Sunday, February 28, 2010

What is your dream job?

I have to say---that while I enjoy my job for the most part, some days I wish I could retire from it and just open up my own coffee shop/thrift store/community drop-in/referral center. I tell my husband this every day. He thinks I am nuts and says that the rent alone to set up this kind of business venture here would never get things off the ground. Sadly, he's probably right.

House Hunters International

I love this show!!!! I was up around 2:30 this morning so was watching a couple decide amongst 3 small cottages in Tuscany on acres of land, for about 1/2 the cost of our home here on pricey Long Island, NY. I thought to myself, how cool is that? Granted the houses they were looking at were super-small (one and two rooms) and needed major upgrades, but still-----it sounds like such an amazing thing to be able to do.

I spoke with my husband about it this morning and said that if we could, we should do something similar. Instead of raising another kid in the suburbs of NYC.

Sigh-----I guess I can dream right?

March budgeting challenge

Inspired by several message boards I frequent, I have decided to take on a budgeting challenge this month. Basically, what this means for me is limiting my out of habit shopping trips to the grocery store and Target, and making do with what I already have on hand.

I stocked up this weekend on meats and such and I am going to use this cooking site for sticking to what I've got.

I will allow myself one or two splurges a week, given it's already budgeted for.

Otherwise, I am going to try to stick to only purchasing the basics (i.e. fresh fruits and veggies, milk, bread, diapers and formula).

Anyone else want to participate and let me know how you do? I am thinking I can save an extra $300.00 a month easily by avoiding my frequent trips to these two stores alone.

I can probably save another $200.00 easily by not purchasing other items such as Old Navy's "Item of the Week". Do I really NEED another 3 or 4 tank tops just because they are on sale for five bucks? LOL

Saturday, February 27, 2010


Welcome to my little bit of space on the web. I had a blog in the past, but I really hadn't done a good job of keeping up with it and the content IMO was starting to get a little bit stale and boring. So here I am, doing my blog version of a "mommy makeover" har har har.

I just put my son to bed, so I am enjoying some mint tea (in a big coffee-shop style mug of course, my favorite way to drink it) and watching Law & Order. I am waiting for a Lifetime movie about sorority dirty rushing to come on.

Speaking of sororities...........I graduated from mine over 10 years ago believe it or not. They are having a 20 year reunion this April but I don't think I am going to go. I just don't feel connected to it anymore. It was a good time back in the day, but it's amazing how much I have changed since then.

Sadly, I do long for that connection to other women though, and find this is a big thing missing in my life right now. Nowadays, all I really do is work and come home and be with my son. Not that I mind that. But still......I wish I had time to go out and be around other women more often. It's so hard though. Do you get time to make connections with other women in your life? How do you do it?