Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Stumped for now.

So much for all my goal settings of yesterday.

The only thing I really accomplished was making my bed and working out. To tell the truth, I came home later than I normally do, and I was so exhausted that I didn't even bother to eat in the kitchen like I normally do. I ate in my bedrooom. The Chicken Tangine I made on Sunday was awesome! It's a bit on the sweet side but it almost satisfied my sweet tooth. I say almost cos I ended up eating some chin chin as well. But the good is, because I was eating in my bedroom, and I was tired as all get out, I was too lazy to get more Tangine or more chin chin. So for once, I only had one serving of whatever instead of ten thousand like I usually do. Hmmmmmmm.

But thank God, today is a new day and I promise to be on it. As soon as I get out of this bed that is. I keep smelling the garbage from my room. I don't recall putting any animal flesh in there so am a bit perplexed. And since I thoroughly cleaned on Sunday, whatever is in there is from cooking so again am confused. Whichever way, it's going out this morning with me. I tend to put it off cos the bin is far from where i park and i'm usually behind when i leave the house. But no excuses today. I have to pass the bin to get to my car, which is annoying in itself. But more on that later maybe. most likely not. LOL

Been trying for the past half hour to add a weight loss ticker to my entire blog. Maybe am just impatient but I can't seem to figure it out. So i just added it to this post instead. I will keep working on it.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Monday Blues

Waaaaaah! How is it Monday morning already? Am not ready!!!!!!!
I feel so exhausted. Been up since shortly before 6am but I've been snoozing then procrastinating on twitter.
The one good think about this Monday is that at the end of it this week, am not working! I finally get a full two day weekend. Yes. I worked six days last week and coupled with my jet lag, I've been seriously dragging.

I am happy though, I managed to finally clean my space. It has been a hot mess since I came back from Nigeria. Clothes everywhere, spoiling food, unmade bed for days, ring in the tub. I hate living in a mess and seeing that mess on a daily basis did something to me. In fact, I even skipped a morning workout session to put things to right. Now am back in balance again, fridge cleaned, floors mopped, no more ring! Even my closet got organised.

I had planned to hang up my curtains this weekend, I just needed to buy some curtain rods. I went to Ross and actually found one that I liked, it was on clearance but I wasn't too sure because I saw some cracks at the base where the ball connected to the rod. Anyway, I picked up the two, decided I needed a cart, put them back down, got a cart. Wandered for several minutes through the housegoods section while bbing with my friend, by the time I finally made it there, they had vanished. Waaaaah! All of a sudden, I really wanted my rods then even though they were imperfect and I needed three of them and there were only two. Just because someone else wanted them, they became more desirable. There is a life lesson there for me, I'm pretty sure.

Monday! Argh!!!!
Complete notes before end of the day, I do not care if the waiting room is SRO, my notes must be done after every patient ok maybe every 3 patients.

Eat well and properly-- will i calorie count???? Salads at night and all carbs during the daytime. According to my trainer, this will help me get rid of my huge belly. Am paying him my hard earned money so I had better follow his instructions.

Need to finish cooking for the week. I wanted to make a stir fry and a base for my salads (lettuce, spinach, carrots and red cabbage) but got tired. I already made a chili and chicken tangine. Both recipes were from Fitness Mag. Actually, I made it the chili chicken instead. Which reminds me, need to reup on my chicken breast supply.

Workout six days this week. Am making up my training sessions that I missed in January. He is kind esp since he came to my house twice and I wasn't there. oops

Hang up my curtains. I must find those rods, my bedroom curtains make a big difference in keeping the draft out. My living room is so cold, my hands freeze sometimes. No, I will not be turning on the heat. Yes, am just punishing myself. LOL.

Lastly, make my bed daily and have a clean sink nightly.

Off to the gym. Sigh.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Obsessed part 2

So like I said, I have this to me, massive debt that has been occupying my brain matter. Everyday I come up with a new scheme to get out of debt quicker but unfortunately, unless I start making even more money there is no way I am going to get out of debt any faster than the time my spreadsheet calculated. Sigh.

The sad part about being in debt is that I feel so discontent. I see so many things I want to buy for my apartment and because right now, thanks to my student loans, I am totally operating in the negative, I can't. So that makes me so unhappy and ungrateful for the blessing that I have, namely a job!

Anyway, I will keep trucking on until July. This too will pass.

And then am going buck wild!!!

In the meantime, I am really tempted to just pay off one of lower balances but highest interest rate. When I saw that interest fee, I screamed out loud, I was that upset! I am so tempted, so tempted, so tempted but I will essentially be robbing peter to pay paul, but that interest rate high!.

ING was giving away free money the other day. I was kinda looking for a card like that anyway, cos i wanted to put all my budgeted items: gas/food on that card so I won't be tempted to go overboard or overspend. Basically, you open the card by a certain date which has since passed, deposit some cash obviously, use the card five times and voila 100$+. So I got my bonus but I can't find the dang card. Anywhere.  And it's not stolen cos my money is still there.

very crooked curtains.
I was planning to use that money to finish putting up the curtains in the apartment. The apartment is poorly insulated + it's cold outside and El Paso electric thieves that they are, charge a winter fee on top of whatever fee they are charging so in short my light bill is 4x the budgeted amount. I invested in some thermal curtains to block out the draft coming from my windows. (Brand new apartment with drafty windows. For shame.). I hung the ones in the bedroom, which have been going a good job with the draft when i close them properly. But they are super crooked. hehe.  Meanwhile, the living room is super cold. But I need curtain rods, a level and a power screw driver so I can hang the rest of them. Oh and a taller ladder.

Speaking of that bill, I barely used the heat and yet my bill was still the same as my previous bill. If the next month bill (wherein I never used the heat) is the same, then they would have earned their name as thieves for sure.

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Money money money or in my case debt debt debt. am becoming obsessed, it's all i think of, closely followed by all i can't buy cos am in debt. no bueno.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

El Paso to Lagos and back in 5 days

Went to Nigeria for my grandmother's burial. Missed the burial because of the strikes. Continental was too punkish to fly into Nigeria and kept cancelling my flights (one ground agent said they had received threats major eye roll) but I was very determined to get to Nigeria and I went. I went through Lufthansa which has an alliance with United, whatever it worked to my advantage. It was worth it. I got to see my sisters, see my mother and father hang out with my cousin and her now grown children, see my favorite uncle and aunt. There is nothing like family!

It went by so fast. I landed on Saturday evening. 

Slept away Sunday cos I was just tired. But woke up when my sisters came back into town. 

Monday, they called off the strikes. Terms were still not favorable, but I was proud that people stood up and protested. I was ready to go marching too with my cousin's husband but then he received a call or bb that the strike had been called off. 

Tuesday, went to Tejuosho Market. Got some really nice canvas prints and Hausa ottomans which I can't wait to set up. I have a blue print which is going to my room, rather large. And two smaller ones, probably the living room. Went clubbing in the evening. Didn't come home until 3am. Had a blast! The streets of Lagos were so quiet. Third Mainland Bridge was empty! 

Wednesday went to go see our new house and stay with my mother. 

Thursday, went back to Tejuosho. Man, first we got lost big time, then we got harassed by a thousand and one hawkers. Like chased down, hand pulling, pushed here, pushed there, insulted, hurled insults harassed. Hated it. Had to call my cousin real quick to find out where exactly we had gone the last time, cos that market is big and scattered about due to the fire and all. Anyway, turned out it was next to NTA Channel 10.  We made our way over there, harassed like mad. This time I told the hawkers I was going to NTA, of course, they being nosy asked what I wanted to buy around there. I told them I was going for an interview and to leave me alone. (Me too, why was i answering them abi?) Anyway, my sister has an amazing memory as in photographic, saw one of the traders from the last time we went and he directed us to the art sellers. 

I bought some more stuff, some really cute giraffes that I intend to use as book ends, shoulda bought more! Then I bought some carvings for the SO. Funniest thing, so as we were leaving after completing our purchases, I heard a woman say excuse me can I talk to you? I completely ignored her but she was very persistent. Finally, we heard her out and she said that she was a reporter for NTA channel 10 and wanted to interview all of us. Say what? My sister was like, do i get paid and where is your camera man? So hilarious. But long story short, I did end up getting interviewed by NTA 10, power of the tongue. 

Went to say bye to my cousin's daughter and pick up my chinchin and then battled traffic to go home and from home go to the airport and return to El Paso. 

Damn, that was short! But I loved every minute. Can't wait to do it again, this time three weeks to a month. 

Friday, January 13, 2012

It is what it is.

For all my talk about writing more consistently, I have been a definite slacker. Anyway. Happy belated new year and all that. Been trying to get on top of my financials as my goal for the new year. I have made a spreadsheet, did auto pay and resigned myself to paycheck to paycheck living again for the next seven months. I owe about 17K dollars. Yikes. Never been in that kinda hole before but that's what happens when one is out of work for three months I guess, and had to apply for a state license in Texas. I guess God really turns everything that happens to us for our good. Living paycheck to paycheck had been my norm in Mia throughout residency. I didn't, couldn't afford regular mani pedis waxing happy hours etc. so I didn't miss those. Eating as cheaply and as well as I could was my first priority so I survived.

The bulk of my debt was due to rent and the Texas license as well as moving, though that was paid. Plus I needed new tires, and a laptop and maybe I got persuaded to buy an apple tv which came free with an iPad maybe. Lol. maybe. So I am doing the Learn Vest Take Control boot camp and according to them my priorities are all wrong. My budget for rent/transport is about 25% while my debt is about 55%. Did I mention I entered repayment on a few of my loans. Scream! So yeah. But seven months God willing I will be done. In the meantime no designer duds for me yet. No MK bags or Redbottom shoes or YSL tributes.

 Second kick is losing my belly once and for all, although yesterday was not my finest hour. I am most definitely an emotional eater. So am supposed to be in Nigeria as we speak but due to the fuel subsidy strikes, my flight got pushed back and then cancelled. But u know am a stubborn so nd so. Am trying to get into That country anyhow I can so am t the airport waiting. I cried cos I am going to miss the funereal for sure unless by some miracle they postpone it which I doubt is gong to happen. Oh well. At least I will have Lagos in all its striking glory. Sigh.