Friday Free-For-All – 08/12/16

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I’ve been living the bachelorette life this week. Ben has been down in NY and PA since this past Saturday, helping his uncle Harry do some work on his family’s historic farmhouse. While it’s been really cool doing my own thing and being completely independent (like going to bed at 9:30 after watching trashy TV and eating popcorn for dinner), I really miss Ben. It’s weird and too quiet without him around.

I leave work at noon today to prep for 100 on 100. I was able to finagle a half day so that I can a) finish packing, and b) catch the team van down to Stowe. The relay is obviously a point-to-point affair, so it wouldn’t make sense for me to drive to the start and leave my car there, only to have to then find a ride back to the start to pick up my car. Team J’Adore Hardcore will leave Burlington around 3 to arrive in Stowe for packet pickup and final registration details around 4. Then it’s takeout and an early bedtime, because we’ve got to run 100 miles on Saturday–Eek!

I just finished watching Stranger Things on Netflix and I’m OBSESSED! Are any of you watching? It’s so good. The kid actors are incredible, and I’ve never been so impressed by Wynona Ryder. She’s inhabiting her role beautifully, and I seriously hope she wins some kind of award because DAMN! Anyway, if you like slightly creepy, suspenseful type stuff that’s not outright scary, you should check it out!

I’m doing a 34-day free trial of You Need a Budget (YNAB). Some friends of mine have been using it for a couple of years, and take every opportunity to tell me how amazing it is for budgeting, meeting financial goals, and paying off debt. I’m currently using it just for me (Ben and I have a yours-mine-ours financial setup) to try and get myself out of the overspending cycle I’m currently on. It takes some getting used to, because you can only budget with the money you currently have in your accounts, versus using your expected income for the month, and you have to account for every single dollar in your budget. It makes sense because then you’re able to roll over unused dollars from one month to the next and really understand where your money is going, but there’s definitely a learning curve. I’m hoping that it helps me out, and if I end up liking it/understanding it better, I’m gonna try to get Ben on board to use it for our joint finances, especially as we work toward saving for a house.

I think I may be injured, and I have no idea how. On Saturday, July 30th, I went to sleep fine. On Sunday, July 31, I woke up with a very sore shoulder. I assumed I’d just slept weird and it would work itself out. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. The pain sort of comes and goes. Certain things make it hurt more, and it’s always very stiff and painful first thing in the morning. I’m starting to suspect I may have pinched a nerve or pulled something out of place, but, as always, I’m reluctant to go to the doctor. I just hate spending money on something that may or may not be serious. But because it’s now been almost two weeks, I figure I should go get it checked out. I’m planning to call my doctor’s office on Monday.

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13 thoughts on “Friday Free-For-All – 08/12/16

    • Rae says:

      Well, they left us with a bit of a cliffhanger, so we’ll see what happens. I’m not quite ready to let go of the characters, but I don’t want a shitty sophomore season to ruin it either.

  1. SuzLyfe (@suzlyfe) says:

    Maybe get someone at the relay this weekend to really work on the shoulder with a good massage. I did something similar a week or so ago and it took a lot of massage and just waiting. Good luck this weekend!
    Basically, you have been living the life I lived while Alex would be on nights or inpatient. Lots and loooooots of time on your own.

  2. txa1265 says:

    Yeah … two weeks is definitely time to think about having someone look at it … hopefully nothing serious! (and yeah, totally get you on the cost of stuff – even with really good insurance there are always co-pays, co-insurance, deductibles, out of pocket allowances, and ugh!)

    Excited to see how the relay goes – good luck and have fun!

    Separation is an interesting thing and the impact depends on many thing – so while I get what Suz is saying (although never a fan of the ‘been there done that’ type of reply), it is one thing when it is ‘regular’, like when I was traveling regularly to Kentucky for a work project for several months and Lisa and the boys had a rhythm … and very different over the last 3 years where we have only been separated 1 week for my work and one weekend for a trip back to my alma mater 🙂 All that ‘free time’ that you SWORE was going to go to such great use … um, yeah, that bounces off the many aspects of togetherness you’ve developed that make you see something cool and think “ooh I can’t wait to … oh crap” 🙂

  3. Pippa @ Pip in Motion says:

    Ahhh good luck for your 100 miler!! And yes, I absolutely LOVED stranger things. I tried not to binge watch it, and drag it out as long as I could, but that was actually a lot easier said than done. The child actors are sooooo good!

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