From the monthly archives:

October 2010

The Calm After the Storm

by jolyn on October 27, 2010

in Moving,On Cars

I’ve been quite engaged this past week with a lot of load of this.

Pun intended.
And now that John’s gone, I’m looking around at the destruction left in the wake of someone preparing to be a geo-bachelor for… an as of yet undetermined amount of time, and all I want to do is take a nap. […]


That’s Temporary DutY for you non-military folks. Military-speak for a business trip.
Yea, yea… So he last went TDY, like, two months ago. But here are the numbers anyway.

During his four-week TDY to Texas in August, John spent $1657.98 (excluding lodging).
His reimbursement came in the next month at $2,300.45 (again, excluding lodging).

A difference of $642.47, obviously […]


How Much are Your Pumpkins Costing You?

by jolyn on October 18, 2010

in Holidays

Okay, so maybe I wanted an excuse to take a short jaunt down memory lane. But I haven’t gotten a photo of these crazy kids (aren’t they adorable?) for this year yet, though not for lack of trying. For some reason, we’ve been a little busy around here…
But we’ve managed to spend some money on […]


I Got the Homeowner Blues.

by jolyn on October 16, 2010

in Home Repair

John’s set to leave for Cali in a couple of weeks, just a few days after his *40th* birthday. Don’t you think it’d be fun to have some friends over tonight for a going-away /slash/ over-the-hill birthday party?
I sure thought so. Even when someone in this family was home sick every day this week. Even […]


In honor of our latest Open House, I splurged on some seasonal flowers to spruce up the front door. I say “splurge,” but I didn’t actually realize how cheap a pot of mums go for: just $5 at Home Depot. (I replanted them in a pot I already had.)
Definitely a lot of bang for your […]


What? What did you expect to see?
Aw, Dunkin Donuts. They make John happy.

The Alabama-South Carolina game today? Not so much.
One dozen donuts (plus one fritter): ~$8.00
This includes a 20% military discount, which is huge as far as military discounts go. And one we didn’t find out about until we’d been buying donuts here for over […]


Whew! Almost forgot this post in all the excitement of my guest post over at Get Rich Slowly. Man, I wish I had more traffic, even half a fraction of a fraction of GRS: the comments are so much fun! Even when it is, you know, about how you let $120,000 slip through your fingertips…
If […]



by jolyn on October 3, 2010

in GUEST POSTS,Rental Property

I walked through our saga of how we became reluctant landlords of a rental property in Las Vegas over at The Man J.D. Roth’s blog Get Rich Slowly. Go on over and check it out! (Please?) 😉
And if you found your way here for the first time from GRS — welcome! I hope you’ll pull […]


… computer!  Which was quite necessary, in the modern scheme of things.
We have been putting off the wheedling from our teenage son for well over a year, but the time had come: our old desktop lasted years longer than any other computer we’ve owned and it was one step away from crashing completely. Also, our […]