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 fed the cat. My feet were pretty tender, but I felt not completely drained after my long day as a volunteer.
Still, I worked from bed just to be safe.
Unfortunately, about two emails in, I got booted out of the system. This can happen if my IP changes, so I texted my boss and sent a message in the system. But he doesn’t check his phone or the system a ton, so I just went through and did the emails I could do without account access.
The Netflix charge hit my card for $15.19.
I rested most of the day, but at about 4 p.m. I decided I wanted to get more strawberries which were on sale for $2.50 a carton. Surprisingly — despite the vaccine and eight hours on my feet the day before — I felt well enough to go to the grocery store myself. So I went and got a few things for $13.49.
I came home and just ate/watched TV/messaged with friends for the rest of the night. Aaron called for a bit and we agreed that if we felt well enough the next day, I’d come over to visit the kittens. Er, I mean him.
My arm had gotten increasingly sore over the course of the day, but otherwise, I didn’t seem to be having a bad reaction. Though it’s the second shot that allegedly really packs a wallop.
I started getting ready for bed around 8 p.m. and was asleep by 9 p.m.
I woke up feeling pretty darn good. Unfortunately, Aaron had messaged at almost 10 p.m. asking if I was awake. So I had to assume he didn’t sleep well/enough the day before.
I got through work relatively quickly. The cat Aaron had rescued hadn’t appreciated being isolated in the bedroom — or the kittens when they did get in and try to interact. So he’d been pawing at windows and doors for days and made a break for it the night before when Aaron opened the door to take out the trash. Aaron tried to catch him but… nope.
Henry came to the back patio right as Aaron called to tell me all this, but if he’d let the cat back in, the two week isolation window would restart and he’d have to be tested again. Aaron had bent over backwards — and dropped a couple hundred bucks for testing/vaccines — for a cat he had never intended on keeping so he decided he was done. I couldn’t blame him.
He’d been up late with worry and guilt when Henry initially escaped, so he said he would try to nap later. If he felt better, I could come over.
I killed time until my optometrist appointment. I picked up the new contacts and they seemed to work better than the first pair they’d given me. I got home around 2 p.m., finished work and then did some design work on Zazzle.
I messaged Aaron to see if he’d been able to nap. Nope. I said perhaps a visit was a bad idea and didn’t hear back so messaged again a couple hours later. He had been in meetings and had more to go, so he’d let me know around 5 p.m.
But when the time came, he felt out of it and sleepy, so we decided to try another time.
Around 8 p.m. I went and got some takeout using a gift card, so $9.83 went into Saved Savings. I ate and watched TV, then went back to designing. I knew I should call it a night, but I was right in the middle of some things. And suddenly it was 1 a.m. Oops.
I didn’t fall asleep until some time after 2 a.m.
Total spent: $9.83
Around 8:30 a.m., Josie woke me up by sitting on me. I got up, fed her, grabbed a protein bar and then went back to bed. I woke up properly at 11 a.m. feeling better.
I did a bunch of cleaning that was long overdue and threw in a load of laundry ($3.50 to the Washer/Dryer fund). I got so into it that I even stopped and cleaned up the gunky buildup on my toothbrush and Clarisonic brush handles so they looked good as new.
Apparently I really didn’t want to write a post. But since I was hiking with Aaron the next day, I didn’t have much choice. It had to be written that day. But first, when I was taking out the trash, I pulled some of the most egregious weeds in the back.
They’re very deeply rooted, so after yanking a few, I realized I was being stupid. Weeding always makes my quads and hamstrings sore and, again, I was hiking the next day.
So I went into the bedroom and used the foam roller on my quads and hamstrings (and calves while I was at it). Then I stretched for a bit while messaging with a friend. Then used the foam roller again, then stretched again.
Finally, there was no more avoiding it, so I sat down to write Monday’s post.
That took me until 4 p.m.
I used the foam roller again and decided I was hungry. I used a Groupon to get some fast food, so I only spent $2.03.
I came home and watched some TV and ate and worked on more designs. (I really will provide links and a giveaway soon, I promise. Just trying to get a few more things set up.) Aaron called around 7 p.m. and we agreed we’d wake up around 8 a.m. and figure out a time to meet for our hike.
I made myself get ready for bed at 10:30 p.m., but first I used the roller and stretched once more. I fell asleep around 11:30 p.m.
Total spent: $5.53
I woke up panicked that I had overslept, but it turned out to be 7:40 a.m. — 20 minutes before the alarm. Predictably, my hamstrings were a little tight, so I put on some muscle rub and went back to bed, dozing until the alarm.
I got up and got ready. Aaron and I agreed to meet at 9 a.m. And that’s when the debacle began.
*This is a long rant, so if you want to skip to the end just look for the next asterisked sentence.*
I asked Siri for directions to Papago Park, where the trail was. She took me to the side of the park, where there was no entrance. Sigh.
I turned around and went in the first entrance I saw. Aaaaand ended up in the Phoenix Zoo parking lot. I pulled up a hiking site and got the coordinates so I could get directions, but Aaron tried to direct me first.
Except when I turned where I thought he was saying, I ended up on a small road that didn’t seem to connect to anything. I was frustrated of course — even more so because I had to download Google Maps so I could use the coordinates from the hiking site AllTrails to find him.
Which is how I found out Google Maps doesn’t announce directions like Siri, so I had to try to drive but also glance at my phone (eek!) which meant I of course went the wrong direction and it took me several minutes to find a place I could turn around.
Finally I got to where the coordinates said, aaaaaand Aaron was nowhere in site.
I called him and he kept asking me the same questions/saying the same things. I kept saying that I had turned where he’d told me and it hadn’t led anywhere and the app said the trail was by me so was he sure? (Extra fun: There were no open parking spaces in this location, so as we talked, I intermittently had to move as a car would come up behind me.)
He said he was sure and once again tried to direct me. But there were no road signs off the main road. So his directions were things like “Okay you’ll go down this road by the zoo and you’ll see a police officer and you want to make a left before that.” WHAT?!
He switched his camera around so I could see where he was… Which showed me a dirt road. I tried to tell him to wait with directions til I was in that spot again, but he kept trying to explain the directions so I had to raise my voice to tell him to stop and wait.
I got Siri to direct me back to the zoo — but of course not before I’d turned the wrong way and had to drive a bit and turn around — and then got near the zoo parking lot. Unfortunately, his directions weren’t much clearer at that point.
I pulled over trying to talk to him and someone directing zoo traffic came over to say I couldn’t park there. Lady, I pulled off the side of a road and have my four-way blinkers on. HOW do you get “parking” from that???
I explained the situation and she said that the trail was… where I had just come from. I asked if she was sure because my companion insisted that wasn’t it. She asked her coworker but he didn’t know.
So I pulled back onto the road and was once again in the zoo parking lot. He kept saying the same directions and asking the same questions, and I kept insisting I had done what he, an app and Siri had said and it hadn’t worked. I was getting increasingly frustrated — I was literally on the verge of tears — so I was raising my voice. He politely told me that wouldn’t help matters, which was true but aaaaaaaarrrrrrrgggggghhhh.
Eventually, a bus passed by and he said to go back where the bus had come from, which finally got me to him. Fun fact: I just hadn’t driven far enough down the road that first time I followed his directions. *Sob*
I pulled into the parking lot and burst into tears. He tried to calm me down, but I said I just needed to get it out. Afterward, I apologized for raising my voice — and we agreed to carpool to any and all future hikes.
The hike itself was a mess too. We got off on one of the shorter loops by mistake. Then tried again, but weren’t seeing a clear marking for the path, so Aaron asked a City of Phoenix worker. Who I’m pretty sure gave us directions to another trail with a very similar name. Because it was nowhere near where we had been.
By the time we got within sight of that (by walking on a bike path, so really not right but at least it rose and fell a little) we’d gone at least a mile; and the deal was a 2.2 mile hike. So we turned back and agreed next time I’d try to find a trail not as close to other ones and/or better marked.
But at least I was getting started. I need to focus on getting active — for both my mental and physical health.
Aaron suggested lunch, and it was my turn to pay. (Pretty sure he doesn’t keep track, but I like to be fair.) But I didn’t have the energy or gas enough to drive for pickup. So we ordered the food delivered making it a painful $41.49 after delivery fee and tip.
I lay prostrate on the couch at his place and watched the kittens (both very restorative) until the food came. After eating, we lay down for a bit. He had some sore muscles, and I gave him a light massage — inasmuch as I could without sitting up because I was still tired. He was nice enough to work on the backs of my legs which had tightened again.
Then we lay around for a bit. I give him a very light massage — in that we were both lying down — for some sore upper body muscles. He worked on the backs of my legs which had gotten tight.
He had to get some work done, so I headed out, stopping for gas ($32.78) before getting ont he freeway. It was a beautiful and semi-warm day, so I got myself a Dairy Queen Blizzard ($6.18).
Then I came home, collapsed and watched TV. And ate my Blizzard, of course.
I did some work on designs. I didn’t tear myself away until about 11 p.m. I fell asleep around 11:30 p.m.
Total spent: $80.45
I slept very badly. In fact, I was a little woozy, which means I likely didn’t drink enough water after the hike. So I had to get up in the middle of the night, stumble to the kitchen and then bring a full water bottle to bed and drink as much as I could each time I woke up.
I got up and dealt with work, but despite being exhausted, couldn’t nap. So I messaged with friends and used the foam roller on my legs.
I gave up on sleep and used the foam roller to calm my leg muscles. Then I scrolled Instagram and was reminded of an Etsy item I’d wanted a few weeks back.
I had put off the purchase to think about it, and while I hadn’t forgotten about it, I hadn’t gotten around to pulling the trigger. That day, though, I was ready to be decisive. So I am now the proud owner of a dainty opal necklace.
After all, in a month I will be able to actually go out and do (some) things. Might as well look nice, right?
After shipping and tax, it was $27.89, so a pretty good deal overall.
Not much happened for the rest of the day. I got some takeout with a gift card ($9.83 into Saved Savings), but otherwise just watched TV and worked on designs. Not that I really expect sales, but one person did favorite one of my designs which I was overly excited about.
I called it a night around 9 p.m. and was asleep around 10 p.m.
Total spent: $37.72
Unfortunately, I slept very, very poorly.
My Restless Leg Syndrome was acting up — and using the foam roller wasn’t helping. I tried multiple times.
Meanwhile, I’ve been having issues for a bit with the sheets I got on Black Friday to match my new bedding. Years ago, Tim and I got a bunch of sheets very affordably at Tuesday, and they were 500-600 thread count. Which has apparently spoiled me because the 250 thread count sheets felt… not exactly rough but not super comfortable.
It was made worse by my skin feeling dry — apparently I hadn’t rehydrated enough Monday — so the sheets were irritating it, waking me up when the RLS wasn’t.
I worked from bed because I was so tired, but I was having RLS symptoms — kind of a creepy, crawly feeling in your muscles — in random spots over my whole body. Whee. And the sheets were still uncomfortable.
So I got up and went off to find some better sheets. Tuesday Morning was far more expensive than I remember — though to be fair, the last time I’d bought sheets there was probably almost a decade ago — so two I found that matched my bedding were $50 each. Ouch.
After I checked out, I realized there was a Ross across the street. So I went through and found $35 sets. Lesson learned.
I went back and returned the sheets but felt woozy and a little nauseated. There was a Jamba Juice nearby, which sounded heavenly, but I hate the sugar crash/calories that come with the one I get. So I went home and had some mandarin oranges instead. Which were heavenly enough that, when added to the wooziness, made me suspect I dehydrated. I’m incredibly susceptible to it here in the desert.
After my shift, I knew I needed to eat — not eating hurt my blood sugar and made me more nauseated — but I didn’t want anything I could think of — in the house or outside of it. So I had more mandarins and some crackers to settle my stomach.
My dry skin had gotten so bad it hurt when anything touched it, which made it super fun to put on the lotion that it needed. I just winced while doing small spots over and over all night.
I had been drinking water steadily since I had gotten back from sheet shopping, but it wasn’t making a dent. At 6 p.m., I got shiver-inducing chills in a 71-degree house (another sign of dehydration) and had to put on a sweatshirt to warm up.
Clearly, normal measures weren’t sufficing, so I got out the Powerade I keep in case of hangovers. By the time I finished that, I felt like I was sloshing with all the Powerade and water inside me. And still felt crappy. But I forced myself to put on the new sheets. Which made me overheated somehow. What the hell???
I called it a night around 9 p.m. I was asleep by 9:30 p.m.
Total spent: $76
Thanks to all the liquid, I had to get up repeatedly to pee — and at one point, still had to bring the water bottle to bed to sip — but otherwise slept well. And my skin didn’t hurt when I woke up. Hooray!
I felt well enough to see Aaron, but unfortunately, he’d worked out hard at the gym the previous day — after several days off — and he was hurting.
We’ve only been seeing each other about once a week for the past couple of months, which isn’t enough. I started wondering if this were a blip — because, if not, this wouldn’t work.
Then I got sad — but since my depression has been up and down, I wasn’t sure if I were sad because I wasn’t sure it would work out or if I weren’t sure it would work out because I was sad. Fun.
Either way, I spent 90 minutes feeling like I was on the verge of tears. But my friend Leila pointed out, we’re still quite a ways away from where it would be safe to date much anyway, so we agreed I’d just let things unfold and evaluate down the road.
That helped, but mainly I cheered up when I remembered strawberries were now on sale for $1.25 a carton. So after work, I ran out to get groceries ($23.19). I came home, ate, watched TV and worked on designs more.
Aaron called around 8 p.m. and we talked until almost 9. After we hung up, I started getting ready for bed, but I got sidetracked messaging some people. So I got in bed around 10 p.m. and fell asleep around 10:30 p.m.
Total spent: $23.19
Total spent: $261.40
Ouch, another high-spend week. But given that 29% of the total was for sheets that will last me years, I suppose it’s not too bad. Still, I’d love to get the spending lower soon.
How did everyone else’s week go?