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Free time, or rather lack there of…

So as I’ve been reminded lately, I must have a lot of free time since I don’t have children.  Why is it then that my house is a disaster, our laundry is piled high, the dishwasher needs to be emptied, the fridge has many items growing mold, and there are dirty puppy paw prints all over the basement carpet?  Which is white.  Well, was white.  Don’t even get me started on the amount of salt and sand in our mud room.

After my girls night out Friday I slept in Saturday morning.  Eric picked me up Friday night and thus we needed to get my car which I’d left in downtown Iowa City.  One of our favorite spots on lazy Saturdays is Java House, so we packed up our laptops and headed for coffee.  Eric always has an endless supply of work, and I needed to catch up on a few random items, my second and third jobs I mention below.  Volunteer jobs, let me remind you.  We worked in peace for a few hours and then headed to dinner at Nodo, I think, I don’t know, the place had a funny name, but it was really tasty.  After dinner we picked up Dairy Queen Snickers Blizzards and headed home so Eric could work more while I watched several more episodes of ‘The Good Wife’.  I’m really hooked…

We lost an hour of sleep Saturday night due to good old daylight savings time…  When I woke it was 11:30am, no clue how that happened.  Since my phone never leaves my side, even in bed, I glanced at it first and saw a missed call from a renter.  And a text which read, ‘call me’.  Ugh, that’s never good.  I dialed and the female renter explained there was no hot water and the basement was flooded.  Great, just how I wanted to spend my Sunday.  I dreamed of time to clean, organize, and run to Costco, but oh no…

Eric and I quickly showered, stopped at McDonalds for lunch, and then headed to the rental.  I wouldn’t exactly call the basement, which is finished, flooded, but the carpet was definitely soggy.  No standing water though, thank God.  Eric examined the water heater and could see the bottom was rusted, the obvious cause for the lack of hot water and leakage.

I shouldn’t be a landlord, as clearly I don’t have the means to fix the property when the unfortunate occurs, such as this.  I mean, I can certainly call the appropriate party, but that cuts deep into what little profit I make.  I didn’t have much of a choice today though.  The first plumber I called had an answering service, a young woman who answered all my questions with, I don’t know.  Well, helpful!  The second place I called had an opening tomorrow between 10am and noon and made it sound like as long as I have funds, this can be remedied quickly.  Awesome, but that means I’m forced to take vacation tomorrow from work.  And I’m not gonna lie, a day off work sounds rather nice, but I’d rather spend it doing something other than watching a plumber replace a water heater.  Happy birthday to me (Tuesday), it’s just what I wanted.

Eric and I headed to Menards to purchase a wet/dry vac and an industrial fan to take care of the wet carpet.  Three hours later we were back home and I was off to pick up groceries for dinner.  How was it dinner time already???

So here it is, Sunday evening already and I really should be thinking about bed since I promised my workout partner I’d see her bright and early tomorrow morning.  Where do the hours go??  Last night I spent several hours finishing my homeowners association taxes, as I’m the Vice President and Treasurer.  And I finished our personal taxes…  And oh joy, we owe roughly $2k.  How can we owe?  We have more student loan debt than almost anyone I know, we don’t make that great of money…  Oh yes, we don’t have kids, that must be it!  I know, I know, kids cost far more than their deduction…

Okay, sorry, I’m rambling.  The point of this post was my lack of free time.  I really need to establish some priorities in my life.  First, I need to get off my HOA board.  Normally such a position wouldn’t require much of a commitment, but being our neighborhood is newly developed, it seems we have closings several times a month, which adds work beyond the monthly bills that need to be paid.  Second, I need to get out of the slumlord business.  At first it was kind of fun, but honestly, it’s an extra headache I don’t need right now.  The little income it provides is actually only hurting Eric and I when it comes to tax time.  I really long for the day when my weekends are more me time and less time that feels like a second, and third job.

Oh the baby making front, still no period.  What the…  When I picked up groceries today I threw another box of five pregnancy tests into my cart.  Another $18 down the drain I assume.  I told myself I wasn’t going to test again tonight though.  Perhaps my body is just slightly out of sorts from stopping the Lupron mid cycle and then not really getting a period, and God, I’ve really messed it up, haven’t I???  But I really want to do another test…  But I don’t at the same time…  I’m sick of being that girl who goes through five tests every cycle, just to end with the same result, NOT PREGNANT.

Maybe it wouldn’t hurt to do another test…

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