The Economy Sucks

We can't turn on the TV or radio without hearing stories of financial doom.  Newspapers, magazines, and the Internet are all filled with accounts of economic disaster.  Twenty Four At Heart is not a political blog, nor is it a very serious blog.  This isn't the format to discuss how, or why, or whose fault it is.  Instead, I have a different question for you today.

How the hell are all of you coping?  Are you drinking more to take your mind off of it?  Are you joining Swinger's clubs to occupy your time with cheap entertainment?  Have you found ways to cut down on costs for yourself or your family?  Are you stressed out over how it is affecting your life or future?

I tried to save some money yesterday.  It didn't work out too well.  Basically, because I am a complete and total moron. 

PR has a very lengthy baseball practice every Wednesday evening.  We live pretty far away from the field location.  We have to leave around 5:00 p.m and he doesn't get back home until 9:00 p.m.  From the mom perspective, it sucks.  It's hard to get through his homework schedule.  And when does he eat dinner?  At 4:30 in the afternoon?  Or 9:30 at night?  Did I mention it sucks?

Wednesday is often the night we eat out or grab take-out while running around all over the place.  We're all going in different directions at different times and it's chaotic.  I decided yesterday I would start being wiser, and smarter, and more frugal. 

On my way home from PT I stopped into the grocery store and picked up a few things for dinner.  Instead of eating on the run, I was going to cook a nice, economical, dinner and make it work even with our insane schedule.

I arrived home and heard the phone ringing.  I ran into the house from the garage to answer the phone.  Three hours later I went to pick PR up from school.  I heard a bag shift in the back of my SUV and thought, "What's back there?"  Then I said, "Oh shit!" really loud.  It was 96 degrees here yesterday afternoon.  My food?  It was already cooked, but not quite the way I planned.  My groceries were headed straight for the trash. 

In all my 24 years, I have never, ever, forgotten groceries in the car before.  I got that phone call and the memory of having ever bought them disappeared from my brain.  The thing about me?  I don't keep my stupidity to myself.  No, I feel the immediate need to share my stupidity with other people.

I'm a very open person.

I promptly called Briefcase at work.  The moment he said, "Hello?" I said, "I'm a moron."  I didn't say hello, I didn't ask how his day was.  Briefcase didn't miss a beat.  That's the wonderful thing about being married to me.  Nothing in the entire world surprises or fazes him in the least anymore.  Isn't it great I've done that to for him?

"Hmmm," he said.

"I tried to save money today," I told him.

"Oh," he answered sounding concerned.  I think he was visualizing the last time I saved money by purchasing a set of new, expensive, kitchen knives.  Which he cut himself on.  And hates.

"I bought groceries to make dinner before practice and then I let the groceries cook themselves in the back of the car this afternoon."

Can you believe he actually sounded relieved?   As in, "Is that all it is this time?"

He said, "Oh, so we're eating out?"

"I'm a moron," I repeated for emphasis.  (Just in case he questioned that fact the first time I announced it.)

"OK, well, I'll be home early to take PR to practice."

Notice he didn't say, "Yes, you are a moron."

Also notice, he didn't say, "No, you're not a moron."

He navigates the absurdity of his wife quite competently at times.  

My attempt at saving money, of course, ended up costing us more money than if I had done nothing.  What are you doing these days to cut down on costs?  Are you having any success?  Or like me, maybe a few failures? 

60 Responses to “The Economy Sucks”

  1. alntv

    Nice idea for this one…
    Honestly, we’re just not saving as much. We still are doing everything we used to do, but we’re trying to conserve energy whenever possible by making less trips, but we still eat out quite a bit.

  2. alntv

    Nice idea for this one…
    Honestly, we’re just not saving as much. We still are doing everything we used to do, but we’re trying to conserve energy whenever possible by making less trips, but we still eat out quite a bit.

  3. alntv

    Nice idea for this one…
    Honestly, we’re just not saving as much. We still are doing everything we used to do, but we’re trying to conserve energy whenever possible by making less trips, but we still eat out quite a bit.

  4. Lori

    This sounds like something I would do. Somedays I swear to god I have no memory. I could write a whole post about the moronic mindless stuff I have done.
    I don’t know if we are doing that much differently…just not able to save as much. We already cut corners quite a bit…never go out to eat, don’t go out as much anymore, probaly rent fewer movies, I buy a lot of our clothes second hand except on special occasions, the kids and I will walk instead of drive more often(which is easy to do since we live in a very small town and gives us that option)…we already live pretty simple so I don’t really know what more we could do to cut down. It really sucks. Right now it is starting to actually get cold at night but we won’t turn the furnace on until we absolutely have to because of the high heating costs.
    We saved for over a year now for a trip to florida for my daughters wedding and I am sure it will cost us more than what we had origianlly planned but we’re still going.

  5. Lori

    This sounds like something I would do. Somedays I swear to god I have no memory. I could write a whole post about the moronic mindless stuff I have done.
    I don’t know if we are doing that much differently…just not able to save as much. We already cut corners quite a bit…never go out to eat, don’t go out as much anymore, probaly rent fewer movies, I buy a lot of our clothes second hand except on special occasions, the kids and I will walk instead of drive more often(which is easy to do since we live in a very small town and gives us that option)…we already live pretty simple so I don’t really know what more we could do to cut down. It really sucks. Right now it is starting to actually get cold at night but we won’t turn the furnace on until we absolutely have to because of the high heating costs.
    We saved for over a year now for a trip to florida for my daughters wedding and I am sure it will cost us more than what we had origianlly planned but we’re still going.

  6. Lori

    This sounds like something I would do. Somedays I swear to god I have no memory. I could write a whole post about the moronic mindless stuff I have done.
    I don’t know if we are doing that much differently…just not able to save as much. We already cut corners quite a bit…never go out to eat, don’t go out as much anymore, probaly rent fewer movies, I buy a lot of our clothes second hand except on special occasions, the kids and I will walk instead of drive more often(which is easy to do since we live in a very small town and gives us that option)…we already live pretty simple so I don’t really know what more we could do to cut down. It really sucks. Right now it is starting to actually get cold at night but we won’t turn the furnace on until we absolutely have to because of the high heating costs.
    We saved for over a year now for a trip to florida for my daughters wedding and I am sure it will cost us more than what we had origianlly planned but we’re still going.

  7. Gina

    i’ve done absolutely nothing! if anything i’ve been spending waay too much. i am attempting to cut down.I haven’t been directly affected by all these money issues so i kinda pretend everythings fine…

  8. Gina

    i’ve done absolutely nothing! if anything i’ve been spending waay too much. i am attempting to cut down.I haven’t been directly affected by all these money issues so i kinda pretend everythings fine…

  9. Gina

    i’ve done absolutely nothing! if anything i’ve been spending waay too much. i am attempting to cut down.I haven’t been directly affected by all these money issues so i kinda pretend everythings fine…

  10. Jan

    I swear, sometimes I think you’re just a taller, thinner version of myself on the opposite coast. (Yes, you are – the entire civilized world is taller, thinner and blonder than me.) This post just screamed “ME.”
    And I think Beloved and Briefcase were separated at birth.
    Hmmm, well, most of our “dealing” has been on the business end, since the economy hit our business first and hardest. We laid off half of our staff and reduced my pay more than I am comfortable with. So, to counteract that I started freelancing again. As for home, we have never been big spenders so not a lot has changed there. But instead of going to Texas to visit my family over the Thanksgiving holidays, we’re staying here and working on the master bath.

  11. Jan

    I swear, sometimes I think you’re just a taller, thinner version of myself on the opposite coast. (Yes, you are – the entire civilized world is taller, thinner and blonder than me.) This post just screamed “ME.”
    And I think Beloved and Briefcase were separated at birth.
    Hmmm, well, most of our “dealing” has been on the business end, since the economy hit our business first and hardest. We laid off half of our staff and reduced my pay more than I am comfortable with. So, to counteract that I started freelancing again. As for home, we have never been big spenders so not a lot has changed there. But instead of going to Texas to visit my family over the Thanksgiving holidays, we’re staying here and working on the master bath.

  12. Jan

    I swear, sometimes I think you’re just a taller, thinner version of myself on the opposite coast. (Yes, you are – the entire civilized world is taller, thinner and blonder than me.) This post just screamed “ME.”
    And I think Beloved and Briefcase were separated at birth.
    Hmmm, well, most of our “dealing” has been on the business end, since the economy hit our business first and hardest. We laid off half of our staff and reduced my pay more than I am comfortable with. So, to counteract that I started freelancing again. As for home, we have never been big spenders so not a lot has changed there. But instead of going to Texas to visit my family over the Thanksgiving holidays, we’re staying here and working on the master bath.

  13. Linda

    (We’re moron twins, I’m tellin’ ya.)
    We are doing nothing. As matter of fact we are spending money on recreation. (We bought kayaks.) The Hubby doesn’t think this is something to worry about. He’s buying stock because everyone is panicing and the prices are falling. Me? I’m just trying NOT to make any unnecessary trips into town.

  14. Linda

    (We’re moron twins, I’m tellin’ ya.)
    We are doing nothing. As matter of fact we are spending money on recreation. (We bought kayaks.) The Hubby doesn’t think this is something to worry about. He’s buying stock because everyone is panicing and the prices are falling. Me? I’m just trying NOT to make any unnecessary trips into town.

  15. Linda

    (We’re moron twins, I’m tellin’ ya.)
    We are doing nothing. As matter of fact we are spending money on recreation. (We bought kayaks.) The Hubby doesn’t think this is something to worry about. He’s buying stock because everyone is panicing and the prices are falling. Me? I’m just trying NOT to make any unnecessary trips into town.

  16. jo

    The memory thing is so frustrating and I’ve done much worse…and I have forgotten the groceries in the car, also!
    How to cope? Well, I feel very fortunate. My husband’s company closed and is moving to China and South America. He had worked there for over 20 years. Luckily, and unlike his co-workers, he got right on it and starting looking for work. He couldn’t handle staying ’til the bitter end and watching equipment being dismantled and moved out and all the “poor us” attitudes everyday. We live in a very economically depressed area (Appalachia). He works hard and never misses work. He found a job for a local, growing company doing some less-than-glamorous work, making significantly less money. We try to appreciate the up sides of this. Medical benefits are completely paid for (thanks Pipefitters union) and he is treated with respect and his expertise is appreciated. He also has every Friday off. The other upside is he is only driving 9 miles to work vs 25 miles…you do the gas math.
    I work for America’s (broken) healthcare system (a topic for a new blog) and have more work than
    I know what to do with.
    We are already so frugal that there’s hardly a place to cut back. The house is not warm (and not cold) in the winter and barely comfortable in the summer. I buy generic, on-sale everything. We rarely eat any kind of meat or poultry. We eat out once weekly. We pack lunches everyday. We live in a tiny house with a small mortgage. All our cars (though they are nothing special) are paid for. We are very lucky during this scary time!

  17. jo

    The memory thing is so frustrating and I’ve done much worse…and I have forgotten the groceries in the car, also!
    How to cope? Well, I feel very fortunate. My husband’s company closed and is moving to China and South America. He had worked there for over 20 years. Luckily, and unlike his co-workers, he got right on it and starting looking for work. He couldn’t handle staying ’til the bitter end and watching equipment being dismantled and moved out and all the “poor us” attitudes everyday. We live in a very economically depressed area (Appalachia). He works hard and never misses work. He found a job for a local, growing company doing some less-than-glamorous work, making significantly less money. We try to appreciate the up sides of this. Medical benefits are completely paid for (thanks Pipefitters union) and he is treated with respect and his expertise is appreciated. He also has every Friday off. The other upside is he is only driving 9 miles to work vs 25 miles…you do the gas math.
    I work for America’s (broken) healthcare system (a topic for a new blog) and have more work than
    I know what to do with.
    We are already so frugal that there’s hardly a place to cut back. The house is not warm (and not cold) in the winter and barely comfortable in the summer. I buy generic, on-sale everything. We rarely eat any kind of meat or poultry. We eat out once weekly. We pack lunches everyday. We live in a tiny house with a small mortgage. All our cars (though they are nothing special) are paid for. We are very lucky during this scary time!

  18. jo

    The memory thing is so frustrating and I’ve done much worse…and I have forgotten the groceries in the car, also!
    How to cope? Well, I feel very fortunate. My husband’s company closed and is moving to China and South America. He had worked there for over 20 years. Luckily, and unlike his co-workers, he got right on it and starting looking for work. He couldn’t handle staying ’til the bitter end and watching equipment being dismantled and moved out and all the “poor us” attitudes everyday. We live in a very economically depressed area (Appalachia). He works hard and never misses work. He found a job for a local, growing company doing some less-than-glamorous work, making significantly less money. We try to appreciate the up sides of this. Medical benefits are completely paid for (thanks Pipefitters union) and he is treated with respect and his expertise is appreciated. He also has every Friday off. The other upside is he is only driving 9 miles to work vs 25 miles…you do the gas math.
    I work for America’s (broken) healthcare system (a topic for a new blog) and have more work than
    I know what to do with.
    We are already so frugal that there’s hardly a place to cut back. The house is not warm (and not cold) in the winter and barely comfortable in the summer. I buy generic, on-sale everything. We rarely eat any kind of meat or poultry. We eat out once weekly. We pack lunches everyday. We live in a tiny house with a small mortgage. All our cars (though they are nothing special) are paid for. We are very lucky during this scary time!

  19. Midlife Mama

    We traded our large, gas-guzzler car for a smaller, more economical one. Half the payment, twice the gas mileage!
    If we do eat out, it’s take-n-bake pizza, or fast food rather than a sit-down dinner. We occasionally do go out to a restaurant for a “treat” and we used to go once a week. Our at-home meals include more ground beef and less fancier cuts of meat.
    We rarely take weekend trips anymore. I miss that.
    Yeah, it sucks. And I have memory “brain farts” too.

  20. Midlife Mama

    We traded our large, gas-guzzler car for a smaller, more economical one. Half the payment, twice the gas mileage!
    If we do eat out, it’s take-n-bake pizza, or fast food rather than a sit-down dinner. We occasionally do go out to a restaurant for a “treat” and we used to go once a week. Our at-home meals include more ground beef and less fancier cuts of meat.
    We rarely take weekend trips anymore. I miss that.
    Yeah, it sucks. And I have memory “brain farts” too.

  21. Midlife Mama

    We traded our large, gas-guzzler car for a smaller, more economical one. Half the payment, twice the gas mileage!
    If we do eat out, it’s take-n-bake pizza, or fast food rather than a sit-down dinner. We occasionally do go out to a restaurant for a “treat” and we used to go once a week. Our at-home meals include more ground beef and less fancier cuts of meat.
    We rarely take weekend trips anymore. I miss that.
    Yeah, it sucks. And I have memory “brain farts” too.

  22. thistle

    He navigates the absurdity of his wife quite competently at times.
    That is a great line!
    You’ve already heard me rant about the cost of fuel for the car, that’s probably my worst and least avoidable expense, due to my work. Which results in me having to curtail my my leisure activities and stay home more. Which probably explains the excessive amount of time spent on my computer. Which increases my stress about the size my a**. So yeah, the economy sucks. Please fix soon.
    And i’ve done the grocery thing too. The only good thing about diminishing memory is it occasionally allows you to forget how much the economy sucks.
    Man, i sound grumpy today. 2 more days til the weekend. This is feeling like the longest week ever.

  23. thistle

    He navigates the absurdity of his wife quite competently at times.
    That is a great line!
    You’ve already heard me rant about the cost of fuel for the car, that’s probably my worst and least avoidable expense, due to my work. Which results in me having to curtail my my leisure activities and stay home more. Which probably explains the excessive amount of time spent on my computer. Which increases my stress about the size my a**. So yeah, the economy sucks. Please fix soon.
    And i’ve done the grocery thing too. The only good thing about diminishing memory is it occasionally allows you to forget how much the economy sucks.
    Man, i sound grumpy today. 2 more days til the weekend. This is feeling like the longest week ever.

  24. thistle

    He navigates the absurdity of his wife quite competently at times.
    That is a great line!
    You’ve already heard me rant about the cost of fuel for the car, that’s probably my worst and least avoidable expense, due to my work. Which results in me having to curtail my my leisure activities and stay home more. Which probably explains the excessive amount of time spent on my computer. Which increases my stress about the size my a**. So yeah, the economy sucks. Please fix soon.
    And i’ve done the grocery thing too. The only good thing about diminishing memory is it occasionally allows you to forget how much the economy sucks.
    Man, i sound grumpy today. 2 more days til the weekend. This is feeling like the longest week ever.

  25. Kristan Hoffman

    Honestly, we’re not doing that much different. In part b/c Andy has a stable job with a company that we know isn’t going to go under (it makes half the things in your house, I guarantee it). But our finances are 95% independent since we’re not married or anything, so for me the bigger issue is that I now only work part-time. Getting 40% of a salary that’s already pretty… moderate, is tough. So personally I’m trying to spend less, I literally get to save NOTHING now, and I do spend some time freaking out every now and then.

  26. Kristan Hoffman

    Honestly, we’re not doing that much different. In part b/c Andy has a stable job with a company that we know isn’t going to go under (it makes half the things in your house, I guarantee it). But our finances are 95% independent since we’re not married or anything, so for me the bigger issue is that I now only work part-time. Getting 40% of a salary that’s already pretty… moderate, is tough. So personally I’m trying to spend less, I literally get to save NOTHING now, and I do spend some time freaking out every now and then.

  27. Kristan Hoffman

    Honestly, we’re not doing that much different. In part b/c Andy has a stable job with a company that we know isn’t going to go under (it makes half the things in your house, I guarantee it). But our finances are 95% independent since we’re not married or anything, so for me the bigger issue is that I now only work part-time. Getting 40% of a salary that’s already pretty… moderate, is tough. So personally I’m trying to spend less, I literally get to save NOTHING now, and I do spend some time freaking out every now and then.

  28. Angela

    We don’t have any kids, yet, so it’s just me and my husband at home. I make pretty good money (hubby works part time and goes to school) so we should be doing pretty well….but since the price of gas, food, and utilities are all going up, we are really struggling! We used to eat out (sit down dinner) at least once a week –sometimes even 3 or 4 times a week, but lately we’ve had to cut back a lot! Now I honestly don’t even remember the last time we ate out (other than fast food). It’s probably been over a month. We’re also trying to be more economical when we travel — taking the car that gets better gas mileage over the one that’s more comfortable, and we’re keeping our thermostat set a lot higher and we’re running ceiling fans constantly. Still…I’ll be happy when my husband starts working full time.

  29. Angela

    We don’t have any kids, yet, so it’s just me and my husband at home. I make pretty good money (hubby works part time and goes to school) so we should be doing pretty well….but since the price of gas, food, and utilities are all going up, we are really struggling! We used to eat out (sit down dinner) at least once a week –sometimes even 3 or 4 times a week, but lately we’ve had to cut back a lot! Now I honestly don’t even remember the last time we ate out (other than fast food). It’s probably been over a month. We’re also trying to be more economical when we travel — taking the car that gets better gas mileage over the one that’s more comfortable, and we’re keeping our thermostat set a lot higher and we’re running ceiling fans constantly. Still…I’ll be happy when my husband starts working full time.

  30. Angela

    We don’t have any kids, yet, so it’s just me and my husband at home. I make pretty good money (hubby works part time and goes to school) so we should be doing pretty well….but since the price of gas, food, and utilities are all going up, we are really struggling! We used to eat out (sit down dinner) at least once a week –sometimes even 3 or 4 times a week, but lately we’ve had to cut back a lot! Now I honestly don’t even remember the last time we ate out (other than fast food). It’s probably been over a month. We’re also trying to be more economical when we travel — taking the car that gets better gas mileage over the one that’s more comfortable, and we’re keeping our thermostat set a lot higher and we’re running ceiling fans constantly. Still…I’ll be happy when my husband starts working full time.

  31. Lo

    oh lordy be, i could go no and on about this topic…. bc me? i’m going into foreclosure.
    that’s right, responsible me, who has NO CREDIT DEBT, despite numersou student loans, a girl who’s onyl 24 and has a credit score of 752.. who tries to be frugal as hell…. yep, that’s me, ms. foreclosure.
    i have to give up my townhouse bc husband and i literally, cannot, by any means, afford it any longer.
    so for me, how i stay frugal is i never go shopping. i was the queen of expensive hair cuts, tanning salon memberships, highlights, coach purses, marc jacob shoes, on and on and on… and now? i shop at discount stores that i’m too ashamed to name bc quite frankly it’s a huge megastore that starts w/ the letter W and everyone harps on me for shopping there bc they exploit overseas workers yadda yadda.
    it sucks. but what can i do?

  32. Lo

    oh lordy be, i could go no and on about this topic…. bc me? i’m going into foreclosure.
    that’s right, responsible me, who has NO CREDIT DEBT, despite numersou student loans, a girl who’s onyl 24 and has a credit score of 752.. who tries to be frugal as hell…. yep, that’s me, ms. foreclosure.
    i have to give up my townhouse bc husband and i literally, cannot, by any means, afford it any longer.
    so for me, how i stay frugal is i never go shopping. i was the queen of expensive hair cuts, tanning salon memberships, highlights, coach purses, marc jacob shoes, on and on and on… and now? i shop at discount stores that i’m too ashamed to name bc quite frankly it’s a huge megastore that starts w/ the letter W and everyone harps on me for shopping there bc they exploit overseas workers yadda yadda.
    it sucks. but what can i do?

  33. Lo

    oh lordy be, i could go no and on about this topic…. bc me? i’m going into foreclosure.
    that’s right, responsible me, who has NO CREDIT DEBT, despite numersou student loans, a girl who’s onyl 24 and has a credit score of 752.. who tries to be frugal as hell…. yep, that’s me, ms. foreclosure.
    i have to give up my townhouse bc husband and i literally, cannot, by any means, afford it any longer.
    so for me, how i stay frugal is i never go shopping. i was the queen of expensive hair cuts, tanning salon memberships, highlights, coach purses, marc jacob shoes, on and on and on… and now? i shop at discount stores that i’m too ashamed to name bc quite frankly it’s a huge megastore that starts w/ the letter W and everyone harps on me for shopping there bc they exploit overseas workers yadda yadda.
    it sucks. but what can i do?

  34. mama llama

    Driving less, biking and walking more. Buying a few frozen items so I have stock and don’t have to dash to the grocery store on a whim. Packing more lunches rather than eating out/buying. Having “no-drive days” as part of the weekly routine. Using the bones from the chicken to make stock for soup and thus another meal or two rather than simply tossing them. Buying an extra to put in the freezer and reheat later. Drying clothes outside instead of in the dryer. Finding joys in the free things to do and in spending time with friends rather than spending money unnecessarily. Condensing trips and remembering to bring that frozen food bag!!
    So much to do, really, to cut back and save. I’ve been doing this for over a year and now it’s easy and much more natural (read: much less forced). The kids (4 and 7) are into it as well–I let them know WHY we can’t just hop in the car and go, or why we are doing a bunch of little errands at once, or why we park at the library, return books, walk to the store, then walk back instead of taking the car.
    Baby steps. Good luck!
    Be well.

  35. mama llama

    Driving less, biking and walking more. Buying a few frozen items so I have stock and don’t have to dash to the grocery store on a whim. Packing more lunches rather than eating out/buying. Having “no-drive days” as part of the weekly routine. Using the bones from the chicken to make stock for soup and thus another meal or two rather than simply tossing them. Buying an extra to put in the freezer and reheat later. Drying clothes outside instead of in the dryer. Finding joys in the free things to do and in spending time with friends rather than spending money unnecessarily. Condensing trips and remembering to bring that frozen food bag!!
    So much to do, really, to cut back and save. I’ve been doing this for over a year and now it’s easy and much more natural (read: much less forced). The kids (4 and 7) are into it as well–I let them know WHY we can’t just hop in the car and go, or why we are doing a bunch of little errands at once, or why we park at the library, return books, walk to the store, then walk back instead of taking the car.
    Baby steps. Good luck!
    Be well.

  36. mama llama

    Driving less, biking and walking more. Buying a few frozen items so I have stock and don’t have to dash to the grocery store on a whim. Packing more lunches rather than eating out/buying. Having “no-drive days” as part of the weekly routine. Using the bones from the chicken to make stock for soup and thus another meal or two rather than simply tossing them. Buying an extra to put in the freezer and reheat later. Drying clothes outside instead of in the dryer. Finding joys in the free things to do and in spending time with friends rather than spending money unnecessarily. Condensing trips and remembering to bring that frozen food bag!!
    So much to do, really, to cut back and save. I’ve been doing this for over a year and now it’s easy and much more natural (read: much less forced). The kids (4 and 7) are into it as well–I let them know WHY we can’t just hop in the car and go, or why we are doing a bunch of little errands at once, or why we park at the library, return books, walk to the store, then walk back instead of taking the car.
    Baby steps. Good luck!
    Be well.

  37. goodfather

    Mmmmm, trunk roast stew, my favorite!
    We try to drive less – my wife is great about only driving when she has to, but I’ve been driving every day to work. It’s hard to try to ignore the media and keep living ‘normally’. Sigh.

  38. goodfather

    Mmmmm, trunk roast stew, my favorite!
    We try to drive less – my wife is great about only driving when she has to, but I’ve been driving every day to work. It’s hard to try to ignore the media and keep living ‘normally’. Sigh.

  39. goodfather

    Mmmmm, trunk roast stew, my favorite!
    We try to drive less – my wife is great about only driving when she has to, but I’ve been driving every day to work. It’s hard to try to ignore the media and keep living ‘normally’. Sigh.

  40. Midlife Slices

    I’m not really doing anything different. I’ve always been kind of frugal and I sure can’t drive less miles so maybe I should start unplugging my pc more often. nahhh…..I don’t think so.

  41. Midlife Slices

    I’m not really doing anything different. I’ve always been kind of frugal and I sure can’t drive less miles so maybe I should start unplugging my pc more often. nahhh…..I don’t think so.

  42. Midlife Slices

    I’m not really doing anything different. I’ve always been kind of frugal and I sure can’t drive less miles so maybe I should start unplugging my pc more often. nahhh…..I don’t think so.

  43. Heather

    That’s so funny! Loved when you repeated you were a moron. Just in case Briefcase didn’t absorb it the first time. Ha!

  44. Heather

    That’s so funny! Loved when you repeated you were a moron. Just in case Briefcase didn’t absorb it the first time. Ha!

  45. Heather

    That’s so funny! Loved when you repeated you were a moron. Just in case Briefcase didn’t absorb it the first time. Ha!

  46. SSG

    Hahahaha too funny. I often do that too but here I say ‘I’m a muppet’ or ‘I’m an eedjit’. They have the look that says ‘what have you done now’ or the pause on the phone… all too recognisable! Loving this blog it keeps making me laugh!

  47. SSG

    Hahahaha too funny. I often do that too but here I say ‘I’m a muppet’ or ‘I’m an eedjit’. They have the look that says ‘what have you done now’ or the pause on the phone… all too recognisable! Loving this blog it keeps making me laugh!

  48. SSG

    Hahahaha too funny. I often do that too but here I say ‘I’m a muppet’ or ‘I’m an eedjit’. They have the look that says ‘what have you done now’ or the pause on the phone… all too recognisable! Loving this blog it keeps making me laugh!

  49. Tricia

    I love this. I can’t keep my stupidity to myself either. I’m not sure if that endears me to family and friends or not. They do keep answering the phone, though.

  50. Tricia

    I love this. I can’t keep my stupidity to myself either. I’m not sure if that endears me to family and friends or not. They do keep answering the phone, though.

  51. Tricia

    I love this. I can’t keep my stupidity to myself either. I’m not sure if that endears me to family and friends or not. They do keep answering the phone, though.

  52. Tricia

    I love this. I can’t keep my stupidity to myself either. I’m not sure if that endears me to family and friends or not. They do keep answering the phone, though.

  53. Tricia

    I love this. I can’t keep my stupidity to myself either. I’m not sure if that endears me to family and friends or not. They do keep answering the phone, though.

  54. Tricia

    I love this. I can’t keep my stupidity to myself either. I’m not sure if that endears me to family and friends or not. They do keep answering the phone, though.

  55. Tricia

    I love this. I can’t keep my stupidity to myself either. I’m not sure if that endears me to family and friends or not. They do keep answering the phone, though.

  56. Tricia

    I love this. I can’t keep my stupidity to myself either. I’m not sure if that endears me to family and friends or not. They do keep answering the phone, though.

  57. Tricia

    I love this. I can’t keep my stupidity to myself either. I’m not sure if that endears me to family and friends or not. They do keep answering the phone, though.

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