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Harvey Update - House and Car Flooded

September 8th, 2017 at 08:59 am

I am just now getting around to do a quick update.
I am inundated with news, social media, work, texts, calls. Everyone telling me what I need to do and giving advice. It is hard for me to keep up. People want to help but I don't know how. I don't like asking for help and I like to do things on my own and be independent.

Today is Day 14 for me and I finally got into the house! I opened all of the windows. There is still power even though it was shut off for awhile. It took some time to get the front door open! The refrigerator was toppled over. The water line outside measures 28inches and when I opened the garage it was 54 with the condensation to the ceiling.

In the house the mold is past my shoulders and I'm 5'4". Downstairs consists of living, dining, kitchen, 1/2 bath, garage and hall closet. All appliances.

We are staying at my moms now but I really don't want to be there for 6mths. Her house is in need of repairs and I just overall don't really like the living conditions but how can I swing a mortgage and rent elsewhere, right? Plus we are about 1/2 an hour from my house so I'm driving to three locations because I work downtown, mom lives in Houston and my place with DD1's work, DD2's school is in Katy.

For my 2013 Honda Civic they are giving me $10,443 and its totaled out. I have a few numbers from people at church that I'm going to call to see what they have available.

I have co workers and my stepdad that are coming tomorrow to demuck the house. This is all I have time to write for now but will update everyone later.

Please keep us in your prayers! It's going to be a long process.

Bracing for the storm

August 25th, 2017 at 06:23 am

I made it in to work today and brought DD2. She's busy watching Hannah Montana on her phone while crocheting. We will only be here until 10:45.

I'm am ready to go home, put on my stretchy pants and hibernate. We have all supplies we need except for a battery powered radio. I have a ton of books to read and movies to watch.

My roof was repaired on Thursday. Since it is 16yrs old and the last time it rained I had a very small leak the size of a quarter but no water actually came down from the ceiling it just bubbled. They came out and did some touch ups and said the roof should be good for another 5 years. The repair guy told me it will be around $7K so now I know the number to save for.

I had my garage repaired yesterday. The chain came off and the rollers and springs needed replacing with some other things. I added a keypad to the outside which is really nice and they added a lock to my other garage door that has a broken handle on the outside. They don't repair the handle but that door is the one that is opened to take out the trash cans and I park on the other side.

I am so impressed with the companies. I found them on Angie's List and both had a worker at my door in less than 24hours after placing my call and the work done was great. Those reviews really help!

Now on to my neighborhood.

The subdivision is located between a watershed (the bayou or drainage channel) on the north side and the levee on the south side. The Barker Reservoir land borders the eastern side of the community.

Keep in mind that when designing Canyon Gate, the engineers made it so if the subdivision SHOULD flood, the streets are considered part of the drainage system would flood before the homes (which are elevated) do. All streets flow to Canyon Gate Blvd. and then to Mason Road to funnel water away.

Here is a YouTube video taken last year.


Shopping and Errands

June 22nd, 2017 at 12:22 pm

I did a little online shopping today and got the following...

White House Black Market
I picked up a cute white t-shirt with ruffle short sleeves. It cost $58 and I used a $50 coupon. Shipping was free. Total out of pocket with tax was $8.66! I got a large but I do not like things tight on my chest or stomach so if it doesn't fit I will save it for a Christmas present for my sister.

Home Depot
I also picked up a 7.5ft led pre lit Christmas tree. Shipped free to the house. Original cost was $149 and it was 75% off with tax I paid $39.95!

Tomorrow is payday and I went ahead and did my budget since the money hit my account today.

I have the evening free tonight as DD1 will be at work until after 8:30 and on Thursdays my mom picks up DD2 and she spends the night then I get her Friday around noon after I get off of work. My mom is keeping my nephew and niece this summer (during the week). They have a good time playing together. Since DD2 is the oldest my mom says she helps to keep the little ones entertained.

With my free time I am trying to fill it with things to do so I don't get sucked into Netflix or Pinterest which can be dangerous for a single gal like me.

I'm going to run some errands..

I have sandals to return to JCP.

I'd like to pick up mulch from Lowe's. It's $2/bag! My yard desperately needs mulched. While there I am going to look for some fruit trees. Some things are 1/2 off right now.

I am also going to swing by Petco. I printed a coupon from their website for free cat food (Whole Earth Farms brand) with any purchase. I'm going to try to see if they will honor it if I get a $2 cat toy. Looking at the fine print there isn't a specific dollar amount that you have to spend.

I might pick some flowerbed weeds and then do laundry and pack for the trip!

I need to pick up trash bags, t-paper and litter but I might order that on Amazon depending on how I feel.

I almost forgot but I need to swing by the bank to pull out cash to fill my envelopes.

To top off the night I will probably watch a movie and relax with a bubble bath.

What is something that you like to do to relax?

Single Parent Family Vacation

June 21st, 2017 at 09:36 am

DD2 and I are headed to Branson, MO for the single parent family vacation that our church is hosting. Each year they have a trip and this will be our first. Cost is $1204.00

That includes:

Bus transportation
Silver Dollar City Theme Park
Dixie Stampede Dinner Show
White Water Outdoor Water Park (we will visit twice)
Buckets N Boards Show
Moses Show
Ralph Foster Museum
College Of The Ozarks Student Tour
Branson Landing
College Of The Ozarks Honor America Festivities and Fireworks
All Breakfasts
All Dinners
All Lunches except for two

I am responsible for paying for any food or drinks to/from Branson. We will ride the bus overnight and have one or two stops. There is a restroom on the bus. I know they are going to stop for breakfast. Other than that we will pack goodies (gum, pb crackers, trail mix, etc.). At two of the parks I will need to pay for lunch. We are going to the White Water Outdoor park twice but one trip there will be a box lunch provided. At the Honor America Festivities I heard there will be kids activities like face painting and balloon characters so that will be something too.

I am excited to get away and spend some one on one time with DD2. I have a trip with DD1 in November.

If you have been to Branson before please let me know of what you have enjoyed while there.

Lularoe and Tieks Bandwagon

January 13th, 2017 at 06:46 am

Has anyone else jumped on the LulaRoe bandwagon? I've been buying pieces here and there for awhile now.

Today, I'm wearing a solid black Perfect T. I love this shirt because it isn't form fitting on my stomach area instead its nice and flowy. It's slightly lower on the backside to cover your business and has slits on the side that you can tie into a knot if you remember the 80's trend.

So I've got that on and some jeans cuffed and my new Tieks that I got for Christmas. $175 shoes that I absolutely love. It did take me about 3 days to break in but now they are my go to shoe. I want another pair.

Last night I bought another LulaRoe dress. It's been on my watch list. It's a solid emerald green. These aren't cheap but some investment pieces and are timeless in my opinion.

I tend to wear the same thing every week and spice it up with accessories. Today I've got on the cutest scarf with foxes on it. When I wear this scarf I like to think ...'I'm foxy'. Bwahahhahaaha

Below are a few pictures that I had on my phone (I'm cleaning out pics!). The 'when pigs fly' leggings are soft material and the band around the stomach is like that of yoga pants. Super stretchy! The TC size fits 12-20 something. These have replaced me wearing yoga pants. By the way, I only wore these out in public once and boy oh boy did I get some stares. LOL! I like them and they are fun. I wear them around the house to lounge in. My girls love it!

Two Pair of Glasses $54.23

September 1st, 2016 at 11:11 am

I love ordering glasses online!

Weeks ago I had DD1 go into the account and pick out glasses that would fit her and add them to the favorites. She picked out 4pr and from there I picked 2 that I agreed on and ordered. These will be here in time for her birthday this month. Yippee!

I think they are cute and fun for a 21yr old.

I paid $54.23 shipped. I used a 10% code that I found online but after shipping I ended up saving $.50.

Retirement Update

September 1st, 2016 at 09:08 am

Since my last update 6/3/16 my retirement account has gone up $4481.66! Yessssssssssss!!

Current balance is $75,312.51.

I hope that the next $25K comes quickly LOL

DD1 21st bday coming up/Tumbling/Saving

August 23rd, 2016 at 11:43 am

DD2 has been taking tumbling classes. I got an email saying that if we swapped out the payment info from being on a debit/credit card and changed it to auto withdrawal from my checking account we could get 2 Parent Night Out passes. This is great! DD2 will be thrilled. Parents Night Out is on Friday from 7:30-10:30. She has been only once before so I know that they charge $2 for half a slice of pizza (they cut them in half) and they sell drinks and candy. The gym is open and she can get in some extra practice.

DD1's 21st birthday is coming up next month. For the past few years now I have been taking her on trips. Last year it was Dubai. This year it is Iceland with a few days in NYC because that is where we are catching our flight. For fun in Iceland we will enjoy the Blue Lagoon, go inside of a dormant volcano and snorkel the Silfra. One day will be driving the Golden Circle. Talk about crossing things off of the bucket list! I am so excited for our adventure. The food there is expensive so I am planning on bringing some things, going to the store and having hot dogs. We will receive some light snacks when doing the volcano and silfra tours. There is also a tomato farm that I want to visit and they have a small café there where we will eat. Other than that we will have one nice dinner. Oh, I almost forgot. We get free breakfast at our hotel.

We have both been to NYC a few times and have done most of the touristy things. I imagine we will sight see and get some exercise. I know for sure she will want to go to Soho and I will want to grab a bite to eat in Little Italy and there is an oddities shop she will want to visit called Obscura. I went there last time I was in town. We will spend time in Central Park and having adult beverages in the RLounge looking out on Time Square. We will probably see a Broadway show.

I saved $100 by cancelling a Viator reservation and booking directly with the tour company. I also saved $31.38 by using Viator on another tour and not booking directly. How silly is that?

I've got my garden ready to replant. I just need dirt and seeds.

DD1 is working on her thesis. She graduated high school just two years ago! She is also working two jobs and helps with her sister. I have great kids!

Blue Apron meal delivery service. I'm trying it!

July 13th, 2016 at 09:01 am

My sister gave me a $25 code for Blue Apron so I thought I'd try it out. When I typed in the referral link it gave me $30 to use instead of the $25. YAY!

I just ordered. I selected the 2 person 3 meal delivery for $59.94 and I paid $29.94.

The meals are delivered weekly so that is the weekly price. I went ahead and skipped all of the deliveries until end of August. I am only trying out the program and will cancel after the first delivery which arrives on Friday, July 22nd.

Meal #1
Serrano pepper & goat cheese burgers w/ zucchini-cilantro slaw

Meal #2
Lemon chicken & green beans w/ parmesan roasted summer squash and potatoes

Meal #3
Shrimp & squid ink spaghetti with summer vegetables and mint

New Car Alert

July 13th, 2016 at 07:24 am

Here is a picture of my 'new to me' car!

It is a 2013 Honda Civic with 25K miles.
I purchased it for $11,500.

The best part is that I have no car payments. Thanks to the Dave Ramsey plan! Woo hoo

My Prime Day Haul

July 13th, 2016 at 06:48 am

Instapot $25.06 after I used a $50 gift card I was holding on to from Admin Day.

Three months of Audible FREE plus a FREE $10 Amazon gift card. I will cancel after three months so that I do not incur any membership fees. I loaded a book yesterday and I am enjoying it very much on my long commute to/from work.

I rolled that FREE $10 gift card and bought 36 double rolls of Cottonelle toilet paper and paid $4.69

80ct Hefty clean burst scent trash bags $9.55

TWO pairs of Adidas tennis shoes for $48.26 total

120 count multivitamins for kids $5.77

Box of tampons $1.90

$50 Amazon gift card and get $10 Amazon gift card FREE. (I used this Amazon card for the vitamins and tampons. I wish I had received it sooner to put other things on it but that is okay).

Everything will be shipped to my house!! Oh! On a few items I selected the 'no hurry' for delivery in exchange for $5 Amazon Prime Pantry credit.

Retirement Update

June 3rd, 2016 at 09:24 am

My retirement contributions are on autopilot.
I currently have $70,830.85.

So close to the $100K mark!!

Paying Down the Mortgage

June 3rd, 2016 at 09:12 am

I haven't tracked the mortgage since March. When I looked at it today, I noticed that I have paid 26%. I still have a long way to go but just getting over the 25% hurdle is a reason to celebrate. I can't wait to get it under $80K!

Retirement Update

March 23rd, 2016 at 08:54 am

It's lunch time here at work and I have no posted in awhile.

My retirement savings is $64,962.77.

I hope I can get to $100K soon. It just seems like forever! I've heard CCF mention that once you reach that mark then you see more movement if I remember correctly.

I hope everyone is doing well!

Weight Watchers

February 25th, 2016 at 09:30 am

I joined Weight Watchers again! One of my close friends is doing it and she really has been a great motivator because she is doing so well on the program.

Its great for me since the meetings are in the food court connected to my building where I work and they are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I like to go and listen to everyone's tips and success stories.

I already blocked out the time on my calendar each week. I normally quit because I feel quilty spending the money on my self.

I've got this super cute one piece red bathing suit with a skirt that I'd like to wear this summer. My favorite jeans are a size 10 and right now I've got a muffin top on my size 12 pants.

Baby steps ..I know but consistency is key!

Oh I lost my Fitbit too. I've been looking for it and haven't found it yet. Ugh.