There have been a few goings-on around here, so I thought a quick update post was in order.
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When the annual bill for Orkin termite protection came due in December, I briefly thought about cancelling it. We haven’t had any activity, and that $300 could be put to better use. In the end, though, I decided that the money was worth the peace of mind. Especially since, if anything did crop up, it’s more than $1,000 for the initial go-round.
I’m now immensely happy that I chose peace of mind because we noticed termite activity in the dining room Friday night. (After Orkin closed for the day, of course.) I’ve never seen a little tunnel, so I didn’t recognize it. Luckily, Tim did.
We called on Monday, and they had someone out here the next morning. Which is good because the tunnel was already a couple of inches longer than on Friday. Eep.
Unfortunately, the stuff they use takes up to 90 days. It’s designed so that they bring it down to their nests in the actual soil and spread it around, apparently. So that strip may get longer before it’s all done.
Also unfortunately, the guy had to drill holes in the floor every 12″ to pump the stuff in. Which wouldn’t be a problem if our tile were 12″. It’s 18.” Meaning there were two places that he had to drill into the tile. He patched the holes with some grout, so it’s not so obvious but… grumble grumble.
I also saw the new OB/GYN on Monday. She seems nice, and she was pretty much ready to suggest everything that I mentioned. She agreed that I should have the progesterone and prescription-grade folic acid. She also suggested that I take baby aspirin now, which I’d forgotten. So I’ll be taking the aspirin, prenatals and folic acid starting now.
She wrote out prescriptions for 1 mg folic acid and progesterone, so we can fill them as soon as necessary. I also have a handy flier for what compound pharmacy to use for the progesterone.
This was all positive. I’m happy I went. But…
The room had two bulletin boards full of baby pictures. It was tough discussing failed pregnancies in front of documentation of successful ones… I got a little weepy in the parking lot, though some of that was slightly low blood sugar.
Judge a book by its cover (or title)
I guess it’s time to make this e-book thing official. I didn’t want to talk too much about it until I was sure I’d follow through. Being bipolar means that sometimes you get really excited about a project and then lose interest. It’s happened a lot, as many half-done crochet and knitting projects in my closet will attest.
But at this point, I have about 45 pages in a word document, which should be around 50-55 in PDF form. So I think it’s safe to say that I’m not going to give up now. Probably. Always take this stuff with a grain of salt.
Anyway, the e-book is called Frugality for Depressives.
I suppose the title is pretty self-explanatory. I worry less about new and fascinating frugal hacks — there’s really nothing new under the sun anyway — and focus more on helping depressives evaluate which hacks to try and/or how to modify them for the best chance at success.
I’m looking at hacks through the lens of basic depressive symptoms: difficulty interacting (including phone calls), difficulty leaving the house, feeling easily overwhelmed, etc. (Which means it probably applies to most people with debilitating/restrictive health problems too. But that’d make for an awfully long title.)
If anyone thinks of a symptom/byproduct of depression that you think I should address, feel free to let me know in the comments. Or if there’s a specific frugal hack you want to see covered, by all means, leave a comment. I want to try to address as many facets of and potential obstacles from depression as I can.
I have no idea how long e-books generally are. This one is currently at around 50-55 PDF pages (won’t know until I get it transferred). There are about five pages that are golden, and the rest needs work. Lots and lots of work.
So I’m guessing it’ll come in around 70 pages. Definitely under 100. Again, no idea if that’s normal. But I’m a big believer in just writing something til it’s done. So I guess it’ll just be as long as it needs to be.
Have you ever dealt with termites? Does the e-book sound interesting? To other women who’ve struggled with infertility, are OB office photos hard on you?