Craigslist Items 1.0


Today went just like I planned, I got my walk out of the way before it got too hot out and then when I got home I got busy working on things to post on Craigslist.

The first thing I had to do was find the power cord for this:


Thank goodness I finally found it.  That was scary. How do you sell an incomplete anything?

Then I took pictures of this to post:


I hope that sells.  It a brand new ukulele and its just sitting in a closet.  What a waste!

Then after a few times my laptop froze AGAIN, even after I reformatted it -  I decided sell it too:


So all of those items are on up for sale and I hope that they sell this weekend, it would be great timing!

But we all now how Craigslist is, very iffy!  But wish me luck. 

I have other items to put up there as well.  So Craigslist 2.0 soon!  ;-)

I had to reformat my other old laptop this morning, the one I am typing on.  Its been in the drawer so long I forgot my password!  It is such a POS I have no idea how long its going to last.  But I will get as much as I can out of it.

I hope your day is going well and that it is cooler where you are.  I am in triple digits and its so hot right now.  Ugh, there goes the electricity bill!

Talk to you soon!



Here We Go!

Hello, hello!

Last night we had an community board meeting and  I’m on the board.  It was quite an eye opener to sit there as residence talked about pipe leaks, mold abatement costs, lawsuits and money.  Remember, I know only too well about the plumbing issues in this place as that is what happened to me 10 years ago when I bought it and part of the reason I’m in BK. 

As I sat there I wondered…. If they only knew how close to the edge I live!  What would I do if it was in my building again?  How would I pay for it?  My answer to myself was… I’d figure it out.  I’d borrow money, let them lien my condo, somehow, I would make it work.

It was just another reminder that I probably didn’t make a financially sound decision booking and paying for the trip to Cabo.  Let me tell you this…its probably the last actual vacation until the BK is discharged!  I probably should have waited until half way to do it, but we are almost there. 

I already feel the stress in my tummy,  I sure hope it doesn’t throw me into a flare!  Crossed fingers.

Last night after I got home from some errands and work, I decided to reformat one of my laptops, it was unresponsive and I am over it.  This will save  quite a bit by making this live longer.


This newly formatted laptop should last us for awhile, at least a year or so.

Then I thought… hmmm, what can I sell?


I remembered this Keyboard and Ukulele in my daughters closet.  I also have her old DS as well as the Pink Chandelier! ( I gotta get that painted!)

Tonight I’m putting them all on Craigs list.  Tomorrow I’m going to go thru my closets and start packing things into big, plastic trash bags to get ready for a garage sale.  

I have lots of clothes and stuff that I didn’t have time to go thru for the last one.  I think I can make at least $100.00 and that will help.

The pantry is full, I have staples and just need to buy a few things for my daughter to eat for her lunches next week, but we are pretty good for the most part.

I am constantly thinking about money and how to save it and make it stretch even more than I did before! 

Today I brought my breakfast (as I always do) this will be a staple for me for awhile! Have you ever noticed the less money you have the more carbs  get consumed?


I hope you are all doing well and that with my ups and downs maybe you see something of me in you! 

Maybe you need a vacation and need to just do it, maybe you decided wow, what a bad idea she made, I won’t do that. 

Either way, I am glad you are here on the journey with me as I try to navigate this BK and live a life that I won’t totally regret!

I am off to start my weekend and hopefully get some stuff ready to sell.



We Are Going to Cabo!


YIKES -  I did it.  We are going to Cabo!  I can’t get out of it now, even if I tried. YIKES!


I seriously cannot believe I did that!

But here some good news!  The hotel cost $279.00 total, not EACH! 

So it is half what I thought it would cost.  Thank goodness!


The airfare wasn’t cheap, but at least its non-stop each way and its only a couple of hours each way and that was the cheapest I could find.

The deal at the hotel includes a dinner cruise:


It also includes a shuttle to the hotel.  I have to figure out how to get to the airport the day we leave though. Hopefully they won’t charge too much!  4 nights.  Really good Travelzoo deal.


So freaking pretty.


I will need to park my car at the airport and I think I know a place that I used to use that is reasonable.  Maybe $80.00 for the four nights.  I’ll confirm.

This is going to be expensive, however, relatively speaking, but we are going to Mexico!!   It is the first time my kid gets to use her passport.

The incidentals are going to add up.  Food, cost for baggage, car park, etc. We will need to check two bags and carry on two bags and within my bag will be a bottle of wine!  Winking smile  Trader Joes cheap, two buck Chuck!  Winking smile

I’m on a mission now to be able to bounce back from this expense.  I hope and pray that there are no emergencies in my immediate future. If they are, well, I will deal!

Omg, we are going to Mexico!  September 2014. I can’t believe we actually  have something to look forward to! 

Okay, now to address the Debbie Downer comments and believe me, I hear ya!  Actually, I don’t think of you as Debbie Downer at all, I think of you as Patty Practical!   Ha ha, I just made that up!  You are all right, every single word of advice you gave was sound.  Unfortunately, I am shooting from the hip right now, and I already shot by the time I read your comments!  

Will I be sorry, lets hope not, was it smart, definitely not, am I looking forward, yep.  Will I lose sleep, probably.

I’m not spending a dime this month or next in order to pay for this (which btw is completely paid for from this check!). I’m a good juggler!  But lets just hope I don’t lose my transmission or any other emergency or I am screwed… but I will deal.

Stay tuned for lots of sweat and fretting and probably lots ways I stay cheap!



Cabo on My Mind


TGIF, Okay, actually it is only Tuesday, but I can’t wait for Friday because it is my day off!   I Can.not.wait!

I know exactly what I’m going to do!

1)  Sleep in a little
2) Take kid to her camp
3) Go for my lake walk, eat an egg white with a side of fruit
4) Clean out my closets (clothes and linen, including products) while I sip coffee and pet cats in-between keep/toss decisions
5) Think about what I can sell at the garage sale that I am  having soon
6) Think about what I can sell online
     Keyboard, Chandelier, and DS that didn’t sell before and maybe my kids ukulele that she never used

7) Day dream about our vacation to Cabo!


Because come hell or high water, who cares if  I can’t afford it and it is financially a bad idea …

We are going!

I am so over this life and in need of a vacation that I’m at the point that if I don’t get at least 4 days out of here I’m seriously going to end up in the Looney bin with a serious meltdown!  Winking smile

I’m looking/watching/searching for the best deals in town. I haven’t found any but one on TravelZoo and if it is still available tomorrow, I’m buying it!  Fingers Crossed.

Less than $600.00 for 4 nights and a really nice hotel in the heart of town.  Then of course there is airfare, but I’ll worry about that little nugget next month! 

The trade off is no golf tourneys for a few months.  My kid has one coming up next week that is already paid for and she can do clinics and golf a round here and there, but we need to spread the resources around a bit and this is where I want/need to spread them too!

We are both dying to get out of dodge.  Nothing else sounds good, not even Hawaii. 

We want to skedaddle to Mexico!


Keep your fingers crossed that we can somehow pull some funds together for this trip! 

Hopefully October!  That is my goal.

I will let you know tomorrow if I got the hotel then I need to worry about the airfare!

Adios Amigos!



Oh Wait, reality check!  I just called my mom to fess up about thinking about Cabo and well a trip to Portland has to be made.  How the hell can I do it all?  There is only so much.  Something is gonna pop!

Touching Base with my iPad


I thought I would touch base using my iPad as my laptop is 1) in the other room and 2) I am too lazy to go get it!

Not much going on, work still sucks and probably will from here on out!  The company has changed and you know what?  I could not care less really!  It’s just a job!  ;-)

Oh and I suppose it helps that 1) today I called an attorney friend and she gave me four names of attys with public agency employment experience and 2) I called the Union and confirmed that I have just as much protection  as a due paying member AND she told me that I can get a rep from the union to come to any meetings that might come up!  I told her a few things and she advised me to document, document, document!  Starting with the resume incident.  ;-)

Besides that I am on a mission to go on a vaca!

I cannot tell you how much my kid and I need one!  More on that later!

For now I better get some shut eye!  Hope all is well!




For You!


I wanted to post something!  So I posted this bouquet of Peonies for you.  I hope you enjoy this delicate flower as much as I do.

This has been a strange week and I’m trying so hard not to let it affect me emotionally, but it is.  I am hiding at work and trying to just stay way from people.  I’m afraid I am not a very sunny person right now.

Yesterday I found an old resume of mine on my chair. I have no idea how it got there or who had it, but it just suddenly appeared.  I asked my boss if I should take that as a hint, he said my coworker was cleaning out stuff and probably left it. I still think it was completely uncool, with no note.  Whatever!  If I didn’t feel like this is such a hostile environment right now I probably wouldn’t of thought twice about it.

So I just let it go.  I really do need to wrap my arms around the fact that this is just a way to pay bills and its not forever.  I just hate not liking my employer.  It really stinks.

Okay, but beyond all that, I hope you have a great weekend and I cannot wait for 5:00!



The Old Closed Door Trick

Hi all,

Well, today was not much better than yesterday!


Lots of closed doors and tight lips.

Lots of people walking around with their heads down (or up their asses) not quite sure which!

Funny.  This feels much like it did back in the day when I worked in Aerospace and layoffs were imminent, then datacomm, same thing, telecomm, yep same thing.  It was not a good time between 1995 and 2000!

This is a public agency and it takes quite a bit to lay off people or fire them.  So I am not “too” worried, but one never knows.  You just never know!

I thought I was already in the poor house, but soon I could find my self in the really poor and desparate house!

I just keep plugging along.  I was asked to work some OT tonight, maybe that’s when they will hand me my pink slip!

Ya just never know! 

Thank you for every single bit of advice and support.  I’m looking now to see what a resume actually looks like these days!