Friday Free-For-All – 06/09/17

Photo Jul 14, 10 05 37 AM

San Francisco is a go!  I managed to get the time off from both work and rehearsal, and find flights that weren’t totally unreasonable. I’m flying United basic economy, which means I don’t even get a free carry-on bag, but I’m pretty confident that I can pack everything I need for three days in a “personal item” sized backpack. Hooray for spontaneity and adventure!

I’ve rediscovered my love for my Hydro Flask water bottle. For months, it had been sitting unused in a drawer, and for whatever reason, I busted it out recently to bring to a rehearsal. It pretty much hasn’t left my side since. It keeps my water SO COLD and the straw top makes it easy peasy to just grab a quick sip and get on with my life. I feel like I’ve been drinking a ton more water lately, and want to just buy another one of these and recycle every single other water bottle I have.

Event planning is the WORST. Honestly. Half the reason we didn’t do a big traditional wedding is because neither Ben nor I wanted to deal with all of the associated bullshit. Coordinating vendors. Pricing venues. Budgeting. Insurance. Blah blah blah. I’m on the planning committee for my company’s annual United Way campaign, and have been four years running. I know it’s ultimately all for a good cause, but I just don’t have a head for this stuff. This year I’ve taken on a lot more responsibility that I have in the past and I do NOT like it. I’m currently in charge of an event that should have been fairly simple, but due to serious communication problems, it has turned into something of a nightmare right at the last minute and I’m ready to jump off a cliff. Thankfully, the event in question is this Sunday, and once it’s done, I can relax a bit. Until I have to start corralling vendors for the NEXT event that I’m responsible for. Ugh! I’m planning to try to excuse myself from the committee next year, but I’m not sure whether or not that will fly with my bosses 😦

I’ve been reading and following a lot of “frugal living,” “simple living,” and “minimalist” blogs lately. I’m DEFINITELY not ready to chuck it all and have bare walls and a 30 piece wardrobe and live like a monk, that’s so not me. HOWEVER, I am trying to a) get a grip on my finances (I spend too much on unnecessary crap), b) get rid of the clutter that we’ve accumulated over the last 8 years of living together before we move into a house, and c) slowly get myself off the wheel of consumerism that causes me to spend so much money and have so much clutter in the first place. Changing is HARD, but I’m committed to getting my sh*t together a bit more before buying a house and hopefully bringing a kid into the mix. If we want to live off a single income, I can’t keep spending the way I have been.

What’s your favorite water bottle? Have you ever read up on minimalism?


6 thoughts on “Friday Free-For-All – 06/09/17

  1. Darlene says:

    I’m with you – need to de-clutter big time but it is so time-consuming. it is so easy to just push it aside and buy more.

  2. txa1265 says:

    Awesome news on SanFran! Enjoy!

    And I totally get the desire to work with a single paycheck – that is what we did. Of course, our society values (as shown by $$) engineers and scientists more than teachers so it was easier for us to do so – but it is something we have stuck with. For a long time when Lisa was working it was for ‘extras’, and even now it allows her the flexibility to do what she loves (SPCA) rather than worrying about money.

    Also totally get the minimal thoughts … I am totally ready to downsize, but really we need to wait a few years, so we are trying to at least ‘streamline’ a bit for now (it is hard – we have a >4000 sq ft house and no matter what just accumulate more and more each year!). I am amazed how much we have each year for the community yard sale – I think ‘I thought we did better this year’? 😀

    • Rae says:

      Holy cow, I can’t even imagine how much stuff we would accumulate in a 4000 sq foot house! It’s crazy how much I just buy without even really thinking about it, and then how much stuff I have that never even gets used. Step one right now is just trying to be much more mindful of “need” versus “want.”

      • txa1265 says:

        haha – so true! Our house in Massachusetts was ~1900 sq ft, and when we moved, we really thought “we’re not going to fill this place up …” … but yeah, of course we have!

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