Redux & Reduction of Clutter, Debt and Weight
by moi  January 30, 2013 12:44 pm

I don’t like being sick!  I ended up with an infection when a pimple went rogue on me.  They tested it and I had MRSA.  Woot, great.  I ended up at home 3 days last week taking antibiotics and painkillers.  Needless to say so glad to getting better.  My sleep was all off and my eating… well I made sure I ate well enough to tolerate the medication.  Somehow I lost a few pounds when I slept for nearly 3 days.  Bounced back around the 184lbs range.  Next week is another week.

by moi  January 25, 2013 11:58 am

Are you kidding me?  Misc Medical debt decided to sue me despite a verbal agreement to pay them $15 a week while unemployeed.  I kept my end of the bargain and have faithfully been paying them as I said I would.  $60 a month.  One of the guys called me in December and had indicated that the original debtor was not happy with the progress of the payoff and that they would “proceed”  Um, ok, what does that mean?  On the 20th I found out what that meant, they summoned me.

And I responded.

I laid out the other debts I had and the fact that I have been paying them weekly as was verbally agreed upon by in August.  Just so happens that I have a new job and upon receipt of my second paycheck on February 15th I was planning to raise that payment from $15 weekly to $50 weekly until paid off.  I still intend on doing this no matter what.  I even included the document from the state that indicated that I was behind in child support and that they were getting their money before my kids were getting theres.  Jerks.  We’ll see what happens.


by moi  January 16, 2013 1:03 pm

Even after a weekend of drinking and eating poorly the scale still seems to be crawling in the downward direction.  This is good.  I’ll take a crawl down than a crawl up.  I could do a number of things to help it along if I’d just get my ducks in a row.  My shake diet is working slowly.  I need to drink more water. 

I posted on Monday that I needed to whip out the Flylady timer for some decluttering.  I need to do much the same for some exercise.  15 minutes scanning papers, 5 minutes shredding them and then perhaps 15 minutes of some exercise.  That’s only 35 minutes in my day.  I can do this.  What interesting things can I do for 15 minutes this week?

by moi  January 14, 2013 12:45 pm

A few weeks ago with some help I emptied my storage unit in Momstown, shuffled some items and opened a new unit up here.  The price is better up here, the unit is a little smaller (still much bigger than I truly need) AND most importantly I can access it.  Now my children have a dresser they can use and I have a place remove more clutter from my apartment.  Please note I did say SHUFFLE here.

Goal: 1 box of shredded papers by Saturday

This shuffling is not clearing out clutter per say, it’s moving it out of view.  I have lots of boxes to go through and things to remove.  I discovered there was more in that storage unit than I remembered.  There were at least 3 boxes of pictures and 2 boxes of figurines for the brother and I to go through.  I’m going to need a scanning party to go through most of this stuff.  I will have to set that up on a weekend just to do what I have in my apartment then I can begin on the storage unit.  I see some projects in my future.

It is time to pull out the timer and do this in 15 minute chunks of time.  Oh and then remember to shred the important docs and remove the recycling from my place.  Ok, here’s my plan this week, clear part of my craft table, pull out the printer and scan while I watch TV and veg in the evenings after work.  I can do this.  Goal: 1 box of shredded papers by Saturday.  I can do this!

by moi  January 9, 2013 12:47 pm

I decided a very long time ago that one can only really support one charity well.  You can’t support them all or you’ll go broke.  It feels good to give and it feels good to support a cause.  My charity choice is the fight against breast cancer.  If it sounds as if I’m coming up on a dilemma you would be right.  Its time to decide if I should walk the Susan G. Koman 3-Day this year.

One might ask what the dilemma is and I would reply there are a number of small ones that lead to the final answer.  I’ve done this walk before in 2007 – Seattle.  I learned a good number of things from doing it.  I became the fittest I ever have been since having children.  I walked more that summer than I ever thought I could.  I had a  small support group that included a friend or two to walk with me and a husband that made sure I had time away from the kids to get my walk time in.  This time would be a little different.

I learned that you can raise $2,200 through hard work and the help of friends.  Walking in the rain is necessary and wet.  Good friends will help you through thick and thin.  After raising the money to be able to walk, walking or not walking isn’t an issue.  Pacing yourself during the walk to preserve your own health and well being is not a crime.  Being tired at the end of your day is not an excuse to skip an awesome dance party on Saturday night.

I walked as a single walker with no team.  I think I would change that this time around.  Because I am short and have very short little legs, I walk slower than most people.  I’m slow and steady.  I walked with people as my pace and their pace came in sync.  I would want to find a group with which to walk should I do it again.  A team is better equipped to fund raise.

My dilemmas.  I thought about doing this walk last year while I wasn’t working.  I wasn’t feeling it.  Part of me doesn’t feel quite right raising money for a charity when I am in debt or not working.  It might appear that I would pocket money for my own expenses.  I’m working now so that perception has essentially gone away.  Fund raising is hard.  I wasn’t in the frame of mind to get fit.  This is an undertaking not to be taken lightly.  Either you decide to do it and DO IT or you do not.

The final dilemma I had over this walk, especially last year, was the stance Susan G. Komen took with Planned Parenthood.  It was a complete deal breaker for me last year.  I may make a post of its own on this dilemma another time to explain in depth my feelings.  I came to a conclusion that the only real player in the world for the cure for breast cancer IS Susan G. Komen.  If I want to support research for a cure for this particular kind of cancer then I need to get over my own politics and get behind SGK.  Its the right thing to do.

Pondering all sides.  I will make a decision by March 1st.

by moi  January 7, 2013 12:16 am

Today’s post is cross category, it’s both debt and clutter.  I’ll explain in a moment.

I’ve been trying to figure out how to get a bit of traffic here.  I’ve been posting for over a year.   I fell down a bit last year when my mother passed away and did some random posting over the next few months (early 2012) and back filling where it seemed right to follow the timeline on some of my debt.  The past 2 months I finally sat down and attempted to write more often.

In updating over the past 2 weeks I reviewed a few things.  My weight has gone down, up and now a few more pounds down.  My clutter, um my clutter has gotten worse despite feeble attempts.  I keep trying and I don’t post much because I don’t feel there has been any real accomplishment.  The debt portion, well that seems to be real measurable success.  I’m not going to stop any distinct part of this blog because for me, they are truly tied together.  It fits for me.

This is where I need to work on traffic here.  I believe there is a sense of success when one is actually being read and possibly encouraged.  I found this gem Monetize Your Blog, part 4: 13 Great ways to build your traffic.  Most of these I already knew about only I haven’t taken advantage.  Well here we go, this is my first non commercial blog/website link.  Nothing in it for me folks, just sending traffic to a nicely written concise “How To” article.

It fits for me.

There are some things I have done, some I didn’t think of and others I won’t do.  Because I choose to blog anonymously I am not using my “home” Facebook account to publish things.  I want full disclosure on the numbers and my “dirty little secrets” here so I’d just rather they didn’t know the REAL me.  I hope that makes sense.  Due to this fact I can’t really advertise via Facebook.  I do have a Twitter account connected to the blog and an Etsy account.  I’ll just have to comment on other blogs with a link back here.

So, why is this a cross post?  I’m cleaning up my blog clutter!  The debt part is actually in the title of the link, “Monitize Your Blog.”  It will be a long time before this blog generates any sort of money and when it does, it will either pay down the debt, pay for the website hosting or start saving for the future.



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