Other possible titles for this post include:
“Pay your bills on time, dummy”
“Ignoring responsibilities does not make them go away.”
“Putting out fires.”
I bet you have no idea what I am going to talk about today, huh?
Yesterday I had the best of intentions of making a serious dent in my to-do list. First up, I wanted to blog. Well if you saw my meltdown on Twitter then you know that went over less well than I had hoped. Something way beyond my control was messed up behind the scenes and I spent a solid block of my morning on the phone with my hosting company. They were very helpful (and calm…me, not so much) and after a while we got everything straightened out. I still ended up losing the post, which was unfortunate, but a small price to pay to have my blog intact!
(Lunch: Mixed lettuce with Dr. Preager’s vegetable burger, purple potatoes, tomato, mixed vegetables, homemade hummus, and balsamic vinaigrette.)
After the meltdown, I rewrote the Suck It Up Saturday post and moved forward with the day. “Still plenty of time to get things accomplished,” I told myself. So I start shuffling through the pile of papers I have neglected to organize since I moved home in December. Think things like my marathon confirmation, my Foodbuzz contract, the documents to my car, car insurance ext.
Did you catch that last one? Car insurance. Since I was 16 I have paid my car insurance, except instead of paying it directly to the company I paid the Bank of Mom and Dad (it’s very official). So I thought nothing of it when I received a new written policy last month after I purchased a new (used) car.
Long story short, Chef Bob told me that this policy was in my name and my responsibility and I nodded my head like a good kid telling him I understood. Except I didn’t and the bill is due not later than June 6th and I had not thought a thing of it. Only by chance because I was going through those papers did I figure out that I had a bill to pay. Talk about a naive moment. I was not proud, but it was certainly a reality check that these things take organization and work to stay on top of.
(Dinner courtesy of Chef Bob: Unnamed vegetable burger with goat cheese, onion, and ketchup. Served alongside corn (x3) and the best asparagus I have ever had.)
Fortunately, my parental units are crazy organized when it comes to finances so Smutha Mutha and I had an impromptu financial lesson where I was able to get all sorts of things ironed out. Whew. Getting myself settled in D.C. is certainly going to be a learning experience. I anticipate a lot of curveballs ahead.
(Master editing skillz so no one can find me at work. But this is my version of ‘keep calm and carry on.’)
The day was pretty much shot after that. I was mentally wiped. So the remainder of the evening was spent going to 2 grocery stores to acquire this weeks haul. Despite my best attempts to stay around my food budget (which includes returning $9 cherries, thank you very much), I failed miserably. I am such a sucker for new food finds. But check out how cute these little peppers are! I can’t wait to snack on them!
(Food and technology. Two of my favorite things.)
Today I am focusing on going through the boxes I never unpacked from college and throwing away unnecessary items. This is, after a long workout. Boy do I need it.
If you made it to the end of this post, mazel tov. Please answer today’s questions and enlighten me on a subject I clearly know nothing about.
Questions: Who taught you how to manage your finances? If you taught yourself, what did you use as a resource to guide you?
I received a coupon for a free package of Dr. Praeger’s vegetables burgers at Fitbloggin’. Regardless, I would buy them anyway because they are the best.