Thanksgiving Week

The weekend ends today meaning that first thing in the morning we begin what will be just a two day week. I am rather excited at the prospect of not having to be somewhere at a certain time this year. I don’t even want to spend the holiday with anyone actually. I don’t enjoy holidays anymore so they are simply another day to me. I am not fond of the extended family that I married into, specifically I am not fond of the father and mother-in-law that I gained when I married. Had I been paying attention I never would have gotten married this time but that is a story for another day.

I am behind as far as my income and my household chores. Not sure how the house is so far behind since I was unable to work for two weeks because my computer was being fixed but I am, it is a realization that is not a pleasant one. I intend to spend the week off for Thanksgiving working as much as is humanly possible in order to prevent starting the new year in debt. The biggest obstacle there is getting those around me to cooperate and pay attention to what they are doing. I am determined to be divorced by the end of 2012 if it is the last thing that I do.

Well, I’ve got to get back to work if I am going to achieve my divorce goal this year. I set the same goal last year and somehow I let circumstances push me away from it.

Time of the Holidays Once Again

It is once again time for the holidays which means that I have to smile and deal with relatives. Not just any relatives but In-Laws. Hopefully with the pending divorce this will be the last year that I am forced to do this. I have never been found of them but I figured the man I married would stand up to them and make them show respect, at least when they are standing in MY home. Wrong. 

I knew when I married him that I did not like my future in-laws. I also knew that I was not in love with him but he appeared to love me and I thought in time I might be able to love him. I was wrong and it’s not fair to him. The illusion I have created is hurting everyone involved. 

Well, I’m supposed to be working so I’ll get back to it. 

An afternoon off

It’s almost 10:30 and I drop Theresa off at the clinic at 1 p.m. She’ll be staying there until 5 at the latest. I may go get her earlier if I manage to get out of the crowded store with my few purchases in a short amount of time. Against my better judgement I’m taking my other half to the store since he’s keeping my in-laws away from my house for the holidays. I’m not being hateful, they just have a tendency to irritate me butting in and offering advice when things are none of their business and they don’t pay the bills.

I’m a bit irritated that I wasn’t asked about my child leaving the house during the holiday. I’m so ill at this moment I do believe I’m going to make the rest of the year a living h*ll for everyone but me and my little angel.

Now my head hurts at the thought of my other half trying to get his parents not to do something that could undo the past year of therapy. Theresa is smarter than they are. I’m not being ugly, it’s true she actually is. OK  this is turning into a rant so I’m going away now.

Held hostage by cartoons and other useless items

Well, I’ve decided that I’m just giving up on having a vacation in this life. It seems that I’m always broke come time to take a vacation and even the most basic of plans end up being cancelled because something comes up. I can’t stand it. Oh well, that’s life.

Yesterday our speech therapist was out taking care of her son because he was sick. Well, she went to work this morning just to be called away to go pick him up because he was sick again. She did manage to get the green form I left for her yesterday so I picked that up. Tomorrow when I drop Theresa off for those four hours I’m going to pick up her progress reports from the speech therapist. That made me realize that I didn’t ask the ABA therapist for the copy of the ABLLs chart. Oh well, I’ll get it after the holiday.

At the moment I’m stuck on an article so that page is open below this one as I think about what I’m going to write next. I did some thinking about the budget. I have figured out that I have to focus on earning $44 for two phone bills and $100 for gas for my truck each month. That’s in addition to the other bills. Add at least $40 for pull-ups and that’s $184.00 that I have to earn. I have a feeling that’s not all of what I’ve got to earn. Actually I know it’s not.

The two week vacation that was cut down to a week has now cut down to so few days it’s like not having one at all. Since I have some work to do during the holiday I might as well just wait until the next time the kids are out of school to figure out what I’ll be doing and if I get a vacation anytime soon. Never mind the fact I haven’t had one in four years. I think I’m over due since I don’t get a day off.

Oh well, I’ll be going back to work now. I found the next thought for my article and some work I can do while I write it.


I can remember that I used to get excited about the holidays but that was a long time ago. I was a kid and family still enjoyed a home cooked meal made mostly from scratch. The thought of going out to eat or buying frozen dumplings never crossed anyone’s mind. I miss those days more than anyone could ever imagine.

Now I prefer to spend the holidays alone with the daughter that I have with me. I’d love to spend it with both of them but that’s not always possible. This year I’m taking my youngest to my mother’s and hubby is going with his parents to their family. Someone is cooking, I have no idea who. All I know is that they’re huggy people and I’m not.

Well, I’ll be going now, I have nothing else to ramble about.

Thanksgiving Week

I was reading this post about Thanksgiving this morning and I started thinking. The problem in the post is a bit different from mine though. I rarely get to spend Thanksgiving with my oldest daughter although the last few years have been spent with the youngest. No one has celebrated with traditional Thanksgivings in a while here. This year my husband and youngest daughter are going out to eat with his parents. I will be staying home and enjoying time alone. Well, after five years of telling him that I don’t like to go out to eat I’m a little irritated. It never occurred to him to tell them I prefer home cooked meals especially on holidays. Of course they’d never think of actually taking the time to cook something; it’s much easier to spend money than to put thought into something for them it seems.

The highlight of my day is that an article about Christmas Gifts made it to Helium’s homepage today. It’s my best holiday article as far as performance goes so far.

Watching $40 a Day is kind of interesting at the moment. I think I’d have to aim for $10 a day or less if I were out traveling around. Well, I have two more blogs left to update today and I still haven’t finished the reviews I was working on to get a bit of extra money so I’m calling it a day now.

Saturday again and nothing but wandering thoughts

It’s Saturday again and I can’t focus on anything. I did a load of laundry, got the husband to do a load of laundry and put up the clothes that were on the line from yesterday. Potty training isn’t going well this weekend although Theresa has been left in her cloth training pants all day so far. That’s good because I have one open pack of pull-ups until Wednesday and that pack has to last until only heaven knows when. I’m hoping until just the first of the month.

This Thanksgiving I will be alone, it is a luxury I will not have Christmas. The closer this holiday day gets the more I dread the next one. As many times as I have told people that I do not celebrate Christmas they refuse to respect the fact. It gets more irritating each year.

I just read a post about Vision Boards it sounds like putting goals where you can see them. It’s worth a shot. I’ve done it before and had some luck but the things I wanted then were all obtainable with a little hard work. I think I may need the guide as blank as my mind has been lately. I went completely blank in therapy Friday. I tried to schedule therapy during school hours. That wasn’t good. I’ve managed to end up with four blogs to keep up with now. I’m not sure how I’m managing to keep up with them all but I am. I am wondering right now how to get the text to wrap around the link to the book at the side. I think I’ll stop before I end up with a few dozen things I didn’t mean to add to this page. I am not sure why but it seems that every weekend I end up getting only a quarter of what I wanted to accomplish accomplished.The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vision Boards

Change of Plans

I’ve had a change of plans once again. This week I managed to sell one article to Associated Content and submit another that’s still should be reviewed in the next week. I’ve found I work better listening to music so I’m going to be really tired with very little sleep as I find the times I get to listen to music uninterrupted.

Actually I can work while listening to a television show with the headphones as I type up an article. I figured out that I want a new computer, that way I have one to work on and one to watch shows on. Yes, I know it’s not needed but it’d be nice to have so I’ll dream. Oh, yeah I’m supposed to be talking about a change in plans so I guess I should get to it.

Monday and Wednesday mornings will be spent by taking two hours in front of the computer to write whatever comes to mind with my headphones on and the television set off. No exceptions for hubby since the baby will be at preschool during these times. Then I have from around 8pm until well midnight or later to get more work done. That’s at least four hours.

What am I focusing on now? I’ll be reviewing the items I’m buying of course since that’s one of the easiest ways to earn. I may even review some television series if I can stop watching them long enough to write about them. There are a number of older shows that I could those “where are they now” articles about the cast; sadly enough I’m just old enough that those actors have started passing away.

The holidays are closer so a lot of stuff will be holiday related. I think I can find the time for two more blogs provided I pick the subjects carefully. Starting with one more should be best since I have very specific ideas for the next two. It shouldn’t be that hard once the new schedule I have planned for the new year goes into effect. I’ll be getting a new appointment book soon to keep up with everything or maybe I’ll just buy an ink refill and print one out since the ones you buy never seem to have what I actually need in them.

Right now I’ve got an article on hold to write this. I couldn’t figure out what to say next so I decided to come here and update this thinking maybe I’d get an idea. Well, I have one now so it’s back to work.