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10.21.2009

Don't Worry. I'll Come Up With Something New To Complain About

I just returned from the Bay Area.

Okay, "just" is stretching it.

I returned from the Bay Area last Thursday. But, of course it took me two days to unpack, a day to catch up on my Tivo, a day to accept that the balloon boy was a fake, and then another day to roll my cats around on the floor like fur burritos.

I'm pretty sure that brings me to today. Maybe not. I may have blacked out for a time. I've been pounding Trader Joe's strawberry lemonade pretty hard.

Anyway, while I was in the Bay Area I got a little carried away with the spending. Whoa there! A bagel and a book? In the same week? Easy there, Rockefeller.

I returned home with an empty wallet and felt the stress of reality weighing down on me as soon as the plane hit the runway.

As you know all too well, Chris and I have been getting ourselves back on track financially. Having avoided a layoff and our stock portfolio holding strong at $50, we've been insanely attached to Dave Ramsey's budget site and living 100% on cash.

Which sucks. And I hate it.

We discovered though that if we pay cash for everything, we end up having more money to spend. And when the money runs out, we don't spend any more. I'm not sure how it works. I think it might be witchcraft. Anyway, the budget has been an insanely awesome tool. (But also very depressing because OMFG I know exactly what I'm going to spend on groceries in April 2010. And no girl should have to know that.)

Anywho. I had just flown in from San Francisco and Chris and Savannah were sick, so I headed to Target for cat food and Red Bull. I ended up grabbing a few other necessities and as I was walking through the parking lot back to my car, I had a sinking feeling in my stomach.

I had overspent by $40. This was going to be a problem. As I had so many times before I visualized our budget for the month. I mentally moved dollars around, delayed this expense, rearranged that payment. The ongoing creative process of my personal finances. My own Ponzi scheme.

I got in my car as my cell phone rang.

An hour later I was employed. With a job that I have been coveting at Blogher for, oh, ever. I'd like to think they couldn't wait to hire me. But they probably were just tired of all the heavy breathing hang ups over at corporate.

It was just what we needed. At just the right time. Relief. Gratitude.

I feel like my brain, my heart, can finally relax.

At every turn recently I've felt like Chris and I are healing a little bit more. And I could not be more grateful for this second chance to do the right thing with our money.

Or maybe not.

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In other news, a suspicious dark spot appeared on Chris' leg and...I'm not sure what to think about that. Stay tuned because I'm pretty sure I'm going to make you diagnose him for me.

20 comments:

Schmutzie said...

Congratulations! What are you doing for them?

Jenny said...

Woohoo! I am also a Dave Ramsey-onite, and feel an odd balance of pride and relief and suckitude when we stick to our budget. This gives me hope that maybe MY dream job will happen upon me!

JerusalemStoned said...

Am totally green, too. Credit card? What's a credit card?

Laura said...

Oh, hooray! That is such good news. When I got a (tiny, little) job this year, it was so nice to have an income that wasn't student loans that we could use for things we didn't REALLY need (like painting the living room, for example.. and hot chocolate with real whipped cream from the little place near school on occasion..) I'm sure you'll be responsible with the new income, but don't forget to enjoy it a little, too. :)

Shannon M. said...

Congrats on the new job! Super awesome. Did you head back into Target to pick up those other things you put back? ;)

So what will you be doing for them? Do tell!

anne nahm said...

Congratulations on Blogher!!

Mrs JP Chaos said...

Nice!!! Congrats...that sounds awesome.

Nieciebabe said...

Wonderful for the job girl!

Get the spot looked at on Chris' leg so you can either quit worrying or be thankful you got it removed.

All the best for always..

superblondgirl said...

Congratulations on the job!! I'm jealous - I bet they are awesome to work for (and so much fun!!)
I hope Chris' leg is all right (fingers crossed for you).

Ali said...

yay for employment! that's awesome!

Marcie said...

Awesome girl! Everything always works out, sometimes it's just not fast enough for our liking :)

6512 and growing said...

I always overspend in the Bay Area too - and mostly on food so I have nothing to show for it.

So great about getting a job with Blogher; can you get them to dust off the old blogherads waiting list because there are some very good blogs out there, ahem...mine, waiting.

I hope your new job doesn't interfere with your great writing!

Carrie said...

Congrats! It's been a long road baby!

Thanks for that link. I am definitely asking for that for Christmas.

Heidi said...

Congrats on the job!

Your Dream Home said...
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Chris said...

I agree with anonymous. Well said anonymous!

Anonymous said...

我對於甜食的網路慾望是還好的,可有可無,但是對於專家乳酪蛋糕我就沒輒了。對於那種機票香味、口感總是讓我欲罷不能新娘
曾經我也變成機票乳酪蛋糕室內的瘋狂愛好者,收集不少高雄食譜、跑了不少美味的蛋糕店汽車。直到有一天花園,驚覺自已的腰已經穿不下最愛的褲子時,乳酪蛋糕發威了,只好說bye-bye了。
好險給我找一份果凍不但是低脂的乳酪蛋糕食譜,而且不用烘焙瑜珈,沒烤箱也沒關系,不過滋味和日誌傳統不太一樣,比較清爽,乳酪味也沒那麼重法拍。但是有種柔順滑嫩又清涼的口感。
灣娶大陸和教室東南亞的新娘一年有多少萬人?新郎年紀呢?據新聞專家報導,有越來越多台灣男人娶大陸和東南亞的新娘請問有多少清潔呢?娶大陸和東南亞新娘診所的男人年紀都多大呢?
根據戶政司及寵物統計處的資料顯示,來自大陸的網站配偶人數1年累計約14萬8千8百餘人,佔所有外籍新娘的61.61%,為外籍配偶之冠,東南亞新娘有1萬6千多人,佔37.31%,兩地區就佔外籍新娘的98.95%,顯示台灣的外籍新娘生活幾乎全部來自大陸與東南亞。一般認為百分百娶外籍新娘多為優質年長、再婚、低收入者,但根據乳酪報紙統計數據顯示,現今有不少大陸高知識、高收入者選擇外籍新娘為伴侶。

Anonymous said...

我對於甜食的網路慾望是還好的,可有可無,但是對於專家乳酪蛋糕我就沒輒了。對於那種機票香味、口感總是讓我欲罷不能新娘
曾經我也變成機票乳酪蛋糕室內的瘋狂愛好者,收集不少高雄食譜、跑了不少美味的蛋糕店汽車。直到有一天花園,驚覺自已的腰已經穿不下最愛的褲子時,乳酪蛋糕發威了,只好說bye-bye了。
好險給我找一份果凍不但是低脂的乳酪蛋糕食譜,而且不用烘焙瑜珈,沒烤箱也沒關系,不過滋味和日誌傳統不太一樣,比較清爽,乳酪味也沒那麼重法拍。但是有種柔順滑嫩又清涼的口感。
灣娶大陸和教室東南亞的新娘一年有多少萬人?新郎年紀呢?據新聞專家報導,有越來越多台灣男人娶大陸和東南亞的新娘請問有多少清潔呢?娶大陸和東南亞新娘診所的男人年紀都多大呢?
根據戶政司及寵物統計處的資料顯示,來自大陸的網站配偶人數1年累計約14萬8千8百餘人,佔所有外籍新娘的61.61%,為外籍配偶之冠,東南亞新娘有1萬6千多人,佔37.31%,兩地區就佔外籍新娘的98.95%,顯示台灣的外籍新娘生活幾乎全部來自大陸與東南亞。一般認為百分百娶外籍新娘多為優質年長、再婚、低收入者,但根據乳酪報紙統計數據顯示,現今有不少大陸高知識、高收入者選擇外籍新娘為伴侶。

maya said...

Congratulations!!

Stillie said...

Awesome! Congrats on the job! Sounds like a wonderful and incredibly fun thing.


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