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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Thursday Giveaway: Internet Dating is NOT Like Ordering a Pizza by Cherie Burbach

The box of giveaway items is still lost in my garage but I was able to unearth this book which was sent to me by the author for a review. That was, like 6 months ago. Of course, I still haven't finished it but I did start it and it isn't bad advice. The book, Internet Dating is Not Like Ordering a Pizza by Cherie Burbach, is this week's giveaway item.

I still hate internet dating.

I still love ordering pizzas.

So I read the book this weekend and then next Thursday I will do the review. If you want to enter to win this book, you can comment once this week and once next week for a double entry! I'll announce the winner in two weeks.

Why am I so behind? This week has been a whirlwind. I couldn't post yesterday out of sheer exhaustion. I've been working 9 hours straight, going to job interviews, renting out my rooms (one down and one to go) all while maintaining relationships with my roommates, worrying about money and taking care of my house/pets/self.

Its been a great week but I am pretty ready for the weekend. And I haven't been able to post as often as I like. I was especially bummed when I missed yesterday's homeowner series AGAIN!

But the good news is that things turned around this week. I got my first paycheck yesterday and was able to pay my roommate back. I was also able to fill my car with fuel and get groceries for the first time in 2 weeks. I now have vegetables to eat! I never thought I would be so so so grateful for every single carefully selected item in my grocery basket. Yesterday I was down to pumpkin seeds, cereal, soymilk, rice and beans. Today I have cucumber and fruit and bread and cheese! These small things are huge blessings. I've NEVER been this broke before in my life but I am very grateful for the experience because it taught me how grateful I need to be now that the experience is over. I think I will never shop for groceries in the same way again. My life will be far less wasteful. And I am so so so grateful and in awe of all the generosity which was offered to me. I always knew that I would get work just in the nick of time but folks showered me with loans and delicious meals and supportive advice.

Also, my chickens finally started to lay eggs this week providing me with another source of food! YAY!

And I have a renter for my room which guarantees that I will be able to pay the mortgage in this coming month!

It feels good to have some stability in my life after so much instability! I look forward to keeping a more stable writing schedule and to getting back to my usual posting style (instead of these rambling updates).


Mikki said...

The feeling of having money in your pocket, especially after being so broke you cant pay bills, is a fantastic feeling.

Since July of last year i have been struggling myself, but now i am finally caught up and slowly replacing things that were stolen from me. yesterday i treated myself to a little shopping, granted it was "sale" shopping but i was in much need of jeans and under things. Retail therapy is great too, even if i only spen $100.

hebba said...

Well, it sounds like things are starting to fall into place, which is a good thing. The title of that book is hilarious...I did the internet dating thing last year and apparently, I attract creeps!

Purple Turtle said...

I am so glad that everything is working out! Yay for roommates, the chickens, and your job. Good luck with everything...you deserve it.

Kathryn said...

I can't begin to tell you how many people I know are in the same situation with the job (myself included). I use coupons.com religiously when I go grocery shopping. Its free!

Bananas Rosa said...

I hear ya all about being unemployed and having a really tight shopping budget. By shopping I mean grocery shopping. I haven't bought myself anything for the past year, just payed bills and my car loan.

Anyways, it´s really great to be able to eat fresh food and veggies from your own garden. In my garden I have fruit trees, veggies and cooking herbs planted, so I just need to step out to the yard and pick what I need! I do compost with the food and veggies residues from my kitchen.

Anonymous said...

i have recently started reading and enjoying your blog. do you ever change the format? i find the yellow/brown color scheme hard to read. sorry to start off with a minor criticism, it hasn't stopped me from bookmarking and checking in regularly.

can't wait to read about india and good luck with the roomie, job etc thing.

Steve said...

I'm so glad to hear that things are going your way. I bet those eggs taste great!

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