I’ve gotta figure it out

My car’s engine light is off!!!!!!!!!!1!!!!!!!!! And I didn’t have to do anything. That has happened before. I didn’t think it would happen this time because the car was jerking PLUS the engine light was on. Now the car isn’t jerking either. 🙂

I went thrifting. I spent $15.50 and bought 2 blouses, 1 t-shirt, 2 pairs of capris, 1 pair of exercise pants, and 1 book. Here are the blouses:

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new with tag!
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new with tag!

I love those blouses. I bought the capris to wear while I’m mowing the lawn and walking my dog. I don’t wear those when I go out since I don’t shave my legs. If I wore shorts in public, people would stare and probably point. I HATE being looked at, so there’s no way I’m going to give people a reason to look.

Now I have semi-not so good news for me. My mom is going with me to Asheville. I felt guilty since she hasn’t been on a trip in 3 years. I’ve been to Mexico, Vegas, etc. She was taking care of her mom.

So…yeah. It isn’t the most horrible news. Obviously. But my mom can get on my nerves. I’m sure some people can relate. She does things to purposely annoy me. I don’t get how you can care for someone and yet, do something to annoy them. If someone can explain that to me, that would be great.

That is why I can’t live with her. She can be so annoying. I could save so much money if I did. Then I would be able to buy my dream house in the country. Anyway, we don’t have much in common. I’m so much like my dad it is scary. She’s not into politics, current events, books or music like I am. (Those things are pretty much my life).

I could fill 3 or 4 entries complaining about her. I will try not to. I will go on about her in this entry, though. lol. She is one of those people who thinks she’s nice, but she’s not. I hate that. She can be spiteful. She just blames the other person for everything.

We would never be friends if we weren’t related. NEVER. We are just so opposite. I hope this doesn’t ruin my Asheville trip. I don’t think it will. I won’t allow it. Plus, she isn’t that bad. 😉 This is just me venting about almost everything bad she’s ever done.

I just feel sort of obligated. But hopefully, I can get away on a solo trip in 2017. Not sure. I might have to keep it a secret, and then I’ll feel bad. I feel horrible for even thinking these thoughts.

Her presence won’t ruin my trip. I said it here first.

Parents. They mess you up and then they act like they are owed something. rofl.

I like to do things alone (including traveling). I’m very independent. I don’t understand people who won’t even try things on their own. That is how my mom is. That is why we didn’t do things as kids. She always relied on others. I don’t get why anyone would want to live that way.  Thanks for screwing up my life. Wanna go on a trip?

I’m feeling mummified

I rarely go on about books in this blog but  Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult is worth a few words. I know it is going to change lives….and it’s a fiction book! Hello?? I finished it today. I forgot what it feels like to just sit for two hours and read. Sad but true.

Back to the book. NO SPOILERS, btw. This book is a crash course on how animals are treated at circuses (horribly)  and zoos…and how the wonderful people at sanctuaries help out.  It makes you want to know more. I knew about the circus treatment before I read the book but what the book really sparked in me is how we (I) can help. I can donate money to wildlife sanctuaries, adopt an animal, speak out about it, or volunteer at a sanctuary (my dream). And don’t go to places where animals are mistreated.

I just love knowing that this book exists and that so many people will read it because it is by Jodi Picoult. Brilliant. I know some teenager is reading this book and it will change their life. He or she will decide to work in a sanctuary as a career.  (I’m not interested in working in one). I had no idea what this book was about before I checked it out. I just knew it was new and available so I grabbed it. Now that I’m done with the book, I’m trying to figure out which organization is the best to focus on. WWF? The wild animal sanctuary in Colorado? I’m going to start looking at places overseas.

Edit: I have to mention Elephants.com – The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee 

One more thing about the book: It is NOT about animal sanctuaries. I would say it is more of a human mystery with animals as a backdrop. It is an average book overall. I can’t really recommend reading it because it isn’t that good. Only the parts about the elephants kept me reading. Interested in wildlife but don’t want to start with something too heavy? Read this book. (Warning: There are somber parts. I had to skip some sections. Too sad. I wanted to cry).

Finishing that book is only a bit of what I did on my mini break…

I also went thrifting!! 🙂 🙂 I spent $31.56 and brought:

  • 2 pairs of jeans
  • 1 pair of khakis
  • 2 blouses
  • 1 turtleneck
  • 2 t-shirts
  • 3 sweaters

Not too bad. I usually have something in mind when I go thrifting but this time I was all over the place. T-shirts for the gym…I haven’t had “new” khakis in a while.. but I really need sweaters etc. So I spent about 30 minutes  in the thrift store and left with what I listed above. It was hard not buying books but I’m really trying to stay with ebooks when it comes to new purchases because they take up no space. obvs.

Here are some pics of my favorite items:

sweater
sweater

My absolute favorite find:

cardigan
cardigan
purple!
purple!
blouse
blouse

I only worked for about 30 minutes today. Score!…kinda? Back to the grind tomorrow. I’m excited about college basketball tonight. I should really go now. Bye.

Feeling like a fool for trying

I was hoping to have more than just clothes pics for this entry. Maybe pics of a clean house?

I’m so disappointed. (Story of my life). The cleaning service wouldn’t clean my house. I said the main things I wanted clean were the bathroom and the kitchen. Well my counters in the kitchen weren’t CLEAN enough for them to um, clean. Ha. Oh well. Thanks for nothing. Too bad I already paid for it. Should I just write it off as a loss? I’m supposed to clean before they clean? WHAT? I have used maid services 3 times in my life and I have never had a problem.

The funny thing is, I did clean everything first. Clearly it wasn’t up to their standards. 😦 Anyway, I would have rather them clean what they could (the bathroom etc) then to just do nothing. ARGH! I’m glad I wasn’t there when they came. I would have died or cried while she told me they wouldn’t clean it. Actually I would have just asked them to clean the rest of the house. FORGET THE KITCHEN! They don’t understand. Anything is better than nothing.

So I don’t know what to do. I guess I will do my best (which isn’t good enough) and try to clean it on my own.  I don’t even have a working vacuum. The new one my mom gave me won’t pick up. If they call me back about rescheduling again I will say I haven’t had time to clean yet. Money wasted.

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Thrifting time! I brought these clothes about a month ago. I want to say I didn’t pay more than $3.99 for each blouse.

lace
lace
love this sweater
glitter

 

Love this blouse
Love this blouse

 

always buy something blue
I always buy something blue
my fave
my fave

 

worn this a ton
worn this a ton

This is why I can’t’ just justify buying new clothes. Most of my favorite clothes are from thrift stores. I don’t need anymore clothes!!!! I would like to visit a vintage store or a consignment shop one day though. Maybe just window shop?

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Culinary school is dead. I did find another program that might work…but I read things like this: (Should I go to culinary school?) and I know the environment isn’t for me. It looks like I will be going back to school to finish what I started 4 years ago – ha. The plan is to go back this winter/spring. More on this later.

I’ve been lightly researching the cost o…

I’ve been lightly researching the cost of a trip to Mexico. I didn’t bother to look for deals since I know I’m not going in 2011. I’ll be in school at that time. But maybe, just maybe I could go in March of 2012. If not definitely in 2013. All of this stuff takes time and money…but I want to go to Mexico very badly.

I can’t believe how many Americans are so terrified of Mexico. “You went to Mexico? On vacation??! Why would anyone go there? You wanted to get killed?” This came from a guy who lives in DC. You want to compare the crime rate of DC to Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico? LOL. Please. I live in a worse area than where I want to visit.

Anyhow, I’m guessing the return trip flight will cost anywhere from $1300-$1700 from the little research I’ve done. (ouch!) I’m only spending 3 nights there. I’ve fallen in love with Hotel Cazomalli but I’m willing to go cheaper if I must. That will cost about $53 a night. Add taxes to it I’ll say $200 for the hotel. Next, I need a passport. That’s another $200…I think. I haven’t checked recently. No, people without money don’t have passports for no reason. Haha. I will probably get my passport a year before I plan on going.

Not including taxi prices etc. That is a little over $2000. I’m hoping to get it down to at least $1500. I don’t know how. Even looking this stuff up is overwhelming! And then some people say no need to make reservations in advance etc. etc. SCREAM. I will definitely read more updated books about this. I love the internet for research but all the info is too much and then the opinions….
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In other exciting news, I went thrifting last week and found some amazing deals. I went to get some sweaters for winter but I only ended up with two. It was very odd but someone seemed to dump a bunch of green sweaters there. I ended up buying one but ugh, I dunno. Maybe I will stick to blazers.
I did get:

a new with tags H&M skirt
a purple & black sleeveless Liz Claiborne dress
a denim Liz Claiborne “sport” dress
1 green velvet skirt suit (looks brand new. I have no idea why it was knocked down several times – lucky me!)
2 pairs of jeans (one Levi, the other ??)
1 blouse
2 sweaters
1 sleeveless gray ankle length dress

All for a grand total of $34!!! All of the summer/fall clothes are dry cleaned or washed and ready to wear. 🙂 I’m so glad I’m no longer buying new clothes. I’m back to thrifting… maybe 2-3 times a year? I definitely don’t need to spend money on new clothes.

I’m also proud to have not brought any books from the thrift store. NO MORE NEW OR USED BOOKS unless they are reference books. In fact, I have to gather books to drop off to donate to the library next Saturday. They are having a book/cd/dvd/video drive. If I wanted to spend $2.50+ on mailing books to people, I would have posted the books on paperbackswap.com. All of the books are in good to great condition. But the thought of having to mail all of those books….um, I’d rather just donate them. I will probably post about 5 books on the site. These are “wanted” books so I know I’m going to have to ship them within 2 weeks.