Wednesday, April 29, 2009

My horoscope says I'll be fine.

Because money is so, so tight right now (for a variety of reasons, from the PA Department of Revenue to travel expenses), I have taken a few steps to save and generally manage my money better:

1. Cancel automatic transfers from my bank account to my savings account and investment plan. This is only temporary, but completely necessary right now, because it's better to pay off credit cards and loans (things that accrue interest) than to chip away at those things and let other funds simmer and earn a rate of interest that isn't even comparable to what I'm paying.

2. Since I'm in the habit of paying quite a bit more than the minimum payment on bills, I'm going to take advantage of the head start I gave myself and pay the minimums for a little while.

3. Because of my former Mary Kay business, I have two credit cards with the same company. I'm going to pay one off and only keep the one with the smaller APR. That's a no-brainer.

4. Cook! Or, um...prepare my own meals. The term "cooking" is a little ambitious for me, as I am huge fan of sandwiches, salads, and smoothies-- things that don't require a stove or oven (even of the micro variety!)... and, I guess, things that start with "S."

5. I would say cut down on shopping, but I spent a record low on "things" this month, so I'm going to congratulate myself and plan to keep up the good--frugal-- work.

And, finally:
6. Try to fix the aforementioned Dept. of Revenue mess. I have all of the forms necessary to file a complaint and try to make it better. Wish me luck!

Monday, April 27, 2009

#200

200th Post!!! Woohoo!!!

To raise my spirits, I bought myself a little something (with completely separate PayPal spending money, I might add), and it came today! I'm so excited about it, but can't say much, because there's one on its way for you too, Mom!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Deep Thoughts

I accidentally typed "Depp Thoughts" as the title as first. Mmm, Johnny Depp.

Anyway, I had this thought as I was going for a walk today: Is Dick Tracy's name Richard, or is he just called Dick because he is one? ...a detective, I mean. I haven't seen that movie since I was little. I need to watch it again, and soon!

Today I went to a few flea markets and found some great items, including a cute little ceramic Buddha and an awesome red steel stool. Perhaps I will post pictures of them (and a feather fascinator I made yesterday that I'm VERY proud of) soon, but I'm feeling lazy in that department.

Tomorrow? Cleaning the house! YAAAAAAY!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Got a map?

My game plan is working really well. I'm feeling refreshed and optimistic about the unexpected twist in my life.

First of all, I have an apartment lined up. Actually, it's a room (and a bathroom!) in a row home in the most amazing location (walking distance to work and, well, everything else). The down side is that it's not available until June, so I have to stick it out and be strong for the rest of April and May. My plan to get through navigating the choppy waters of being broken-up-but-living-together is basically to keep myself as busy and be out of the house as much as possible. That means WORK, after-work activities (hello happy hour!), weekend trips (rockin' some Boston), and long walks whenever possible (I've taken several of these and really enjoy them).

I've also been considering a relocation...perhaps back to Boston or to LA. The more I think about this one, though, the less I think that it's a good idea for professional and financial reasons. It's time to stay at a job for more than a year, and moving is expensive enough (even in the same city) to keep it at just once in a year. I have applied to some positions in the other cities, and if something comes of them, I will DEFINITELY consider, but I think I owe it to myself, my job, and Philly to stay for just one more year. Of course, that's where I am today; who knows how I'll feel tomorrow?

That's actually been the hardest part of all of this (so far): the mood swings. Sometimes I feel amazing, optimistic, liberated, relieved that I'm single and can do whatever I want. Other times I feel hopelessly lost and lacking any sort of idea of what direction I want to take.

This is awesome/sucks.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

This is my message to you-oo-oo

Well. How do I put this? Steve and I broke up, and now it's time to move on. Without dwelling on the devastation that comes along with this (on this blog-- of course I dwell a little in real life), I'm going to concentrate on the things it takes to rebuild my life in singledom.

Step One: Have fun with my friends.*
Tomorrow after work I'm going out for drinks and a movie with three lovely ladies. Where we will be enjoying our libations is to be determined, but we're going to a sneak preview of Earth, which is sure to be adorable, educational and comforting. Also, next weekend, I'm planning to take a trip up to Boston to see and romp with Bobbie!

Step Two: Move out.
I wasn't initially planning to do this for a variety of reasons, but it has become clear to me that I really should. I'd like to live by myself, sans roommate(s), so I'm looking at studios. That will also save me money because I won't have to buy a couch and all sorts of other kinds of furnishings. I have an appointment to see one in a really great neighborhood on Friday, so my fingers are crossed.

Step Three: Feel my best.**
Eat well and exercise! Go out! Have fun!

Step Four: Look my best.**
No slacking in the aesthetic maintenance department! It's so easy to want to roll out of bed and go to work with bed-head and dressed in my pajamas, but I have a stylish reputation to uphold. Plus, fashion is interesting and fun to me, so why not put thought and effort into it?

Step Five: Continue to excel at work.**
While I don't think people should have to check their personal baggage at the office door, I don't plan to get bogged down with mine. I'm a rock star at work, and I intend to keep it that way.

*This step is clearly one that is continuous and was always in my game plan, but right now, it's crucial that I keep myself busy and surrounded by fun, loving, and fun-loving people.
**These are obviously continuous, too. I just need to make sure I remember their importance during this trying time.

Every little thing is gonna be alright.

Friday, April 10, 2009

The South, Parties, and Something Nice

Well, I am back! I feel generally refreshed and energized, even though I awoke with a cold on the day of our departure from Savannah. The Hostess City is beautiful, and I am SO GLAD I finally got to visit! Pictures are definitely coming soon, though I have to admit that I wasn't really in a picture-taking mood. But there are a few good ones.

Other pictures coming soon? A few select Jem ones: I looked truly outrageous. The party was great, and it ended a little early, which I was actually happy about because I got there early to help clean. And OH. MY. GOD. was there a lot to clean! I don't know how these two friends of mine could live in a place so cluttered/messy/dirty (yes, actually dirty)/disorganized. I mean, I'm a very neat, organized person, but their place was a nightmare even for some slobs. I wish there had been "before and after" pictures taken.

Plans for the weekend: a Pierogi party and that's about it. I hope I'm feeling better by tomorrow.

Other TILFT: Well, there is this trip to France...



...AAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

gather no moss.

Oh man. I have been buuuuusy.

Quick recap:
+ PROM! My hard work paid off, and the event was a beautiful success! It actually kind of worked out that all my friends flaked and decided not to come, since I was running around doing crap all night. I did get a little bit of dancing in, though. Check out pictures here.

+ Sex Ed Lobby Day! I spent all day Tuesday at the state capitol meeting with representatives to try and convince them to co-sponsor two different sex ed-related acts that have just been introduced. For more, see Beth Bruce...I'll eventually write something about the acts.

+ Sara's Birthday! On her actual birthday (also Tuesday), we went out to an AMAZING dinner at a gay restaurant/club. Turns out they have a great brunch deal, so we're planning to return on Sunday after her birthday party.

+ Pedro! I attended another PP affiliate's watch party for the premiere of the MTV movie about Pedro Zamora last night. The event was great, and the movie was really cheesy. In a good way.

WHEW!

I finally get to relax tonight. I made it a point to keep it plan-free so that I can recharge a bit before some more craziness. What's happening next...

~ My Jem costume: Work on it was on hold for a while because of Prom and Lobby Day, but the party is on Saturday, so I really need to get back on it. My priorities: 1) Finagling the awesome silver-fringed belt, and 2) Potentially making the prom dress a mini mini. I already hemmed it to be a respectable knee-length with some tulle sticking out (definitely re-wearable), but think a tiny dress is more appropriate for Jem. I can't decide!

~ Drinks with some friends and, potentially, Steve (!) on Friday night. He may get a last-minute gig, but as of right now he has the night off so I'm going to take advantage of it.

~ Packing for Savannah! Oh yes. I cannot wait.