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Feeling whiny

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Man, being an adult stinks sometimes.

Brad and I recently sat down and talked about our financial goals, mapped out a savings plan, opened an account together, and life is good. We talked about how I'd keep my car as long as I could to save money... it's almost always cheaper to fix the car than it is to buy a new one. But that's not the point.

When I graduated college and got my first "real" job, I thought "man, I'm sick of taking my car in for oil changes and seeing little things that are wrong with it." So one weekend, I took my old car to the VW dealership and walked away with a brand-spankin'-new Jetta. I loved my car! It had heated seats, a sunroof, a turbo engine... wahoo!

I still love my car, but I get much more frustrated with it. When I bought it, I didn't do very much research. I was much less "responsible" than I am now. Didn't bother researching that VWs are expensive to fix, and not every mechanic works on them. (I have gone to two places close to my house that "don't work on Volkswagens... they are too much trouble.") I have a great mechanic, but he's about 30 minutes from my work, which is about 40 minutes from my house. Sigh... he's probably saved me tons of money that i would have spent at the dealer, but the problems are coming much more frequently. I had my car in last month to replace some parts, and today my car was acting up again. So in it's going again.

In my former life, I would have traded it in about a year ago. But in this life, I'm working on saving money and figuring out what's really important to me. And I really *like* not having a car payment. That's a lot of money!

So I was all ready to head to the gym after school, but that's when my car started going nuts. (well, not really nuts, just doing a weird bucking thing that it does sometimes.) I went home instead of the gym so I could call my mechanic before he closed. And after I called him, I just got so bummed out. I am usually pretty positive when it comes to things like this, but I just feel like BLAH. I ate two chocolate cupcakes, an English muffin, AND a bowl of soup. And then I took a nap. Yes, a nap at 6:30pm. Either I'm really bummed out about my car or I'm fighting off a sickness WHILE I'm bummed out about my car. I'm cold and tired, and all I want to do is lie on the couch..

Phew!

It's hard to be positive all the time. I hate to complain, but I need to get it out. Hopefully I'll get some perspective about this and I'll be back to my usually peppy self. But for now, I just want to mope. Maybe I'll take a bath and go to bed early. I think Brad said we could take the car in early tomorrow morning. Which would be nice, because all I want to do right now is go to sleep.

Ugh.

  
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RACING4ME 1/14/2011 4:45PM

    Man I can soooo relate to that! When Don came home from Depot, we bought a beater car because we needed another one (the Suburban was just to expensive to use commuting 5 hours every 4 days). The white beast ended up breaking down on the side of the road needing a tow-truck 5 times before I finally parked it 4 months after I bought it.

Tomorrow is a new day hon...hopefully the fix is easy and inexpensive!

Hugs,
T

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TORTUETOO 1/14/2011 3:16PM

    Man, I know exactly how you feel. I bought my little blue 2004 Hyundai brand spankin' new and I LOVED that car. I had it paid off within 2 years and it was in great shape. And then that accident happened right before Thanksgiving and it got totaled. And I got basically no money for it. And I can't afford a new car. So now I'm stuck in a Toyota that I don't really like (but bought because it was reliable and basically the best I could do without buying a pile that was probably going to need repairs in a year or so) and with a car payment that I had to cancel my cable to be able to afford.

You're right, being an adult does suck. Hugs and chocolate to both of us.
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PINKCOCONUT 1/14/2011 7:46AM

    I heard VW's are like the MAC's of the car world in regards to fixing them, you can only go to specific places!

Hope it's not a big problem to fix! I hate it when things like that happen out of nowhere!

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LALAFLOWERS 1/14/2011 7:03AM

    That sucks!!! I too have /had a Jetta.. and loved it for the first 10 or so years!! Now.. it's going on 15, and still in the driveway! Luckily, Hubby is able to rebuild everything on it, so we only have to pay for parts! He's even rebuilt, and fixed the AC and heat! But... He's the one who drives it now.. It's hard when you have to make a decision between big car payments, or big repair bills... You guys will figure it out! And.. yep,... I get the hiding from reality. I've done it too... I know you'll step up and go about your plan today. HUGS! (And it sucks having to be a grown up.. doesn't it!)

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PILLOWFOOL 1/13/2011 11:38PM

    {hugs} car problems are the worst. I'm so sorry! and there's really no positive - because either you shell out tons of money on the old car over and over or you have to fork out a HUGE wad of money for a car payment every month. you're totally justified to mope. I don't know a whole lot of people who could remain positive at this point. but hopefully it will get better soon!

I know you - and tomorrow you'll wake up feeling better (I hope, if you're not sick) and you'll take your car to the mechanic and find out what's wrong and get it fixed and you'll see the silver lining in all of tomorrow's minor difficulties. do not stress too much about feeling mopey today! you'll climb out!

{more hugs!}

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KATZABELLAMAMA 1/13/2011 10:07PM

    I hear ya! We just went through the same thing. Except my bf went the other route he bought a brand new truck.



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BOBBYD31 1/13/2011 8:29PM

    sorry to hear this! i hate cars because when you stop paying on them then your paying to fix them. hope it is something small and inexpensive

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HEALTHYASHLEY 1/13/2011 8:15PM

    It's good to acknowledge you're upset. My car has a lot of problems so I totally get it. Hugs.

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BRAINYBLONDE5 1/13/2011 8:12PM

    let it out. you cant be positive all the time and lets be honest, this situation SUCKS. take some vitamin c and sleep! tomorrow is a new day :)

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BLEGNER1 1/13/2011 7:58PM

    You are having a pity party and that is all right we all have them. It is how you stop wallowing in the party that makes the difference. I told my daughter the same thing this evening and she has a lot going on with herself and the three kids. It is how you talk to yourself that makes a difference. Talk positive to yourself even if nothing else seems to agree. It will make you feel positive and turn around the blah feelings

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Over the hump

Thursday, January 13, 2011

One of my favorite parts about having snow days in the middle of the week is that it's like a mini-weekend. How nice. So two days left in the week. Yay!

Yesterday was a wonderfully lazy day. I am getting a little better at balancing time doing things with time not doing things. Brad put it very well yesterday - he said that I always do things with purpose. Which is really very nice of him.

We are getting another veggie share this summer! I can't wait. We got the renewal form, and I had to double check because of our plans to move, and it works out that we will be able to take advantage of another farm season. Last summer's veggies were awesome. I didn't realize how much I'd enjoy having those fresh veggies every week!

Today:
- water!!!!
- cardio and stretch after school (probably elliptical...)
- make lunch for tomorrow
- get morning gym clothes ready

Have a super day!

  
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PILLOWFOOL 1/13/2011 12:04PM

    the veggie co-op/share thing is something I totally want to look into when we move back to the states. I know we'd get a lot of use out of it and I love the idea of having fresh veggies while supporting local farms and farmers. yay that you get to take advantage of that for another year!

hope you're having a great day!

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GSDMIKE 1/13/2011 10:54AM

    CSA shares tend to stretch your boundaries. I remember the first time I had a kohlrabi staring back at me out of the box, thinking, what the heck am I supposed to do with that!?

The farm we shared in did dropoff points instead of home delivery, so they would have "sharing" boxes at the dropoffs where you could put stuff you didn't want and take stuff that other people didn't want. I stopped our share when I started gardening myself. Though I do miss it at times.

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PINKCOCONUT 1/13/2011 10:11AM

    So jealous about the veggie share! We tried it last year and Alan wasn't convinced with the prices so we stopped. But I LOOOOOVED having veggies handed to me at my door and knowing they were all organic.

Granted, in the winter, most of the organics were still shipped from overseas so if I were to do it again, I'd only do it seasonally or else, what's the point? I want organic AND local!

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BRAINYBLONDE5 1/13/2011 9:01AM

    a veggie share sounds sooo cool even though i have no idea what it is! haha my neighbor grows tomatoes so we get some of them in the summer! have an awesome day & keep doing things with purpose! i read that when you focus on what youre doing when you are working out you actually burn more and work the muscle better! :)

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 1/13/2011 8:39AM

    Carrie-how do I look into that in my area?What organization?
So happy you're refreshed from your 'humpday'.

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COOPSM 1/13/2011 7:51AM

    Carrie---I will be doing the CSA this year too...looking forward to it!!!

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MRSSIBRAT 1/13/2011 7:34AM

    what is a veggie share?!

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[tumbleweeds going by]

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Well, not much to report.

It was a snow day, so I had a Belgian waffle for breakfast. A gigantic, delicious Belgian waffle.

I drank a lot of water, and took a lot of naps.

Laundry got done, and the downstairs got vacuumed.

Car is shoveled out.

I love these little mid-week breaks!

  
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COOPSM 1/12/2011 9:55PM

    Sounds like a great day to me!!!!

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KATZABELLAMAMA 1/12/2011 7:28PM

    I wish we could have snow days, enjoy them while you can.

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It's almost gone!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Christmas Cookie Pudge, I mean. On January 3rd, I put on my pants to go to work. That morning, I stood in front of the kids with my hands on my hips and felt something that wasn't there before the break. Overhang. I remember listening to the kids sing, and not paying any attention to them. Instead, I was thinking "man, I really *did* eat too many cookies."

My life ain't what it used to be.

In a previous life, I would have not noticed this pudge, or else I would have denied that it was there. "I think my pants shrunk." But not in this life. I worked out a plan, got in more water than ever, started working out smarter than ever before, and by golly, it's almost gone!

The proof is in the pudding. Staying off the scale over the holidays didn't prevent the Cookie Pudge from happening. Which is kind of an interesting thing. It's easy to say "I'm going to stay off the scale for _____ amount of time. It doesn't matter what the scale says." We all hate the scale (well, in general). Staying off the scale doesn't change the fact that my pudge was there... Whether I gained 2 pounds or 5 pounds, the pudge still happened. The scale just let me know how much my pudge weighed.

So yesterday, hands on hips, I felt the difference. It only took a week, but it was a hard week. I could have just ignored the problem, but then I would have been a week behind. Last Monday I thought "man, I'll never get this off. I worked so hard!" and I was a little bummed. But if I hadn't just sucked it up and gone to the gym, I'd *still*be feeling bummed.

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Snow snow snow... it's hopefully on its way!

Today:
- lower body circuit at the gym
- water water water!
- be positive!
- Brad's birthday - I bought Prosecco and Grand Marnier for a treat, and we might be cooking up a steak for dinner. Not sure yet.

Have a super day!

  
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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 1/13/2011 8:40AM

    Good bye,Pudge! Don't come back!!!!

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LONGWINDINGROAD 1/11/2011 4:45PM

    I'm so happy for you! You saw the problem…made a plan…then went for it! And you did an amazing job…1 WEEK?! This just proves what a lot of hard work can do!

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JOPAPGH 1/11/2011 10:35AM

    Good job. My recovery is still a work in progress.

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PINKCOCONUT 1/11/2011 10:03AM

    Nice job! Amazing how fast it comes on and how much work it takes to get it off but you did it!

And happy birthday to Brad!

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BRAINYBLONDE5 1/11/2011 9:38AM

    woohoo! i am so happy for you! keep kickin butt! :)

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TEDDYBABE 1/11/2011 8:54AM

    It happens to all os. The important part is that you identified and regrouped! Good job!

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GRANLUND 1/11/2011 7:12AM

    Glad to hear of your progress....it gives me hope! I wish I was one of those people who didn't like sweets, it would make my life so much easier!

Have a great week.

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LAGREBE 1/11/2011 6:44AM

    Trooper attitude!

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MRSSIBRAT 1/11/2011 6:30AM

    i got the pudge too! good job on kicking it's butt to the curb :)

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COOPSM 1/11/2011 6:03AM

    Nice job on getting rid of the "pudge"...enjoy dinner tonight....

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One week at a time...

Monday, January 10, 2011

I'm not too good at looking far into the future and setting goals. I just don't work that way. So this year, when I did my "resolutions," I decided to start with committing to a plan for January. And since even a month is a long time for me, I thought I'd just plan out my schedule week by week and see what happens. So far it's been a wonderful thing. While it's hard for me to see all the way to February, I *can* see until Saturday.

This helps immensely on days like today, when all I wanted to do was stay in bed. Too much football and beer yesterday does not make for a happy Carrie at 5:00am when the alarm goes off. But I thought of my weekly plan, how I had everything all figured out, and it made it a little less horrible getting up. "If I miss today, then I have to rework my whole week." If I were thinking of the whole month, I probably would have thought "Well, it's only the 10th, I can make this up at some point." So there it is.

My car is warming up, I have my bag ready to go... off to the gym for a bit of circuit training!

Have a super day!

  
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PILLOWFOOL 1/11/2011 1:02AM

    you're my hero. I didn't even have football and beer last night and didn't make it out of bed until 9:15 - you are awesome. and even though you are kicking my ass in words with friends I am loving that too :)

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RUNNINGWILD 1/10/2011 9:47PM

    Beer & football have been known to kick my butt a few times. Or hockey & beer... but generally, I just give in. Way to go Carrie!

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JOPAPGH 1/10/2011 10:53AM

    Nice approach. Hope it's a healthy and productive day.

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PINKCOCONUT 1/10/2011 10:44AM

    I like your goal setting, it's immediate and gives you more focus!

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LALAFLOWERS 1/10/2011 8:40AM

    Glad you made it! You know you feel better when you do!

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JUDYFRANCE 1/10/2011 8:26AM

    Did you see the SP article today about streaking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource
/motivation_articles.asp?id=88 You're doing your weekly streaks!!

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MRSSIBRAT 1/10/2011 7:10AM

    Hope you had a great workout this morning Carrie!!PLanning a month at a time is a great idea...

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COOPSM 1/10/2011 7:09AM

    One week at a time is a great plan....enjoy the gym today!!!!

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