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tracking expenditure slipping... & summer

August 16th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

It's halfway through August and I haven't tracked a single cent of our spending. What's going on?
I know we're not spending any more than usual, and we hold back, as always, on purchasing frivolous things or dining out more than necessary. But it's the not knowing that is freaking me out.

I could probably recall all of my expenditure - but DF is a different story. He remembers probably up to two days. And I used to ask every afternoon, so he would get into the habit of remembering to tell me as well. And now, I don't ask, so he doesn't even remember to remember!

I MUST get back on track with this. I can see how we could live without it, but it is my freakishly controlled organisational nature that won't allow it. I know just by looking at our accounts that we are doing fine, plodding along, but it's not good enough. I need to know details! Big Grin

Summer is coming. Or Spring, I should say. Though we don't really have Spring. Or Autumn, for that matter. Basically we get about three months of cold mornings and fair temperatures through the day, that we like to call 'Winter'. Then the rest of the year ranges wildly from tropical thunderstorms to out of control humidity & heat, back to the thunderstorms. And that's just in one day. It's lovely. If you're a mango tree. Or just a plain weirdo like my best friend, who spends about 90% of her time at the beach, slathered in coconut oil and pretending the ads on television about skin cancer don't exist. (Sometimes you might see me sitting next to her... with a long sleeved swimming vest, polarised sunglasses, sunscreen and an umbrella.)

I am getting prepared (mentally, that is) for the heat. The humidity. The afternoons where, even though I never drink normally, an icy cold beer is the only thing appetising on the menu. I am looking forward to more weightloss. Winter plateaus for me. I haven't put anything, hooray for that. But after my inital 6 kilogram weightloss as the end of 2009/start of 2010, it just stopped. Can't say I really tried that hard. Too cold to get out of bed earlier than neccessary. Yoga is hard because our house is cold and it's difficult to do the balances and stretches in anything other than shorts. Tea and bikkies are more comforting than a bowl of fruit for dessert. And hot chocolate...

I guess Summer is good for the longer days. Apparently people say they get more done. I'd love to meet them, and see how true that is. When I get home from work all I want to do is sleep. The heat wears me down. Eugh.

I am trying to look at the positives of Summer. Well, my personal positives. Because according to some, I'm a hermit and better suited to somewhere like the North Pole. Or London. (Truth be told, I'd love to live in England. It sounds like my ideal climate.)

Positives of Summer:
- Eating more salads for dinner.
- Weightloss.
- Home-made icy poles.
- Mangoes & other summery fruits...
- Fruit Salad.
- Swimming at the river.
- It's too hot to eat anything from work.
- I can finally reap the benefits of DF's home brewing.
- Our birthdays are coming up.
- Christmas.
- Staff bonus/presents.
- Summer thunderstorms, lightning, cool changes.
- Earlier mornings.
- New clothes are out in stores. I might actually find a skirt that I LIKE.

What do you look forward to in the changing of seasons?

6 Responses to “tracking expenditure slipping... & summer”

  1. baselle Says:

    I have to say that fall is my favorite time of year. Summer is usually pretty beautiful and sunny here and generally not hot, but we've had 4 day of 90F+, so ick. But I look forward to the change of the light. Not the first setting of heavy clouds, but the light high gray with the red, yellow, and brown leaves.

    I have just the opposite - summer is my plateau time, winter is when I can get some weightloss happening.

    Regarding DF: might have him get into the habit of asking for receipts, saving them in the wallet, and you getting them daily. That way he doesn't have to remember.

  2. scottish girl Says:

    I'm the opposite, wish I lived in Australia. I never know what the weather is going to be like here.

    DH used to be really bad at telling me what he's spent, although this month he's been brilliant. Although he knows that I'm keeping track of it so that helps.

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Icy poles?? Popsicle's? Big Grin
    I'd be more than glad to send you the last 30 days of 100 + degrees we've been having here in in central Texas. Even with a few rainstorms the last week or so, we still hit 100+ plus humidity! I walk from my car to the house and am drenched in sweat.

  4. whitestripe Says:

    yeah no thanks frugaltexan Big Grin

  5. Frugaltexan75 Says:

    Darn! I really hoped you'd take me ip on my offer. Big Grin

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