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So, I'm reading an ARC of a book called Living Well and Spending Less.  There's also a website of the same name.  www.livingwellspendingless.com.  It's time to start seriously cutting expenses in my life and work on decluttering my life.

I'm thinking if I start journaling about it, it will hold me accountable and make me stick to it.  So.  Here goes nothing.  I'm going to attempt the 31 days of Living Well and Spending Zero found here:  http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/31-days/livingwellspendingzero/

Christmas is probably the best time to start it.  Especially since my shopping, wrapping, etc is done.  And I have no need to buy anything for at least a few weeks between the holiday meals and the gifts I may or may not receive. I have more clothes than I know what to do with.  I have more books than I will ever read.  And my craft room looks like a hurricane it.  Add in some other stuff from the past few months and my house is beginning to look like the beginnings of a hoarders episode.

So.  If you're game.  Check out the website.  Then check out the book and consider purchasing a copy. The book is due out at the end of the month.

Living Well, Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life

But I'm going to try to post here with the challenges I face as I wrestle through the first thirty one days. I've always felt I can buy what I want, but as I've discovered recently, that isn't the case. So it's time to cut back.

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Just as a side note, I'm selling Tastefully Simple if anyone is interested in buying some or having a book party.  (if you live in the Western PA area, I'll be happy to do a tasting party for you)

here is my website:

www.tastefullysimple.com/web/vhendricks

They have a lot of great product that is easy to prepare.  It takes one or two ingredients or they have items that you just open and enjoy.

Feel free to take a look and if you find something you like, order.  I do take credit cards.

Thanks!  :)

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As promised:


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I'd love to be able to post every day, but I'm not going to make promises.  Especially since there are nights where I'm not on the computer at all and LJ is still firewalled at work.

Le Sigh.


So, a few years ago, I agreed to do a signature quilt for the founder of the review site I review for.  Well, I had trouble with design, so it sat in my craft room for about 2 years.  I finally hauled it out this weekend, determined to get somewhere on it.  And I have.  It's not completely put together, but I have a design, and 20 blocks pieced together.  Now I need to find a day to get the rest of it sewn together.  I love having a creative drive right now.  I'm going with it while it lasts.  Let's see how many quilt tops I can get done!  Especially with a quilt show in November (more on that later!)

Anyways, here's the picture of it so far.  Yes, I know, the blocks don't all match, but I worked with what I had and also some of the founder's interests.  :)

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I've been promising a post for a while and haven't followed through.  Not sure why I can't write.  I used to be able to write.  Maybe it's because I want to bottle up my emotions and not share them.  Maybe it's because with all the hubbub about not being able to post about certain subjects because of employers.  Hard to say.

I am still alive, obviously.  LOL.  I've just been busy too.  I'm playing pinball again.  Still involved in the review site and finally, finally, I am quilting more.  I have...well a bunch! of tops that need quilted.  I keep saying I am going to get pictures taken but I've been too lazy to do it.  Who wants to pose when I can be sewing???

So, for many excuses, I haven't been writing and posting much.

But, as you can see, I have many hobbies going on right now!

And I'm still looking for donations.  Thank you to those of you who have so far,  MUCH appreciated!

Please donate here.

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I know, I know.  I owe a really long post.  A lot has been going on in my life, but I am actually posting today to plead for donations.

I am participating in Chartiers-Houston Relay for Life this year.  In 2007, both my mother and my step-mother-in-law were diagnosed with breast cancer.  My mom went the radiation route and Petey's step-mom went the chemo therapy route.  4 years later, they are both still cancer free and Survivors.  I've been a big proponent of trying to make people aware of breast cancer, but I decided to take it one step further by participating in the relay for Life this year. 

Please consider donating, even if it is only a few dollars.  Every little bit helps and it goes to a worthy cause (and do I need to mention that a donation is also tax deductible?)

You can donate here:

http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLFY11PA?px=20369206&pg=personal&fr_id=33614

Thank you in advance for your consideration

-Virginia

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You're on a crashing plane and your partner is fast asleep. Would you wake her/him up to say 'I love you' one last time or let her/him die in her/his sleep?

Wow!  This is a hard one!  I can't imagine most people would sleep through a plane crashing (screaming, lights flashing, etc), but I'll play along.

I don't think I would wake him up.  I would kiss him on the forehead, say goodbye and I love you and then pray as we go down.

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I am going to make this short and sweet.  I think I put off posting because I always hope to have pictures of my new projects or whatever and I always forget to take them or upload them.

I don't make new year's resolutions, but I am going to try and post more this year.  I used to love writing reviews about movies, restaurants, posting about projects, etc, and I want to get back into doing that.

I need to take time to slow down this year.  I am always on the go and while in some respects that is good, sometimes, I just need time to get back to the basics.

I hope to get more organized this year, hope to dig our way out of some debt and I hope to visit some friends this year.

May 2011 be an awesome year!

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I am way behind on posting.  I keep promising to post more often, then I don't.  I think my excuse is that I want to take pictures of my quilts and such and post them, and then I don't.  Speaking of, I forgot to take pics of my Xmas projects.  Darn it!  LOL

Anyways, life hasn't changed much.  Busy getting ready for Christmas insanity.  Have almost all my shopping done, the presents are wrapped.  Didn't bake this year, but I haven't missed it.  Yet.  I'm looking more forward to the time off.

But, I am still alive and hope to get more regular about posting.  I keep finding things that would be great posts, so I will definitely have to do that.

If I don't post again this week, Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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Its Monday Night Football with the Steelers.  So really short one.

I got my first massage about 9 years ago.  And ever since then?  I've been a junkie.  I absolutely am in heaven when I get a massage.   Some women do mani/pedi's.  I prefer to spend my money on a massage.  Fortunately, I get them through my chiropractor, so they are considered physical therapy, otherwise I wouldn't be able to do it.  

And my current massage therapist?  Fabulous.  She is awesome!  :)  She and I laugh and kid and joke throughout the massage.  So, I look forward to those every couple of weeks.  I'm limited to 20 next year, which will suck, but its better than nothing I guess.  

I could go into a whole rant about healthcare and how it is getting worse despite the "new and improved healthcare bill"  but I've been taught not to discuss religion or politics and tonite?  I'm sticking to that pledge.

Well, off to watch the Steelers.  Have a great night!

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