Friday, June 25, 2010

Hi =)

So, I've been working on moving into my new house, working out, learning Russian, and trying to come up with the cash to pay for college this fall! I'm going to owe about $2000 in tuition and books... $600 so far! 3/10 of the way there! I don't have a job, but I'm using Google Adsense (yes, those little ads on the side of this page), as well as Side Ticks. It's kinda interesting; it's a lot like Facebook, but it's got a number on the side that ticks (clever name, eh?) every time you visit a new page. Right now, mine is at 1,516 ticks. These 'tickbucks' are exchangeable for cash. Super easy way to make some extra cash each month =)

So... things are going well =)

So.... how are things going for you all? =)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

One month.

Today I made a lemon pie! I haven't tried it yet, but it looks edible... so that's certainly a win, for me! I'll let you know how it is later =)

In other news... Sunday, I started Yaz birth control, because everything has been really out of whack and off-schedule due to hormones since my daughter was born 9 months ago. Theoretically, Yaz should make things all predictable and easy. Yaz is also supposed to reduce PMS, acne, and water weight. I'm hoping it works. Sunday, I also started Mama Mio's line of post-natal exercises and skin care, including Boob Tube and Tummy Toner. I'm also using Mederma on my hips. So... what I want to see is, if one month makes a difference. By the time I get to the end of my first pack of Yaz, will I be thinner, happier, have a clearer face, firmer skin, etc? Well... we'll see!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Oh, my new house.

The previous tenants had painted the kitchen a horrifying aqua-blue color. Furthermore, they hadn't taped the edges of the walls before painting, so there was paint on the wainscoting, trim, ceiling, floors, and counters. I did tape before applying primer and paint, so now my kitchen is a charming butter color... outlined in aqua-blue.

So today I bought some mineral spirits to remove the paint stains. I had just dumped half a gallon of mineral spirits on the floor, when the doorbell rang. It was the plumber, come to fix my hot water heater. The first thing he did was turn off my water. So, of course, I had no way to scrub the mineral spirits and paint off my floor. Also, mineral spirits are extremely flammable. This meant my kitchen was extremely flammable. And also without water supply.

I sat in my living room in the fetal position for about half an hour, convinced my whole kitchen was going to go up in flame. Well, the good news is my kitchen is still unburnt and my hot water is fixed. the bad news is, the mineral spirits didn't get the paint off.


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Financial Planning!

I started doing my homework for my online financial planning class today. I learned what a mutual fund is, and also that I need a job. The money I earn online with Adsense, MyLot, and Swagbucks is enough to supplement my income, but in order to get out of debt and pay for school, I'm gonna need an additional source. So... a job. Gonna start applying to places tomorrow.

In other news, I am so on the Mediterranean diet. It's nice. Lots of delicious foods like Greek-style yogurt, feta cheese, salads, and veggies. The only carbs I am eating are one serving of whole-grain ravioli at dinner. I am already feeling more energetic (went on two long walks today!), and theoretically, my skin and figure will improve too. We'll see how that goes. The only thing is... it is expensive. Healthy yogurt costs about twice as much as the fatty, sugary, sweet kind. Fresh vegetables cost about three times as much as canned. I'm hoping that if I cut out fast food completely, and decrease the actual volume of food I consume by about 1/2, I can afford the fresh, healthy food that tastes better and is better for me.

In other news: Russian. They didn't have any How to Learn Gaelic books at the library today, so gonna try Russian instead, and maybe brush up on my French. =)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Ravioli is healthy, right?

Today, I cooked ravioli. You'll notice that I actually completed one of my daily goals I set for myself yesterday; I cooked something healthy. Well, pretty healthy anyway. They were feta/ hazelnut/ butternut squash raviolis. That's got a vegetable in it. I also went on a walk, spent a few hours cleaning and decorating my house, did some work for my online classes, and posted the Codependants Anonymous' list of recovery behaviors on my bedroom door. I think I'm making progress =) Tomorrow, I'm going to try to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, maybe get in a little more of a work out, and cross a few other things off my daily to-do list. I'm easing my way up to doing every one of those things every day. Wish me the best-- or join in! =)

Monday, June 7, 2010

I want.

In my last post, I listed the things I want in life: Money. Beauty. Influence. Love.

I am going to stop talking about these things, and start doing.

Actually, I'm gonna keep talking, but I'm going to work towards achieving these, too.

Every day, I will:


~Update my blog (and hope for the best where Adsense is concerned)
~Make a Mylot post
~Search Swagbucks
~Apply for a job (until I get one)

~Apply Mederma and Nivea serum (morning and night)
~Go on a walk
~Do situps, squats, and Kegals
~Cook something healthy
~Get in my 6 fruits and veggies
~8 glasses of water

~Spend half an hour editing my Great American Novel
~Send a query letter
~Do my online classes (education = power)
~Spend half an hour working on languages

Love. You cannot have love if you don't love yourslef; ie. unless you are healthy.
~Spend thirty minutes cleaning (okay, so this might be to make the people I live with like me more)
~Post an anonymous compliment in someone's Honesty Box on Facebook (karma? or just a more positive additude?)
~Work on the Codependants Anonymous' list of healthy behaviors.

I will do these things, every day. You: hold me accountable. Or join me. :)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

These are the things I want in life:

Money. My goal is to have an endless amount of it, but for now I'm happy with a little extra here and there. For the future, I am writing a book (working title: The Somnambulist's Mother and Other American Contritions), and someday it will wildly popular, probably a New York Times bestseller, and I will have a permanent stream of income for no real additional work, other than the occasional glamorous world-tour book-signing.

My back up plan: I'm taking online classes and night classes to get my certificate to interpret in sign language for deaf children in hearing schools. After I get my certificate, I will continue to go to school in the evenings, online, and over my summers, until I can be a teacher. Maybe a high school English teacher. or an English professor, because then I would get paid a ridiculous sum of money to make fun of my students. Probably.

Right now: I get a paycheck from Adsense here and there, which is usually enough to keep me from getting so far behind on my bills that the omnipotent they shut off my water and electric. Did you know that blogging can help keep someone's bills paid? Yep. Every time someone clicks one of those ads off to the side, I get a little bit of money. When I don't make enough on Adsense to keep me afloat in any given month, I sell my plasma. Sounds gross, but it's super simple. They stick a needle in your arm, take out the blood, swirl it around, keep the plasma, and pump the red blood cells and other stuff back in. Then they give me a check for thirty dollars. I also make a little extra money here and there. ;)

Beauty. I want to be stunningly, drop-dead-gorgeous. As a freshman in high school, I was 5-foot-7, 110 lbs, size 1, had waist-length blonde hair, and perfect skin. My sophomore year, I got an autoimmune disorder, the only treatment for which is steroids... which cause acne and weight gain. Oh yea, and then after 3 years of enjoying my new 15-lb, acne-ridden frame, I got pregnant. Now at 139 lbs, I have pregnancy stretch marks, extra skin, skin issues galore... I just want my body back., Not my pre-baby body, because it kinda sucked too, but my pre-chronic-illness body. That's be nice. Oh, and my skin too. Skin that is elastic and goes back where it's supposed to. Is that really too much to ask for?

Influence. Not necessarily power, but influence. I think this is why I wanted to be a model, and then a clothes designer. I wanted to shape the way people saw the world. And now, of course, I want to be a writer. I always want to own a coffee shop or something. That'd be a healthy amount of influence.

Love. Not gonna lie; I want to be loved. I want money, beauty, and influence because I think that if I have those things, I won't need love... but it's just not true.