September Recap

Your attention please! This is a post NOT about the CP Exam!! Yes, that is correct – you are welcome. Here is a list of things I did in September, that had NOTHING to do with testing…

  1. No-Spentember! That is right! We tried to not spend money on any unnecessary, unessential things. This included eating out, going to the movies, buying costumes, etc.
  2. Planned crafts/projects for October.
  3. Started using the UP band/app by Jawbone.
  4. Helped at an IORG event.
    On my way back from an IORG installation!
    On my way back from an IORG installation!
  5. Started dedicating time each evening to have personal conversations with my big boy.
  6. Dreamed about Starbucks’ espresso frappuccino. And I bought a few. And I am aware that I was supposed to not spend money… I did my best. That is all.
  7.  Debated on how soon after I pass the CP exam I want to start the ACP exam. Okay, so this was about testing, but not exactly about the CP exam I took.
  8. SLEPT

Now I bet you are wondering how successful we were with our No-Spentember (no spend September). We did aight. Money for us does not grow on trees, it surely is not hiding in our mattresses, nor is it carried over in our bank accounts from one month to the next. How do we manage? Grace, patience, and optimism. Oh yeah, and sales, coupons, smart shopping choices, etc. For the most part, we were able to keep our spending to all time minimums. I had Starbucks ten a few times, we ate out twice, I purchased items for my blogger swap, and the husband purchased alcohol once for a dinner party we hosted. All birthday presents, school supplies, and household necessities were purchased in August or we went without – i.e. when we ran out of paper plates at said dinner party. We did not have an absolute no-spend month like we tried, but we came close. It definitely made us think twice about making purchases, or not. I know that we will try again – I just have not decided which month to do next. Maybe January…

Pen Pal Bloggers Mo. 2: Back-to-School

This month I was paired with the amazing Kimberley from Life As Me. Her honesty and sincerity are inspirational. Kimberley’s truly a beautiful woman. It is too bad that she lives all the way in Australia – I think she would be fun to spend the day with. Most people know of my obsession enjoyment of office/school supplies; so you can imagine that I was really looking forward to the theme this month – back-to-school. I was very excited to receive the package [it is not everyday that I receive international mail – it’s the little things…] and even more excited once I opened it!

My new supplies (toys)!
My new toys!

I received a great little reminder of Australia by way of a key chain and pencils. There were some regional chocolates which we immediately put in the freezer and my boy keeps asking to try one. I also received a day organizer pad (similar to one which I have eyed for some time now) and a cool set of post-its, binder clips, push pins, and paper clips in turquoise! I would take these supplies to the office if I was a better sharer – but I am not, I am selfish.

I was having a case of the Monday’s for sure and this package completely turned my day around. I truly hope that Kimberley enjoys her package as much as I enjoy mine.