The daily grind is grinding me down

Sorry all, microbiology is kicking my butt. Big time. The only reason I’m able to write now is that it’s 2 am and I refuse to do school work in the middle of the night.

So, how have things been?

Well, as for me, I’m resigned to being a vegetarian rather than a vegan. Dairy is difficult to give up. Meat and eggs are no problem, but I find it’s difficult to go out to eat or even eat at school without dairy. I am keeping it to the bare minimum though. I don’t always remember to bring my own milk for coffee, or my lunchbox when I don’t have a ton of vegan snacks to last the day. It’s my own fault and I feel guilty as all get out, but with school being the way it is, I just can’t take that on right now.

I have most of my Christmas shopping done already. My mother- and sister-in-law and I will be going Black Friday shopping just for giggles. We did it last year and had fun, so we’re heading out again this year to find bargains.

My husband decided at the last minute that the homemade Christmas that I’d been planning may seem cheap to his family, so I’ve added gift cards to the baskets. I understand where he’s coming from and I was worried about it too but decided (after talking to him) that this year was going to be a smallish year for the holidays. Ah well . I’m going to bake a bread bear and add it to my mother-in-law’s basket. They’re super easy and come out pretty cute. I’ll post the recipe and directions as soon as I find it again.

This class has driven me to retail therapy. The Christmas shopping triggered a return to the old ways of spending (not that we’d been great for the past couple of months, but this is worse). I walked through the store and picked up whatever struck my fancy for the boys and their cousins. I got the kids’ entire Christmas for around $200. Not terrible, but not great either. However, I got the taste for shopping again. Now, we have the money as long as we don’t pay as much to the bills as we had been. I have been very careful not to go into debt over this. But, it still needs to stop.  We need to be focused on paying off bills still, not shopping for the sake of shopping. On the plus side, I had money left over from my birthday present to myself so, when I had a day so bad it actually made me cry yesterday, I could indulge in some book buying, guilt free.

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I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I saved up for months to get this tattoo. This was my birthday present to myself. I had to show it off.  Sorry.

More to come…

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1 Response to The daily grind is grinding me down

  1. lizard100 says:

    That’s a beautiful tattoo.
    I’m becoming more veganish too but it’s not easy. I think it’s a process as it requires a lot of change to habits. At the moment I’m going for mint tea or soya milk where it’s available. I’m eating plant based meals at breakfast and lunch and some dinners. I think every step helps.

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