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Weekly Money Check-Up and Meal Plan Monday

My weekly money check-up is brought to you by My Pretty Pennies!

1. The most I’ve spent this last week was on chiropractic treatment.

2. Today I am thankful for being a “glass is half full” type of person.  Maybe I am sometimes “too nice”,  “too trusting” and “too positive” but I belive that my optimism and faith in people and the world at large and served me really well.  In fact, I’m going to venture to say that it takes a certain inner strength to be a positive person even in the midst of challenging and difficult times – but my ability to see a glimmer of light in the darkness and home in on it has served me well on countless occasions.

 3. Money can’t buy happiness. One free thing I did last week that made me happy video chat with my dad and step-mom last night.  I was able to show them how my little miss is JUST on the verge of crawling! 

4. I will consider this week a success if I do not spend any money today through Friday.  There is definitely a lot more month at the end of my paycheck than the other way around.  I need to focus.



5. My favorite spring flower is the tulip – they are just so cheerful!

Now, on to my Meal Plan for the week:

Monday: Taco Lasagna – sub out ground beef for tofu crumbles (new recipe)

Tuesday: Spaghetti

Wednesday: Left-over buffet

Thursday: Guacamole Grilled Cheese (new recipe)

Friday: Take-Out

It feels good to have a plan!


Weekly Money Check-up

It feels good to be doing a check-up after a long break!  Today’s post/photo brought to you by My Pretty Pennies:

1. The most I’ve spent this last week was $40.96 on gas. I feel like the price of gas suddenly went through the roof! Yesterday it was $4.20/gl at the station closest to my house!!

2. Today I am thankful for my brother and his super adorable girlfriend. They stayed with us this weekend. At first I was annoyed because he sprung the visit on us pretty last minute (brothers! ugh!) but in the end it all worked out and we had a great time as usual!  I totally adore his girl and I really hope they work out! She’s definitely the cream of the crop!

3. Money can’t buy happiness. One free thing I did last week that made me happy was eat lunch (packed from home) outside in the sun with my good friend/co-worker.  The weather was perfect!  We got a nice break from our desks, a little vitamin D and we kept it frugal!

4. I will consider this week a success if I blog two times before Friday.

5. The last thing I ate was an apple! Keeping my snacks healthy today!

Weekly Money Update and Musings from a Past-Due Pregnant Lady

It’s August 9 which means I’m officially past my due date.  While I didn’t expect that she would actually arrive on August 8 as so few babies are born on their estimated due date, I do have to admit that I’m ready for this baby!

Yesterday was a bit of an expensive day. I got my hair highlighted ($115 including tip) and then had an acupuncture appointment ($120).  I consider both to be worth it! 

This was my second acupuncture treatment – the first time I went was several years ago.  I didn’t feel the needles at all (they are so thin – maybe the width of a piece of hair) and almost IMMEDIATELY I started feeling contractions.  I definitely think it jump started something because last night I woke up to more contractions but nothing so strong or intense that it indicated that I actually was in labor. 

Today I have an appointment with my nurse/midwife and I’m certain that we’ll see some progress from last week in terms of dilation/effacement.  While I’m not looking forward to the exam itself (OUCH!) I’m hoping that another membrane sweep will push me over the edge.  I want to meet my little girl!

In the meantime, I’m drinking red raspberry leaf tea, taking evening primrose oil, and having a glass of pineapple juice every few hours.  These are some of the natural labor induction methods I’ve heard about.  The only thing I’m NOT willing to try is castor oil.  It sounds awful.

On to my Weekly Money Check-Up:

1. The most I’ve spent this last week was on a new lamp for our living room and some other stuff from Target.

2. Today I am thankful for being ALMOST done with my pregnancy.  I’m sure I’ll miss parts of it but  it feels so good to be almost done.

3. Money can’t buy happiness. One free thing I did last week that made me happy was take a walk on the beach with DH.  We actually went both days over the weekend and I walked with my shoes off in the surf.  I loved it!

4. I will consider this week a success if I go into labor.  Come on baby!!

5. This time last year I was planning for my wedding!  DH and I got married in October 2010 after knowing each other for 12 years and dating for 6.  We knew we wanted to start trying for a baby right away and we got pregnant on our honeymoon in Hawaii.  That’s why we joke that our baby is on “island time” when it comes to making her entrance into the world. 🙂  Not to mention her dad is Samoan so the pacific islander lifestyle is definitely in her blood.  This baby is enjoying the good life in the womb too much!

Thank you, MPP for hosting as always!

Weekly Money Check-up Maternity Leave Edition

Today is my first day of maternity leave!  I still work up at 6:30 a.m. without my alarm clock  so I decided to work on my August budget.  It’s really hard to plan when you don’t know what to expect!  I have no idea how this baby is going to impact things like groceries, dining out, gas, etc.  I would assume that right now most of these categories will go down for the first few weeks while DH and I bond with our little one . . . but then there are unknowns like diapers – how many will she go through (We have a good stash but we estimate it will last only 3 weeks – but who knows!)?

On tap for today: my weekly dr. appointment, chiropractor appointment, pedicure, and pick up supplies for the wedding shower invitations. 

That reminds me, thanks for your comments on my last post!  I think I’ve come full circle to accepting that my bride friend is making choices that I wouldn’t make and accepting it even if I disagree and am not happy about it!  And while I STILL think asking for gift cards to Ann Taylor and Banana Republic is super tacky, it’s not my wedding.  So, I’ve decided to let it go and just joyfully support her as my friend.

Now on to the Weekly Money Check-Up.

Brought to you by My Pretty Pennies:

1. The most I’ve spent this last week was on groceries – ho hum, boring.

2. Today I am thankful for the ability to be on paid maternity leave for 3 months.

3. Money can’t buy happiness. One free thing I did last week that made me happy was rearrange the furniture in our bedroom – set up the bassinet, moved our dresser and set up the upstairs changing station.  Everything is finally in place!  All we need is the baby now!

4. I will consider this week a success if I get to meet my baby.  5 days until my due date!

5. I dream about my baby coming out talking with an old man voice a la Benjamin Button, that she looks like Gollum from Lord of the Rings, that I’m carrying her around in a bag, that we are sitting by the pool and she’s smiling at me, . . . all sorts of baby dreams!  Most are creepy but I’ve had a few really great ones too!

I’m 38 weeks! Weekly Money Check-Up and Meal Plan Monday

Ahhh!  I’m 38 weeks – exactly 14 days away from my due date of August 8.  This is my last FULL week of work which is a really strange feeling.  Next Tuesday is my last day and that happens to be a division retreat day (and by “retreat” they mean a full day of strategic planning meetings which is completely the OPPOSITE of what the word retreat really  means to me – i.e. a spa day and lots of pampering on the company’s dime. . .  a girl can dream right?)

I had my weekly doctor’s appointment and all is well with the baby.  My midwife doesn’t conduct cervical exams until week 40 (which is A-OK with me!  I’ve heard those don’t exactly feel great!) so I have no idea  if I’m dilating/effacing.  Probably not.  I have ZERO symptoms . . .  I will say that all of my efforts to monitor my caloric intake have gone out the window.  That’s not to say that I’m bingeing  on mac ‘n cheese and cheese burgers but I figure that, at this point, if I want an extra-large bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream after dinner then I’ve earned it! 

Now . . . on to the my Weekly Money Check-Up

This update brought to you by My Pretty Pennies.

1. The most I’ve spent this last week was on groceries.

And since MPP had a sub question on electric bills and what temperature setting our A/C is set to I will just add that on average our bill is about $60 a month for a two-story, 2 bedroom, 1 bath townhouse.  We live on the coast (1 block from the ocean) and as our building is older (probably built in the 70s) we actually don’t have air conditioning.  This isn’t a problem 51 weeks of the year as the early morning and evening fog rolls in and cools everything off.  We sleep with the windows open and get a very pleasant cross breeze.  But for about one week a year, it gets super hot and there is no relief.  Days like that we do what we can to keep cool by using fans, keeping the oven off, taking night showers, etc.

2. Today I am thankful for a new office chair!  My work had some left over money in the budget at the end of the fiscal year and upgraded a few people who had been using some very sorry looking 90s era chairs.  My fancy new chair is SO comfortable and it reclines! 

3. Money can’t buy happiness. One free thing I did last week that made me happy was spend Saturday afternoon just hanging out with DH.  He was playing his guitar (which I LOVE – a man with a guitar is super sexy!).  I was knitting on a baby project.  We just sat together doing our own thing and it was so pleasant – completely unplugged.

4. I will consider this week a success if I stick to another $20 challenge for Monday – Friday. I did really well last week and only spent $5.01 on snacks at work.  I want to close out the month on a positive note since lately it’s felt like money has been going through my fingers so I’m doing it again.  Also, I want to drink LOTS of water to keep my swelling to a minimum, so I’m going to try to drink 3 liters every day.

5. A good friend is someone who “gets” you and doesn’t attach strings to your relationship.  A good friend is someone you can laugh with, cry with, and who you respect and who respects you!  I’m really lucky to have several very good friends!

As for meal planning this week – I’ll admit I sort of half-assed it.  I could only think up 3 good things to make so for our 4th I may just resort to raiding the pantry or freezer.  I’m hoping inspiration will hit.

Monday – Breakfast for dinner

Tuesday – Tuna Casserole (1/2 of the batch will go into the freezer for post-baby meals)

Wednesday – fish, rice, and veggies

Thursday – ??? 

Friday – Take-out

Happy Monday, Internet!  Let’s get this week over with!

Weekly Money Check Up

This weekly update brought to you by Ginna – also known as My Pretty Pennies!

1. The most I’ve spent this last week was definitely on the vet bill for Kona.

2. Today I am thankful for living in the modern age.  I’ve been thinking about how it would have TOTALLY sucked to be pregnant back in the day.   For some reason I keep thinking about the novel “The Good Earth” by Pearl S. Buck. I haven’t read this book in years but the character O-Lan and her story really resonated with me.  O-Lan works every day in the rice fields, goes home to fix dinner for her husband, and then gives birth alone in her room!  Wonder woman!

3. Money can’t buy happiness. One free thing I did last week that made me happy was chat on the phone with one of my dearest friends that lives on the east coast.  I hate how far-flung many of my good friends are but it’s great when you can pick up after a month and have a great conversation as if you saw them the day before!

4. I will consider this week a success if I stick to my $20 budget for Monday through Friday.  Today I will be tempted to buy lunch since I didn’t make one at home, but I have a lot of snacks to munch on and there are leftovers from yesterday’s shower that my work gave me.

5. My favorite cuisine to prepare is Mexican. I LOVE Mexican food and while there is no shortage of amazing taquerias in San Diego, I still enjoy preparing homemade tacos, burritos and enchiladas – the more spicy the better!

Weekly Money Check Up

Today was my 36 week appointment!  Everything with the little one is looking great – the midwife says she’s assumed the head down position and estimates that her weight is about 6 lbs right now.  Amniotic fluid levels are good, my blood pressure is good and my weight . . . ugh, I’ve gained 33 lbs to date.  Trying not to worry about that too much as I know I have healthy eating habits but I was hoping to keep that number under 30 for the entire pregnancy. Oh well, I’ll trade a few extra pounds for a happy and healthy baby any day!  But, I will admit, I can’t WAIT to get back to working out/running as soon as I’m cleared!  I miss it so much!

Now, on to the Weekly Money Check Up, hosted by the lovely My Pretty Pennies:

1. The most I’ve spent this last week was $60 on a package of yoga classes.  Been going consistently every week (sometimes twice when I can get there) since January and I’m hoping that these pay off in an easier labor and delivery.  We’ll see!

2. Today I am thankful for a happy and healthy pregnancy that will shortly (I hope) be coming to a close.

3. Money can’t buy happiness. One free thing I did last week that made me happy was sit on the beach with my family Sunday morning while I watched my niece learn to surf.  The smile on her face when she caught her first wave the day was priceless!

4. I will consider this week a success if I step up my productivity at work and get my three goals for the week completed.  I’ll admit, I’ve been slacking.  My heart isn’t in it right now!

5. The strangest thing I have ever eaten is sea urchin.  DH and I went to a San Diego Slow Food dinner at a local trattoria last November (incidentally, the last time I had a glass of wine as we found out I was expecting two weeks later).  It was a 4 hour meal with 8 courses, one of which included sea urchin over pasta.  Apparently it’s an acquired taste – and yeah, that’s putting it nicely.  I thought it was pretty awful but I gave it a try!

Weekly Money Check-Up

Thank you, MPP, for this week’s money check-up!

1. The most I’ve spent this last week was on a chiropractic visit.  I hadn’t been to a chiropractor before but recently learned of the benefits to moms-to-be.  Also, I’ve been having back issues for awhile thanks to poor posture and of course the stress of carrying around this baby.  I’m really glad I went and decided to continue treatment after much consideration on the impact it would have on my budget. 

2. Today I am thankful that I’m only 33 days away from my due date – that the nursery is all ready to go – and that I got excellent feedback on a project I just turned in at work.

3. Money can’t buy happiness. One free thing I did last week that made me happy was spend some time at the pool with our friends M&S and their new baby! 

4. I will consider this week a success if I keep my dining out budget under control. 

5. My favorite 4th of July tradition is not having a tradition!  Honestly, we don’t have something that we just have to do every year.  Usually we are with friends and that often involves a few frosty beverages and a pool or the beach . . . but this year we ended up staying home.  I gave lots of hugs to our black lab who was VERY freaked out by all of the fireworks going off in the streets near by.  It’s funny how that 80 lb dog can turn into a scaredy cat thanks to a few booms!

Weekly Money Check-Up

Thank you, My Pretty Pennies, for this week’s Check-up!

1. The most I’ve spent this last week was on groceries.  People, I have WAY overspent my grocery budget this month. 

2. Today I am thankful for yoga class.  I always feel so much better afterward – less stressed . . . my back feels better . . . I’m just in a better mood physically, mentally and emotionally. 

3. Money can’t buy happiness. One free thing I did last week that made me happy was sit on a bench with my friend/co-worker for about 15 minutes during the day to get some sun and chat.  I need to step away from the computer more often and take more walks and breaks.

4. I will consider this week a success if I finish the final details on the baby’s room.

5. For the 4th of July, I am probably going to be in town.  Saturday is another childbirth class (8 hours), Sunday or Monday DH and I are hoping to visit our friend in the O.C. who had her baby this week and bring them some food or a pizza.  I’m hoping to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather as well – but considering my current state, there won’t be any pub crawling, BBQ extravaganzas – I’m just too large and tired most of the time.

Weekly Money Check-up

Thanks once again to My Pretty Pennies for this week’s Weekly Money Check up!

1. The most I’ve spent this last week was on groceries.  I spent about $40 on ingredients for Dad’s Father’s Day Brunch and cake and another $100 last week on food for the house.

2. Today I am thankful for some changes that are being made to my job duties that take effect once I return from maternity leave – even better, my classification (and therefore benefits package) and salary will remain the same . . . but I’ll deal with less scrutiny and a WHOLE lot less stress, while remaining with my fabulous team!

3. Money can’t buy happiness. One free thing I did last week that made me happy was cuddle babies.  I saw Triplet Mom on Saturday and spent about two hours with a sleeping baby on my chest/belly.  It was so peaceful to have that little guy bundled up under my chin – I can’t wait until my little girl gets here!

4. I will consider this week a success if I send off the appraisal I had done on my wedding bands to my insurance company, help DH paint the baby’s room (and by “help” I mean supervise from afar), clean out the wrapping paper bin (random, I know, but it’s been bugging me for awhile).

5. My night-stand contains an assortment of books – mostly about pregnancy/child-birth/bringing baby home, a journal that I’m writing private letters to my daughter in, a framed picture that once belonged to my grandma and was acquired on one of her trips to the middle east, a kleenex box, a few pens, and some ear plugs (for when the neighbors get a LITTLE too loud – these, my friends, are life savers!).  It’s seriously cluttered and dusty and I need to get it more organized!