These spending diaries are a way for me to be more cognizant of my spending. They’re also a peek into my daily life for those who care.
For those who are new, my style of “spending” is a little convoluted. I have two checking accounts. I keep the majority of my money in the secondary account, transferring $280 a week into the main account. But I charge everything to the card to maximize rewards. As charges accrue, I transfer money out of the main account into the secondary one. Then I make a weekly payment on my credit card.
A tad confusing, perhaps, but it works for me. Anyway, here’s how spending went this week:
I woke up and immediately knew something was off. Turns out, my iPad, which I use as my alarm, had run down and therefore hadn’t gone off. I had overslept by 90 minutes. After quite a bit of swearing, I ran out to the living room and got started on emails. Luckily, it was a light load that day. I was caught up within an hour.
Shortly after I caught up on emails, the imaging center (for my chest x-ray) called to say they weren’t seeing people with shortness of breath at that location. I had specifically cited shortness of breath when I made the appointment, so that was annoying. I explained (again) that I’d been having the symptoms for more than three months. So even if I had had COVID, there was no way I was still contagious. But they still couldn’t see me.
Luckily, they were able to book me at a different location for the exact same time slot. So I guess in the end no harm was done. Still, I don’t understand why some locations would take people with shortness of breath and others wouldn’t.
I got around to checking the Arizona Department of Health website. The day before had been a calming 1,795 — almost half of what Tuesday’s number had been. But on Thursday, there were 3,056 new cases. So I guess we’re still on the road to deep doo-doo.
I FaceTimed with Mom for a bit, and then killed some time before it was time to leave for my x-ray. That appointment was very quick, thankfully, and afterward I swung by CVS to pick up my prescription ($15).
Then I went home and got through the rest of a very quiet workday. Afterward, I watched some TV and chatted with a few people online. I didn’t feel like working on the puzzle, so I just goofed off for the whole night. Suddenly, it was after 9 p.m. and I still hadn’t showered or otherwise started getting ready for bed. I was in bed by 10 p.m. but it took me more than an hour to fall asleep.
Total spent: $15
I woke up very much wanting to sleep in — more so than usual. But instead I got caught up on emails and did a little work on the blog.
I also checked the Department of Health website: 3,428 new cases and 45 deaths. At this point, we’re running at nearly 20% of tests being positive. Scary times.
I wanted to lie back down, but somehow it was suddenly 11 a.m. I try not to nap after that point lest it mess up my schedule/sleep routine. So I took my energy med and sighed.
I paid my city services (water/sewer/trash) bill, adding a little for the assistance program, so it was an even $55.
The rest of the workday was pretty uneventful. After work, I played around on social media, snuggled with the cat and otherwise avoided going back to that bear of a puzzle.
Three people from my trivia group had said they were maybes for the weekly Zoom call, but no one replied at 7:30 p.m. when I said to let me know if anyone was around.
I regret doing a set day and time because, since we changed to a static schedule, we’ve done only one Zoom call and three have fallen through. If it falls through next week, I think I may go back to seeing what date works for most of the people in the group (Friday or Saturday) to see if that helps. I miss my friends. Plus, the Zoom call was supposed to help keep me feeling connected to the outside world.
I stayed up watching TV til 10 p.m. and was in bed around 10:30. But it took me forever to shut my brain off. It was probably past midnight by the time I finally settled down.
Total spent: $55
In the middle of the night, my Restless Leg Syndrome acted up. I had to get up and use the foam roller. Even that didn’t do a lot, so I had to massage my quads with the edge of my hand, which was incredibly uncomfortable. Plus my mouth was Saraha-level dry, so I had to keep getting up and chugging water. I was finally able to get back to sleep around 45 minutes after I woke up.
So when it was time to get up at 8 a.m. to answer emails (it was my overtime weekend) I was less than thrilled. I caught up on emails and then lay back down.
I felt much better when I woke up.
More bad news from the Department of Health: more than 3,500 new cases.
Other depressing numbers were that 87% of ICU beds in the state were full, leaving just 222 open ICU beds in the state. Of the full beds, 45% were COVID patients. As for regular in-patient beds, 86%, were full. And 39% of that were COVID patients.
I worked out at 1 p.m. Once I was done, I noticed I had a message from a guy I knew through MeetUp. We’d gone on a few dates, but he got really busy at work and lived around 35 miles away, so it just sort of fizzled.
He was feeling stir crazy and going a bit crazy with loneliness. I told him I wasn’t meeting anyone right now. But we did chat for a while. Turns out he’d already gotten COVID, so hopefully he’s immune at least for a little while because he’s on Match.com. But apparently the pickings are very slim, and everything at least starts with video dates. While I feel bad for him, I’m glad so many women are being safe.
I finished out the very quiet work day playing on social media in my copious downtime. Then I watched some TV.
I called it a night at 9ish and was asleep by 10.
Total spent: $0
I got up at 8 a.m. again and tackled emails. I went to pay my vision/dental add-on coverage, but I discovered I actually set that up for auto-pay (deducted on the 30th of each month), so no spending necessary yet. This meant I still had a little under $25 in weekly funds — and so far the week had lasted 12 days. Wow, spending is down!
I checked the daily COVID case numbers: 3,858 new cases reported that day. Eep!
Then it was time for the weekly cleaning. I poured some bleach in the main bathroom toilet and let it sit to get the worst of the stains off without any scrubbing. I wiped down my bedroom’s bathroom sink and cleaned the mirror. Then it was time for the dreaded task: wiping down the shower stall. It actually only takes about 10 minutes, but it’s just such a pain to wipe down every square inch of the three walls and the floor.
Next, I came out, wiped down the kitchen sink and counters, started the Roomba and did the litterbox. Phew!
Then it was time to work on the blog. I had to edit the next day’s post and schedule it to run, plus I needed to work on Thursday’s post. I was just about out of ideas for posts, unfortunately, so I was hoping inspiration would strike soon.
I answered emails as they came in. The idea was to work out to get back into the groove, but even after 10+ hours of sleep, I felt awful. Just enervated. So I tried to sit still as much as possible, played on social media and generally grumbled about the unfairness of chronic fatigue.
Toward the evening, I extended the footrest on the recliner and lay back so I could rest all of my muscles without lying on the bed (which would keep me from hearing emails come in). That helped a bit, but I’d also been guzzling water all day, so all of the bathroom breaks kind of ruined most any restorative power.
I called it a night at 8:30 p.m., but it took me a while to fall asleep. I was finally unconscious sometime after 10.
Total spent: $0
I slept fitfully, including about two hours from 3ish to about 5ish where my brain just switched on and wouldn’t go back off. So when my alarm went off, I got up, caught up on emails and then crawled back into bed.
But I couldn’t sleep.
I made my first-ever pickup grocery order, since I wanted some more strawberries before they went off sale but also want to minimize exposure. The total was $18.92.
While I was out, I stopped at the ATM to get $40 out, so that I could tip the masseuse and still have some walking around money.
Then I came home and collapsed for a bit because I felt exhausted.
But at 3:30 p.m. I rallied and drove myself to the massage. It was a 90-minute one, and with case numbers going crazy, it’s probably the last one I’ll have for awhile. Sigh.
The massage itself had already been paid for, so I just spent $20 on a tip (out of the walking around money).
Then I came home, ate, watched TV and chilled out with the cat. The Van Gogh puzzle was still sucking my soul, so I didn’t work on it.
Total spent: $78.92 ($58.92 out of weekly funds)
I got a good night’s sleep, so I felt significantly better. The morning passed pretty quietly.
Then I started noticing issues with WordPress and my blog. An entire post (this one, in fact) had disappeared, and I couldn’t view anything in my Drafts folder. I also couldn’t log into WordPress to leave a question in the support forums because it kept rejecting my password — even after I reset it twice.
I tweeted my frustration, including @WordPress in the tweet and in a later, second tweet. Never heard back. Lovely.
The charge for my vision and dental add-on insurance was charged to my card ($24).
At 1 p.m. I worked out, and the rest of the workday went pretty quietly.
I watched some TV and eventually sucked it up to work on the puzzle some more. I didn’t make much progress.
Then I got bored and decided to make a profile on OKCupid. I figured I’d see what was out there.
I got some Likes pretty quickly and a couple of matches. But I hit my maximum number of Likes (for liking other profiles) really quickly. Guess I’ll have to be more picky.
I fell asleep around 10:30 p.m.
Total spent: $24
I woke up feeling under-rested. So I caught up on emails and then lay back down for a bit. All I could manage was a little dozing, though.
I got back up and saw that the blog problems were persisting, so I sent a support request to the guy who fixes things when my site gets weird.
He reported that they couldn’t find the post that was lost or any obvious issue, but when I checked, the post was back and I could view the Drafts folder again so… Something got fixed somewhere. I was just glad it was back.
I messaged for a while with a guy from the dating site. The Likes went a little crazy overnight. Within 12 hours I had more than 330 (not bragging, just surprised). So I guess dating is still a more active thing than I thought.
Incidentally, I was up to 460 Likes three hours later. I’m guessing maybe there are just a lot of guys and not many women right now, so new meat causes a feeding frenzy.
I checked the COVID stats for the day: 4,868 new cases and 88 deaths. We’re so so so very screwed here.
I was too tired to work out, so I just played around online and answered emails as they came in until, thankfully, it was quitting time.
Around 5 p.m. I started chatting with a different guy. He’s looking for pretty much the same thing I am: someone to ride out the quasi-apocalypse with, who’s being careful and not seeing other people. Even better, he’s a physical therapist and his workplace makes him get tested for COVID-19 once a week. Also, he literally lives about a five-minute walk from me. Might be too good to be true. Time will tell.
I went to bed around 8:30 p.m. but was still talking to the guy, so I didn’t fall asleep until about 9:30 p.m.
Total spent: $0
Total spent: $172.92 ($152.92 out of weekly funds)
Fantastically low spending this week! Granted, it was kind of a boring week (minus the massage) but I guess that’s true of most weeks during a pandemic.
How did your spending go this week?