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The craziness never really stops

April 4th, 2010 at 08:02 pm

This past week has been non-stop craziness.
First, the good news. I managed to put $400 into savings and $1000 into each of the babies' college fund. Yay!

Now the craziness.

This was the week I had my kitchen counters, sink and cooktop ripped out and replaced. So, two days without a fully functioning kitchen and two boys under 2. That was hard, and much to my chagrin, $1200 over budget.

As if that wasn't bad enough...

I had the ducks in a row for my weekly freelance gig and the whole thing fell apart, the same day I had no kitchen. So, I went to my three back up plans, and they all fell apart too. At the end of the day, with deadline looming, it looked like I'd really have nothing. Thankfully, something came together and I was able to write something fairly good and interesting to hand to my editor. It was hard, though.

Then, after I had done some interviews for my project, I lost them all because my laptop died. Kaput. After only 2 years. Hubby, the professional computer geek, talked me into buying a new one (a Dell) that costs twice as much as the one I could buy on sale from Best Buy. I'm not out $954, after tax and shipping. I thought hard about this one. Mine lasted 2 years, his (A Dell) has lasted 8 and is still working fine. I didn't want to be penny-wise, pound foolish if you get my drift. I took the money out of my freelance account, as I usually use it only for work.

As if all of this wasn't bad enough, Hubby and I got into a bad, not-talking for three days fight on Wednesday because we are both feeling stressed out and unappreciated and have little time for ourselves or each other due to children. Thankfully, that was resolved yesterday.

Oh, and our son's 2nd b-day was Thursday, in the middle of all of this. He had a friend come play in the sand box and some cupcakes and told me he had a fun birthday, so it doesn't look like any of this impacted him.

I really hope this week goes more smoothly, especially with work and the hubby. I could use a nice, easy low-key week. Well, as much of that as you can have with a 2-year old and a 4 month old.

5 Responses to “The craziness never really stops”

  1. scottish girl Says:

    I hope this week's a nice one for you.

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    What kind of laptop did you have? My family are Apple lovers, so that's what we have, but I suspect they're built not to last. Ties in with the iPod comments from baselle & MonkeyMama...

  3. ThriftoRama Says:

    I use an iMac desktop for heavy lifting, and I had a compaq laptop for when I had to work on the go. The new laptop is a Dell.

  4. whitestripe Says:

    I just posted on another blog about computers. must be going around Big Grin
    I've had a Dell laptop (insprion 1520) for 3 years now. it still works almost as fast as the day i got it, nothing's fallen apart and I expect it to last for atleast another 2 years. hearing your hubby's has lasted for 8 years actually makes me excited!

    Sorry to hear it's been a stressful time for you. It always seems to happen like that with me too - EVERYTHING goes bad at the same time, and you feel like it's all on your shoulders. I apply tunnel-vision to those times. Head down, soldier on through one problem, then tackle the next. It's the only way I can get through it.

  5. Jerry Says:

    I know what you mean about penny-wise and pound-foolish. I love my MacBook and I bought the AppleCare insurance, so it's covered in case something goes awry. My first Mac laptop lasted 5 years+, and I loved it, so that was what would lead me to make the switch. Whatever works and lasts? I say go with it...
    Jerry

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