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Back in School, Lots going on

August 27th, 2016 at 08:55 am

I haven't posted in a while...

1. Had a sort of minor health issue - the whites of my eyes turned completely red! Yuck! I won't get into how I ended up at the dr. and blood tests, etc... but it's an auto-immune problem. The red is gone, but this is the 4th time this has happened in 6 months. The red is gone, so that's good. I need an appt. with a rheumatologist and apparently that will take a miracle according to my doctor. This is a small city with only a few doctors of each type. I may have to go to Albuquerque. One of the drs. used to go to the gym with me; maybe he'll remember my name and fit me in? Anyway, spent about $70 on dr. visits and eye drops so far.

2. Yesterday was the annual 5th/6th grade hike. Parents are welcome. We went 9.75 miles round trip up to the top of the mountain and back. Super fun! I got to talk to lots of kids, including many 5th graders I didn't know. One girl is new in my daughter's class; my daughter thinks she's awesome and she was instant friends with my daughter and her other three friends when they met at the before-school-started party I organized at the park.

I walked with the girl for a while and asked how she likes it here (she also moved from another state) and she said it's incredible... she loves the state, loves her new friends, loves the school. She said the other two times she moved schools it took like a month before she even had anyone to eat lunch with and this time she had four friends to each lunch with the very first day and every day since!

On the hike, she smelled a ponderosa pine for the first time - have you ever smelled in the cracks in the bark of a ponderosa? It smells like butterscotch! Or vanilla, or caramel. If you have any ponderosas near you (or if you come to the Rocky Mountains), you have to sniff the trees!!!

3. I am taking a break between cleaning the house... my new method is do two cleaning things (clean birdcage, vacuum den or whatever) and then relax for a few minutes. I have mentioned before that I don't have a house cleaner. This frees up a lot of money to do things that are more meaningful to me.

4. Did the menu plan for the week already. Will post it later. I am usually really good about diet (lots of vegetables, no red meat, no pork, not a lot of fat), and I am trying to eat even more veggies. I always have to take into account soccer nights when we don't get to eat until 7:45 or 8 (so the food needs to be done when we get home).

5. Besides working, I have a long term project going on at the office... I am building another dollhouse. Right now it doesn't look like much. I work on it maybe 1/2 hour a day, so it might take a while.

6. Got a check for $18.56 for jury duty, and I put it toward the mortgage. I need to update the mortgage balance on my sidebar. We now owe $28,888.33. Below $30k! Next milestone is $20k... that will really feel weird (and great).

7. That's it - need to go clean the birdcage now!

14 Responses to “Back in School, Lots going on”

  1. MonkeyMama Says:

    Oh yeah - there is a ponderosa pine by the family camp we go to every year! (I didn't recall the name of the tree but I remember the smell).

  2. scottish girl Says:

    Hope you get reimbursed more than that for jury duty.

  3. Buendia Says:

    I love ponderosas - such an amazing smell!!!! The new girl smelled like a hundred trees!

    Yes - it's not much for Jury Duty is it? I am not even sure what it's for. I was there one day for about 3 hours, and this might be for that. Then another day for about an hour. Maybe it's both combined? I have to go back in October, ugh.

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    Sorry about your eyes! That would be hard to look at. Smile

    I like your plan for getting cleaning done. Wink

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    What a coincidence; I organized a pre-back to school play date at a local playground for some of my 6 year old's kindergarten classmates! Glad I did because hardly any of them are in her first grade class. :-(

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I hope you're able to get an appointment to get your eye situation figured out!

  7. scottish girl Says:

    It's pennies, you deserve more than that.

  8. starfishy Says:

    woohoo on the below $30K mortgage balance!! bummer about your eye situation. wow on the 10 mile hike with the kids - that's fantastic! Smile

  9. CB in the City Says:

    That's awful that it's so hard to get an appointment!

  10. Buendia Says:

    I am feeling so bad for Ceejay's 6 year old! But I'm sure there will be lots of new friends... It's a good idea to get them together before school starts, I think.

    PS to everyone - I think if I was in a normal-sized city, it'd be easier to get an appt, right?

  11. rob62521 Says:

    I learn something new every day...had no idea about smelling a Ponderosa pine!

    Hope you can get a doctor's appointment soon. Hopefully something will open up.

  12. ceejay74 Says:

    Aw, thanks! She's taking it pretty well; only one of her eight or so "best friends" is in her class, and she's not one of the ones AA talked about the most, but she says a couple other friends are in there. And she's a friendly kid; we're confident she'll have more "best friends" soon. Smile

  13. VS_ozgirl Says:

    I pretty much had the same thing when I got a sinus infection a few years ago, not fun! Hope it's resolved soon. Congrats on the mortgage balance!

  14. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Glad you are doing much better. Sounds like fun. I have never smelled ponderosa pine.

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