I added a few things to my garden since my last entry and thought you’d like to know. :)
purchased baby plants:
-3 Strawberry plants
-More easter egg radishes
-zucchini (bush type)
-cucumbers (compact bush type)
I intended to plant Salsify, too, just because it’s a weird old vegetable that no one uses and I wanted to try it. However, I ran out of soil, again, and I wasn’t about to spend another $10 just to plant a vegetable I read mixed reviews on. I’ll plant it next year, along with the Luffa I wanted to plant but didn’t have room for. :) Hopefully, next year I’ll be settled into a new place with more room for gardening.
I’m always intrigued by doing everything myself and doing things the old fashioned way. Cheese making has been on my agenda for awhile, and I was finally able to get some instruction this weekend! (and it’s WAY easier than it looks!)
My friend invited a local cheese artisan to teach a small group at his house and it was so much fun! This lady was AWESOOOOOME! She not only taught us how to make cheese, but also sour cream and yogurt. She also gave us a wealth of handy tips and brought in about 5 different cheeses that she made for us to sample. :) I tried a 5 yr old feta that was TAAANGY along with a 3 yr old cheddar, a dutch cheese (which is the same one we made), a 3 yr old indigenous flora – a cheddar that got an air pocket and held in some whey, so it had a SUPER sharp taste. Almost bitter, but SO GOOD! You just had to eat tiny bites. :), and a Lavender cheese which was SOOOO Yummy!
We made a Dutch cheese with cow’s milk, and we had a batch of goat’s milk we intended to make feta with. However, when the goat’s milk was cooling on the stovetop, she accidentally turned on the wrong burner when trying to heat a kettle of water. SO, we ended up making Ricotta, instead. She also told us how to make Gjetost with the whey!
All in all, a SUPER fun day filled with a wealth of knowledge! She gave us all recipes and told me to call her anytime I have questions! Such an awesome lady and I’m so glad I got to meet her. I also found out she does soap-making, so I may hire her to teach a soap making class sometime. :)
I’ve been TRYING to plant a garden for about 4 years! THIS year I insisted on having my garden no matter what. It seemed that all my dreams were to be crushed when I found out I had to move the first week in AUgust. I didn’t want to plant a garden just to LEAVE it right before HARVEST time! Never fear! I have decided to do a CONTAINER GARDEN! I have various pots and hanging baskets I planted flowers and veggies in. My radishes and salad mix should be ready to nibble on in a couple of weeks! I’m so excited about it!
Okay, for you geeks out there, this is what I planted:
-Radishes (Easter Egg Blend)
-Salad Mix (5 different heirloom lettuces)
-2 heirloom tomato plants (“Mr. Stripey and “The Black Prince”. YES, that’s the ACTUAL name of the type of tomato)
-Snow Peas (Oregon Sugar Pod)
-Eggplant (Long Purple)
-Carrots (Parisian Market-Kind of stoked about these)
Non-edible flowers that make you happy to look at them:
I planted everything from seed except the tomatoes! I’m so happy about it! I’m hoping everything grows and produces something yummy. If nothing else, I KNOW I’ll have a yummy salad with the lettuce and radishes. haha
I told my room mate I want to have a yard sale the first weekend in June. I’m moving to a new place in a couple of months and hope to de-clutter and get rid of MOST of my CRAP before I move! I also need some extra cash. The problem is, I don’t have much time to organize it! Between filming a short film, stocking up my inventory at the gift shop, and various other commitments, I don’t know when the heck I’m going to have TIME!!! haha I’m dedicating a couple of hours to de-cluttering today, so hopefully I’ll accomplish a lot. Wish me Luck!!!!
I have to move into a new place Aug 1st since my room mate is getting married. Not only did I WANT to double my income, but now I HAVE to. I have to increase my income by at least 50% by July, or I won’t be able to pay rent. WISH ME LUCK!! Not sure how I’m going to do it, but I know it will work out and I’m excited to see what happens. I’ve taken some steps to get my handmade business rolling, and I’m looking into taking on a weekend job. Cross your fingers. :)
Tonight, I checked my credit score for the first time ever and it was much better than I expected. It was actually labeled as “good” and “low risk”. SWEET! I’m trying to pay off debt, so I don’t plan on applying for additional credit, but I’m looking for a new place to live and every rental opportunity I’ve seen has a minimum credit requirement, so I’m very pleased with where I stand. :)
I’ve gotten better at being more exercise conscious. I’ve been taking advantage of the Wii Fit at work on my lunch breaks and on nice days I’ve gone for a walk. Last night I went to the local TV station and danced for a full hour! The first Friday of every month, the dance show is live. This was my first time going but it was super fun and a great workout! Not to mention the instant fame that goes along with being on television. ;) I also started doing pilates at home to help with my flexibility. :)
The reading plan I’m doing has me reading two books at a time. I chose this plan to keep things interesting. (I know it’ll come in handy when I reach Leviticus! haha) Tonight, I COMPLETED both Genesis and Romans! WOOT! WOOT! I also read a passage worth sharing. This is beautiful and reflects how I strive to live my life:
(Romans 12: 9–21)
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary:
”If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
My income is so minimal, I literally haven’t had a raise in 7 years! I thought a college degree would land me a higher paying job, but that wasn’t the case. I can’t even afford basic living expenses and have been in denial for quite some time. Realistically, I need to DOUBLE my income if I’m ever going to begin to chisel away at my student loan debt! Now all I need is a plan.
I’m consistent with budgeting about 50% of the time now. I’m really making an intentional effort to get on track and be consistent. The goal is to make budgeting a habit and do it twice a month (once for each pay period) and STICK to spending what I set!
Since it’s a new year, I thought I’d take a moment to see where my debt stands. As of today, my total debt is $38,022.24! Yikes! Not much improved since I began this journey. Looks like I need a new job. :P
Ladies and gentleman, please raise your glasses. Here’s to a successful and lucrative 2011! CHEERS! clink :)
About 12 pages a day is all it takes!
I discovered www.youversion.com today and started a reading plan. :) I think this is a really good resource to keep yourself on track and hold yourself accountable. You can choose from over 50 different reading plans and customize it. I chose the “Blended” option. This is normally a one year plan to read the entire Bible, but I customized it for 90 days. :)
Said cute boy didn’t provide lasting motivation, apparently. haha I did well for a couple of weeks, but I got sick and slipped back into the habit of NOT working out. haha Okay, try, try again. I’ve been munching on holiday sweets, so it’s even more important that I work out. Watch out cute boys of the world! I fully plan on increasing my hotness level when I lose some fat and buff up. :)
A friend messaged me today asking me to serve cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at her Christmas party this weekend. I happen to be free Saturday night, and she’s going to pay me $50 to mingle with some awesome people. YIPPEE!
. . . and that sometimes means you have to do things you don’t want to do for the sake of taking care of your responsibilities. I’ve always been an advocate for doing what you are passionate about, but am now finding that my debt is holding me back from reaching my potential. I may temporarily have to suck it up and do some things I don’t like in order to kill the debt. I’ve toyed with the idea of getting a second job, and as much as I don’t want to do that again, I know that I could really put the extra money to good use. A couple of years ago, I worked two jobs for a year and finally had to quit one because I was so exhausted. I didn’t take care of myself and I was so run down that I got sick ALL the time. Well, I swore I’d never do that to myself again, but I don’t see any other way out of my financial situation. Not only do I have a large sum of debt accumulated from student loans, but I can barely afford to live. If I didn’t have a nearly free living situation, I’d be on the streets. I can’t afford rent, even with room mates. I can’t afford the maintenance I need for my car. My car isn’t broken (thank you Lord!) but I can’t even afford new tires or an oil change! Something needs to be done and QUICKLY. I’ve been ignoring my financial state for too long. True, I’ve been well aware of my debt and have been faithfully trying to pay it off, but I never really took into consideration my financial situation as a whole. If I can’t even afford to put oil in my car, things are much graver than I realized. This ends now. Something has to be done. I am an adult and it’s high time I step up and do something.
SOMETIMES I’m good at budgeting, and sometimes I’m not. haha I just need to be persistent and take the time to do it. I was good this week. I set my budget yesterday because I knew today was payday. When I got my check, it was $1 below my estimated take home pay, so my budget was pretty much good to go. Since I’m using the envelope system, I kept some cash and deposited the rest in checking. Things will be tight over the next couple of weeks because I have additional expenses, but being on a budget really helps me stay on track with putting my money where it SHOULD go. :)
I FINALLY sprung for the Financial Peace University home study kit. My thought was, if I can blow $200 on STUPID stuff, why not buy something USEFUL. It was on sale, so the price was about $225 with shipping. (It’s retails for $400) I wanted the home study kit so that I can watch the DVDs whenever I want instead of having to try to find time in my busy schedule to attend classes. Another bonus is that I can share it with friends and give it to my parents when I’m finished. :) I also found a couple of promotional codes, so I should be getting the budgeting software, an audio CD, and an additional book for FREE! SCORE! Look out Sallie Mae!!! I’m coming to get you!!!
In other news, Dave Ramsey is having a LIVE event in Portland in April. I applied for a volunteer position, so hopefully they’ll pick me! :) If I’m chosen, I’ll be working the tables before and after the event, but I’ll get to attend the event for FREE and I’ll get a free gift and a nifty tshirt. PICK ME, DAVE! PICK ME!!!
I realized I’ve been so busy over the last year or so that I never take the time to take care of MYSELF. I distract myself with movies, and parties, and other commitments to my church and my friends. I need to stop over-commiting and really evaluate what I want. 43things is an excellent resource for keeping me on track, so I need to use it more often.
I’ve decided to learn how to play Silent Night and a couple more Christmas songs. This will give me good practice and perhaps I’ll be able to impress my friends when December rolls around. :)