First week of August has ended already. Eldest’s birthday is this Friday. I can’t believe it. Mine is the week after. And then school starts. I have mixed feelings about that last one.
I am still sick. It’s been over a week. I was diagnosed Friday with a sinus infection and have been taking antibiotics since. Honestly? I’m not sure they’re doing any good. I felt as bad on Saturday as I felt on Tuesday when I stayed home. In other words, I couldn’t move and spent pretty much the entire day snuggled on the couch or the bed with the Friend and Mutant Kitty.
Yes, there’s a new addition to this Mutant family. Kitty is just one month old and is a rescued kitty. My friend found her brothers and sisters and I’ve decided to take one on and see how everyone fares with allergies. I think it might be ok but we’ll see. I’m not allergic to animals, but Eldest had a very severe reaction once although it wasn’t the only time he was exposed to cats. The kids haven’t met Kitty yet. They were with their dad this weekend which was much needed since I am sick.
I haven’t worked out since Friday, July 29. Saturday I woke up sick as heck and forget it, this sinus infection has me really messed up. So, I feel kind of lame about it but whatever. My body’s not cooperating.
I’m over budget on back to school stuff but doing well with Eldest’s party so far. Honestly, the $50 back to school budget wasn’t realistic. I hadn’t realized Baby and Eldest need school shoes, Baby and Daughter need lunch boxes, and Daughter and Eldest need thermoses since I’m switching from juice boxes and the water bottles they used are pretty wrecked and leaky.
I’ve had two No-Spend days so far– August 1 and August 6.
Our family meeting took place on Monday, August 1 and went pretty well. Eldest really got it and participated. Daughter started getting into it towards the end. Baby was extremely disruptive and clueless. However, I did present the possibility of a kitten and they all voted YES on that one. It was during that meeting we talked about school supplies and what we could use from last year for this year. We also went through the supplies I’d stocked up on last year that were in good condition.
We also talked about cleaning out and I showed them the big yellow bag I’m using to hold stuff I’m giving away this month. They’re actually pretty good about that kind of thing so I’m going to try and push them to go through their stuff every night and eliminate. We went over their chores and things they’re responsible for doing as well as the concept of prepping the night before which I’m going to push this week as well.
I asked them if they had anything they wanted to talk about and Daughter expressed her fear of Kindergarten again. Eldest tried to make her feel better and tell her that it’s a lot of fun. She’s scared of one of the teachers but I keep trying to remind her one of her favorite teachers in the school is the assistant. I think her fears are pretty unfounded and expect them to disappear within a couple of weeks but who knows. Apparently the teacher reprimanded her once last year in the beginning of the school year and that’s all it took.
I followed up with the garnishment company for Ex’s employer. They confirmed everything was set up and that it looks like they’re waiting for the next paycheck. So while I’m a tiny bit more optimistic, I really won’t feel relief until the check arrives. Besides, they did say that even though it SHOULD go into effect with this Friday’s paycheck, they can’t guarantee it won’t take place until the second paycheck– August 26. Since I tend to count on worst case scenarios, I’m holding off any real celebrations.
The bottom line is all of my August bills are paid except for one and its money is in the account waiting. I have the funds reserved for Eldest’s reptile show. I have a couple hundred bucks to get through the rest of the month. Most of the back to school shopping is complete. There is food in the freezer, fridge, and pantry. With or without his money this month, we’ll be fine.