Friday, January 28, 2011

The small things add up

The husband and I have been making small changes in order to save money on our bills each month. Here is what we have done so far: 

Back in the fall we decided to look into our auto insurance and found that if we simply added the husband to my current account we could save a decent chunk of we did! 

In December we had the gas company come out and install 'water saver' faucets on a few of our sinks, a shower head in my bathroom and a programmable thermostat. This was a free energy saver program through our gas company and was supposed to help us cut down on water usage and save on the amount of gas we were using to heat the water heater and use the furnace.  This was a total failure.  I haven't figured it out yet, but since installing these new features our water bill and gas bill has gone up a significant amount. Failure!

Today we decided to tackle our phone, internet, cable and see what cost savings we could come up with.  By eliminating our home phone (which we have used about 5 times in 2 years) we only needed to price out plans for cable and internet.  After much research we decided to cancel our comcast and go with direct tv.  We are going to save $100/month by this change...Success!

What other small changes could we make?  What have you done to put a few extra bucks in your pocketbook each month?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Debating what to do

I'm having problems with this little blog I call mine!  I started this blog when I was planning my wedding as a way to document the process, keep my wedding party informed, and keep my ideas in one place.  Now that my wedding has come and gone I'm having a hard time finding anything to write about.  Well, anything I consider "blog worthy".

And the posts that I so desperately 'need' to write about I can't, because I don't want to air my dirty laundry knowing that people who know me in real life could easily read it.

So instead,  I ignore this little place I used to call mine.  I don't know what to do....

And not that this is a popularity contest, but it is always nice to read the comments people leave, but as of now I think I only have 2 individuals who even stop by anymore.

So there you have it....It's not that I'm ignoring you oh, little blog of's just that I don't know what to write about anymore. 

What should I do?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Health Issues

Since December I've been having some health issues.  After a CT scan it was discovered that I had colitis and my colon walls were severely thickened and inflamed.  I was treated with some antibiotics and scheduled for a colonoscopy. 

Yesterday was my colonoscopy and the colitis is still showing up, which surprised the doctor because he was assuming it would be gone.  He took some biopsies and I will go back in February for another consultation.

As of now they are assuming it's either Crohns Disease or Ulcerative Colitis.  I am currently being treated with medication for ulcerative colitis and depending on the biopsy results this could be long the rest of my life!

The good news is that there were no signs of cancer!  After having cervical cancer it's always a scary thought whenever something major happens in terms of my health.

So now I am playing the waiting game again.  And let me tell you....waiting sucks when it comes to your health!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


My, oh's been nearly a month since I've posted here!  Where has the time gone?

Well, for starters...I spent close to 10 days very ill.  I am currently working with a few specialists and have some more tests scheduled, but they are thinking I either have Crohns Disease or Ulcerative Colitis.  Not fun....

Christmas came and passed way too quickly for me.  It is by far my favorite holiday but I was so sick that I didn't get to enjoy myself as much as I would have liked.  Oh well, there is always next year (er...this year)

New Years Eve I was in bed before the ball dropped so no exciting news there.

But, what IS exciting is that I am in the process of getting new floors in our house.  The master bedroom, living room and dining room will hopefully be finished in the next week or so.  I'm so excited for the finished product but oh, what a job it has been!  I didn't anticipate this little DIY project to be so intense.  Pulling up the carpet in all 3 rooms, removing staples, removing tack strips, laying underlayment, laying the new wood floor, new base board, removing door trim, putting up new door trim.........ugh, makes me tired just thinking about all the work we have left to do.  But, we are more than 1/2 way there and it looks AMAZING! (and a HUGE thanks to my mom and dad for all of their hard work in making this happen)



pic from iPhone...not sure how to rotate it to correct position...ugh!
I hope you all had a fantastic holiday season and are just as excited for this new year as I am.