1. Do you manage your own money or do you have a financial planner who helps in some way? Do those kinds of conversations stress you out? A lot or a little?
I used to be a lot more stressed about money but now I am finally in control of spending and understanding how much needs to be attributed where. We manage it all ourselves and after having had some credit card debt, Ash is very good and aware of his money and I know how to budget mine. We have separate checking accounts and one credit card. I pay my portion of bills and he pays his and in the end, it balances out. So we finally have this down pat.
2. The second week of October is Pet Peeve week. Off the top of your head share TWO of your current pet peeves.
Easy! 1.) People who throw lit cigarettes out their car windows or on the ground as they enter a store. Have some common courtesy! 2.) Super liberals who want to change the world… with everyone else’s money. Get a job, hippie!
3. What is one thing you’d like to learn right now, this very week if you could?
I would love to learn how to drive stick. I have never been taught but feel it might come in handy one day. Or allow me to drive some fancy fast car.
Ebola, nil. I have not touched any personal fluids from a person infected and don’t plan to!
As for the other one, only a bit worried. More like, cautious. There have been no reported cases in my state but my mother is convinced we’re somehow going to be the first. I just watch my kids when they get sick.
5. Garfield, Nemo, or Tigger…your favorite orange cartoon character?
Oooh, tough one. I’m going with Nemo because I really do love that movie. It makes me cry.
6. I’m going to see Gone Girl with my neighborhood book club this week. So often books made into film are disappointing. What’s a book turned film you thought was well done, in that the casting was ‘like you pictured’ when you read the book, and the film plot remains mostly true to the book plot?
I’m also going to see it this Friday and I did not read the book so I know I will be kind of lost. But in terms of good movies based on books, the first one that comes to mind is The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I thought they did a great job with casting and representing all the very difficult themes present in the text.
7. What is one story your family always tells about you?
Stories about me abound, lol. There was the time when I was maybe 4 and I somehow opened the car door while driving on vacation. We were pulling into this gravel semicricle of a restaurant in Maine somewhere – this was before seatbelts -and we were in a ’56 Lincoln anyway so I fell out but my mom grabbed me. I swung out but then right back in.
Now if you mean my extended family, like my husband, he likes to recount the time I did a u-turn and didn’t quite clear the curb but instead of reversing, I panicked and went forward. He thinks it’s hilarious but it still makes my heart palpitate.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Was it last week they asked what thing(s) we were looking forward to in October? When I wrote it, I will be completely honest: I wasn’t looking forward to anything. In fact, upon realizing this, I was plunged into depression at the fact that I didn’t care or desire a thing. BUT, my brief reprieve yesterday REALLY helped. I didn’t get to do all the things I wanted to. Instead of driving out into the country and getting a sausage and a root beer, I opted to go home and have salad and in the interest of saving time, I stayed in town. I went and got some storage stuff for the kitchen and then I went into Target and browsed. Perused. I moseyed. I didn’t have to be home at a certain time. So it was a success. I felt ten times better after that. When I got home, I put all the coloring books and art supplies that were junking up this area in my kitchen into the storage drawers. Then I cleaned up our peninsula area.
Here it is when we’re all ready to sit down to Thanksgiving dinner but typically, this is a gathering place for mail and keys and junk. You can see at the end how things get pushed away. I didn’t get all the crap gone but the majority of it. We’re having friends over to watch the FSU game Saturday so I’ll feel decent about allowing them in my kitchen now.
We also put up Halloween decorations (look at pics to the right) so that has lifted my spirits as well. SO now, I am looking forward to: going to the pumpkin patch, possibly getting to do this charity bowling thing Ash’s work does (if my mom comes up to watch the kids), and going out this Friday. We saw Courtney on the way into daycare and she mentioned it but I took Ell to that party last Friday so Ash couldn’t go play his card game. BUT, he worked a deal wherein he’d skip Friday so I can go out so long as he can go Monday. Which means I will have to take all three kids with me to Isaac’s practice. I make out way better here because I have no qualms about taking them all. Ash thinks this is a negative but that’s just because he’s overwhelmed with all three. In the end, I make out better. I am excited about having some drinks with friends and seeing a movie.