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June 2nd, 2019 at 07:16 am

I think that yesterday was the day. Pushing the button on the life reset.

My goals for the weekend:

**Attend aerobics
**Lounge by the pool
**Do some cooking

"Awesome Admin" invited me to dinner next week. Looked on my calendar and was free every night.

This is what my life used to look like. I miss it.

{I haven't mentioned my aerobics class in a while, but it's $2.50 per class. & the class is amazing}.

I presume that I will also start working on getting the house in order. If nothing else, I have papers strewn everywhere. It's not as crazy and overwhelming as it once was, but I Was surprised to find a few stacks of paper in strange places. I think I am just not as conscious of how unorganized I am at the moment.

I suppose we will also be doing a financial reset. I was looking at our financials for this year and it was depressing that with $10k-ish side income this year (through May) we still had $10k less income for the first 5 months of this year, compared to last year. I know it's not apples to apples. But it was still depressing to see. On the flip side, I think we will easily slip back into old financial habits (super frugal). I did not watch a single old movie with MH the past 2 months, so we are diving back into our "Top 100" list now that I have time. I know that will keep us busy for at least a year, probably two years. I have been going to free movie screenings with MH, quite often. We have a museum membership we haven't been utilizing lately, we will go this month.

I think my biggest financial challenge at the moment is feeding teen boys. The one significant difference from our one-income years is that most of our cost savings was on the food/grocery side, before. MH was home and had the time to really keep a lid on those expenses. In the end, we have raised our grocery budget 60% in the last few years. It's still not enough. That in itself is bad enough but MM decided to do cross country this fall, training has already started. I don't even want to know how much food we will be buying with that. My kids already have freakish metabolisms (always have) without adding *two* sports to the mix. (MM already does gymnastics, which adds some crazy amount of calories to his diet). DL will probably follow suit. His art school does not have any sports programs of any significance, but he is way into fitness right now and may start running with his brother (while he pre-conditions for the fall).

MH is done with work for summer, so it's back to one (reduced) income and tons of food spending. It's hard to imagine what else we'd spend money on, so I guess that's the plus side. I look forward to a very relaxed summer with lots of movies (for MH) and library books (for me).

2 Responses to “Reset”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    Sorry about the extra food bills. But fortunately your kids are interested in good things like sports instead of bad things.

    Hope you have a wonderful summer!

  2. Bluebird Says:

    My boys are 14 and 12 and have been eating like adults for years! They eat way more than I do! I've let the grocery budget be what it is. We eat healthy, organic food mostly and I'm happy we can provide it. It is shocking 😊

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