED ON THIS YESTERDAY!!!!!!!!!!!
I hammered out decoding a bunch of the surveys and printed some stuff.  If I can finish all of the surveys by the end of this month, I will consider this goal fairly pimp-handed.

So I’m already doing rather well!  I have to watch my food intake since I know I will have a few poor eating days.  I’ll save some cash by not eating so terribly.

Send me your good vibes!  Let me know what you’re struggling with and I’ll knock some back at ya.

Lower Slower Delaware Days are Necessary.

Every few weeks I need to unwind, get out of the city, go somewhere….slow.  My dad lives in Delaware and this is my favorite place to go when stress starts to get high.  I get on Rt 13 south and it’s like a giant weight is lifted from me and it is awesome.  Here is how these Lower Slower Days are extremely helpful to my monthly goals from The Hermiting and how my week has been so far:

1. Saving money
Since I am with my dad and my dad is the best dad to ever dad the dads, I don’t pay for anything.  We eat what he has at home or we go out somewhere and he treats me.  I’m totally okay just staying at his house and hanging out in front of the TV and it is truly wonderful.  

2. Moving
I was able to bring a bunch of tubs from the apartment here since it’s stuff I don’t need.
My dad listens to me about my giant stress of having no contact with a landlady after telling her I want the apartment!  UGH JUST TAKE MY MONEY!  Well I have been advised to start looking again just in case this falls through in the next week.  I can’t survive off of a verbal “yeah you’ve got it” over the phone and then not hearing from her.  Hopefully this is just post-vacation blues and she will call me tomorrow so I don’t have to keep looking.

3. Weight Loss
This…is always rough at my dad’s.  We eat really well….like Old Mill Crab House with all you can eat fried chicken, shrimp, clams, hush puppies, corn, and crabs.  All the points?  All of them.
I have recently discovered that his boo’s 55+ active community has a gym and pool I can use!  I did this on the 4th and since I knew I was going to be fattying yesterday, I made sure to hit the elliptical for an hour and swam for a bit.  I don’t think it really negated the food damage, so I’m trying to be really good for the rest of the week.
Here’s a pic of me about to get super buff yesterday, Heritage Shores has a really nice locker room!Image:

4. Thesis
….yeah.  I didn’t do anything for this.  What’s wrong with me?  Help!  I need motivation for this!

This Week Will Be Awesome

A friendly reminder of the 4 goals I’m working on through July: The Hermiting:
1. Saving money
2. Moving
3. Weight Loss
4. Thesis

1. Saving Money
My income-based payment plan for student loans finally came through and I owe about $60 per month for both.  Phew.  This doesn’t mean I won’t do my best to add more each month, but it helps that it is no longer $776 per month!

Today I created a Google Map to map out the 10 stores I can demo Jeni’s so that I can contact them in pairs and do two demos a day.  Tomorrow we’ll be going over the schedule at my main job so I will be able to finagle demo days around my main schedule.  My goal is to do one day per week of demo’s with at least 2 per day.  Now that I know exactly what I owe for August, I’m excited to work on making up that difference and will soon figure out everything that will be due for September and do the same.

I haven’t gone grocery shopping in over a week and have been just living off of my freezer and pantry.  This means I haven’t necessarily made the best choices but I haven’t been out eating like an idiot either.

2. Moving
Hopefully I can meet with the landlady tomorrow and give her all my money.  I want to start calling PECO, PGW, and Cockcast to tell them to switch my service in August and see if I can get some deals.  If it’s cheaper to bundle, I may get cable.

I also need to look into moving companies so I can get my furniture moved!

I’ll be taking all of my quilting stuff and a few other tubs to my dad’s place this week.  That will free up some room and then I can also grab empty tubs to pack up more crap!

3. Weight Loss
After the 3lb gain last week, I’m a bit pissed.  I didn’t eat so well last night (damn munching) but I’m working to do well today.  This week I vow to only eat my activity points and not touch my 49 extra (dickaround points as I call them)

This will be slightly difficult if I go to my dad’s since we always eat like shit and I lay around…but I’m going there to lay around and rejuvenate.  I know that I am going to get at least one milkshake.  I know that I will either be eating at a place with an amazing (fatty) salad bar, an AYCE fried chicken/crab place, or a Mexican restaurant.  

I’m also thinking of entering this Weight Watchers Contest.  It would be nice to really write the essay and remind myself why I’m doing this and how far I’ve come.  It also doesn’t hurt to try to win stuff.  I like winning stuff.

4. Thesis
I need to get in touch with my professor and make an appointment.

I also need to finiish compiling my surveys so I have something to present to him.  I’m going to try to do that while I’m at my dad’s on Tuesday. 

I would love to hear everyone else’s goals and what they will do this week to accomplish them!