Happy May 1st! Life Updates

10308337_10100370188082859_5658799601689176323_nSince this is my personal blog and, I like to keep things, well, personal I will occasionally do these life update posts so people know where I’m coming from. Keep things in perspective and relevant if you will.

I have been crazy busy the last few weeks. I’m behind on e-mails, comments, writing. All of it, so I’m sorry!

Our daughter has been quite sick which has led to many sleepless nights, many more loads of puke-laden laundry and trips to the doctors. We think we have a diagnosis and things are looking up. For the last, I’d say two weeks I have been functioning on 4-5 hours of sleep per night and it’s killing me. My husband does what he can but when kiddo is sick, but unfortunately (or fortunately), all she wants is Momma.

I won’t be getting much rest this weekend since we’re hosting 20+ people for a party. An end-of-hockey-pool-party that started as a joke and has ballooned into projection renting, trophy-making foolishness. My husband looks for any excuse to have fun and host events. It’s silly but fun, and it’s a potluck which means loads of food for cheapy cheap! Sunday I’m off with my sister-in-law and a few other cousins to see a play at our local theater which should be really good.

April was much improved over March for online income. I was able to meet my extra income goal between online income and a bit extra from hours earned at my job which is nice but you’ll have to wait until I sit down and do the calculations for my April debt repayment update!

As some of you know (because I’ve been in extensive conversation with you…) I’ve been really on the fence about buying a FitBit. I’ve been thinking about them for about a year and every time I hear someone tell me how much they love theirs it makes me want one (and no, not in a ”keeping up with Joneses” sort of way). I’ve done more research on them than I need and have decided, for now, not to spend the money. Honestly, it’s not even about the money I just don’t think I will use all of its functions. I really like My Fitness Pal/other free similar apps but really wanted the challenge of meeting a 10-15k step goal/calories burned so I bought a Reebok pedometer for a fraction of the price which does steps, distance, kCals, and a timer. I think this is all I will ”need”. Given how tired my legs have been the last few days from running around like a maniac I’m excited to see how much I really move and adjust my goals accordingly!

So that’s what’s going on over here, how was everyone else’s April?


  1. Sorry to hear about the sickness, my daughter was also sick with an ear infection that wouldn’t quit. After 3 weeks and 2 different prescriptions it finally subsided, but I can definitely relate to you on the sleepless nights. Hope your daughter gets better quickly.
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  2. Sorry to hear about the illness running through your home. We’ve had a stomach bug making the rounds over the past month or so and it’s not fun, but that’s life I guess. ๐Ÿ™‚ Nice work on the income goal, we had a pretty good April ourselves, it’s scary that it’s May already! My wife is using MyFitnessPal herself and really likes it, she just got back to running now that winter is hopefully over so it comes in handy.
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  3. Sorry to hear about your little one being sick, that just pulls at my heartstrings. Here’s to a speedy recovery and more sleep for you!
    It seems like everyone is getting a FitBit recently, I’ll have to check it out to see what it’s like. I’m hopeful I can get out and walk/run a bit more now that weather is starting to feel like spring.
    April was good – I went a little over budget, but paid extra to my debt, so that’s okay!
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  4. Hope things start looking up with your little one. Thanks for updating us on life and such. Keep up the good work Catherine ๐Ÿ™‚
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  5. Sorry about you’re little one. I’m sure things will get better soon. April was ok for me, I paid off a credit card.
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  6. Sounds like it has been one of those months for you lol. I hope it gets better. I think doing the research was the best thing you could have done. Some people just rush out to buy something only to realize they will hardly use it. ie: The Treadmill. If you don’t think you will get your money out of it I’d leave it alone too. I hope you have a great weekend mate. Mr.CBB
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  7. I hope your little one feels better soon! I have a fitbit and it’s fantastic. I actually have it strapped to my bra (LOL) so I never forget it. It’s a great way to make sure that I’m getting in 10,000 steps minimum.
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  8. I hope your daughter is feeling better very soon. It’s tough, especially when she only wants one parent so you can’t trade off on sleep.

    April was stressful for me related to work, lack of pay, and just a lot of stuff being up in the air. I am hoping it will calm down a bit now that it’s a new month and things seem to be getting straightened out.
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  9. I bought a fitbit about six months ago, and I did enjoy it.. It really did motivate me to work a few extra steps into my days.. That said, the little thing is so small that I am constantly losing it!

    I know how you feel about having a ton of people over for a big get together.. Good times, for sure.. but so much work leading up to it!
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  10. Yay for deciding to get a pedometer! I think that was the right move for you. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  11. I agree on the pedometer! I was thisclose to buying a fitbit but realized I didn’t need all the functions. I bought a pedometer for $20 and used it A LOT. So much that I actually broke the clip and can’t wear it anymore. However, I’ve seen people on fAcbook who lose their fitbits ALL the time bc they’re so small so I don’t feel bad about my $20.

    I haven’t bought a new one yet, bc I am waiting for my Lumo that I purchased in tthe winter. it was one of those campaigns where you pay for it up front and then they deliver it o you. Similar to the fitbit, but this counts steps, and is a posture corrector, which I REALLY need. I’ve been trying to improve my posture forever

    • Catherine says:

      Oh that sounds interesting. MY posture is terrible too but not much helping me given my job however I will be investing in loupes (magnifying glasses) within the next year or two (which will straighten me out)

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