Friday! Woo!

This week has been long. And since it’s only noon, I’m guessing it will continue to be long for 5 more hours. 

I did not get up to run this morning. I wanted to, but the bed was so warm, and my calves were crampy, so I decided they were tired and needed more rest.

I will, however, run when I get home tonight. And then, the architect & I will make pizza & hold hands and bond. Or something. We may just watch a movie and drink a beer. Hard to say with us.

I wanted to thank everyone for their statements of sympathy and empathy – and especially for the suggestions on money saving. 

I think that we will have to drastically cut down our eating out, and I need to rethink how I grocery shop to save some more money. We don’t have cable or a land line to get rid of, but we did merge our cells into one plan to save a little bit of $$. I wish I’d had a larger garden last year so I could put up more stuff, but we won’t need to buy salsa or jam anytime soon. 🙂

We make most of our own bread, and that will now be ALL of our own bread. 

I think we will switch Friday night dates to stay-in game & pizza nights for now. Probably go to Saturday lunch dates.

It’s going to be tight, but we’ll be fine. At least we don’t have kids to feed. The cats – kinda expensive, and not really useful when you need someone to empty the dishwasher (they never get the forks in the right drawer), but keeping them in catfood will be okay. If necessary, we can always go to Meow Mix or something. 

Everytime the architect has been laid off (architecture is a volatile business) something bigger & better has come along. I’m not sure how long it will take, but I know that will happen again. (Conversely, everytime I’ve been laid off, it’s been a huge step backwards, financially & career-wise, and has been very, very sucky. So I am never being laid off again. In case you were wondering.)

I think that I will be renouncing retail for the coming months. Which sucks the big one. I love to shop. It’s a damn good thing I bought that pair of shoes last month (which, by the way? Ridiculously comfortable.) as they may be the last pair in a good long while.

It’s all thrift stores, garage sales & eBay for us.

Except for one thing. And I ask this sincerely.

I have a bit of a confession before going into my question. I used to believe, much like that woman who sings that Redneck Woman song, that there was no difference between Wal-mart bras & Victoria’s Secret bras besides the price. Now, I know that I would never wear either. I also believed that drugstore cosmetic brands were the same as department store cosmetic brands. And never wore cosmetics, because of the breaking out.

But, then I discovered good make-up. And I wear it every day. Not necessarily skillfully, but still. 

I am nearly out of:


  • Philosophy Purity facewash
  • Philosphy Hope in a Jar moisturizer
  • Smashbox bronzer
  • Shiseido tinted moisturizer
  • Smashbox neutral eyeshadow


Why am I out of so many things all at once? Also, do you know how much that stuff costs? That’s a ridiculous amount of money to spend on cosmetics.

What would you do? Is there anything you wouldn’t compromise over? Is there anything you would? Right now, I’m leaning towards not compromising on my moisturizers (the tinted & the not), but would compromise on the facewash, maybe (sometimes I use the architect’s Cetaphil, and it’s never harmed me). Why is this my dilemma? Am I shallow? Should I be beaten with a stiletto?

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