Sunday ramble

No, not scramble!  RAMBLE!


Hi!  Surprised to see me on a Sunday? Me too, but I have  a lot of thoughts swirling around and the best way for me to sort them out is by pounding them out on the keyboard. I used to think with a pen and listing things out, but nowadays I find that having your feedback really helps me nail down what I want to do. 


So the cash-only thing is hard!  I do have the check book that I can use,  so really I’m not cash-only, but I’m trying not to use it unless I have to.  I didn’t realize how much I relied on the debit card – I have a feeling I’ll be making a lot of trips to the ATM. My biggest fear is that I’ll be somewhere and I won’t have enough cash to cover my purchases, and then I’ll have to  deal with the awkwardness of apologizing to the cashier and then putting things back – I HATE THAT!!!!  Makes me feel…desperate and…trashy, like “I don’t have enough money for milk and bread because I spent it all on beer and cigarettes” even though I don’t smoke and rarely drink (margaritas are my drink of choice). Does any of this make any sense at all???? I loves me some money anxieties!

Have you all noticed that my blog is becoming less and less about weight loss and more about “what idiotic thing is running through Jill’s brain today”?  Apologies to the weight loss world, but I got a lotta of other stuff besides weight loss on the brain these days – but maybe working through this other stuff will help me sort out some of the weight loss issues too?

Okay speaking of weight loss – I ate a lot of cake yesterday. It was Sarah’s birthday Friday, and yesterday we had a small family party with the most delicious cake. I didn’t make myself sick on it or anything, but I did eat my fair share.  However, I knew that I was going to be eating cake, so I made sure I got my 30 minutes in on the elliptical, plus after the party when everyone had left, Mallory wanted me to come outside and play with her. I swung her on the swings and then we all got on the trampoline. I haven’t been on the trampoline in ages because I always got so tired and winded after just a few jumps, but yesterday I stayed on for a good half hour jumping almost continuously.  We played Cry Baby Cry Baby, Hi Baby Hi Baby, and Mermaid and the Seaweed, which are all suspiciously similar games in which one person has to chase everyone else around the trampoline.  But when you are 4 years old and you are making the rules, that’s how it goes. If you want a good cardio workout, find the nearest 4 year old and do whatever she says. She could have gone on for hours, but mama was parched and tired and her thighs were hurting from all that bouncing, so we came inside and watched Shrek. It was a pretty good day.

Okay, so here’s the thing that I’m trying to reconcile:   I’m trying to balance convenience with frugality and I can’t decide how to do it (what? You were expecting something more serious?).  For example, I’m really horrible about mopping my kitchen floor.  I think that if I had something like one of those Wet Jet thingies (yeah that’s the technical term), it would be easy to just grab it and mop the floor really quick when I have a few minutes, but there’s the expense of the cleaning solution and the pads that go with it.  I hate to keep paying for things like that, but on the other hand, filling the sink with water and doing a full on mop, seems like a HUGE chore and so it doesn’t get done until I just can’t stand it anymore. Oh, and in a fit of rage mild annoyance I threw away my cheap-ass mop a couple of weeks ago, so I’m going to have to buy SOMETHING soon.  Another example: the kids bathroom.  If you have kids, especially boys and/or preschoolers, you know how absolutely disgusting the bathroom can get in a short amount of time.  If I were to buy those disposable cleaning wipes, then the kiddoes could just grab one and wipe down the counters, etc quickly on a daily basis.  But again, there’s the expense of replenishing that supply every few weeks. I don’t want to shell out lots of money for cleaning supplies, but I want my house to be clean and I want it to be convenient enough that it will get done in a timely manner.  Should I just deal with the expense for the time being until we all get into the habit of cleaning regularly or just forget the convenience and do what I can when I can get to it?  Any thoughts/ideas/suggestions?

Well, I guess that’s all I got for today.  I’ve got a lot of clutter and laundry to deal with today so I guess I had better get to it. It’s noon and I’m still in my pjs, however, I have already cut some coupons and made a menu and a shopping list for this week, AND I blogged, so I guess it’s been a fairly productive morning already!  Have a good Sunday!

8 thoughts on “Sunday ramble

  1. Hi Jill, Juice had this link to a cleaning article that I thought had some pretty good ideas. I got so excited that I went out and bought a bunch of those microfiber cleaning cloths. I found them at WalMart in the automobile section. Now I just have to use them. But I totally agree with the convenience vs. the cost. I really like the idea of the little pre-treated cleaning things.

  2. if you’ve got kids and a messy floor, i’ve got a solution for you.
    do you have a basket of mis-matched socks?
    do you have spic and span?
    well, have the kids (and you can too!) put on 2 or 3 pairs of socks, dip their feet in a pan or bucket of warm water and a small amount of cleaner, and let em slip ‘n slide all over the floor. when the floor looks clean, have the kids change into a couple pairs of dry socks and let em loose again.

    it’s flipping hilarious, a physical activity for kids and parents, and uses up those old socks that have no mates but you keep anyway. and hey! the socks are reusable!

  3. I splurged on the swifter (the dry cloths and wet ones). I always find coupons and Target has cheaper off-brand ones that fit perfect.

    I use the dry cloths for under couch and the stairs and the wet ones for the kitchen and the kids and my bathroom.

    They really pick up dirt and dry quickly. It’s worth the extra $ for convenience.

    Also, I bought big, big jug of those Clorox wipes – and wipe down the toilet, sink, counter and door knobs – easy, easy easy – especially after one of the kids has brushed their teeth and you see the glob of toothpaste only went into the sink and not on their teeth.

    I’m so excited about winning your contest! Whoot! (I hope that win didn’t discourage fate from ever letting me win the lottery . . .)

  4. We just recently got the Shark Steam Mop and have been happy with it. We got ours at Costco for either $60 or $70. If you get those 20% Bed, Bath & Beyond coupons then it’s only $65 or so. It uses steam to clean so there’s no smelly chemicals. You fill the Shark with water so there’s no need for a messy bucket or a full sink. One of the best things about it is that the pads are reusable and machine washable. Ok, now the complaints…the plug in cord is a little on the short side and sometimes you really have to scrub at things that are caked on.

    Oh, and while you’re at Costco, may as well get one of those jumbo tubs of disposable cleaning cloths. You get like a thousand of them and they last forever. I get caught between the thought of wastefulness and having a clean house and it’s worth it for me to buy the tub. I try to use a reusable sponge or cloth when I can, but for kid bathroom type messes…I’m going to go with the disposables.

    Just found you through Jack Sh*t, Gettin’ Fit. Love how kookie you are! (And kookie in the best way possible, of course!)

  5. my mother-in-law swears by that Shark mop. I’m just cheap! hahaha.

    i love that Anxiety Girl pic!!

    as far as the bday cake… gotta treat yourself sometimes.. just not all the time 🙂

  6. We have mostly wood floors so I use the Method wood floor cleaner. It works well. But, when we had tile/lineloum (sp?) I totally did the sock thing! It was great.

    I’m all about convenience and ease. Have you ever seen the site FlyLady? Fabulous site about keeping your house clean and tidy! Pretty effortless too, once you get the hang of her method.

  7. Hey – Debby stole my comment. That article is a good one. And the microfiber cloths are great. You can use them for anything and then throw them in the wash. I even used one to try and clean Cecilia’s teeth the other day. (That did NOT go well, but that’s beside the point).

    I’m trying to wean myself from the bad-for-the-environment throw away wipes and use more all purpose homemade cleaner (vinegar and water – cheap and easy!). Use a microfiber cloth on the floor and see how it works for you. Somehow it doesn’t seem as “big project intimidating” as pulling out a mop and bucket.

  8. that is 100% my daily struggle CONVENIENCE vs FRUGALITY.

    with food convenience when its HEALTHY always wins out (I pretend Im saving money later on medical bills :))…

    in other stuff I try (here there is TRYing and not just DOing for me :)) to do the fugal route.


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