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    • crazy_cat_lady
    • By crazy_cat_lady 3rd May 18, 9:50 AM
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    Crazy Cat Lady Chapter 3 - A New Beginning
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    • 3rd May 18, 9:50 AM
    Crazy Cat Lady Chapter 3 - A New Beginning 3rd May 18 at 9:50 AM
    Good morning everyone,

    I've had a bit of a break from the forums over the past couple of months, but today seems like a good time to come back on here and to start a new diary. An awful lot has changed in my life over the past couple of weeks and it's going to take some time and effort to adjust, and more than ever I need the support and accountability of being on here to keep me on the straight and narrow as far as my finances are concerned.
    I hope that some of my usual bunch have followed me to this diary, and welcome to anyone new that might be reading. I need all of the help and support that I can get...
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    • crazy_cat_lady
    • By crazy_cat_lady 16th May 18, 6:20 PM
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    Evening all

    I wish I could report a better night of sleep, but unfortunately it was another restless one. I fell asleep before 10pm but kept waking up and gave up and got up for the day just after 5pm. I'm tired again tonight but I don't have lots of running about to do before I can settle. The neighbours have put the bins out already so I don't need to do that , so just dinner, washing up and a shower needed tonight.

    nmlc - thank you so much for your advice. I didn't know any of that so hopefully that will save me from having to dip into my own emergency fund to help him out. I will send you a quick pm as I have a couple of questions that you might be able to answer.

    Another busy day at work today. Can't believe how non-stop everything is all of the time. I am getting loads done but time is just flying by. It's the chemistry exam tomorrow and both me and my students are significantly more worried about this one than the last (Chemistry is my subject). Then Thursday and Friday are very full teaching days so more busy stuff happening.

    I'm just going to squeeze this massive spend in here and hope that you all overlook it. I have booked me and the kids a holiday abroad. Four nights in Fuertaventura during February half term next year for 1250, all inclusive and pre-booked seats on the aeroplane. I have only paid the deposit now, and may be foolish booking it but I have my exam marking to pay for it, and the kids are already so excited that I really think that I've done the right thing. I haven't been abroad since I had kids but I can't imagine needing a massive amount of spending money if we're all inclusive.

    Marmalade cat seems to be doing much better today and has recovered from his grump after yesterday's vaccinations. Good, as I was a bit worried when he turned his nose up at breakfast this morning - he's obviously had a bit of a party while we've all been out during the day and has made up for it.
    DFD 6 Nov 15 - paid 28,447
    • 1LuckyLady
    • By 1LuckyLady 16th May 18, 8:06 PM
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    Ccl, its good for you to have your holiday to look forward too
    Sticking with the "Small things" thread to keep up us on the straight and narrow.
    • foxgloves
    • By foxgloves 16th May 18, 8:33 PM
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    CCL - You deserve a holiday & there'll be all sorts of savings you can make if you need to, when the time comes.....a picnic for the trip to the airport, a sensible set amount of spending money for everyone, not being tempted by lots of new clothes for four days away, etc. Just enjoy it when it comes & in the meantime, enjoy how much your children are already looking forward to it.
    F x
    Money can't jump out of your purse on its own so ask 'Can I borrow one, make one, grow one, bake one, re-purpose or recycle, acquire it for free?' Yes? Then put that purse away & keep your money because little savings grow!
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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 16th May 18, 9:23 PM
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    Something to look forward too
    Good news on the cat
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    • erin_transport
    • By erin_transport 16th May 18, 9:55 PM
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    Yay! Great decision!!
    On a mission!

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    • Buffythedebtslayer
    • By Buffythedebtslayer 16th May 18, 9:57 PM
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    The holiday is genius. Good plan.

    xxx
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    • crazy_cat_lady
    • By crazy_cat_lady 17th May 18, 10:09 PM
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    Evening all

    How late is this check in? I had planned such a relaxing evening. Check in on here, wash the dishes, put some washing in and crochet.
    Got home to a couple of surprise parcels waiting sent by my lovely mam. A new tv and stand for it. Oh my goodness! It's huge (43") and new, and clear all ultra HD and everything. Amazing, and really not something that I would ever have bought for myself - but she's insisted I deserve a treat. Even after I told her about the holiday. Unfortunately it took me over 3 hours to put the flat pack tv unit together and set the tv up so it was after 9 before I even got to sit down, but I've just watched 'ambulance' in very high definition. I never thought that I was a telly snob but this is brilliant!
    In slightly less positive news, the chemistry exam was tough. Very little that I expected turned up on the paper and there were just hundreds of questions about metals. I'm a bit disappointed but I think if my lot found it difficult then it was genuinely difficult because I have some incredible kids in my class.
    No time for any crochet tonight - I've set up the tv, watched 1 programme and now I really need to go to bed.
    DFD 6 Nov 15 - paid 28,447
    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 17th May 18, 10:12 PM
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    Fab news on the TV
    Enjoy
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    • apple muncher
    • By apple muncher 18th May 18, 7:18 AM
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    Your holiday sounds amazing!

    Yay to your mam!
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    Mortgage 21,422 (01/14: 78,201; 01/15: 59,629; 01/16: 39,915; 01/17: 27,295; 01/18 23,143) MFWDate Dec 2018
    • crazy_cat_lady
    • By crazy_cat_lady 19th May 18, 1:19 PM
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    I haven't left.
    Exam marking is on, among other things. I'm just on my way out to catch up with a couple of old friends I haven't seen in ages, but I'll be back later for a proper check in.
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    • crazy_cat_lady
    • By crazy_cat_lady 19th May 18, 5:45 PM
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    Hi everyone

    I'm back. It's been lovely catching up with friends this afternoon - I definitely don't do enough of that. Now though I need to get back on with exam stuff. I need to manage my time at this time of year as there's lots going on.

    My mood isn't good today though - I feel quite anxious unfortunately. Don't know what I'm so worried about, except my extraordinary lack of cash. I spent 84 on grocery shopping last night, plus the car needed fuel this morning as well. And dd needed a couple of summer tops - bless her she got them from Primarni but I could have used another couple of months to put some money aside. I'm also worrying about going to London next week - not that I'm worried about being there, but it seems such a big deal for bestie to look after my kids for 3 days for me. It's all really new and a bit scary I suppose. I feel like I need a really good long chat and get everything off my chest, but it was a big group thing today, and on top of that I didn't get to see bestie either so didn't get my usual cuppa and catch up.

    Right. Time to get back on with some work...
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    • apple muncher
    • By apple muncher 19th May 18, 8:02 PM
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    In your head, you know that bestie is well able to look after your children. And your children are well able to ask for what they need. But it is the first time you have left them with her for 3 days. And therefore it is new and scary. It will be fine. And you will be able to focus on the London stuff. Hang in there! x
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    • beanielou
    • By beanielou 19th May 18, 8:21 PM
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    It will be fine
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    "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of" Jane Austen in Mansfield Park.
    ***Fall down seven times,stand up eight*** ~~Japanese proverb.
    It starts with you, it starts from now. *** It is ok to be me.***
    ***Keep plodding***
    Out of debt, out of danger.
    • crazy_cat_lady
    • By crazy_cat_lady 20th May 18, 4:45 PM
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    Hey
    Just taking a quick break from exam stuff to catch up on here. Thanks apple and beanie for the reassurance. I know bestie will be fine, and the kids will also be fine - but 3 days just seems like a big ask, even for a bestie. And yes, I would do it for her in the reverse situation - I guess I'm just not used to asking for a lot of help in that way.

    I'm really, really tired today - I heard ds up and about at half past four this morning and I really struggled to get back to sleep. Thankfully it's been quite a quiet day - I've done my tutoring, and my daily quota of exam marking. I just need to finish my house jobs - hoovering is done, dishes are done, washing is in progress. Need to sort out money for the kids for the week ahead and really think about getting a head start on my packing for going to London on Wednesday. If I do it in a rush I will end up forgetting something, or thinking that I'm forgetting something. Far better to start a list, and add things to the bag a bit at a time. I like a good list.

    NSD today, thank goodness - in fact I've managed to make a bit of money from my tutoring. Good job as this trip is looming... 11 days till payday.
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