Busy Busy Busy

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It’s been a busy day so far.

On top of my usual Thursday stuff that got postponed because of the move yesterday, I’ve prepped the two of us for the event this weekend, cleaned the house, and even done the 2018 budget, which for us is a pretty manual thing. We use an Excel spreadsheet where each line item for each pay period is entered one at a time, to make sure our meager money gets where it needs to go. It’s a bit of a challenge sometimes, especially when practically all of our bills are scheduled to hit out of the same check, but it’s that challenge that makes it fun for me. It’s also probably why I haven’t utilized the budget tools in Quicken, the program we use to manage our bank accounts.

I’m really looking forward to this weekend. I hope that I’ll get to see a lot of friends that I haven’t seen in a long time at the event. It’s the first time in years that I’ve done back-to-back SCA events like this, and it really feels good to be spending so much time around my chosen family.

There’s still plenty to do, so I’m going to go ahead and get to it. Tomorrow’s post is going to be very brief, battery depending, since I’ll likely still be at the event or on the road back to where I’m staying over the weekend when I’ve got something to write about.

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Bargaining With Ourselves

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Today’s going to be another short post, partially because I’m exhausted and really want to go lie down and partially because I can’t really think of anything earth-shattering to share.

My wife and I are still trying to recover from strep throat. We’re no longer contagious, thank goodness, and our symptoms are starting to lessen, but we’re both exceptionally fatigued still.

Sunday is kind of a work day for us here. Sunday’s the day we do our grocery shopping for the week and also the day that we do laundry. More often than not, there’s also cooking done to prep for the week ahead. Today we have all that do to, plus other assorted errands, in addition to the work we’re doing in repopulating the new hard drives. Problem is, that’s an awful lot to do in a day’s time, and we’re more fatigued than usual today. I’ve been for a nap twice today; my wife just went down for her second one as well, and I’m going to join her soon after writing today’s blog entry.

We’ve found ourselves trying to bargain away things to be done – what if we cut laundry (which, we admit, we’ve gotten a little behind on) down to the bare minimum of what needs to be done for the week? What if we put laundry off until tomorrow night, or possibly Tuesday? Can we put off the cooking prep for another night? There’s a good part of me that really wants to just say screw it and let it all slide in favor of just taking it easy, but that’s an impossible thing. Fortunately, the grocery shopping – which HAD to get done – was done earlier today, so that’s out of the way. But it’s getting later and later, and our desire to get all the things done is meeting our symptoms head on, and we’re not really sure which one is going to win out.

June 28, 2015: Three Good Things

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This week, I’ve decided that I’m going to do something different with this feature of my blog. Instead of relating three good things about my day, I’m going to share three good things about myself.

1. I do a lot of stuff around the house. My wife does the majority of the laundry, but I help with folding it and putting it away. She does a lot of the cooking lately, but I almost always clean up afterwards. I do the majority of the deep cleaning (dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, etc.). I maintain our budget and help make sure we stick to it. I usually brush this stuff off, but it helps to take a lot of the pressure off my wife from having to both work and do everyday things around the house.

2. I have one of the biggest hearts of anyone I know. Even during times when we’ve literally had less than $10 to our name I’ve still made donations to others less fortunate than us. We may not be well off financially, but we’ve got a roof over our heads and food in our bellies and clean water to drink, and that’s more than a lot of people around the world can say.

3. Even though I get stage fright, I am an extremely capable public speaker and performing artist, having won awards for my work in the theater and titles in performing arts competitions through my hobby. In addition, I’m a competent master of ceremonies for our awards presentations in that same hobby. I’m also a decent singer and have quite the repertoire of songs that I can perform very well in karaoke.