Saturday, July 29, 2006
SO HERE WE GO!!!
Frederic T handbag:
This bag is one of my favorites. I spent $200 on it. YES $200! It is very cool. It can be like a normal handbag or even while you're walking you can switch into a backpack. And the criss cross design makes it almost impossible for pickpocketers.
There is a guy in Paris in a tiny shop that makes them. He is so huge but doesn't even have a website. AMAZING!!
Vera Bradley Tote Bag:
OK, my second listing is the bag I just bought. Sarah mentioned the bag and I realized I need to sell everything, so why not this one now. The color is beautiful for this time of year!
Rina Rich Handbag:
I got this bag on one of my many excursions to Haight Street in San Francisco. They have the most unique styles that you don't find everywhere. The feel of this fabric is incredible! It feels like a super expensive soft leather. It is this gorgeous champagne color.
Ok, now I'm getting depressed.
Keep going, Leigh Ann, keep going............
This is self explanatory. I'm broke and I need to sell everything. BOO HOO!!!!!!!!!
More to come!! So feel free to BID AWAY!! OVER BID IF YOU WANT TO!! tee hee.
Friday, July 28, 2006
So, tomorrow, I will list as many things as I can on eBay to raise as much as I can to pay my tax bill.
Elizabeth really put it in perspective. You are amazing! Thank you so much for changing the way I was feeling.
I really do love all of you guys!
Thursday, July 27, 2006
I am so stressed. I had to go through my whole emergency fund to pay my bills and I still haven't finished. I still owe over $700 to the IRS and no money to pay.
I was doing so well and now I feel like I have nothing.
I am living paycheck to paycheck and hate this feeling.
I know it will get better, I just don't feel it right now.
I do want to thank Karina who sent me a book. I will read it tonight to keep my mind off my problems.
I also want to thank Sarah who always takes the time to make me feel special.
And Heather who has been a huge support to me.
And Karyn who's own life experience helps me to remember that I am not the only one.
And finally all you guys. I feel like you all have saved my life. I am so grateful to each and every one of you. Your comments and support have meant the world.
I just need to get through this experience and I will be better from it.
I'm sure I will. I just can't feel it right now.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
I am in a two day manager business planning class. We are all serious bankers intently listening to the instructor. (ok, everyone else is serious bankers)
We break into groups of two. I end up working with a woman I have never met before. As we are discussing the business trade area, she takes out a bag of Sour Patch Kids (I think that is what they are called) and pops one in her mouth. Not only does she not offer me any (not that I care) but she starts chomping with her mouth wide open. You know that kind when someone makes all that noise with their tongue? SMACK, SMACK, SMACK!! I am looking at her, like, you have got to be kidding, right?
She just keeps making that obnoxious noise.
And then she is talking in between smacking.
"I think.......smack........that this trade area.........smack smack..........has a lot of potential for.........smack..............being a mass affluent..............smack..........business opportunity...........smack smack.............what do you..............smack...........think?"
I THINK YOU SHOULD CLOSE YOUR DARN MOUTH WHEN YOU ARE CHEWING!!!!!!!
Other than that, the day went ok. :-)
Sunday, July 23, 2006
I can't believe just in October I was almost $20,000 in debt and now look at me!! I am almost 3/4 of the way there!!
Hey, wanna help? Click on the link to the right to save a pathetic girl's butt!! Everything I get, I pay directly to my debt.
I know you didn't cause my debt, but if you have ever lost sleep over when your next paycheck will be or worry that you will have enough gas to get to work and you can feel my pain, send a little (or a lot!) I am writing a book right now, and if it gets published I will list everyone who helped me in the quest to be debt free!
I am working harder than I ever have to get this debt to go away. I haven't used a single credit card or loan since I started this blog. I really think it saved my life. You guys have been such a blessing to me. I don't know how I would have turned out if I hadn't started this. My life has improved more than I could have ever imagined. I have you all to thank for that.
A hundred dollar bag for 20 bucks!! I can't believe it!!
What do you guys think? (click on the picture to see a closeup.)
And here is the top my friend bought. Not as good of a deal for $118, but she looks amazing in it. Remind me to tell you what the stupid salesperson said to her.
It was 112 near where I live. I am from the place where the weather is perfect!! This isn't supposed to happen.
I haven't slept in two days because it is so hot I feel like I can't breathe. Of course, I know I am breathing. Have to breathe to live! But I'm still hot!
Yesterday I was bad.
Due to "hotter than my oven on full blast" heat, a friend of mine and I went to take advantage of the 6 million dollar air conditioner at the mall. We walk in and pure bliss. (Insert harp music here) Until I get to the middle of the mall and am practically taken away with the stampede of people also coming up with this brilliant idea!
It looked like a day care center inside!
I did purchase one item.
I got a handbag that was from a store called Cache. Normally I don't even go in there because the cost of a tshirt is a hundred bucks, but my friend wanted to go. As I am trying to not make eye contact with any form of clothing on the racks, my eyes wander to the front counter. There is a clutch handbag just sitting there. And it says it's on sale. (Sale for Cache means nothing!! by the way)
I immediately fall in love with it, until I look at the price. Marked down from $89 to $59. What a steal!! Yeah, right.
As I'm looking at it, I see a small tear. I pointed out to the girl and she says........."Well, I can give you 15% off, but you won't be able to return it."
Not gonna happen.
So as I'm waiting for my friend, the manager comes and is hanging out with us while we wait. I said how I thought the bag was cute, but it has a tear, I would have to get it fixed. She looks at it, says to the 12 year old sales person, "We will never be able to sell this."
Then she says something I never expected...............
"I will give it to you for 20 bucks."
I'll take it!
So I get a bag I adore that was a hundred dollars when I walked in there, and left with it for 20 bucks!
I know I shouldn't be spending, but....................
But nothing...............I shouldn't be spending.
But as I told you before....I am completely honest on this blog. And if I can't tell you these things, then I am not being honest with myself. So yes, I shopped yesterday.
It was so wonderful to be out of the heat.
So, I am still broke.........and now I'm 20 dollars broker. (not even a word, but "more broke" doesn't sound right either)
But hey, at least I will be stylin' broke.
Let me know if you want to see a picture and I will post one of the $20 bag.
I promise, today I will sit here in the awful heat until my left arm falls off. No going into the mall today. Maybe I wil hang out in the grocery store, or emergency room, or I suppose I could hang out at Starbucks.
Cut my arm off, I hanging out in the emergency room! They have to keep it cool there! I will be typing with one hand tomorrow, but I won't be sweating!! Whoo Hoo!
Friday, July 21, 2006
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
I am pretty broke right now and felt like I just paid all these bills. And why is that? BECAUSE I DID!!
I didn't even open the bill when I saw it. I just immediately went to my blog to vent my frustration. When I opened it, I saw this...............
Somehow I ended up paying it twice. Don't ask me how. It's not like I purposely did it. I have no idea how it happened. What is amazing is that I was about to give up. I am so frustrated right now and I think someone up there was telling me...................HEY IT'S OK, LET ME GET IT THIS TIME!
I have no idea how it happened, but if I did it then it definitely pays to be an idiot!!
Monday, July 17, 2006
I will post some of the stuff on this site and then stop over at my Thank You page for the rest!
Yesterday I went to Nordstrom with a friend. DON'T WORRY, I DIDN'T BUY ANYTHING.
They had a really cool thing they were doing. They had this treasure hunt. You go around to the different makeup counters with a piece of paper, they initial it and give you some free samples. After I completed the sheet, it went into a raffle. I haven't heard back from them, so I am assuming I didn't win the 600 million pound cosmetics basket!
Here are the free samples they gave me.
Don't ask me what they all are, but I know my skin will be silky smooth, at least for this week!
Then last night I went to the bookstore. I wasn't planning on it, but when I drove by, I couldn't help myself. I remembered when I looked on Amazon under books that were like other books it said this book was like the SAVE KARYN book. Which I loved. So I got it!
I haven't bought books in a long time. Except for Karyn's new book and now this one.
This whole day was kind of ironic. Check out my Thank You page to see what I mean.
I also bought a wallet, thanks to Sarah, who is a bad influence on me. Nothin' but love for ya babe!
I was going to put the picture up, but now this stupid thing isn't working again!!
Ok, on to the other blog............
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Oh, thanks for asking, let me tell you.
It was not my normal day yesterday.
It started out typical.
I had a manager offsite I was putting together. So I went to the party store to get a few things for the event. It was being held at my coworker's house.
I get to his house and set up some of the stuff. I had a pictionary game I made up. I wrote different things they needed to draw that pertained to the topic of the meeting.
OK, LET ME JUST TELL YOU................I DON'T KNOW HOW TO COUNT!
I took me 15 minutes just to divide the teams! WHAT A MESS!
I had managers scrambling everywhere! They looked like a bunch of confused ants running around!
"No, you go over there!"
"Why are you in group 2? There is only supposed to be 3 of you!"
"I'm in group 4."
"I don't care, you are in the next group! I have too many people for this group!"
By the time it was sorted out I realized it was because of my counting skills to divide them. I am such a dork!!
We had a few more activities that I put together.
I had kind of a gripe session set up for them. So they could feel they can be totally honest with what is going on in their branches, I designed an "Immunity Stick". I told them as long as they were holding it, they can say anything they like and know that nothing will be held against them. Everything spoke about stayed in that room.
You want to know what they said?
OOPS, SORRY! THEY HAVE IMMUNITY!!
So the event went great! I was so proud of myself!
So how did I look? What did I wear?
I was in my most FAVE black pants, a cute grey top, a sweater I like to call a "BUTT SWAG" (I always have a sweater tied around my butt)
Needless to say I looked adorable.
I finally finish all my activities and I can finally relax and get some amazing homemade cake one of the manager's made.
So, I cut myself a small piece.
Ok, it was medium size.
OK FINE!!!!! I WAS A HUGE PIECE THAT TOOK UP HALF THE PLATE!! I WAS WORKING ALL DAY AND DIDN'T EAT ANYTHING!! I WAS STARVING!!
When a couple of the managers walk up to me.
There is one on either side of me and they each grab an arm.
I look at the manager standing in front of me and she takes my cake from me.
I didn't even get a bite!
They are walking me half way through the house when I realize what was going on.
"NO! NO! NO!"
"WAIT I HAVE MY PHONE!"
"MY BUTT SWAG!!!"
In the pool I go!!
There was a trail leading to the pool of items I was able to toss off on the way.
My phone tossed on the floor.
My butt swag.
I can't believe I tossed my butt swag before trying to take off my watch. Or my jewelry. Shows what I value more. Being able to camouflage my ass is a priority!!
I was going to post a couple pictures but the picture thing isn't working on here!!!
Just know, I looked like a girl with droopy drawers!!
I JUST LOVE THE PEOPLE I WORK WITH!
P.S. Check out my Thank you page.
Friday, July 14, 2006
I have a big event today so I have to get ready and go get some last touches before the event.
I am tired. Bills are due again. And I have dry skin.
Could it get any worse?
Ok, scratch that.....I know it can.
Actually scratch that too...............
A little lower...........
Now tell me, how many of your scratched yourself after that?!
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
What did I win, you ask?
$150 gift card for BEST BUY!!
Now all I have to do is figure out what the heck they have there! (why couldn't it have been a grocery store so I could buy milk or something I really need?)
I am not going to complain. It was a great surprise today!
I was good today. Didn't spend anything out of my budget. And used some JACKED UP soap so I didn't waste it. I don't think I will be using bar soap anymore.
I also used some free dental floss my dentist gave me. I gave the toothbrush to a friend who needed it more than I did. I use a child's size brush. (I heard it is better, the child size reaches the back better)
OK, I just wanted to have a Little Mermaid brush. I ADMIT IT! Get off my back!!
NOT A BAD DAY!
And another thing...... don't you just love the link Heather put on my blog "Click here to save a girl's butt"?
Love it even more if someone actually saved it.
But it is still adorable anyway!!
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
"Thank You" gives me the chance to thank the people who are supporting me through this adventure.
"Debt Tally" will be updated every time I lower my debt until it totals ZERO!!
LOVE TO ALL!!
Here are some pictures of where I was on Saturday. My mom and I went to the Monet exhibit in the city. VERY MUSEUM'ISH!!
After, we went to the Cliff House for lunch. You can see the photos below. I have a couple more, but this DAMN blogger won't let me attach them! And I am going to be late for work if I don't go now.
I will try to post them tonight.
But isn't it amazing where I live??
Those are the views from the restaurant.
Even better, my mom paid for THE ENTIRE DAY!! (and even bought me some earrings at the museum, which I will post later as well)
Enjoy!! GOTTA GO!!
P.S. The last picture is the front of my house. (YEAH RIGHT!!) it is the museum entrance. hee hee.
Monday, July 10, 2006
She is the one that single handedly made my blog what it is today. (and yesterday, actually)
Check her out here.
I am completely and totally amazed!!
And she donated her time and energy to do this for me.
HEATHER..................You are and always will be a great friend!! (and we have never even met!)
I really think this blog has saved not only my money, but also my sanity and my life. Because of people like her!
YOU HAD ME AT PUBLISH POST!! (get it? like you had me at hello?) ok, maybe not funny.
You are the wind beneath my wings! (sappy Bette Midler song)
Did you know that you're my hero! You're everything I wish I could be!! (another sappy song)
ok, it's getting late...........I think the blood has rushed from my hands as I am lying here typing this at an extremely uncomfortable angle. And I think it has moved up to my brain!
SO THANK YOU HEATHER!!
IF YOU EVER NEED AN INTERNAL ORGAN OR ANYTHING, I'M YOUR GIRL!! OR YOUR KIDNEY, OR YOUR LUNG. (can they transplant lungs?)
Sunday, July 09, 2006
Friday, July 07, 2006
So I started writing a book. I will tell you what it's about when I get further into it.
I am going to list some things on eBay this weekend. I have a bunch of stuff that is just sitting here. A lot of things I love, but I want to be out of debt more.
I am going to list one of my favorite items each week for the next month. So feel free to bid away!
Today I got a latte on my way to work. BAD GIRL!!
But I scored a free sushi lunch with a coworker! KICK BUTT!!
I am stressed about money. I had to use almost all of my emergency fund to catch up on these bills, but everyone that I talked to, both here and over the phone, told me to pay them and deal with it. That the most important thing is to pay the bills.
SEE, I LISTEN!
did you say something?
Thursday, July 06, 2006
I am so glad..............NOW I CAN GO TO SLEEP!! I am having a yawning marathon with myself!
I have been waiting up to see how long it took. I am so tired I almost fell asleep at my computer.
Thanks for so much support and I am hitting the hay now! (Not really hitting it) you know what I mean.
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Sunday, July 02, 2006
Tax Bill: I will call them tomorrow to see what it is and if I indeed have to pay it. I was just going to chock it up to I OWE IT, but with your advice I am going to look into it first. UPDATE: It is the state tax, not the IRS. They gave me until October to pay it. They said I could make $50 a month payments, but I said NO I will pay in full. (what has gotten into me?)
Old Phone Bill: I almost forgot to pay it. I went back to this and it reminded me. YUCK! It was $335.23.
I paid it on the phone, which I thought would be faster. THINK AGAIN~
When the automated voice said "Would you like to take it from this account number?" I said "Yes".
"Sorry, I didn't get that. Would you like it from this account number?"
"I'm sorry, I didn't get that. Would you like it from this account number?"
You have to picture this......
Me sitting in Starbucks SCREAMING at the top of my lungs
"YYEEEEEEEEEESSSSSS!" "YYYYYESSSSSSSSSS" "YYYYYYYYYEEEEEEESSSSSSS!"
I think people were thinking I was having a phone sex orgasm.
NO ORGASM, BUT I WAS DEFINITELY SCREWED ON THAT PHONE CALL!
Corporate Card: I paid that and will do my expenses tomorrow. That was over $300 smackaroos!!
Car Registration: When I opened it to pay, it says I need a Smog. So I will do that this week.
PG&E: Just paid.
Cable/Internet: Damn....paid that too!
Water Bill: WILL IT EVER STOP!!
So there you have it. I also paid my rent..........OUCH!!
So everything is paid and at least I can live for one more month.
If the tax is something I have to pay......I am going to have to become a non eating girl, but I will get it paid too!
COULD SOMEONE PLEASE SEND ME A BIG CUSHY TEDDY BEAR IN MY PO BOX BECAUSE I NEED A LITTLE LOVE!! OR EVEN BETTER A CUSHY STUFFED COW, BECAUSE I AM NOT REALLY INTO BEARS. (if not, I will just hug my pillow)
LOVE TO ALL!!