Tag: maintenance

Just Another Long Run

February 11, 2018

Hey Everyone,

Today started out later than usual for me since the alarm didn’t get set before going to bed last night. Sleep was glorious though! Even though it was a late morning, I still went out and ran my six miles. Some people would go crazy without music for that long of a distance, but it was quite refreshing just to let my thoughts wander and be free.

When I do my running I try and vary my route so that I’m not doing the same thing every time. Even though the area that I live in is relatively flat ground so almost no elevation at all. And there is construction going around in three separate, but substantial locations within a 3-mile radius of my house.

02-11-2018

Still an average of a 10 minute per mile pace. While is a good thing but I want to get it faster.

Also, looks like the scheduling for the 2019 Dopey Challenge will be ready to register April 17, 2018. Get ready!! I’m not going next year, but I plan on training up until the event as preparation for what is to come.

See you on the other side!

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A Cold Tax Season is Here

February 06, 2018

Hey Everyone,

Looks like some groundhog saw his shadow so we are getting another 6 weeks of winter. Living in Reno, NV we either get Winter or Summer, there is no in between, not really.  So I guess we are just going to be colder a little longer than usual. Others out there might have a different take on that with a foot (or two….eeek!!) of snow pelting down on them.

Also, while it is cold it is also tax season. I know many people who absolutely dread doing their taxes and wait until the very last day, Tuesday, April 17. In exactly 70 days.  Please, do not procrastinate. I beg you. If you owe something, better to get it over with and pay than to accrue interest. The government doesn’t mess around with people owing money.

Yesterday, instead of going for my scheduled 3 miles run Husband and I buckled down and submitted our 2017 taxes. It took us about a total of an hour doing it together. Over the last 5 tax seasons, we’ve gotten into a pretty good rhythm of how we do everything. During the year itself if there are any medical bills, major expenses (car for the 2017 year for us), etc. we immediately put it in the tax years file in our cabinet. Then when we’ve received our very last document needed to file (for 2016 and 2017 there were more documents needed than usual due to job changes, vehicle changes, and benefits added) we knock it out of the park in less than an hour.

Everyone has different experiences with filing. The first year Husband and I were together I was very impatient, nervous, sleep deprived (having a newborn, and also working swing shift with a full school schedule) so I just started working on it without him. Ended up royally messing everything up so Husband came to my rescue like the knight he is, and fixed everything. Since then I’ll read him the numbers while he puts them into the computer. I learned my lesson.

Now, some people may think of the money being returned by the IRS as a bonus and a reason to go on a spending spree. Probably not a good idea. The idea of having the freedom to buy what you wish not having to dream about it is such a temptation. I understand.

Instead of doing that once Husband and I find out how much of a return we are getting we break it down into a budget. Making sure that we take into account what our living budget is going to look like during the next year. Putting things in the order of importance for our survival. It wouldn’t be very good if we used our entire return to book an all expense paid vacation to Walt Disney World so than when we return we are in the same situation we were when we left.

The management of the money is going to be broken down a little differently this year than last year because of Husband losing his GI Bill in a couple of months so we need to plan for that, while we wouldn’t normally because he would be working a steady job.

First: Replenish our emergency fund

Second: Put aside 2-3 months of rent

Third: Pay off the rest of Monster’s surgery bill.

Fourth: Pay off a low balanced credit card

Fifth: $50 for Dinner

These are our priorities this year. I know that this will look different for everyone but to give you an idea. While I did say that it isn’t recommended that you go crazy and spend it all on a brand new, unnecessary television, or the latest iPhone you could. It’s your money. Be responsible.

That being said every year husband and I budget out the last $50 to go on a date. It’s something simple that works for both of us so that we can do something “fun” together.

See you on the other side

 

A Year of Braceface

A Year of Braceface

January 16, 2018

Hey Everyone,

As of the 10th, I have had braces for exactly 1 year. 12 months. 365 days. Only 10-12 more months to go.

BracesLooking at the before and the now, there has been such a tremendous transition. I have gained so much confidence when I smile and also am more than willing to be in a picture. Before I had braces I would look at other people and see their perfect teeth and get very self-conscious.

At first, when I got the braces it was just the top and my front gap was closed right away. Only the top was applied because I had such an overbite that if I got the bottoms they would be bitten off in like 10 minutes. Ouch!!

Since I have Hypodontia and have either missing teeth or just have baby teeth halfway through the year I got my canines shaved down to look like the missing lateral incisors and my 1st premolars reshaped into the canines. The other option would have been to have implants put in to replace the lateral incisors, but that costs a lot of money $3,000- $5,000, which we do not have, and I think I would have looked funny with perfectly nice teeth but no incisors.

Also, the orthodontist found that underneath one of my baby teeth on the bottom there was a “hidden” adult tooth that could have become infected down the road. I had another decision to make: I could just leave the baby tooth alone and then in 3-5 years have an oral surgeon surgically remove it (ouch!!) or…I could have the baby tooth pulled and try and pull the adult tooth up and get a cap put on. Either way, the adult tooth was going to need to be dealt with so I didn’t get oral cancer. Being that I am scared of the possibility of getting any type of cancer I had the surgery to remove the baby tooth and found that the adult tooth wasn’t viable so it was also removed and a good chunk of my jaw bone. The recovery was longer than when I had my wisdom tooth removal, and I have to say more painful. Still a good decision.

The past year has changed my oral hygiene for the better. I have had to learn how to properly do it, and also the time and money needed to invest in the correct care. At first, it was difficult because I knew that I needed to brush but it was usually a quick 30 seconds of minimum effort once a day. So to do it twice a day for a full 2 minutes and add flossing, mouthwash, and the last few month using a Waterpik. I gotta say 30 seconds a day to a full 15-20 minutes twice a day was quite a transition for me. Now I can feel when my mouth is dirty.

Some of you will say, “How could you not know?” or something about how I was so gross. I have to agree. It was gross and I didn’t know because I wasn’t taught. I never went to the dentist growing up, I got a new toothbrush once a year. I’m very lucky that I even got a toothbrush in general with how I grew up. Now that I’m older and making a conscious decision to better myself and my family I’m learning a lot. This is all part of the journey. My kids will not have to worry about not knowing how to take care of their teeth. They brush, floss and Waterpik with me every morning and night. And if they need it (knowing Husband had braces for two years, and I have braces now they most likely will as well) they will be getting them.

Did you have braces? When? How long? Do you wish you had braces? Are you going to get braces in the future? Let me know. Be a part of this journey and tell me your experience in the comments.

See you on the other side.

 

A Good Twist In the Journey

A Good Twist In the Journey

January 14, 2018

Hey Everyone,

So on Thursday night Husband, boys and I had dinner with Husband’s mom (MIL), step-dad (FIL), and brothers (BIL1 and BIL2). A get together is not a big deal because it is a very close-knit family that randomly has get-togethers like this, I would say every one-to-two months. Thursday was a little different.

Looks like MIL and FIL are moving all the way across the country to Tennessee in 2019. 2,316 miles away. None of us were really surprised because they had been talking over the last couple of years about the possibility of going and what would need to be done to accomplish that goal and other stuff. What surprised me was that they are going to divide their property into four equal parts and give them to Husband, his brothers and another person in FIL’s family. 8.25 acres each.

That was a major twist. A good twist in this journey.

Since that night Husband and I have been having serious discussions about the possibility of moving to TN with them. We would need to start getting our stuff together and paying down debt to save for putting up a house on the land if we decide to do it. Either way, though the land is there if we use it, or not.

Another great thing is that my job moves with me, so I don’t have to go through the awkward stage of moving to a new place and also looking for work. Unfortunately, depending on when we depart is on if Husband will have to go through the same song and dance. Finding an accounting job in TN shouldn’t be too difficult? We shall see when we cross that bridge.

What do you think? Have any of you ever move cross country? What would be some advice for us? Look forward to seeing some responses.

See you on the other side.