That was a tiring week but I made it and I'm happy to see the end of March coming up soon. "April" just sounds so much better than "March" - I hope, really really hope, to see temps rise up above 0c and to see the end of snow - both "new snow" and the old dirty mountain ranges still lurking in parking lots everywhere.
This weekend marks the end of Carla's "Take 3 Challenge" which saw some of us complete a personal, financial and decluttering challenge. I say "some of us" because I kind of got off track for awhile. BUT I'm happy to report that I managed to get back on the wagon to close out the month.
My personal goal was to juice at least once a day and to get back on my stationary bike. Although I haven't updated my cycling kilometers in the sidebar I have been cycling over the past week or so...first for 30 min. at a time and then I upped it to 40 min. which roughly works out to 8-10km each time. I got off track because of my very sore knees - the result of kneeling on hardwood floors while painting walls and trim. They are somewhat better - still painful and creaky but not agonizingly so.
In the area of finance March seems to have lasted FOREVER!! My last paycheque was on the 14th of March which meant THREE weekends before my next pay on Monday, March 31st. So last weekend and this weekend I've been laying pretty low as I can't really afford to go out to dinner or to the movies. I tried to save my usual amount but then have had to transfer a bit out of savings TWICE to cover bills. The reason being I bought TWO new area rugs to protect and decorate my newly painted dining and living rooms. I also went shopping at Talize to buy some "neutral" decor pieces. I did really well spending only $75.00 for a number of "personality-free" wall hangings and pillows etc. Here's a sampling of what I purchased:
I also bought a bracelet with a similar spiral design as on the pillows and a pair of earrings with dangling seed pearls for myself and 3 movies for a student at school. I may have forgotten an item or two but that's mostly it. Great deals eh? I really like what I bought and can see keeping everything once the condo is sold.
Then I also had a trip to the Home Depot because I needed to replace the glass portion of my kitchen overhead light that I accidentally broke :( ($10.00) and 5 white china knobs to replace the plastic ones on the closet doors. I'll take photos of those items today after I've finished painting the closet doors :) Yes, I'm going to get back into the painting but not a marathon, just a bit at a time as my right shoulder still isn't back to its normal level of soreness!
Oh and I mustn't forget I splurged and bought a Lucinda Williams album on iTunes for $7.99!! Yikes, I'm out of control people!! Somebody stop me!!
So I did have some unplanned spending but the money taken out of savings will be replaced once I finish my taxes and get my refund. I finally have all of Kazi's T4 slips - now just waiting for her tuition amount. Ho hum...
I am getting rid of a box of Kazi's old shoes to help with the decluttering efforts. However I am also adding some things into the house as I have begun to bring home stuff I have at school. Some stuff I will keep while most will be added to the yard sale pile. Can't be helped - don't want to leave it all to the last day. There's a lot of ME in that classroom and office and I'd rather dismantle a bit at a time than have to spend a whole day on it.
So that sums up my March Take 3 Challenge. I wouldn't give myself an A in any category as all of them had their ups and downs so I'll give myself a B+ - I can live with that!
Are you closing up your March budget?