They say the first $100K is the hardest. I don’t really know who says that, or even what they mean. It was actually pretty easy to get $100K in student loan debt, and our $100K mortgage was a breeze. Okay so obviously that’s the wrong kind of $100K. But I never know whether they mean… Continue reading The first $100K
A decade ago, I looked at my work schedule and decided that I had two choices for timing births (as if everything is neatly under my control): during summer break or during winter break. My college was off for half of December and all of January, meaning I could potentially miss zero work, and head… Continue reading Bang for our buck: birthday party at the YMCA
I started this blog a year ago, quit it six months ago, and came back three months ago. I don’t know how to anniversary-ize that. Except I did know a man once who left his wife and changed his mind and when they got remarried, they did it on their original wedding date to avoid… Continue reading Year in sort of review
My December goals were pretty massive, because I miscalculated when one of the 0% interest cards was coming due (typical) and needed to up my game. Which is hard, because my game is pretty upped as it is. At any rate, despite traveling for two solid days in the month (like, driving for 15 hours… Continue reading December freelancing totals: $6,269.84.
It's a new month! A new year! A new decade! Same old me. Just so we're all on the same page, I spend too much money, on my kids, mostly. Okay! It's nice to get that out of the way. ENW at the start of December was $30,500. We are moving out of the spendy… Continue reading ENW January 2020: $37,400.
Christmastime, 2019. This lady is too cheap to fly her family anywhere, not to mention worry about a rental car, so we drive eeeeeeverywhere. It’s about a 15-hour-drive to my parents’, and we make that trip two to three times a year. The drive is fine. I mean it’s terrible but it’s fine. We have… Continue reading The flat
The past week was exhausting. Night after night after night of non-stop puking child, fevers, air mattress squishes. We had 8 kids under 10 for a few days and I don’t know if you know this about kids, but when they aren’t screaming with each other they are screaming at each other and whoooooboy it… Continue reading Resurrection
It’s Christmas Eve eve, I think. Monday? Who knows. I’m at my parents’ house and it is mass chaos, and I’m freelancing in the margins but mostly forgetting what day it is. I do not feel smug about having a minimalist Christmas, because I didn’t, but I do feel good about the fact that last… Continue reading Holly jolly Christmas
Our water dispenser is, unsurprisingly, breaking. Unsurprisingly because everything is breaking. Unsurprisingly because we've had it for something like a decade and use it constantly. Unsurprisingly because it's birthday and Christmas season, and isn't that when all the unexpected expenses crop up? The dispenser has an ice cold side and a nearly boiling side. For… Continue reading Drip drip drop
I'm writing this on Sunday night. Okay, technically I guess it's "evening" but it feels like the depths of midnight to me right now. Amelia was up every half hour on the half hour last night, vomiting in my face and on my clothes and on the sheets. And I suppose I should be telling… Continue reading Mid-month freelance update: $3400