Sometimes, I impress even myself with what I get accomplished. Now, of course, keep in mind that this type of occurrence is few and far between. Hence the commemorating and self-congratulatory post. 🙂

Yesterday, I managed to:

1) Buy a new mattress
2) Buy a new toilet seat (I just broke our 3rd toilet seat – DH broke one and I broke another)
4) Install said new toilet seat (I also installed another new toilet seat the other day)
5) Reorganize 3 kids’ bookshelves
6) Accept delivery of the new mattress
7) Rearrange the furniture in DS (and now DD’s) room – especially arranging the mattresses next to each other and setting up the bed rail so my kids don’t roll out of the window. (The frames are really high up!)
8) Sell a table
9) Start 2011’s yearbook (not just choosing and uploading pictures – doing the actual layout!)
10) Sell a bunch of stock
11) In addition, my normal day of feeding and caring for the kiddos

I’m awesome! Ok, not that awesome. But whatever. I will take what I can get. 🙂

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I just realized that I didn’t really have a formal To-Do List up on the blog. Just a smattering of stuff I had on my mind. Well, here is the formal list (so I can come back and cross it off and look awesome retroactively). 😀

1) Finish Living Trust
– 6/4 – Have finally read the thing and edited it and sent to the attorney. She has to get it out of storage and look it over. Can’t imagine why she doesn’t have it completely memorized from three years ago. LOL.
– 6/12, 6/15, 6/27  – Follow up email sent to attorney. (May have to go with another attorney.)
– 6/28 – gathering items for attorney (she responded yesterday)
– 6/29 – emailed stuff to attorney!! WHOOHOOO!
– 7/5 – After no response, realized that I sent to the WRONG email again. BLARGH. Re-sent today.

2) Sell craigslist items:
Lamps
– Wedding Dress
Floating book shelves
Kindle Fire
2 Step Stools
Charging/Docking station
Sandbox
– Stroller snack tray
– Twin Headboard
Kid’s Table
– Pull up bar

3) Put up garage shelving (this is DH’s job). It has been in our garage ready to go for at least a year. Harumph.

4) Finish DD’s 1st Year Baby book. (6/4)

5) Finish 2012 Year book (6/29)
– 6/15 – pics selected
– 6/26 – Done thru Dec – just need year end summary

6) Finish 2011 Year book (6/17)
– 6/4 – pics selected
– 6/12 – Jan and Feb done

7) Finish 2010 Year book (6/18)
– 6/12 – pics selected

8) Start 2013 Year book
– 6/15 – pics selected up through May
– 7/2 – Finished up through Apr

9) Get twin bed for DD (so we can make a giant king bed for the kiddos).

10) Install dresser latches on DS’s dresser. (7/11)

11) File 2012 taxes. (I know. I know. Ridiculous.)
– 6/29 – emailed all docs to CPA
– 7/2 – CPA said can’t finish until mom gives her the business files; also, she wants to talk to me about some questions. I don’t know what since it’s exactly the same as last year (more or less).
– 7/5 – CPA set up a meeting for Wed 7/10. I further realize that I really don’t like her. What’s the point of me emailing her all my docs if she’s just going to ask me to print it out FFS. I told her I wasn’t going to print out anything. I emailed her for a reason. I think in general, I don’t like older Chinese people doing my taxes. BLARGH. Looks like I have to find a better one come 2014.

12) Return amazon Halo Sleep sacks

13) Set up safe

14) Have DH Rollover his old 401ks and retirement funds (3)

15) Finish wedding album (7/3)
– 7/2 – pics chosen and uploaded

16) Submit medical claims for FSA (7/13)

17) Submit FSA dependent care claim

Wish me luck!

*sigh* My apologies for slacking in the blogging department. My only excuse is that I have been extremely lazy. And I got swept up in a ridiculous series on faeries. 😀 I quite enjoyed blazing through four books of ridiculousness.
So, let’s see. Some quick updates for the past week:

1) Zipped through the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. The first book was rather meh, but the story was good enough for me to read the next three. Although what is it with centuries old “teenaged” boys who fall in love with REAL teenage girls? If I was an old dude, I would rather be shot than be wedded to a teenage girl. Such drama queens.

2) Had house cleaners come for the first time in three years (since we moved into this house). OMG – this is awesome. There is nothing I hate more than cleaning bathrooms and showers and kitchens. Yes, things are all in weird places now, but everything is nice and CLEAN! I feel like a privileged 1%-er, but I’ll take it.

3) I bought a bunch of “new-to-us” bridges and risers for DS’s trains and he loves them. I thought we couldn’t tear him away from trains before. He stayed up late several nights in a row to play the trains with his Papa (DH). This kid is so spoiled.

4) DD is a pro at walking now. I often think she’s closer to 1.5 years than the almost 11 months she is. Mostly because she is tackling stuff that DS couldn’t do until he was about 1.5 years. I guess girls do develop faster than boys! LOL. She is just super at driving her little red Cozy Coupe backwards. She LOVES that thing.

5) I have replenished my chocolate supply. It was dwindling.

6) I drove about an hour round trip the other day just to get DS a train muffin pan. It makes muffins in the shape of trains! He was very excited. He even ate banana bread – which he never likes. Clearly, I need to make vegetable trains.

7) Finally got a couple of things from Lowe’s today. I’ve seriously been meaning to get a metal hose nozzle and a stand for it for the last year. FINALLY. I also got replacement bulbs (they were a weird specific kind) for our guest bathroom (also waiting at least six months) and some refillable spray bottles for cleaning solutions (also at least a year). You can tell I’m the procrastinating type.

8) Did I mention that the housecleaners took out our garbage for me? AWESOME.

9) I am searching for a tall boy dresser for our room. I’ve decided that until the kids can dress themselves, we’re gonna have a family closet. Because seriously? I’m not putting laundry away in three separate rooms. They have all their baths in my room anyway. Truthfully, we ALREADY have a family closet. But we’re running out of space because DS’s clothes are getting bigger. Plus, we’re nearing fall/winter and we’ll need warmer clothes and socks and those take up more room as well. Craigslist trolling, here I come.

10) I broke down and bought two bags of Pirate’s Booty yesterday. We are now down to ONE bag.

That’s it. I will update tomorrow. 😀

We have dear friends over tonight because we’re all going GARAGE SALING tomorrow. 😀 It’s one of the largest neighborhood garage sales (with around 30-40 homes participating) and it’s in a super nice area – KEY. So, I’m prepping for that. I know. How could my house possibly fit more crap? We’ll find a way. Oh, yes.

Speaking of financials (since I just did them for the month for our family), I did some fancy calculating about our mortgage. (In my head, of course. Kidding! Here’s a great Amortization Schedule excel sheet that you can use. It’s awesome.) Ever since we got our mortgage, we’ve paid an additional amount every month on our principal. This year, DH wanted us to make an extra full payment a quarter. In total, it works out to about 5 extra payments (in full principal, not just paying down interest) a month. When I input that all in the fancy spreadsheet, we will pay off our mortgage in June 2026. That is 14 years from now instead of 30.

FUCKING INSANE.

The power of compound interest and math.

(Incidentally, there will be arguments that it is not wise to put so much money away in our mortgage since it’s not liquid and the opportunity cost of the market. Suffice to say, we have enough in savings/emergency funds and at this rate, the market is volatile and paying down my mortgage “earns” me 4.875%. That’s better than cash and more certain than the stock market. Don’t worry. We have money in the market.)

This is quite the incentive for me to STOP SPENDING SO MUCH MONEY.

According to my brother, my latest posts have been boring. Especially about Bruno Mars. *shudder* Poor fellow. Well then, he should suggest blogging topics!! Clearly, I have boring thoughts. :p

Today, my mom’s iPhone 4s arrived and I set it up for her. She is very pleased and so happy. My brother and I totally mock her for all the Apple stuff she has. She now has an iPad 2, Mac Air, iPhone 4s, in addition to a netbook and laptop. It’s ridiculous considering how little of any of these items she uses. *sigh* She at first claimed it was to keep up with technology (and DS since he knows how to use the iPad/iPhone better than all of us combined). Then, she gave the usual gamut of excuses claiming she needed lighter objects when she traveled, etc. Finally, after much badgering from me, she admitted that she just wants these things.

I told her there was nothing wrong with that – but not to delude herself. That she is getting these things because she wants them – not because she needs them (as she was attempting to justify). I can’t say why I was so insistent on that fact – maybe because I found it so ridiculous that she was going on such a spending splurge (Hello, Pot! I’m Kettle!) for things that she completely doesn’t need. It seemed wrong the way she was justifying it saying she needed them. But I do feel bad because she would get mad and feel embarrassed – when I really only was teasing her. *sigh*

But of course, part of me mocked her because I was jealous! I want a Mac Air!! I only recently got the iPhone and that was after three years of not upgrading my phone. Of course, I spend all my money on craigslist and amazon so I really should STFU. *sigh* Well, at this point, I think there isn’t anything that I do NOT own so I think I’m ok now. 🙂

But next year, for SURE, I won’t buy anything. (How long do you think that will last? A day?)

No update post today. Can’t spill all my best material all at once, you know. I’ve got to spread it out. 😉

Anyhow, I subscribe to a lot of deal sites and blogs and you know what? It’s dangerous. Sure, you get to see a lot of amazing deals (especially on those coupon sites) but several factors in my own life prevent me from using these extreme coupon places to their full potential:

  1. I don’t want these products.I don’t care if they’re almost or even actually free. I don’t want it. I won’t use these free samples so they will just fill my house with clutter. I just cannot understand how some of these bloggers are so happy to have a ton of free samples of stuff I can’t imagine wanting/needing/trying.Am I missing something? Do they genuinely want to try these items? Do they give this stuff away to shelters or churches? Do they just like hoarding free stuff? Do they bundle them up as gifts? I don’t get it. Plus, the effort entailed just to GET the free sample seems like a huge waste of time.
  2. There is just too much stuff.I can’t believe how much stuff is out there – and a lot of it almost for free! This is both awesome and unawesome. After all, there is just so much out there that it takes practically forever to truly peruse the deals, figure out what you want or need or even plan that far in advance. No wonder some of extreme couponers can spend upwards of 70 hours a week on this stuff.I do not have this sort of time, people! I usually just scan the deals to see if I recognize any brands or items. Pictures are usually very helpful – but the lists don’t usually have them because OMG, the poor folks who collect all that data would just cry if they also had to find .gifs to accompany the line items. I can’t believe they type this stuff all out for us!
  3. I like certain brands and stick to them. Call me a snob, but once I find something I like, I’m going to stick to it. I’m a marketer’s dream for some products. I don’t want to always have a crapshoot and buy what’s on sale and hope it’s tasty or for the best. What’s the point in spending money (albeit, very little of it) on something that I hate (or might hate) and won’t consume/use? I mean, certain items, I don’t really care what brand it is. But other items (like toilet paper – Charmin Extra Strength ONLY please), I have already tried all the other brands and have finally settled on the one that I love. No changes, please.
  4. I end up spending more money.That’s the real clincher! This is usually the case for those deal sites (eg: babysteals.com) where the feature one or two deals of the day and send you pretty pictures and show you the X% you’ll save on this groupon or whatever. Stuff I never even knew I wanted comes delivered to my email (that’s why I’ve unsubscribed to the majority of these newsletters/sites) and practically COMPELS me to purchase their shiny new items!On the coupon sites, it makes me think of spending money on items I would’ve never considered and I justify it by saying, “Oh, it’s only $X. It’s practically nothing!” Of course, that is what they want you to think! The companies make it painless to try and before you know it, you’re hooked. What can you do then? Always search for these coupons or pay full price or forever pine away wanting those items?

    I know, there’s such a thing called self-control, but who wants to be a grown up?

  5. I am too lazy.This is part and parcel with #2. My eyes glaze over at all the savings possibilities at all these different stores. I don’t want to go to five different stores so I can save a few dollars on cheese at this store and bread at another. I want to go to two stores and spend my money there. If I do save some money, great! If not, I will not weep.However, I have taken to actually reading my local Safeway ads and yes, I do end up buying/trying one or two new things, but I’ve also saved a good bundle on things I was going to buy anyway. My happiest moment two weeks ago was when I saved 27% on my Safeway bill through a combination of rewards card savings and a happy convergence of manufactures coupons and a sale! Plus, I got 10 cents off gas AND $10 back in rewards money.

    OMG, did I just write that? It did make DH very happy, too. He feels as if I am taking his lament seriously (about not loving him and wanting him to work until he dies because I spend all our money) and that makes him feel loved. So, I suppose there is that side benefit. Wait, WHO AM I?

Funny how we blink and we’ve turned into someone nearly unrecognizable.